Black-gloved killers, lurid murder scenes, striking music... it can only be one thing: a giallo film.
Filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani helped resurrect the Italian horror subgenre with their 2009 thriller "Amer" — a sensual, sensory tale about a young girl's journey to womanhood on the French Riviera.
The word "giallo" is Italian for "yellow," referring to the pulpy mystery novels with yellow covers that the movies were inspired by. Director Mario Bava's "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" debuted in 1963 and sparked the series of films that remained popular into the 1980s.
During the subgenre's heyday in the 1970s, filmmakers like Dario Argento created stylish, violent tales that elevated giallo cinema to an art form. Cattet and Forzani's latest love letter to the genre finally has a trailer. This time, audiences will follow a man who is plunged into a surreal, nightmarish world while searching for his missing wife.
"The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears" will have plenty of nods to the giallo greats of the past (which include the film's poetic title — another giallo trademark), but the filmmakers have managed to put their own stamp on things with their hyper-focused camerawork and largely dialogue-free dreamscapes.
With his three books looking behind the scenes of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, Lucasfilm editor Will McCrabb has become the master of rare of pictures and details from the classic films.
EMPIRE: This gives you a sense of the size of the Wampa Snow Creature not seen in 1980, a stuntman is on stilts. pic.twitter.com/ERlTbaztTn
— will mccrabb (@mccrabb_will) December 4, 2013
The latest picture from the set comes to us from McCrabb's Twitter feed (via Badass Digest). The photo above is a look at the wampa from "Empire Strikes Back" as it would have appeared had Lucas decided to keep the creature in.
The shots with a full-body look at the creature were ultimately redone for the Special Editions, but it didn't appear as big as the wampa we see here.
If there's any doubt at all that 2013 was a great year for the movies, Film.com's rundown of the very best will make you a believer.
And since the video comes from our friends over at Film.com, there are a few arthouse titles that are definitely required viewing for the year, in case you didn't get a chance to check them out in their limits runs.
The list is all wonderfully edited together by Film.com editor David Erhlich and includes some of the great music from the year's movies as well, so if you aren't prepared for goosebumps, we can't recommend the video to you.
Check it all out in the video above!
Movie prop auctions are not a rare thing, but it is not often that an item as iconic as the blaster of the galaxy's best smuggler comes on the auction block.
Starting on December 21, you'll be able to bit on Han Solo's DL-44 blaster over at Invaluable.com. The lighter version of the famous weapon will not come cheap, unfortunately. With a starting bid of $200,000, you might have to sell off all of your possessions in order to shoot first with the real deal.
The prop was used in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi," notably in the Cloud City sequence when Darth Vader pulls the gun from Solo's hand.