Freaky Film Fest

So are you going to spend October just shoveling candy corn down your attractive ... long ... exposed ... neck, or would you prefer to let out some bloodcurdling screams at the month-long Gialli and Beyond: Italian Horror Masters festival instead? Gialli is a genre of both literature and film that mixes more than its fair share of sensationalized bloodletting and gratuitous sex with traditional crime mysteries and horror. Think film noir, pulp fiction, slasher movies, and EC Comics all rolled into one bright-yellow wrapper. Italians love the stuff; they also happen to be great filmmakers. Tonight’s screening features two of the 1960s finest directors. In Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), Boris Karloff stars as a vampire killer in one of three vignettes. Also playing is Federico Fellini’s only adventure into horror, Toby Dammit (1968). Here the exquisitely dark Terence Stamp plays a down-and-out actor (from an Edgar Allan Poe tale). The masks and knives come out at 8:30 p.m. at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Tickets cost ten dollars. Call 305-673-4567, or visit
Fri., Oct. 6
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