10 Things That Make Italian Horror And Exploitation Cinema So Good

Dario Argento

Italian horror and exploitation films are like Marmite - you either enter into the spirit of things and love them or you think they are the trashiest films on the planet. I am firmly in the former camp. I acknowledge that Italian horror/exploitation can be very derivative - essentially copying ideas from other more accomplished horror movies in a clumsy and inept fashion.

However when you get to the core of Italian exploitation there are many rare and wonderful jewels to be found and a serious amount of talent to boot. Argento, Bava, Fulci, Dallamano, D'Amato, Martino to name but a few. Italian horror and exploitation cinema has a wider audience than its native Italy, garnering fans from all around the world who love these little gems.

I have written the Top 10 best things about Italian horror and exploitation and I would love some feedback from you.

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My first film watched was Carrie aged 2 on my dad's knee. Educated at The University of St Andrews and Trinity College Dublin. Fan of Arthouse, Exploitation, Horror, Euro Trash, Giallo, New French Extremism. Weaned at the bosom of a Russ Meyer starlet. The bleaker, artier or sleazier the better!

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