Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Major NoShame Update!

NoShame have updated their website and filled us all in what they've got in store the next few months. It looks like they'll be re-packaging some of their titles as two-fers, with first of them coming in August, an Italian crime edition featuring A MAN CALLED MAGNUM and THE LAST ROUND and an Italian Exploitation set containing SECRETS OF A CALL GIRL and A WHISPER IN THE DARK. Also in August, NoShame are releasing a fairly serious looking nunsploitaiton film called STORY OF A CLOISTERED NUN.

The big news, however, would have to be the pending release of Mariano Baino's 90s Italian Horror DARK WATERS. They will be two 2-disc editions, one a limited, typically NoShame decked-out set with a 40-page book and a stone amulet replica. Far out! The other edition is just the regular 2-disc deal that I assume is somewhat unlimited.

I haven't seen this movie, and have heard/read decidedly mixed opinions about it, but that is a really cool package and the NoShame description on the site sounds kind of mouthwatering actually ...

A remote, storm-swept island… a population of evolutionary throwbacks… a forbidding Medieval monastery… a strange religious order… ancient, undying evil.

After the death of her father, a beautiful Londoner travels to a desolate island to investigate the dead man's bequest of a large sum of money to be paid annually to the reclusive nuns of a local convent. Given little
information from the secretive sisterhood or their blind Mother Superior, Elizabeth strikes out on her own with the aid of a helpful novice… and discovers the convent serves as a prison for an ancient aquatic demon… whose awful wrath is held at bay only so long as the fragments of a stone amulet bearing the monster’s horrific likeness are kept separated.

The first and only feature film by Mariano Baino is an unabashed love letter to the strange stories of H. P. Lovecraft and the color (and blood) drenched films of Mario Bava and Dario Argento. Filmed on location in Ukraine and making atmospheric use of the famed Odessa catacombs, DARK WATERS is an undeniably audacious debut … a sumptuously unsettling smorgasbord of disconcerting visuals and unnerving sounds that must be seen to be believed.

DARK WATERS stars British actress Louise Salter (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE) and Soviet performer Mariya Kapnist (Naina the Witch from Aleksandr Ptushko’s RUSLAN AND LYUDMILLA) in her last film role.

NoShame Films proudly presents DARK WATERS, complete and uncut, in its original aspect ratio, along with the short films of Mariano Baino… for the first time ever on DVD.

The entire DVD was created under the exclusive supervision of the director.

This drops September 26th, yo. So pick it up.

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