Archive for September, 2012

El diabolik presents: Tribute to Cliff Twemlow: exploitation polymath.

Posted in Events., News on September 26, 2012 by eldiabolik

Who is Cliff Twemlow? Bouncer? Composer? Author? Actor? Screenwriter? Twemlow was all this and more.

A true renaissance man, Twemlow started out as a famous Manchester doorman, eventually turning his exploits into a memoir – ‘The Tuxedo Warrior’. As a composer of library music for the De Wolfe label, Cliff’s tunes can be heard in many films and TV shows of the period including: ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and ‘The Sweeney’.

In the early ’80s, Cliff teamed-up with David Kent-Watson to make the film GBH, the first o
f a run of low-budget exploitation films Cliff would write and star in. During the ’80s, Cliff still found time to pen two horror paperbacks, ‘The Pike’ and ‘The Beast of Kane’- The Pike almost becoming a film staring Joan Collins and a mechanical pike controlled by a BBC micro!

Join us for an evening celebrating the life of Manchester’s greatest exploitation renaissance man, with rare clips, Twemlow music, a special introduction, and a rare screening of Cliff’s 1983 Manchester gangster exploitation classic ‘GBH’.
Thursday, 27th October – 19:30.
Roxy Bar and Screen
128 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB London

Buy tickets here.
Facebook event page.

Day of the Giallo: An Investigation into the Cinema of Seductive Cruelty.

Posted in Events., News on September 12, 2012 by eldiabolik


Sunday 16th of September – 15:00
Roxy Bar and Screen
128 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB London
Tickets £10, Buy tickets here.
Facebook event page.

Outlandish titles, outrageous outfits, atonal lounge music and a surfeit of skin abound in an all day event that explodes the history of Italy’s most seductive cinematic export – the giallo. These kinky murder mysteries swept the continent in the early ‘70s, feeding the audience’s accelerating thirst for sex and violence with an unrestrained diet of sensuality, style and death.
From the sadistic overdrive of ‘Blood and Black Lace’ (’64), to the perceptual puzzle of ‘The Bird With the Crystal Plumage’ (’70) and finally to the salacious sexploitation of ‘Strip Nude For Your Killer’ (’75), we cast a voyeuristic eye over a ten year period that spans the ‘boom and bust’ of Italian genre cinema and attempt to untangle the strands of this labyrinthine filone.
Expect a wealth of specially created Filmbar70 material and partake in the twisted giallo sounds of El Diabolik and his World of Psychotronic Soundtracks…


Blood and Black Lace (’64)

A seminal series of violent vignettes linked by all manner of racy malarkey at a high couture fashion house, Mario Bava’s blackly comic descent into fumetti sadism set the visual template for the giallo and remains as shocking now as it was back in the day.

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (’70)
Master of the filone, Dario Argento’s audacious debut cemented the giallo in the minds of the populous. As sharp as the killer’s blade, this clinical investigation into derangement exploded the filone.

Strip Nude For Your Killer (’75)
A prime cut of super sleaze that raises more than an eyebrow, Andrea Bianchi’s unhinged blood and breasts bombast reveals the extent that sex and nudity had saturated continental cinema of the mid ‘70s. Joyfully juvenile and delightfully trashy, ‘Strip Nude’ showcases the impossible (and often disrobed) beauty of the queen of giallo herself, the divine Edwige Fenech.

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