Thursday, July 16, 2009


I've confirmed with Mya that the October release of the Klaus Kinski horror film EVIL FACE is actually LA MANO CHE NUTRE LA MORTE (THE HAND THAT FEEDS THE DEAD) and not LE AMANTI DEL MOSTRO, as previously noted. Ironically, I had earlier mentioned how both films, shot concurrently or back-to-back, get mixed up by many.

Here's a locandina from LA MANO CHE NUTRE LA MORTE:

And an early video release:

Someone on the Italian eBay is auctioning a book of over 160 photos from this film. A sample:

Hmm, our kind of film!

Just as it would have been good to have LE AMANTI DEL MOSTRO on DVD, so it will be good to have LA MANO CHE NUTRE LA MORTE in that format. Hopefully, the companion film will also be released by Mya in the future.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mya's October Releases

There's no stopping Mya! Scheduled to street October 27 are the following titles: EVIL FACE (LE AMANTI DEL MOSTRO, 1974), FAMILY SCANDAL (PECCATO ORIGINALE, 1980)and GRAVEYARD DISTURBANCE (UNA NOTTE AL CIMITERO, 1987).

Let's take a look at the first of these future releases--EVIL FACE.

The DVD artwork is a combination of an Italian locandina for LADY FRANKENSTEIN and poster work for the Jess Franco film, JACK THE RIPPER. Below is the original locandina for the film, which certainly would have been effective:

The Italian poster looked like this:

The English translation of the Italian title is LOVER OF THE MONSTER. I'm not aware of it ever being titled EVIL FACE. The film is directed by Serigo Garrone, the infamous director of S.S. EXPERIMENT CAMP, and was shot back-to-back or concurrently with THE HAND THAT FEEDS THE DEAD (LA MANO CHE NUTRE LA MORTE), with which it is sometimes confused. Amusingly, several of the names of the characters--"Polanski," "Ivan Rassimov"--are in-jokes.

The website Santo & Friends states:

"A beautifully shot gothic horror film starring Kinski who gives a excellent and sympathetic performance. The cinematography and music do much to enhance a captivating story. Dutch actress Katia Christine is exceptionally gorgeous as Alex’s unloving wife."

Monday, July 6, 2009

You are a Great Read Award

I was very pleasantly surprised to learn that this blog has just received a "You are a Great Read!" award from the Marisa Mell Blog run by Mirko di Wallenberg. This is an award that a blog gives three blogs that they feel stand out from the many others out there, and then those blogs give the award to other blogs, and so on. Mirko (good name!) said of this blog:

"First, there is the always entertaining "MYA"-blog "" solely dedicated to a relatively new DVD label publishing Italian movies that have never been published before on DVD or making some older movies again available for a new generation. In these harsh times I find it very courageous to start a new DVD label while a lot of the other companies are quiting the once blooming market. Mya offers each month several new releases and that should be supported by all the fans of Italian genre movies!"

Thank you, Mirko, and now I'll have to select three blogs myself!