Italian All-Night Splatter Fest at the Colonial

There’s an all-night marathon of Italian slasher/horror films happening this Saturday at 7:00 pm at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre.  The lineup is pretty wacky with a few films that are rather tough to get through, but these endurance tests are always really more about the experience that anything else…here’s the lineup from their site:

1981 – 97 min – aka Nightmares in a Damaged Brain or Blood Splash
This famous video nasty is reputed to be one of the most disturbing slasher films ever made. The blood flows in torrents when a mental patient is dosed with an experimental drug that his doctors hope will free him from the grip of homicidal mania. When it appears to work they set him free. But of course, it doesn’t work and the town is painted gleefully red in his vicious wake.

Grim Reaper
1980 – 87 min – aka Anthropophagus or  The Zombie’s Rage
Directed by genre favorite Joe D’Amato, our second film also holds a place on the UK’s infamous Video Nasty list, having been banned there for being too horrific according to censors. It’s the story of a group of tourists visiting a Greek island that appears to be deserted. They soon discover that it isn’t entirely devoid of life and meet many horrific and splatter filled ends.

1979 – 81 min – aka Island of the Fishmen
What diabolical madness is afoot on this lonesome Caribbean island? Has our hero survived two shipwrecks only to be stranded here with convicts? And what of the beautiful Barbara Bach; what does she know about the deadly fish men who now imperil our hero?

1977 – 93 min – aka Beyond the Door II
Despite the clever marketing ploy, this is not a sequel to Beyond the Door. Instead this is master Italian director Mario Bava’s final film. It’s a wicked ghost possession tale that absolutely doesn’t go where you think it is. We dare you to puzzle it out.

City of the Walking Dead
1980 – 88 min – aka Nightmare City
How can we not end an Italian Splatter Fest with a zombie film? This one’s a doozy! A nuclear accident leads to uncontrollable zombies being unleashed upon our hero, played by famed Mexican horror actor Hugo Stiglitz. Director Umberto Lenzi (of Cannibal Ferox and Eaten Alive fame) doesn’t consider this zombie film a zombie film, rather he claims it’s an anti war piece. Whatever he says, it’s got all the goods to please living dead fans.

Admission is $20, students/seniors $15

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Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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