New Argento mashup from neo-giallo maestros Forzani & Cattet


musanteI just got the news that actor Tony Musante – best known to horror fans as amateur sleuth Sam Dalmas from Argento’s debut feature THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE – died on November 26th after an oral surgery mishap. He was 77 years old.

Almost simultaneously, I received an email from giallo obsessives Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (AMER, THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS) containing a link to a new Argento mashup they made for France’s ARTE TV, in which Musante makes an appearance. Even using images so familiar as Argento’s back-catalogue can still contain a few surprises when edited together so masterfully. Check it out below.

About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.


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