Inferno released February 7, 1980 (Italy)

Inferno 1980


Inferno is a 1980 Italian supernatural horror film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Irene Miracle, Leigh McCloskey, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi, and Alida Valli. The cinematography was by Romano Albani, and Keith Emerson composed the film’s thunderous musical score. The story concerns a young man’s investigation into the disappearance of his sister, who had been living in a New York City apartment building that also served as a home for a powerful, centuries-old witch.

A thematic sequel to Suspiria (1977), the film is the second part of Argento’s “The Three Mothers Trilogy”. The long-delayed concluding entry, The Mother of Tears, was released in 2007. All three films are partially derived from the concept of “Our Ladies of Sorrow” (Mater Lachrymarum, Mater Suspiriorum, and Mater Tenebrarum) originally devised by Thomas de Quincey in his book Suspiria de Profundis (1845).

Unlike Suspiria, Inferno received a very limited theatrical release and the film was unable to match the box-office success of its predecessor. While the initial critical response to the film was mostly negative, its reputation has improved considerably over the years. Kim Newman has called it “…perhaps the most underrated horror movie of the 1980’s.”[2] In 2005, the magazine Total Film named Inferno one of the 50 greatest horror films of all time.

Trivia:

  • The second part (with Suspiria (1977) and La terza madre (2007)) of the “Three Mothers” trilogy.
  • James Woods was the original choice for the lead role but he was already committed to Videodrome (1983).
  • All of the murderer’s hands in the movie were Dario Argento’s.
  • Legendary Italian horror director Mario Bava assisted with the making of the special effects on this film. Bava passed away shortly before its release.
  • For some of the exterior location shoots in Italy footage of New York City skyscrapers were superimposed in the background to make it appear like the films NYC setting.
  • In an interview with assistant director Lamberto Bava, he said that he handled and wrangled so many cats during the shooting of this film that afterward he could no longer stand to be in the same room as a cat. He’s avoided them since then.
  • Argento said that the gentleman who provided the live ants used in the film collected them by walking around in the park with a vacuum and literally sucking them up from the ground. He would later retrieve them from the vacuum bag once on set.
  • Part of the reason Argento cast Irene Miracle as Rose Elliot was she had synchronize swimming skills, which came in quite handy for the shooting of the underwater ballroom scene.
  • The film was shot in three months.
  • According to co-writer and star Daria Nicolodi she didn’t fight for writing credits on this film as she had an ordeal just getting writing credit on Argento’s previous film Suspiria (1977). According to Nicolodi the basic plot of ‘Inferno’ was her creation.
  • When star ‘Leigh McCloskey”s stunt double broke his leg, McCloskey himself had to perform the stunt work for the films explosive finale. In interviews McCloskey said it was an intense experience as the rest of the crew and equipment were protected by multiple layers of Plexiglas while he had to run without protection through sets rigged to explode and burn. McCloskey said ‘when you feel glass flying by you like a Harrier jet, you never forget it!’
  • According to ‘Leigh McCloskey’, Dario Argento’s brother Claudio Argento spoke better English than Dario so often he would have to translate Dario’s direction to the cast.
  • Reportedly Dario Argento was ill with a serve case of hepatitis through out the production. At one point he had to be bed-ridden for a few days leaving the production to work on only second unit. Argento has since called ‘Inferno’ perhaps his most challenging film for this reason alone.
  • In 2005 Total Film magazine named ‘Inferno’ one of the 50 greatest horror films ever made.
  • English film critic Kim Newman once called ‘Inferno’ the most underrated horror film of the 1980′s.
  • Twentieth Century Fox co-financed the film because it’s predecessor Suspiria (1977) had been quite a successful film for their company.
  • For the scene where Kazanian carries the bag of ‘cats’ into Central Park a mechanical device was placed inside the bag to make it move, giving the impression that there were actually live animals inside.
  • Mario Bava is credited with creating the design of Rose Elliot’s unique apartment building. Bava also built the small-scale model that was burned in the films fiery climax.

Baby Blood aka The Evil Within 1990

Baby Blood (aka The Evil Within) is a 1990 French horror film directed by Alain Robak.

A glutton extraterrestrial parasite has spent several decades in the past to culminate its only dearest wish: To be born of a human (it is very interested in human nature and behavior). In order to kindle the evil plan, the wicked being deliberately bends on chasing a plump human body just for fulfilling the insatiable thirst of – human blood. Here-to-fore, the story incidentally takes an uncouth turn.

A voluptuous circus acrobat named Yanka (Emmanuelle Escourrou) has been tormented and abused by her husband for years who is an owner of the circus where she works and there is no love lost between the two. But one day when a leopard is demanded and caged in the circus zoo, its life inexplicably comes to an end soon. However, in the mean time, the surviving extraterrestrial parasite casts the body off the carcass, raids Yanka’s original fetus, and stealthily slips into her womb unseen. The aftermath goads a reluctant and helpless Yanka into the hideous act of endless carnage just only on to pamper the evil fetus with gallons of blood and the ultimate mother’s milk is Baby Blood.

Trivia:

  • There is a sign for “Baby Blood 2″ outside one of the buildings in the movie.
  • The titular canine star of the hit French comedy Baxter (1989) makes a cameo appearance in the film.
  • Jennifer Lien’s voice-over debut.
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    Jude Law Birthday December 29

    Jude Law

    Jude Law

    David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972) is an English actor, film producer and director.

    He began acting with the National Youth Music Theatre in 1987, and had his first television role in 1989. After starring in films directed by Andrew Niccol, Clint Eastwood and David Cronenberg, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his performance in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. In 2000 he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film, Cold Mountain.

    In 2006, he was one of the top ten most bankable movie stars in Hollywood.In 2007, he received an Honorary César and he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

    Trivia:

    Former roommate of Ewan McGregor.

    On People (USA) magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ list in 2000 and 2004.

    Jude’s parents, Peter Law & Maggie Law, were school teachers, but now run a theater company in France. He has one older sister, Natasha, who is a photographer.

    Has a tattoo on his left forearm of words from a Beatles song, “Sexy Sadie”, which states “You came along to turn on everyone Sexy Sadie”, representing his ex-wife Sadie Frost.

    During a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (1992), Jay Leno asked him where his name came from, and he replied that he was named after the Beatles song “Hey Jude.” [15 June 2001]

    Dropped out of the movie From Hell (2001).

    Welcomed third child son Rudy on September 10, 2002. The baby weighed 5lbs 5oz.

    Broke a rib after falling backwards while filming the murder scene on the boat in the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

    He kept the shirts his characters in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) and Gattaca (1997) worn in the scenes when they were killed.

    When joining the N.Y.M.T., he was placed in the wrong dormitory because they thought he was a girl because of his name. He never told anyone but was soon caught and moved.

    Supports Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in London, UK.

    Was originally considered for the role of Shinzon of Remus in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

    Named “Sexiest Man Alive” 2004 by People Magazine.

    Was the host of “Saturday Night Live” (1975) the night of the infamous Ashlee Simpson-Wentz incident.

    Children: Son Rafferty Law (born October 6th 1996), Daughter Iris Law (born October 25th 2000) and Son Rudy Indiana Otis Law (born September 10th 2002) with Sadie Frost.

    Was nominated for Broadway’s 1995 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role – Play) for “Indiscretions.”

    Attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

    Has done 2 movies with director Anthony Minghella, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003), and got Oscar nominations for both. He is now doing a third movie with Minghella, Breaking and Entering (2006).

    Is a former partner in the production company Natural Nylon.

    Dropped out of school at age 17, to star in the daytime soap “Families” (1990).

    Nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award of Outstanding Newcomer.

    Received the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer for “Les Parents Terribles” (“Indiscretions”).

    At the age of 12, started acting with the National Youth Music Theatre.

    Learned to play saxophone for the film The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

    Band Brand New has a song named after him, titled ‘Jude Law and a Semester Abroad’, featured on their album Your Favorite Weapon.

    Became engaged to actress Sienna Miller in January 2005. In July 2005, she ended the engagement and he publicly apologized for cheating on her with nanny Daisy Wright. They reconciled briefly and broke up again in 2006.

    He and his ex-wife Sadie Frost fought a custody battle for over 2 years.

    Attended the Cream reunion at the Royal Albert Hall in May of 2005.

    Kate Moss is the godmother of his daughter Iris

    Considered for the role of Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).

    Good friends with Rachel Weisz.

    Voted #3 in Elle (France) Magazine’s “15 Sexiest Men” poll (June 2007).

    Is a huge fan of Little Britain.

    Plays the lead role in Alfie (2004) and Sleuth (2007). Both films had previously been made with Michael Caine in the roles played by Law.

    Director Bryan Singer originally wanted him to play Zod in Superman Returns (2006). That role was previously played by Terence Stamp, who originally played the title role of Alfie on stage.

    Good friends with Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor.

    In 2007, he spent 10 days in Afghanistan touring the country and filming a documentary.

    Friend of Andrea Logiudice.

    Originally was godfather of Kate Moss’ daughter Lila, but when he got divorced from Sadie Frost, with whom Moss was close friends with, she relieved him of all duties.

    Model Samantha Burke revealed that she is seven months pregnant with a baby girl by Law. They met each other outside of a New York night club while Law was shooting Sherlock Holmes (2009) and had a very short relationship that was already over by the time Burke discovered she was pregnant. [August 2009]

    On September 22nd, 2009, Jude’s former girlfriend Samantha Burke gave birth a baby girl named Sophia. She is the fourth child for Jude, who has three other children with his ex-wife, Sadie frost. Sophia weighed 5lbs, 12oz at birth.

    Julia Roberts Birthday October 28

    Julia Roberts

    Julia Roberts

     

    Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress. She became well known during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere, which grossed $463 million worldwide. After receiving Academy Award nominations for Steel Magnolias in 1990 and Pretty Woman in 1991, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2001 for her performance in Erin Brockovich. Her films, which also include romantic comedies such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Mystic Pizza, Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, and crime films such as The Pelican Brief and Ocean’s Eleven and Twelve have collectively brought box office receipts of over $2 billion, making her the most successful actress in terms of box office receipts.

    julia-robertsRoberts had become one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping the Hollywood Reporter’s annual “power list” of top-earning female stars from 2002 to 2005, until 2006, when Nicole Kidman won the top spot. Her fee for 1990′s Pretty Woman was $300,000; in 2003, she was paid an unprecedented $25 million for her role in Mona Lisa Smile. As of 2007, Roberts’s net worth was estimated to be $140 million.

    Roberts was the first actress to appear on the cover of Vogue. GQ once erroneously claimed she was the first woman to appear on their cover, but later retracted the statement (Carol Channing appeared on a GQ cover in 1964). She has been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” eleven times, tied with Halle Berry. In 2001 Ladies Home Journal ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in America. Roberts has a production company called Red Om Films, formerly Shoelace Productions (“Moder” spelled backwards, after her husband’s last name).

    Trivia:

    Lent her celebrity name to help raise money for research to develop a cure for Rett Syndrome (a disease which is potentially fatal and randomly strikes girls between the ages of 2 to 6 years).

    Chosen of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine in 2000.

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    Ranked #66 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list (October 1997).

    Was engaged to Kiefer Sutherland for a short period.

    Sister of Lisa Roberts Gillan and Eric Roberts.

    Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1990 and 1991.julia_roberts

    Has “movie within a movie” scenes in The Player (1992), Notting Hill (1999), America’s Sweethearts (2001) and Full Frontal (2002).

    Was considered for the role of Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin (1997).

    She once tried out for a part on “All My Children” (1970), but was turned down.

    Born to Walter Grady Roberts, a vacuum cleaner salesman, and his wife Betty Lou Bredemus, a one-time church secretary and real estate agent.

    Ranked #1 (in Hollywood Power) and #12 (in $$) on Forbes magazine ‘Power 100′.

    Tops the list of the 200 “hottest” actors and actresses in the business in “James Ulmer’s Hollywood Hot List: The Complete Guide to Star Power – 2000″ book which is published in October 2000 (June 2000).

    julia_roberts-sexy_momsTurned down the Sharon Stone role in Basic Instinct (1992).

    Frequently works with Steven Soderbergh

    After George Clooney and Brad Pitt found out that she was going to be joining them in Ocean’s Eleven (2001), they sent her a card that read “We heard that you get 20 per film” and in it was a $20 bill; the joke was that she reportedly gets $20 million per film.

    Named one of People Magazine’s ’25 Most Intriguing People of 2001′.

    Named one of E!’s “top 20 entertainers of 2001″.

    At the 2002 Peoples Choice Awards she admitted to being a huge fan of “Days of Our Lives” (1965) and asked to be seated near the cast.

    Splits her down time between her ranch in Taos, New Mexico and a home in New York City.

    Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.julia-roberts-3

    Was ranked 6th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).

    Married boyfriend, cameraman Daniel Moder, at their ranch home in Taos, New Mexico in a midnight ceremony. Bruce Willis was the only celebrity that attended her wedding to Daniel Moder. Julia wore a simple pink cotton halter dress by pal Judith Beylerian (4 July 2002).

    She never acted in a sequel until Ocean’s Twelve (2004).

    She has Irish ancestry.

    Moved from rank # 18 in 2002 to rank #16 in 2003 on Premiere’s Annual Hollywood Power List. Also in 2003 Julia ranked #10 in Star TV’s Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s. In 2005, Premiere Magazine Stars in Our Constellation feature ranked Julia as the #7 Greatest Movie Star of All Time. in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

    Ranked #10 in Star TV’s Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)

    julia roberts3Measurements: 34B-23-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

    She is a huge fan of actress Aishwarya Rai, whom she once commented on being “The most beautiful woman in the world, more beautiful than any Hollywood actress.”

    Pakistani film director Rauf Khalid wanted her to work in his film, and even invited her to Pakistan to discuss the project, but she refused because of prior commitments.

    Observed art history classes at New York University in order to prepare for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003).

    Her Oscar-winning performance as Erin Brockovich-Ellis was ranked #31 on the American Film Institute’s Heroes list of the 100 years of The Greatest Screen Heroes and Villains.

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    Announced that she and husband Daniel Moder are expecting twins. Twins run in her family. She is due in early 2005. [June 2004].

    Shares a birthday with actor Joaquin Phoenix.

    A 9000 year old female skeleton excavated in Bulgaria in November 2004, was called by the archaeologists “Julia Roberts” because of the perfect teeth it had. They said that woman would have had a perfect smile – just like the actress.julia-roberts-picture-3

    Has worked with both Hector Elizondo and Richard Gere in two different movies, first in Pretty Woman (1990), and then again in Runaway Bride (1999).

    Because Erin Brockovich-Ellis is right handed and Roberts is not, she had to learn to use her right hand for Erin Brockovich (2000).

    Premiere Magazine ranked her as the #7 Greatest Movie Star of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).

    Has played an art historian twice, once in Everyone Says I Love You (1996) and also in Mona Lisa Smile (2003).

    First actress to reach 20 million dollar mark salary (for Erin Brockovich (2000))

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    She and her Ocean’s Eleven (2001) / Ocean’s Twelve (2004) co-stars, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Elliott Gould, all have guest-starred on the TV show “Friends” (1994), though not in the same episodes

    Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2005 and appeared on the cover of the May 9, 2005 issue.

    “The Alchemist” is one of her favorite books.

    julia_roberts_1Roberts’ production company “Red Om” films is her husband Danny’s second name reversed

    As a gesture of thanks for giving her children music lessons, Coretta Scott King paid the hospital bills when the pregnant Mrs. Roberts’ delivered her next child. That child ended up being Julia.

    Early in her career, she auditioned unsuccessfully for two soap opera roles. She lost the part of “Linda Warner” to Melissa Leo on “All My Children” (1970); and the part of “Hayley Benson” to Stacy Edwards on “Santa Barbara” (1984).

    Was named of the 100 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2006.

    Her great-grandmother Elin (Eleanor) was Swedish, born 1884 in Värmland, Sweden. She died in Minneapolis 1960, seven years before Julia was born.julia roberts2

    Chosen “Sexiest Bespectacled Star” by the readers of “In Touch” magazine ahead of Felicity Huffman and Alicia Keys (November 2006).

    Her Broadway debut in the play “Three Days of Rain” received terrible reviews for her performance and ran only 70 performances.

    Cited as America’s Favorite Movie Star in a Harris Poll conducted in 2001.

    Ranked #8 in Forbes the 20 Richest Women In Entertainment.

    She won an Oscar for playing Erin Brockovich-Ellis in Erin Brockovich (2000), making her one of eleven actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2007). The other ten actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Jason Robards for playing Benjamin C. Bradlee in All the President’s Men (1976), Robert De Niro for playing Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Susan Sarandon for playing Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001/I) and, most recently, Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006).

    An accomplished equestrienne, Julia did her own riding in Runaway Bride (1999).

    Turned down leading role in Sleepless in Seattle (1993) which went to Meg Ryan.

    Received the American Cinematheque Award (10 October 2007).

    Is an alumni of the Lee Strasberg Institute such as actors Angelina Jolie, Frank Miranda, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Hopper.

    Five directors that cast Julia at least twice are: Mike Nichols, Steven Soderbergh, Garry Marshall, Robert Altman and Joel Schumacher.

    Good friends with Bruce Willis.

    After divorcing Walter Roberts in January 1972, her mother Betty Lou married theater critic Michael Motes (11 September 1972).

    Her films have grossed more than $ 2 billion at the US box office, making her the biggest female movie star of all time (February 2007).

    Has supported UNICEF enthusiastically.

    Buys her own organic greens at the market near her apartment in New York.

    In 2006, she earned $5 million for endorsing Gianfranco Ferre. She posed for eight print ads, which was equivalent for one day of work.

    Named #57 on Empire Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars. (2007).

    By 2004, she had a fortune estimated to be worth $212 million.

    In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $9 million.

    Made just one movie – Blood Red (1989) – with brother Eric Roberts.

    Ranked #1 on Forbes magazine ‘Celebrity 100′ (2000).

    Is one of six actresses that have won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance. The others in chronological order are Renée Zellweger for Cold Mountain (2003), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Helen Mirren for The Queen (2006), Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls (2006) and Kate Winslet for The Reader (2008).

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