|Riz Ortolani||Score Composer|
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This sometimes creepy Italian supernatural horror film from the 1980s has been a favorite among fans. Unfortunately, this disc may not win over any new converts. Although the film was originally lensed in Technovision (a 2.35:1 widescreen process favored by Italian filmmakers), the disc is available in a full-screen format only. The picture doesn't look badly cropped, but it does appear cramped and a bit squashed at times. The transfer also looks in very bad shape and is filled with scratches, lines, and other assorted artifacts. Too bad the print supplied couldn't have been cleaned up more, if at all. The disc is available only in a horrible English-dubbed track and does not come with any extras. Fans of Euro-styled horror films should really love this film. But perhaps you should wait to see if another company releases it in the future before picking it up.In this inventive psychological horror story from Italian director Pupi Avati, an aspiring novelist named Stefano (Gabriele Lavia) receives an old portable typewriter as a gift from his girlfriend Alessandria (Anne Canovas). One day while playing with the machine, he notices the impressions on the ribbon left behind by the previous owner and becomes curious enough to copy them down and find out what had been written on the typewriter in the past. Stefano is startled to discover that it was once owned by a noted scientist named Paolo Zeder (Luigi Costa), and that Zeder was working on a report on his theories about "K Zones" -- places where supernatural energy is concentrated so heavily that the newly dead will rise from the grave and walk among the living. Stefano sets out to find out the facts about the K Zones, and he discovers that the truth is horrifying indeed. Zeder was originally released in the United States as Revenge of the Dead, and it was marketed as a standard-issue zombie movie, where it predictably failed to find an audience until more thoughtful genre enthusiasts rediscovered the original Italian version several years later.
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