Saturday, 11 April 2009

Chiller Theatre Presents ...

The Italian Invasion
(April 17-19, 2009)


Fans of the late Seventies and predominantly Eighties Italian fantastical cinema rejoice, as our heroes from that prolific period of Euro greatness are to appear before us once again. Mark your personal organisers or use good old fashioned cerebral sense to etch permanently the period April 17th - 19th 2009. The venue - The Hilton Hotel, Parsippany, New Jersey, NY.
The guru of gatherings, Mike Baronas, brings together under one roof some of the biggest names, and iconic stars of Italian Action / Horror cinema. The event also celebrates the 30th Anniversary of perhaps the greatest Euro Zombie chunk blower ever made, Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters. A cast reunion of Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver and Ottaviano Dell’acqua - the masterfully made up worm eyed Zombie, that gave us all nightmares from a young age. An eye splintering line up not to be missed !.
A Lucio Fulci theme continues as two of the child stars from his 1981 made The House By The Cemetery will also be appearing. Look out for their adult name tags, Giovanni Frezza and Silvia Collatina.
The exploding alien eggs Director genius that brilliantly brought us Contamination (1980), Luigi Cozzi brings his very affable persona to the show, for what is bound to be a signature seeking jamboree and engaging Q & A for fans.
Fulci femmes fantastico, Cinzia Monreale, The Beyond (1981), Malisa Longo, A Cat In The Brain (1990) and Zora Kerowa, The New York Ripper (1982), shall all be present on the day to add charm and glamour to proceedings. Doubtlessly too sharing snipits of their experiences with Lucio Fulci and fellow performers on set and off. The mighty Michael Sopkiw, a hugely popular star around these parts as will become evident in time to come right here at Ballistic Blood Bullets, is sure to head up the frenzy for fan appreciation and form one of the longest queues for a signature. Star of the superlative Sci-Fi genre classic 2019: After The Fall Of New York. This charming American Action hero got to play alongside the mighty George Eastman, duking it out with him on no less than three occasions during his four picture deal with the Italians. His leading ladies are amongst the most beautiful Euro starlets of that time, Valentine Monnier, Suzane Carvalho, Valentina Forte and Miss. Italy 1977 Anna Kanakis. He was also Directed by two of the greatest Italian film makers of that period, Sergio Martino and Lamberto Bava. The guys credentials are right up there with the Euro giants, so do stop by and pay him his respectful just dues.

The three day event is sure to thrill and entertain a generation of fans both old and new. Be sure to swing back around here with any news because we'd love to here about it from you, the Fans. Enjoy.


Check out the News & Updates section of The Icons Of Fright; http://iconsoffright.com/news/2009/03/the_italians_are_invading_chil.html who have a pre-event triple treat of interviews from Ian McCulloch, Silvia Collatina and the iconic Michael Sopkiw himself.

The Chiller Theatre full event details may also be found here: http://www.chillertheatre.com/gt/italians/italians.htm

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