Saturday, March 9, 2013

Deep Shock (2014)

A new horror short written, directed, and co-produced by Italian filmmaker Davide Melini, titled Deep Shock, is currently in pre-production with a targeted release date for sometime in 2014 as part of a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the giallo film; which is considering Mario Bava’s Blood and Black Lace from 1964 to be the starting point, as it is the film that set forth a lot of the immortal giallo tropes we know and love.

I covered two of Melini’s previous horror shorts, The Puzzle and The Sweet Hand of the White Rose, back in May of last year, and if you caught those articles, you’ll know that I am pretty enthusiastic about Melini’s work.

The plot synopsis for Deep Shock goes like this: “Sarah can't completely overcome the deaths of her grandfather and her older sister. The trauma and lack of sleep cause her to embark on a strange journey of apparitions and murders, apparently caused by her mind…” -IMDB/Deep Shock

I love the look of the official movie poster, mainly thanks to the fabulous art, by Cristina Gómez Rosales. It has a nice classic look, which is suitable for what Melini is shooting for with this film: a desire to bring back the ideas used during the golden age of giallo film making, during the ‘60s and ‘70s, and deliver them with new technology to be appreciated by new and longtime fans. The tagline “Italian giallo is ready to make its return” sounds bold, but based on Melini’s previous work, I'm pretty excited about this upcoming new short, and I’ve got a feeling that the writer/director will deliver.

Melini plans to have six actors total. The music in the film will be realized by the Gothic Italian band Visioni Gotiche (multiple samples of their work can be heard on the band’s MySpace page Here). The shooting location will be Málaga, Spain, and it’s possible that a teaser will be released sometime this month or in April.

Deep ShockFacebook Page 

Deep ShockIMDB Page


  1. I just watched The Puzzle. I'm going to check out The Sweet Hand Of The White Rose just before bedtime tonight. You're right - that poster art is fantastic.

    Have you seen the poster for Lord Of Tears posted on the Dog Farm? I want that poster of the Owl Man on my wall. lol

    1. I'm glad you're checking out Melini's films, Brandon. Very stylish work. I hope The Sweet Hand worked for you; I could watch that one pretty frequently without getting tired of it.

      That movie monster from Lord of Tears does look pretty cool and reminds me of the killer from Stagefright. The trailer wasn't bad either; the film looked pretty interesting with some nice looking camera work and shooting locations.

  2. Funny you mention Stagefright. It brought that to mind for me, as well. I wanted to ask Mr. Lawrie if he was familiar with it, but I was afraid he might take offense at the implication of "homage". I should have known you'd get that, too. lol