Morituris – Italy, 2011

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‘She’s the one who’s gonna die!’

Morituris is a 2011 Italian horror feature film directed by Raffaele Picchio (Curse of the Blind Dead; Dark Silence aka The Blind King).

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The movie stars Valentina D’Andrea, Andrea De Bruyn, Désirée Giorgetti, Francesco Malcom, Giuseppe Nitti and Simone Ripanti.

Plot:

While out driving, three young men meet two beautiful women and convince them to go with them to a rave out in a remote location. Once there, the women realise that there is no rave and that the men lied to them in order to beat and assault them. The women try to escape, only to accidentally unleash a pack of zombie gladiators that proceed to attack the group as a whole…

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The film was partly inspired by true events known as the “Circeo Massacre” – in Italian: “Massacro del Circeo” –  which occurred primarily in the commune of San Felice Circeo, Italy at the end of September of 1975. Three young men assaulted and tortured a 19-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl for two days, then murdered the woman; the girl avoided being killed by pretending to be dead.

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Reviews:

Morituris is definitely not what you expect. I’ll leave it at that. But in the end, it offers what you want out of a film about gladiator zombies: brutal kills and evil people. The less known about Morituris the better before going into it, but once in, gore and horror fans are not going to want this film to end!” Aint It Cool News

“Picchio, (screenplay) writers Gianluigi Perrone and Tiziano Martella created a film that takes a little while to get up to speed and sets you on the wrong foot at first half but then becomes a relentless piece of horror cinema with scenes (of abuse) that would make even some avid fans cringe. If you think you can handle that, Morituris comes highly recommended.” Slashing Through

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Violent sexploitation, gothic horror and old school survival horror is served up here, but with a modern approach. Goddamn, this may well be one of the most provocative movies to come out of Italy in the last twenty years, and definitely a delightful step towards the magic of Italian horror of yesteryear! It would undeniably have put a smile on Lucio Fulci’s face!” CiNEZiLLA

“When we find out the nature of the “Other” threat that lurks in the atmospherically lit backwoods location, the movie offers a fabulously spirited revival of old-school Italian gore-fests, complete with copious cranial trauma and crucifixions courtesy of Sergio Stivaletti. Refusing to opt for the faddish route of knowing fanboy gags, it’s played for intensity and the gladiatorial monsters are a novel, potent threat.” Horrorscreams Video Vault

Release:

Morituris had its world premiere on July 30, 2011, at the Fantasia Festival.

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