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Pleasures of the Damned (1979)
Philadelphia Premiere

Running Time: 85min
Director: Antonio Giallo
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Synopsis: When a group of Satan worshiping bikers seek out a book holding the secrets of eternal life, they accidentally resurrect an ancient evil in the woods, that manifests itself in the zombified forms of cult members that killed themselves in the same woods some 200 years ago. Private Investigator, Jack Steele, while on a mission to help rescue Evelyn Crane's brother Tommy from the hands of the bikers, gets entangled in the situation, and may be the only one that can lay the curse to rest for good.

Director bio: In July of 1979, Italian director, Antonello Giallo, completed work on his debut feature. Shortly after the film's premiere, he was brought up by the Italian government on 17 charges of indecency, and all copies of the film were presumed destroyed. The film was entitled Pleasures of the Damned, and would prove to be Giallo's first and only foray into filmmaking before his tragic and mysterious death in 1982.

It wasn't until the late 80's that bootleg copies of Pleasures of the Damned began to surface at horror conventions, and the film became an often sought after "cult classic" by collectors and horror fans alike. What appeared to be 10th generation VHS copies of the film, made available at these conventions, rarely had subtitles, and the print was so bad that it was often hard to make out the image at all. The worst part was that the longest version available ran at a scant 75 minutes, when the finished version of Giallo's film was known to be around 90. Still the fans ate it up… but where were the other 15 minutes of the film?

In 2002 there was a breakthrough. Mark Leake, a longtime fan of Pleasures, and a Backseat Conceptions collaborator, had spent a year attempting to reach Venatino Giallo, Antonello's only son, and he finally succeeded. Venatino, now a Catholic Priest, sold the only existing print, a work-print taken from the original 16mm negative, to Leake, as well as all subsequent rights. Leake's 3-year restoration process is now complete and the public will finally have a chance to see Pleasures of the Damned, the way it was meant to be seen, with all new dubbing, sound effects and a restored score.


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