The best way to tell a horror fan you love them is to watch some great, gore filled flicks with them and the El-Rey Network has a whole lot of love to give. That’s why they are presenting the Rip Your Heart Out marathon, a mostly Italian exploitation filled horror bonanza, which includes work from directors like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci!
This Valentines Day, Saturday, February 14th, starting at 10 am, the event kicks off with El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair, which happens to feature John Carpenter himself! Then, the Rip Your Heart Out marathon starts it’s mostly Italian show with The Black Belly of the Tarantula, City of the Living Dead, Rats: Night of Terror, The Black Cat, Deathdream, Opera, and New York Ripper.
This makes me excited because this line-up of movies feels like it was made just for me. A couple of my personal favorites are in here, including Deathdream from the late Bob Clark. Finally, a movie marathon just for me? You really love me, El Rey! Ahem, be sure to check out the trailer and the schedule below.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14th
The Black Belly of the Tarantula at 11:00 AM
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. As suspects keep dying, Inspector directs his attention to a spa all the victims had a connection with.
City of the Living Dead at 1:15 PM
A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from the grave.
Rats: Night of Terror at 3:15 PM
One hundred years after a nuclear war has devastated the planet, society has been reborn into two factions: the underground society and the scavengers above in the wastelands. A group of scavengers on bikes comes across a town infested with flesh-eating rats, and soon the gore is spilling everywhere.
The Black Cat at 5:30 PM
American honeymooners in Hungary are trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.
Deathdream at 7:30 PM
A young man killed in Vietnam inexplicably returns home as a zombie.
Opera at 9:30 PM
A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.
The Black Belly of the Tarantula at 11:45 PM
See description above.
The New York Ripper at 2:00 AM
A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.