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  • Pandemonium Morricone

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    Toronto film soundtrack collectors who get moist and/or misty-eyed at the sight of resplendent Italo-wax LP rarities should hustle immediately to Pandemonium Books & Discs in Toronto’s Junction area, at 2920 Dundas Street West. Inside this very roomy and rectangular used book and record haven is, at the time of writing, an entire display wall-turned-patchwork collage of rare soundtrack LPs by the maestro of maestros, Ennio Morricone. Almost all of them foreign issue (Italian, French, Japanese), almost all in near mint condition. Concealing the usual mixed bag of new arrivals and rarities, it feels more like an art installation than simply good commerce, and made my nerdy soundtrack-hungry maw literally drop. Ready your wallets!

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  • Canuck indie vet Larry Kent Goes All-Out Horror with “SHE WHO MUST BURN”

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    “SHE WHO MUST BURN.” Hard to ignore that title, especially when pasted over a distressing close-up of a woman’s torched, screaming face that wouldn’t be out of place as a screen grab from Joseph Ellison’s DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE. Not the first thing one expects from idiosyncratic auteur Larry Kent, who was the ground zero of independent cinema in Canada 50 years ago with such classics of counter-cultural abandon and generational disenchantment as THE BITTER ASH (1963) and HIGH (1969), and best known recently for 2005’s festival favorite of family dysfunction, THE HAMSTER CAGE. And yet Kent, now well into his 70s, is, against all expectations, hard at work in Vancouver on his first ever lunge into the horror genre with SHE WHO MUST BURN, described as a “political, feminist, ultra-violent horror movie” that brazenly takes shots at the Christian Right’s pro-life lobby.

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