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The Psychotronic Tourist

Contrary to popular belief, not all horror fans live in dark basements sitting in front of a screen 24 hours a day. Many of us like to get out every once in a while and travel! But when we do, it’s hard to resist the opportunity to visit our favourite movie locations. This column By Kier-La Janisse and friends is an offering to the erstwhile traveller, with each column dedicated to exploring the locations of a single film. In each entry we’ll give you photos, maps and history related to the locations in question, so that the articles can be used as virtual tour guides around genre cinema’s many intriguing landmarks.

 

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    The Psychotronic Tourist: FANGO Visits Tokyo’s CAMBIARE…The SUSPIRIA Bar!

    Our favorite films quickly feel like a part of our lives. You watch them repeatedly and they become like comfort food or a nice easy chair. You want to live in those movies, hang out with the characters and immerse yourself in their surroundings. The proprietors of Tokyo’s Cambiare Bar and Grill have taken this idea a little further, designing their establishment after Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece SUSPIRIA. When word of this bar’s existence hit the news wire, many a horror fan’s curiosity was piqued. Luckily, this writer found himself in Tokyo this past summer and decided to check it out. This was the story.

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    THE PSYCHOTRONIC TOURIST: AMSTERDAMNED VIDEO DIARY!

    In conjunction with my Psychotronic Tourist trip through the locations for Dick Maas’ 1988 water-killer thriller AMSTERDAMNED (see the full epic tour with then-and-now pics, history and maps HERE), Dutch journalist Michael Minneboo accompanied us, armed with a video camera, and turned out this awesome capsule of our day together with Dick Maas on the canals, revisiting AMSTERDAMNED 25 years on.

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    THE PSYCHOTRONIC TOURIST: BODY DOUBLE (1984)

    Welcome to the very first instalment of The Psychotronic Tourist! Using this month’s print FANGO De Palma coverage as a launching point, I decided to kick off the column by visiting some of the key locations from one of De Palma’s most excessive pictures, the oft-maligned VERTIGO/REAR WINDOW riff BODY DOUBLE (1984). Say what you will about the phallocentric nature of the film’s imagery and mental space, but BODY DOUBLE remains not only a lush, enthralling mystery set in the seedy underbelly of the movie biz, but also a virtual tour through many of Los Angeles’ most historic landmarks, some of which are sadly no longer with us. Upon a recent visit to L.A. I teamed up with Severin Films’ David Gregory, who took me around on a whirlwind day-trip through the titillating topography of vintage De Palma.

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