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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

MONDO DROPPING BABABOOK POSTERS TOMORROW!

THE BABADOOK On Sale Info!

Tomorrow we are releasing two posters for a really great Australian horror movie called THE BABADOOK. We previously debuted a poster for the film by Gary Pullin at MondoCon last month and tomorrow we will have remaining posters from that plus a solid new poster for the film by We Buy Your Kids! This movie is crazy good and we highly suggest checking it out when you can. It hits DIRECTV tomorrow and US theaters/VOD on November 28th. You can see a trailer for it right HERE.
The Babadook by We Buy Your Kids. 18"x24" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $40
The Babadook by Gary Pullin. 24"x36" screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by D&L Screenprinting. $40
Please follow us on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, October 30th.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SQUIRM (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - The Worms Crawl In, The Worm Crawl Out (Repost) TEST

You see a movie on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you think you understand it all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed the good natured riffing of the robots both in conjunction with our featured Scream Factory release and other films, but while I love to laugh, I can’t help but think that some of these movies get pigeon holed as a result. Take Squirm for example. Sure it’s a movie about electrified night crawlers that kill and invade homes. When you give the old MST3K treatment you can belly laugh yourself into a pile of your own intestines having had your sides split evenly along both left and right sides, but that doesn’t mean that Squirm itself is a comedy. Quite the contrary. Squirm is actually really creepy, and even if you can’t get past the horde of spaghetti rolling through a house, it certainly is icky, gross, mondo-disgusto. This is animal horror. This is creature feature. 

I had the chance to meet director Jeff Lieberman at Chiller Theatre not too long ago. He signed a rather handsome Squirm poster for me, I gave him the lion’s share of fan praise that I could muster (being a bit nervous) and then realized that Lieberman was responsible for more than just Squirm. He was the man behind Just Before Dawn, Remote Control and Satan’s Little Helper (Blue Sunshine and Never-ending Story III as well). For a man whose name a rarely had heard spoken, I soon came to know him as a cult superstar. In reviewing his movies now, having just watched both Squirm and Satan’s Little Helper in tandem, I realize that he was a master of the creep out. Lieberman is the kind of guy who makes jokes in his movies. Either you get them and you laugh heartily or you don’t and you feel the ominous shadow of having seen a warped mind at work (a complement to be certain). Lieberman had done a screening of Remote Control and even did a Q&A. It was a shame I couldn’t be there, but I’m glad to have met him.
Synopsis from Scream Factory:
When a powerful storm knocks Fly Creek, Georgia's power lines down onto wet soil, the resulting surge of electricity drives large, bloodthirsty worms to the surface – and then out of their soil-tilling minds! Soon, the townspeople discover that their sleepy fishing village is overrun with worms that burrow right into their skin! Inundated by hundreds of thousands of carnivorous creatures, the terrorized locals race to find the cause of the rampage – before becoming tilled under themselves!

My first connection to Squirm was in An Album of Modern Horror. There was a picture of a man with his guts filled with all sorts of icky, slimy things. I didn’t know Squirm yet, but I would years later. That image stuck with me and guided me straight into the video store wear I became entranced by the skull head with creep crawlies worn like a crown. The iconic cover beckoned me. I rented Squirm with great ease. What I saw on tape was not quite what I had expected from a movie that generated such a disturbing still. What I got was the gross out, a low budget, poor quality gross out. I wasn’t disappointed mind you because there are plenty of solitary scenes that go above and beyond the flawed story or haphazard dialogue. That was the first time I had watched it. Of course subsequent viewing would be similar though I started to “get” Squirm. You don’t want a movie like Squirm because it has fascinating verbiage or Academy Award nominations spill out of like so many wormies. You watch Squirm to make your sister sick to her stomach. You watch it with a bowl of noodles and pull a “Lost Boys” Chinese Food scare on your friends. You watch it to shock which, as a younger man, I was indeed shocked.

My most recent viewing of Squirm, that of the Scream Factory Blu-ray, was a somewhat different experience. This is one good looking Blu-ray save for a bit of dust. I personally enjoy that kind of thing on older movies because it gives the movie a dirty, grindhouse feel, but I understand there are purest among you. My immediate thought was disbelief; I simply could not believe that this was the same schlock picture I had watched growing up. It looked so nice, like a real movie and not one that would receive a riffed out tongue lashing. In that same moment I realized that while Squirm focuses on the gross out, there are some truly surprising scares and plenty of tension. After all, we all know that the worms are lurking around every damn corner. We just don’t know when they’re going to rise up and take revenge. I’m terrified of spiders, but I never considered myself a freak for carnivorous worms.

Extras include an audio commentary track with writer/director Jeff Lieberman as well as a new interview with Lieberman, actor Don Scardino and the man who made Squirm squirm, Bill Milling (special effects). Jeff Lieberman takes you on a tour of the locations used in the movie. Of course you get one of the most fantastic trailers alongside powerful radio and TV spots. I love to use these trailers and samples in projects from time to time. The narrator is just so darn good. The package includes the newly commissioned artwork and traditional art on the flipside.

I’m not guaranteeing a scare out of Squirm, but I think it will get to a number of you once you remove it from the unofficial “so bad it’s good” movie list. Treat it like a horror movie and not a riffed on movie. Give Lieberman some respect for being a tremendous showman and filmmaker. Scream Factory gave you the Blu to make you twitch in your seat, now it’s your turn to writhe about in uncomfortable, heebie jeebie filled agony. Squirm hits Blu-ray October 28th.

The only improvement would have been to put the Mystery Science Theater 3000 commentary track on here. Hey, a guy can dream and it's not like Shout doesn't put out MST3K.

Squirm is available for order now. 

SQUIRM (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - The Worms Crawl In, The Worm Crawl Out (Repost)

You see a movie on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you think you understand it all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed the good natured riffing of the robots both in conjunction with our featured Scream Factory release and other films, but while I love to laugh, I can’t help but think that some of these movies get pigeon holed as a result. Take Squirm for example. Sure it’s a movie about electrified night crawlers that kill and invade homes. When you give the old MST3K treatment you can belly laugh yourself into a pile of your own intestines having had your sides split evenly along both left and right sides, but that doesn’t mean that Squirm itself is a comedy. Quite the contrary. Squirm is actually really creepy, and even if you can’t get past the horde of spaghetti rolling through a house, it certainly is icky, gross, mondo-disgusto. This is animal horror. This is creature feature. 

I had the chance to meet director Jeff Lieberman at Chiller Theatre not too long ago. He signed a rather handsome Squirm poster for me, I gave him the lion’s share of fan praise that I could muster (being a bit nervous) and then realized that Lieberman was responsible for more than just Squirm. He was the man behind Just Before Dawn, Remote Control and Satan’s Little Helper (Blue Sunshine and Never-ending Story III as well). For a man whose name a rarely had heard spoken, I soon came to know him as a cult superstar. In reviewing his movies now, having just watched both Squirm and Satan’s Little Helper in tandem, I realize that he was a master of the creep out. Lieberman is the kind of guy who makes jokes in his movies. Either you get them and you laugh heartily or you don’t and you feel the ominous shadow of having seen a warped mind at work (a complement to be certain). Lieberman had done a screening of Remote Control and even did a Q&A. It was a shame I couldn’t be there, but I’m glad to have met him.
Synopsis from Scream Factory:
When a powerful storm knocks Fly Creek, Georgia's power lines down onto wet soil, the resulting surge of electricity drives large, bloodthirsty worms to the surface – and then out of their soil-tilling minds! Soon, the townspeople discover that their sleepy fishing village is overrun with worms that burrow right into their skin! Inundated by hundreds of thousands of carnivorous creatures, the terrorized locals race to find the cause of the rampage – before becoming tilled under themselves!

My first connection to Squirm was in An Album of Modern Horror. There was a picture of a man with his guts filled with all sorts of icky, slimy things. I didn’t know Squirm yet, but I would years later. That image stuck with me and guided me straight into the video store wear I became entranced by the skull head with creep crawlies worn like a crown. The iconic cover beckoned me. I rented Squirm with great ease. What I saw on tape was not quite what I had expected from a movie that generated such a disturbing still. What I got was the gross out, a low budget, poor quality gross out. I wasn’t disappointed mind you because there are plenty of solitary scenes that go above and beyond the flawed story or haphazard dialogue. That was the first time I had watched it. Of course subsequent viewing would be similar though I started to “get” Squirm. You don’t want a movie like Squirm because it has fascinating verbiage or Academy Award nominations spill out of like so many wormies. You watch Squirm to make your sister sick to her stomach. You watch it with a bowl of noodles and pull a “Lost Boys” Chinese Food scare on your friends. You watch it to shock which, as a younger man, I was indeed shocked.

My most recent viewing of Squirm, that of the Scream Factory Blu-ray, was a somewhat different experience. This is one good looking Blu-ray save for a bit of dust. I personally enjoy that kind of thing on older movies because it gives the movie a dirty, grindhouse feel, but I understand there are purest among you. My immediate thought was disbelief; I simply could not believe that this was the same schlock picture I had watched growing up. It looked so nice, like a real movie and not one that would receive a riffed out tongue lashing. In that same moment I realized that while Squirm focuses on the gross out, there are some truly surprising scares and plenty of tension. After all, we all know that the worms are lurking around every damn corner. We just don’t know when they’re going to rise up and take revenge. I’m terrified of spiders, but I never considered myself a freak for carnivorous worms.

Extras include an audio commentary track with writer/director Jeff Lieberman as well as a new interview with Lieberman, actor Don Scardino and the man who made Squirm squirm, Bill Milling (special effects). Jeff Lieberman takes you on a tour of the locations used in the movie. Of course you get one of the most fantastic trailers alongside powerful radio and TV spots. I love to use these trailers and samples in projects from time to time. The narrator is just so darn good. The package includes the newly commissioned artwork and traditional art on the flipside.

I’m not guaranteeing a scare out of Squirm, but I think it will get to a number of you once you remove it from the unofficial “so bad it’s good” movie list. Treat it like a horror movie and not a riffed on movie. Give Lieberman some respect for being a tremendous showman and filmmaker. Scream Factory gave you the Blu to make you twitch in your seat, now it’s your turn to writhe about in uncomfortable, heebie jeebie filled agony. Squirm hits Blu-ray October 28th.

The only improvement would have been to put the Mystery Science Theater 3000 commentary track on here. Hey, a guy can dream and it's not like Shout doesn't put out MST3K.

Squirm is available for order now. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Exhumed Films 24 Hour Horrorthon VIII - Keep Godzilla's Black Leather Monkey Pet 2 the Last Bog Day, Mary Blood of the Night

You refer to it as Christmas. The best day of the year. Halloween early. The day we all look forward to most (even more than Halloween itself). My birthday (because it has been on my birthday). It is the Exhumed 24 Hour Horrorthon. The third one of these mama jamas got me into 35mm screenings as if  it made me an addict; it pains me to miss events. I want to mainline celluloid with projector works. The screen is my spoon, I shall not want, but I want to see everything on film. I need that. We probably need to start the NA/AA equivalent of film addicts because I will surely need it soon (just wait till I start collecting trailers and build a mini-theater in my garage).

 The four of the apocalypse (the Fulci kind thus the strange phrasing) Jesse, Harry, Dan and Joseph are my Beatles. They are mentors. Spirit guides. These men have changed my life. I owe them a great deal of thanks, and I find it difficult to express it at times. They fill me with so much emotion that letting it out is tricky,  and so I'll simply recap the eighth horrorthon of the world. Hopefully someday I'll come up with a way to say thank you to them appropriately. Some way that makes sense to this whole crazy film/horror thing that makes my guts gooey like Sugar Daddy candy and sweet, courageous cider in my belly.

The Keep


Having just watched this on Netflix this year on the elliptical machine at the gym (not optimal by any means), I was pleased to see Exhumed give a much adored but unavailable title the main stage, front and center. This flick has had problems making it to DVD and Blu-ray due in part to a lack of extras available in the early 2000's if rumors are to be believed followed by a rights issue with the most amazing score by Tangerine Dream.


The screening was well received and a personal triumph for me. I love the effects and the print was as a gorgeous showcase on which to display them. What a cast. What a score. What a fun story with the bad guys being the Nazis and evil. This movie may have been cut to ribbons with a reported 40 minutes of footage left out from what it could have been (from what I was told), but it captures the imagination and is a shining example of what horror can be.

THE MADNESS: Automatons Week Three! A Quick Rushed Effort aka No Time For Love Dr. Jones

Here is my scoring for Madness Week  3. This is a horror movie watching competition that I having fun with this October. These are quick, unedited reviews with a rating and approximate pt values.  20 pts Much less than last week. Hope this helps the team at all. Unfortunately I will be in Disney next week and may not get to watch all that much more. Between pumpkin picking, work, a trip to Hot Dog Johnnys and seeing a good friend, no time for love Dr. Jones.

Rating this week will be in terms of  Stars because I have no time to be create right now.


Walking Dead Ep 1  1 hour show (watching when it premiered) 5 star 1 pt

 

This was one of the best episodes ever and definitely the perfect way to start season 5. My interest is renewed!

 

The Keep  4.5 star rating 6 pt – Golem

 

Love this movie, just saw it this past year for the first time and it was amazing on a large screen. I hope we get an uncut version on Blu-ray some day

 

Black Magic 3 stars – 3 pts – puppets and voodoo dolls used to convey a curse.

 

Not quite my style but perfectly funny, Asian film about magic and how to use it to seduce and kill people.

 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre III 4 stars – 2 pts

 

One of my favorite installments in the TCM series. Best soundtrack of them all and premieres Vigo!

 

Blue Monkey 4 stars 3 pts practical creature effects

 

This movie needs a proper Blu-ray release. We should start a damn petition. I was astonished with how amazing it was. Loved it. Brilliant effects.

 

Pet Sematary 4 stars – 2 pts  

 

I cannot watch this movie ever again. I nearly cried in the theater and everyone was laughing. Who laughs at fucking Pet Sematary? You fucking heathens!

 

The Gate II – 4 stars 3 pts – practical creature effects

 

This was so much better than I thought it was going to be. I love it. Need to own it and it’s a brilliant continuation of the original story with many of the same awesome effects that worked in the original. Definitely wish we had a Gate III.

 

Exists – 3.5 stars 2 pts

 

Blogged about it and loved it. Great movie from Eduardo Sanchez and stick with it past the 30 minute mark. Gets really great!



Thursday, October 23, 2014

SQUIRM (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - The Worms Crawl In, The Worm Crawl Out

You see a movie on Mystery Science Theater 3000, and you think you understand it all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve enjoyed the good natured riffing of the robots both in conjunction with our featured Scream Factory release and other films, but while I love to laugh, I can’t help but think that some of these movies get pigeon holed as a result. Take Squirm for example. Sure it’s a movie about electrified night crawlers that kill and invade homes. When you give the old MST3K treatment you can belly laugh yourself into a pile of your own intestines having had your sides split evenly along both left and right sides, but that doesn’t mean that Squirm itself is a comedy. Quite the contrary. Squirm is actually really creepy, and even if you can’t get past the horde of spaghetti rolling through a house, it certainly is icky, gross, mondo-disgusto. This is animal horror. This is creature feature.

I had the chance to meet director Jeff Lieberman at Chiller Theatre not too long ago. He signed a rather handsome Squirm poster for me, I gave him the lion’s share of fan praise that I could muster (being a bit nervous) and then realized that Lieberman was responsible for more than just Squirm. He was the man behind Just Before Dawn, Remote Control and Satan’s Little Helper (Blue Sunshine and Never-ending Story III as well). For a man whose name a rarely had heard spoken, I soon came to know him as a cult superstar. In reviewing his movies now, having just watched both Squirm and Satan’s Little Helper in tandem, I realize that he was a master of the creep out. Lieberman is the kind of guy who makes jokes in his movies. Either you get them and you laugh heartily or you don’t and you feel the ominous shadow of having seen a warped mind at work (a complement to be certain). Lieberman had done a screening of Remote Control and even did a Q&A. It was a shame I couldn’t be there, but I’m glad to have met him.

WEREWOLF WOMAN (Raro Video Blu-ray)

You start to think about movies that feature female werewolves, and you feel like there aren't all that many of them. I sat down and started off with the premise that there were only a couple. Turns out it's a rich subset of the genre and has some strong members. We're here to talk about Rino Di Silvestro's Werewolf Woman which predates a number of our favorite bitch wolf flicks and is notoriously one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films. To name a few... The Howling, a book first, features two tremendous female werewolves and each of the subsequent sequels are chock full of interesting takes on female werewolves, some more flattering and believable than others. Ginger Snaps and its sequels (for better or worse) is a more recent example of strong female characters demonstrating the power of women as lycanthropes. Then of course there's Dr. Terror's House of Horrors form the mid 60's that features a story with a perfectly ironic twist pitting female wolf against a legendary family enemy. 1976 sees the release of the movie in the spotlight today. It doesn't necessarily carry with it the standard baggage of the werewolf legend, but it is, nonetheless a werewolf movie. In some ways you might even consider a movie like Werewolf Woman as a predecessor of Ginger Snaps. You'd find it hard to believe but somehow I can't seem to help but draw that conclusion that these movies have a similar message or at least the underpinning of a deeper meaning than the skin flick that WW may appear to be.

Synopsis from Raro Video:

From notorious Italian exploitation filmmaker Rino Di Silvestro (Deported Women of the SS Special Section) comes Werewolf Woman, a psychological, psychosexual, pseudo-shapeshiter shocker and a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino. In it, a mentally unstable young woman named Daniela (Annik Borel) fantasizes that she is the reincarnation of her long-dead ancestor, a woman who was thought to have been a werewolf. Dealing with her lifetime of sexual abuse, she seduces men before transgressing into a feral monster, screaming, cursing and ripping them to shreds. When she meets the man of her dreams, Daniela seems ready to forgive her past and bury the beast within until another traumatic encounter seals both her own fate and the collective fates of the Werewolf Woman’s wild wrath. A strange, erotic, outrageously sleazy and provocative Eurohorror classic about a woman pushed well-past the edge of sanity, Werewolf Woman is finally presented here with the respect it deserves, in beautifully realized, remastered high-definition. Watch it with someone you trust.

I almost feel bad trying to create deeper meaning in a movie like Werewolf Woman. It has obvious exploitation elements that will appeal to a certain crowd (I am a member of this crowd). It's erotic and bestial with intense moments of raw sexuality and a beautiful portrait of the female form, in and out of lupine form. That means there's a hot naked woman on the screen... a lot. Normally I end up feeling like a sleazy 42nd street dweller in my own living room when I watch pictures like this. They come off as having real horror elements only to bury the ambiance and mood below a pair of amazing knockers. It just so happens that I didn't have to imagine seeing this a seedy theater with a bunch o' perves. I had the chance to enjoy it at an Exhumed Films screening. While I slept through a portion of the movie (along with Vampire's Night Orgy, I awoke to better understand the wolfed out female figure several times. We all should have been wearing raincoats, smoking cigarettes and sticking to the seat. Thankfully, the crowd that enjoys Exhumed's screening know a thing or two about using the restroom rather than their shirt cuff. This kind of disjointed viewing, a late night (morning really) tryst during a movie horrorthon that goes for 24 hours doesn't lend itself to deep analysis or even appreciation for a more quiet picture like Werewolf Woman. You actually need to sit with it, perhaps a couple times. You need to leave your hormones at the door (and your tissue box). 


Watching the Raro Blu-ray was a wholly unique experience with it's handsome presentation that seems to yield an almost scholarly feeling. It's the kind of feeling you might offer a "Criterion Jr." (a disc that isn't Criterion but has packaging and booklet that give it a regal presentation. I am a fan of Raro's style. I like their slip cases (better now that they remove easier). I love that they include a booklet to give fans a backstory that isn't straight out of Wikipedia written by esteemed fans or historians For Werewolf Woman we are treated to Chris Alexander's account of the movie. For those of you who are familiar with Alexander, you are well aware that he adores foreign horror from the 60's and 70's and shows knowledge and kind analysis to a movie that almost doesn't fee like it deserves it. I'm a fan of his work. I enjoyed his comments about the movie and its context .Both the slip sleeve and actual cover insert are slightly different but both are beautiful representations of the classic poster art. Di Silvestro gives a 20 minute interview. You'd almost hope to get something from Tarantino or an introduction from Chris Alexander. The disc also features the English and Italian trailers.

This is a very adult werewolf picture and one that strays from the common look of the wolf as well as the origin story. It's not for the Universal Monster crowd but would be better suited in a double feature with a Jess Franco undead tale or a Rollin vamp flick. Unlike Franco and Rollin, this doens't come off like an art picture at all, and it doesn't come off like pure smut. It is raw and animalistic though without the energy to sustain tension; Werewolf Woman focus on inner struggle and the strength of woman in overcoming adversity (though Silvestro stills let's you know that he directed Deported Women of the SS Special Section as well). Perhaps that's why I find it so similar to Ginger Snaps. It represents a period of change in a woman's life marked by a physical transformation into a beast of immeasurable power. The metaphor is clear even if the movie seems to muddy up serious discussion with elements designed to titillate the body and not the mind. I suppose that's just as animal as the transformation in the movie. Is it possible to be as horny as bunny while exploring your inner emotional power struggle? It's more than an adult feature, not quite a horror picture and even more of a Mafu Cage-ish battle with psychological trauma and animism.

Special Features

Video interview with the director Rino Di Silvestro (19 min. 22 sec.)
Original Italian theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.) / Original English theatrical trailer (3 min. 58 sec.) A fully illustrated booklet on the genesis and production of the film by Chris Alexander, Fangoria Magazine / New HD transfer from original 35mm negative / Digitally restored
New and improved English subtitle translation
Werewolf Woman is available now, available from DiabolikDVD. These are the same fellas behind Exhumed Films who screened it the first time I saw it. Do yourself a favor and support them when purchasing this Blu-ray because they've cared enough to both stock it and screen it for you.

Order Werewolf Woman now:
http://www.diabolikdvd.com/category/Euro-Trash/Werewolf-Woman-(Raro)-(Blu~Ray).html

NIGHTBREED (Scream Factory Blu-ray) - A Tale of Two Discs (and Three)

Let’s run down the time line here. Cliver Barker’s Cabal. Nightbreed theatrical. Nightbreed VHS. Nightbreed DVD. Cabal Cut – Nightbreed all mashed up with new scenes (some less than stellar quality)… and then movement. The movement to have Nightbreed released as the Cabal Cut with all the extra bits and pieces… OCCUPY MIDIAN. That’s the story leading up to the Scream Factory releases, both the two disc set featuring the Director’s Cut and the three disc set featuring the Director’s Cut AND the theatrical cut. Before we continue into Nightbreed circa 2014, be clear that what we will be discussing is not the Cabal Cut. That has not been officially released. It is simply the inspiration that gave rise to have Clive Barker’s Nightbreed created anew using all the footage possible (all the good looking footage anyway). This is not a slight toward the fans, but a tribute to their efforts and mania. This is as much Clive Barker’s Nightbreed as it is YOUR Nightbreed. It’s okay to take some ownership of it when a fan rally can lead to a prestigious release. It’s definitely had a few bumps along the way, and I think it’s fitting to discuss its most recent journey. Before we delve into the release itself and what you get when you buy the Director’s Cut two disc set, we need to understand how it came into being. This is what you waited for and the opportunity Scream Factory helped create by listening to horror fans.

Hot & Saucy Pizza Girls and Dracula Sucks (Vinegar Syndrome) - Midnight Double Feature Review

The October releases from Vinegar Syndrome are some of the best they've ever put out. The fan favorite is Raw Force which I will be reviewing soon enough, but for tonight I want to talk about two very different movies: Dracula Sucks and Hot and Saucy Pizza Girls. Yes these are both adult films. Dracula Sucks is a Phillip Marshak movie. If that name means nothing to you than you haven't been following Vinegar Syndrome. It also means you didn't pay attention to my favorite VS disc yet, Night Train to Terror. Marshak directed The Case of Claire Hansen segment. Turns out his first movie was an adult feature starring Jamie Gillis (my porn star spirit animal). He filmography is filled with strange adult features and odd ball misses that make up most of your collections I'm sure (you freakin sickos). On the other side we have Bob Chinn. Now you'll surely know Bob from more than a few Peekarama selections from Vinegar Syndrome, but the most recent one (and the most artsy porn since Wakefield fucking Poole) is Prisoner of Paradise (remember the Nazi porn?).

Let's discuss each release in more detail. You can pick them up individually now from Vinegar Syndrome. Make sure to look into Vinegar Syndrome's bundled monthly selections to save some bucks on your smut. Fans of this label swear by this program!

DRACULA SUCKS
http://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/dracula-sucks-dvd/

Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:
At an exclusive sanitarium, strange things are happening: patients are acting differently and are being found with mysterious bite marks in their necks. Visiting professor, Van Helsing (Reggie Nalder) believes it to be the work of vampires. With the arrival of Count Dracula (Jamie Gillis), things get even stranger and more violent, as the diabolical count sets his sights on the beautiful Mina (Annette Haven). Acclaimed as the most star studded X rated film ever made, featuring supporting performances from Seka, Serena, Kay Parker, John Leslie, Paul Thomas, Mike Ranger and Bill Marigold, Dracula Sucks has finally been restored to its original directors cut and is coming to DVD for the very first time!

+ 2-disc DVD Set | Region Free | 16:9 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Director’s cut of DRACULA SUCKS
+ Alternate LUST AT FIRST BITE edit (40+ minutes of alternate footage!)
+ Commentary w/ Actor and Co-Writer Bill Margold
+ RETURN TO CASTLE HILL featurette w/ Producer Darryl Marshak & Bill Margold
+ Original theatrical trailer
+ German Art Gallery

Jamie Gillis (my porn star spirit animal... again) is superb as the Count! I mean that. Now that may not be saying much given my favorite version Drac is somewhere in between Christopher Lee and Frank Langela (it's the Langela part you might find hard to believe), but he truly does play the role well even if it is an adapted piece of adult cinema. I love the refreshing take on the story and not purely for the sake that it is filled with copious amounts of naughty bits. This is actually an entertaining piece of Miligan esque horror built to exploit but oddly seductive and filthy at the same time. The music is classic horror and the women are beyond gorgeous (think of the beautiful ladies of Hammer). This is not a bad horror porn parody and that is what might shock you. This feels like a legitimate piece of horror cinema. 


The negative scenes in red are creepy and perfect bits of classic occult horror. I strongly recommend this to horror fans who like to be aroused in multiple ways and to porn people who are looking for something to gawk at during October.




HOT AND SAUCY PIZZA GIRLS

Synopsis from Vinegar Syndrome:
At the most popular pizza parlor in Berkeley, something extra comes with the toppings: all of the beautiful, skateboarding pizza girls are the classiest working girls in town! But when two competing fried chicken giants decide to join forces to put the pizza girls out of business, it’s up to the girls and their boss (John Holmes) to save the day and survive the mysterious chicken rapist! One of the craziest comedies from director Bob Chinn, PIZZA GIRLS stars Candida Royalle , Desiree Cousteau, and John C. Holmes and is coming to DVD uncut and restored from the negative for the first time!

+ Dual-Layer DVD-9 | Region Free | 16:9 Anamorphic | MONO
+ Restored from 35mm negative
+ Video Interview w/ Producer Damon Christian
+ Original theatrical trailer

First rule of watching Pizza Girls: Do not watch it without ordering a pizza first. Second rule of watching Pizza Girls: ask your significant other to ride around your living room on a skateboard with the pizza you just ordered.  


This is a laugh a minute feature that really captures the heart of the 80's sex comedy but was released in 1978. Plenty of gorgeous women and John Holmes is your hero as the owner of a pizza joint at war with a chicken franchise (it's always the damn chicken franchises!). Now it gets a bit repetitive. You know deliver pizza on skateboard, fuck, repeat, but I think you understand that from the cover. It's one of my favorite covers from Vinegar Syndrome.  It says "We Deliver"... they certainly do. 

You pick this movie up because you like to have fun with your porn. This a highly entertaining take on one of the most commonly spoofed porn tropes in the books and in reverse no less. It's uncut and it's beautiful and filled with extra cheese.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RAW FORCE (Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray/DVD) - One Blu-ray! One Death Blu-ray!

The first time I saw Raw Force was at my first Exhumed Films Horrorthon in Philly. I had not heard of it before that moment though it was included on a set called the Grindhouse Experience that I had purchased a year or so earlier. While I hadn’t had the chance to watch that particular movie in the set, once I realized that I had in my possession I was excited to watch it. The crowd experience for Raw Force was like no other I had had before. The entire audience laughing in the wee hours of the morning. Everyone excited and electrified. It was one of the first experiences in a theater where you could feel the camaraderie among an audience that came from so many backgrounds and genre affiliations. The debate would rage as to whether Raw Force or a later movie Lady Terminator was a better viewing experience (and a year later whether the SOV Boardinghouse generated more laughs). Raw Force stands out in that pack despite being in good company.

You must understand that when I finally had the chance to watch it again I was looking for that 35mm experience. That feeling that a movie was larger than life and entertain EVERYBODY in the room. My heart nearly broke as I realized that the version I was watching was super compressed, unpreserved and tragically messy. I suppose that’s not surprising. Collections like the Grindhouse Experience aren’t really for collectors but should be considered gateway drugs into the obscure and unusual. I could barely watch Raw Force as it stood in my collection. I would quickly find another movie screened by Exhumed, The Children, on that same set. Same issues. They almost look like tragic VHS rips rather than professional transfers. The recent re-exploration of Raw Force demands that it be treated more kind.

Of course there have been separate DVD releases of both The Children and Raw Force since that time. The Children I picked up and was pleasantly surprised that it was a much better edition than my Grindhouse Experience disc. I waited on Raw Force hearing rumors that we might see an HD transfer sometime in the future. Little did I know it would be one of my favorite labels, Vinegar Syndrome, who would step up to the task of taking an action packed, comedic horror boobfest and turn it into a work of art or at least display it as the amalgamation of perfect trash that it is. Raw Force is out now from Vinegar Syndrome. The verdict is in, and I believe there is a consensus that it looks damn good. That is also my stance. Color rich with deep blacks. Cleaned up. Crisp. It’s a good looking disc preserving traditional cover art and featuring a couple of extras that will be good for fans.

Monday, October 20, 2014

EXISTS (Reivew) - Angry Big Foot Rampages Through Forest. Found Footage at 11.

Big Foot is really big this year. There are more than a couple new releases hitting the market that deal with the subject of Sasquatch, and even Vinegar Syndrome put out a Drive-In double feature of including Cry Wilderness and an old documentary about the big guy. Exists is my favorite so far. Directed by t\The Blair Witch Project and Lovely Molly's Eduardo Sanchez, it is a found footage movie with multiple camera perspectives that focuses on a leisurely trip into the woods that goes from Harry and the Hendersons to something completely terrifying in it's short 80 minute run time. Before everyone starts to hate on The Blair Witch Project (because apparently that's fashionable lately since everyone remembered that Cannibal Holocaust was a found footage movie), this is much more straightforward that Blair Witch and more aggressive than Lovely Molly. I enjoyed both of those pictures for Sanchez and this is no different.

What works for it... you actually see Big Foot. He is perfect and scary and has a purpose. He fucking rocks. Not enough movies show you what we've all wanted to see for so long in Big Foot. This movie isn't big on story. It's big on action and physical scares. Appropriate jump scares and moments that feel like the stretch out across eternity as you wait to see what monstrosity lurks in the woods and how it will react to you. Sure it's not always believable, but despite the feeling of reality Sanchez hopes to achieve, this one plays out more like a well done monster movie.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Exhumedfilms.com - 24hr Fest and Other Halloween Shows

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    HERE ARE SOME HALLOWEEN EVENTS THAT WE HELPED TO COORDINATE !!
    OCTOBER 24th and 25th, 2014
    Mahoning Drive-In Theater Events
    The Mahoning Drive-In
    635 Seneca Rd
    Lehighton, Pennsylvania 18235
    $10.00 per carload

    Phone: 610-683-7243

    Email: mahoningdriveintheater@gmail.com

    An all-night screening of retro horror cinema presented in classic 35mm film!
    This event will feature live music, costume contests, and more!

    A Nightmare on Elm Street - R
    The Gates of Hell - R
    Doctor Butcher M.D. - R
    Tales from The Crypt (1972) - R

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    FRIDAY OCTOBER 31st 2014
    Exhumed Films teams up with the historic Bala Theatre for a marathon of some of our favorite Italian horror films! These are some of the goriest horror movies ever made, and this may be your last chance to ever see these titles on 35mm in the Philadelphia-area!


    The Bala Theatre is committed to not only showing the latest new releases on DCP in 2015, but also repertory content shown on 35mm film, that won't be seen anywhere else! We hope to collaborate with them on more shows in the future, so please come out and support this awesome event!
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    Friday, October 31st - Halloween night!

    Reel Cinema's Bala Theatre and Exhumed Films present AN ITALIAN HORROR-WEEN MARATHON!

    CITY OF THE WALKING DEAD
    1980 / 35mm / Dir. Umberto Lenzi / 88 min.

    So you think running zombies are a modern phenomenon? Think again! Fan favorite Hugo Stiglitz (NIGHT OF A THOUSAND CATS, TINTORERA) stars in this bizarre variation on the traditional Italian zombie film. An airplane exposed to high levels of radiation mysteriously lands at a busy airport, only to unleash an army of deranged, gun-toting, knife-wielding, cannibalistic passengers on the world! A deliriously gory and cartoonish genre entry from the director of CANNIBAL FEROX and MAN FROM DEEP RIVER!

    DEEP RED
    1975 / 35mm / Dir. Dario Argento / 106 min.

    Nearly 40 years after its release, the giallo masterpiece DEEP RED stands as one of the most impressive and influential horror thrillers of all time. The movie's stunning visuals and the iconic score by the progressive rock band Goblin solidified director Dario Argento's reputation as one of Italy's finest filmmakers. DEEP RED tells the tale of Marcus Daly (David Hemmings), a British jazz pianist working in Rome who unwittingly becomes entangled in a string of brutal murders. With the assistance of a feisty female reporter (Argento's then-partner Daria Nicolodi), Daly seeks to solve the mystery, only to find himself a suspect, then a target. One Argento's most acclaimed and notorious films, DEEP RED only improves with repeat viewings.

    NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES
    1980 / 35mm / Dir: Bruno Mattei / 101 min.

    The Italian undead opus NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES (aka VIRUS, HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD) tells a familiar tale: an accident involving experimental chemicals has unleashed a plague that turns the bodies of the recently deceased into cannibalistic monsters. A tv reporter joins up with a team of special forces commandos to investigate and eventually battle the armies of the undead. A total shameless rip-off of both George Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD (right down to the plagiarized Goblin soundtrack!) and Fulci's ZOMBIE, but filled with enough ridiculous gore to make us forgive its faults. Almost.

    JUNGLE HOLOCAUST
    1977 / 35mm / Dir: Ruggero Deodato / 88 min.

    Arguably part of the "Unholy Trinity" of Italian Cannibal movies (along with CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST and CANNIBAL FEROX), JUNGLE HOLOCAUST is one of the most infamous genre movies of all time. Directed by the beloved/reviled Ruggero Deodato (who also unleashed CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST onto an unsuspecting world three years later), JUNGLE HOLOCAUST set the standard for gratuitous sex and carnage that has since become the trademark of sleazy Italian genre films. A plane crash survivor is subjected to humiliation and torture at the hands of his cannibalistic captors. However, with the help of a young cannibal girl, our hero attempts to navigate his way through the treacherous jungle and escape his hellish ordeal.
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    Friday, October 31st @ 7pm!

    Tickets are $20 each and will be available at the Bala Theatre box office leading up to the night of the event. The theatre's box office will be open everyday from 12pm-8pm weekdays and 12pm-10pmweekends. Cash or credit is accepted. Tickets will not be sold online.

    For more information, call the Bala Theatre at 610-668-4695 or email reelbalatheater@gmail.com

    The Bala Theatre is located at: 157 Bala Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. The theater is located in an area with plenty of parking and easy access by public transit or bicycle!



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