Sex World (1977, Blu-ray Review)

Sex World Blu-rayDirector: Anthony Spinelli

Cast: Annette Haven, Leslie Bovee, Kay Parker, John Leslie, Joey Silvera, Desiree West

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / XXX / 1.85:1 Widescreen / DTS-HD MA Mono / 91 minutes

Extras: Video Interview with Actress Kay Parker / Video Interview with Actor Joey Silvera / Video Interview with Still Photographer Joel Sussman / Two Theatrical Trailers / Alternate Soft Cut (DVD only) / Soundtrack CD / Reversible Cover w/ Italian Artwork

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Adult film director Anthony Spinelli was huge in the game during the “Golden Age” of porn from the early 1970s to the mid-’80s and on up through the glut of smut on video in the 1990s. Born in the mid-West as Samuel Weinstein, Spinelli grew up with a famous actor father, Jack Weston (Spinelli would sometimes use the pseudonym “Sam Weston” as well) and would go on to do a little acting himself in the ’60s before hopping over to the XXX business as an actor (albeit in supporting roles with no sex) and director with 1971’s Sexual Therapist. That would be the beginning of a career that would span more than 100 adult films including award-winning classics like Nothing to Hide (1981), Dixie Ray: Hollywood Star (1983) and Talk Dirty to Me (1980). Continue reading

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Venus Flytrap (1987, DVD Review)

Venus Flytrap DVDDirector: T Michael

Cast: Kevin M. Glover, Steve Malis, Michael Capellupo, Kimberley Kates

Massacre Video / Not Rated / All Regions /Full Screen / 1.33:1 / 62 minutes

Disc Extras: Video Interviews With Producer Kevin M. Glover And Actor Steve Malis /  Extensive Four Page Liner Notes / Audio Commentary With Producer Kevin M. Glover And Actor Steve Malis / Trailers

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I had no idea what I was in for when popping open my copy of Venus Flytrap. The cover design is very ’80s. Throw in a statue and a fly, along with a creepy dude’s face in the title’s lettering, and I really don’t know what I’m in for. Compared to its shot-on-video competition at the time, it’s easy to see why Venus Flytrap went under-the-radar. You don’t get the promise of blood, guts, lurid sex, and backyard nastiness most fans have come to expect from the genre.

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Visceral: Between the Ropes of Madness (2012, Movie Review)

Visceral DVDaka Visceral: Entre las cuerdas de la locura

Director: Felipe Eluti

Cast: Felipe Eluti, José Manuel García, Carolina Salles, Valentina Varela

Coming March 24th from Unearthed Films

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A boxer is dropped by his manager after suffering a terrible head injury and losing one too many fights. His injury, accompanied by his utter and complete depression, leads to a downward spiral into psychosis, but this isn’t going to stop him from training for his comeback. During his deranged visions he is visited by a masked, topless demon woman. She says she is the incarnation of pain and must inflict pain on him in order for him to be worthy enough to go out and do her bidding, which is abducting, raping, torturing and killing innocent people. Will she help him win his only chance to return to his only love, fighting, or will he continue his decent into sadomasochistic hell? Continue reading

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Demon Queen (1986, DVD Review)

Demon Queen DVDDirector: Donald Farmer

Cast: Mary Fanard, Dennis Stewart, Cliff Dance, David Blood

Massacre Video / Unrated / All Regions / 1.33:1 Full Screen / English Stereo / 54 minutes

Disc Extras: Interview with Director Donald Framer / Stills Gallery / Reversible Cover / Liner Notes / Trailers

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It’s hard to say why I became a fan of shot-on-video horror from the 1980s. The stinking sewer of a sub-genre can be hard to watch. Seriously. Nobody can act. The special effects are terrible. The video quality is on par with a family movie or a second generation amateur porno rental. Editing, direction, and storylines are non-existent. With that said, I feel like today’s fans are the benefactors of serious cherry picking. Old school fans turned movie distributors have resurrected the crème de la crème and lovingly put these obscure titles on DVD. After watching some of the best examples of ’80s SOV horror like Sledgehammer, Video Violence 1 and 2, Nail Gun Massacre, Wood Chipper Massacre, and The Nosepicker (aka The Changer), I realized some of these cult movies had a little more going on than their merit-deficient counterparts.

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Skumbagz (2015, Movie Review)

Skumbagz coverDirector: John Miller

Cast: Joe Makowski, Krystal Pixie Adams, John Miller, Jules Sceiro, Bob Glazier, David Jackson, Ricky Thompson, George Tgzeey Streets, Niecy Nice, Herb Kowalski

The Sleaze Box / Icon Film Studios

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Until a few years ago, there really wasn’t a local horror scene in Central Florida. There still isn’t here in Orlando but about an hour and a half away, over in the Tampa/St.Petersburg/Clearwater area, shit is poppin’ off. There are now at least three indie horror production companies in the Bay Area; Cult Movie Mania, Unearthed Films and now The Sleaze Box. The Sleaze Box started a couple of years ago as a Youtube show dedicated to talking about exploitation film and it wasn’t long before founders John Miller and Chris Woods were making movie shorts to add content to their channel. Continue reading

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