NEKRomantik (1987, Blu-ray Review)

NEKRomantik Blu-rayDirector: Jörg Buttgereit

Cast: Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice Manowski

Cult Epics / Region A / Unrated / 1.33:1 Fullscreen / German Dolby Digital 2.0 (original) and 5.1 / English subtitles / 75 minutes

Extras: Introduction By Jorg Buttgereit / Q&A With Jorg Buttgereit At The American Cinematheque (2013) / Never Released Before Short Film – Hot Love (1985) 45 Minutes / Audio Commentary By Jorg Buttgereit And Co-author Franz Rodenkirchen / The Making Of Nekromantik / Nekromantik Featurette / Still Photo Gallery / Jörg Buttgereit Trailers

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NEKRomantikNEKRomantikNEKRomantik. The name is synonymous with “shock” and heralded as the epitome of sleaze. Jörg Buttgereit’s 1987 West German low-budget 8mm film was banned in several countries for “graphic depictions of necrophilia” and has since become a legend of the horror and exploitation underground. When lazy websites do one of those fucking lists with a headline like “Top 20 Most Disturbing Movies Ever!” just to get clicks, NEKRomantik is inevitably on that list. Nearly every time someone is asked their top sickest movies of all-time, NEKRomantik is on their tongue. I dare say that a lot of the people who put it on it on their list have never actually watched the movie. More on that later… Continue reading

The Nostril Picker (1988, DVD Review)

The Nostril Picker DVDDirector: Mark Nowicki

Cast: Carl Zschering, Bob Bingham, Ann Flood, Clyde Surrell

Massacre Video / Region 1 / Unrated / 1.33:1 fullscreen / Mono / 76 minutes

Extras: ‘The Changer’ Reversible Cover / Alternative Title Card / Interview With Producer and Cinematographer, Patrick J. Mathews / Extensive Stills Gallery / DVD-Rom Press Kit / Trailers

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Joe just isn’t a ladies man. He walks down the street like a real creep and follows women until they get scared and run away. After picking up some cheap liquor, a homeless man tells Joe that for just a taste of his hooch, he can assure him of being able to get his rocks off and not be reviled by hotties by doing what is called “morphosynthesis”. So Joe does a little dance, some indecipherable chant and whistles, but nothing happens… or does it? It turns out it did indeed work and now everyone sees Joe as a cute, young little blonde. So of course Joe makes a beeline to the nearest high school to fit in with the local pieces of ass and he certainly does, starting with the tennis team’s shower time! *SCRUB-SCRUB-SCRUB* Continue reading

Lucky Bastard (2014, DVD Review)

Lucky Bastard DVDDirector: Robert Nathan

Cast: Don McManus, Jay Paulson, Betsy Rue, Chris Wylde, Catherine Annette

Revolver Group / Region 1 / NC-17 / 1.85:1 widescreen / 5.1 Dolby surround / 94 minutes

Extras: Director’s commentary / Trailers / Promo material

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I hate the idea of “found footage” films. At this point, it’s just an overused gimmick and a selling point. There is no call for it in most cases and it usually just looks lazy, like the cinematographer and director have no discernible filmmaking skills so they just swing the camera around like anyone else would and hopefully get their story across. That being said, I seen to have come across a case in which the “found footage” scenario works and actually is relevant to the whole production. First time director and co-writer Robert Nathan (Law & Order), along with Lukas Kendall, merged this idea with the porn of today; internet porn with his feature film Lucky Bastard. Continue reading

The Adult Films of Bill Lustig (Billy Bagg Double Feature)

Billy Bagg DVDDirector: Billy Bagg aka Bill Lustig

Cast(s): Sharon Mitchell, Jamie Gillis, Crystal Sync, Long Jeane Silvers, Don Peterson, Heather Young, Serena, Robin Byrd, Herschel Savage

Distribpix / All Region DVD / Rated XXX / 1.85:1 widescreen / English mono

Disk Extras: Commentary with Bill Lustig and filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn / Trailers / Slidshow / Podcast with Bill Lustig

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Decades before he founded the exploitation home video powerhouse Blue Underground, years before working with Anchor Bay and a couple of years prior to unleashing his classic sleazy slasher Maniac onto 42nd Street, William “Bill” Lustig honed his directing chops on a couple of porn flicks under the name Billy Bagg. He started out as an apprentice on New York City adult film productions during the “porn chic” boom of the 1970s and soon got the backing to shoot a couple of his own. Based on his horror and action films I assumed that these adult features would be rough and kinky, but aside from a really fucked up incestual scene in Hot Honey, most of the films’ sex was straight forward and even a little playful. Continue reading

Graduation Day (1981, Blu-ray Review)

Graduation Day Blu-rayDirector: Herb Freed

Cast: Christopher George, Patch Mackenzie, Michael Pataki, Linnea Quigley, Vanna White

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen / DTS-HD Master Audio mono / 96 minutes

Extras: Video interviews with Star Patch Mackenzie, Producer David Baughn and Editor Martin Sadoff / Commentary tracks with Producer David Baughn and The Hysteria Continues / Original Theatrical Trailer

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The early eighties were awash in low-budget slashers that were piggy-backing on the success of big money makers like Halloween and Friday the 13th, both of which had their sequels come out the same year as Herb Freed’s weirdo hack-and-slash flick Graduation Day. Freed had a couple of horror thrillers under his belt when he was tapped to direct this cash in for Columbia Pictures and Troma Entertainment, but no slasher experience. That combined with the fact that the sub-genre was still pretty young, made Graduation Day more an exercise in unintentionally surreal and goofy filmmaking and less actual gore and scares. Continue reading