Thursday, January 29, 2015

SOV sleaze: Donald Farmer's DEMON QUEEN

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Review by Alan Spencer

Director: 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

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.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

$kumbagz: Sleazy Ghetto Action

Director: 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 / Region 1 / Unrated / 16x9 widescreen / Stereo / 72 minutes

EXTRAS: Commentary with John Miller and Chris Woods / Sleazebox Trailers

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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. So the next natural step was feature production and that they did in 2013 with the incendiary Amerikan Holocaust, a movie that really put them on the map and, to this day, is their most popular title. They followed that up with the much milder Make Them Die Sleazy last year, as well as the Cinesploitation Approved, get-your-tissues-ready, stream of consciousness sex-fest, Naughty, Dirty, Nasty. Up to that point, Chris was doing the lion's share of the directing (as well as co-writing) while John was mostly writing.
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