Thursday, March 5, 2015

Headless: The Best Way to Get Head

Director: Arthur Cullipher

Cast: Shane Beasley, Kelsey Carlisle, Ellie Church, Haley Madison, Brian Williams, Dave Parker, Kaden Miller, Emily Solt McGee

Forbidden Films / Region 1 / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / Stereo / 86 minutes

EXTRAS: Commentary with Arthur Cullipher, writer Nathan Erdel and cast members Shane Beasley, Kelsey Carlisle, Ellie Church, and Brian Williams / Arthur Ycullipher Exposed / Gag Reel / Trailers



A couple of years ago a movie called Found by Scott Shirmer (based on the book by Todd Rigney of the same name) took the horror community by storm. A very true adaptation to the Rigney story, Shirmer created a visually stunning, suspenseful horror movie with some very disturbing and gory scenes surrounding a small boy who just happens to be a horror movie fan himself. A subplot revolves around the boy watching some of those movies and some scenes are shown to the audience. One of those movies is about a necrophiliac, decapitated-head-fucking madman in a skull mask entitled Headless. Found's DVD release last year contained a 25 minute version of Headless as an extra, so it made sense that it could feasibly be turned into a full-length feature. Enter Found's special effects director, producer and actor Arthur Cullipher who was pegged to direct Headless along with writer Nathan Erdel who also had a bit part in Found. The duo were relatively new to these roles but that didn't stop them from tackling the mission and fleshing out the backstory to the head-raping murderer known simply as "The Killer".

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEKRomantik 2: Jörg Buttgereit returns to the loving dead

Director: Jörg Buttgereit

Cast: Monika M., Mark Reeder, Bernd Daktari Lorenz, Beatrice M.

Cult Epics / Region A / Unrated / 1.33:1 Fullscreen / German Dolby 2.0, Dolby 5.1, Dolby Mono / English subtitles / 103 minutes

Extras: New Introduction by Jörg Buttgereit (2014) / Audio Commentary by Jörg Buttgereit, co-author Franz Rodenkirchen, and actors Monika M. and Mark Reeder / The Making of Nekromantik 2 / Still Photo Gallery / Buttgereit Trailers / Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011) Live / 20th Anniversary Live Concert performed by Monika M. and Friends - Video (2011) / A Moment of Silence At the Grave of Ed Gein, Short film by Jörg Buttgereit (2012) / Half Girl Lemmy, I'm A Feminist, Music video by Jörg Buttgereit (2014) / Nekromantik 2 Collectible Artwork by Johnny Ryan & Nekrophilia photo of Monika M.


Jörg Buttgereit's underground art house shocker NEKRomantik from 1987 didn't quite quell the German director's need to express his vision of necrophilia. All of the controversy surrounding the original would be amped up when he released its sequel in 1991 in Munich to an unappreciative German government who would unjustly confiscate and ban it for years for "glorifying violence". NEKRomantik 2: The Return of the Loving Dead was never given a proper trial or hearing and was simply the victim of an overzealous censoring authority, something that had not been done since the Nazi regimes of the 1930s and '40s. The film was finally deemed "art" a couple of years later and given legitimacy.
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