Wednesday, October 28, 2015

American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore

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Director: Stephen Biro

Cast: Eight The Chosen One, Scott Gabbey, Caitlyn Dailey, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Jim Van Bebber, David Hood, Rogan Russell Marshall, Curse Mackey

Unearthed Films / Region 1 / Unrated / 1.33:1 fullscreen / Dolby Digital stereo / 73 minutes

3-Disk Extras: Commentary with Marcus Koch and Stephen Biro / Commentary with Jim VanBebber and Stephen Biro / Alternate scenes / Cut Scenes / The Making of American Guinea Pig / Special Effects: Behind The Scenes Pre-Production of AGP / Interviews with Jim VanBebber, Director of DeadBeat at Dawn and the Manson Family and Scott Gabbey, President of Ultra Violent Magazine / Interview with Marcus Koch, Director of 100 Tears and FX Guru and Director Stephen Biro of AGP and President of Unearthed Films. / FX Pre-production Still Gallery / On Set Still Gallery / 12 Page Booklet / Alternate Trailers / CD Soundtrack / Perdition Temple Music Video

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Unless you are a completely clueless hardcore horror fan, you at LEAST know the name of the infamous Japanese “Guinea Pig” series from the mid-to-late ’80s; The Devil’s Experiment, Flower of Flesh & Blood, He Never Dies, Mermaid in a Manhole, Android of Notre Dame, Devil Woman Doctor, Slaughter Special. The series varies in quality and shock value, but together they are arguably one of the most notorious series of all time. Now Unearthed Films’ main man and first time director Stephen Biro is continuing the sickness with a brand new installment of sorts, but this time with an American touch, entitled American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore.

Shakma: That Red Ass Though

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Review by: Alan Spencer

Director: Tom Logan / Hugh Parks

Cast: Christopher Atkins, Amanda Wyss, Ari Meyers, Roddy Mcdowell

Scorpion Releasing / Region 0 / Rated R / 1.78:1Anamorphic Widescreen / English Mono / 102 minutes

Disc Extras: Watch in "Katarina's Bucket List Mode"

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Does anybody out there remember when Cinemax used to show a new horror movie every Thursday night? For an adolescent like me at the time, catching Troma films and Full Moon flicks was the greatest thing ever. Cable TV for my generation was the equivalent to the drive-in theatre. The film Shakma was born out of that early '90s bloody cable TV craze. God, I miss it. Horror fans in their 30s and 40s know what I'm talking about. It's too bad Cinemax decided to nix their Thursday night horror tradition and replace it with drama movies. Oh, the humanity! Anyway, on with the review for Shakma, the killer with the famous red ass.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bruno Mattei Runs The Jail: The Women's Hell

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Director: Bruno Mattei

Cast: Yvette Yzon, Dyane Craystan, Amelie Pontailler

Intervision Picture Corp. / Region 1 / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / ENGLISH Dolby Digital Stereo / 98 minutes

EXTRAS: Acting For Bruno: Featurette with Yvette Yzon and Alvin Anson / Prison Inferno: Featurette with producer Giovanni Paolucci and screenwriter Antonio Tentori / Trailer

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Before coming into his own as a full-fledged exploitation director, Bruno Mattei worked as an editor on movies like Jesus Franco's Count Dracula (1969) and Joe D'Amato's Eva Nera (1976) for his father's film company in the '50s, '60s and early '70s. Not coincidentally Franco gave Mattei his first directorial gig by having him bang out 20 minutes of hardcore footage for the French re-release of Jesus Franco's 1969 film 99 Women and write the screenplay for the Joe D'Amato Emanuelle's Revenge. With these beginnings, you just knew Mattei would come out of the gates swinging when he would begin his own filmmaking career, and he did with two now notorious nazosploitation films SS Girls and Women's Camp 119 followed by a couple of "Black Emanuelle films" and even some nunsploitation thrown in for sexy measure.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fight For Your Life: Racism Revenge

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aka Getting Even
aka I Hate Your Guts
aka The Hostage's Bloody Revenge

Director: Robert A. Endelson

Cast: Robert Judd, Catherine Peppers, Lela Small, Yvonne Ross, Reggie Rock Bythewood

Blue Underground / NTSC R1 / Unrated / 1.85:1 Widescreen / English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) / 86 minutes

EXTRAS: Audio Commentary with Writer Straw Weisman and Director of Photography Lloyd Freidus / Trailers / TV Spots / Photo Galleries

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Robert A. Endelson only directed two movies in his very short career; the X-rated comedy The Filthiest Show In Town and one of the most notorious exploitation movies ever filmed, Fight For Your Life. It is rumored that Mr. (nay, Dr.) Endelson is now a dentist in upstate New York and it makes me wonder why his life took such a u-turn. Obviously I don't know his story, but it wouldn't be much of a stretch to imagine that after making such a powder keg of a movie on his second try he was drummed out of the movie industry, or had so much public backlash that he just decided to hang up his camera. Or it could be something as boring as he decided that the business just wasn't for him and decided to go dig around in stranger's mouths for a living. All I know is that Fight For Your Life is in the Top 2 most offensive movies I have ever seen along with Goodbye Uncle Tom, which not coincidentally, is also put out by Blue Underground. Both of these movies are uncut and chock full of gratuitous goodness!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Neon Maniacs and Bloody Marys

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Director: Joseph Manginess

Cast: Clyde Hayes, Leilani Sarelle, Donna Locke

Code Red / All Region / Rated R / 1.85:1 widescreen / English mono / 91 minutes (DVD cover erroneously says 96 mins.)

EXTRAS: None

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Brooklyn, New York's own Joseph Mangine is not known as a director. The only two movies under his belt are the tripped-out sexploitation romp Smoke and Flesh and the teen monster movie Neon Maniacs. He is, however, very well known (or at least should be) for being the cinematographer for some beloved horror and cult films like I Drink Your BloodSquirm, Alligator (I and II), Mother's Day, The Sword and the Sorcerer and many more. So Mr. Mangine knows his way around cheesy '70s and '80s horror like few others.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Robin Bougie: International Man of Sleaze

CINEMA SEWER Vol. 5

Author: Robin Bougie (STORE)

Publisher: FAB Press (WEBSITE)

Robin Bougie is a Canadian historian of all things sordid and trashy; movies, comics and just about anything else you can think of. Luckily for people like me, he is also a multi-talented artist and writer. He is the editor and publisher of "Cinema Sewer: The Adults Only Guide to the Sickest and Sexiest Movies!", "Sleazy Slice Comix Anthology" and "Graphic Thrills: American XXX Movie Posters". Amazingly, between creating all of this high-quality smut, he still works at a video store in Vancouver, British Columbia called Videomatica where he plies his wares and shoots the shit with customers all while probably watching some cool-ass movies. His publisher FAB Press is a British company that specializes in genre movie books and, in my humble opinion, is the best in the business. Their new collected editions of both "Cinema Sewer" (Vol.5) and "Graphic Thrills" (Vol.2) are now readily available on the FAB Press site, Amazon and Robin's own site (which has lots of cool extras if you order directly from him).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Nightmare Weekend: Deadly Balls

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Director: Henri Sala

Cast: Dale Midriff, Andrea Thompson, Robert John Burke

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / DTS-HD audio / English SDH subtitles 86 minutes

Extras: “THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY” – Surviving Nightmare Weekend with Dean Gates (23min) / “KILLER WEEKEND” – An Interview with Marc Gottlieb (13min) / Alternate R rated edits / Original theatrical trailer / Reversible artwork

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Henri Sala (aka "Ken Warren" aka "Sand Sunsea" aka "H. Sala") was a French porn and softcore director for about a decade from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. As far as I can tell, the only English-friendly movie he ever did was also his only horror effort, Nightmare Weekend from 1985. The movie was shot by a French crew in a small, redneck town about an hour away from where I sit right now; Ocala, Florida. The cast was made up of mostly first (and only) timers, with a few exceptions like Dale Midkiff (Pet Cemetery), Andrea Thompson (Babylon 5, CNN personality) and Robert John Burke (Dust Devil). To say that the combination of foreign filmmakers and novice actors (the script was re-written numerous times in French and the translation gives us the often incoherent scenes and dialogue) gave birth to an absurd creation would be an understatement and might turn off some prospective viewers without a little explanation.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Christina Lindberg: Maid in Sweden

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aka The Milkmaid

Director: Dan Wolman aka Floch Johnson

Cast: Christina Lindberg, Monica Ekman, Krister Ekman, Leif Naeslund

Impulse Pictures / NTSC R1 / Rated R / Fullscreen (1.33:1) / ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo / 80 mins

EXTRAS: Lindberg Interview / Theatrical Trailer

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If you are a fan of Christina Lindberg but only know her from Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1974), you are missing out. She has made some 20-25 movies, most of which are softcore skin flicks like Anita (1973). Her angelic face complete with pouty, innocent expressions are mixed with a curvy, buxom womanly body that would make Russ Meyer's boner sweat. Who cares that her acting ability extends to being the same quiet, naive, troubled teen girl that gets taken advantage of in almost every role? She has the best tits in retro-skin history and she shows them in this new Impulse Pictures release, Maid in Sweden!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

We Are Still Here: A Ghost Story with Gore to Burn

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Director: Ted Geoghegan

Cast: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham

Dark Sky Films / Region A / Unrated / 2.35:1 widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 / 83 minutes

Extras: Director and Producer Commentary / Behind the Scenes / Trailers

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I am not usually a fan of ghost stories, spooks, spirits or tales of the supernatural in general. There are a few exceptions, like one of my all-time favorite movies, Poltergeist. They usually rely on creaking doors,  footsteps, moving objects and other hokey gimmicks to supply the scares, which really don't get my blood pumping. But what if you took that idea and added the style and attitude of Euro-horror from the '70s and '80s like Lucio Fulci and Lamberto Bava? An homage of sorts, with nods and winks, but that only fans of that era would notice (two letters; J&B)? And, to top off that sweet, sweet cake, you add one of the most beautiful and iconic women of horror, Barbara Crampton? Well, if that doesn't pique your interest, you may as well stop reading and go check your pulse and your horror cred at the door.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Chesty Morgan’s Bosom Buddies: Titanic Tatas

Director: Doris Wishman 

Cast: Chesty Morgan, Sandra Kay, Jill Harris, Cindy Boudreau, Michele Marie, Harry Reems 

Something Weird Video and Image Entertainment / Region A / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / DTS-HD MA Mono / 221 minutes (All 3 Features) Disk Extras: Doris Wishman Trailer Show / Gallery Of Wishman Exploitation Art 

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Polish-born Lillian Stello (current married name) moved to the United States in the 1960s with then husband Joseph Wilczkowski, who was later murdered during a robbery when she was just in her twenties. After his death, Lillian would become an exotic dancer and create her stage name "Chesty Morgan" in order to make money for her and her two children in mid-60s New York City. She not only made quite a bit of cash but she also got notoriety and gigs all across the country from stripping. In 1973-74, enter notorious New York exploitation filmmaker Doris Wishman who hired Morgan for two films, Deadly Weapons and Double Agent 73. From there she went on to have a bit role in Fellini's Casanova which ended up on the cutting room floor but is in a documentary that can be found on the internet.
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