Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Collinson Twins are Twins of Evil

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Director: John Hough

Cast: Madeleine and Mary Collinson, Peter Cushing, Dennis Price

Synapse Films / Regions A (Blu-ray) and 1 (DVD) / Unrated / 1.66:1 widescreen / Dolby 2.0 / 87 minutes

EXTRAS: The Flesh and the Fury: X-Posing Twins of Evil (84 min.) / The Props That Hammer Built: The Kinsey Collection Featurette (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Motion Still Gallery (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Deleted Scene (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Isolated Music & Effects Track (Blu-ray Exclusive)

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I'm fighting the urge to start this article off by quoting "STOP... Hammer time!", but I am too much of a professional for that silliness. I will begin by saying that watching Twins of Evil made me think a lot about filmmaking these days. Today there is a lot of rehashing, remaking and re-imagining of old movies and ideas and the problem I have with that is not exactly the lack of originality, but the inability of most of them to entertain me. Most have hacky directors or horrendous acting and some of them are just plain fucking boring and I want to chew my own nipples off just to see if I'm still alive while watching them. But back in the day Hammer Films and director John Hough gave a clinic on how to tell a well-known story the right way. Apparently it just takes some damn talent... that and some really awesome twin cleavage.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Come and Huddle With The Cheerleaders

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Director: Paul Glickler

Cast: Stephanie Fondue, Denise Dillaway, Jovita Bush, Brandy Woods

Code Red DVD / All Region / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / English mono / 82 minutes

EXTRAS: Commentary with Paul Glickler and Ace Baandige

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If I was going to write a sexploitation film of any kind (in this case a comedy) one of the first plot devices I would think of would be cheerleaders. Through high school and college, cheerleaders were the center of most teenage boy's fantasies. They were real girls who you saw everyday while also being the sexual goddesses of your school once they donned that tight top and short, pleated skirt. I guess that's what Paul Glickler had in mind when he wrote and directed 1973's The Cheerleaders. His completely goofy and nearly pornographic sex comedy would also spawn two official sequels; The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974,  dir. Jack Hill), Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976, dir. Richard Lerner) and some would say the Cheerleaders Wild Weekend (1979, dir. Jeff Werner) aka The Great American Girl Robbery would be a good fourth to the series. Glickler directed two other films; another sexploitation flick called Hot Circuit in 1971 and probably his best known movie, Running Scared (1980) starring relative newcomers Ken Wahl and Judge Reinhold.

Monday, November 23, 2015

American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock

American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock
Director: Marcus Koch

Cast: Dan Ellis, Norm J. Castellano, Barron Christian, Lillian McKinney, Gene Palubicki, Alberto Giovannelli, Maureen Pelamati, Shiva Rodriguez, Andy Winton

Unearthed Films / Oddtopsy Films

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Last year in 2014, Unearthed Films founder and first-time director Stephen Biro unleashed gorified Hell when he relaunched the underground Japanese Guinea Pig series with an American flavor. The fledgling American Guinea Pig films started out with a blood-splattered bang with Biro's American Guinea Pig: Bouquet of Guts and Gore. He introduced the United States to some of the most visceral and graphic depictions of mutilation that have ever been filmed. Those incredible practical gore effects were done by Oddtopsy FX, a company created by blood and guts guru Marcus Koch (100 Tears, We Are Still Here). Marcus has done the effects for more than 60 movies and even directed three features and a short for the unfortunately overlooked anthology Hi-8 (Horror Independent 8). Now it is time for Koch to take over the reigns on the already classic American Guinea Pig series with his entry Bloodshock.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Breeders Gonna Breed

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Director: Tim Kincaid

Cast: Teresa Farley, Lance Lewman, Frances Raines

Olive Films / Region A / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / DTS-HD stereo / 77 minutes

EXTRAS: None

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Sometimes when I'm sitting in my personal movie theater (aka my recliner in my living room), my wife will walk by and inquire about the movie I am watching. This time she simply asked, "What are you watching?" for which I simply replied, "Breeders". Being the quick-witted quipper she is, she made the joke, "Is it about heterosexuals?", referring to the word "breeders" that homosexuals use for straight people because they can, well, have children together. Little did she or I know how she was right on target. The director of Breeders, Tim Kincaid, is a gay man who may be better known as his gay porn making alter ego "Joe Gage" or even "Mac Larson". Could it just be a HUGE coincidence?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Dementedly Sleazy Films of Walt Davis

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Director: Walt Davis

Cast(s): Cleo O'Hara, Sandra Henderson, Susan Wescott, Walt Davis, John Holmes

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Rated X and XXX / 1.33:1 Fullscreen

Extras: Interview with producer / Outtakes / Trailers

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Evil Come Evil Go stars Cleo O'Hara, a sexploitation actress from the '70s who made a dozen or so films in the span of about three years, as the mentally unstable Sister Sarah. The good Sister is on a mission from Gawd (as said in her Southern accent) to murder all sexually unclean men; or in short, all men. She is preaching on a corner when she meets the extremely suggestible Penny (another little known sexploitation actress, Sandra Henderson) who she recruits her into the "Sisters of Complete Subjugation" to help her do the Lawd's work. The duo set out on a fuck-and-kill spree like a couple of black widow spiders. Mayhem ensues.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Frightmare: The Sleazy Horror Star

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Review by Rich Rattlesnake

Director: Norman Thaddeus Vane

Cast: Ferdy Mayne, Luca Bercovici, Nita Talbot

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen / DTS-HD stereo / 86 minutes

EXTRAS: New video interview with Cinematographer Joel King / Archival audio interview with Director Norman Thaddeus Vane / Historical commentary track with David Del Valle and David DeCoteau (www.rapidheart.com) / Commentary track by The Hysteria Continues / Original theatrical trailer / Reversible THE HORROR STAR artwork / English SDH Subtitles

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If you were a child of the '80s and '90s, there were a lot of dubious things we loved. Nostalgia has caused us to view a lot of these things with rose colored glasses, but that doesn't change the fact that, dubious or not, some of these things were pretty fantastic. If you were a horror fan during that time, it's fair to assume you were also a fan of Troma. Purveyors of trash, true champions of independent cinema. Not everything they released was quality (hell, some of it was unwatchable), but few of their titles were nothing if not interesting.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Game Show Models aka The Seventh Dwarf

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Director: David N. Gottlieb

Cast: John Vickery, Gilbert DeRush, Diane Thomas, Nick Pellegrino, Rae Sperling

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen / Mono / 89 minutes

Extras: Commentary with David Gottlieb / Two versions of the film / Outtakes / Promotion and publicity stills

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One of the standard practices of the film companies and promoters of films played in the Times Square theater grindhouses was to embellish or outright lie on the posters and tag lines about the film's content. They would sell it by making the promotional materials as salacious as they could to catch the eyes and attention of the public. Movie company execs and producers would also re-cut movies for different audiences. Inserting, editing out and rearranging whole scenes that completely change the tone and even plots of their films. One such example is exploitation producer Sam Sherman's (Brain of Blood, Raiders of the Living Dead) dissection of The Seventh Dwarf, aka Game Show Models.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Haunting of Morella: Witches Are Bitches

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Director: Jim Wynorski

Cast: Nicole Eggert, David McCallum, Christopher Halsted, Lana Clarkson

Scorpion Releasing / Region 1 / Rated R / 1.78:1 widescreen / English mono / 80 minutes

EXTRAS: Interview with producer Roger Corman / Katarina's Nightmare Theater mode / Trailer

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If you are a child of the '80s as I am, you may have been a fan of the Scott Baio TV series "Charles In Charge". As an adolescent boy trying to break through into manhood, that show would give me one of my first teenage crushes. No, not the first incarnation of the show with the two geeky sons and one frizzy-haired daughter, I was much more interested in the show's second try that starred the blonde goddess Nicole Eggert. Before you think that's weird, yes she was only 15-yrs-old at the time, but I was only 13 so stop thinking that I'm a bigger pervert than I actually am! Anyway, all I wanted from the first time I saw her standing there beside Chachi was to see her sans clothes. So when I recently saw she was in a Jim Wynorski horror movie from the early '90s with nudie veterans Lana Clarkson (Barbarian Queen) and Maria Ford (Stripteaser), I thought "OH GOD YES! EGGERT BOOBIES!!" Could my 25-yr-old adolescent fantasies finally be coming true?! Well, not so fast, pubescent me.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Zebedy Colt Roughs Up The Farmer's Daughters

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Director: Zebedy Colt

Cast: Spalding Gray, Gayle Leonard, Susan McBain, Nancy Dare, Jon Black

Impulse Pictures / All Region / Unrated / 1.33:1 fullscreen / Dolby Digital mono / 61 minutes

EXTRAS: A Sneak-Peek at Impulse Pictures 42nd Street Forever: The Peep Show Collection Series

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The name Edward Earle Marsh will undoubtably not ring a bell. His pseudonym "Zebedy Colt" probably isn't much more recognizable unless you are a pretty hardcore classic adult film or "grindhouse" fan. Edward Earle Marsh was a gay actor, musician, adult film director and star who started out as a child actor and who later would become the first pioneer of the first "queer cabaret" when he recorded the album "I'll Sing For You" with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. This would be the first time he used the name "Zebedy Colt" to distinguish this work from his "legit" theater work. To make ends meet a few years later, he would continue as Zebedy to star and direct adult films in the '70s, most notably 1977's The Devil Inside Her. He was infamous for making "roughies", XXX films that usually consist of rape, degradation and other forms of sexual violence.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Marian Dora: The Darkest Filmography


By Lacey Paige

Cannibal (2006) - Dora’s feature-length debut began as a project initiated by established genre auteur Ulli Lommel, but was released independently by Dora in 2006 after being rejected by Lommel due to its extremely graphic, nausea-inducing content. The feature depicts a fairly accurate retelling of the events surrounding the infamous Armin Meiwes murder case. Two men—“The Man” and “The Flesh”—meet in an Internet chat room for extreme fetishists. The Man seeks a partner of which to enact his ultimate cannibalistic sexual deviances with; in a desperate search for sexualized suicide, The Flesh seeks to be killed and consumed by someone worthy of doing so. Set against a Dora-signature bleakly beautiful backdrop, with very minimal dialogue and a hauntingly poignant score, the film conveys a feeling of grim romanticism, and the darkest nether regions of sexual impulsiveness. Ultimately the men satisfy each other’s most depraved desires, and viewers are left to wonder if the terms “victim” and “perpetrator” justifiably apply to a case in which murder and cannibalism were consensual.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Charles Bronson in Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

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Director: J. Lee Thompson

Cast: Charles Bronson, Juan Fernández, Perry Lopez, Peggy Lipton, Nicole Eggert

Olive Films / Region A / Rated R / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / DTS-HD MA / 98 minutes

EXTRAS: None

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"Marty. Y'know what we got here? Motherfuckin' Charlie Bronson."

Those immortal words were uttered by pimp-daddy extraordinaire Drexel Spivey in a scene from the sorely underrated Tony Scott/Quentin Tarantino film True Romance when wild man Clarence Worley comes into Drexel's strip club with guns-a-blazin'. You wanna know why Drexel compared that white boy to Charles Bronson? Because Bronson, in nearly every role I can think of, has been an ass kicker to the nth degree. He's played badass cowboys, hitmen, vigilantes and of course, cops. Sometimes in the same role. The rugged as fuck Charles Bronson is synonymous with kicking ass. Charles Buchinsky (real name) takes no prisoners, fears no man and loves a good brawl. "He is extreme. No question about it."

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Vile Virtuosity and Transgressive Tales of Marian Dora

By Lacey Paige


The incessant repulsiveness and depraved nature of Marian Dora’s films has the potential to irreversibly disfigure the fragile psyche of any average viewer. Needless to say, his cinema is acutely abhorrent—and certainly not for the faint of heart. His unwavering dedication to the art of the grotesque and the unspeakably perverse has gone unparalleled, reigning supreme sickness over underground cinema from all four corners of the world. It takes a brazen level of voyeurism to immerse one’s self in Dora’s work, and the ability to completely disregard any semblance of morality for the duration of his films’ run-time. For the sake of full disclosure, the process of viewing all of Dora’s films was a slow and steady test of moral and psychological endurance for the writer at the helm of this very article.
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