Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Comics From the Analog Age: LASERBLAST and MANIAC Are Coming! (VHS Comics)


Not long ago Rotten Cotton god Shawn Lewis and master horror writer Stephen Romano co-founded Eibon Press, a comic book company specializing in high quality, limited/special edition horror, gore and shock. Their first few issues concentrated on Lucio Fulci's classics Zombie and The Gates of Hell and were nothing short of impressive. While continuing that line, they are venturing out with a new imprint called "VHS Comics" with a focus on science fiction and horror from the glory days of rental stores. "We were trying to come up with a new line of books that would honor the past, while providing the basis for some awesome, progressive storytelling", said Romano.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HUNG, DRAWN AND SLAUGHTERED: THE UNDERGROUND ART OF MARTIN TRAFFORD (Crowd Funding)


A few months ago I saw someone in a Facebook horror group showing off their copy of a NEKRomantik comic put out by Weissblech, a German horror comics publisher. I inquired where I may find an issue myself and they pointed me to the comic's artist Martin Trafford's Facebook page. So I messaged him and quickly got a response directing me where I could pick one up.

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After getting the book and absolutely loving it, I did a little digging on Martin and saw that he has worked with a bunch of my favorite indie horror filmmakers like Ron Decaro (The Gateway Meat), Scott Schirmer (Plankface) and Ryan Nicholson (Gutterballs).  He has also worked with Vultra Video, Capps Collective, Helvete Video, Underground Gorellectors, Oldskull, Toxic Filth, Klayton Dean, Arrow Video, Larry Wessel, The Insomnia Collective, Ulkurzu and Blacklava Entertainment!

Now and possibly for the only time, Martin has collected many of these artworks into a limited edition, signed and numbered art book which you can pre-order your copy through his crowd funding campaign. There is a choice of soft or hardback, also perks for original art! Right now there is also a referral competition in which the prize is an original eyeball plucked from the eyeball tree from the movie Headless!

Please check out the project HERE and help him reach his goal by August 20, 2017!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

For the Love of Art: THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (Review)

Director: Dario Argento

Cast: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi

Blue Underground / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / Italian and English 7.1 DTS-HD, 5.1 Dolby and 2.0 DTS-HD audio / English, French and Spanish subtitles / 119 minutes

Extras: NEW Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse / Three Shades Of Asia - NEW Interview with Star Asia Argento / Prisoner Of Art - NEW Interview with Co-Writer Franco Ferrini / Sharp As A Razor - NEW Interview with Special Makeup Artist Franco Casagni / Theatrical Trailer / Poster & Still Gallery / Inspiration: Psychological Consultant Graziella Magherini / Special Effects: Sergio Stivaletti, Assistant Director: Luigi Cozzi, Production Designer: Massimo Antonello Geleng / BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold

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Stendhal Syndrome is a real psychosomatic disorder that causes "rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art". The illness is named after the 19th-century French author Marie-Henri Beyle (pen name "Stendhal"), who described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio. Filmmaker Dario Argento has said that he experienced the phenomenon as a child while on a family visit to the Parthenon. That incident was so powerful that he recalled it as an adult after reading the book by Beyle and decided to return to the giallo genre with his underrated, aptly named horror thriller, The Stendhal Syndrome.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jess Franco's TWO FEMALE SPIES WITH FLOWERED PANTIES Coming to Blu-ray!


PRESS RELEASE
Severin Films once again delves into the musky netherworld of Euro-erotica with Jess Franco, the undisputed maestro of the genre. All the beauty and madness you’ve come to expect are present and accounted for in his thrilling 1980 motion picture Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties, hitting DVD and Blu-Ray on August 29th. Franco tackles espionage the only way he knows how - sexily! The first 3000 Blu-rays will include a strictly limited DVD of the salacious alternate Spanish cut of the movie entitled Opal of Fire, Merchants of Sex!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Original Nudie Slasher Returns! DEATH-SCORT SERVICE PART 2: THE NAKED DEAD (Review)


A couple of years ago Tampa-based horror and exploitation filmmaker Sean Donohue made one of my favorite indie horror movies of all time, Death-Scort Service (REVIEW). The premise of the movie wasn't groundbreaking but Donohue took the tried and true "masked killer murders half naked chicks in gory ways" formula and did something magical; he made it with just enough playfulness to take what could have been a very mean-spirited movie and made it sexy and light while still being gory and brutal. So when Sean announced a sequel to come out this year, I was fucking stoked. And with such a sensational subtitle like "The Naked Dead", I just knew this shit was going to be dope.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Less Busty than Barbara Eden, Here Comes Joe Sarno's A TOUCH OF GENIE (Review)

Director: Joe Sarno

Cast: Tina Russell, Chris Jordan, Douglas Stone, Harry Reems, Eric Edwards, Marc Stevens, Lynn Stevens, Ultramax

Vinegar Syndrome / All Region / Rated XXX / 1.85:1 widescreen / DTS-HD mono / 86 minutes

EXTRAS: Video interview with actor Eric Edwards / Video interview with biographer Michael Bowen / Original theatrical trailer / Reversible cover artwork

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Melvin Finklefarb is a nerdy would-be writer who runs an antique shop while he tries to get his literary career off the ground, much to the annoyance of his nagging mother. Melvin doesn't have much luck with women, and frequently sneaks off to a nearby porn theater to watch the latest porn releases. One day on his way to the movies he finds an old vase and discovers it's the home of Genie, a magical spirit who can grant him five wishes.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Women in Prison in Space! STAR SLAMMER aka PRISON SHIP (Review)

Director: Fred Olen Ray

Cast: Ross Hagen, Sandy Brooke, Aldo Ray, John Carradine

Kino Lorber / Region A / Rated R / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / DTS audio / 86 minutes

EXTRAS: Commentary with Fred Olen Ray / Trailers

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS
"Far into the future… a war rages on a distant, desolate planet. Taura (Sandy Brooke, Terror on Alcatraz), a voluptuous Amazonian beauty, finds herself mounting a battle against the forces of evil when she tangles with Bantor (Ross Hagen, The Hellcats), a sadistic government official. Soon she is sentenced to hard labor aboard the prison ship 'Star Slammer' and must prove herself to her young female cellmates before earning their respect and leading them in a daring prison break. With every turn, Taura faces new dangers, as she must outwit the sex-starved warden, out-tough the tyrannical trustee, and battle jagger rats, astro zombies and alien monsters. She leads her small army into a space war that will bring their salvation or their final doom."
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