Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chainsaws, Vampires and Suburban Ghosts: REMEMBERING TOBE HOOPER

As you no doubt have already heard, Tobe Hooper, the director of possibly the most influential and beloved horror movie of all time, passed away of natural causes at the age of 74 on August 26, 2017. There is probably nothing I could write here from a historic or technical point of view that you haven't already read or heard about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film has been dissected by everyone from Roger Ebert ("I can’t imagine why anyone would want to make a movie like this, and yet it’s well-made, well-acted, and all too effective." LINK) to Leonard Maltin ("Once it kicks into gear, it's brutally unrelenting toward its unappealing characters and the audience." -Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide) to every blogger and horror writer from every website, magazine and fanzine.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Fulci's Little Known Erotic Thriller THE DEVIL'S HONEY Blu-ray Details

On September 26th, Severin Films honors the Euro-Horror gods by offering up a lesser known masterwork by genre stalwart Lucio Fulci. Open wide, because The Devil's Honey is dripping onto home video in a sweeter form than ever before, bursting with the robust flavors of perversion and degeneracy that only sinners with the most refined palates will be able to truly appreciate. Each copy of the movie comes with reversible cover art. Additionally, a limited, numbered edition slipcase (only 1000 units) with alternate NSFW artwork will be available exclusively from the Severin webstore (LINK).

Jess Franco's Punk-Shock-Erotic-Opera: KILLER BARBYS (Review)

Director: Jess Franco

Cast: Santiago Segura, Mariangela Giordano, Aldo Sambrell

Redemption Films / Region A / Unrated / 1.66:1 widescreen / Spanish, English, French language / English subtitles / 90 minutes

EXTRAS: Audio commentary by film historian Troy Howarth



If you've been following Cinesploitation (or it's former incarnation "The Playground Movie Reviews") for any length of time, you know my affinity for prolific Spanish Filmmaker Jesus "Jess" Franco. How can you not like a guy whose career spans a half century with nearly 200 movies under his belt, most of them exploitation of some sort? Yes, his name is divisive amongst the horror community with some calling him a "hack" but there are people like me who will nearly always find the charm in his movies. They vary wildly in quality but always seem to entertain me and that includes his later stuff, some of it shot on video. One that stands out from that later output is Killer Barbys, a film that would even spawn a sequel called Killer Barbys vs Dracula which I have yet to see.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NYC's Late Night Cable Classic MIDNIGHT BLUE Gets a 6-Disc DVD Set

From 1975 to 2002, Midnight Blue was New York City late-night cable’s most depraved cavalcade of politics, pornography and perversion hosted by controversial Screw Magazine publisher Al Goldstein. In this 6-Disc Set, you’ll meet the real legends behind Deep Throat (including Harry Reems and Carol Connors) in graphic and shocking interviews that go far beyond any other adult documentary. Then the legendary ladies from “The Golden Age of Porn” reveal all like never before: Marilyn Chambers, Georgina Spelvin, Seka, and more.
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