Young filmmaker Kyle Kuchtahas finished the trailer for his upcoming documentary on horror conventions entitledFANTASM. Now the arduous task of editing all the footage from the six conventions he traveled to has begun. Check out the trailer Read the rest of this page »
Through my years as a kid, I quickly found out one thing about myself—I love films, especially horror/cult films, and I love collecting things. ANYTHING. When I was a wee young lad, I collected matchbox cars, models, and baseball cards. Then I got into music and accumulated a large audio cassette tape, vinyl, and (later on) cds. When I was old enough to rent movies, I found no greater joy than walking into a locally-owned video store and picking out a movie (usually one that my God-fearing parents would not approve of and make me choose again) that was highly inappropriate for one my age who had responsible parents. After a few more tries, I would finally pick one that they approved of or felt was not quite as naughty, violent, or bloody as the one picked prior. My love for video cassette box art, whether it be over-sized clam shells or the larger cardboard boxes, or even the standard slim-fit sleeves—I was addicted to wanting my bedroom to look just like a video store: its walls lined with shelves and hundreds of cool films at my disposal.
Fast-forward (pun intended) to 2013. I have since added books, toys, magazines, cds, laser discs, posters, knives, custom-figurines, and anything else one might think to collect to this quasi-hording lifestyle and collecting way of life. I happen to have several hundred (probably far more than that) VHS tapes piled on shelves and in boxes throughout the house. At first, I started buying them because I didn’t own them on DVD (now Blu-ray) and I wanted to be able to watch the movie whenever I wanted to and say that I owned it. Then I kept the tapes around because it brought back memories of my youth while watching the less than perfect, sometimes grainy, copy of the film and in some cases, was a different version of the film. Over the past few or more years, collecting VHS tapes is now cool (maybe even trendy?) and I found that while working in a record store that sells all sorts of electronic media people still were buying VHS tapes and still owned VCRs. It only seemed natural that one would make a documentary on the “modern day VHS culture” and its VHS collectors.
The documentary, entitled ADJUST YOUR TRACKING (2013), runs approximately 84 minutes long and was directed, written, and produced by Dan M. Kinem (VHShitfest co-creator) and Levi Peretic (also part of VHShitfest and nicknamed Dabeedo). The doc stars some very familiar faces to those who are either part of the horror community or huge fans of horror films in general. Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman, longtime editor of Fangoria Magazine (and its website Fangoria.com) for almost 18 years until 2010–Anthony Timpone, Chicago’s very own artist, metalhead, and all-around super cool dude and VHS collector Matt “Putrid” Carr, Alamo Drafthouse’s programmer Zack Carlson, nasty gore film director Fred Vogel (AUGUST UNDERGROUND trilogy), director/producer Keith J. Crocker (THE BLOODY APE, BLITZKRIEG: ESCAPE FROM STALAG 69), and a slew of VHS collectors, video store owners, filmmakers, and distributors. Knowing the guys from VHShitfest made the film, the movie is completely legit.
Check out the trailer:
If you liked the trailer and want to be kept abreast of screenings, events, and other cool shit (like a contest to win box of cut scenes from the film) like the movie’s page on FacebookHERE. Also definitely check out VHShitfest.com!
Always one to keep current on all things dark and evil here at SHU-IZMZ, the news of a new book compiled from more than 60 interviews from key players of the Black Metal genre is news very welcomed. Thanks to the fellas at Feral House Publishing and their usual newsletter, as well as the guys over at DECIBEL MAGAZINE, Shu has been informed of a book coming out on November 13th, but is being offered at a discounted price over at Amazon.com. The more than 600 page book by UK author Dayal Patterson (writer/photographer for Metal Hammer UK, Record Collector, Terrorizer) appears to be one of the most Read the rest of this page »
I popped in the dvd CREEP VAN, only a copy of the film because I was late in requesting a retail copy from the distributor. When the movie was sent to me they also included an advertisement made out of some foam cardboard-like material that had the cover and artwork on it (which was pretty cool) so I was stoked to see this film. I did not read anything about this film except that it was an independent, low-budget film from Michigan and had an awesome “Rape Van” on its cover: A Ford Econoline with blackened windows. This is the van that parents Read the rest of this page »
GATHERING OF THE TRIBE: Music and Heavy Conscious Creation
By Mark Goodall Headpress 2013
This meaty, 469 page paperback edition book divided up into nine chapters covering music and “heavy conscious creation” within songs by varying artists was a very educational and intriguing look at music and the power of sound and tone within. Apparently, the occult is deeply rooted in many albums, songs, and artists that may, or may not, be mainstream or even easily accessible and obtainable. Mark Goodall Read the rest of this page »
Okay, it is that time of the year when one can go in to their local comic book shop and grab a free comic or, better yet, comics! It also is a great opportunity to drag along non-readers of America’s Favorite Pastime (after Baseball for sports fans and after drinking booze for alcoholics—which may also be categorized under “Sports Fans”) and get them introduced to the wonderful world of comic books and art at no expense. After all, who can pass up on something FREE?!?!?! Read the rest of this page »
This year I was a bit more prepared and ambitious and actually brought a laptop to the events, along with a few digital cameras, a tripod, digital recorders, and some other cables and electronic hardware to make the most of my greatly appreciated press pass from Reed Pop, the creators of Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, most commonly referred to as C2E2. I was able to bring my trusty assistant along to help me record the days events, as well as take all website photography of specific panels I chose to cover.
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