I have been to quite a few CINEMA WASTELAND conventions in glorious Strongsville, OH and apart from traveling to Melt, Mind’s Eye Records, and various Exchange stores, Ohio will always be the home of Ken Kesey’s CINEMA WASTELAND for this movie bastard. It is, by far, the greatest fan-friendly convention in all of the Midwest, if not the entire fucking country.
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All that I know about this is that the trailer was uploaded to YouTube.com back in 2007 and that the trailer is hilarious. There are a couple of other videos featuring ITALIAN SPIDERMAN. Apparently, and sadly, ITALIAN SPIDERMAN is dead.
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Anyone that knows anything about horror films is well aware of a period in British horror film history where a woman by the name of Mary Whitehouse and the NVALA (National Viewers And Listeners Association) went on a moral crusade to fight to get certain morally reprehensible films banned by legislation. With the help of the Director of Public Prosecutions (commonly referred to as the DPP), a list of the most (more…)
I.D.S. RISING is the third and final installment in the INCEST DEATH SQUAD trilogy. I have, indeed, watched the other two IDS films and can say that as a fan of good independent horror films, the final film of the series may be an acquired taste, as the previous two films were for me. I admire director Cory J. Udler’s passion and heart that obviously went into the films, but in the end, I felt that the final installment was (more…)
Not too long ago, SHU-IZMZ had a chance to talk with owner and sole creator at CRIMSON MASK STUDIOS, Collin X Major, in Logan Square, Chicago, IL where his mask-making shop is located. Those that have shopped in Bric-A-Brac Records may have not even known that deep down in the dark basement, tucked away in the corner, a very determined and talented young man is sweating away at making some of the most iconic masks in horror films.
There are few books covering the sort of dark and twisted movies myself and others enjoy on a scholarly level, offering vast insight and deep cinematic excavations of films the mainstream movie-goer never will hear light of–unless a (more-often-than-not) silly remake comes about–let alone have access to that Stephen Thrower’s NIGHTMARE USA covers in his colossally thick hardcover (as well as soft cover edition) exploitation independent tome. If there were a class at one of the many fine learning institutions of higher education somewhere on this vast planet covering independent and horror exploitation films, than Thrower’s mammoth 527 page book would be the motherfucking (more…)
I have come to realize that I generally go to certain conventions just to shop. I catch up with old friends, go check out all the vendors, and look for cool new shirts, books, and movies. Occasionally there will be some (more…)
Phil Hall decided to tackle a very difficult subject in attempting to write a book entitled THE GREATEST BAD MOVIES OF ALL TIME, because lets be honest—one man’s “bad movie” may be another man’s epic film. Granted, there are “bad movies” we love, but generally most people know (more…)
Young director James Muro, going by J. Michael Muro on his IMDB page and in film credits later on in his movie career as a camera operator and cinematographer later on, directed STREET TRASH in 1987, one year after I got turned on to reading Stephen King and realized that horror films, books, and comics were all I really cared about and would consume my whole life up until this very moment and continue to so-forth and so-on, probably until the end of my life. Sadly, I never got to see STREET TRASH until (more…)
Sadly, British cinema is a topic I am far too unfamiliar with for one that would like to consider himself a film geek, but I am learning more each and every day by seeking out films of particular interest that also just happen to be movies made from across that little pond known as the North Atlantic Ocean. As I was opened up the pages to Headpress Publishing’s latest item on the menu regarding film, specifically British film, in OFFBEAT: British Cinema’s Curiousities, Obscurities, and Forgotten Gems (edited by Julian Upton), I realized that not only was I going to learning about a multitude of unique films old and new from the U.K., but that these particular films were movies (more…)
This colossal episode of SHU-IZMZ RADIO on CORE OF DESTRUCTION RADIO will blow your minds! Shu lets listeners learn of a fantastic new documentary on the culture of VHS collecting called ADJUST YOUR TRACKING (2013), as well as play the entire TOY HUNTER panel at C2E2 with Jordan Hembrough. As always, be prepared to hear some (more…)
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!
James Bickert’s DEAR GOD NO! is a throwback to the drive-in and grindhouse fare that presently is having a resurgence of sorts with many filmmakers making throwback films that were usually in 2-run movie theaters and venues, as well as usually released on VHS and found in small “mom and pop” movie rental shops and of substandard quality. These films were the ones that I usually sought out as a young man because they generally had quite a bit of gore, blood, boobs, and bush. Remember, the three ‘B’s are essential when watching these types of movies and are crucial to my overall (more…)
For fans of the macabre, the gory, and the sleazy–a new midnight film series showcasing some of the most notoriously sleazy, bloody, vile, gory pieces of trashy grindhouse cinema never meant for mass consumption a monthly film series event is coming to the Logan Theatre at midnight. After all, the people that attend these (more…)
SHU-IZMZ has known of Dave Kosanke, head honcho of his very own zine entitled LIQUID CHEESE FANZINE, for quite some years now, but only just last year actually bothered to pick up an issue (ISSUE #33) at Flashback Weekend a few months ago when Dave was working at the Synapse Films booth selling dvds from Synapse, as well as his zine. After hanging with him at a mutual friend’s (Jon Kitley of KITLEY’S KRYPT) parties on Halloween and various horror peeps engagements, I felt it was high time I had let listeners (more…)
The title says it all, right? There is no need for a further description of Mladen Djordjevic’s THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG out on SYNAPSE Blu-Ray. A porno gang goes on the road, traveling via a candy-colored, Willy Wonka drug-induced paint job Vokswagen van and make abstract, neo-political, artistic porn films in front of paying peasants and farmers who find it humorously entertaining. A young porn director fucked (more…)
Scott Aaron Stine, author of TRASHFIEND, a 320 page book that covers films, magazines, comicbooks, and various collectibles from the ’60s and ’70s along with some very eclectic interviews is a book that only some of the taste-rattled and brain-fried film buffs of horror and sleaze that consider dumpster diving into pop culture a refined art and see no end to the growth and culmination of one’s own various collections ever coming to an end. I read this book with an intensity that had me as giddy as a schoolboy about to see his first up close and personal view of a woman’s (more…)
DAVID GREGORY, most famous for being a very talented and visionary director of many featurettes and documentaries included on some of the most important films in the horror, cult, and exploitation genres such as TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE SHOCKING TRUTH (2000), THE SPAGHETTI WEST (2005), and THE GODFATHERS OF MONDO (2003), had a chance to talk with SHU-IZMZ RADIO about his latest artistic endeavors of creating a horror anthology modeled after the Theatre Guignol entitled THE THEATRE BIZARRE. Gregory directed the short entitled “SWEETS“, as well as being the creative talent behind the genesis of the whole project and organizing it. Gregory tells Shu all about the film and the filmmaking process behind it, as well as how he divides up his time between making feature films (as he did with directing PLAGUE TOWN) and running SEVERIN FILMS. (more…)
THOU SHALT NOT KILL…EXCEPT a.k.a. STRYKER’S WAR (1985) at one point was going to be named BLOODBATH, before STRYKER’S WAR, when the film’s first genesis was a Super 8 version that starred Bruce Campbell as the lead instead of the film’s eventual lead Brian Schulz. The film has many of the familiar faces from the Michigan group of filmmakers that included Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Timothy Patrick Quill, and another celebrity from Michigan (well, quasi-celebrity): a Mr. T impersonator that went around the state doing appearances and even advertising for the Michigan State Fair by the name of Robert Rickman. The film is packed with so much character, humor, violence, and even a bit of blood and gore.
A film that was pitched as being a movie about Marines vs. the Manson Family, is just that. A hippie-psycho cult led by the director of the EVIL DEAD trilogy and SPIDERMAN, Sam Raimi as Cult Leader, goes around the woods (more…)
For those of you that saw A SERBIAN FILM and were shocked, I have a feeling that Synapse’s release of THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A PORNO GANG is going to leave one with a few emotional scars as well. Read further for the press release from Synapse Films about the Blu-ray/DVD release of another messed up film coming from the country that brought you A SERBIAN FILM!
SYNAPSE FILMS PRESENTS
MORE SLAVIC CRAZINESS ON DVD AND BLU-RAY!
THE LIFE AND DEATH
OF A PORNO GANG
Picks up where A SERBIAN FILM left off!