As my grandmother always said, “No one said life would be easy“.
In case you didn’t know what you were about to get into, you are about to begin reading a review of the film JOHN WICK, by a film buff who generally dislikes Keanu Reeves as an actor. When the countless “Boos!” and jeering of all the Keanu Reeves admirers and lovers subsides, I will continue. There has always been something about his seemingly (more…)
Murder. Mayhem. Some more murder and a wee little bit of mayhem. The notorious crimes showcased within the Reelz Channel’s special entitled “Hollywood’s Most Notorious Crimes” very well may just be (more…)
I reviewed (REVIEW HERE) and trashed a movie review and news program (Mark at the Movies) hosted by Mark S. Allen, a radio dj/personality in Sacramento not too long ago and he contacted me and asked me to be on his show. I thought it was a prank or joke. I thought I was going to be (more…)
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…)
PTSD is, obvious to me but maybe not to everyone else, the acronym for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is a very real severe anxiety disorder resulting from a traumatic life event. Most people that hear about this disorder generally associate it with war veterans who have had a difficult time adjusting their integration back into society. I personally know a few ex-soldiers who experienced extremely stressful and traumatic experiences while serving in the Gulf War and have never been the same since. It happens to more people than (more…)
SHU-IZMZ always loves to hear from friends in the Chicago horror community that are working on film projects, ones that are independent and contain a slew of locals starring in and working on the production. Jason Coffman, a friend of mine for a number of years now whom I met from attending various movie festivals and movie-related conventions, has always introduced me to a number of cinematic gems over the years, most recently (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…)
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…)
Folks may have listened to my first interview I conducted with the extremely talented artist and immensely knowledgeable film buff at CINEMA SEWER, the one and only, Robin Bougie. Well. since the latest issue of Cinema Sewer was out and on sale, along with the companion piece portraying Robin’s sleazier side of things in Sleazy Slice, I thought it only fitting to (more…)
This film just tossed onto my radar today by a friend and filmmaker from Chicago. I had no idea this film was out there and judging by the trailer, it looks to be pretty badass! Shot on location in Chicago, I am all the more stoked to see this film upon its completion. Here are a couple of screenshots from the trailer, followed by the trailer itself.
There looks to be some blood and gore in the film. I also noticed a shot filmed outside the Debonaire Social Club on Milwaukee in Wicker Park (if I am not mistaken). I love watching films shot in Chicago.
Here is the trailer for CHICAGO ROT, directed by Dorian Weinzimmer and written by Brant McCrea and Dorian Weinzimmer. CHICAGO ROT is a Dakini Production in association with Painted Face. It stars Brant McCrea, Shira Barber, Dave Cartwright, David James Figeroa, and Jo Jo Baby.
Hey horror fans! Quite awhile back I had the pleasure of interviewing actor Bill Oberst, Jr. about working in horror films and some of his new projects, as well as what horror films he is personally into. We had a very long conversation (over 3 hours long) and I aired the radio show on Core of Destruction Radio and have the link available for download here at SHU-IZMZ: Bill Oberst, Jr. INTERVIEW. Well, Guess who (more…)
Joshua Grannell, better known as Peaches Christ–the drag queen of San Francisco’s midnight horror film screenings–has a handful of short films under his…err…I mean HER belt. The genesis of ALL ABOUT EVIL was the result of a mixture of many of them, many with budgets around $50. ALL ABOUT EVIL is a b-horror film with an all-star cast including Natasha Lyonne (SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS), Thomas Dekker (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake), Cassandra Peterson (ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK), Mink Stole (PINK FLAMINGOS), Noah Segan (DEADGIRL), and Jack Donner (STAR TREK t.v. series) in some of the funnest and oddly wonderful roles. In fact, the whole film was quirky and beyond entertaining.
Our story starts (more…)
I just watched the trailer for WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE and I have to say that it looked to be pretty damn cool. It sort of reminded me of THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, just in that it has a native tribe fighting against the military and I don’t think there really are going to be any other similarities except that the film is based on history and it looks to be pretty violent and have some wonderful cinematography! Check out the trailer here, as well as some of the screen shots from the movie. Here is the synopsis:
Wei Te-sheng’s epic film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale reclaims an extraordinary episode from 20th-century history, which is little known, even in Taiwan. Between 1895 and 1945, the island was a Japanese colony (more…)
I first saw a Donald F. Glut film way back when I was reviewing movies for another website. It was one of the films sent to me and I think I only received it because no one else wanted to review it. Part of the reason may have been because it takes a certain type of person in a certain type of mood to enjoy and appreciate B-movies. Also, some are pretty awful and not very entertaining. Let’s find out where director Glut’s films fared that I had the chance to check out. (more…)
Saturday, March 5th @ 9:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9th @ 8:45 p.m.
Thankfully, a fellow film buff buddy of mine alerted me to this French/Belgium film and just how potentially awesome it may be! Now that the film is on my radar and I have seen the trailer, which reminded me a great deal of Dario Argento when he was in his prime and making some very cool giall0 horror films, full of gore, thrills, and intrigue. Here is the synopsis of AMER that is posted up at IMDB:
Three key moments, all of them sensual, define Ana’s life. Her carnal search sways between reality and colored fantasies becoming more and more oppressive. A black laced hand prevents her from screaming. The wind lifts her dress and caresses her thighs. A razor blade brushes her skin, where will this chaotic and carnivorous journey leave her?
Directed and written by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, Amer has only been playing in festivals around the world and its pretty awesome that Chicago will be graced with this much talked about film for two nights. I hope to be able to procure the funds to be able to see this film next week. For now check out the trailer and the various links to learn more about this film and decide for yourselves if going to see it will be worth the $10 at the theater.