The somewhat confusing and convoluted plot of NIGHTMARE WEEKEND starts off with a pretty loud bang when a couple of dudes try to break into a large house to steal some secret experimental data from a scientist. The first stud (more…)
I decided to give the EXXXOTICA Expo a try this year, as I go to conventions all the time, they have mostly been for horror & cult films or comic book conventions; EXXOTICA was my first porn star convention. As stated on their event page, (more…)
To my knowledge, I have never actively sought out nor ever was remotely familiar with erotic novels or stories of any kind. I generally read books from the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, or true crime genre or reference books on film and WWII. The author I have enjoyed the most as a kid, and probably as an adult, has been Stephen King and more recently Chuck Palahniuk and Christopher Moore (both authors of which I owe the gratitude of learning about from a close and dear friend of mine Marni when she was a library assistant and was surrounded by books almost every day).
I never really knew a “horrotica” genre existed, but knowing that Anne Rice wrote some sexy novels under the pseudonym of Anne Rampling (Exit to Eden, Belinda) and I started reading a bit of those, but exploring the subject of BDSM in erotic novels, or novellas, was not really my thing. A friend of mine who is a director shot me a message saying his friend wrote this novella and that he really liked the story and suggested that I read and review it. Since I am always up for a recommendation and had just finished reading the last book I was on, I thought I should rip right into a book, genre, and author I know nothing about. It would be a fresh learning experience.
Upon grabbing a movie from the large pile of movies that I have to review for the website, one movie’s cover art caught my eye. It had on its cover a very veiny, bluish hand gripping a large, bloody axe. In the hallway crouched down, almost whimpering with fright is actress Samantha Acamora with the film’s tag line: “The tuition isn’t all that will kill you.” The title of the movie, in red and white lettering: MURDER UNIVERSITY. The film’s cover (more…)
Shu had a chance to talk with Director Adam Rehmeier and actress Rodleen Getsic about their latest film, THE BUNNY GAME, a controversial film about a prostitute that hitches a ride with a trucker who has more in mind than just giving her a lift. The Blu-ray comes out from Autonomy Pictures this month and I will be reviewing it here at SHU-IZMZ, as well as having a follow-up interview with Adam and Rodleen to talk about the film. (more…)
There are some movies that some viewers refer to as “misery porn”, a term more associated with literature than with movies, but something nonetheless prevalent in film and television. Misery porn is a story that focuses on bad things happening to people, usually without some good coming from it or any sort of lesson being learned. For instance, in director Mike Cahill’s ANOTHER EARTH, which some may refer to as misery porn, is a story that (more…)
My Glut-Fest continues as I then viewed COUNTESS DRACULA’S ORGY OF BLOOD (2004), another film shot on video and the second of the Dracula Trilogy that director Glut directed and wrote. If you read my prior two reviews of Don Glut’s flicks, you have a pretty good idea what you are going to be in store for with this one. The sequel to THE EROTIC RITES OF COUNTESS DRACULA, COUNTESS DRACULA’S ORGY OF BLOOD, definitely lives up to its title. (more…)
You may be wondering what the hell am I doing reviewing a film with a title like ANTFARM DICKHOLE. In fact, I would never in a million years have guessed that a film that has the nauseating compound word “dickhole” in it would be something I would even care to pop in the ol’ dvd player and watch in its entirety. But, alas, here is Shu reviewing a film from the infamous and somewhat legendary (in the metal community, anyways) Bill Zebub. Bill has directed a handful of films, most of them on very small budgets but on his own terms and answering to no studio or distributor. He is a truly independent filmmaker no matter what you think of any type of movie he has created. Granted, some of my favorite works he has made are a collection of interviews and commentaries from some highly influential names and bands in the metal community. In fact, some of the first “documentaries” on some of the more extreme metal bands, such as VENOM, CELTIC FROST, KING DIAMOND, and CANNIBAL CORPSE (all in interview form), came about because of Bill. I dug the way he filmed them, just a camcorder in hand with little to none production value. Unfortunately, some of his films were created in this same manner.
The one saving grace for most, if not all of Bill Zebub’s films is the nudity and raunchiness his films contain within them. When things lose momentum or the storyline gets dull, throw an attractive naked girl in front of the camera. Yeah, this style is very lowbrow, but so are his films, Sometimes, as with ANTFARM DICKHOLE, there is a social commentary slipped in there or a statement on society is made. Usually Zebub’s message is anti-Christian or anti-religion in general. If one is devoutly religious, I can’t imagine they would find anything within ANTFARM DICKHOLE enjoyable (or most horror, cult, or exploitation films).
So, lets get back to the dickhole of the antfarm. If the title does not already suggest it, the film is sleazy, low budget, filled with low-brow humor, a decent amount of nudity (full-frontal and rear), and has sarcastic one-liners and some humor with a bit of a bite.
The story starts out with a dude who has pre-mature ejaculation, as he explains it to his buddy (Bill Zebub), and then goes on to him whining about getting bullied while they are just chilling in the woods when all of a sudden a big European metalhead comes along and robs them and beats their asses. After all, the Nordic-looking Viking needed some beer money. After the boys are robbed, the shot cuts to a metal slut dancing to a strip-tease that really is not much of a tease because she bares her hairy-bush, breasts, and leaves only some sexy garter and lace stockings on. She starts blowing Ant-drew (Mike Nastri) and ants are suddenly crawling out of her mouth. I guess by crawling I mean fake plastic ants are spit out from her mouth. Yeah, I am talking about special effects lacking anything special whatsoever.
I now know exactly where this movie is going—–straight to the trashcan for its gratuitous nudity, trashcan effects, and skid row budget. The film’s scenes of dialogue did take some thought and effort, filled with sarcasm, puns, and colorful jokes but also has its share of cheeseball one-liners and sophomoric brand of comedy. At times, it got really old fast and even became painful to watch. It was especially painful to watch the 2nd and 3rd time. I came to realize just how awful lines of dialogue were delivered. Sadly, the director and “actor”, Bill Zebub (playing the role of Ant-Thony), gave the most believable performance in the whole film. He had more lines of dialogue than anyone in the film except for Nastri (He plays the main character Ant-drew, whom we get to see with a fake penis sticking out of his pants quite frequently with an ant popping out of it.)
The only aspect of the film that broke up some of the monotony of the comedic elements to it was the large amounts of full-frontal nudity and bush. It is nice to see a film that has metal sluts starring in it with unshaven snatch. None of the Hollywood glamour and silicone implants, tanned beauties with cleanly shaven pubic hairs and perfect complexions. ANTFARM DICKHOLE has regular women with curves, tattoos, not so perfect, sun-deficient skin with some spots of cellulite on the legs and booties. Yes, I am talking about real women.
As Ant-toin goes around masturbating to metal chicks, killing them as his killer ants slip out his dick and crawl onto the naked beauties and killing them (sorry, no graphic depictions of the deaths—only fake blood smeared on the body as the fake ants are strategically placed on breasts and other erogenous zones). This formula for the film reminds me of so many slasher films from the ‘80s and beyond. Almost every girl who gets naked, has sex, or is about to have an intimate moment gets killed by the ants. Bullies are not exempt from this either! If you are a douchebag the ants probably will kill you.
In one particular scene, a character and his lady are having a picnic in the woods (I think the whole film was made in a forest preserve of some kind) and the ants start attacking the male character. The female character is told to take off all her clothes because the ants are probably attracted to them. I chuckled at this ploy to get the girl to take all her clothes off, but to my disappointment, she only stripped down to bra and panties. In the next scene, another girl wearing a bikini takes all her clothes off and another hairy beaver is showcased. The scenes are filmed in the manner only a true pervert could capture when behind the camera. If anything, Bill (Zebub) has a future in making soft-core porno ala Russ Meyer-style.
Sadly, the film kept my attention only due to the fact that I was waiting to see what metal chick was going to get naked next. Yeah, when watching these type of low budget films I really only have excessive violence (or gore) and gratuitous nudity to peak my interest. Fortunately, ANTFARM DICKHOLE had an abundance of the latter. If one can sit through the movie to the hour mark, a really cool fight scene is filmed, complete with awesome metal soundtrack and a slow-motion battle sequence. After the T&A, this scene was the coolest.
This is my first Bill Zebub film that I have viewed and reviewed. I have a couple of others a fellow horror fan and writer gave to me because he refused to watch them, let alone review them for his website or the magazine he writes for. Apparently, the films were far too low below his level of decency or his standards. If any of you have read a handful of my reviews, you probably know by now that I have no standards. I will review a pile of dogshit sitting on an antique China plate with ornate gold trim and a sign next to it in elegant text stating “ART”, but just because it is called art does not mean it is either entertaining or profound. ANTFARM DICKHOLE is neither, but with its cool metal soundtrack, organized narrative and storyline, plethora of bush, booty, and breasts, and offbeat, vulgar humor—the film is not too bad a viewing. I also had a good time figuring out which metal bands’ t-shirt Bill would be wearing next. If anything, Bill has great taste in t-shirts.
Impulse Pictures brings us some Swedish sinsationalism in the form of Christina Lindberg in her last starring role in the film WIDE OPEN. Below are the details of the dvd release, including a brief ploy synopsis. August is definitely going to be one hot month! Be sure to check back with Shu’s review and whether it is a film worth beating off to or just a one foreign hot mess!
Run Time: 102 Minutes In English Color
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1 Region One Dolby Digital Mono
Director: Gustav Wiklund
Stars: Christina Lindberg, Solveig Andersson
Production year: 1975
Christina Lindberg and Solveig Andersson met before in the violent cult-classic Thriller: A Cruel Picture and Swedish Wildcats. They meet yet again in Wide Open, Lindberg’s last starring role in a feature film! Taxi driver Paul and his beautiful journalist girlfriend Marianne have a strained relationship. Things get crazy when Paul brings his drunken father back to their apartment. As tensions between the two lovebirds rise, they decide to chill out at a wild movie party and things go from bad to worse (for Marianne anyway) when they both wake up in bed together with Marianne’s sister, Beryl! Marianne leaves, so Paul decides to spend some time watching strippers and taking Beryl along for some nighttime fun. Everything is going great, until Beryl gets picked up by the evil Mr. X and things turn dangerous. A stolen mink coat, drugs, and violent sex games lead Paul and Beryl to confront Mr. X during the film’s perverse stag party climax!
Chock full of nudity and sex, Wide Open is a must for all fans of sexy Swedish sin-ema!
Bonus features include: Trailers, Interview with Christina Lindberg and Director Gustav Wiklund, Photo Gallery
SOURCE: Impulse Pictures
Run Bitch Run, directed by Joseph Guzman and written by Guzman and Robert James Hayes II, is a pretty straight-forward revenge-rape tale in the tradition of Last House on the Left, I Spit on Your Grave, and other stories where the central plot of a girl and her pal going out to a town or area that is foreign to them and run into trouble of the worst possible kind. This time around, the two girls (Catherine and Rebecca) are religious nitwits that are trying to sell their bibles so they can get enough money to go on some religious retreat of sorts.
Does this plot sound like anything groundbreaking or original? NO. It is a story that has been reworked in one format or another many times.
Did I enjoy this film and find enough originality in it aside from the basic structure of the film? YES. This film was enjoyable to watch and strayed away from many of the cliche and annoying aspects from certain films that follow the rape-revenge formula.
Rebecca (Christina DeRosa) and Catherine (Cheryl Lyone) trying to sell some bibles
Another aspect of the film I enjoyed is that the director chose not to have meaningless or tediously unnecessary dialogue and random bullshit littered in between pivotal scenes in the movie. Some of these rape-revenge films have filler scenes with random and over-all boring chit-chat sprinkled in between scenes or action or violence. I find that totally unnecessary and extremely annoying. Kudos to the director for keeping the film concise and to the point. Movies like this really can drag on for the plot usually is quite simple. The protagonists of the film, Lobo (Peter Tahoe) , Clint (Johnny Winscher), and Marla (Ivet Corvea), were believable dirt-bags and each had a certain edge to them and distinct elements of individual character.
My only complaint with the film probably would be the soundtrack accompanying it. It truly annoyed the hell out of me. I feel the filmmakers were going for the ’70s look or feel in Run Bitch Run, reminiscent of the many grindhouse and exploitation films of that era which may explain why the music in the film was the way it was, but it did not do anything for me except annoy me and distract me from what was going on in front of the camera, although naked chicks running around kept me pretty attentive nonetheless.
Run Bitch Run is Joseph Guzman’s first film and I think he did a very good job on it. He has a new film Nude Nuns with Big Guns in post-production right now. Again, I am looking forward to seeing this flick based on the title alone and hope he will deliver the goods that the title suggests. Guzman may very well have a very promising career in the exploitation genre if he continues along this path. If he increases the level of blood and gore on his films, he very well may be one of the more enjoyable directors to watch for upcoming projects.Vicious Circle Filmshas obtained another film for their camp and it did not fail to entertain, titillate, and facilitate my needs for exploitation, horror, and sinful debauchery. I look forward to all future projects from director and production company.