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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part II

Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part II

By Alex Simon

One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.

Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.

Here are a few more of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:

1. Massacre at Central High (1976)

Dutch director, and former cameraman for the legendary Russ Meyer, Rene Daalder was hired by producers to direct an exploitation
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Kantz Sells His Post Apocalypse Vision - Wasteland to Cinema Epoch (DVD Preview)

Wasteland is a film from director Kantz, which is reminiscent of the '80s post apocalyptic films of old. In the '80s there seemed to be this focus on a destroyed and dangerous landscapes as seen in films like

Mad Max 2 , Bronx Warriors, Escape from New York and many others. Several films dealt with societal fears of imminent nuclear annihilation e.g. Quiet Earth, Def Con 4. However, trends change.

With Wasteland, global catastrophes come about through environmental hazards e.g. pollutants, overpopulation. In this devolving landscape "religious zealots" fight against a group of cannibals and mutants for survival. Pollution are the cause of mutations and societal collapse "chemicals pumped into the environment have caused the ecosystem to fail and collapse." Full of action and adventure, between a desperate hero and the end of the world, Wasteland will be released by Cinema Epoch on DVD October 11th. Possible DVD
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The Wasteland Promises an Apocalypse in this Feature Trailer

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Modus Operandi Pictures is developing a new post-apocalyptic feature, titled Wasteland. The vision of the Wasteland sees a world with less than a 100 million occupants. Populations have been wiped out by disease, hunger and fighting over the last scraps of food. The picture is reminiscent of the apocalyptic pictures of the '70s and '80s, where nuclear war was a daily worry (and possibly stills is).

These previous eras created dozens of films that dealt with a future wasteland, like: The Day After, The Road Warrior, and earlier with Logan's Run (1976). This style of film has recently been recreated with The Road (2009) and Book of Eli (2010). There seems to be a focus on apocalyptic settings by filmmaker, as apocalyptic themes taken directly from several major religions e.g. Judaism and Christianity. Returning to the present, have a look at some of the costumes settings and themes from the Wasteland
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Not Available on DVD: Massacre At Central High

The 1976 film Massacre At Central High was a political allegory mounted as T&A exploitation and disguised as a teen slasher flick, but despite its well-deserved reputation as a cult classic, it’s Not available on DVD. After opening with a deceptively drippy song (“You’re at the crossroads of your life…”) Massacre At Central High kicks into teen angst overdrive by creating a somewhat exaggerated fantasy of a high school notable for its complete absence of teachers, adult supervision, rules or even classes.

Promising young athlete David (Derrel Maury) moves to a new neighborhood and enrolls at the local high school. His old friend Mark (Andrew Stevens) is a student there and introduces him to his three sadistic friends who rule the school through bullying and intimidation. David declines the invitation to join the Nazi-wannabes and soon stops them from raping a girl (Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith). They take revenge
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