Crypt of Curiosities: Something Fishy – A Look at “Gillsploitation” Films

Every horror fan has their favorite type of monster. Some people love shambling zombies, others prefer squid-faced aliens from beyond the stars, and I’m sure there are a few people out there who would swear that The Mangler is the greatest beast to grace the silver screen. But for me, one archetype has always reigned supreme: the scaly fish-man.

I can’t explain why, but ever since I was a kid, sea life has always interested me, so it should come as no surprise that as far as famous monsters go, the Gill-man’s always been my favorite. Unfortunately, being a fan of the Gill-man can lead to some issues. Unlike Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, the Gill-man was an original creation of Universal, and as such, was not in the public domain. So, while there are many great films bearing those iconic names, the Creature from the Black Lagoon only has three,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Humanoids From The Deep (1980)

Well, here we are again, back in Corman waters. Why do we keep coming back? What is the pull of a Roger Corman production that calls to us like a syphilitic siren wailing from the rocks, beckoning us home? My guess is quality chafing the walls of quantity. There are a lot of exploitation movies out there, and most were justified their position on the lower rung of a double bill on a Tuesday night at the drive-in. But un film du Corman is different – he’s always had an innate gift for corralling talent on the rise, and kind enough to foster it on the way down. His turn of the decade monster mash Humanoids from the Deep (1980) is a perfect storm of his wondrous cinematic sensibilities.

And of course I mean ‘wondrous’ as it applies to our station, the gloriously trashy and deliciously weird. Humanoids fits neatly into
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James Horner 1953-2015

James Horner 1953-2015
James Horner, the award-winning composer responsible for the music of Titanic, Avatar, Apollo 13, Field Of Dreams, several Star Trek movies and many more, was killed in a plane crash on Monday at the age of 61.Horner was born in Los Angeles in 1953, the son of Harry, a production designer. But the younger Horner’s passion was music, and he spent his formative years in London, attending the Royal College Of Music before returning home to study for his bachelor’s degree in music at USC and post-graduate honours at UCLA.He began his career working on short films for the American Film Institute and on low-budget films, breaking in with the likes of Lewis Teague’s The Lady In Red and Barbara PeetersHumanoids From The Deep. Roger Corman hired him to write music for Battle Beyond The Stars and he worked with a young Oliver Stone on The Hand.
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Trailers from Hell: David DeCoteau on Female Biker Film 'Bury Me an Angel'

Trailers from Hell: David DeCoteau on Female Biker Film 'Bury Me an Angel'
New World Action Pictures! week continues at Trailers from Hell with filmmaker David DeCoteau introducing "Bury Me an Angel," described in its tagline as "a Howling Hellcat Humping a Hot Steel Hog on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge!" The film's director, Barbara Peeters, was the first woman to helm a biker film.Busy '70s indie trailer editor Ken Dixon set the bar pretty high (or low) with this seminal early New World trailer which established the template for hawking impoverished production values and making them sound pretty cool. The peripatetic Ron Gans narrates in practiced orotund style.
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2013 Viscera Film Festival Announces Judges Panel and Lineup

The full list of judges and the lineup of the 2013 Viscera Film Festival have been revealed along with the name of this year's Inspiration Award recipient. It all happens on July 13th at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:

The festival’s gala celebration will spotlight emerging female horror directors from around the world, including the UK, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and the Us and will serve as host to four world premieres and two Los Angeles premieres.

This year’s Viscera Film Festival lineup was carefully selected by an esteemed panel of industry judges who had the difficult task of selecting winners from the record-breaking number of entries for the 2013 festival and tour season, ultimately proving that innovative and dynamic short-form storytelling is still alive and well within the horror community.

"This year we had over 200 amazing entries,
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2013 Viscera Film Festival Official Lineup Announced

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2013 Viscera Film Festival Official Lineup Announced
Today the official slate has been announced for this year's annual Viscera Film Festival, which showcases the work of female horror filmmakers from around the world. This year's lineup – selected from over two hundred entries – features thirteen short films from the Us and Canada, the UK, Japan, Spain and Mexico, and includes two Los Angeles premieres. This year's judging panel is a veritable who's-who of horror entertainment, including Jennifer Lynch, Rachel Talalay, Jeffrey Reddick, Amber Benson, Trent Haaga, Anthony Masi, Brea Grant, Andrew Van Den Houten, Elizabeth Stanley, Anthony Diblasi, Shade Rupe, Jim Vanbebber, Drew Daywalt, Kier-La Janisse, Chris Alexander, John Skipp, David Decoteau, Alan Spencer, Barbara Peeters, and prior Viscera winners Jennifer Thym and Mae Catt. The festival will be held on July 13th in a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. The event includes a “bloody carpet” ceremony and after-party at the
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Viscera Film Festival Announces 2013 Lineup!!

The 2013 Viscera Film Festival announced its upcoming lineup today, and it looks to be full of some interesting short films, check out the press release below!

This year’s panel of judges for the prestigious 2013 Viscera Film Festival includes Rachel Talalay (Freddy’S Dead: The Final Nightmare), Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination series), Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Trent Haaga (Cheap Thrills), Anthony Masi (His Name Was Jason), Brea Grant (“Dexter”), Andrew van den Houten (Lucky McKee’s The Woman), Elizabeth Stanley (Trailers From Hell), Anthony Diblasi (Dread), Shade Rupe (“Dark Stars Rising”), Jim VanBebber (The Manson Family), Drew Daywalt (Leprechaun’S Revenge), Kier-La Janisse (“House of Psychotic Women”), Chris Alexander (Blood For Irina), John Skipp (legendary splatterpunk author), David DeCoteau (Sorority Babes In The Slimeball Bowl-o-rama), Alan Spencer (Sledgehammer), Barbara Peeters (Humanoids From The Deep), Jennifer Thym (Viscera Winner 2012, Best Cinematography for Bloodtraffic) and Mae Catt (Viscera Winner 2011, Best
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Viscera Film Festival Lineup Announced

Viscera is a non profit organization that highlights female horror filmmakers and details on the 2013 Viscera Film Festival have been announced, including the lineup of films that will be screening at the event:

“Los Angeles, CA – June 3rd, 2013 — Today, the Viscera Organization announced the stellar line-up of 13 brand new short films that have been selected to screen on July 13, 2013 in a co-presentation with the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) in Hollywood for this year’s Viscera Film Festival. The festival’s gala celebration will spotlight emerging female horror directors from around the world, including the UK, Japan, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and the Us and will serve as host to four world premieres and two Los Angeles premieres.

This year’s Viscera Film Festival line-up was carefully selected by an esteemed panel of industry judges who had the difficult task of selecting winners from the record-breaking number of
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The Top Five Monster Sex Scenes [Nsfw]

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The Top Five Monster Sex Scenes [Nsfw]
One of the reasons why we love horror films is the dangerous sex appeal – especially in slasher films from the 80s. Although most teenagers in these slasher films suffer brutal deaths after they engage in such sexy behaviors, there is something still strangely and erotically appealing about sex in these horror films. But what about the monster sex scenes? Do they have the same effect on spectators? Are monster scenes sexy? Maybe we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves - what qualifies as a monster sex scene? For the purposes of this list, I am only examining non-human sex – although one human might be involved in the act, at least one monster must be present: whether it be a re-animated head without a body, a creature with several legs, an alien, a ghoulie; basically anything that isn’t human and has undergone some process of “evil-i-zation” qualifies as a
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Buffy star, Walking Dead producer, Twilight director bring 13 best new horror films to Viscera 2012

The spotlight will be on female filmmakers in the horror genre at the upcoming Viscera Film Festival Carpet Ceremony 2012.

The event takes place on July 7, 2012, at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

A line-up of the 13 best new short horror films directed by up-and-coming female directors has been judged by a celebrity panel of horror industry veterans.

The panel included Gale Anne Hurd (producer The Walking Dead, Terminator), Mary Harron (director American Psycho), Catherine Hardwicke (director, Twilight, Red Riding Hood), Rachel Talalay (director, Nightmare on Elm Street 6, Tank Girl), Steve Niles (author 30 Days of Night), Elizabeth Stanley (producer Trailers from Hell), Tony Diblasi (director Dread), Amber Benson (Tara Maclay in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, director Drones), Dew Daywalt (director Leprechaun's Revenge), Barbara Peeters (director, Humanoids from the Deep), John Skipp (author Mondo Zombie), Michelle Maxwell McLaren (director The Walking Dead), Mary Lambert (director Pet Semetary) and Emily Hagins (My Sucky Teen Romance
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Recognizing Women in Horror Year Round

by Colleen Wanglund,

February was Women in Horror Recognition Month and there are plenty of women that we recognize in horror year round.

Consider the “Scream Queens” we all know and love—Michelle Bauer, Janet Leigh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Linnea Quigley, Marilyn Burns, Elsa Lanchester, Brinke Stevens, Camille Keaton, Sybil Danning, Ingrid Pitt, Barbara Steele, Fay Wray, and Beverly Garland.

But there are countless other women, actresses, writers, directors, who you may not know and don’t get proper recognition.

Here's a short list of some female directors that deserve to be mentioned.

Barbara Peters - Humanoids From The Deep (1980)

Katt Shea - Stripped To Kill (1987), Dance Of The Damned (1988), Poison Ivy (1992)

Ida Lupino - The Hitch Hiker (1953)

Elizabeth Fies - The Commune (2009)

Jennifer Chambers Lynch - Boxing Helena (1993)

Fran Robel Kuzui - Buffy The Vampire Slayer 1992)

Kei Fujiwara - Organ (1996)

Antonia Bird - Ravenous (1999)

Jen and Sylvia Soska
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Junk Food Dinner Podcast: Episode #73

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Explosions, mutants, aliens... it's all here on the latest episode of Junk Food Dinner.

Up first, we stop a Soviet take over of the United States with the internet's favorite action star Chuck Norris when we take a look at the 1985 Cannon action flick Invasion U.S.A directed by Joseph Zito.

Then, mutated fish monsters emerge from the water to wreak havoc on a sleepy fishing village and mate with bikini clad teens in the Roger Corman produced creature feature Humanoids from the Deep (Aka Monster) from 1980 starring Doug McClure, Ann Turkel and Vic Morrow and directed by Barbara Peeters.

And finally, two Americans must traverse a section of Mexico infested by extra terrestrials in the low-budget road movie Monsters from 2010 written and directed by talented newcomer Gareth Edwards and starring real life love birds Whitney Able and Scott McNairy.

All this plus witty banter between friends, listener feedback,
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Humanoids from the Deep (Roger Corman Cult Classics) – DVD Review

The Film:

The Roger Corman-produced Monster, or as it’s better known – Humanoids from the Deep, is an exploitation version of one scene from Creature from the Black Lagoon. In that 1954 classic, Julia Adams dives off of the boat and goes for a swim. Underneath her, swimming along, is a creature. This sensual scene, with both swimming along with each other, has a classy subtext of sexual curiosity. Corman, in his B-movie genius, took this premise and dropped the classy and upped the raunchy. They’re not human. But they hunt human women. Not for killing…for mating.

It’s a super-charged effort by Corman’s mind, who inserted more violence and nudity, much to the (seemingly) chagrin of director Barbara Peters (who is curiously not on the DVD in the extras, and no, we’re not related). She had a softer, subtle take on the script, which felt
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Corman Goodness Keeps Coming with 'Piranha' and 'Humanoids from the Deep'

Just in time for the premier of Piranha 3D, Shout! Factory has release two more classic drive in classics from Roger Corman: Joe Dante's original Piranha and Humanoids from the Deep. And once again, these DVDs are worthy editions to any horror fan's collection.

Piranha comes boxed with a terrific lenticular cover of a previously unseen poster and is full of great features. The film is presented in a new anamorphic widescreen version and the transfer looks great.

Unlike the dumb as a bag of rocks (but never the less enjoyable) remake, Piranha includes a wry sense of humor and a more fleshed out plot. Unlike the prehistoric monstrosities released into an enclosed lake, these fish were the results of a military experiment during the Vietnam war. The school is released into a river by accident and begin to make a beeline to the ocean, stopping to snack
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Shout! Factory Dishes the Dirt on Piranha and Humanoids from the Deep Special Edition Blu-ray Releases

If we could kiss, cuddle, and embrace Shout! Factory until we both weep, I think that we would. After reading the following news, we're fairly certain you'll want to join in on our video induced love fest.

From the Press Release

Just when you thought it was safe to take a dip in the water again…they’re baaaack! This summer rediscover two enduring Roger Corman underwater thrillers filled with unstoppable action and edge-of-your-seat suspense as Joe Dante’s Piranha and Humanoids from the Deep, directed by Barbara Peters, debut August 3, 2010 for the first time on Special Edition Blu-ray and DVD from Shout! Factory, in association with New Horizons Picture Corporation. These two definitive Special Edition home entertainment releases from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics are sure to cause a feeding frenzy among thrill seekers and loyal fans of Roger Corman and Joe Dante. Piranha Special Edition offers two highly
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Did 'SFX' Magazine leave out women?

On Saturday Feb 21, 2010, author Maura McHugh, aka 'Splinister', wrote a blog post entitled 'SFX forgets women in horror', and the result has been nothing short of huge.

McHugh's article noted that out of 34 horror industry professionals interviewed for an important article in the U.K. SFX Magazine Issue # 192 about their favorite horror movies and books, not one was a woman. Of all their answers, she further points out, only one recommended the work of a woman...

SFX Magazine may not have immediately heeded one woman's intelligent argument that they either deliberately, or negligently, underrepresented women in the magazine, but the UK Guardian and feminist blog The F Word both picked up on it and made the discrepency a news topic that SFX editor Ian Berriman couldn't possibly ignore.

In addition to her blog post, McHugh wrote a direct letter to the editor expressing her disappointment at not seeing more women's
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Stephanie Rothman in person in Los Angeles July 24 at Women Exploitation Auteurs Screening

This July and August, the UCLA Film & Television Archive in Los Angeles, California is screening a series of horror and thriller films directed by women called No She Didn't!: Women Exploitation Auteurs. From July 24th through August 8th, films like Terminal Island (directed by Stephanie Rothman), Bad Girls Go To Hell and Another Day, Another Man (directed by Doris Wishman), Gaitor Bait (directed by Beverly Sebastian), Bury Me an Angel (directed by Barbra Peters), and Slumber Party Massacre (directed by Amy Holden-Jones) will be screened in their full exploitation glory.

July 24th, Stephanie Rothman will make a rare appearance to introduce Terminal Island, her feminist exploitation flick...

In the 1970s and ‘80s, something funny happened on the way to the grindhouse. With women still sorely under-represented in the directorial ranks of the "New Hollywood," a number of women began working as writer-directors in the low-budget world of exploitation films.
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