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Electric Boogaloo, the wild untold story of Cannon Films

Director and documentarian Mark Hartley scores both a film history and comedy success with this ‘wild, untold’ account of the 1980s film studio that was both revered and despised by everyone who had contact with it. The ‘cast list’ of interviewees is encyclopedic, everybody has a strong opinion, and some of them don’t need four-letter words to describe their experience!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

On a double bill with

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Blu-ray

Umbrella Entertainment (Au, all-region

2014 / Color / 1:77 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / Available from Umbrella Entertainment / 34.99

Starring: Menahem Golan, Yoram Globus, Al Ruban, Alain Jakubowicz, Albert Pyun, Alex Winter, Allen DeBevoise, Avi Lerner, Barbet Schroeder, Bo Derek, Boaz Davidson, Cassandra Peterson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Charles Matthau, Christopher C. Dewey, Christopher Pearce, Cynthia Hargrave, Dan Wolman, Daniel Loewenthal, David Del Valle, David Paulsen, David Sheehan, David Womark, Diane Franklin, Dolph Lundgren, Edward R. Pressman,
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‘Black Mama, White Mama’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig, Lynn Borden, Zaldy Zshornack, Laurie Burton, Eddie Garcia, Alona Alegre, Dindo Fernando | Written by H.R. Christian | Directed by Eddie Romero

It’s obvious with a title like Black Mama, White Mama you know the type of film you are going to be getting…. A prison women exploitation flick, its known for Pam Grier, Margaret Markov and Sid Haig and fits into the “Grindhouse” style quite well. Arrow Video have brought the film to Blu-ray in the UK and as usual provides plenty of special features; but is it worth your time?

When Lee (Grier), a tough prostitute and Karen (Markov) a revolutionary are sent to a tough women’s prison they immediately clash with a hatred of each other. When they are packed off to a maximum security prison they are chained together, but soon find themselves on the run during an ambush of their transport.
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The Velvet Vampire Star Celeste Yarnall Faces Health Crisis; Seeks Help From Fans

Actress and author Celeste Yarnall of The Velvet Vampire and Star Trek fame, seeks fan support to fight cancer. Celeste Yarnall, the actress best-known by genre fans for her appearance on the original Star Trek (“The Apple”) and in Stephanie Rothman’s cult erotic horror film The Velvet Vampire, not to mention Eddie Romero’s Beast Of…

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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The
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Rest in Peace Eddie Romero

The drive-in/grindhouse scene has lost a true legend as Filipino filmmaker Eddie Romero, creator of some of the most infamous films to ever shine on the sliver screen, passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 88.

The man's career spanned over 60 years, and in that time he turned out several vintage horror and exploitation flicks including The Mad Doctor of Blood Island in 1968, along with Beast of Blood and Brides of Blood. He also spent a great deal of time working with the legendary B-movie icon Roger Corman on other projects such as Black Mama, White Mama and The Twilight People.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Eddie's friends, family, and constituents. God bless you, brother, and thank you for always flying that glorious freak flag which in turn has brought a huge smile to so many faces over the years.
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Filipino Filmmaker Romero Best Known for Horror and Action Exploitation Classics Has Died

Eddie Romero dies: Filipino filmmaker best known for his exploitation horror and action movies Eddie Romero, one of most best-known Filipino filmmakers, died of prostate cancer on Tuesday, May 28. Romero was 88. Named a National Artist of the Philippines in 2003, Romero (born on July 7, 1924, in Dumaguete City) began his film career in the late ’40s, when The Philippines were still recovering from the devastation of World War II. His international reputation rests chiefly on his low-budget horror and action movies; usually Filipino / American co-productions made in collaboration with actor-producer John Ashley. Among those are the the horror sci-fier Brides of Blood (1968), featuring veteran Kent Taylor, Beverly Powers, tropical-island natives, and radioactively mutated human-eating plants; Beast of Blood (1971), featuring John Ashley and a headless monster; The Twilight People (1972), which has no connection to either Stephenie Meyer or the Cullen Clan — in the film, reminiscent of Erle C. Kenton’s Island of Lost Souls
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Rest In Peace, Eddie Romero

Legendary Filipino writer, director and producer Eddie Romero passed away Tuesday night of prostate cancer. He was eighty eight.Named National Artist of the Philippines in 2003 Romero achieved cult status abroad as a key figure in a host of Philippines based horror and exploitation films, though his filmography runs far deeper than that. The director of more than fifty features, you'd be hard pressed to find a genre or topic Romero didn't tackle during his long and successful career and his passing marks the end of an era....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Pam Grier: Blaxploitation’s Queen Supreme

  • SoundOnSight
Never Fear, Pam Grier Is Here! Pam Grier started her career in a number of women-in-prison films which lead to a fruitful stint of starring roles in Blaxploitation cinema. Grier created an intelligent, sensual, and tough on-screen persona with her starring roles, the likes to which few actresses are comparable. She has since gone from Blaxploitation to a forty-year career spanning film and television. She has worked with such great filmmakers as John Carpenter, Tim Burton, Jack Hill, and Quentin Tarantino – whose own film Jackie Brown is a love letter to both Grier and Blaxploitation cinema. Here is a look at the top five films of Grier’s early seventies work:

# 5 Black Mama, White Mama 1973

Written by H.R. Christian, Joe Viola, and Jonathan Demme

Directed by Eddie Romero

“A terrorist and a hooker…you two should have a lot to talk about.”

This is a women-in-prison film (Wip) aimed at a racially diverse audience.
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David DeCoteau on Beyond Atlantis

Prolific Filipino exploitation king Eddie Romero takes a break from his Blood Island and girls-in-chains movies to try his hand at a pseudo-family oriented aquatic fantasy. It’s still squarely aimed at the drive-in trade, but it’s much less raunchy than the usual tropical action dualler. Makes a nice double bill with Romero’s similar Twilight People, made earlier the same year, also for Corman competitor Dimension Pictures.
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[Nyaff Review] Machete Maidens Unleashed!

As the most telling quote of Machete Maidens Unleashed! exclaims, “The stories are 10 times better than the actual films”. The anecdotes and memories of those involved in the Filipino exploitation genre of cinema are an amazing account of a period never to be repeated. Screening at the New York Asian Film Festival, Mark Hartley’s documentary opens our eyes to what went on in order to make some of the infamous cult schlock from the 1970s. Starting with Hemisphere Pictures and continuing into Roger Corman’s shingle, New World Pictures, the Philippines are shown as the jungle haven chock full of cheap production and expendable stunt men it was. We become privy to tales of directors, producers, and actors involved as well as a bevy of clips from their films to understand how the three B’s—blood, breasts, and beasts—created a sensation at American drive-ins across the nation.
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2011 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

It’s lucky 13 for the Boston Underground Film Festival as they celebrate their raucous 13th annual edition this year. Opening with the much buzzed about bloody feature film Hobo With a Shotgun starring Rutger Hauer and directed by Jason Eisener, the fest then barrels on for eight wild nights and days from March 24-31.

While there’s plenty of underground goodness from the U.S.A., this year Buff feels like it’s a much more international affair with several sick features from around the globe. There’s gory horror and quirky black comedy from Japan in the guise of Yoshihiro Nishimura’s Helldriver and Sion Sono’s Cold Fish; the Argentinian freak-out Phase7 by Nicolas Goldbart; David Blyth’s Wound is a psychological thriller from New Zealand; and Mark Hartley’s Machete Maidens Unleashed! is a look at Philippine exploitation cinema from the ’70s.

Stateside there’s Usama Alshaibi‘s Profane,
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The Boston Underground Film Festival is Almost Here

  • Dread Central
Massachusetts residents, take note of the Boston Underground Film Festival. We don't get much in the way of genre film fests out this way so it's our duty to support this stuff when it happens, yes? In addition to buying a ticket and partaking in the glorious debauchery, read on to find out how you can give these fine folks a hand ensuring that Buff '11 goes off without a hitch.

A grassroots celebration of the horrific and insane wonders of cinema, Buff enters its thirteenth year this March. It goes without saying that these films aren't exactly mainstream, meaning it can be a bit of a tough sell when it comes to programming an entire week of celluloid oddities. That means the good folks behind Buff are taking donations via Kickstarter in the hopes of hitting a $5,500 goal. They've got a little over $3k at this point and we've
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FrightFest line-up for Glasgow Ff 2011 announced

With one world, one European and five UK premieres, the UK’s biggest horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival for the 6th year with their darkest, deranged and daring line-up ever.

Expect the totally unexpected with this eclectic programme featuring a trilogy of sexual terror, uncut Korean serial killers, psychotic tyres, Polish demons, maniacal matriarchs, crazed war veterans and a terrific schlock doc.

With guest directors and filmmakers from all over world (to be announced soon), surprises on screen and off, and our unique community feeling, FrightFest at the Gff has now become a must-attend occasion on the horror fantasy fan’s calendar.

The full line-up

Fri 25

6.30pm. Little Deaths (World Premiere)

One killer anthology from the UK’s most promising horror filmmakers, Andrew Parkinson (I, Zombie), Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), and Sean Hogan (Isle Of Dogs), composed of three disturbingly sensual
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Line-up announced for Glasgow FrightFest 2011

With one world, one European and five UK premieres, FrightFest returns to its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival for the 6th year with their darkest, deranged and daring line-up ever.

Expect the totally unexpected with this eclectic programme featuring a trilogy of sexual terror, uncut Korean serial killers, psychotic tyres, Polish demons, maniacal matriarchs, crazed war veterans and a terrific schlock doc; and much like it’s southern couterpart FrightFest at the Gff has now become a must-attend occasion on the horror fantasy fan’s calendar. The full line-up:

Friday 25th February

6.30pm. Little Deaths (World Premiere)

One killer anthology from the UK’s most promising horror filmmakers, Andrew Parkinson (I, Zombie), Simon Rumley (Red, White & Blue), and Sean Hogan (Isle Of Dogs), composed of three disturbingly sensual and terrifying tales unified by the twin themes of sex and death. In Sean Hogan’s ‘House and Home’, a
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"Machete Maidens Unleashed," and director talking

  • Fangoria
Filmmaker Mark Hartley helmed one of our favorite documentaries of recent years, Not Quite Hollywood, and Fango was thrilled to see the Aussie dude’s latest effort, Machete Maidens Unleashed, debut at last month’s Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. The new docu explores the wild and wacky world of Filipino exploitation films (both homegrown and those made by visiting Americans) and interviews a plethora of familiar genre faces, including Roger Corman (see comments here), Joe Dante, Jack Hill, Dick Miller, John Landis, Sid Haig, Sam Sherman, Eddie Romero and many others. Hartley’s comments (see more here) from the Fantastic Fest red carpet follow.
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Tiff 2010: Machete Maidens Unleashed Review

In 2008 - armed with a deep love of cult film, a brace of insightful interviews with key figures, a mountain of skill at the editing board and a seemingly endless supply of jaw dropping B-movie clips to draw from - director Mark Hartley set out to take audiences on a guided tour of the wild world of Australian exploitation film in Not Quite Hollywood. The result was not just a wildly good time, deeply informative and a big hit on the international circuit but was also arguably a much more entertaining film than any of those it profiled. Even the good ones.

Two years later he's doing it again.

The subject this time is the explosion of exploitation film produced in the Philippines - dominantly by American companies - against the backdrop of the crushing Marcos regime. At a time when Filipino productions were severely limited and controlled the same
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Fantastic Fest to Honor Roger and Julie Corman with Lifetime Achievement Award; Will Host World Premiere Gala Screening of Sharktopus

  • Collider.com
This year’s Fantastic Fest will honor legendary filmmakers Roger and Julie Corman with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the award ceremony will be the world premiere of the Cormans’ new Syfy movie Sharktopus. For those who don’t know, the Cormans are the minds behind numerous cult classics including Death Race 2000, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, and The Little Shop of Horrors. The two also helped discover acting and directing luminaries including Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, and Sylvester Stallone.

Sharktopus will play as the second-part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Mark Hartlety’s documentary about Philippine exploitation films of the 70s and 80s, Machete Maidens Unleashed! (check out the great trailer here). The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award will take place between the two films. Tickets for
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Nsfw Trailer for Documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed!

  • Collider.com
Director Mark Hartley has gone for a nice change of scenery. His previous film, the 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood covered low-budget, exploitations filmmaking in Australia during the 1970s and 80s. Now, Hartley has traveled to the Philippines with Machete Maidens Unleashed!, which also covers exploitation films specific to the region. The Philippines was attractive to low-budget filmmakers due to its exotic locales, inexpensive labor, and most importantly, very few laws regarding filmmaking.

The trailer makes the documentary look entertaining and educational. Hit the jump to check out the Nsfw trailer (unless your work is cool with you watching videos of bare breasts).



Here’s the official synopsis:

Machete Maidens Unleashed! is the first detailed examination and celebration of Filipino genre filmmaking – a world where stunt men came cheap, plot was obsolete and the make-up guy was packin’ heat!

From the early ’70s well into the ’90s the Philippines was a
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