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“A feast such as this has not been performed in 5,000 years. “
Blood Feast (1963) is the stomach churning movie by “The Godfather of Gore ” Herschell Gordon Lewis that opened the floodgates to the countless blood and slasher movie that followed since its release fifty years ago. Blood Feast was a midnight movie drive-In mainstay for years. No Punches are pulled and no organs left inside from our view in Blood Feast. This film is a true classick in every sense of the word. Remember this was the mid 60′s folks. Sure the effects were cheap & fake, but the bad intentions were there from the get go. Gotta love that Mr. Lewis. 2,000 Maniacs, The Gore-gore Girls, and Color Me Blood Red – he cranked ‘em out with no shame. That crazy Egyptian Fuad Ramese and his fowl deeds have kept gorehounds, drives-ins, fans, & curiosity seekers amazingly shocked for five decades and now you »
- Tom Stockman
Nothing Human Loves Forever: Cassavetes’ Feature Debut Gloriously Vintage
Xan Cassavetes joins the family directorial legacy with her feature debut, Kiss of the Damned, a deliciously vintage throwback to the erotic horror output of the Hammer studio heyday. Previously, this Cassavetes was responsible for a 2004 documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, and her fiction debut seems considerably removed both from her own work and that of the familial output. A visual feast with a killer sound design, she manages to invoke Stephanie Rothman and Jean Rollin, where naughty immortal creatures from the dark side explore a bloodlust as inextinguishable as their sexual desires.
Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), a beautiful, lovelorn vampire residing in a remote mansion in the Connecticut countryside spends her nights hunting animals in the surrounding woods and watching vintage cinema. The residence belongs to Xenia (Anna Mougalalis), an actress and older, wiser vampire, but the estate »
- Nicholas Bell
For this week’s Exploitation Alley, I thought it would be cool to head back to the ’70s, which is my favorite decade when it comes to horror/genre films. The horror films of the ’70s didn’t dumb themselves down for their audiences, and didn’t rely on extremely quick editing to tell a story, they relied on storytelling. One of the best examples of the slow-build aesthetic, is David Cronenberg’s body horror feature debut (his first two films were barely an hour), 1975′s Shivers. It’s a film that starts slow, and eventually heads into a freak out last half, in the best of ways. So stay away from the promiscuous girl in apartment 1511, and try not to get infected, it’s Shivers time!! *(Spoilers aplenty in this one!)
Shivers begins with basically a commercial for a luxurious apartment block, followed by a pretty odd opening, which »
Burn, Witch, Burn: Zombie Conquers His Cross to Bear
Don’t be so sure of what to expect when walking into Rob Zombie’s latest feature, The Lords of Salem, at once a familiar homage to genre classics past at the same time it’s building an invasively sordid atmosphere all its own. Zombie fans may very well be disappointed, especially if you find yourself among the many champions of the churlishly exploitational elements of some of his more prized entries, like 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects (where Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird at least gets used for appropriate effect, a track ill abused in fare by Robert Zemeckis and Cameron Crowe), as Zombie turns in a slower paced and decidedly mature effort that, gloriously, features one of the grandest unforgettable finales in a film of its nature.
- Nicholas Bell
The DC crew had a blast at this past weekend's Monsterpalooza, and in case you weren't able to come out to Burbank, CA, for the show, we have an up-close and personal look at what is hands down the highlight of the event year in and year out: the Monsterpalooza Museum.
Monsterpalooza is a three-day convention featuring some of the most notable names in monsters, makeup, and special effects. It's about monsters, the people who make them, and the fans who make them popular. The event has something for everyone and includes film fests; a cool museum with original monsters; animatronics; original screen-used props, costumes, and art; discussion panels; makeup classes; and more. It's held at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, and some of this year's guests included Linda Blair, Martin Landau, Danny Glover, Barbara Steele, Eric Roberts, Virginia Madsen, Tom Savini, and Kyra Schon.
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- The Woman In Black
Elliot Brodsky’s spring 2013 Monsterpalooza convention was a rousing success as usual, and if you weren’t there... well, that’s just unacceptable! But to show we're happy to share - and to whet your appetites for the next one - here are some photos from the infamous event.
Held as always at the Marriott in Burbank, California, the FX-focused horror convention attracted record crowds (I’m going to go out on a limb and state that perhaps Monsterpalooza has outgrown the venue) and showcased the talents of such FX gurus as Tom Savini, Megan Areford, Mike Hill and Jordu Schell as well as dozens of other top-notch FX artists and companies in addition to an array of horror talent including Creature from the Black Lagoon’s Julie Adams, Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Martin Landau (Ed Wood), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday), Kyra Schon (Night of the Living Dead »
- Sean Decker
If you thought you were too late to enjoy this year's Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA, think again! Tickets are still available, and if you act now, you can find yourself rubbing elbows with some fantastic genre celebs while checking out amazingly horrific presentations. Do it!
Monsterpalooza has something for everyone in 2013! For more information and for tickets, creep on over to www.Monsterpalooza.com and 'like' Monsterpalooza on Facebook.
From the Press Release
There is still plenty of time to book a flight and hotel at the hottest monster convention on the West Coast, Monsterpalooza! This year's event is being held April 12th through the 14th at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, California.
Monsterpalooza is a three-day convention featuring some of the most notable names in monsters, makeup and special effects. It's about monsters, the people who make them, and the fans who make them popular. The »
- Doctor Gash
“I got the habit of drinking Lysol in Gainesville in ’49. You ever been to Florida? I never saw the beach.” Cresus (Lincoln Kilpatrick) tells this to Burke (Viggo Mortensen) in a rather sad confession of a lifer. The two are recently assigned cellmates at a newly reopened penitentiary, which looks like a set from an Aip film starring Vincent Price in the 1960’s.
The American directing debut of Renny Harlin tells the story of a prison haunted by the ghost of an executed inmate. This ghost however is as much of the psychological as it is the external; the men in this prison are haunted by their own past, present, and the horrors of the future.
Produced by Charles Band for Empire Pictures in the late 1980’s, Prison is one of the studio’s smartest films. C. Courtney Joyner contributes a surprisingly deep screenplay for a supernatural horror film. The large ensemble cast, »
- Derek Botelho
Kerr in the 1958 box-office blockbuster musical South Pacific (seen above with love interest France Nuyen) and his (few) other post-Tea and Sympathy efforts [Please check out the previous article: "The Two Kerrs in the stage and film versions of Tea and Sympathy."] Director Curtis Bernhardt's Gaby (1956) was a generally disliked remake of Waterloo Bridge, with Kerr and leading lady Leslie Caron in the old Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh roles (1940 movie version -- and even older Douglass Montgomery and Mae Clarke roles in the 1931 film version). Jeffrey Hayden's The Vintage (1957), starring Kerr and Mel Ferrer absurdly cast as Italian brothers, also failed to generate much box-office or critical interest. MGM leading lady Pier Angeli played Ferrer's love interest in the film, while the more mature and married French star Michèle Morgan (a plot element similar to that found in Tea and Sympathy) is Kerr's object of desire. (Pictured above: South Pacific cast members John Kerr and France Nuyen embracing.) Also in the mid-'50s, John Kerr »
- Andre Soares
There is something about classic horror, especially those films that were said to have inspired other directors. There are some films though that almost have a legendary role in the genre and although you’ve not seen them you know them by the name. For many people this is the case with Mario Bava’s Black Sunday. Originally released in the sixties and banned in the United Kingdom it is arguably one of the most important films in horror history and is said to be the inspiration to gothically inclined directors such as Tim Burton. Now that Arrow Video have given it a deluxe release in its uncut form we can see what level of genius the film truly is.
Starting with a warning »
In the early 1960s, Gothic horror was all the rage, from Britain's Hammer films to Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe adaptations in the Us. Mario Bava's Black Sunday saw Italy enter this market with a film that is still one of the best.
How Bava updated traditional horror tropes can be seen in the classic opening sequence, where a witch – played by the striking Barbara Steele, with her large dark eyes set in a deathly pale face – is executed. You get the usual robed figures, burning torches and foggy atmospherics. It almost seems cosy, until the inquisitors brand her flesh in close-up then brutally hammer a spiked metal mask into her face. It's still shocking to see, and while the rest of the movie doesn't offer up anything quite as strong, the impact »
- Phelim O'Neill
Directed by Joe Dante.
Two teenagers going for a dip inadvertently stumble upon a government secret weapon: deadly piranha fish, planned for use in Vietnam. Accidentally released, the piranha make their way to the site of a children's summer camp resort, and the watery carnage begins.
If Jaws is the father of the summer blockbuster, then Piranha is the father of the mockbuster. Directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins) and produced by B movie legend Roger Corman (Little Shop of Horrors), Piranha was designed to capitalise on the box office success of the classic 1975 shark thriller, and now it arrives on Blu-ray here in the UK, timed I presume to capitalise on the (slightly) increased recognition of the Piranha name following the recent 3D remake and its 3Dd sequel.
Hiking around Lost River Lake, two »
We have two copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
From the director of The Howling and Gremlins and starring Bradford Dillman (Sudden Impact), Heather Menzies (Logan’s Run), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Keenan Wynn (Once Upon a Time in the West), Barbara Steele (The Pit and The Pendulum) and Dick Miller (The Terminator), Piranha makes its Blu-ray debut complete with some outstanding bonus features on 28 January 2013.
When two teen hikers disappear around Lost River Lake, private detective Maggie McKeown teams up with the local drunk to search for clues. Their investigation takes them to a secret military base where they inadvertently let loose an experimental strain of mutant piranha. »
- Matt Holmes
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
You said it, Reverend. Greetings from the apocalypse! As we continue our trek across this wind-blasted winter landscape of mediocre cinema, it's important not to toss hope in a ditch like grandma's ashes. Jumpstart the Vw bus we found abandoned next to the exploded gas station and let's move onward into the long Mlk weekend with our head held high and noseplug firmly secured. It's how the good Doctor would have wanted it.
Friday, January 18
January is always a dumping ground for crap horror flicks, which is why this week's Survivor of Thunderdome is such a labored breath of fresh air: the Guillermo del Toro-produced frightmare "Mama." Based on a short film from 2008, it chronicles two creepy little tikes discovered living la vida feral in the woods, where they've been under the watchful eye of »
- Max Evry
14 items from 2013
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