6 items from 2015
The egendary cult director who brought you such classics as Blood Feast, The Gruesome Twosome, Something Weird, The Wizard Of Gore, Two Thousand Maniacs!, She Devils on Wheels and The Gore Gore Girls returns to the horror genre this year with the anthology film Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania, and Diabolique Films and Hgb Entertainment have released the first poster and trailer, which we have for you here…
BloodMania is a horror anthology comprised of four distinct segments that feature a raucous combination of satirical humor, horror, and enough surprises to satiate the appetites of a broad range of film enthusiasts and horror fans alike.
Hershell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania is set for release later this year.
- Gary Collinson
With the abolition of the Hays Production Code and the relaxation of social attitudes in the mid-60s, exploitation films flourished in America’s Drive-Ins and Grindhouses until the advent of home video. Seeking an edge over ‘prestigious’ studio movies, these were cheaply made, independently released pictures whose subject matter and sensationalist advertising had one goal: putting rubes in seats.
The philosophy of those who made them was that you didn’t need big stars or technical knowledge, just business sense and a steady supply of gimmicks. In the words of producer David F. Friedman, they were selling the sizzle, not the steak.
One of Friedman’s biggest successes was 1963’s Blood Feast, whose poster promised a sight filmgoers had never enjoyed before – the slaughter and mutilation of nubile young girls. To make sure viewers fully understood, the tagline read: “Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror! »
- Ian Watson
by Vic Schiavone
Hosts Nasty Neal, Annabelle Lecter, and Terrible Troy welcomed “The Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis. Herschell, along with producer James Saito, participated in a roughly 75-minute interview which centered around the new anthology film “Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania”, which is due to be released in Spring 2015.
Highlights included the following:
• Wyh: What made you decide to get back into making films?
Hgl: “This is what I do. I have a good time; I enjoy the business immensely…I feel too many of the movies today are…the word I use is “derivative”. You think you’re watching the same movie over and over and over again. Besides which, they lack a total sense of humor. I think the industry has gone far enough now that that is an element that we can add profitably both from our point of view in getting people to »
Welcome to another horror round-up! Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon has added a few key cast members, the El Rey Network kicks off their 2nd annual ‘Rip Your Heart Out’ Marathon on Cupid’s big day next weekend, and Portsmouth’s Seacoast Repertory Theatre is hosting a special screening of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ cult classic Blood Feast at the end of the month, featuring a Skype interview with the prolific director and a food competition amongst attendees.
The Neon Demon: Deadline recently reported that Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, and Bella Heathcote have joined the growing cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s in-development horror film, The Neon Demon. The roles of the new additions are not yet known. Elle Fanning and Abbey Lee will also star in the film, with Fanning set to play an “aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise. »
- Derek Anderson
A horror film is only as good as its bad guy. Thus films with nonsensical bad guys – like the mangle in Tobe Hooper’s The Mangler, the (titular) Leprechaun and the ridiculous Fuad Ramses in Hg Lewis’ Blood Feast – end up being as pathetic as their villains. Although Lewis would go on to create a really good bad guy in Montag the Magician in The Wizard of Gore.
Montag is inherently evil. He kills all of the women who participate in his stage act. He wants to cause death on a larger scale and he spends vast swathes of the movie having a tripped out self-debate on the nature of reality. With his bushy eyebrows and greying hair (which changes from scene to scene depending on how much talcum powder has been used), Montag is a fabulous trash horror icon.
It is this degree »
- Clare Simpson
Exploitation cinema may be scorned as “prurient drivel” by people who are not acquainted with it. The very term “exploitation” summons up all sorts of images of naked women, women in peril, women being abused. There is this element in the realms of exploitation but there is so much more to the treatment of women, who can find a power in their sexuality.
Exploitation has always used sexy women to attract an audience. Consider the case of Hg Lewis’ Blood Feast – the film that brought gore to the big screem way back in 1963. Lewis was astute enough to cast Connie Mason – a Playboy model – in his film and largely marketed the movie around her presence which put bums on seats and popcorn in mouths.
Exploitation movies are usually only as good as their leading ladies, especially in the realm of sexploitation where the actresses have to be stunning to look »
- Clare Simpson
6 items from 2015
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