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Releas Date: Oct 21st, 2011 (DVD).
To kick off a new set of videos from Full Moon Entertainment requires only the legacy Charles Band could exist in. Part of the collection includes some of his earlier work from the 70’s, and all the discothèque styling and funky hairdos of the era hardly trademark the Grindhouse tradition. The variety of sensationalism being offered in the first set of DVDs and how they are packaged are what’s appreciated.
The Best of Sex and Violence, Auditions, and Film Gore, are the most promising. These volumes make for an interesting peek into the work that Charles Band was with or knew of at the time. The first title says it all, and the pornography featured is very tame by today’s standards. Some titles in Film Gore include: “Bury Me An Angel,” “The Devil’s Wedding Night,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Boogeyman.” This collection »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Sum)
Title: The Blood Trilogy Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis Running time: 66min / 83 min / 79min, Not Rated The originator of exploitation splatter horror H.G. Lewis’ Blood trilogy has been compiled on one disc – Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and Color Me Blood Red. Blood Feast (1963) is the story of an Egyptian caterer who murders young women and steals their body parts in order to bring to life his goddess Ishtar, with a group of bumbling detectives on his trail. The infamous tongue removal and heart removal scenes has been replayed in various films over the years (including John Waters’ Serial Mom), and though the gore effects »
When I was growing up, I had such an affinity for the films of Frank Henenlotter, primarily because I feasted on a steady diet of horror films almost daily from my local video store and of all the horror movies warping my little impressionable mind, Basket Case was the only one made by a fellow Long Islander! This guy came from the same place I was from! And that made his flicks all the more special to me.
A few years back while Frank was in Los Angeles promoting the release of his most recent feature Bad Biology, I got to conduct a career spanning interview with him for Shock Till You Drop. To this day, that chat (which you can read right Here) is still among one of my all time favorite interviews.
Now, Henenlotter’s first film Basket Case is officially out on Blu-Ray, restored from the original »
The term “giallo” initially referred to cheap yellow paperbacks (printed American mysteries from writers such as Agatha Christie), that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. Applied to cinema, the genre is comprised of equal parts early pulp thrillers, mystery novels, with a willingness to gleefully explore onscreen sex and violence in provocative, innovative ways. Giallos are strikingly different from American crime films: they value style and plot over characterization, and tend towards unapologetic displays of violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The genre is known for stylistic excess, characterized by unnatural yet intriguing lighting techniques, convoluted plots, red herrings, extended murder sequences, excessive bloodletting, stylish camerawork and unusual musical arrangements. Amidst the ‘creative kill’ set-pieces are thematic undercurrents along with a whodunit element, usually some sort of twist ending. Here is my list of the best giallo films – made strictly by Italian directors, so don’t expect Black Swan, Amer or »
On October 22, prepare to have your soiled pants scared right off when Creative Loafing Presents: Reel Terror 2011, a one-day film festival, at the Cl Space in the Ybor City area of Tampa, Florida.
Reel Terror 2011 celebrates the local horror scene and the many brave souls who risk life and financial ruin in pursuit of their dreams, including panel discussions with area filmmakers, celebrity appearances, screenings of scary movies shot all over the Bay area and the state, an audience-dictated awards ceremony, and much more. The featured film at the event is The Uh-Oh! Show, the all-new horror/comedy by "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis, director of Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs. Uh-Oh! headlines at 8:00 pm, with a Q&A panel preceding the screening at 7:30 pm.
Other films screening at the event include:
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- The Woman In Black
0:00 - Intro 10:20 - Headlines: Woman Sues Over Drive Trailer, Werner Herzog to Play Villain in One Shot, Disney to Re-Release Four More Movies in 3D, Tower Heist to Get Comcast VOD Release 33:45 - Review: The Ides of March 56:00 - Review: Real Steel 1:21:45 - Trailer Trash: Young Adult 1:26:55 - Other Stuff We Watched: Catching Hell, The Real Rocky, Halloween II, Blood Feast, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Innocents, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Black Sunday aka The Mask of Satan, Black Sabbath, The Blair Witch Project, The Living Corpse aka Dracula in Pakistan, Horror of Dracula, The Lion King, The Beaver, The Company Men, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Miracle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Submarine, Mimic, George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2:23:00 - Junk Mail: Supporting Filmmakers You Like, »
Mention October to some and revolution and Eisenstein will spring to mind. To others, it'll be the journal of art criticism and theory (whose latest issue, as it happens, concentrates on film and video). But for many more, it'll be "the arrival of coolth and crispidy after months oppressive heat and intrusive sunshine… the downward spiral of maple leaves from the tree tops, the wind in the willows, the shadow over Innsmouth, the silence of the lambs, the howling in the woods, I love every damned thing about this glorious but all-too-short season!" exclaims Richard Harland Smith at Movie Morlocks. And of course, what he especially loves are "all the shades of Halloween, from the ticky-tack gee-gaws on the shelves at Cvs and Rite Aid to the widespread enjoyment of classical music (Camille Saint-Saëns's Danse Macabre, Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue), literature (Henry James's The Turn of the Screw, »
He’s been hailed as both a visionary and a provocateur but what sets iconic writer/director/producer Herschell Gordon Lewis apart from the rest of his peers is how business-minded his approach to the horror genre has always been since the very beginning.
Before introducing audiences to an entirely new world of movies that celebrated gore and cartoonishly brutal violence, Lewis made a name for himself as the director of several "nudie-cutie" flicks throughout 1960 and 1961. Seeing the potential for money in delivering a "shocking" product to an audience hungry for something new, Lewis set out to stun horror fans with his first ever splatter flick Blood Feast which ended up being the launching pad for the gore movement in horror cinema.
Here we are almost 50 years since the release of Blood Feast and we're still celebrating the "Godfather of Gore's" efforts on not only that film but the two »
Now that our new house is settling, we wanted to bring back our weekly DVD & Blu-Ray Releases posts. We are calling this weekly post “Home Invasion”. If you plan on purchasing these items via Amazon, all you need to do is click on the buttons provided or on the artwork and not only do you get the same price you normally would with Amazon, but you help us out a little bit as well – which is all we ask because this list does take some time to put together.
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- Andy Triefenbach
"Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis is back - with his biggest and bloodiest film yet! Film Ranch and Cult Movie Mania have announced the August 30th DVD release of The Uh-Oh! Show, the all-new horror/comedy by acclaimed horror film legend H.G. Lewis, director of Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs.
H.G. Lewis' The Uh-Oh! Show (mini-review here) is distributed by Shriek Show, the horror movie division of the popular Media Blasters label, famous for releasing Lewis' previous hit Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat. The all-new website CultMovieMania.com, soon to be The resource for all things cinematically weird and wild, plans on offering an exclusive special package of Lewis' new film, complete with the bonus documentary DVD Herschell Gordon Lewis and the Making of The Uh-Oh! Show.
The DVD release showcases generous bonus extras: a behind-the-scenes featurette, three audio commentaries (director, stars, producers) and the official trailer, »
- The Woman In Black
Here's the beef:
Jill Burton is a reporter who.s dead set on getting the scoop behind .The Uh-Oh! Show., the gory TV sensation that s sweeping the nation. The premise: Get the answer right and win piles of dough, get it wrong and . Uh-Oh! . it.s off with your arms, legs, or more!
Fred Finagler, the show.s mastermind, feeds the fans depraved cravings by launching an even bloodier reality spectacular filled with Big Bad Wolf attacks, Hansel & Gretel-style torture massacres, and mauling mutilations from the Three Bears and a gore-crazed Goldilocks. It.s just the type of prime-time violence Fred needs to keep the ratings high!
The film, which hits DVD August 30th, 2011 stars Brooke McCarter, »
Anyone with a passing interest in cheesy, gory horror should be well acquainted with Herschell Gordon Lewis. For those who are just now venturing into the world of splatter, Mr. Lewis is the mastermind behind “Blood Feast”, “Two Thousand Maniacs”, and “The Gruesome Twosome”, and is considered by many to be the innovator of the gore film. The legendary director’s latest offering, the oddly-titled “The Uh-Oh Show”, appears to offer what Lewis fans have come to expect: buckets upon buckets of tasteless grue. I think it looks spectacular. Plot? You want a plot? If so, here you go: Jill Burton is a reporter who’s dead set on getting the scoop behind “The Uh-Oh! Show”, the gory TV sensation that s sweeping the nation. The premise: Get the answer right and win piles of dough, get it wrong and — Uh-Oh! — it’s off with your arms, legs, or more! »
- Todd Rigney
Herschell Gordon Lewis. His name alone is synonymous with all things violent, gory, and fun. For you millions of fans of his worldwide, we have the skinny on the upcoming Blood Trilogy Blu-ray as well as the official DVD release of Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore. Oh, yes. Today is a good day.
From the Press Release
He’s been hailed as a visionary and as a provocateur. His films have legions of fans and just as many detractors. In 1963 he introduced stunned audiences to a new kind of cinema with Blood Feast – and in the process single-handedly launched “splatter cinema.” He is writer/director Herschell Gordon Lewis, and he is truly the “Godfather of Gore.” On September 27, 2011, Image Entertainment and Something Weird pay homage to a true cinematic legend with the DVD release of Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore and the high definition premieres of grindhouse classics Blood Feast, »
- Uncle Creepy
Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore, was born today, June 15, in 1929.
After successfully conquering the nudie picture genre, Lewis invented the modern splatter movie with his 1963 classic, Blood Feast. Fast forward to the present and the man is still proving he’s got what it takes with his latest film, the satirical gore-fest The Uh-Oh Show, which will be released on DVD this August.
Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film reviewed The Uh-Oh Show last year, courtesy of the Spooky Movie Film Festival.
- Mike Everleth
And the list of folks we want to kiss today continues to grow. Next up for our affections? Image Entertainment for their announcement that they're bringing The Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Trilogy to Blu-ray!
According to High Def Digest Image Entertainment has listed Herschell Gordon Lewis' Blood Trilogy for Blu-ray on September 27th.
The release will include:
Blood Feast (1963) - An Egyptian caterer (Mal Arnold as Fuad Ramses rocking the amazing eyebrows pictured below) kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective try to track him down.
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) - Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.
- Uncle Creepy
Jason Eisener, the director of Hobo With A Shotgun announced a contest that would give other fans of grindhouse movies a shot at creating their own trailer to be featured on the Hobo DVD release. Last week we posted the trailers for the five finalists, and my personal favorite, Van Gore by director Keith Hodder ended up winning the competition. Below you can watch the trailer, which is in my opinion, a perfect homage to the H.G. Lewis classic Blood Feast. Enjoy.
Earlier this month, Jason Eisener, the director of Hobo With A Shotgun announced a contest that he would give other fans of grindhouse movies a shot at creating their own trailer to be featured on their DVD release. Now that the deadline for entries has passed, they’ve listed the five best faux trailers on their site. You can watch all five below, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite. My personal favorite is Van Gore, an homage to the H.G. Lewis classic Blood Feast. I’m not so fond of Charlene, She Wolf of my Heart but Daddy Cross is pretty cool. Earwigs looks great, but doesn’t really feel like a grindhouse picture, but instead feels more like a 50′s B-movie and Care Center Slaughterhouse isn’t bad and I would say, has the most original premise. Head over to the Hobo With A Shotgun website to see other entries. »
Yesterday Dread Central brought you the first five milestones in our look back at the 25 milestones that shaped the independent horror landscape over the last 100 years. Today we begin in 1963 with some of the most influential independent genre projects of that era that took some of the biggest gambles in Hollywood and have left an enduring legacy over the last 40-plus years.
Enjoy these five milestones in indie horror, and we’ll see you tomorrow for our next journey through our genre’s rich and storied history.
1963- Blood Feast Introduces us to Splatter Horror:
Undoubtedly, horror fans owe a huge debt of gratitude to Herschell Gordon Lewis, because had it not been for Lewis’ pushing of the envelope, the horror genre today might be a completely different landscape of films. Lewis had worked as a marketing executive for Paramount Studios for years but he came to realize the profits »
Legendary B-movie producer David F. Friedman passed away on Monday in a nursing home in Anniston, Alabama. He was 87 years old.
Although director Herschell Gordon Lewis is typically credited as the Godfather of Gore, i.e. the man who invented the splatter movie with his infamous 1963 horror flick Blood Feast, the film was in fact a collaboration between Lewis and Friedman. The two men came up with the general story while Lewis directed it and Friedman produced.
The two men had originally started out making “nudie cutie” and nudist colony cheapo films with titles such as The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (1961) and Nature’s Playmates (1962), until Lewis struck upon the idea of making a film that included the kind of graphic violence that Hollywood studios had shied away from.
Friedman produced Blood Feast with just $24,500 and the film was allegedly a runaway box office smash, encouraging the two gore-mongers to »
- Mike Everleth
Goodbye to the man who brought us Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs, The Erotic Adventures Of Zorro, Trader Hornee, Thar She Blows, and Ilsa She-wolf Of The SS. Producer and Huckster extraordinaire David F. Friedman died Sunday in Miami of heart disease at age 87. For a full appreciation of the history of exploitation films, you should read his autobiography A Youth In Babylon for Friedman was one of the few of the exploitation giants whose roots stretched back to actual carnivals. His father ran one and much of Friedman’s youth was spent traveling the carnival circuit throughout the South. It was there that he was first bitten by the showbiz bug, giving him a taste for exploitation and spectacle that would serve him well in the future. Friedman apprenticed with fellow showman Kroger Babb (best known for the birth-of-a-baby film Mom And Dad which played like a tent revival for years »
- Tom Stockman
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