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Interview: Chef Robert Irvine Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving

Chicago – What better holiday than Thanksgiving to highlight a celebrity chef? Chef Robert Irvine is familiar to fans of the Food Network, through his shows “Dinner: Impossible” and “Restaurant: Impossible.” His brand of tough love has expanded to a new self help series, appropriately titled “The Robert Irvine Show.” Irvine was recently in Chicago appearing on behalf of Comcast at the Studio Xfinity store.

Robert Irvine was born in England, and began his cooking career in the Royal Navy, which he joined at age 15. He completed his duty on Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannia, and did consultant work, eventually become Executive Chef at the Taj Mahal in Las Vegas. He began his TV career in 2007 with the Food Network show “Fit for a King,” which eventually morphed into “Dinner: Impossible.”

Chef Robert Irvine at Studio Xfinity in Chicago, November 14th, 2016

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Chef Irvine followed that show with
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‘Sledgehammer’ consistently baffling and compulsively watchable

Sledgehammer

Written by David A. Prior

Directed by David A. Prior

USA, 1983

Genre movies from the early 80s were characterized by two distinct cultural events. First off, there was a glut of slasher films trying to capitalize on the success of Halloween and Friday the 13th. A lot of these copycat movies found a home in the burgeoning home video market, theatrical run be damned. That same VHS technology was now available to the layperson, allowing them to basically shoot and cut their own movie with tapes you could buy at a Radio Shack. This confluence of newly-available tech, a thriving home video market, and a collective cinematic bloodlust was the perfect storm that bore Sledgehammer, a compulsively weird Friday the 13th rip-off shot on VHS for next to nothing, and for good or ill, does nothing to camouflage it.

The film’s story line is fleshed out just enough
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The Lawless Land Of Direct-To-Video, Micro-Budget 80s/90s Cinema

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The Lawless Land Of Direct-To-Video, Micro-Budget 80s/90s Cinema
With the demise of the drive-in theater rose the behemoth home video industry – and a torch was passed from one era of low-budget directors and producers to a new batch of underfunded fringe filmmakers. These fresh faces had new technology, and a new distribution game… but a similar reckless abandon and rebellious tenacity as their b-movie forefathers.

Fright fans were introduced to a new breed of horror movies - made for tens of thousands of dollars… or thousands of dollars… or a few hundred bucks and a borrowed video camera. Unpaid amateurs / quasi-professionals made up the bulk of most casts and crews - and often, the directors and producers were quite inexperienced themselves.

Join me for a visit to the heyday of the direct-to-video, micro-budget horror movie. We’ll explore this strange new cinema of the 80s and see how it evolved through the ‘90s. (Be sure to adjust tracking for best picture quality.
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Exclusive Bigfoot pic, comments: “Night Claws”

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Exclusive Bigfoot pic, comments: “Night Claws”
If last year’s The Thing remake taught us anything, it’s that CGI just can’t beat good old-fashioned practical FX, especially when dealing with a creature feature. And for those who thought the Sasquatch’s day in the horror-movie sun was over, here’s Night Claws to say not Yeti. Directed by David A. Prior (Sledgehammer, Deadly Prey, Killer Workout), and starring a cool retro cast headed by Reb Brown (Yor, Hunter From The Future, infamous MST3K fave Space Mutiny) and Frank Stallone, Night Claws harks back to the days of bloodletting Bigfoot flicks such as 1982’s Night Of The Demon.

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Exclusive Bigfoot pic, comments: “Night Claws”

  • Fangoria
Exclusive Bigfoot pic, comments: “Night Claws”
If last year’s The Thing remake taught us anything, it’s that CGI just can’t beat good old-fashioned practical FX, especially when dealing with a creature feature. And for those who thought the Sasquatch’s day in the horror-movie sun was over, here’s Night Claws to say not Yeti. Directed by David A. Prior (Sledgehammer, Deadly Prey, Killer Workout), and starring a cool retro cast headed by Reb Brown (Yor, Hunter From The Future, infamous MST3K fave Space Mutiny) and Frank Stallone, Night Claws harks back to the days of bloodletting Bigfoot flicks such as 1982’s Night Of The Demon.

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Motion Picture Purgatory: Sledgehammer (1983)

I'm not sure why, but in the 1980's people sure seemed to have a thing for sledgehammers. There was Peter Gabriel's song, a TV series, and even a San Diego theatre group that formed late in the decade. But before all of that was writer/director David A. Prior's 1983 film Sledgehammer, the topic of this week's Motion Picture Purgatory.

Starring Ted Prior, Linda McGill, and John Eastman, Sledgehammer tells the tale of a young boy who murders his mother and her lover with a hammer. Ten years later a wave of teenage murders plagues the same area.

Intervision Pictures Corp. released this first shot-on-tape slasher movie for the home video market this past May featuring an audio commentary with director David A. Prior, audio commentary with Bleeding Skull creators Joseph A. Ziemba and Dan Budnik, "Hammertime" featurette with Destroy All Movies!!! author Zack Carlson, "SledgehammerLand" featurette with Cinefamily
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‘Sledgehammer’ a contender for the worst movie ever made

Sledgehammer

Directed by David A. Prior

Written by David A. Prior

USA , 1983

How should I put this nicely? Sledgehammer is quite possibly one of the worst films ever made. In terms of cinematic quality, Sledgehammer is what a Michael Bay film would look like without a budget. Sledgehammer is so terrible that its director, David Prior, is ashamed of it.

For the unfamiliar, Sledgehammer is an obscure, rarely-seen straight-to-video 80′s slasher film. It is one of the era’s most easily forgotten titles, and would be completely lost to history had it not been labelled the first direct-to-video full-length feature shot entirely on home camcorder. For that reason, true connoisseurs of such VHS-era exploitation stuff will try to convince you it has some redeeming qualities.

Sledgehammer represents an endurance test of bad filmmaking, from the porn-worthy performances of the entire cast, to the repulsive dialogue, horrible lighting, cringeworthy camera work and incredibly juvenile plot.
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‘Never Say Never’ and Other New Blu-Ray Releases

‘Never Say Never’ and Other New Blu-Ray Releases
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With “Thor” and “Fast Five” dominating the majority of moviegoers’ dollars, it seems like it took little time for summer movie season to get in gear. But as studios and distributors such as Fox Home Entertainment and Echo bridge continue to mine the catalogs of other studios for substantive releases, there’s still plenty of great material being made available on home video. Additionally, there are several straight-up new releases being brought into viewers’ living rooms, and
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DVD Review: Sledgehammer

Rating: 742.28/5

Look, if David A. Prior (Deadly Prey, Night Wars) can pick up a camcorder, cast his former Playgirl centerfold brother Ted Prior (Deadly Prey, Born Killer) as the lead in his unapologetically unexplainable horror film, and start a 30 year movie career in the process, then I reserve the right to do whatever the fuck I choose with the rating system when writing about Sledgehammer. Prior broke the rules, so can I.

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Screw DVD! Sledgehammer coming to VHS

The 1983 cult horror film Sledgehammer is getting a VHS release courtesy of Mondo/Intervision. We got a press release announcing this neat and unique collectible:

Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is pleased to announce a partnership with Intervision Picture Corporation to release 1983’s Sledgehammer on VHS. Sledgehammer, the first shot-on-tape slasher movie for the home video market, will be the first video release of Mondo Video, a label created to release rare genre films in a collectible VHS format. The VHS release will coincide with the film’s first release on DVD and a Terror Tuesday screening on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Mondo Video’s Sledgehammer includes the original box art and copy from the 1983 VHS release and will be available for purchase only at MondoTees.com on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The Intervision DVD will also be available for purchase on Tuesday,
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Mondo To Release Cult Horror Film ‘Sledgehammer’ on VHS

All week long I’ve been talking to my friends about how much I miss the old VHS format. Yes it was incredibly inconvenient to rewind the tapes once you were done watching the film, and yes it was a pain in the ass when you had to adjust the tracking, but DVD cover art has never once come close to matching that of the video cassette boxes we once collected. There is just something about VHS, that I’d rather showoff my collection in my living room than those Blu-rays or DVD’s I’ve collected over the years. Maybe it’s just because it reminds me of when I was younger but regardless the following news is pretty awesome.

Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, has decided to launch their very own VHS label called Mondo Video, and their first release comes out this week,
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Mondo To Release Cult Horror Film ‘Sledgehammer’ on VHS. Yes, VHS.

Mondo To Release Cult Horror Film ‘Sledgehammer’ on VHS. Yes, VHS.
For the better part of two decades, three letters defined home entertainment: VHS. The video format carved a very important niche in movie history and then, in what seemed like an instant, disappeared. Phrases like "video stores," "be kind rewind," "tracking" and "late fees" were simply removed from the film geek lexicon. Thanks DVD. As most of us threw out our Vcr's in favor of the newer, cheaper, more reliable format, others were simply too attached and invested. They craved the days when buying a movie wasn't as cool as getting a blank tape and recording off HBO. As it stands now, VHS is a dying - and therefore collectible - format. Best known for their incredibly popular posters, Mondo has decided to bask in that '80s and '90s nostalgia and launch their very own VHS label called Mondo Video. Their first release comes out this week, the
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases for May 10, 2011

It’s Monday and here are your DVD & Blu-Ray Releases for May 10th! We have a good release week for genre fans. For those of you that didn’t buy the Alien Anthology on Blu-Ray, the individual films are released this week as well as some other key titles that you should definitely pay attention to! Click on Read More to find all the releases.

All Descriptions of the following titles are provided by Amazon.com unless otherwise noted. If you plan on buying a flick from this list, please click on the links provided or click on the cover as it helps us pay the bills around here. Also, unlike most sites, we provide the Netflix widget which we think is pretty convenient to add these films to your queue. If you don’t have Netflix, feel free to click on “Free Trial” and try it out!

Alien

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Severin Films hooks up with Intervision for future releases

Severin Films has been one of those companies for the past five years that have been releasing some great flicks on DVD and Blu-Ray. Now, they announce that they will be handling all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation. It’s a match made in heaven if you ask me. Severin puts out quality releases and with them behind the wheel of Intervision product, that definitely puts a smile to my face. Their first release, the 1983 shot-on-video slasher called Sledgehammer. Read on for the official press release.

From the Press Release:

Los Angeles, CA, April 26, 2011 – Severin Films today announced an agreement with the estate of Larry Gold, Sr. to handle all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation. The arrangement commences with the 5/10 release of 1983’s Sledgehammer, notorious as the first shot-on-tape ‘slasher’ thriller for the then-exploding home video market. Gold, a pioneer of ‘70s film distribution and ‘80s genre VHS,
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Lost 80's Slasher Sledgehammer Finally Comes to DVD

Here at Dread Central we write hundreds if not thousands of news stories per month. We're getting to the point where it's becoming increasingly harder and harder to surprise us. Yet every now and again though it happens. Like now for instance.

From the Press Release

Severin Films today announced an agreement with the estate of Larry Gold, Sr. to handle all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation. The arrangement commences with the 5/10 release of 1983’s Sledgehammer, notorious as the first shot-on-tape ‘slasher’ thriller for the then-exploding home video market. Gold, a pioneer of ‘70s film distribution and ‘80s genre VHS, died in March following a massive coronary at his home in Thailand. Severin’s Evan Husney will supervise all production and marketing for the label. Intervision product will continue to be distributed in the United States by Cav Distributing Corporation.

Intervision was reactivated in January 2011 with the
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Retro Slave: Severin merges with Intervision to bring us notorious Sledgehammer and more

Severin Films has announced they will handle all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation. The arrangement commences with the 5/10 release of 1983.s Sledgehammer, notorious as the first shot-on-tape slasher thriller for the then-exploding home video market.

.Either by way of budget constraints or warped vision,. says Intervision marketing director Evan Husney, .each release will represent a piece of a cinematic underbelly from a universe all its own. Buried in obscurity and ripe for reintroduction, the films in Intervision's new cult canon assure top-shelf bizarro derangement, gonzo action, transcendental fever dreams and beyond..

Gold, a pioneer of .70s film distribution and .80s genre VHS, died in March following a massive coronary at his home in Thailand. Severin.s Evan Husney will supervise all production and marketing for the label. Intervision product will continue to be distributed in the United States by Cav Distributing Corporation.

Intervision was reactivated in January
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Sledgehammer Official DVD Art, Details

Severin Films today announced an agreement with the estate of Larry Gold, Sr. to handle all future production and marketing for Intervision Picture Corporation. The arrangement commences with the May 10 release of 1983's Sledgehammer , notorious as the first shot-on-tape "slasher" thriller for the then-exploding home video market. Gold, a pioneer of '70s film distribution and '80s genre VHS, died in March following a massive coronary at his home in Thailand. Severin's Evan Husney will supervise all production and marketing for the label. Intervision product will continue to be distributed in the United States by Cav Distributing Corporation. Special features include: - Audio Commentary With Director David A. Prior - Audio Commentary With Bleeding Skull Creators...
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Bits 'n Pieces Evening Edition: Sledgehammer , The Body , Comic News, Walken Dead

Bits 'n Bloody Pieces is a quick look at stuff we might have missed, viral-related promotions or items that do not necessarily warrant their own news item. Got something weird, or a news nugget, to share that fits in with B'nBP? Send it on over to To Me Right Here . . Retro Slashers , always keeping their fingers on the pulse of old school splatter pics, reports the 1983 slasher flick Sledgehammer is hitting DVD on May 10 from Intervision Pictures Corp. Written and directed by David A. Prior, want to take a guess what the killer uses in this film? The disc is loaded up with special features, included audio commentary. . Young adult novel author Patrick Carman has launched a new digital series at 3:15stories.com where short terror tales will be rolled out. Download...
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Slasher Film Sledgehammer Coming To DVD

I have to admit, I've never seen the 1983 slasher film Sledgehammer, but now I have a chance thanks to Intervision Pictures Corp.. According to Retro Slashers, the start-up distributor plans to release the movie to DVD on May 10. I'm excited about this release because Sledgehammer was directed by David A. Prior, who directed one of my favorite slasher movies Killer Workout.
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Sov slasher Sledgehammer coming to DVD from Intervision

And the obscure horror films from the 80′s keep on comin’. Intervision is releasing this “lost” slasher from 1983 onto DVD on May 10, 2011.

Have you ever stuffed an entire sandwich into your mouth? Have you ever poured a bottle of alcohol over your head? Furthermore, have you ever been stalked by an unending evil in the claustrophobic confines of a righteously depressing haunted condo? In slow motion? No? Then welcome to Sledgehammer! Heralding the revolutionary roar of shot on video (Sov) horror at the dawn of the 1980s, Sledgehammer is the gore-soaked saga of seven party animals, their trip to a haunted house, and their ensuing battle with an ultra-creepy, flannel-wearing, sledgehammer-wielding behemoth. In other words, it’s everything you want out of a Sov slasher complete with Bill Murray impersonations! Helmed by writer-director David A. Prior (Killer Workout, Deadly Prey) and starring Ted Prior, David’s iconic trash-superstar sibling, Sledgehammer is Sov nirvana,
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