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Title: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on March 27, 2017, 06:00:36 PM
Cult Epics Launches Campaign to Fund Comprehensive Guide to Cult Cinema
via blu-ray.com

U.S. label Cult Epics has launched an Indigogo campaign to finance a comprehensive a deluxe book that will cover the wildest films it has distributed during the years.

Official statement from the label:

For 25 years, Cult Epics has distributed the most sought-after, obscure, provocative and previously unknown films to the home video market. To commemorate this anniversary, we want to produce a deluxe, hardcover art book (in a limited edition of 1000) about those films and their directors – fully illustrated with in-depth reviews, interviews, and essays. We are reaching out to all our fans and film lovers, to help us raise the funds to make this essential book on cult cinema.

This commemorative book covers 150 essential releases 
from filmmakers such as Tinto Brass, Fernando Arrabal, Radley Metzger,
 Walerian Borowcyzk, Jean Genet, Abel Ferrara, Rene Daalder, Olivier Smolders, Jorg Buttgereit, Nico B, Irving Klaw, and pinup legend Bettie Page. Includes in-depth reviews, interviews, and essays on films and directors – fully illustrated in color with rare photos, poster art, and memorabilia. Size is approx. 8.75" x 11.25" x 1", with 256 full color pages (and over 200 Images).

CULT EPICS INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN can be accessed HERE (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cult-epics-hardcover-book-film-cinema)





While we’re at it, there’s a thread (http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=280715&highlight=nightmare) on the blu-ray.com forums that tracks blu-ray releases of titles listed in the book Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents (https://www.amazon.com/NIGHTMARE-USA-Untold-Exploitation-Independents/dp/1903254469/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490655315&sr=8-1&keywords=nightmare+usa)

Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on April 30, 2017, 01:35:01 PM
frame of reference, trailers for my two favorite cult movies, both from Mondo Macobro


Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on May 01, 2017, 05:58:12 PM
Diabolique Magazine’s Daughters of Darkness Podcast (http://diaboliquemagazine.com/category/podcasts/daughters-of-darkness-podcast/), hosted by Kat Ellinger (http://diaboliquemagazine.com/author/kellinger/) and Samm Deighan (http://diaboliquemagazine.com/author/samm-deighan/), has covered Jean Rollin, Jose Larraz, Elio Petri, Andrzej Zulawski, Giallo Cinema, Lesbian Vampire Films, and more
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on May 28, 2017, 04:44:37 PM
A limited edition re-issue of Stephen Thrower's (Nightmare USA) OOP book on Lucio Fulci is coming from FAB Press in September 2017


IndieGogo promo video here (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fab-press-beyond-terror-lucio-fulci-book-dvd-cinema-horror/x/7253001#/)

Quote from: FAB Press
Our goal is to re-issue Stephen Thrower's acclaimed Lucio Fulci book Beyond Terror in a massively revised and expanded edition along with an exclusive DVD of all known Lucio Fulci trailers, gathered together for the first time ever, all presented in a heavy duty case modelled on the Book of Eibon.
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on July 20, 2017, 05:20:40 PM
The Girl on the Broomstick (1972)


Saxana has the enthusiasm, but lacks the right talent to become a witch. So she's kept in for 300 years - nothing unusual for a sorceress' school. Being bored, she skims through the magicians' lexicon and finds a formula which brings her into the world of the humans for 48 hours. There she meets the friendly Peter who takes her with him to school... and the adventures begin.

the entire movie:

Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on July 20, 2017, 10:00:10 PM
it was such a fucking gem

she transports from witch school to human school, and this is what happens to teachers





i slapped my thigh and yelled "oh my god." everyone in this movie is utterly human a total fucking rascal

so, these boys


they're running from the law


and what's happened is they've stolen the lexicon of magic, which the witch brought from magicworld, and so the boys transform themselves in order to hide from the cops pulling them over


i laughed so hard. so hard. then they keep going but the cops are suspicious. so the cops pull them over again and lookie here


the popes or whatever are angry! i was dying. the witch was following along


the boys turn themselves into some old men in a truck, so they can stop and get some food. they're trying to figure out the lexicon and they accidentally summon an ass on the table


then the cops arrive, then the witch arrives, she gets the lexicon back with her sneaky stretch arm, and she turns the boys into teddy bears


i felt so good i wanted to call my mother and tell her i love her and everything is going to be alright
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on August 07, 2017, 11:44:23 PM
spoiler: dogs dancing like humans 1930

THE EARLY SOUND ERA OF film was like the Wild West when it came to making movies. It was into this experimental milieu that a series of short films that used all-dog casts was produced between 1929 and 1931.

Professionally trained canines were the stars of the “all-barkie” Dogville Comedies. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced the nine shorts as parodies of Hollywood’s hits. The films were shot with silent film and dubbed over with human speech, utilizing the voices of the creators Jules White and Zion Myers, as well as their colleague Pete Smith. According to Jan-Christopher Horak, the director of UCLA’s film and television archive, it is likely that other contracted MGM actors and actresses also lent their voices to the films, although none of that work was credited.

To a modern viewer, it can be hard to tell who the audience of these films were. It might seem like a canine cast is best suited for children, but the plots were often mature, featuring adultery, murder, and even cannibalism.

article (http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/dogville-comedies-1930s-hollywood-filmmaking)


Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: polkablues on August 08, 2017, 12:57:55 AM
These things were amazing. I remember seeing them as interstitials between movies on AMC back in the day, but when I tried to find info about them later it was almost like they never existed. I finally found someone online who was selling home-burned DVDs of all the shorts for like 30 bucks, so I bought it and started playing it for my wife (girlfriend at the time), who watched two minutes of it and spent the rest of the time looking at me like I was insane. 30 dollars well spent.
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: Drenk on August 08, 2017, 08:06:52 AM
Well, she did marry you.
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: RegularKarate on August 08, 2017, 02:42:36 PM
They show these at the Drafthouse pre-show sometimes. Isn't there one that's a murder mystery?
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on August 08, 2017, 02:47:02 PM
"even cannibalism"
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: polkablues on August 08, 2017, 06:33:53 PM
They show these at the Drafthouse pre-show sometimes. Isn't there one that's a murder mystery?

You bet there is.

Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on August 08, 2017, 09:38:16 PM
here's the wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogville_Comedies), here's the Warner Bros Archives disc (https://www.warnerbros.com/dogville-shorts-1930-31), still wondering where the cannibalism is
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on November 18, 2017, 10:18:48 PM
New Bev's Dec 31


wilder i can't find the xixax link but i know we know The Fan from Mondo Macabro. here's the trailer for Christiane F.


spoiler of when that song actually appears in the movie

Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on November 19, 2017, 01:19:37 AM

Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on December 03, 2017, 01:46:11 PM

A MIDNIGHT TAXI ZUM KLO SCREENING AT THE NEW BEV ON DECEMBER 16 (http://thenewbev.com/program/december-16-taxi-zum-klo-midnight-show). THE BEST MOVIE THING TO HAPPEN TO LA FOR THE YEAR, IS MY VOTE.


In the pioneering classic of German queer cinema, Taxi zum Klo, Frank Ripploh writes, directs and stars in a semi-autobiographical snapshot of pre-AIDS West Berlin. An elementary school teacher by day, Ripploh cruises for sex at night, grading papers in the john while awaiting his next anonymous hook-up. But his compartmentalized routine gets shaken up when he meets a commitment-minded new beau. Frank, fierce, explicit and funny, Taxi zum Klo was notorious at the time of its release. Don’t miss this rare chance to see it back on the big screen in 35mm!

Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: BB on December 03, 2017, 11:27:12 PM
I sought out Taxi zum Klo based on a recommendation from here (possibly you, jenkins) and it truly is astonishing.
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on December 11, 2017, 03:02:16 PM

Spectacle Theater's custom trailer (https://vimeo.com/51972167) for Indonesian director Arizal's American Hunter (1988) is one of my favorite things ever
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on December 20, 2017, 07:46:30 PM
the history of Japanese cinema is so beautiful to read about via wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_film). i crazy want to see a movie about a benshi (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benshi). how has there not been a benshi movie, that's some major missing out on ripe material.

During the 1920s and 1930s, Japan was one of the world's two largest producers of motion pictures, along with the United States. Though the country's film industry was among the first to produce both sound and talking features, the full changeover to sound proceeded much more slowly than in the West. It appears that the first Japanese sound film, Reimai (Dawn), was made in 1926 with the De Forest Phonofilm system. Using the sound-on-disc Minatoki system, the leading Nikkatsu studio produced a pair of talkies in 1929: Taii no musume (The Captain's Daughter) and Furusato (Hometown), the latter directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. The rival Shochiku studio began the successful production of sound-on-film talkies in 1931 using a variable-density process called Tsuchibashi. Two years later, however, more than 80 percent of movies made in the country were still silents. Two of the country's leading directors, Mikio Naruse and Yasujirō Ozu, did not make their first sound films until 1935 and 1936, respectively. As late as 1938, over a third of all movies produced in Japan were shot without dialogue.

The enduring popularity of the silent medium in Japanese cinema owed in great part to the tradition of the benshi, a live narrator who performed as accompaniment to a film screening. As director Akira Kurosawa later described, the benshi "not only recounted the plot of the films, they enhanced the emotional content by performing the voices and sound effects and providing evocative descriptions of events and images on the screen.... The most popular narrators were stars in their own right, solely responsible for the patronage of a particular theatre." Film historian Mariann Lewinsky argues,

The end of silent film in the West and in Japan was imposed by the industry and the market, not by any inner need or natural evolution.... Silent cinema was a highly pleasurable and fully mature form.
It didn't lack anything, least in Japan, where there was always the human voice doing the dialogues and the commentary. Sound films were not better, just more economical. As a cinema owner you didn't have to pay the wages of musicians and benshi any more. And a good benshi was a star demanding star payment.

Lew. In. Sky. Lew. In. Sky.
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on January 03, 2018, 07:02:11 PM
Mondo Macabro fb posted about their upcoming releases




[The Deserter]


Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on January 15, 2018, 04:54:12 PM
2018 TBD

David DeCoteau's American Rampage (1989) on blu-ray from Massacre Video


A rookie cop with her own way of doing things decides it's time to throw away the rule book when her partner is killed by drug dealers in a war for control of the Los Angeles market. Cinematography by Howard Wexler (Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Malibu Express).

(great looking)
Trailer - Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/249132727)
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on March 03, 2018, 04:23:57 PM
May 8, 2018

Andy Sidaris’ Seven (1979) on blu-ray from Kino


A cartel of seven crime bosses unionize and plan to take over the state of Hawaii. Government intelligence agent Drew Sevano (William Smith, Any Which Way You Can) is hired to "handle" the situation however he sees fit. Drew enlists seven old friends to help, creating Sevano's Seven – the Playmate (Susan Kiger, H.O.T.S.), the Black-Belt (Ed Parker, Revenge of the Pink Panther), the Dragster (Christopher Joy, Big Time), the Cowboy (Guich Koock, North Dallas Forty), the Comic (Art Metrano, Police Academy 2), the Professor (Richard LePore, Stacey!) and the Indian (Barbara Leigh, Junior Bonner). Sevano's Seven – death is their way of life! This cult classic was co-written, co-produced and directed by Andy Sidaris (Malibu Express, Hard Ticket to Hawaii) and co-starred Martin Kove (Steele Justice) and Terry Kiser (Weekend at Bernie's).


A 12-film DVD collection of Andy Sidaris’ other movies is available for $8. These are ridiculously entertaining.


Girls, Guns, & G-Strings: The Andy Sidaris Collection - Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Girls-Guns-G-Strings-Sidaris-Collection/dp/B004HHX9OQ)


Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: jenkins on March 14, 2018, 08:57:52 PM
[moved from the death thread. this is from 2012. this isn't a celebration of Lewis as a murderer, but rather an acknowledgement of the dark paths that people can find themselves traveling down; the utter darkness of this story. because certain aspects of this murder/death will always, always be a mystery, it's different from other types of murders/deaths. because of his association with cinema, Palo Alto in particular, Johnny Lewis belongs to cult cinema.]

Johnny Lewis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Lewis) was an actor on The OC, Sons of Anarchy, and other shows i never watched. he was in the movie Palo Alto, The Runaways, some more, supporting roles. i'm going to summarize his tragic death, which can be read about by clicking his name and going to wikipedia, or this Los Angeles Magazine article (http://www.lamag.com/longform/the-secret-life-of-johnny-lewis/), which is commented on by Johnny's father through a practical perspective, and his practical perspective is replied to by another practical perspective.


Johnny Lewis was an actor who considered himself an artist; specifically, a writer. he died within a semi-expensive artist compound in Los Feliz, Los Angeles. the compound was called Writers’ Villa and he lived in the Red Suite: first when he was 23, then when he was 26 and after he'd been released from prison.

between the first and second time he lived in Writers’ Villa, Johnny Lewis went through life difficulties of this sort: he suffered head injuries from a high-speed motorcycle accident; he broke into a condo to protect someone, except the condo was empty, and while in the condo two people arrived, he smashed bottles on their heads, they retaliated and called the cops on him; he served jail time.

he didn't appear to have a drug addiction, and a rather hilarious sidestory relates to people trying to blame anything on pot. in fact there's the story that in rehab Johnny switched to calling himself an alcoholic because that sounded like an actual problem. he didn't appear to be an alcoholic either. his father insists that Jonny had a TBI (traumatic brain injury) which was never treated (Johnny refused), although there are signs that Johnny's personality was becoming more aggressive before his motorcycle injury (and his father blames both the motorcycle accident and the break in and Johnny's jail time, and Johnny's father is a scientologist, which would be a separate story).

no one can quite describe Johnny's overall problem as a person.


pictured: Cathy Davis and her cat. Cathy was the owner of Writers’ Villa.  what happened was, five days after his release from prison, Jonny was living in Writers’ Villa, and he killed both Cathy and her cat, then he either fell or jumped from a second story height onto a concrete driveway.

there's a photo of his blood on the driveway (http://cdn.lamag.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2014/01/driveway_h.jpg), which is such a sinister photo, an unnecessary photo imo.

the cat was found in the shower, its skull cracked in. Cathy Davis was beaten to death. there was a hammer with dried blood found in Johnny's room.

there are some good guesses about why Johnny was mad at Cathy (because she was mad at him for shutting down the fuse box, which he did because he didn't like lights), but the story of what transpired between them can only be speculated upon. no one guessed this, no one saw it coming.
Title: Re: All things Cult Cinema
Post by: wilder on July 05, 2018, 07:51:08 PM
August 14, 2018


Written and produced by exploitation demigod Renee Harmon (FROZEN SCREAM) and directed by the legendary James Bryan (DON'T GO IN THE WOODS), this is the story of Linda, a tough-as-nails karate cop on the trail of the ruthless scumbags who murdered her twin sister. From the outrageous fight scenes to Harmon's incredible outfits, LADY STREET FIGHTER is a joyous blast of no-holds-barred chaos from one of the most important lady filmmakers in genre history.

Lady Street Fighter (1981) - Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Street-Fighter-Special-Blu-ray/dp/B07C53MX63/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1526420884&sr=1-1&keywords=lady+street+fighter+blu+ray)