Archive for September, 2010

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GAMERA VS. GUIRON: Starry-Eyed Kiddie Lunacy From Another World

Two notable things hap­pened to the Gamera series with its fourth install­ment, Gamera Vs. Viras: 1) it went from being kid-friendly to being totally aimed at the kids and 2) it became much more budget-conscious, with cheaper pro­duc­tion val­ues and recy­cled footage.  The results were still fun but the rea­son why shifted as it upped More >

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Schlock-Wire: Severin Films Will Bring SANTA SANGRE To U.S. DVD and Blu-Ray Next Year

Here is some early news on a very excit­ing devel­op­ment for U.S. based fans of foreign-made art­house weird­ness:  Severin Films has announced plans to bring Santa Sangre, a clas­sic Alejandro Jodorowsky film, to DVD and Blu-Ray in January of next year.  Details are vague at the moments but the fol­low­ing press release reveals that they More >

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GAMERA VS. VIRAS: Kaiju-Eiga Tricks Are For Kids

One of the most unique ele­ments of the Gamera series is that unlike the Godzilla films, which began dark and grad­u­ally tran­si­tioned into being kid-friendly, the Gamera films had a pro­nounced ori­en­ta­tion towards their child audi­ence from the very begin­ning.  Indeed, the most impor­tant char­ac­ter rela­tion­ship in the first Gamera film is the rela­tion­ship between More >

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Schlock-Wire: Full Specs For GRINDHOUSE Theatrical Version Blu-Ray

Many a cult-flick fan got their heart bro­ken when Grindhouse was bro­ken down into its com­po­nent films, Planet Terror and Death Proof, when the time came for its DVD release.  Not only were the the­atri­cal edits unavail­able but also most of the won­der­ful faux-trailers.  However, the over­due wait is com­ing to an end this October More >

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GAMERA VS. GYAOS: Comfortable As An Old (Rubber Monster) Suit

By the time it reached its third entry, a “house style” had come into focus for the Gamera series.  As such, Gamera Vs. Gyaos is the arche­typal exam­ple of the series: a nasty mon­ster is awak­ened from its slum­ber, Gamera rises up to take him on and Gamera also befriends an admir­ing kid in the More >

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Digi-Schlock: STARCRASH (Shout! Factory DVD)

A year ago, the idea of remas­tered, anamor­phic DVD’s from the Roger Corman/New World library would have seemed absurd,  Most exploita­tion fans had given up by then because they’d been given lack­lus­ter treat­ment twice over.  The New Concorde discs were almost all made from recy­cled VHS mas­ters, even the ones with spe­cial fea­tures.  Fans got More >

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Schlock-Wire: Severin Films Acquires Paul W.S. Anderson’s Controversial Debut, SHOPPING

Like him or loathe him, Paul W.S. Anderson is one of the king­pins of mod­ern genre film­mak­ing thanks to the suc­cess of his Resident Evil series.  Cult film types inter­ested his work will get a chance to see his debut film because Severin Films is prepar­ing DVD and blu-ray ver­sions of Shopping.  This film, which More >

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EDITS BY MR. K — VOL. 2: A Successful Marriage Of Old School And Modern Mindset

Remixing a tune for the dance­floor is a chal­lenge but doing an edit of the same tune can be an even big­ger chal­lenge.  Remixers usu­ally have the ben­e­fit of work­ing with mas­ter tapes and being able to mix in or out as much of what’s in the grooves as they wish.  Someone doing an edit More >

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STARCRASH: Bizarro World’s Answer To Star Wars

It could be argued that Star Wars stole the mojo away from exploita­tion cin­ema, with its suc­cess prov­ing to Hollywood that they could use their professional-quality resources to mine the same schlocky vein of gold in a more prof­itable way than their drive-in com­peti­tors — and cut them out of the com­pe­ti­tion in the process.  More >

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Schlock-Wire: Shout Factory Serves Up A Double-Shocker With THE EVIL/TWICE DEAD

Here is a shot of budget-conscious hor­ror news just in time for Halloween: Shout! Factory will be issu­ing a 2-for-1 DVD con­tain­ing The Evil and Twice Dead on October 5th as part of their ongo­ing “Roger Corman Cult Classics” line.  Both titles deal with ghost-infected real estate: The Evil is a late 1970’s cult fave More >