Received the fol­low­ing press release ear­lier today from David Szulkin at Grindhouse Releasing.  Like any fan of Massacre Mafia Style, I’ve been wait­ing for years to see this film get released.  Any schlock fan in L.A. needs to go check this out as it is a rare plea­sure to see an unre­leased schlock epic get its due… and be sure to click on that poster image to get a bet­ter look at the cus­tom art by Stephen Romano — it’s a stun­ner.

With this news, we are get­ting closer to the long-promised DVD release of this unseen but much-dis­cussed-in-grind­house-cir­cles curios­i­ty.  Keep your fin­gers crossed — and keep watch­ing Schlockmania for fur­ther details…

Grindhouse Releasing Presents Duke Mitchell’s

GONE WITH THE POPE

World Première March 12 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre


LOS ANGELES — Grindhouse Releasing and the American Cinematheque will present the late, great Duke Mitchell’s nev­er-before-seen exploita­tion mas­ter­piece GONE WITH THE POPE on Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Duke Mitchell was an Italian Rudy Ray Moore, a pop­u­lar night­club per­former and self-pro­claimed “Mr. Palm Springs” whose long-run­ning act with Sammy Petrillo was fea­tured in BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA. Mitchell went on to use his tal­ents and show busi­ness con­nec­tions to pro­duce two of the most enter­tain­ing films of the Seventies, which he wrote, direct­ed, pro­duced, scored and starred in.

GONE WITH THE POPE stars Duke Mitchell as Paul, a paroled gang­ster with an unholy scheme: to kid­nap the pope and charge “a dol­lar from every Catholic in the world” as the ran­som. Shot in 1975 as KISS THE RING, GONE WITH THE POPE was unfin­ished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981.

Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing redis­cov­ered GONE WITH THE POPE in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscu­ri­ty. Academy Award-nom­i­nat­ed film edi­tor Murawski (THE HURT LOCKER, SPIDER-MAN 1,2 & 3) spent 15 years com­plet­ing GONE WITH THE POPE from the sur­viv­ing film ele­ments.

Of all the films I have been involved with, the one that I am most proud of is GONE WITH THE POPE,” Murawski said. “Duke Mitchell didn’t live to see this mas­ter­piece fin­ished. I am hon­ored to be the per­son to fin­ish it for him. Completing this movie was a 15-year labor of love. No expense or effort was spared in res­cu­ing this clas­sic from cin­e­mat­ic obliv­ion and fin­ish­ing it with the utmost qual­i­ty. Our beau­ti­ful new 35mm print stands as a tes­ta­ment to Duke Mitchell’s unique and explo­sive­ly enter­tain­ing vision.”

Duke Mitchell’s 1974 ultra-vio­lent crime saga MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE will screen on the same pro­gram. Also known as LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON and THE EXECUTIONER,  MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE is a home­made answer to THE GODFATHER promis­ing “more guts, more action, more dyna­mite!”. Starting with Duke and his side­kick slaugh­ter­ing an entire build­ing full of ene­mies, the movie is non­stop, mind-blow­ing enter­tain­ment that has become a favorite among cult movie fans.

Grindhouse Releasing is known for its lav­ish restora­tions and road­show-style the­atri­cal exhi­bi­tion of such noto­ri­ous exploita­tion-hor­ror films as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, CANNIBAL FEROX (a.k.a. MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY), Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND and CAT IN THE BRAIN, PIECES, and I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. Grindhouse part­nered with Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder to release THE BEYOND in the­aters and in 2010 launched a nation­wide re-release of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD.

The address of the Egyptian Theatre is 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, between Las Palmas and McCadden, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

This exclu­sive screen­ing will include an in-per­son Q& A with the cast and crew of GONE WITH THE POPE.

For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it www.GrindhouseReleasing.com and www.GonewiththePope.com. For stills and press, e-mail David Szulkin at info@grindhousereleasing.com.

And here’s a NSFW trail­er that you must watch when pry­ing eyes aren’t look­ing: