09 December 2011

Bellflower on DVD



A pre-apocalyptic love tragedy with a flame thrower

and

one

BAD ASS

'72 Buick Skylark!



The behind the scenes footage is a short documentary about the close knit group that made this incredibly disturbing and original movie.







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22 October 2011

Zombie aka Zombi 2 at the Beach Theater 10/21/11 Movie Review



God bless Fangoria Magazine.

It's where I get a lot of my news of the world. It's a little pricey at $9.99 an issue ($5.50) with a one year 10 issue subscription). They don't put those annoying subscription post cards in every other page that fall out and litter the bathroom floor while you're taking a dump. My subscription must have run out quite a few months ago because they stopped sending me my magazine. No friendly reminders by mail. No card stock extra cover to remind me that this is my second to last issue before my subscription expires. Nothing. I like that. It's like they're too cool to care if you get their magazine or not.

Thankfully, about two weeks ago, after going out to dinner I had the wife swing by the Barnes and Noble to pick up an issue. On the back was an ad for nationwide midnight showings of Lucio Fulci's 1979 Italian horror classic Zombie on 10/21 & 10/22. There is plenty of information about this movie on the internets if you're not familiar. I scan the short list of theaters, unhopeful as usual. Nothing hardly ever comes to Florida. Surprisingly there was a showing listed for The Beach Theater at St. Pete Beach, FL. (About 45 minutes from the house). I've always wanted to go to this place and now we had found the perfect opportunity.



I did not ask but TOLD the wife that we were going. I called the theater a week in advance to ask if they had sold many tickets yet. It is an independently owned, single screen theater. He said I was the first person to call. I called again a few days later and he said I was the second person to call. I call before we leave the house and there are plenty of tickets available. We get there and there are maybe 12 people waiting. We talk to the projectionist for awhile and he says one of those 12 people drove up from Fort Meyers (about 2 hours) just for the movie. He said they also do a live Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday to a crowd of about 150.

We have a half hour before the movie starts so naturally we look for a bar. There is a bar directly across the street from the theater but it is loud and throwing off a douche vibe. We walk down the street to a quieter place with an acoustic solo girl in the corner. This place has a better vibe and is aptly named Chill. Chill sells Victory Golden Monkey (9.5% abv) for $3.25 a bottle, which is damn near retail at some stores. the waitress tells us of a zombie hayride within an hour of St. Pete that actually gives you paint ball guns to shoot at the zombie characters as they chase the ride. The wife and I agree that this sounds totally awesome.





The movie itself is remasterd. It sounds great. The tribal drums on the island are maddeningly clear. The Goblin-Like score is crystal. It looks great. The underwater zombie still attacks a live shark, the eye still gets poked out, although some drunk guy disrupted the scene by cheering loudly. Nobody seemed impressed by this. He left soon after that. The shots at the begininng and end of New York City are incredible to see on a big screen.

The DVD, distributed by Blue Underground, will be available 10/25 at fine retailers and e-tailers everywhere. Loaded with hours of exclusive extras.



I'm out. I got a tip on a zombie hayride that I need to research on the internets.

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17 April 2011

Dragonslayer - A Documentary by Tristan Patterson

Killer Films presents a Tristan Patterson documentary about skater Josh "Screech" Sandoval.

Reminiscent of older Harmony Korine movies without all the inbred insanity.

Shot and documented excellently. Peacefully chaotic.



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16 April 2011

Last Days Here Promo Clip - A Documentary about Bobby Liebling

An intense Documentary about doom metal pioneers Pentagram, primarily vocalist Bobby Liebling.

It's from the same team of Documentarians who made The Art of the Steal.

They just got a Distribution Deal For Last Days Here this weekend through Sundance/IFC. Look for it on VOD soon.



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10 April 2011

Mangrove Slasher 2 Premier at the 2011 Sarasota Film festival


There never was a Mangrove Slasher 1. If there is a sequel it is going to be named Mangrove Slasher 5. It's 47 minutes long. Director Sean Haitz states that he has only spent $850 out of pocket. It began as a long music video concept For Haitz' surfabilly band The Jetties. There was a point when it didn't look as if the movie would be finished. Co-Director Chris Potter was arrested and fired from the school that he worked at for stealing electrical equipment to support an Oxycontin habit. All of the raw footage was confiscated and purportedly destroyed by investigators. As it turns out the files were backed up. This great story has already been written. You can read it here.

Somehow this whole project flew over or under my radar and I didn't know about it until the Sarasota Film Festival schedule was released and I read the article. I immediately felt left out of something I would have really wanted to have been involved with. I hate when that happens. I put it at the top of my must see list and it had to be the Saturday night premiere. Unfortunately neither my wife or I made any initiative to buy tickets ahead of time. We have a tendency to do that. We go downtown a few hours ahead of time to try to get rush tickets at the door.

From a distance we see a hairy, blood covered giant in overalls wielding a machete in each hand, a couple of drag queens and various characters in brightly colored gowns and super high heels. Everyone is drinking a mysterious red punch that I suspect was pure grain alcohol with a few granules of cherry KoolAid added for color. The start time comes and goes and only six have been admitted from the rush line... and then two more a few minutes later. The volunteer comes up one more time and says, "5 more can go in". We are number 5 and 6. Fortunately the two people ahead of us decided at that moment not to go in and we were the last two to be admitted.

So in we are and sitting on the stairs. The movie has already started, which is not good when the movie you just payed $24 to see is only 47 minutes long. We had walked into a theater bursting with the laughter of friends and family and anyone else involved in the project. Every kill produces loud applause and cheers right up to the final beach party massacre scene. There isn't much of a story to review. In fact, there is very little plot. It would have just taken away from the movie. There are a few party scenes in which you see people who have already been slaughtered. This adds to the movie. Bikinis, bad wigs and fake mustaches, douchebags, jocks, a little person (do I really need to be PC here?) , drag queens, stoners and boobs. Lots of boobs. It wouldn't have hurt to put a few more boobs in. It would have added to the movie. It's probably a good thing that it is 47 minutes long because you will laugh continuously until you get one of those annoying laugh headaches.

There is some great aerial footage from a donated helicopter ride. The imagery is crystal clear and the sound is great, even on the windy shore of the Gulf of Mexico. These guys did a great job making this film and despite all the problems seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. The only thing I can compare it to would be if Bill Zebub directed a concept video for the Beastie Boys it would probably look something like this. If this description makes any sense you should enjoy the movie. If it doesn't make sense it doesn't matter. Mangrove Slasher 2 is a hilarious, cult potential Shlock classic in it's infancy. It's been nearly 24 hours and I'm still giggling about some of the things Is saw in this movie, and that my friends is a good sign.

DVD, soundtrack and t shirts available here.

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