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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Ad for Stuart Gordon’s The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, movies, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2014 by Paxton

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This week is going to be Stuart Gordon Week. When you find out Friday’s movie review, you’ll see why.  Stuart Gordon is a prolific 80s-90s director probably most famous for directing The Re-animator, but he’s also directed several other cult horror favorites.  One of which I’ll talk about more tomorrow.

Today, I’m showing you a 1991 home video ad for Gordon’s The Pit and the Pendulum (1991) starring Lance Henriksen, Jeffrey Combs and Oliver Reed. I haven’t seen it, but I think it looks AMAZING.

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This movie looks seven different kinds of awesome. It’s B movie cheese all the way. Check out the trailer.

You know what, now that I’ve watched this trailer, I think I’ve seen parts of this on cable I just didn’t know what it was called.


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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Street Trash (1987) review

Posted in Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by Paxton

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I’ve talked a few times this week about an obscure little movie called Street Trash.  I described my fascination with the articles and pictures I’d seen in Fangoria magazine in the late 80s and the fact that I was never able to find a copy to watch nor was I ever able to find it on cable.  So, like I did with Rawhead Rex, I found a copy of this movie and I am now about to fill a giant hole in my 13 year old self’s soul by watching this movie.

For, as I mentioned the last few days, this week’s Fangoria Movie Friday review is Street Trash.

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This movie started out as a film school project that received a bit of buzz in some grindhouse theaters in New York.  The director was offered seed money to make it into a very low budget feature length movie.  It’s gore and shock factor lead it to be a small cult hit in 1987.

As I said, I remember the Fangoria article about this movie fondly.  If for nothing else than the described toilet melting scene and the picture of the blond makeup artist with a (now vintage) Coke bottle filled with gore.

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Well, I have now finally watched the movie and I’ll talk about it…..right…..now.

This movie, at its heart, is a Troma film.  Not surprising since Toxic Avenger was released only 2 years prior.  All the hallmarks and tone are there, even if this wasn’t made by Troma proper you can tell it’s influenced by their style.  The movie is super gory.  And, honestly, the gore effects are actually pretty good considering the rest of the production is bare f**king bones.  The ubsurd, gory, dark humor is there throughout as are the surreal, dirty, grungy characters that populate the world.  To be fair, I’m not a huge Troma fan.  I really like the original Toxic Avenger but I haven’t really liked anything else they’ve released.  So, Troma-style isn’t necessarily a slam dunk for me.

This movie is just all so bizarre.  But in a weird way it works.  Essentially, the story begins when a sleazy liquor store owner finds a 60 year old case of Viper wine sealed up in his store room and decides to sell the bottles at $1 a pop to the dirty homeless guys that come in.  One bottle is sold and passed around and we see that the decades old wine will immediately disintegrate anyone who drinks it.  Lots of gruesome deaths happen on a fire escape and, awesomely, on a public toilet.  There’s even a scene in which a homeless guy has his penis cut off and tossed around “keep away” style as he runs around trying to retrieve it and put it on ice.  It’s gory and gross and just a wild ride.  And, like I said, bizarre.

There are a few other weird subplots going on like two brothers trying to cope with being homeless, a violent cop out to solve the mysterious melting murders and the brutal antics of a deranged Vietnam Vet named Bronson who rules the local junkyard.

I told you, the movie is bananas. But in a fun way.  I definitely had fun with it and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in these types of movies (you know who you are).

Here’s a look at some choice moments in this movie.

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This is the sleazy liquor store owner finding the case of Viper in his storeroom. Looks like vintage Ron Jeremy, doesn’t it? That could very easily be a version of Spanish Fly and he’s going to use it to bang all the chicks.

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The infamous toilet melting sequence. This looks a little weird in static images but I assure you it actually comes together in the movie. It’s gross and fun.  There’s another scene where a bum actually melts through the bars of a fire escape.  Very imaginative.

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I mentioned this film is populated with Troma characters, here’s one of them. This is the guy that owns and/or runs the junkyard. He hates bums, despite the fact that the junkyard is full of them.  He’s a fat, disgusting slob and reminds me of the mayor character from The Toxic Avenger.

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More Troma characters!  This is the crazy Vietnam Vet Bronson (left) who seems to control the junkyard and his disgusting, dirty bum whore (right).  She is seriously gross.  And Bronson treats her like sh*t throughout the movie.  He even hilariously belts her one right across the eyes.  It’s so Looney Tunes that I had to make an animated gif of it.  Check it out:

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Hilarious.  For some reason the cops actually think this Bronson is a threat.  A threat to dirty bum whores, maybe.  But not much else.

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On the left is a sign at the entrance of the junkyard which warns against bums.  That’s funny because the junkyard is FULL of bums.  As you can see from the pic on the right.

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At the end of the movie, this homeless guy doesn’t just melt, he f**king EXPLODES in an awesome firestorm of wino gore.  If nothing else, the effects on this movie are seriously great.

So, that’s Street Trash.  I did mention earlier that this started out as a short for film school.  I was actually able to watch that original 14 minute short and the movie is a lot better.  The short, you can tell, was a rough draft of the feature length movie.  If you get a chance, give it a watch, otherwise, the movie is the way to go.

I’m so glad this turned out more like what I was expecting than the disappointing Rawhead Rex.  Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised by next week’s movie as well?


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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Street Trash or cult classic? (1987)

Posted in Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by Paxton

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Yesterday I showed you a picture gallery of the cult horror movie Street Trash that was published in Fangoria #67.  I also announced that Street Trash was going to be my Fangoria Movie Friday review this week.  Today I’ll show you guys an article from Fangoria #63 also about that little seen cult gore classic.  The article discusses how the movie has become a “cult classic” which is weird because the article is from the same year that the movie came out.  I’m not sure you can accurately judge a “cult classic” that soon.  I would maybe say it was a “cult hit”, but not necessarily a cult classic.  And that’s coming from one of the co-hosts of the Cult Film Club Podcast, so you can “take that to the bank” (my new catchphrase).

Like Rawhead Rex, I’ve been fascinated with this movie because of the Fangoria article I’m showing you today.  The pictures in the article tell the story of my fascination.  Is that a wino f**king melting into the toilet?!  And is that makeup artist in page 3 using a Coke bottle to liberally spread gore about said toilet?!  WHERE CAN I SEE THIS MOVIE?!  STAT!

Answer: Nowhere.  I never found it.  So I never watched it.  However, just recently I did acquire a copy of the movie specifically to fill in that hole in my horror soul.  And tomorrow, you will get to read my longtime brewing review of this movie.  Like the article asks, is this movie a cult classic, or just street trash?  Find out in this week’s Fangoria Movie Friday review.

But for now, here’s that historic article from back in 1987. It features lots of good behind the scenes info on the making of the movie like the fact that it started out as a short created for film school and the director was paid to pad it out to feature length.  I should track down that short.  There’s also a nice little interview with the lead makeup artist, Jennifer Aspinall.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Fangoria #67 – Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, monsters, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by Paxton

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Today I’m going to show you one of the more “colorful” Fangoria covers.  Check out Fangoria #67 featuring Clive Barker’s Hellraiser.  I actually just watched Hellraiser for the first time this year.  It was originally going to be one of my Fangoria Movie Fridays but I decided on another movie.  It was definitely an interesting watch, especially because Pinhead doesn’t have as big a part in it than I expected.

As always, click to see it on Flickr, BIGGER.

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Also in this issue, was a pretty gruesome picture gallery celebrating the release of Lightning Pictures’ underground gorefest hit, Street Trash.  While I decided not to pick Hellraiser as one of my Fangoria Movie Fridays, I did pick Street Trash.  And I’m going to review it on Friday.

So enjoy this gallery of crazy melting hobos.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Don Post Halloween 3 masks (1983)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, movies, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , , , , on October 6, 2014 by Paxton

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Welcome back to week 2 of AWESOME-tober-fest 2014. This month I’m celebrating the bloody best of Fangoria magazine.

Let’s start this week off with a mask ad. Ads for prop masks were not rare inside Fangoria. As a matter of fact, each issue had at least two or three ads for masks every month. By different companies. As a matter of fact I showed you a few Fangoria mask ads during last year’s AWESOME-tober-fest.

Here’s an awesome color ad for some Don Post masks.  But not just any masks, they are the three Silver Shamrock masks from the infamous Halloween III: Season of the Witch.  This ad was found in Fangoria #25 (1983).

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Rampaging with Rawhead Rex (1987)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, monsters, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2014 by Paxton

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Yesterday I showed you the cover to Fangoria #61 with the feature on Clive Barker’s Rawhead Rex.  I mentioned that I’d been fascinated with this article since 8th grade as well as the movie.  I always wondered if it was any good.  However, due to never actually finding the movie to rent anywhere, I have never watched it. That changes tomorrow.  For Fangoria Movie Friday tomorrow I’m going to review the movie Rawhead Rex and see if it lives up to what I have been fantasizing about for the past 27 years (oh, and HOLY S**T IT’S BEEN 27 YEARS!?).  So check back tomorrow for this historic review.

Today, I leave you with the Rawhead Rex feature article from Fangoria #61.  It was called Rampaging with Rawhead Rex.  You can click any of the images to make them BIGGER.

A few tidbits to note.  This article mentions that Rawhead Rex was a cannibal king, but, in actuality, he’s supposed to be an ancient fertility god who also happens to be a cannibal.  I think some of the fertility stuff was cut out of the movie for obvious reasons.  I think I even read somewhere that Rex was supposed to look like a giant anamorphic penis.  That would have been an interesting movie.

Also, it seems the studio as well as the director, George Pavlou, had very high hopes for this movie.  The director starts talking about incorporating ancient Gaelic texts into the story and character driven horror as well as pulling back on gore in a Hitchcockian way of upping the suspense.  That’s a lot of big talk.  We’ll see tomorrow if that pays off.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2014: Fangoria #61 – Rawhead Rex (1987)

Posted in Fangoria, Genres, Halloween, holiday, horror, magazine, monsters, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2014 by Paxton

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Here’s the cover to Fangoria #61 from 1987. It features a cover story about Clive Barker’s Rawhead Rex. I have been fascinated by this cover ever since I bought this magazine in the 8th grade. I drew pictures of the Rawhead Rex images inside for art class (try explaining that to your art teacher) and generally wondered what kind of horror movie it was. Was it any good?  But for some reason, probably due to never actually finding the movie to rent anywhere, I have never watched it.

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