Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Repugnant Review: Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (2004) - Ted Nicolaou

Directed by Ted Nicolaou

Written by C. Courtney Joyner

Starring Corey Feldman, Vanessa Angel, Danielle Keaton

I'm actually surprised I haven't written an article about the Puppet Master films yet, but given Christmas and personal nostalgia for the holidays, Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys instantly came to mind. PMvsDT is considered the worst Puppet Master movie in its long line of films. I don't disagree with that, because it is pretty bad, but for me, it's one of those films that fall into the "so bad it's good" genre. I also have history with the film, and every time the holiday season comes around, I think of this movie.

December 18th, 2004: The SciFi channel premiered Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, a very silly Christmas horror film brought to you by none other than Charles Band, and his film company Full Moon Entertainment. I remember staying up late to watch it. The Puppet Master franchise is one of my favorites, and with Christmas around the corner, there was no way I was going to miss this. PMvsDT stars Corey Feldman as Robert Toulon, the great nephew of Andre Toulon. Robert, and his daughter, played by Danielle Keaton, revive the Puppets after they figure out Andre's old formula. A giant corporate toy company then wants to steal the formula, and with the Demonic Toys help, will unleash killer toys to all the children of the world on Christmas Day. The plot is incredibly similar to Halloween 3, but not executed all that well. The acting is completely wretched, especially Corey Feldman playing an older guy with incredibly fake grey hair. Nothing is as horrible as the actress who plays his daughter though. Where Corey Feldman over acts, or, over reacts in every scene he's in; She under acts, and doesn't react to anything. There's a scene in the movie I laugh at every time where his daughter sees that his lab on fire, and she lets out this monotone "Oh No" before extinguishing the fire. I'd honestly have wild and goofy acting in my films than stale, wooden acting. The special effects are really bad too. The movements on the Puppets were very jerky and stiff. It was almost as if the they just tied wires to the hands and head and twisted them around. Another hilarious bit of the film, is when the Puppets are given cyborg make overs. They look like little micro-budget Terminator villains.

As bad as it is, I enjoy it. I always get a little grin when I see Blade, Pinhead, Jester, and Six Shooter going around and causing mayhem. Puppet Master is a childhood franchise of mine, and it holds a lot of nostalgic value. So the way I view Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys is that, it may be shitty, but it's a very entertaining bad-movie. Between Corey Feldman's over-acting, the very goofy special effects, and the over-used plot, it's a laugh fest, and it's also a Christmas movie, which adds an even bigger camp factor to this movie. It's worth a watch, and whether you like it or hate it, there are some hilariously bad moments in this. If my 13 year old self can stay up to watch this turd fest, so can you. Let me know what you think, and have a great new year!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Repugnant Review: Jack Frost (1997) - Michael Cooney

Written and Directed by Michael Cooney

Starring Christopher Allport, Stephen Mendel, F. William Parker, Rob LaBelle, Shannon Elizabeth

I know what you're thinking... "Jack Frost? That really stupid and creepy Christmas movie starring the great Michael Keaton?". Well, there's no Michael Keaton in the feature, but it's actually a hell of a lot better than that piece of shit. Jack Frost is a Christmas slasher film that came out in 1997 (a year before the shitty kids film Jack Frost), written and directed by Michael Cooney. The movie is about serial killer Jack Frost, who turns into a murderous snow man after getting into an accident with a truck full of genetic waste. Jack Frost then sets out to kill the man who threw him in jail. For watching this for the first time, I really enjoyed it.

Jack Frost is in league with the Full Moon Feature films, and what I mean by that is Jack Frost is a cheesy, hokey low budget slasher based around something as innocent as a snowman. Much like Puppet Master, the concept is really funny, but it's actually entertaining and pretty brutal at times. There's one great kill scene in this where Jack Frost strangles an old woman with Christmas lights, shoves a glass ornament in her mouth and breaking it, and then smashing her face into a box of ornaments, with the glass pieces sticking out of her mouth and face. I thought it was great, and the film is just full of absurd and hilarious Christmas themed murders.

It's silly, campy, hokey, whatever you want to call it, BUT... it's entertaining. Jack Frost is a great holiday slasher with lots of blood and campiness to satisfy any Christmas loving horror fan, and this will be part of my holiday marathon for years to come. Another great thing about this film is the appearance of the gorgeous Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) in one of her first acting roles. Michael Cooney also wrote and directed a sequel which I was lucky to find on VHS at a local flea market, Jack Frost 2: The Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman (2000). I usually do a few holiday themed reviews but it's been a little hectic due to the holidays, but I have more one in me. Stay tuned, and let me know what you think about Jack Frost!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Repugnant Review: Infinite Santa 8000 (2013) - Michael Neel

Directed by Michael Neel

Written by Greg Ansin, Michael Neel

Starring Duane Bruce, Tara Henry, Michael Neel

In the year 8000, Santa Clause and his sidekick Martha, must survive in a post-apocalyptic world full of mutants, cyborgs, and a giant Easter bunny. This crudely animated film ranked pretty high on my list, just for the fact that I've never seen a lot of low budget animated features before, and how could I have passed up on a movie called INFINITE SANTA 8000. For the animation nerds, the visuals might turn you away, as this kind of reminds me of the cheap cartoons you would find on Newgrounds 10 years ago, but considering the fact that this is a low budget film, I was pretty impressed with the whole thing. I know making an independent film is hard, but I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to make an animated movie at a small budget. Major kudos the the director for putting all of that time into this (No Joke, this film is about 90 minutes long).

I really enjoyed the fact that, even though Santa slaughters mutants and other baddies in this movie, he's still the innocent and caring Santa we all know and love. He's truly a charming character, and you know he's killing for good. The character designs are very fun too. The evil doctor of the film, looked truly disgusting, and the blood and gore was fun to watch. My only issue is the fact that this might have worked better as an internet series (which it originally started as). Maybe it should of been cut into 10-15 minute segments, but the dedication to make an animated feature film still astounds me, so it's just a mere suggestion on my part.

All in all, it's not a bad flick. Maybe the animation isn't the best, but I've seen much much worse, and I honestly enjoyed what I saw here. It's silly, campy, and gory enough to be enjoyable. Another great thing is that you can watch this for FREE on Frightpix, and the Kings of Horror youtube channel. How fucking cool is that? I suggest you take a look for yourself, and let me know what you think. More Repugnant Holiday specials to come!

INFINITE SANTA OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Importance of Watching Exploitative Cinema

Since I've been a child, I've been obsessed with horror films. Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, you guys know the classics, but my whole life was turned upside down when I started getting into older grind-house and exploitation films. One of the first ones I ever watched was the infamous Salo, aka 120 Days of Sodom. I was shocked, disgusted, and I honestly didn't even know what to think of it. I felt absolutely numb by this film and it took me a couple days to re-watch it, just to figure out what the fuck I just saw. After my second viewing, I started to enjoy it, mostly for the fact that I was paying attention to the message that the film was trying to push into my skull, and now it's one of my favorite films. Salo was a film about fascism, and the abuse of power and corruption that fascist countries endured during World War 2, and by facing the horrendous imagery that Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salo throws at you, I was able to understand the message that film was conveying to its audience. These films are confrontational, and they make you think about certain disturbing topics by smashing your face in with intense dialogue and imagery. After getting into these films, I started to understand their message, and some of these helped me confront some extremely distressing topics and taboos that I really didn't understand at the time. Obviously there are a lot of ridiculous exploitation films out there, but here are some examples of confrontational cinema that delve into some serious topics.

One of my favorite films in this genre is Combat Shock,by Buddy Giovinazzo. A Vietnam veteran returns home after experiencing the horrors of war. He loves in the slums with his wife and sickly child, he can't find a job, and all of his veteran friends are dying in the streets. It's an incredibly disturbing and depressing look into how veterans were treated (and are still treated) by the country that was supposed to be there for him. You're confronted with the horrors of PTSD, and mental health plays a massive part in this film, with the main character losing more faith in society, and in himself through out the entirety of this film. It's absolutely realistic, and it just scares you into thinking about the dog shit that soldiers have to endure when they go to war, and when they come back. I was absolutely distressed by this, and it just makes you sad for this character. A perfect example of confrontational cinema within the exploitation genre.

Films like Lars Von Trier's Antichrist, Larry Clark's Kids, and even Lucio Fulci's The Devil's Honey. They all touch on subjects that make us uncomfortable. Issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, rape, child abuse, drugs, STD's, etc etc. Of course if some of these topics are incredibly troubling to you, work your way up. When you get to something you want to delve into, go for it, because I absolutely believe that these films are therapeutic in a way, and confronting certain topics and scenarios opens up some sort of thought spectrum that just keeps you thinking. I have my own personal issues and fears, and I just went to films to help cope through some of these problems. Maybe it can work for you, but these films are definitely not for everyone. It's just that sometimes being shocked to the core helps. Open up to exploitative cinema, and confront the bullshit that lingers inside of you.

Maybe I think too much. But hey, I love this shit.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Repugnant Review: ThanksKilling (2008) - Jordan Downey

You know, I've been reviewing some of the greatest films that the exploitation and horror genre has to offer, so this was a good switch up for me, since this movie is just awful. Let's talk about the disastrous Thanksgiving themed slasher flick, ThanksKilling.

ThanksKilling is about a group of teens on their way home from college for Thanksgiving, and on the way they are stalked by a killer turkey. Apparently, the turkey was resurrected by a Native American necromancer, and every 505 years the killer turkey comes back from the dead to murder white folk. It sounded pretty funny after reading into it, but honestly, I just really didn't enjoy this one. I thought it was just straight up bad. Some movies can be "so bad they're funny" but this is just bad. I know it wasn't supposed to be taken seriously, but this did not pull off this "self-aware bad movie" thing that it was going for. The puns were awful, the violence was boring, and the whole plot just didn't make sense. Half way through the movie I almost forgot what this was about. If you've read my blog before, you know I've seen some questionable films, but I've mostly enjoyed everything I've reviewed. It was only a matter of time before I saw something I didn't like, and ThanksKilling just happens to be one of them.

Maybe I'm being a little too harsh. I mean this film was made on a budget of $3,500, and based on that it's pretty impressive. The turkey puppet was pretty decent, so I'll give it that. Other than that, I wouldn't watch it again. For those who are interested I actually watched this for free on VUDU (with ads). The sequel, ThanksKilling 3 (yes, 3, there is no 2... THAT'S A JOKE, PEOPLE), is also free to watch on VUDU (with ads), but I don't plan on checking it out anytime soon. Maybe after a few shots of bourbon and couple bong hits.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Rock and Shock 2017 - Worcester, MA

So like I said in my previous review for FETUS, I went to Rock and Shock last weekend. My girlfriend and I went Saturday, and to our surprise, it wasn't really packed. Which honestly, was great for us. I'm a big awkward nerd, and being stuck in big crowds isn't my thing. This blog post is essentially my favorite highlights from this years Rock and Shock. The booths, the merch, the celebrities, and a neat little shorts panel I checked out. So lets get into the goods... here's my Rock and Shock experience.

Before we did anything, my girlfriend buy's a mug from Wild Bill's Soda, a company that makes soda the old fashioned way. The drinks were ridiculously good, but the best part was the fact that you could get free refills all day. Much better than spending $5 on a bottled water (I mean, it's unhealthy as fuck, but I'm a glutton anyway). After that we made turn to one of many lanes in the convention, and the first see is an amazing Lucio Fulci bobble head. I almost got one of these on Rotten Cotton last year, and considering these were a little cheaper than the RC ones, I had to get it. The first thing I see, it the first thing I buy. How compulsive is that? I got the bobble head from a both called "We <3 Michelle Bauer", and they also threw in a Michelle Bauer Scream Queens trading card, and the soundtrack to The Beyond. Too fucking cool, and a solid buy if I do say so myself.

Directly behind me, was the Troma booth. The only thing that really pisses me off about the Troma booth every year, is that Lloyd Kaufman is never here! What the fuck, Lloyd? But Troma convention guy Ron Mackay is a super nice guy, so I got over it. I picked up 5 movies from Troma (and I totally regret not getting that Toxic Avenger hot sauce). I picked up Pro-Wrestlers VS Zombies, something a friend and I have wanted to see for awhile, VHS Massacre, an amazing documentary on Cult films and the decline of physical media, Symphony in Blood Red, which is a giallo style film, Electric Apricot: The Quest for Festeroo, Les Claypool's directorial debut, and a compilation called From Asia With Lust, which featured 2 really sleazy japanese rape and revenge flicks (it was buy 4 get the 5th free so why not). I really wish I brought more money, but I was trying to be good, and one day I'll eventually have the money to buy ALL THE TROMA STUFF.

In the early afternoon my girlfriend wanted to check out a Short Film panel happening on the 3rd floor. It seemed pretty interesting, and there were a couple shorts that really stuck out for me. One was called The Root of All Evil, which was about a pagan Halloween tree that killed all those who disrespected Halloween tradition. The second one I can really remember was called Mannequin, a short slasher about a killer store Mannequin who kills retail associates at night. It was a fun little panel, and I was pretty impressed with the shorts I enjoyed. It kind of made me think about the local horror community, and the possibility of find people like this to help me on my future films. Definitely a great way to network with other filmmakers.

I remember following my girlfriend over to some Halloween bath bomb whatever booth, but passing buy, I caught a film called "FETUS" on this gore covered table. I walked right back around to check it out. I mean come on, it was called FETUS. The booth was a film company called Morbid Vision Films, and man at the helm of this incredible booth was Brian Paulin. I picked up FETUS and bought another one of his films called Blood Pigs, which he told me was voted "Goriest Film of 2010" by Rue Morgue Magazine. I could say no. Just take my money and let me whine about it later, I NEED FETUS AND BLOOD PIGS. After that I picked up a few posters; a couple Japanese Godzilla ones, a poster for the collector's edition of They Live, and Frankenhooker. Buy 2 get 2 free, which is pretty awesome for a con. Actually, this is one of the cheapest cons I've ever been too. Even some of the same collectibles I saw at Boston Comic Con that appeared at Rock and Shock (such as some of the Living Dead Dolls) were $20 to $30 dollars cheaper. The only really thing you'd be spending a lot of money on at Rock and Shock, was meeting the celebrities. Speaking on celebrities...

I only met two famous people at Rock and Shock this year, but they were the ones that counted the most in my opinion, and a lot of the other celebrities I've met at past Rock and Shocks, or other events. The first person I met was actress Barbara Magnolfi, from one of my favorite films ever made, Suspiria. She was honestly too great, and a very nice lady. She left a fun Olga quote, signed her lithograph, and took a photo. Meeting one of the greatest giallo actresses from one of my favorite films of all time was just a dream come true. The other actress I had to meet this year was the amazing Tiffany Shepis. I've talked about her countless times on this blog, and I could definitely rank her in my top favorite Scream Queens of all time. We was just as great as I thought she was. Very personable and loved to interact and chat with fans. We talked about Scarecrow (check out my old Scarecrow podcast!) and a few of her other films, such as Tromeo and Juliet, Night of the Demons, Sharknado 2, and Bonnie and Clyde VS Dracula. I'd definitely love to meet her again, and maybe do some kind of interview for The Repugnant Playhouse!

That was basically my day at Rock and Shock. I feel like I'm a direct kind of guy when it comes to cons. I search for the stuff I really like, and I don't dilly dally too much at booths. I was there for about 5 hours, which was more than enough time for me to look at everything. It was definitely a fun afternoon, and I had a blast meeting all the people I met. I truly hope cons like this never disappear, because conventions like Rock and Shock are the best for those true genre fans. It really caters to the blood hounds and gore fiends in us all, and I'll obviously be back again next year.

Repugnant Review: FETUS (2008) - Brian Paulin

So last week I went to Rock and Shock in Worcester, Mass; The biggest horror convention in Massachusetts. I had an awesome time spending an ass load of money on things I didn't need (Rock and Shock article coming soon) but I did need some new movies. I came across one booth in particular that had a really gross looking gory corpse on the table, Morbid Vision Films. One of the movies I saw on the table was called FETUS. Fucking FETUS, and the cover has a woman ripping a torso-less FETUS (get it?) out of her snatch! I had to get the this and watch it immediately. A couple days after the con I finally sat down, and watched. I was fucking floored.

So this film is a tribute to the ultra-violent splatter movies coming out of Japan during the 80's and 90's, very much like The Guinea Pig series and Naked Blood. As far as that goes, this movie nailed it. It's one of the most brutally violent movies I have ever checked out and it is just perfectly stylized with insane amounts or gore, and glorious practical special effects. The story of FETUS revolves around a man named Kevin (played by writer, director, and special effects guy, Brian Paulin), a grieving husband still suffering after the death of his wife, and his unborn child. Kevin does everything in his power to see his wife and child again, which results him buying a book on necromancy and brutally murdering innocent people to sacrifice them to a Demon that possesses him. There were many scenes in the film that made me wince and cringe, and I loved every second of it. I haven't seen a splatter movie as fun as this one in awhile, and I'll be going around and showing this to friends every chance I get. This shocker is quite the ball kicker, and I can't wait to check out the other Morbid Vision Film I bought, called BLOOD PIGS, which Rue Morgue Magazine declared "Goriest Film of 2010".

If you're into the splatter movies like the Guinea Pig series and the August Underground trilogy, then FETUS will satisfy your hunger for extreme blood and gore. I still can't get that finale out of my head. This film as one of the greatest endings in splatter history, and if you can make it through the 74 minutes of brutal gore and murder that FETUS has to offer, this is the movie for you. Actually, this isn't just a movie, It's a FUCKING MOVIE. I'll post the links for Morbid Vision Films, and the link to actually buy FETUS and some other damn fine splatter-pieces.

Go to the Morbid Vision site HERE and you can buy FETUS HERE

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rat God by Richard Corben (2015) - Dark Horse Comics

Richard Corben has been a mainstay in horror comics since the 1970's, with some of his earliest work being featured in Creepy, Vampirella, and Heavy Metal Magazine. A couple years ago, the Will Eisner Award Hall of Famer put out one of his creepiest stories yet. I happened to find all five issues of Rat God at Wonderland Comics, wrapped up in a bundle and sold at a discount. The books were in a "censor bag" as I like to call it, because there was a black box covering three fourths of the plastic bag. If they were hiding the cover, then it had to of been good. I got home, ripped off the plastic, and started to dig.

The cover to the first issue was an incredibly gross portrait of this old rat/human hybrid. The decaying inbred rat person is incredible, and Richard Corben's artwork is just so detailed and realistic that it just makes you feel uncomfortable looking at it. There is a lot of Lovecraftian elements in this story, including references to Miskatonic University in Arkham. It's also full of Native American lore, with the base of the story being about a ancient Native rat spirit. Clark Ellwood ventures through New England looking for a woman named Kito, a Native American woman he fell in love with at the University. He finally comes across the town of Lame Dog, Kito's hometown. Clark Ellwood soon finds himself in a town of deformed rat people, and a cult dedicated to the terrifying Rat God. The mix of Lovecraftian horror and Native American mythology is just perfect, and it almost feels like it could be part of the Lovecraft mythos because it just blends in so well to Lovecraft's original stories. The artwork is horrifying, and every panel didn't skip a beat in detail, and terror. It's honestly one of my new favorite horror stories now, and I'm so glad that this random buy at a little comic shop was worth it.

I think you can pick up back issues on the Dark Horse website, and I believe they put out a hardcover of all the issues in one nice package. This story was absolutely brilliant, and the Lovecraftian back-woods rat cult vibes got me all sorts of creeped out. I'll post a link to the Dark Horse page, and his personal page if you're interested in checking out more of his work. Let me know what you think!

Buy this comic here at Dark Horse Comics and visit Richcard Corben's website HERE

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Repugnant Review: Raw (2017) - Julia Ducournau

The French shocker, Raw, is one of the most talked about movies of 2016 (and released in 2017), and after I heard that people were fainting and getting medical attention after watching this, I just had to see it. Julia Ducournau's Raw is one of the craziest and most unnerving horror films I have seen in awhile. The film is about a young woman who starts her first year at a prestigious Veterinary school. After being hazed by the upper-classmen into getting covered in blood and forced to eat raw rabbit kidney, she begins to develop rashes and an intense hunger for raw meat.

This was honestly one of the best cannibal films I have seen in awhile. It's probably one of the most colorful, and well filmed horror film I've seen also. The color scheme and cinematography reminded me of films like Suspiria and The Shining; everything was just so intense and vibrant. The woman who played the lead role of Justine, Garance Marillier, was absolutely convincing. Her decline into madness and hunger chilled me to the bone, and left me with a sense of uncertainty just because you just never knew when she was going to snap. The sexual aspect of the film also made for some of the most unsettling moments in the movie. I mean, it makes sense when you think about it. There isn't really a more perverted away of killing them than trying to eat them during sex. The ending just slaps you in the face, and it's now up there as one of my favorite twists in horror movies ever.

I originally watched this on Netflix, but I liked it so much I picked it up a copy at Wal-Mart. I highly recommend this, and it's honestly one of the best films to show people who are looking for something a little bit more extreme. It's the perfect blend of scary/disturbing and I think anyone who loves good horror films in general, will enjoy this one too. So go out to your local Wal-Mart, or Amazon, or whatever, and buy this cannibal shocker. Definitely a great film to watch during this festive Halloween season!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Preview Review: Happy Death Day - In Theaters 10/13/17

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the title "Happy Death Day" was the song Dethklok wrote for Murderface on his birthday. But other than that... it looks stupid. A college student relives the day of her murder over and over again until she discovers the identity of her killer. Hasn't this scenario been played out dozens of times already to know that it hasn't really worked since Groundhogs Day? That what this reminds me of, like Groundhogs Day meets Camp Daze, and then MTV bought the rights to both films just so they could make a horribly trendy PG-13 horror film with a fuckin' bumpin' soundtrack that all of the kiddies will enjoy. I didn't have much hope in the film to begin with. These big budget PG-13 films are a complete disaster (most of the time, not all of the time. Insidious for example is a great PG-13 horror film) and considering the director of the film, Christopher Landon, who also wrote and directed such films as Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, I think this is going to be one huge stinker. I'll give him one point though, cause he did write Disturbia and I definitely enjoyed that when it came out.

Obviously these are opinion based and if you think this is going to a good film, then great, that's awesome. If this movie comes out and it's a hell of a lot better than I thought it was going to be, great, good for the people who worked on it. I got a couple more of these 'Preview Reviews' coming up in the future, so keep a look out. What are your thoughts? Let me know!

Repugnant Review: Hanna D, The Girl From Vondel Park (1984) - Axel Burger

What's up you Repugnant motherfuckers, enjoying the fall already? Whats a better way to ring in October than watching some sleazy, trashy, and depraved cinema. I found one you sickos might enjoy, and it's called "Hanna D, The Girl From Vondel Park, directed by sleaze maestro Axel Burger (real name Rino DiSilvestro) and according to the DVD box, this film was saved from a bankruptcy auction in Rome. Thank fuck this film was found, because Severin Films took this nearly forgotten movie and restored it for our viewing pleasure. Hanna D is a brutal exploitation film following the torment of a young girl after she becomes a prostitute to support her drunken mother. This is what I call "An Extreme Morality Tale", because it really reminded me of those anti-drug films from the 30's and 40's. Like "Reefer Madness" or "Marihuana", but on bath salts.

The first thing I found particularly distressing right off the bat was that you didn't know how old Hanna was. The actress who played Hanna, Ann Gisel Glass, looked like she could of been 16, or 17, and seeing someone so sweet and innocent shoot up dope and fuck guys for money, it makes you squirm a bit. There are also very cringe-worthy scenes of drug use through out the entire film. It's almost too realistic, and considering how gritty the film was to begin with I wouldn't doubt a single moment that the filmmaker of this film cast real junkies and whores for this movie. It's a very brutal portrayal of a sweet soul cast out on the street, but it's also one of the most honest I feel. There are some pretty over the top moments in this film, but the story itself is fairly believable. There was one scene in particular though, that really made me jump and chuckle "Holy Fuck!", and I just can't ruin it for you, but it does involve a hookers asshole and a vial of dope... use your imagination.

I really enjoyed the cinematography in Hanna D. It just had some of those gorgeous "giallo" shots and angles that really caught my eye. The acting, as far as most sleaze pictures I've seen, was among the best I have seen. Ann Gisel Glass portrayed Hanna D beautifully, and Karin Schubert as her drunken mother was nearly perfect. I honestly felt bad for these characters, and what's better than actually getting into a film as nasty as this one. The exploitation elements just smack you in the face, but it's lined with some pretty deep drama, great acting, and fantastic cinematography. A great shocker overall and definitely one of my favorite exploitation films now. Like I mentioned before, you can pick up this film at Severin Films (I'll post a link below), and if you're interested, pick it up!

BUY THIS MOVIE AT THE SEVERIN FILMS WEBSITE

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Repugnant Review: The Sinful Dwarf (1974) - Vidal Raski

Howdy Folks, and welcome back to a new installment of the Repugnant Review. Today, I watched the almost forgotten sleazy "dwarfsploitation" flick, The Sinful Dwarf. Directed by Vidal Raski (real name Eduardo Fuller) this film was almost lost in a janitors closet at the Danish Film Institute, and thanks to the great people at Severin Films, I was able to get a nice restored version of this from their incredible library. The plot centers around a maniacal dwarf (Torben Bille) and his drunken mother (Clara Keller) as they run a shanty hotel, and kidnap the women who stay there to turn them into heroin addicted sex slaves. A young couple moves into their house, and the diabolical duo take a liking to the sweet, blonde, and beautiful Mary (Anne Sparrows), hoping to add her to their collection of doped up prostitutes. It's silly, demented, and depraved, but you know what... it's not half bad.

I really thought I wasn't going to like this at all. I figured it was going to be too goofy; just a small person who looks like a shrunken Jack Black torture and murder gorgeous women. Oddly enough, The Sinful Dwarf has a fairly decent plot. The acting was pretty above average for this kind of film, and the woman who played the dwarf's mother was pretty funny. She kind of reminded me of a cracked out Cruella DeVille. Torben Bille who played Olaf the Dwarf was pretty fun to watch as well, with him being equal parts creepy and silly as the same time.

I didn't think I was going to say this at first, but I definitely recommend this. It's absolutely demented and sleazy, and I enjoyed just about every minute of it. You filth mongers would get a total kick out of this, especially if you're into whacky exploitation films that teeter on the exploitation/porn spectrum. This was rated X after all. If you're interested in picking this up, check out the Severin Films link on the right hand column (with other amazing distributers) labeled "THE GOODS". Buy it, watch it, and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Repugnant Review: The Sister of Ursula (1978) - Enzo Milioni

The Sister of Ursula, written and directed by Enzo Milioni, might just be one of the sleaziest giallo films I have ever seen in my life. Barbara Magnolfi (Suspiria) and Stefania D'Amario (Zombie) star as two Austrian sisters looking for their mother who abandoned them as children. After the death of their father, they were left with some money and booked into a hotel on the Amalfi coast in Italy, hoping to share the inheritance once they find their mother. Ursula (played by Magnolfi) seemed to be the most affected by her fathers death, and after booking into the hotel, she starts to have very violent visions of the lustful women staying at the hotel being brutally murdered. Her visions become real after many women from the hotel are brutally murdered by a mad man, and what makes this very nasty is the weapon used in the murders... a giant wooden dildo.

It seemed very common in the later years of the giallo genre to have a ton of nudity and explicit sex scenes, and The Sister of Ursula is what I might consider the holy grail of Italian sexploitation. The sex scenes almost stepped into porno territory, with in-your-face full frontal nudity, and a rainbow of different fetishes being explored. Ass eating, oral sex, masturbation, lesbianism, and sexy Italian women being murdered with a giant wooden dildo, it's every perverts dream. Sadly, these are the most enjoyable parts of the film, because the actual story line is quite dull, and I forgot what the hell was going on a couple times while I was watching this. You'd be watching scenes of long drawn out dialogue, and then BAM! Gratuitous sex scene for several minutes, up close bush shots, and a gruesome murder. Barbara Magnolfi and Stefania D'Amario were very fun to watch though, especially Magnolfi, who goes absolutely bat shit insane towards the end and I fucking loved every second of it.

This is giallo at it's sleaziest, and if you're looking for something purely dirty with lack of any interesting story, you should check it out. I'm not saying it's terrible, but if you're expecting something like Suspiria or A Bay of Blood, you'll be pretty disappointed. It's borderline giallo, but I'd definitely call it straight up sexploitation. If you like blood, bush, and titties over story line, then this is the flick for you, you damn pervert. I got this film in the Euro-Sleaze collection from Severin Films, along with The Sinful Dwarf and Hanna D, so expect future movie reviews with gratuitous sex and violence (and soon, dwarfsploitation!)

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Repugnant Review: Gestapo's Last Orgy (1977) - Cesare Canevari

Welcome back folks. I was going through a pile of things I needed to watch, and at the bottom, was Gestapo's Last Orgy. The 1977 Italian Nazisploitation flick directed and co-written by Cesare Canevari is top tier trash. Considering the film also goes by "Last Orgy of the 3rd Reich" and "Caligula Reincarnated as Hitler", I knew I was in for it. Infanticide, cannibalism, torture, rape, immolation, and a huge dose of anti-semitism, this is pretty much the ultimate Nazisploitation flick on the market, and if you're into Italian shockers like 120 Days of Sodom or Canadian Nazisploitation classic Ilsa, She Wold of the SS, then you will most certainly enjoy this.

I think one of my favorite things about giallo, or Italian exploitation/sexploitation films, is no matter how shocking or outrageous the film is, it is always filmed beautifully and edited perfectly. The material coming out of this film is absolutely mind blowing, with some of the most shocking scenes I have ever witnessed. One scene involved Nazi officers eating a stew consisting the flesh of Jewish infants, and when one of the Jewish women passes out as they eat, they cover her with liquor and set her on fire... and then they eat her. This scene is actually still banned in the UK versions of the films, and rightfully so. I really enjoyed the cast in this one, especially Daniela Poggi who played Lise Cohen, an unbreakable Jewish woman who will not give in to the Nazi's torture. Adriano Micantoni who played Commandant Conrad von Starker was pretty awesome as well; an absolute bastard and enjoyable villain.

This movie had a great mix of disturbing content and heavy drama. It was almost on the line of being an actual Nazi-era war drama, but due to the extreme content it's considered a Nazisploitation flick. It really is a great film, and if you're into these kind of films, definitely check it out. This film will appease any euro-trash maniac and filth monger. You can pick this movie up from the great Severin Films, and if you're cool enough, you'll spend the few bucks to pick up Gestapo's Last Orgy and few other films from them. I'll post the links below and let me know what you think of the film!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Repugnant Review: Carver (2008) - Franklin Guerrero Jr.

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU HAVE A GROUP OF COLLEGE KIDS BEING TRACKED DOWN BY AN OBESE HILLBILLY?.. Um, I'm not sure. I could probably name a dozen films with that same premise, but CARVER stands out for me. The slasher flick written and directed by Franklin Guerrero Jr is what I would consider the best hillbilly splatter flick. I actually saw this movie way back in High School with a buddy of mine, and since then it has always stuck with me. I mean, it's not the greatest horror film of all time, it definitely has it's issues, but it's just a fun movie. I'm always a sucker for extreme blood splatter and gory special effects, and Carver really hits hard when it comes to the gruesome imagery.

As I said, it definitely has its issues. The cast in particular is pretty bland, and even the killer himself is pretty boring. He's your typical fat redneck in a mask kind of deal, and the cast is made of the handsome dude, the whiny hero, the obnoxious couple, and the troubled female character. Sound familiar right? I don't want to sound to rough though. This is definitely a low budget splatter flick and I'm assuming they spent most of the budget on the gore and effects... definitely not getting the greatest actors. Speaking of gore, Carver follows through with the blood. There are so many memorable deaths in this, and they're killed in the most brutal fashions. One of the kills reminds me of this not so obviously titled song, "Hammer Smashed Face" by Cannibal Corpse. Absolutely gruesome, and very very fun.

The story itself is pretty run-of-the-mill. College buddies on break, and attempting to camp in backwoods hillbilly territory. They add a pretty cool concept into the mix, where the rotund killer films his own little movies, and names his little snuff flicks corny slasher names. Other than that, it's still a decent horror film, and a very fun and entertaining slasher flick. I highly recommend this to all of the gore-hounds out there, especially for those who love outrageous effects. Blood, gore, rednecks, and torture... how can you not enjoy that? I have the Unrated: Grisly Edition, which has some of the nastiest scenes I've ever seen (for those who are testicle sensitive, beware), and I don't think an actual rated version exists. Rated versions suck ass anyway, always go for the unrated cuts, especially when they are labeled with "Grisly" in the title. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Repugnant Review: Thanatomorphose (2012) - Éric Falardeau

I don't think I should of eaten before watching this...

Hey there everyone, welcome back to the Repugnant Playhouse and tonight I got another disgusting film to introduce to you too. I had just finished watching the 2012 gross out horror film Thanatomorphose, a nasty flick about a woman who wakes up one day to find out that she is slowly rotting. It's a pretty interesting concept, and I could only imagine the possibilities that would come out of the content of the film story wise, and especially the special effects. Although incredibly gross, and this is coming from a person who has witnessed some disgusting things, this film was pretty damn great.

First off, I have to give some praise to actress Kayden Rose (Laura). Talk about an insane roll, which mostly included her being completely naked through out the film, and slowly being caked in some of the most gruesome gore make up I have ever seen. The progression of the wounds were just perfect, with the character Laura finding small bruises on her body after sleeping one night, and seeing them just get bigger, darker, and eventually we start to see the inevitable rot. It was glorious, and absolutely disgusting. This movie just had an incredible SFX team, and it really showed, and you almost don't see that style of realistic gore anymore, and actually, you know what this film almost reminds me of? Nekromantik and The Death King.

I mean, it has a lot of those Jorg Buttgereit elements. A fairly low budget artsy horror film with a deep theme of Death and Decay, incredibly great special effects and visuals, lack of dialogue with the characters actions and camera really telling you the story... it's like mixing the hyper-sexual elements of Nekromantik with The Death King's theme and visuals of death and the mental anguish of slowly dying. What's great is that Thanatomorphose completely stands on its own, both content wise and visually. Dark, gritty, gross, disturbing, and done very well I have to say. It's been awhile since I've seen a movie that really got to me like, not really in a "gross out" kind of way, but it was just incredibly compelling, and I very much enjoyed watching it.

I definitely recommend this. If you're easily grossed out by extreme gore, blood, and other bodily fluids, just don't even bother. It's an aquired taste for sure, and this is a pretty extreme film. Speaking of taste... I really don't recommend eating before or during Thanatomorphose... just don't... or do it, I don't care. Just don't go crying to me when you choose this movie to watch during date night with your gf/bf and you suddenly upchuck on your partner.

Monday, July 17, 2017

In Memoriam: George A. Romero, Godfather of the Dead

On July 16th 2017, we lost a filmmaking legend. The Father of the Zombie Film passed away in his sleep after his brief fight with lung cancer, and since then social media has been flooded with passionate tributes to the film legend. I was honestly shocked, and deeply saddened by this loss. It really hit home, considering the first horror films I've ever seen were Night of the Living Dead, and Dawn of the Dead. Even now I'm sitting here typing this with a grimace on my face, watching The Dark Half, one of a few of George Romero's collaborations with the brilliant horror author Stephen King. Romero's films were way ahead of their time, tackling some of the biggest issues at the time, especially with his film Night of the Living Dead; a film that had an African American in a lead role (Duane Jones), which was very controversial at the time with the Civil Rights movement at it's strongest, and scariest point in time.

George Romero knew how to get reactions out of people, not only with blood and gore, but just his satirization of the world around him. He poked fun at the absurd bullshit going on in the U.S. whether it be racism, consumerism, war, and the tyranny within out own selves. He showed us that we could all become these creatures; Soul-less monsters who want nothing to do than destroy and consume. His work was deeper than most, and we will always remember the impact he left on not only the horror community, but the world of filmmaking.

Fans, let us remember the Legend by what we do best, by putting our collections together, and having a lengthy marathon spanning his career. I'm actually doing that right now as I type this, and you should to. Start with Night of the living Dead, and up. Let us praise his work, and remember the great times we had watching them when we first watched them for the first time. And if you know someone who hasn't seen any of his work, share it with them. Spread the Gospel of the Dead and the incredibly work that George Romero has given us over the past 50 years.

Rest in Peace, George A. Romero. The world will never be the same without you.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Repugnant Review: SCHRAMM (1993) - Jörg Buttgereit

demanding full time job, but I've been aching to come back and review some more films. What could seriously be any better than ringing in the new REPUGNANT PLAYHOUSE than an incredibly depraved yet beautifully shot slasher shocker by the same guy who brought us the disgusting duo of necrophile flicks, Necromantik 1 and 2. Schramm is the last directorial feature of Jorg Buttgereit, and it is just as brutal and surreal as his other films.

Schramm tells the story of a murderous cab driver, who has recently gotten into an accident in what appears to be his apartment. As he dies, memories of his foul past begin to flash back to him, and then we witness the horrible and disgusting acts he does upon people he has murdered, and himself. Like Jorg's other films, the blood and gore special effects are incredibly well done, and when you mix that with incredible 16mm camera work, Schramm makes for a very brutal, yet artsy feature. There were some moments that genuinely made me wince, especially the scene involving a hammer, some nails, and the tip of a penis... uhggg. This is a great movie, and maybe even a great movie to begin with when it comes to brutal horror films like this. It's gory and disgusting, but also interesting, and incredibly well made. If there is one thing that Jorg Buttgereit has always done, it's make a brutal shocker like this, and turn it into a gorgeous piece of art.

I definitely recommend this, but only if you're into extreme depictions of murder and torture. Man is it gruesome, but it's a very fun watch, and at 65 minutes, what do you have to lose? I'm not sure if there is any streaming devices carrying this film, but I bought the Blu-Ray from CULT EPICS, and it comes with a ton of extras including the making of the film, the soundtrack, and Jorg Buttgereit's earlier short films. Pick it up today! Links to the CULT EPICS website will be posted below. Enjoy!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Repugnant Review: Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991) - Lam Nai-Choi

The notorious Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky is widely known as one of the goriest martial arts movies ever made. With a story about an indestructable man bent on fixing the system from inside prison walls, this film takes the campy splatter genre and blends it perfectly with the kung fu film. Riki-Oh was originally a manga series by Masahiko Takajo and Tetsuya Saruwatari, a 12 volume series that ran from 1988 to 1990. When the time came to adapt the extremely violent manga to film, Lam Nai-Choi came to helm the project as writer and director. I think the film stayed true to the original story, with only one minor change regarding the focal point of Ricky's revenge. In the manga, he enacts revenge on the Yakuza after they killed a child who befriended him. In the film, it was changed to his girlfriend. Everything else is pretty much the same, making this film a great manga to film adaptation.

So Riki-Oh is blessed with the power of inhuman strength. He can literally punch holes through people, and any other object. There's even a really gross scene in which Ricky ties his arm tendon back together during a huge fight scene. Holy shit, they weren't kidding about the violence in this flick. This movie is definitely up there with Dead Alive and Evil Dead 2 as one of the goriest movies I've ever seen. Some may consider this to be incredibly campy, and it is. What low budget gore flick isn't, really. The english dub is hilarious, so luckily I found the subtitled version on Youtube. Honestly, as silly and over the top this film was, I really enjoyed it, especially as a corny kung fu movie. The added gore and gross out effects was just an added bonus. The fight scenes were also incredibly badass, and choreographed very well, making it a very entertaining watch for any kung fu fan.

You know, I rarely do this, but I did find it on youtube for free. I like to make a habit of buying these movies and reviewing them, but this has been on my list for years, and I just had to watch it. And guess what, I'm glad i did, and now I'm definitely going to buy a copy of this flick. If your a fan of over the top, balls out kung fu action mixed with buckets of blood and gore, then you'll definitely get a kick out of this... See what I did there...

I hate myself.

SUBS, OR DUBS, BRAH

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Korgoth of Barbaria (2006) The Adult Swim Pilot That Never Was - Aaron Springer

If you were a slacker teen like me, you spent countless school night staying up till 3am watching some of the best cartoons Adult Swim had at the time. Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, Mission Hill, etc etc, but remember that really fucking awesome cartoon about a brutal, axe wielding Barbarian? No? Well that's because it was only that one episode, a pilot to a cartoon that never was. Over the years, Korgoth of Barbaria has been gaining a huge following, and petitions come out every year asking for a revival. At the time of it's release, it was understood to come out as a full series on Adult Swim, but due to the show being pretty expensive to make, it was never given the go.

Korgoth was absolutely badass. It was animated perfectly, and incredibly detailed (I guess this is where the "expensive" term comes into play). Everything was so smooth and fun to look at, and we can all thank Aaron Springer (Dexter's Laboratory, Spongebob Squarepants, Samurai Jack) for this, the same guy I wrote about a couple weeks ago when I saw his college film Special the Cat: Baby's New Formula. I should also mention the incredibly tight cast of voice actors on this pilot, including Diedrich Bader, Corey Burton, Craig T. Raisner, John DiMaggio, and Tom Kenny. It would be great to see this cartoon come to light again, considering the slew of super violent content and overly weird content on Adult Swim right now, or even a small streaming platform. Either way, you can actually watch the pilot in full right here on youtube, for free. Let me know what you think, and keep bugging adult swim about it.