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.

Repugnant Review: Darkness (1993) - Leif Jonker

This film has been highly regarded amongst underground horror fans since its creation. In 1993, Leif Jonker released the splatter classic, DARKNESS. A story about a group of teens who are stalked by Vampires after attending a concert. The plot seems very thin, as far as the jist of the synopsis I gave you, but what happens in between is what this movie so fucking fun. This movie has some of the greatest gross out splatter effects I've seen, and considering this movie was made on a budget of $5000, it makes the film as whole much more impressive. It's pretty rare when you find a movie this entertaining made on such a small budget, and I honestly need to find more of these "zero budget" horror films. All of these great low budget filmmakers seem to make the best of what they got, and Darkness should be face of that statement.

It's no wonder this movie got a cult following amongst gore hounds... The effects are absolutely badass. Supremely gory and disgusting, with several gross out head explosion scenes, and brutal scenes of dismemberment. The budget still astounds me, considering this movie has great effects and set ups. It was incredible to watch, and I plan on watching it again this week. I know this review is a little short, but I really don't have much more to say, other than this movie is an absolute blast, and any gore hound would go nuts for something like this. Honestly, find a copy, and watch it. You won't regret it.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Repugnant Review: A Dirty Shame (2004) - John Waters

Another list buy from good old Jelly's. I've seen all of John Water's films up to this point, minus this gem. Supposedly the Netflix version was cut, so I said "fuck that", went out, and spent $12 on a USED copy. That's dedication, because I had no idea if it was going to suck or not. I've seen mixed reviews everywhere, but coming from someone who loves such films PINK FLAMINGOS and well, ALL OF JOHN WATERS OTHER MOVIES (Cecil B. Demented... not so much). What seems like a stream of softer mainstream successes, this really looks like John Waters going back to his earlier, much more filthier work. Great cast from what I see, Tracey Ullman, Selma Blair, Chris Isaak, Johnny Knoxville (not so great). I was pretty damn excited, and you know what I got? A decent laugh. I liked it.

When I say I liked it, I mean "I liked it". It's not outrageously hilarious, but it was funny, and there were a lot of raunchy moments that had me giggling like a dork. The film is mostly based around Sylvia Stickles (Tracey Ullman), an uptight prude mother who, after heading her head, becomes a full blown sex addict, and opens up to the towns most depraved citizens. All of the humor and just feeling of the movie seemed a bit dated, as if John was actually filming a big budget movie back in the 60's with the same people, but tamed down a bit. It's a bit silly, over being raunchy and chocking. I don't hate it, but it kind of felt like a half assed version of one of his earlier films. I found most of the minor characters to be the most hilarious, like the "Bear Family", a group of hairy gay guys who live next door, "Fat Fuck Frank" who is obsessed with Sylvia's daughter, Caprice, aka Ursula Utters (Selma Blair), it was just a perfect hodgepodge of great characters, which John Waters seems to nail every time with his movies.

It's a pretty fun film, and if you're into silly and raunchy comedies, I think you'll get a kick out of it. I'm not too sure about the NC-17 rating though, because I've definitely seen worse with a lesser rating. If you want to get to know more of John Waters earlier work I highly suggest Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble. Amazing pieces of filthy greatness. This most certainly won't be the last of John Waters on this blog. Stay Tuned!

Repugnant Review: Bully (2001) - Larry Clark

Ahhh yes... the infamous Larry Clark, director of the uncomfortable portrait on teen life in New York City, Kids. Six years later, he hits again with Bully, a movie about a group of wayward teens who plot to kill their tormentor. Probably not as sexually graphic as Kids, but it doesn't make the subject matter any less disturbing. The most uncomfortable part of the movie, is the fact that it is based on an actual real life crime, and it's pretty damn accurate too.

Bully is based on the murder of Bobby Kent. On July 14th, 1993, Bobby Kent was murdered by seven people, including his best friend Joseph "Marty" Puccio Jr. Everything in this movie was accurate to what I read about the crime, even down to the gory details of how Bobby was stabbed, beaten with a bat, and had his throat sliced. I would of felt bad if it was just that, an innocent person murdered by his friends, but this movie painted quite the picture of Bobby Kent. Bobby was a grade A piece of shit. He abused his friend, Marty, constantly, fucked his girlfriend, raped her friend, and even tried peddling homemade gay porn to local smut shops. I'm not saying he deserved it, but I really don't feel bad either.

With an amazing cast, including the late and great Brad Renfro (Marty) and Nick Stahl (Bobby), this movie is need to be seen. Larry Clark hits us with his gritty and realistic style, adding even more heartfelt and shocking drama to this already sad real life occurrence. The acting was phenomenal, and the cinematography was absolutely gorgeous. I bought this movie for just a few bucks on Amazon, so buy it, rent it, and tell me what you think. There's plenty more of Larry Clark coming up on The Repugnant Playhouse!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Repugnant Review: Bad Lieutenant (1992) - Abel Ferrara

Bad Lieutenant tells the story of a man who has a horrible drug addiction, terrible gambling problem, and uses his position of power to lie, cheat, and steal through his dread filled downward spiral called "life". Harvey Keitel's character, who just goes by "Lieutenant", is such a devastatingly powerful piece of shit, and what makes him greater is the fact that he knows he's a massive piece of shit. It's almost inhuman, and I don't think I've seen a character portrayed this way since Ray Liotta in Goodfellas. It isn't until a nun is raped, the Lieutenant visits her in the hospital. She knows the men who raped her, but she won't give him their names, because she forgives him. Being absolutely thrown off by how strong and forgiving she has become, he wonders now if he too will someday find salvation. Some peace at last.

This movie has me clutching my chair for the entire 96 minutes it was on. I've never seen any film that catalogs a persons descent into insanity quite like this film did. It shocked me in all of the best ways. Harvey Keitel's performance in one of the most honest portrayals I've ever seen in my life, and I give him a standing ovation. This was much more than a typical crime story, or a cop story... it was just about one man, and whether or not he would finally break out of his shitty life, and finally find peace with himself. Absolutely powerful. I was incredibly impressed with everything about this film.

Bad Lieutenant is an amazing piece of work. It's gritty and exploitative without being too dirty or mean, and I can't praise Harvey Keitel's performance even more than I have already. I highly suggest this film to anyone who loves film, in general, because I can honestly say that this movie is one of the greatest films of the 20th century. Just incredible.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Special The Pussycat: Baby's new Formula (1997) (rare pencil test) - Aaron Springer

On my quest for more underground animation, I stumbled upon Special the Pussycat. This fucked up little short was created by Aaron Springer, who happens to be the storyboard director and writer for Spongebob Squarepants, and has worked with some of the greatest animators in the biz. He has also worked on some other notable cartoons such as Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, and the cult Adult Swim pilot, Korgoth of Barbaria. I love seeing other peoples college work, and even though this short is weird and perverted as all fuck, he has worked on some of my favorite childhood cartoons. We've all got a twisted sense of humor, and if you're as twisted as I, you might enjoy this as much as I did.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Censorship v.s. Political Correctness: The War on Independent Film

I recently had quite the battle of words recently, which resulted in myself becoming even more aggravated and dumbfounded at the ignorance of others regarding what is suitable in Film. The argument was over a very recent film coming out, Split, an M. Night Shyamalan film starring James McAvoy, and the reason over the argument was over the fact that the movies main character, suffered from DID (Dissociative identity disorder), and if Hollywood was exploiting this and making this specific "dangerous" in the eyes of the public. I disagreed, mostly on the fact, with common sense, that "It's only a movie". I understand that the subject matter may be a bit touchy to those who can't think clearly, blinded by their out of control emotions, but to think you can go out and protest or boycott something in a film that makes you feel uncomfortable was just ridiculous to me. I tried getting answers from these people, but I was left with insults, and even mocked after I tried to explain to them that I also suffered from a mental disorder, Bipolar disorder.

Who gives anyone the right to censor anyones Art, just based on the fact that it makes you feel "uncomfortable". Isn't that what Art is supposed to do? Challenge us? Make us think? Bring us to logical explanations as to what the Artist was trying to convey? In recent years, as I've been getting deeper and deeper into the pits of underground and independent films, and I see more and more of these kind of people trying to censor or even ban these films from being scene from the public. I believe censoring someones work of art based on touchy subjects, only makes the public more ignorant to the subject at hand. If we were to ban a movie like Split, I think that would only stigmatize the disease itself, shying away from what that disorder can do at an extreme level. Did I also mention that this movie is based on a true story? Billy Milligan was the first man to person diagnosed with multiple personality disorder to raise such a defense, and the first acquitted of a major crime by this reason, instead spending a decade in mental hospitals. Just because this one man committed a heinous act, because of his mental disorder, why should we just toss it under the rug and forgot what happened? Censorship is one way of keeping the public ignorant to subjects at hand. In a theater full of 500 people watching a brutal horror film, 5 people will become enraged, and do everything in their power to end that film as soon as possible. That's the mentality I absolutely despise... People who can't control their emotions, and punish those who just want to be entertained.

Both sides are guilty of this, whether it's the Liberal left or Conservative right, both are guilty of trying to censor and ban anything they deem unsafe to the public eye. Coming from the millenial generation, and even being associated with them, makes me sick to me stomach. We lost any sort of backbone we had, and now we have "safe spaces" for people who do not want to learn hard truths in today's society. I know the world sucks, but why take it out on someones zero budget horror film? Aren't there people in Aleppo being bombed everyday? Children starving on the streets? People being slaughtered in the Middle East because they don't practice that regions fundamentalist faith?.. You're really going to take time out of your day to bash a film you haven't seen yet, because you felt the need to be offended by something you can't even relate to. If I had a dollar for every time by mental disorder was satirized, or used as a cause for someone going insane, do I go off the deep end and try to ban material that's offensive to people with Bipolar? NO. I'm comfortable enough to know myself, and that most people suffering with my disorder are good people. If anything, it makes me think about the persons Art at hand... maybe that same filmmaker suffers from the same disorder... if he doesn't... who cares.

If there is one thing I'd like to say to my fellow Millenials is that... you're not special. Millions of people are effected by millions of diseases, disorders, and disabilities, and the majority of them do not go out of their way to punish those exploiting, or bringing a harsh light to those subject matters. You can either sit on tumblr and bash away at your keyboard, calling everyone you disagree with a piece of shit, but at the end of the day, you're no better than most of the people in the world. You preach ignorance, and you deserve nothing. Leave Art to the openminded, and shitty millenial meme's to the ones who know nothing of the world.

- Jake

p.s. I'll never stop sharing this video. John Cleese nails it.

Repugnant Review: Ebola Syndrome (1996) - Herman Yau

With all of the terror the media caused on our supposed Ebola outbreak last year, splatter and exploitation fans steered me into the direction of the outrageous black comedy, Ebola Syndrome. Directed by Herman Yau, Ebola Syndrome follows the story of Kai (Anthony Chau-Sang Wong) on the run from the Chinese government after murdering his boss, and his boss's wife. He settles in a small South African town working as a cook, and one day after trying to buy pigs from local tribes people, his truck breaks down. While his companion tries to fix it, Kai takes off, and stumbles upon a dying South African woman. Being the vile piece of shit he is, he rapes her, and unknowingly contracts the Ebola virus. This ridiculous story doesn't stop there, as Kai is immune to the effects, making him a walking disease. He spreads his virus to everyone at the restaurant, and since he's on this Ebola kick, he goes back to China to wreak more havoc.

What a truly bizarre movie. A man immune to the effects of Ebola, spreads Ebola to everyone he sees, and that's it. There is a small subplot towards the end where he meets up with an old flame and his supposed daughter, be it doesn't really end well. The ending is just Kai being chased by the police, as he cuts himself and spits blood at them. If this was to happen today, there would be an all out fear campaign. If there was even a chance of anyone surviving Ebola, and becoming immune to its effects, I would honestly be a little freaked out. As brutal and gross as this movie gets, it consists of a comedic background. One scene shocks you, and a few seconds later, the film makes you giggle. Some scenes are definitely there to just gross you out, with out any clear context to the story, but it's easy to look over, mostly due to the fact that the whole movie is fucking goofy to begin with.

I can't say I was the biggest fan of this movie. It was just a mish-mash of genre mixing at uneven paces. It's possible to have a gross-out comedy film, as John Waters and Lloyd Kaufman have proven time and time again, but Ebola Syndrome just went to such extremes, that it almost took away from anything that was remotely silly. I did giggle at a few parts, but most of the time, I would be asking myself... what the fuck? It's not horrible, but it's not the great either. If you're into bloody, gross out comedies, give it a shot. I found the whole film on Youtube for free, so no need to spend your hard earned money on this Ebola infested pile of poo. Let me know what you think!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Repugnant Review: The Machine Girl (2008) - Noboru Iguchi

HALF WOMAN, HALF MACHINE, The Machine Girl is an action packed revenge thriller full of stylized violence and bloodshed. This wild Japanese film was written and directed by Noboru Iguchi, who is known to put out very funky, violent material (Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead, Mutant Girls Squad, RoboGeisha), and The Machine Girl is definitely no exception. The story follows Ami (Minase Yashiro), a young woman seeking revenge for the death of her brother after the Yakuza Boss' son beats him, and pushes him off of a building. She comes close to killing the boy, but is over powered by the Yakuza, and eventually gets her arm cut off as punishment. She escapes and takes refuge with a couple mechanics, who build her a machine gun arm. Miki (Asami), joins Ami in her revenge plot, as she also lost a brother to the Yakuza. With Ami's machine gun arm, and Miki's chainsaw, a path of blood and gore is left behind them as the try to find, and kill the ones that wronged them.

I bought this a few months ago and it took just as long for me to watch it. It was a random buy, and I'm pretty glad I spent the $12 on it. The Machine Girl was a fun movie, with lots of silly, over the top violence a la "Tokyo Gore Police" (although not as visually disturbing or weird). The story was pretty solid, but I'm a little biased towards revenge films. Does it have the same tropes that most Japanese revenge stories have? Absolutely, but throw in a girl with a machine gun arm, and a ton of blood... BAM, you got yourself an entertaining movie. I watched the english dub, which I almost never do just because it sounds funny to me, but the movie was already over the top, so the hilarious delivery of every line honestly made the film a little better. There's one scene in general that made me laugh where the Yakuza boss is watching Ami beat the shit out of his men, and all he says is "SHE IS EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD!". The emphasis on "exceptionally good" just killed me, what an absolute corn ball.

I enjoyed this movie. If you ever watched Tokyo Gore Police, I think you might enjoy this too. It's over the top, silly, cheesy, Japanese goodness, and if you ever find a copy of this movie cheap, pick it up. Call some buddies up, get a little toasty, and get yourself hyped on gore, and laugh your way through that hilarious dub. Enjoy!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Repugnant Review: Doctor Butcher M.D./Zombie Holocaust (1980) - Marino Girolami

Hello there, my fellow repugnant friends, you've made it through 2016 and made it to the new year. Congrats. If you're as boring as I am, you probably spent your new years eve/day watching movies and getting ripped. What better movie could I have chosen other than this gore-soaked zombie classic... DOCTOR BUTCHER M.D... also know as Zombie Holocaust and Zombi 3. This has been on my list for awhile, and thanks to my badass Grandmother, I got it for Christmas (how fucking cool is that). This cult classic follows our main characters, Lori (Alexandra Delli Colli), and Dr. Peter Chandler (Ian McCulloch), and their morbid quest to find out why an island of tribes people suddenly became cannibals. They head to the island, looking for the source of the cannibals with the help of the mysterious Doctor Obrero. There's just one problem I had with this movie... It was almost too similar to Lucio Fulci's "Zombie" (Zombi 2).

I can see why this movie is always featured in my "recommended" list. It's great gory fun through out the entire flick, but like I said, too similar to Zombi 2. Hell, Ian McCulloch was even in this, AND Zombi 2. Kind of funny considering Doctor Butcher is also known as Zombi 3, making it a semi-sequel to Lucio Fulci's Zombie. The main difference is the fact that Doctor Butcher had Cannibals. Literally everything else was the same. The zombie make up, the island it takes place on, a weird and mysterious doctor with an islander assistant, Ian fucking McCulloch, and it just had the atmospheric Fulci feel too it. It's not a major issue, since it's still a very good movie with its own story, and I'm pretty happy that I watched it. I'll definitely watch this again. I should also mention that this movie came with a fucking awesome Barf Bag. I don't know of any other movie company that puts out novelty stuff like this, and I thought it was very awesome. We need more of that old-school "novelty" flavor.

Thanks to Severin Films, you can buy this movie on a double disc blu-ray, with hours on bonus material, reverseable cover, and the kick ass barf bag. I highly recommend this movie, especially for all you gore hounds out there. Pick it up, and let me know what you think! Buy it HERE.