Friday, September 8, 2017

Beyond and Back (1978) Re-post


Re-post with updated feature 
plus the addition of a trailer + lobby cards.

Beyond and Back (1978) 

This Sunn Classic Pictures documentary made the rounds of cinemas, drive-ins, and early cable television for some time before fading from wide viewings.

Sunn Classic Pictures was an independent production company based out of Utah; where this was filmed. They put out a number of movies, including In Search of Historic Jesus (1979), In Search of Noah's Ark (1976), The Lincoln Conspiracy (1977), The Bermuda Triangle (1979), and Hangar 18 (1980).  

James L. Conway directed this and some earlier titles for Sunn before trying R-rated horror with 1981's The Boogens, then moving to an ongoing and successful career in television work. In spite of Sunn Classics heavy Christian editorial stance; this was shot by cinematographer Henning Schellerup, who had also filmed pornography in the late '60s/early '70s and continued to work on many exploitation/horror films.

 

the trailer





the feature




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Hardly Working (1980)


To commemorate the recent passing of 
Jerry Lewis, presented here is Hardly Working
 
Filmed in 1979, it was released to Europe 
and South America in 1980 
and then throughout the U.S. in 1981.




the trailer




the feature




Monday, August 14, 2017

The Cramps - 1978 - Napa State Mental Hospital


The Cramps
live at 
Napa State Mental Hospital 
1978




Mystery Plane 
Way I Walk 
What's Behind The Mask 
Human Fly 
Domino 
Love Me 
Twist & Shout 
TV Set 




Monday, August 7, 2017

Friday, August 4, 2017

Death Rides a Horse (1967)


Directed by Giulio Petroni, Death Rides a Horse (aka Da uomo a uomo) begins with a pummeling rain storm replete with copious thunder and lightning. A young boy watches as a gang rides in and murders his father and brutally assault his mother and sister. Most gang members have distinct characteristics, such as a specific tattoo, and he even sees the face of one. As fifteen years pass, the boy grows into a sharp shooter (John Phillip Law), now hell bent on avenging his slain family. In pursuit of the gang, he meets up with a crusty gunsman (Lee Van Cleef) who just served fifteen years in jail after being framed by the same gang of outlaws. Ennio Morricone supplies standout music to the proceedings. A recommended Euro-Western!



the trailer





the feature





Thursday, August 3, 2017

Heavy Traffic (1973)


Ralph Bakshi initially developed the storyline concerning a tale of gritty, inner city life in the late sixties and approached producers with the idea of it as an animated feature film. With his experience primarily in industrial short subjects and commercials, producers balked. It was only after some success as the director of the X-rated animated feature Fritz the Cat in 1972 that Bakshi was given a green light on this more personal project which would also go on to receive an initial X rating. Samuel Z. Arkoff produced and distributed this for American International Pictures, as he earlier had for Fritz the Cat.


Heavy Traffic centers on Michael, a troubled underground cartoonist, living at home with his Mob connected Italian father and Jewish mother as they verbally argue and physically fight constantly. His outside world is equally chaotic and filled with odd and interesting characters, many prone to violence and profane outbursts. Live action gives way to animated scenes while photographic or filmed backgrounds often have animation overlayed.


the trailer






the feature