Monday, September 26, 2016

Venom, Slayer, + Exodus - 1985 - Sudio 54, NYC

The Ultimate Revenge: Combat Tour Live 
Recorded  on April 3, 1985 at Studio 54 in New York.

Wild look back at a truly classic line up of heavy hitting, extreme, and underground metal acts. The footage of Slayer and Exodus comes directly from the filming done at the April 1985 Studio 54 show, but the Venom performance clips come from earlier releases. Not sure why this the case but I vaguely remember hearing Mantas was sick and Venom used replacement guitarists for this gig, so perhaps that's the reason. Backstage interviews provide some comic relief as well as insight into band dynamics and attitudes.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Misfits - 1983 - Boston


at The Channel
Boston, Massachusetts 
20 March 1983

  1. Halloween
  2. 20 Eyes
  3. Wolfs Blood
  4. All Hell Breaks Loose
  5. Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?
  6. Devil's Whorehouse
  7. Demonomania
  8. London Dungeon
  9. Die, Die My Darling
  10. Violent World
  11. Astro Zombies
  12. Green Hell
  13. I Turned Into a Martian
  14. Skulls
  15. Devilock
  16. We Are 138
  17. Nike a Go Go
  18. Hatebreeders
  19. Braineaters
  20. Attitude
  21. Rise Above
    (Black Flag cover)
  22. Horror Business
  23. Bullet

    While in Boston
    The Misfits filmed a promo video for
    "Braineaters" at a local venue/restaurant,
    pretty sure it was Cantone's.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Vice Squad (1982)

Released in 1982, Vice Squad initially came into my orbit thanks to a less than flattering review from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel that peaked my interest. Didn't make the scene while it played theaters, but I immediately grabbed it for a rental when it popped up in my local video store.

Directed by Gary Sherman (Raw Meat, Dead & Buried, Poltergeist III); Vice Squad delivers a dark, slimy, and violent experience for the viewer. The movie offers more than one might expect from similar genre films and reportedly received strong praise from celebrated director Martin Scorsese.

Taking place on the mean streets of downtown Los Angeles, the film centers on Princess (Season Hubley), a street prostitute who is pressured to aid the police in apprehending the psychotic and hyper violent pimp Ramrod (Wings Hauser) after he murders a prostitute named Ginger; this cameo is played by Nina Blackwood. Of course this simple plan is further complicated when Ramrod escapes police custody with murderous revenge on his mind.

 the trailer

the feature

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Children (1980) - Repost

Repost with updated, working movie + trailer links. 

I'm dating myself here, but once upon a time before cable television there were pay tv channels that broadcast movies, specials and "adult" fare over uhf signals. In the metro Chicago area, one such service was named ONTV. You had to have a decoder box to sort out the signal, but that never stopped my pals and I from attempting to catch a glimpse of the nudity and forbidden films on display with out the decoder. I was lucky enough to have a buddy whose parents subscribed to ONTV and were cool with him and his pals watching the R-rated flicks, usually with them watching as well. Several of the movies I first caught in this pre-cable set up have always brought back memories of that channel and time with 1980's low budget horror flick The Children being one such film.

The plot concerns a bus load of little ones who pass through a cloud of toxic gas released from the neighborhood nuclear plant. This turns them into black-finger nailed killers driven to decimate the adult population with killer hugs. You might recognize actor Martin Shakar from his earlier role as the conflicted priest/older brother of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.


the feature 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Rush - 1974 - Ontario


with their original drummer
at the 
Laura Secord Secondary School 
St Catharines, Ontario

1. “Need Some Love”
2. “Before and After”
3. “Best I Can”
4. “I’ve Been Runnin’”
5. “Bad Boy”
6. “The Loser”
7. “Working Man”
8. “In the Mood” (partial)

Geddy Lee – lead vocals, bass
Alex Lifeson – guitars, backing vocals
John Rutsey – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Thanks to BrunoSamppa for posting

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Caveman (1981)

Carl Gottlieb is best known as a screenwriter for films such as Jaws or Which Way Is Up? and it was the success of his screenplay for The Jerk that allowed him the opportunity to direct and write the 1981 feature Caveman.

Aside from all dialogue being spoken in a form of a caveman language two other factors make this film notable: the stunt casting of ex-Beatle Ringo Starr and the special effects dinosaurs. Also filling out the cast are: former football player John Matuszak, Barbara Bach (who would begin an on-set romance with Ringo Starr which continues to this day),  Dennis Quaid, and Shelley Long in her first major role in a motion picture. 

Special effects artist Jim Danforth began work creating the dinosaurs as well as making other contributions but according to IMDb trivia after two thirds of the film was finished, Danforth had to leave the production because "the Directors Guild of America allegedly disallowed his already contracted co-director credit alongside director Carl Gottlieb. As such, Danforth is not credited as a director on this picture, only for special effects and second unit director."

the trailer

the feature