Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Toxic Avenger (1986)

Troma's jewel in the crown of releases, for me, will always remain 1986s Toxic Avenger. This un-pc, violent revenge movie remains randomly stuck in my memory alongside 1973s Horror Hospital because I first viewed them back to back during a high school vhs-fest Friday in the 80s. Good times! The sequels, like much of Troma's output, do not hold much interest for me, but this one is a winner and hopefully will not be re-made as another shit stained, glossy Hollywood mess.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Live in N.Y.C.! '91 (1991)

Live in N.Y.C.! '91

Filmed in 1991 at New York City venue The Ritz, this documentary features Agnostic Front, Sick of It All, and Gorilla Biscuits live on stage. Also included are interview segments with members of those three bands plus others such as Jimmy Gestapo from Murphy's Law and Harley Flanagan from the Cro-Mags.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blitzkrieg Bop (1978)

Blitzkrieg Bop  (1978)

With footage from 1977, this documentary focuses on the CBGB punk rock scene with interviews and performances from The Ramones, Blondie, and the Dead Boys plus those around them; such as CBGB owner/Dead Boys manager Hilly Kristal.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Alone in the Dark (1982)

Directed by Jack Sholder, 1982s Alone in the Dark opens with a head scrambling nightmare and takes off running with an intelligently crafted horror show that will always remind me of vhs tapes and Fangoria magazine.

After their previous psychiatrist leaves for a position at another mental hospital, a foursome of patients start thinking their replacement Dr. Dan Potter (played by Dwight Schultz, Howling Mad on tv's A-Team) has killed the original doc and will soon be trying to do the same to themselves. This foursome is made up of some notable actors: Martin Landau as "Preacher" - an unstable pyromaniac, the very large Erland van Lidth as "Fatty" -  a child killer/molester, Jack Palance as Frank Hawkes - an insanely paranoid ex-POW, and Phillip Clark as the "Bleeder" - a shy homicidal maniac. An area wide blackout allows the four to escape the ward and make their way to Dr. Potter's home with violent intent. A wide eyed Donald Pleasence also rounds out the cast and chews the scenery, as the head of the hospital.

X: The Unheard Music (1986)

X: The Unheard Music (1986)

Filming took place from 1980 to 1985, chiefly around the Los Angeles area, documenting and interviewing the band X as well as the separate individuals involved. Great footage and music!

Songs in order of performance
  • "Los Angeles"
  • "Year One"
  • "We're Desperate"
  • "Because I Do"
  • "Beyond & Back"
  • "Come Back to Me"
  • "Soul Kitchen"
  • "White Girl"
  • "The Once Over Twice"
  • "Motel Room in My Bed"
  • "The Unheard Music"
  • "Real Child of Hell"
  • "Johny Hit & Run Paulene"
  • "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts"
  • "The World's a Mess; It's in My Kiss"
  • "The Have No

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Urban Struggle: Battle Of The Cuckoos Nest (1981)

Urban Struggle: The Battle Of The Cuckoos Nest is a documentary focusing on Jerry Roach's music venue around the year 1981. Facing ongoing pressure from both a nearby "cowboy" bar and the police, the film includes interviews with hardcore punk fans and bands such as: Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, and T.S.O.L., who are also shown performing at the Cuckoos Nest.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

die kreuzen - 2013 - Reunion Documentary

This short documentary from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
chronicles die kreuzen's rise, fall and rebirth; 
as well as their recent reunion show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

plus this footage of "All White"
from the show

Thursday, July 18, 2013

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) 

Presented below is my favorite Roger Corman directed feature.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Boogens (1981)

The Boogens (1981)

Here's the second part of a double feature from director James L. Conway, 1981s The Boogens

Thanks to Dennis Duncan for posting

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bell From Hell (1973) La Campana del infierno

Bell From Hell (1973)
aka La Campana del infierno

Directed by Claudio Guerín

This kinky Euro thriller tells the story of a man who has just been released from an asylum. He then heads back home in order to exact revenge on the aunt and her daughters, who were responsible for him being committed.

An odd and tragic note concerning this film is that director
Claudio Guerín died in a fall from the title's bell tower on the final day of shooting.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Smiths - 1985 - Madrid

The Smiths
at Paseo De Camoens
in Madrid, Spain
May 18,1985

Set List:
01. William It Was Really Nothing
02. Nowhere Fast
03. I Want The One I Can't Have
04. What She Said
05. How Soon Is Now?
06. Handsome Devil
07. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore
08. Shakespeare's Sister
09. Rusholme Ruffians
10. The Headmaster Ritual
11. Hand In Glove
12. Still Ill
13. Meat Is Murder

Encore 1:
14. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
15. Miserable Lie

Encore 2:
16. Barbarism Begins At Home

Encore 3:
17. This Charming Man
18. You've Got Everything Now

Thanks to LuisMaiaPereira for posting.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Smiths - 1984 - Hamburg

The Smiths
1984 - Hamburg, Rockpalast

0:01:09 - Hand in Glove
0:04:12 - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
0:07:37 - Girl Afraid
0:10:35 - This Charming Man
0:13:36 - Pretty Girls Make Graves
0:17:14 - Still Ill
0:21:00 - Barbarism Begins at Home
0:27:22 - This Night has Opened my Eyes
0:30:50 - Miserable Lie
0:35:42 - You've Got Everything Now
0:40:01 - Handsome Devil
0:43:53 - What Difference Does it Make

0:48:30 - These Things Take Time
0:51:20 - This Charming Man
0:55:58 - Hand in Glove

Thanks to cellardoorfive for posting

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Motörhead - 1980 - Nottingham

Rockstage live at Nottingham Theatre Royal
Show recorded 20th August 1980
Broadcast 4th April 1981

Too Late Too Late
Shoot You In The Back
Step Down
Leavin' Here
Train Kept a Rollin'

MST3K: Gamera vs Guiron (1969)

As a companion to my last post, here is the
Mystery Science Theater 3000 
take on Gamera vs Guiron (1969). Uh-huh!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Gamera vs Guiron (1969)

Gamera vs Guiron (1969)
aka Attack of the Monsters or Gamera tai daiakuju Giron

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Action Family (1986) with Chris Elliott

Presented below is Chris Elliott's made for Cinemax 1986 special, Action Family. His annoying, un-self aware character is channeled into private detective Chris in this mash up of Kojack meets The Partridge Family. Look for Seth Green as his son plus cameos from Bob Elliott and David Letterman.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Grateful Dead - 1969 - Playboy After Dark

Here's a little video time capsule from 1969 as the Grateful Dead make an appearance on Playboy After Dark and perform "Mountains of the Moon" and "St. Stephen" for Hugh Hefner and pals. The long standing rumor is that Hef had a security guard keep an eye on his drink so as not to be slipped any acid.

Sonic Youth - 1987 - Atlanta

Sonic Youth

September 16, 1987 @ Metroplex, Atlanta
Videographer - Barry Mills

Saw this tour in Chicago at the Metro and it remains one of my top ten favorite live shows.

  1. Schizophrenia 
  2. Tom Violence 
  3. White Kross 
  4. Kotton Krown 
  5. Stereo Sanctity 
  6. Brother James 
  7. Pipeline 
  8. Tuff Gnarl 
  9. Hot Wire My Heart 
  10. Beauty Lies In The Eye 
  11. Expressway To Yr Skull 
  12. Pacific Coast Highway 
  13. Ticket To Ride 
  14. Beat On The Brat.

The Hellbenders (1967)

Director Sergio Corbucci's The Hellbenders (1967)
is a favorite Euro-Western of mine. 
Joesph Cotten stars as ex-Confederate Colonel Jonas, a ruthless and still fanatical man. The plot revolves around a stolen shipment of U.S. Government banknotes stashed in a coffin that everyone from the United States Cavalry to a group of bandidos is actively pursuing.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Dark of the Sun (1968)

Director Jack Cardiff's Dark of the Sun (1968) is a wild, action packed movie starring Rod Taylor as a mercenary leader on a mission in the Congo. Known to many primarily as an excellent cinematographer, but the same year as this film Cardiff also directed Marianne Faithfull in The Girl on a Motorcycle.


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sonic Youth - 1986 - Indianapolis

 Sonic Youth
Hoosier Ballroom, Indianapolis
19th July 1986

  1. Intro- Tom Violence
  2. White Kross
  3. Shadow Of A Doubt
  4. Starpower
  5. Death To Our Friends
  6. I Love Her All the Time
  7. Flower
  8. Green Light
  9. Brother James
  10. Kill Yr. Idols
  11. Expressway to Yr. Skull (Encore)
  12. The World Looks Red
Thanks to MrAphex2020 for uploading 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Liquid Sky (1982)

Liquid Sky is an oddity of independent film created by Russian transplant Slava Tsukerman in 1982 after moving to New York City. Aliens have landed on a drug dealer's roof and are eagerly observing the situation when they discover that chemicals given off by humans during sex are an even more potent drug than heroin, so people start disappearing. Anne Carlisle performs dual roles as both Margaret and Jimmy adding to the overall odd tone of the movie.

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The Killing of America (1982)

The Killing of America is a disturbing look at the gun related violence in the U.S. throughout the years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy up until the early 1980s. The footage is unflinching, consisting of uncensored news footage of riots, serial killers, and more related violent darkness. The films's narration was written by Leonard (brother of Paul) Schrader and his wife Chieko Schrader.

Former member of Paul Revere and the Raiders Mark Lindsay contributes a somewhat ominous and propulsive electronic score for the film which is similar to music he helped create for the U.S. version of Shogun Assassin.

An interesting side note, according to the trivia listing for the movie "the film has never been released, distributed, televised nor made available for sale in the USA."

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Deadly Spawn (1983)

Written and directed by Douglas McKeown, The Deadly Spawn aka Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn (1983) has always been a favorite of mine since I first checked it out on vhs back in the mid 80s. Fangoria magazine had done several articles highlighting the film, so I immediately snagged it for an evenings rental when I located a copy in a local video store.

The special effects in this tale of alien invasion are quite well done considering the low budget of this filmed in New Jersey independent feature. According to trivia for the film, the enthusiasm and quality of the production garnered enough attention that Paramount almost selected it for theatrical distribution.

the trailer

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the feature

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Joysticks (1983)

Prolific exploitation director Greydon Clark (Black Shampoo 1976, Satan's Cheerleaders 1977, Without Warning 1980, Final Justice 1985, among others) took personal inspiration from the sight of young folks waiting to enter a video arcade and in 1983 he directed the video game themed comedy Joysticks

the trailer

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the feature

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Man of the East (1972)

Man of the East (1972)
aka E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico

Written and directed by Enzo Barboni, Man of the East is a thoroughly entertaining comedic Euro-western. Much location filming was completed in Plitvice, Yugoslavia.

Terence Hill stars as an East Coast dandy lad who moves to his father's Wild West homestead at the request of his will. This fish out of water has three of his deceased Papa's rough and tumble pals to help navigate around spots such as the saloon and the wilderness. Although the story and characters have no connection, this film is sometimes described as a third in the Trinity series, but only shares a director/writer and a leading man.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sin in the Suburbs (1964)

Joe Sarno was a pioneer and prolific purveyour of sexploitation and adult films. Sin in the Suburbs (1964) is an early standout in the genre of "adult" films. It presents a more intelligent and less a "nudie" film than initial appearance might indicate.

The story includes a teenage daughter who discovers her mother is having an affair and a salacious suburban sex club. While the film lavishes on period kitschy furnishings and decor, the sex club scenes bring Eyes Wide Shut to mind. Also notable is the effective editing.

Sin In The Suburbs by crazedigitalmovies