Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

The 1980 horror film Don't Answer the Phone! is a grim, sleazy, and violent entry into the slasher horror genre. Filmed on a low budget in Los Angeles, most of the outdoor, public scenes were captured guerilla style without permits. This fact, along with the fashions and hairstyles, portrays a curious time capsule view into the city as it once was.

Lead actor Nicholas Worth, who bears a resemblance to a completely unhinged George Constanza, holds nothing back in his portrayal of Kirk Smith, a deeply troubled Vietnam veteran who earns a living selling photos of naked women to a cigar chomping, bottom feeder publisher played by Kirk Smith, known to many as the title character from the Porky's film franchise. Increasingly unhinged, Kirk Smith begins a path of psycho-sexual violence and murder brought down on female strangers and potential models as the dim witted police detectives attempt to apprehend the serial murderer.

the trailer

the feature

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pussy Galore - Fort Worth, Texas - 1989

Pussy Galore 
9 July 1989 
Axis Club 
Fort Worth, Texas, USA 

Nothing Can Bring Me Down
(The Twilighters cover) 
Adolescent Wet Dream
Sweet Little Hi-Fi
Understand Me
Pig Sweat
1 Hour Later
New Breed
Adwd #2
NYC: 1999!
Kicked Out
Dick Johnson
Hang On 

Deathdream (1972)

Deathdream (1972) 
aka Dead of Night 

Director: Bob Clark

Writer: Alan Ormsby 

the trailer

the feature

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Big Black - CBGB - 1987

The three piece (plus drum machine Roland) Big Black created some amazing noise skronk during their tenure from 1981 to 1987. Even though my time living in the Chicago area overlapped with their existence, I never got to see them live mainly because I was under twenty-one and never obtained a fake i.d. Here is some footage from 1987 when they played CBGBs on their final tour in support of their Songs About Fucking record.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dark Star (1974)

I was reminded of John Carpenter's 1974 film Dark Star after recently seeing Jodorowsky's Dune, which highlighted how Alejandro Jodorowsky became aware of (and made him an integral part of his Dune production team) Dan O'Bannon after a chance viewing of Dark Star while on a visit to Los Angeles.

 For having a low budget, Dark Star makes excellent use of an inventive, well written script; and Dan O'Bannon's very creative, shoestring production design.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

D.R.I. - Full Show - 1986

Dirty Rotten Imbeciles 
- full show - 

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Werner Herzog's 1970 film Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen) is a bold. brutal, and black and white look at an unnamed institution which is populated and run entirely by little people. The inmates rise up and turn the tables on those in charge and in doing so take their newly won freedom much farther, into an equally harsh anarchy. Many of the scenes push buttons and elicit strong reactions, others make the viewer question meanings of what's being displayed. Especially recommended for fans of Eraserhead or El Topo.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Suicidal Tendencies - Detroit - 1987

Here's footage of Suicidal Tendencies 
in Detroit on 25 September 1987, 
which is also around the time I saw them 
in Chicago.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Poison Idea - Mating Walruses (1982 - 1989)

Poison Idea  
Mating Walruses 
(1982 - 1989)

- 1982 :
Think Twice - Spy
- 1983 :
Cult Band - Last One
- April 1983 :
Jailhouse Rock - Police Brewtality N.Y. State
- 1988 :
Hangover Heart Attack - The Temple - Short Fuse - Laughing Boy - Typical - My Dinner With - Poison Idea - Lifestyles - Thorn In My Side - Push The Button - AA - Getting The Fear - Made To Be Broken - Motorhead
- 1989 :
We Got The Beat

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Salem's Lot (1979) full mini-series

Presented here is the full three hour, original mini-series Salem's Lot from 1979, which was the first television mini-series (and the second film) to be based on the writings of author Stephen King as well as being his second published novel. 

At the time of it's first airing, I was fascinated by both the novel and mini-series and they left quite an impression on me. Tobe Hooper's direction does a great job of supplying the increasingly mounting dread as the small New England town slowly slips into being controlled by the evil forces of the nefarious pair,
Mr. Straker and Mr. Barlow.