Write for us!

We’re always looking for more writers to be part of the site. Sure, we don’t pay, but we’re willing to let you write about just about any movie that you want to, at any length and in any style or format. We get around 1,000 visitors a day and share our reviews on Letterboxd, IMDB, Amazon, Rotten Tomatoes, Facebook and Twitter, so your work will get an audience. writerswanted2JULY

  • July 4-10: Paperbacks from Hell, any movie based on a trashy paperback. Due July 3.
  • July 11-17: Weird live-action Disney movies. Due July 10.
  • July 18-24: Argentina-made movies. Due July 17.
  • July 25-31: Back to Mexico! Mexican films, so more Santo! Due July 24.

AUGUST

  • August 1-7: Philippines War Week. Due July 31.
  • August 8-14: Anthology flicks. Due August 7.
  • August 15-21: Open week. Pick anything! Due August 14.
  • August 22 – 28. Full Moon Studios. Due August 21. All films picked/scheduled, but not claimed/reviewed. Check with us and pick your films!
  • August 29-September 4: Rock and roll movies. Due August 28.

SEPTEMBER

  • September 5 – 11: All Giallo Week, be it Italian and Spanish classics, or newer retro flicks. We’ve done so many already, but there’s always new reissues on Blu and DVD of the classics, as well as new retros. Check out our “Exploring Giallo” feature for the ones we’ve done.
  • September 12-18: Shot on Video films. Like Things? Come on down. (And check out our SOV ’80s category link to see what we’ve done).
  • September 19-25: Video Nasties! We also need help moping up our three-part U.K. Video Nasties “Exploring” lists. You can visit the links for more information. Also check out this IMDb list of all the “Nasties” to help in your deciding on the films you want to review.

Here’s what we have left to review. All others are either done or claimed, written, and ready to post.

Section 1

  • Delirium

Section 2

  • Boogeyman II
  • Human Experiments
  • I Miss You, Hugs Kisses
  • Killer Nun
  • Possession
  • Women Behind Bars

Section 3

  • Black Room
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
  • Demented
  • Erotic Rites of Frankenstein
  • The Evil
  • The Executioner
  • Foxy Brown
  • Hell Prison, aka Escape from Hell
  • Last Hunter
  • The Les Demons
  • Love Butcher
  • The Mark of the Devil
  • New Adventures of Snow White
  • The Parasite
  • Scanners
  • Schoolgirls in Chains
  • Scream for Vengeance!
  • Shogun Assassin
  • Street Killers
  • Toy Box
  • The Werewolf Woman
  • Wrong Way
  • September 26-30: Japanese movies.

Postscript: We’ve been getting quite a few, new hits on our Exploring feature on hicksploitation and redneck cinema from the ’70s and ’80s. There’s quite a few left on that list that we haven’t reviewed. So surf on over and check out what films we still need covered. Get the films, HERE. Same goes for our Exploring feature on grunge films from the ’90s. Get those films, HERE.

Drive-In Typewriter

We have so much planned this year and want you to be a part of it. Either comment here or write to us at bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com. If you have an idea outside of this, please just tell us. We’re always happy to feature any writer, as long as you’re not linking to things for sale (unless you’re a video label or director). We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

“Drive-In Typewriter” courtesy of Leanne Ricchiuti/CivMix.

THE BIGGEST EPISODE OF DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATURE EVER!

We’ve been leading up to this for a whole year — we’re showing two of our favorite movies of forever this week! Make plans to meet us Saturday on the Groovy Doom Facebook page starting at 8 PM East Coast Time.

Bradley Steel Harding will join us to introduce the films, share drink recipes, show you the ad campaign for each movie and then discuss the movies when we come back!

Up first is one of the 70s most amazing movies. Flat out, a complete classic, it’s Messiah of Evil! You can watch it on YouTube.

Here’s the recipe for the cocktail we’ll be enjoying during the movie.

Point Dume Sunset

  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1.5 oz. coconut rum
  • 1.5 oz. peach schnapps
  • .5 oz. grenadine
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • Maraschino cherries
  1. Fill a glass with ice, then pour in this order: vodka, rum, schnapps.
  2. Pour the grenadine down the side of the glass, so that you get the “sunset” effect.
  3. Then, pour your juices, then add cherries. Then, sit in the sun and wait. And sleep. And dream. Each of us dying slowly in the prison of our minds.

We’re following that with perhaps the strangest movie of the 70s to get a PG rating. And that would be…The Baby! You can watch it on Tubi.

Here’s the drink to enjoy during this one!

What Have You Done to My Baby?

  • 2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. coconut rum
  • .5 oz. kaluha
  • 1 oz. cream or half and half
  1. Fill a shaker with ice and all ingredients.
  2. Shake hard until frothy and drink up.

We can’t wait to see you this week!

Ron Marchini Week Wrap Up!

Phew. We did it! Twelve Ron Marchini films in two days. You know the drill! Yee-haw, let’s round ’em up!

Born in California and rising through the U.S. Army’s ranks to become a drill sergeant, in his civilian life, Ron Marchini earned the distinction as the best defensive fighter in the U.S.; by 1972, he was ranked the third best fighter in the country. Upon winning several worldwide tournaments, and with Robert Clouse’s directing success igniting a worldwide martial arts film craze with Enter the Dragon (1973), the South Asian film industry beckoned.

After making his debut in 1974’s Murder in the Orient, Marchini began a long friendship with filmmaker Paul Kyriazi, who directed Ron in his next film, the epic Death Machines, then later, in the first of Ron’s two appearances as post-apoc law officer John Travis, in Omega Cop.

Ron also began a long friendship with Leo Fong (Kill Point) after their co-staring in Murder in the Orient; after his retirement from the film industry — after making eleven dramatic-action films and one documentary — Ron concentrated on training and writing martial arts books with Leo, as well as becoming a go-to arts teacher. Today, he’s a successful California almond farmer.

In the annals of martial arts tournaments, Marchini is remembered as Chuck Norris’s first tournament win (The May 1964 Takayuki Kubota’s All-Stars Tournament in Los Angeles, California) by defeating Marchini by a half a point. Another of Chuck’s old opponents, Tony Tullener, who beat Norris in the ring three times, pursued his own acting career with the William Riead-directed Scorpion.

You can learn more about Ron Marchini with his biography at USAdojo.com. An interview at The Action Elite, with Ron’s friend and Death Machines director Paul Kyriazi, also offers deeper insights.


Ron, second from right, with Chuck Norris, shaking hands, 1965. Courtesy of Ken Osbourne/Facebook.
Courtesy of USADojo.com.

The Flicks!

The Reviews!

New Gladiators (1973)
Murder in the Orient (1974)
Death Machines (1976)
Dragon’s Quest (1983)
Ninja Warriors (1985)
Forgotten Warrior (1986)
Jungle Wolf (1986)
Return Fire (1988)
Arctic Warriors (1989)
Omega Cop (1990)
Karate Cop (1991)
Karate Raider (1995)

Black tee-shirt image courtesy of Spreadshirt. Art work/text by B&S About Movies.

We love ya, Ron!

The Review Authors: Sam Pacino is the publisher of B&S About Movies and can be visited on Twitter. R. D Francis is a staff writer and can be visited on Facebook.

MADE FOR TV WEEK ON THE DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATURE!

Want to watch something cool? Join us Saturday on the Groovy Doom Facebook page starting at 8 PM East Coast Time. Dustin Fallon will join us to introduce the films, share drink recipes, show you ads for the films and then discuss the movies when we come back!

Our first movie is Snowbeast! You can watch it with us on YouTube.

Here’s the drink that goes with the film!

Snowballbeast

  • .25 oz. blue curaçao
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 2 oz. vanilla rum
  • 2 oz. cream of coconut
  1. Shake with ice in your shaker, then pour into a chilled glass. Enjoy!

Up next is one of the best TV movies ever, Gargoyles! You watch it on Tubi.

Get ready to drink with demons!

Gargoyle (from this recipe)

  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • .75 oz. simple syrup
  • 4 cucumber slices
  • 5 mint leaves
  • Lemon-lime soda
  1. Muddle cucumber and mint in your shaker then fill it with ice
  2. Add gin, lime juice and simple syrup, then shake well.
  3. Pour into glass and top with soda.

We can’t wait to see you this week!

START JUNE OFF RIGHT WITH THE DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATURE

Join us Saturday on the Groovy Doom Facebook page starting at 8 PM East Coast Time. Just a reminder — we introduce the films, give you drink recipes, show you ads for the films and then discuss the movies when we come back!

Our first movie is The Bride, AKA Last House on Massacre Street and The House That Cried Murder. You can check it out on Tubi.

Here’s a drink to go with the film.

The Cocktail That Cried Massacre 

  • 1 oz. whiskey
  • .5 oz. cherry vodka
  • .25 oz. lemon juice
  • 4 oz. cherry soda
  • Maraschino cherries
  1. Muddle cherries in the bottom of a glass with the lemon juice.
  2. Pour ice into your glass, then add whiskey, cherry vodka and cherry soda. Stir and enjoy.

After that, let’s enjoy some Nightbeast! You can watch it on YouTube.

The Nightbeast (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1 oz. whiskey
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort
  • .5 oz. blue curaçao
  • .5 oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  1. Pour all ingredients in a glass with ice and drink up.

Let’s celebrate the weekend with two great movies! See you soon!

GO BACK TO 1975 ON THE DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATURE!

Let’s pretend that it’s 1975 and we’re going to the drive-in for real this week! Join us Saturday on the Groovy Doom Facebook page starting at 8 PM East Coast Time. Just a reminder — we introduce the films, give you a drink recipe, show you ads for the film and then you watch it on your own, then come back for the next movie and wrap up!

Up first is David Cronenberg’s Shivers which is on Tubi.

Here’s the drink recipe, which we urge you to drink responsibly!

They Drank from Within (based on this recipe)

  • 1.5 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1.5 cup lime sherbet or sorbet
  • Dash of grenadine
  1. Blend everything together until it’s nice and slushy.
  2. Do a few drops of grenadine into the mix to make it nice and bloody.

Up next is Death Race 2000 which you can watch on Tubi.

President Frankenstein

  • .75 oz. gin
  • .75 oz. Midori
  • .75 oz. Triple Sec
  • .5 oz. blue curaçao
  • .5 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • Lemon-lime soda
  1. Shake up everything except the soda with plenty of ice, then pour into a glass.
  2. Top with lemon-lime soda and watch the points video!

See you on Saturday!

DOUBLE THE D’AMATO ON THE DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE!

Holy shit, it’s two Joe D’Amato movies in one night! I couldn’t be more excited and I’ll be going all out to explain my love of these movies. Join us on the Groovy Doom Facebook page starting at 8 PM East Coast Time.

Up first — it’s Zombi 5: Killing Birds, which you can watch on Tubi or buy from Vinegar Syndrome.

We always have recipes to go with the movies. Please remember to drink responsibly.

Zombi Bird

  • .75 oz. Kraken
  • .75 oz. secondary rum of your choice
  • .5 oz. 99 Bananas
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • 1.5 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1.5 oz. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. grenadine
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Maraschino cherry
  • Mint
  1. Combine Kraken, rum, 99 bananas and juices in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Pour into a glass, then drip in bitters, cherry and finally grenadine to watch the color turn red. Garnish with mint.

Following that is my favorite post-apocalyptic movie of all time and D’Amato’s favorite movie that he made. It’s Endgame which you can find on YouTube.

Here’s the drink, which will definitely make the always wild third segment even more interesting.

Kurt Karnak Iced Tea (modified from this recipe)

  • .5 oz. vodka
  • .5 oz. gin
  • .5 oz. Kraken rum
  • .5 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. Midori
  • 2 oz. sour mix
  • 2 oz. lemon-lime soda
  • Mint
  1. Add all the ingredients to a glass filled with ice, topping with the lemon-lime soda last.
  2. Garnish with mint and prepare for blind ninja mutants!

See you on Saturday!

Movies in Outer Space Week Recap

Image banner design courtesy of Mike Delbusso/Splatt Gallery.*

Well, so goes another theme week blow out on movies set in outer space, so let’s round ’em, up, space cowboy. No, we didn’t review that mainstream movie, nor Armageddon or Deep Impact or Geostrorm. Don’t you know the B&S About Movies’ jam, by now? And, why yes, we did go overboard, again. See, you do know our jams.

12 to the Moon (1960)
2+5 Mission Hydra (1966)
Alien Beasts (1991)
Alien Intruder (1993)
The Aliens are Coming (1980)
Attack from Space (1964)
Attack of the Robots (1966)
Beyond the Rising Moon (1987)
Conquest of the Earth, aka Battlestar Galactica III (1980)
Convict 762 (1997)
Cosmic Princess (1982)
Dark Star (1974)
Death in Space (1974)
First Spaceship on Venus (1960)
Flesh Gordon (1974)
Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders (1990)
Flight to Mars (1951)
Fugitive Alien (1986)
Fugitive Alien II, aka Star Force (1987)
Future War (1997)
Galaxis (1995)
Hyper Space (1989)
Inhumanoid (1996)
Lifepod (1981)
Lifepod (1993)
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack, aka Battlestar Galactica II (1979)
Mission Mars (1968)
Mission Stardust (1968)
Mutiny in Outer Space (1965)
The Noah’s Ark Principle (1984)
Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996)
The Phantom Planet (1961)
Primal Scream (1988)
Prince of Space (1959)
Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars (1981)
Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Robotrix (1991)
Solar Crisis (1990)
Space Chase (1990)
Star Crystal (1985)
Star Pilot (1977)
Starship Troopers or: Why I Need to Stop Worrying about the Poor Portrayal of Women in Space Flicks and Just Love This Movie (1997)
Syngenor (1990)
Terror from the Year 5000 (1958)
Time Walker (1982)
Timestalkers (1987)
Within the Rock (1996)

And there’s more movies set in outer space that you can enjoy with these easy-to-use compilation lists from out past “theme week/month” blow outs:

Attack of the Clones: Redux
Ten Star Wars Ripoffs
Exploring: After Star Wars
Exploring: Before Star Wars
Exploring (Before “Star Wars”): The Russian Antecedents of 2001: A Space Odyssey
A Whole Bunch of Alien Ripoffs at Once
Ten Movies That Ripped Off Alien

Phew! And we still haven’t reviewed them all. You know the B&S motto: Never Say Never. We’ll do it again.

* From the Facebook pages of Splatt Gallery, Southeast Michigan’s largest public collection of concert posters, gig posters, lowbrow and street art, about their theme/banner posting:

1978 was the year of the spaceship. The Electric Light Orchestra’s Out of the Blue tour used a stage construction that had the band performing inside a giant spaceship, a prop so massive that the set-up time required ELO to only use it every other show for most of the tour. The band Boston released their second album, again, as with the first, with their signature spaceship illustration by artist Roger Huyssen — the same artist that illustrated the cover for Sky King’s 1975 Secret Sauce album.

The cover art for the Live in London album by Andrae Crouch featured a keyboard transformed into a space craft, and drummer Lenny White released a concept album titled The Adventures Of Astral Pirates. A band from France called Space, who had a disco hit with the song “Magic Fly,” performed in spacesuits.

George Clinton, who had landed a mothership on stage for nearly two and a half years, temporarily parked his spaceship in a hanger and embarked on an “Anti-Tour.” Parliament-Funkadelic’s mothership now resides in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, but it is a smaller replica built in the mid 1990s. The story of the strange fate of the original mothership can be read in an archived post at the Washington Post.

About the Authors: Sam Panico is the founder, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, and editor-in-chief of B&S About Movies. You can visit him on Lettebox’d. R.D Francis is the grease bit scrubber, dumpster pad technician, and staff writer at B&S About Movies. You can visit him on Facebook.

GET EXCITED ABOUT RED ROOM!

Pittsburgh-based artist Ed Piskor has made some incredible comics, including issues of American SplendorWizzywigHip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design. Now, he’s unleashing Red Room, a comic that fans of our site will love, because it’s basically an exploitation slasher gore film on paper.

Red Room is about a group of killers who use the anonymous dark web and nearly untraceable crypto-currency to live-stream the senseless slaughter of their victims for entertainment. Each issue of this 12-part series is a complete self-contained story.

Piskor gets the whole feel of why we love slashers, which I think comes from teen years of bicycling from video store to video store to find the latest transgressive movie experiences, as well as buying every bootleg he could find at conventions.

Make no mistake, Red Room features the kind of gore that you’d see in the world of Italian cinema or in the films of Takeshi Miike. Nothing is held back as the world of killers like Poker Face, Donna Butcher, Mistress Pentagram and more basically annihilate people for the gratification of sick bastards like, well, me and you.

This is comics as close to the works of D’Amato and Mattei as it gets. I’m really excited about this series and happy that Piskor sent us some advance copies so we could get the word out. If you love slashers, EC Comics and social commentary all in one very bloody package, Red Room is quite literally the best comic book of the year.

You can get Red Room from Fantagraphics or at your local comic book store this week!

JOIN US FOR TWO BLOODY AFFAIRS ON THE DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE!

This week, prepare to go criminally insane with two out there freakouts! You can join us on the Groovy Doom Facebook page starting at 8 PM East Coast Time.

The first movie is The Nesting which you can find on Tubi.

John Carra-Tini (modified from this recipe)

  • 2 oz. pineapple vodka
  • 1 oz. Midori
  • Maraschino cherry
  1. Shake vodka and Midori with ice in a shaker.
  2. Pour into glass, top with cherry.

We’re following that with Sergio Martino’s film that stands on the edge of giallo and slasher, Torso! You can watch it on Tubi.

Here’s our themed drink!

Il Cocktail Presentano Tracce di Violenza Carnal (modified from this recipe)

  • 1.5 oz cherry vodka
  • 1 oz tequila
  • 1 oz Fireball
  • 1 tbsp. Maraschino cherry juice
  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  1. Shake vodka, tequila, fireball and cherry juice in an ice-filled shaker.
  2. Pour into an ice-filled glass, then top with pineapple juice.

We look forward to enjoying movies with you on Saturday!