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Get ready for a brand new issue, the first of 2023.

Issue #24 is one of our best ever, we’ve got many great features for you in these pages. First, we have the final interview that George Barry ever gave before his recent passing. Sam Panico talked to George about his phantasmagorical 1977 film Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, as well as the basics of being a monster kid and the appreciation of fantastic films.

1972’s Scream Bloody Murder was an early effort from Floridian filmmaker Robert J. Emery – currently only available via a 1988 VHS release, this disturbing melodrama sticks in the memories of those who saw it due to its bizarre subject matter. Bill Van Ryn speaks to both Emery and his leading lady in the film, Marlena Lustik, for insight about the creation of this unjustly obscure psychological thriller, which was also known as My Brother Has Bad Dreams.

Steve Wilson talked to director Jeff Lieberman at a convention and asked him about his 1977 freaked-out thriller Blue Sunshine – Steve recounts their conversation here, along with his own thoughts regarding this drug-themed shocker.

We’ve also got commentary about monster rally films, the giallo films of Carroll Baker, remembrances about being a projectionist at a small drive-in theater in the 70s, and reviews of Night of the Demon and Revenge of the Cheerleaders. And yes – as usual, this issue is jam packed with the vintage newsprint ads you love!

72 pages with a full color cover and black & white pages inside, some pages printed on colored paper, 5.5 x 8.5 inches in size.

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What’s On Shudder: January 2023

As we start a new year, Shudder is here with an entire month of films and series. Plans start at under $5 a month and you can get the first week free when you visit Shudder.

Click on any of the links to see an in-depth article on the movie.

January 1: Lake Mungo, a film I’ve wanted to see for some time, debuts, as does vampire classic Near Dark.

January 2: Australian shocker Undead and Larry Cohen’s Q: The Winged Serpent come to Shudder.

January 5: The Wolf of Snow Hollow shows up, as does Repossession and now you have no excuse to not see it.

January 9: Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes is awesome! Plus, see Countess Dracula and fall in love with Ingrid Pitt.

January 12: The first season of Chucky is now on the streaming horror service.

January 16: Take Back the Night is a challenging film and pairs well with Road Games.

January 19: Shudder original Sorry About the Demon starts.

January 23: Let the Wrong One In and Isolation.

January 26: Shudder original The Lair debuts.

January 30: Talking heads discuss horror during In Search of Darkness 3 and look out! Death Spa is on Shudder!

Cinematic Void January Giallo 2023

Cinematic Void, the Los Angeles cult film series based at the American Cinematheque, is back for another round of its famous January Giallo series to kick 2023 off, this year expanding the cinemadness parties to run all January long in nine cities and counting across the nation.

Giallo, a subgenre of Italian cinema popular in the 70s and 80s, are thrillers often characterized by stunning psychedelic cinematography, mystery plots with out of nowhere twists, and over-the-top graphic violence. This year’s programming will also feature American Gialli, films made in the US that were inspired structurally and visually by the Italian genre, and Neo-Gialli  modern films that also fit within the subgenre.

“Once again, we sharpen our straight razors and slip on those black gloves to celebrate my favorite yearly series I host with Cinematic Void, January Giallo,” says Cinematic Void founder and film programmer Jim Branscome. “After expanding outside of Los Angeles in 2022 to work with some of my favorite film programmers across the country, I knew the 2023 edition had to be even bigger and bloodier.”

Here are the movies that will be part of this month:

Cinematic Void Los Angeles at The American Cinematheque’s Los Feliz 3 (All shows presented on 35mm film)

January 2: A Lizard In a Woman’s Skin (Italian Technicolor print!)

January 9: Formula for a Murder

January 16: Autopsy

January 23: Death Laid an Egg

January 30: I Know Who Killed Me

 

Coolidge After Midnite / Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA

January 7: Torso (uncut Italian language print in 35mm with CV’s Jim Branscome in person)

January 14: A Lizard In a Woman’s Skin (35 mm print)

January 21: What Have You Done With Solange?

January 28: Tenebre (35 mm print)

 

Music Box of Horrors / Music Box Theatre in Chicago, IL

January 3: All the Colors of the Dark (35 mm print)

January 10: No One Heard the Scream

January 17: So Sweet…So Perverse

January 24: Tightrope (35mm print with CV’s Jim Branscome in person)

January 31: A Lizard In a Woman’s Skin (35 mm print)

 

Anomaly Film Festival / The Little Theatre in Rochester, NY 

January 5: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (35 mm print)

January 13: A Lizard In a Woman’s Skin

January 19: Stage Fright

January 27: Knife + Heart (35 mm print)

 

Cinematery / Majestic Tempe 7 in Tempe, AZ

January 31: Creepers (35mm print with CV’s Jim Branscome in person)

 

Denver Film / Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO 

January 7: The Corruption of Chris Miller and Four Flies On Grey Velvet presented by Scream Screen

January 14: Deadly Games (with CV’s Jim Branscome in person)

January 21: I Know Who Killed Me

January 28: A Lizard In a Woman’s Skin

 

Knoxville Horror Fest / Central Cinema in Knoxville, TN 

January 4 and 7: Dressed to Kill and I Know Who Killed Me

January 12: The Bird With the Crystal Plumage

January 18: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh

January 25: The Editor

 

The Belcourt Theater in Nashville, TN 

January 20: Blood and Black Lace

January 21: Tenebre

 

To learn more visit the Cinematic Void web site.

What’s On Arrow Player In January

Here’s what’s on the Arrow Player in January: 

January 6: Start the new year with the favorites of filmmaker, comic writer and producer Adam Egypt Mortimer. The writer-director of SpectreVision’s Daniel Isn’t Real and Archenemy, these Adam Egypt Mortimer Selects, presented in three parts: Demented Spiritual Quests, Kinetic Masterminds and Fucked Up Monsters. Movies include The Sacred Spirit, Bad Black, The Great Yokai War and Gwilliam. Also available: Teruo Ishii’s The Executioner and The Executioner II: Karate Inferno.

January 13: Reel Women is a vintage program of interviews with women directors working in Hollywood and Europe in the early 1990s, exploring the opportunities and obstacles that face them. Also available: Lady Whirlwind, Lady Kung Fu and Season of Ravenous Cannibals which has Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Trapped Alive and Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood.

January 20: Experience breakout directorial debuts with The First Time, which includes A Ghost Waits, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage and Donnie Darko. Also available: Look into the six decades of work of one of the most iconic actors of the twentieth century in Marlon Brando: Wild One, an examination of the craft of Marlon Brando, narrated by professionals of the film industry. Plus: Bad Moon and Screamers.

January 27: The Lukas Moodysson Collection: Now Moodysson’s eclectic filmography can now be appreciated as the work of a singular filmmaking voice, as avowedly uncompromising and unabashedly political as it is keenly observed, deeply felt and frequently hilarious. Titles Include: Show Me Love, Together and Mammoth.

Head over to ARROW to start watching now. Subscriptions are available for $6.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Samsung TVs, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

Kino Cult Midnight Movie double feature deep cuts in January

This January, the Kino Cult linear FAST channel streams deep cuts of cult horror titles as thematically-paired “midnight movie” double features throughout the month all free with ads. They play at midnight EST.

Tuesdays remain dedicated to “Tune In, Turn On,” a weekly programming slot for mind-bending and psychedelic cinema; and on Saturday nights Kino Cult introduces “Midnight Mass,” a series of double features showcasing nunsploitation films, religious horror and the occult.

Kino Cult is a free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films, Kino Cult also has hundreds of new and rare theatrically released cult hits, all presented in beautiful high definition. Additionally, Kino Cult offers an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month.

My recommendations:

January 1: Ms. 45 and I Spit On Your Grave

January 3: A Virgin Among the Living Dead and Black Magic Rites

January 8: Angel and Demons

January 19: Shining Sex and Macumba Sexual

January 22: She Freak and Night Tide

January 29: Death Promise and Miami Connection

ARROW BOX SET RELEASE: Shawscope Volume 2

Building on the awesomeness that was Shawscope Volume 1, Arrow Video has released a second collection of films from Shaw Brothers, including several films from the final years of the studio. This is an incredible set, as you get 14 movies and so many hours of bonus features, including commentaries, features on each film and even a documentary series on the impact of the studio.

Nearly every movie has newly restored uncompressed Mandarin, Cantonese and English audio as well as newly translated English subtitles and optional hard-of-hearing subtitles for the English versions.

There ars high definition 1080p blu ray presentations of all fourteen films, including nine new 2K restorations by Arrow Films, as well as an illustrated 60-page collectors’ book featuring new writing by David Desser, Jonathan Clements, Lovely Jon and David West, plus cast and crew listings and notes on each film by Simon Abrams. Plus, you get new artwork by Mike Lee-Graham, Chris Malbon, Kagan McLeod, Colin Murdoch, “Kung Fu” Bob O’Brien, Lucas Peverill, Ilan Sheady, Tony Stella, Darren Wheeling and Jolyon Yates, hours of never-before-seen bonus features including several cast and crew interviews from the Frédéric Ambroisine Video Archive and two CDs of music from the De Wolfe Music library as heard in several of the films, exclusive to this collection.

I loved the first set so much — it’s been on repeat for days at a time — and I’m beyond pleased with this set, as it really gives you even more of the experience of Shaw Brothers. Seeing as how they made nearly a thousand movies, here’s hoping that there are many more of these sets in the future.

The films include (click on any of the links to see a full review of the movie):

Invincible Shaolin: The Venom Mob stars in the tale of General Pu (Lung-Wei Wang), who tries to destroy both the north and south Shaolin schools through trickery.

The Boxer’s Omen: One of the wildest movies of all time, a film in which more happens in the first ten minutes than every other movie I’ve watched this year put together. Worth the price of the entire set.

The 36th Chamber of ShaolinConsidered to be one of the greatest kung fu films and a turning point in the careers of star Gordon Lio and director Lau Kar-Leung, this is also known in the U.S.. as The Master Killer. It tells the story of San Te, a legendary Shaolin martial arts disciple who must train and ascend through each of the 36th chambers of the training school.

Return to the 36th ChamberIn this kind of, sort of sequel, Liu plays Chu Jen-chieh, a con man posing as a Shaolin monk who ends up actually becoming one.

Disciples of the 36th Chamber: Gordon Liu comes back to the role of San Te and mentors a younger monk who must learn to contain his ego and rage, Fong Sai-Yuk.

The Kid with the Golden ArmChang Cheh directs the Venom Mob in a story of martial arts masters, a shipment of gold, chicanery and a fighter who can break a sword with his bare hands.

Five Superfighters: When a martial arts master humbles another teacher and his four students, they must go on a spiritual quest to reclaim their fighting skills.

Mad Monkey Kung Fu: A street performer who throws candy to children was at one time the world’s greatest martial artist. Now, he tries to atone for a drunken mistake that cost him his family and his abilities.

Martial Arts of Shaolin: The only collaboration between film director Lau Kar-leung and actor Jet Li, this movie has Li playing Lin Zhi-ming, a young man training to become one of the best fighters in the Northern Shaolin school.

Mercenaries from Hong KongWhat if Show Brothers made Wild Geese? Watch all of this, because oh man, the last ten minutes have more action that every film that will come out next year.

Magnificent Ruffians: What good are martial arts in a world of guns? A lot, as it turns out, as four ruffians find one another and the joy of practicing combat.

Ten Tigers of KwangtungTwo shadowy killers are wiping out the legendary Ten Tigers and their disciples in a movie that flashes back to their past and present. Will they have a future?

My Young AuntieThis aunt isn’t an old maid. Instead, she’s tougher than all of the jerks trying to take her estate away.

The Bare-Footed Kid: Directed by Johnnie To, this is a remake of Chang Cheh’s Disciples of Shaolin and stars Aaron Kwok as  Kwan Fung-yiu, the bare footed kid of the title.

You can get this set from MVD.

You can also stream all of these movies on the Arrow player. Visit ARROW to start your 30-day free trial. Subscriptions are available for $4.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

Kino Cult Midnight Movie double feature deep cuts in December

This December, the Kino Cult linear FAST channel streams deep cuts of cult horror titles as thematically-paired “midnight movie” double features throughout the month all free with ads. They play at midnight EST.

Kino Cult is a free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films, Kino Cult also has hundreds of new and rare theatrically released cult hits, all presented in beautiful high definition. Additionally, Kino Cult offers an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month.

My recommendations:

December 2: Zombie Lake and A Virgin Among the Living Dead

December 7: The Killing Kind and Night Tide

December 9: Schizo and The Flesh and Blood Show

December 11: The Awful Dr. Orloff and Dr. Orloff’s Monster

December 19: Justine and Sinfonia Erotica

December 30: Fascination and Night of the Hunted

What’s On Arrow Player In December

Arrow Player will have the following movies in December:

December 5: Start your holiday early with The Leech, one of the wildest movies I saw this year.

December 9: Fright Christmas has cold weather thrillers like The Deeper You Dig, Kolobos and The Chill Factor. Plus, check out Horror Hospital and Ghost House.

December 12: J-Horror Legends include Ringu, Ringu 2, Ringu 0, Ringu: Spiral, Dark Water, Audition, One Missed Call, One Missed Call 2 and One Missed Call Final.

December 16: Go back in time with Paul Joyce’s documentary Out of the Blue and Into the Black, a look at American independent film production post-Easy Rider, which has interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper, Monte Hellman and Roger Corman.

December 23: The Monster Club, The House That Dripped Blood and You Talkin’ to Me, which is the story of Robert De Niro with commentary from Quentin Tarantino.

Video Nasties: The Driller Killer, Tenebrae and Blood Feast.

December 30: The Stepfather II, The Stepfather III and Stanley Kubrick: The Invisible Man.

The Best of 2022: The Beta TestThe Sacred Spirit, The Righteous, Take Back the Night, Hotel Poseidon and Two Witches.

Head over to ARROW to start watching now. Subscriptions are available for $6.99 monthly or $49.99 yearly. ARROW is available in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland on the following Apps/devices: Roku (all Roku sticks, boxes, devices, etc), Apple TV & iOS devices, Samsung TVs, Android TV and mobile devices, Fire TV (all Amazon Fire TV Sticks, boxes, etc), and on all web browsers at https://www.arrow-player.com.

What’s On Shudder: December 2022

Shudder is finishing 2022 in the scariest way possible. Plans start at under $5 a month and you can get the first week free when you visit Shudder.

Click on any of the links to see an in-depth article on the movie.

December 1: The premiere of the Shudder exclusive A Wounded Fawn, plus Night of the Comet and every single A Nightmare On Elm Street movie. You can read about those movies in our multiple-part series: part one, part two and part three.

December 9: Christmas Bloody Christmas

December 12: Shudder has so much giallo showing up, including The Police Are Blundering In the DarkThe Killer Is One of ThirteenGirl In Room 2AThe French Sex MurdersMy Dear KillerAutopsyMurder MansionCrazy Desires of a MurdererArabella Black Angel, The Killer Is Still Among Us and The Sister of Ursula.

December 16: The Apology and Joe Bob’s Ghouldtide Get-Together

December 22: Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge

December 29: Burial

Plus The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans and the premiere of two new series, Doomsday and Beyond the Dark.

BACK IN STOCK – Drive-In Asylum Special #3 from 2018, HOLIDAY HORROR!

The holiday season gets the DIA treatment with an assortment of reviews and ads for films taking place during Thanksgiving, Xmas & New Years. Black Christmas, Home for the Holidays, Silent Night Bloody Night, Rene Cardona’s Santa Claus…. and many, many more! Visit Groovy Doom on Etsy to buy.

While you’re there, you can also get the 1979 Yearbook, Tribute To Horror Hosts, 1981 Yearbook and  back issues containing ads and articles about some of your favorite movies.