GIALLOPALOOZA PRIMER!

Get ready! Starting tomorrow, the Drive-In Super Monster-Rama is presenting “Giallopalooza”, two big nights of classic, fully restored giallo thrillers from such maestros as Dario Argento, Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci and Sergio Martino!

On Friday, September 17, the line-up will be What Have You Done to Solange?, Torso, A Lizard In a Woman’s Skin and The Cat O’Nine Tails. Saturday, September 18 they will present Deep Red, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Blood and Black Lace and Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key.

Admission is $10 per person each night (children 12 and under FREE with adult guardian). Camping on the premises is available each night for an additional $10 a person, and that includes breakfast.

Advance tickets are available online at the Riverside Drive In’s webpage.

Here are the eight movies. To read a deeper review, just click on the link.

What Have You Done to Solange?: When a philandering teacher romances a student on a boat, they are witness to a murder on shore, the first of many that may be caused by the actions of the teacher.

Massimo Dallamano started his Schoolgirls in Perili trilogy, which includes What Have They Done to Your Daughters? and Rings of Fear, with this mixture of the German krimi film and the Italian giallo. He’s aided an abetted by an Ennio Morricone score and cinematography by Aristide Massaccesi, which is the real name of the man with so many of them, Joe D’Amato.

Torso: A serial killer is using a red and black scarf to murder several gorgeous college women. Is even an escape to a resort far away far enough?

Sergio Martino is one of the absolute master directors of giallo and while this film flirts with the slasher by the end, it still has many of the trademarks of the genre. It also has an astounding sequence where the masked killer appears in the morning mist that gets me every time.

A Lizard In a Woman’s Skin: The daughter of a British politician witnesses a death in one of her dreams and when she wakes up, she’s the suspect in this journey through madness.

If you only think of Lucio Fulci as a gore director — well, there’s goes in the too — this is one movie you need to discover.

The Cat O’Nine Tails: A newspaper reporter and a puzzle-obsessed blind journalist — and his niece — attempt to solve murders connected to a pharmaceutical company’s experimental, top-secret research project.

Dario Argento’s second film in the Animal Trilogy was written by Argento with Dardano Sacchetti and Luigi Cozzi. It’s also notable because it has two leads familiar to American audiences, James Franciscus and Karl Malden.

Deep Red: The murder of a psychic leads a pianist and a journalist on their own investigation into just who could be committing a series of horrific crimes.

Argento’s first team-up with both Daria Nicolodi and Goblin. Plus, this movie has perhaps the most frightening appearance of a doll ever.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage: An American in Paris witnesses an attempted murder and tries to solve the mystery. But does he remember everything?

Dario Argento’s 1970 film was a hit worldwide, signalling a rush for nearly any Italian exploitation director to make films with animal titles, black gloves, POV killers, jazzy soundtracks and no small number of murders.

Blood and Black Lace: A fashion house of ill-repute is where models engage in sin and pay the price in a movie that is quite literally a pornography of violence (and style).

This is my favorite giallo of all time and you have no idea just how excited I am to see it play out on the big drive-in screen, the places where movies are most meant to be viewed.

Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key: I remember in the time before I watched this movie where I’d just stare at the poster and the title and wonder, how is this even a real thing? And it is, a glorious Sergio Martino-directed opus.

Also released as Gently Before She Dies, Eye of the Black Cat and Excite Me!, Martino’s fourth giallo is a direct reference to the note the killer leaves for Edwige Fenech in his first take on the form, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh.

Remember — the event is this Friday and Saturday with admission just $10 per person each night (children 12 and under FREE with adult guardian). Camping on the premises is available each night for an additional $10 a person, and that includes breakfast. Advance tickets are available online at the Riverside Drive In’s webpage. I hope to see you there — stop by and ask for a drink of J&B or one of the many cocktails I’ll be making up for the evening.

Night one cocktails:

Che cosa hai fatto al gatto nero? AKA Drinks of The Black Cat (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1 oz. blue curacao
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. lemon-lime soda
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  1. Fill a shaker halfway with ice, then add curacao, vodka and lime juice. Shake.
  2. Add soda and stir.
  3. Pour cranberry juice into a tall glass. Over the back of a spoon, strain the mixed ingredients over the cranberry juice and see how gorgeous it looks, like Barbara Bouchet showing up in motorcycle gear in Perversion Story.

Una mela che porta le tracce della violenza AKA The Apple Murders (from the J&B site)

  • 1 5 oz. J&B
  • 4 oz. sparkling apple juice
  • Apple, cored and sliced
  1. Put on black gloves and play with a switchblade, noticing how it catches the light.
  2. Core and slice apple, then place in glass with ice.
  3. Pour apple juice and J&B over top. Enjoy!

Night two cocktails:

6 drink per l’assassino AKA Blood and Penny Black Lace (adapted from this recipe)

  • 1.5 oz. J&B
  • .5 oz. pink grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz. honey syrup
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Dash of bitters
  • A cherry
  1. Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker until cold.
  2. Told with a cherry, then watch out for spiked gloves to the face.

L’uccello dal piumaggio giallo AKA The Bird Who Dreamed of Another Cage (adapted and changed from this recipe)

  • 1.5 oz. rum
  • .75 oz. Campari
  • .5 oz. lime juice
  • .5 oz. maple syrup
  • 1.5 oz. pineapple juice
  1. Watch a murder happen with no context, then get dragged into the investigation.
  2. When that’s done, pour everything into a shaker with ice, shake it up and pour into a glass. Enjoy!

The artwork for this article comes from Bill Van Ryn and it’s awesome.

JOIN TONI LAWRENCE THE STAR OF PIGS TO WATCH, WELL, PIGS ON THE DIA DOUBLE FEATURE!

Oh man! We have a big star in our midst this week! Toni Lawrence will be on hand to discuss and share her memories of her role in 1973’s Pigs. You can join us at 8 PM EST on the Groovy Doom Facebook page.

Up first is, of course, Pigs! You can watch it on Daily Motion.

During the show, we shared thoughts on the film, ad galleries and a cocktail for each movie. Here’s the first one!

Daddy’s Deadly Cocktail AKA The 13th Drink, Liquor Farm, Daddy’s Girly Drink, The Strange Exorcism of Bailey’s Irish Cream, The Strange Love Cocktail and Roadside Liquor Chamber

  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 splash of cream
  • 1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  1. Mix everything into your shaker with ice, then shake it up until it’s cold. Serve over ice.

Up next, well, how about some necrophilia? Cool? You can watch Love Me Deadly on YouTube.

The Daddy Embalmer (based on this recipe)

  • 1 oz. sour apple pucker
  • 1 oz. blue curacao
  • .5 oz. rum
  • 5 oz. pineapple juice
  • Splash of lemon-lime soda
  1. Shake everything up, then pour over ice.
  2. Top with soda and think fond thoughts of your daddy.

See you on Saturday!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Week III: Round Up

Hey, dude. Never say never. So goes another “Rock ‘n’ Roll Week” in the can. If you’re here expecting our insights on Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman or Rock of Ages, then you’ve come to the wrong website. Really, you should know us better by now.

Let’s rock and round ’em up, mijo. Turn it up and twist it off.

Image courtesy of Wall Paper Cave/Banner by R.D Francis/type by PicFont.

The reviews:

After Party Massacre (2011)
Angel, Angel Down We Go, aka Cult of the Damned (1969)
A Bullet for Pretty Boy (1970)
Bandwagon (1997)
Black & Blue: Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult (1981)
Belcebu (2005)
California Girls: The Motion Picture (1983)
Concrete Angels (1987)
The Colors of Infinity, aka Fractals: The Colors of Infinity (1995)
Cucumber Castle (1970)
The Face with Two Left Feet (1979)
Forty Acre Feud (1965)
Hail Caesar (1994)
Immortal (1995)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Kentucky Jubilee (1951)
Ladies and Gentleman: The Fabulous Stains (1982)
La Discoteca (1983)
A Letter from Death Row (1998)
Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over (2021)
Music (2021)
No Code of Conduct (1998)
Pajama Party (1964)
Possums (1998)
Punks Os Filhos da Noite (1982)
The Red Right Hand (2001)
Rockin’ Road Trip (1985)
Rock ‘N Roll Cop (1994)
Schemers (2020)
Screwball Hotel (1988)
She’s Allergic to Cats (2020)
Summer Job (1989)
Splitz (1982)
Square Dance Jubilee (1949)
Thunder Alley (1985)
Touch (1997)
The Urge to Kill (1989)
Varieties on Parade (1951)
Vibrations (1996)
Vinyl Dolls (2002)
Yesterday (2019)
Zachariah (1971)

And our features:

The Beatles Influence on Film: Part 1
The Beatles Influence on Film: Part 2
The Beatles Influence on Film: Part 3
Exploring: The Films of Don Kirshner
Exploring: Neil Merryweather on Film

You can catch up with all of the movies we reviewed during our previous “Rock ‘n’ Roll Week” blow outs I and II back in July 2020 and September 2020.

And there’s more reviews to discover with these features:

Drive-In Friday: Elvis Racing Night
Drive-In Friday: Fast & Furious ’50s Style Night
Drive-In Friday: Heavy Metal Horror Night
Drive-In Friday: Movie Punks
Drive-In Friday: Musician Slashers Night
Drive-In Friday: Rock, Rock, Rock
Drive-In Saturday: Punk Night II
Drive-In Friday: USA’s Night Flight . . . Night!

Exploring: Eddie Van Halen on Film
Exploring: 50 Gen-X Grunge Films of the Alt-Rock ‘90s
Exploring: The Films of Tawny Kitaen
Exploring: Movies Based on Songs
Exploring: Radio Stations on Film
Exploring: Ten Bands (and More) Made Up for Movies

No False Metal Week
Messed Up and Musical Week
Ten Band Cameos in Movies

“Heavy Metal Movies”
During the last week of May/first of June 2021, we paid homage to the late Mike McPadden with a week of movies that appear in his book, Heavy Metal Movies. If you love your metal, you’ll love these movies.

Another of Mike’s great film reference guides is Teen Movie Hell.

Billy Jack (1971)
Bloodstone: Subspecies II (1993)
Bordello of Blood (1996)
Caligula (1979)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Detroit Metal City (2008)
The Devils (1971)
Dredd (2012)
Electric Dragon 80,000 V (2001)
Escape from New York (1981)
Excalibur (1981)
Faces of Death (1978)
Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill! (1965)
Heavy Metal (1981)
Slaughterhouse Rock (1988)
Evil Dead (1981)
The Manitou (1978)
They Live (1988)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Videodrome (1983)

Will there be a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Week IV”? No sleep ’til Squirrel Hill, baby . . . see you in 2022!

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.
Jennifer Upton is a floater and swing-shift QWERTY warrior at the B&S Bar ‘n’ Grill and an American (non-werewolf) writer and editor based in London. You can visit her at JenniferUptonWriter.com.

JOIN G.G. GRAHAM FOR THIS WEEK’S DOUBLE MAD DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE

This week, we’re joined by G.G. Graham from Midnight Movie Monster and many more places as she comes back for a second time to bring us two wild movies. We get started at 8 PM EST on the Groovy Doom Facebook page and we’ll get done at, oh, 2 AM or so.

Our first movie is The Boogey Man, which you can watch on YouTube.

Every show, we discuss the films, show an ad gallery and even have drink recipes. Here’s the one for the first movie.

Boo-Dew Man

  • 5 oz. Mountain Dew
  • 5 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. Malibu rum
  1. This one is simple. Just mix it in a glass over ice. Watch out for evil mirrors, though.

The Psychopath AKA An Eye for an Eye is up next and you can it on YouTube.

The Psychopath (taken from this recipe)

  • 5 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • .25 oz. amarula cream liqueur
  • .25 oz. rum
  1. Layer the liquor in this order: Kahlua, amarula, then rum.
  2. Do the shot and be nice to Mr. Rabbey and his pals.

See you Saturday!

Check out Giallo of the Month Club’s new episodes!

We’re big fans of Dianna Koch’s Giallo of the Month Club podcast. She’s got a huge new episode where she got the opportunity to speak with James Wan, the director of movies like Dead Silence and The Conjuring, as well as the upcoming giallo-influenced Malignant.

She also has another episode up that covers a movie we’ll be getting to shortly, The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears.

Dianna really understands the form and, if it can even be possible, makes me want to watch more giallo!

You can listen to the new episodes wherever you find podcasts or right here!

Check out this amazing ad gallery for Pigs from Drive-In Asylum!

Check out Bill Van Ryn from Drive-In Asylum as he breaks down the advertising history of Pigs with a collection of newsprint images for the 1973 cult film, also known as Daddy’s Deadly Darling, Roadside Torture Chamber, Love Exorcist and several other titles!

Want more Drive-In Asylum? Just visit their online shop to order back issues or watch the live show every Saturday night at 8 PM EST! You can also order the new Shout! Factory Halloween disks to see even more of Bill’s ad finding work!

ALL MURDER, ALL GUTS, ALL FUN WITH NEON BRAINIACS ON THIS WEEK’S DIA DOUBLE FEATURE!

This week, we’re joined by Ben and Gregg from Neon Brainiacs, a podcast sorting out the good, bad and schlock of 80’s horror movies. We’ll be starting at 8 PM EST on the Groovy Doom Facebook page where we’ll talk about the movies, see the ad campaigns, make two cocktails and more.

Our first movie is Silent Scream, which you can watch on YouTube.

For this one, we’ve come up with a cocktail perfectly paired with this early slasher.

Silent (Green) Scream

  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 3 oz. Midori
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 6 oz. sour mix
  1. Shake it all up in a shaker and wonder how awesome the cast of Silent Scream is.
  2. Then, as you think of drinking with Cameron Mitchell, pour this over ice.

Up next is the 1984 weirdo slasher Disconnected, which you can watch on Tubi.

Here’s the drink!

The Necrophiliac

  • 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. light rum
  • 1/2 oz coconut rum
  • 1/2 oz. Midori
  • 4 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  1. Pour everything into a shaker and don’t answer the bleeding phone.
  2. Shake well and pour into a glass.

See you on Saturday!

GET READY FOR THE STREETS OF LA (AND CPR DOLLS RAISING CHILDREN) THIS WEEK ON THE DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATURE!

This week, we’re joined by Ben Raphael Sher, the producer of Eli Roth’s History of Horror, for a night of movies that we’ll figure out how they fit together when we get to it. We’ll be starting at 8 PM EST on the Groovy Doom Facebook page where we’ll talk about the movies, see the ad campaigns, make two cocktails and more.

Up first is 1984’s honor student by day, hooker by night Angel! Man, if you were in a video store in the 80s, you saw this one and you probably brought it home. You can watch it on Tubi.

While you don’t need to drink during these movies, we do love to make mixed drinks. Please, as always, enjoy them responsibly.

Hollywood Hooker

  • 2 oz. vanilla rum
  • 2 oz. coconut rum
  • 1 oz. cranberry juice
  • 1 oz. pineapple juice
  1. Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker and mix until its as cold as possible. Seriously, shake it up like your name is Razzle Dazzle.
  2. Serve over ice and stay off the boulevard!

Our second movie is one that I can’t wait to watch with our audience. 1988’s Pin is one of the strangest ones we’ve shown and just imagine what that entails. You can watch it on YouTube.

Here’s the beverage for our second feature.

Sex in the Doctor’s Office

  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. peach schnapps
  • 1 oz. Chambord
  • 1 oz. Midori
  • 2 oz. grapefruit juice
  1. Pour all the ingredients into a shaker, grapefruit juice last.
  2. Mix it up and try not to get upset by this movie.

We can’t wait for Saturday!

Introducing the new Mego Figures and The Topps Company exclusives!

We love movies — did you know that? — and just as equally, we love having toys that are based on the movies that we adore so much. Back when Sam first started collecting toys, way back around 1977 or so, his first superhero toy was a Mego Pocket Heroes Aquaman. After a few years, he had just about every Mego he could get his hands on, including that amazing Thing figure that had a fabric rock costume!

Starting this week, those Mego dolls are now available for the first time through Topps, the folks who sold you baseball cards and cool stuff like Dinosaurs Attack!

Topps.com will feature the most iconic action figures throughout the decades, from every genre imaginable. The exclusive Mego figures, including new characters and reimagined classics — we can spy Chucky, the Rocketeer and Hannibal Lecter in the photos they sent us — will be available to purchase only through the Topps website, with new action figures releasing every Monday!

These exclusive Mego figures will be available in a variety of sizes, including a combination of 8-inch and 14-inch versions.

The first two exclusive figures are Shazam! and Black Adam, who is due for a new movie starring the Rock soon. To learn more — and get a 10% offer — just visit the Topps site today!

DISCLAIMER: This is no ad. We were asked to share this out and thought it was pretty cool. I mean, don’t you want a Cliff Secord Mego figure on your desk? How about that General Ursus figure?!?

THE DRIVE-IN ASYLUM SINGLE FEATURE GETS BLOODY THIS SATURDAY!

Of all the slashers, The Prowler just may be my favorite. Is it because everyone seems like they’re in some kind of dream? Is it the World War II opening and soldier slasher villain? Or is it because Tom Savini literally went wild with every gory impulse he had? Who can say!

You can watch The Prowler on Tubi with us on Saturday night at 11 PM EST.

Join us and Patrick Walsh from Scream Queenz on the Groovy Doom Facebook page before and after the movie to get ads, cocktails and a lively discussion of the movie.

Here’s the recipe for this week! In tribute to this film’s other title of Rosemary’s Killer, I decided to go Prohibition Era cocktail this week.

Rosemary’s Bee’s Knees

  • 2 oz. gin
  • .75 oz. lemon juice
  • .5 oz. rosemary honey syrup
  • .75 oz. orange juice
  1. To make the rosemary honey syrup, bring a 1/2 cup of water and a 1/2 cup of honey to a boil for five minutes, stirring until the honey dissolves. Reduce heat to low, add five sprigs of rosemary and cook overcovered for half an hour while you stir occasionally. Strain and throw away the rosemary. You may want to do this a day or so before and then place it in your refrigerator.
  2. The rest is easy: just mix it all together in a shaker and shake it up until you see the whites of their eyes pop out. Serve over ice with a sprig of rosemary and some lemon peel, if you’re fancy and going to a post-World War II dance. Just watch out for knives, bayonets and pitchforks.