Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1970s Collection recap

The Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1970s Collection is a great set. But you know us — we love Mill Creek. To learn more info on this one, check out their here or order it from Deep Discount.

This collection of 1970s Columbia movies is definitely worth the price, as is their Through the Decades: 1960s Collection.  Click on any of the titles of these films to see our full review:

The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) – A stuffy author enters into an explosive relationship with his neighbor, a foul-mouthed, freewheeling prostitute.

A Walk in The Spring Rain (1970) – The Merediths move to an isolated farm. Mrs. Meredith and the neighbor Will Cade become friends and anticipate becoming lovers.

$ (Dollars) (1970) – A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.

The Anderson Tapes (1971) – After Duke Anderson is released from prison after ten years for taking the rap for a scion of a Mafia family, he cashes in a debt of honor with the mob to bankroll a caper.

Brother John (1971) – A man who returns to his hometown for a funeral may have a much larger purpose in life than those around him can see.

The Horsemen (1971) – Drama depicting rural life in contemporary Afghanistan and the Afghani people’s love for an ancient traditional sport similar to horseback polo.

Gumshoe (1971) – Nightclub comedian Eddie Ginley puts an ad in the paper as a private eye. The case he gets turns out to be a strange setup and as he digs to the bottom of it his life starts falling apart.

The Last Detail (1973) – Two Navy men are ordered to bring a young offender to prison, but decide to show him one last good time along the way.

The Stone Killer (1973) – A top New York detective is sent to Los Angeles where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

For Pete’s Sake (1974) – A housewife tries to finance her cab-driving husband’s education.

Fun With Dick and Jane (1977) – When an upwardly mobile couple finds themselves unemployed and in debt, they turn to armed robbery in desperation.

Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1960s Collection recap

Over the last few days, we’ve been checking out Mill Creek’s Through the Decades: 1960s Collection: As you know, Mill Creek collections are where it’s at. You can see some info on this set on their site here or order it from Deep Discount.

This collection of 1960s Columbia movies is pretty fun. You can click on any of the titles of these films to see our full review:

Who Was That Lady? (1960) – Ill-advised by a pal, a chemistry professor falsely claims he is an undercover FBI agent in order to cover-up his marital infidelity but his lie, although swallowed by his wife, gets him in trouble with the real FBI, the CIA and the KGB.

The Notorious Landlady (1962) – An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.

Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) – A love-struck landlord tries to convince a pretty tenant to dump her fiancé and give him a chance.

Good Neighbor Sam (1964) – To help his divorced neighbor claim a substantial inheritance, a family man poses as her husband. The ruse spills over into his career in advertising, and his recent promotion relies on his wholesome and moral appearance.

Lilith (1964) – A war veteran gets work at a mental institution where he meets the beautiful, but eccentric, Lilith.

Baby the Rain Must Fall (1965) – In Texas, a woman and her young daughter head down to another town where the girl’s irresponsible, hotheaded and immature father has just been released from prison on parole.

Genghis Khan (1965) – During the thirteenth century, the shy Mongol boy Temujin becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan, who unites all Mongol tribes and conquers most of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Mickey One (1965) – After the mob tries to kill him for an unknown reason, a comedian steals the identity of a homeless man and goes on the run.

The Chase (1966) – The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Luv (1967) – About to nervously jump off a bridge, scrawny Harry Berlin is a barely functional human being. Just as he attempts to leap off the bridge, he is distracted by Milt Manville, an old friend from fifteen years ago.

How To Save A Marriage (And Ruin Your Life) (1968) – When a carefree bachelor tries to get his best friend to drop his mistress and return to his wife, he finds himself with romantic problems as well.

Hook, Line & Sinker (1968) – A man is told by his doctor, and best friend, that he has a terminal illness. At his wife’s urging, he lives life to the fullest, racking up insurmountable debts. When the damage is done, his friend the doctor tells him that he’s not dying.

What’s on Shudder: February 2022

February isn’t the longest month, but Shudder is bringing maybe one of their best lineups ever. Check it out!

February 1

Tales from the Hood and Tales from the Hood 2: Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott created one of the best horror anthologies ever and have followed it up with several sequels. While the second one is a mixed bag, the first one is unstoppable brilliance.

Tales from the Crypt: Demon Night and Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood: Speaking of one film being way better than the other, Demon Night is a great blast of 90s horror. Bordello? Yeah, not so much.

The Boris Karloff Collection: Now this is why we pay for Shudder! All month long, check out the new documentary Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster, The Black Cat, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, The Mummy, Son of Frankenstein, The Old Dark House and Black Sabbath.

Cherry Falls: In the wake of the 90 slasher comeback, this movie has always felt forgotten. It’s exciting to see that it’s going to be on Shudder.

Queen of the Damned: Lestat plays rock ‘n roll in a movie based on the book that your mom definitely bought.

Roh: In this Malaysian movie, a family finds a girl covered in clay who soon leads the spirit world to their real world.

February 2

Blood Glacier: A leaking glacier? Man, do we need things to get any worse?

The Last Winter: More eco-terror, as drilling leads to the kind of worldwide damage that they make movies like this about. Meta, huh?

February 3

Slapface: A boy hides in the woods before he finds something else that may be unfriendly to everyone but him in this Shudder exclusive.

February 7

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A strange ride that finds two siblings lost in their own world being confronted by their half-sister and a major change in their lives.

Entwined: A doctor comes to a small village and falls in love with a local girl, but things are never what they seem, right?

Fragile: A nurse at a childrens’ hospital struggles to keep her patients safe.

February 8

I Blame Society: A filmmaker attempts to finish her film, no matter who has to be hurt.

February 10

All the Moons: A young girl caught in the middle of the horror of war is rescued by either a vampire or an angel in a Shudder exclusive.

February 11

Joe Bob’s Heartbreak Trailer Park: Two movies, four guests, lots of broken hearts as Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy are back for a Shudder special.

February 14

Knocking: We saw this at Fantastic Fest and it’s a tense and trapped tale of one woman facing a frightening place to live or finally going insane.

Corporate Animals: Demi Moore plays the CEO that takes her team on a dangerous retreat.

I Am A Ghost: Stuck in the same house, Emily gets a clairvoyant therapist.

Silent Retreat: After the movies on this day, will anyone want to go anywhere to work on themselves and their career?

Spring: I’ve always wanted to see this — a man falls in love with a woman who may not identify as a human being.

Eat Brains Love: You can’t get a wood sign for this movie at Hobby Lobby.

February 17

They Live In the Gray: A social worker must use her psychic powers to save an at-risk family in this Shudder exclusive.

February 21

Dawn of the Beast: Graduate students try to find Bigfoot. Bad idea.

Dogs: The grandson of a mob boss learns that the don and his men won’t let their property go, even after death.

Detention: School goes very, very wrong after a student wakes up at her desk and learns that she’s trapped in a nightmare.

February 24

Hellbender: We saw this Shudder exclusive at Fantastic Fest and it’s a wild ride about mother and daughter witches who are also a heavy metal band in the woods. It gets way stranger than that description…

Plus, A Discovery of Witches season 3 ends February 19.

What are you excited about in February on Shudder?

Mill Creek Zombie Collection

The Mill Creek Zombie Collection has four different comedic zombie films, including Attack of the Lederhosen ZombiesGranny of the DeadAttack of the Killer Donuts and Harold’s Going Stiff. You can learn more on the official page and buy it at Deep Discount.

Click on any of the links to learn more, as we’ve done full reviews on each movie.

Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies: Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarders is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.

Granny of the Dead: Regular guy Ed awakes one morning to find that his grandmother has become one of the living dead. While trapped in his home Ed tries to survive the day, keep his house zombie free, stay alive and save the day.

Attack of the Killer Donuts: A chemical accident turns ordinary donuts into bloodthirsty killers.

Harold’s Going Stiff: Harold is suffering from a frightening new disease that is turning him into a zombie. After an experimental new treatment fails, Harold’s condition deteriorates and he ends up on the run from a group of violent vigilantes who are out for blood.

What’s on Shudder: January 2022

This isn’t an ad — we just really dig watching Shudder. After all, there are tons of great movies, all focused on the horror genre, and this month may be one of the most exciting the service has provided.

Here’s what’s playing!

January 1

  • The Blood on Satan’s Claw: This month is packed with folk horror and there’s nothing better than this British freakout!
  • Witchfinder General: If you’ve only seen Vincent Price play over-the-top roles, then check this one out. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies and has a tremendous influence on the world of doom metal too.
  • The Wicker Man: Honestly, if you only watch two folk horror movies, January’s first day has everything you need.
  • Sinister: I usually dislike everything made past the 80s, so trust me when I say that this 2012 film is worthwhile and packed with darkness.
  • Lake Mungo
  • Eve’s Bayou

January 3

January 4

January 5

  • Vinegar Syndrome’s Homegrown Horror box set is now available on Shudder! Check out the near-indescribable Beyond Dream’s DoorFatal Exam and Winterbeast.

January 6

January 10

  • If you haven’t purchased Severin’s Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched, Shudder not only has the doc — look for an expanded review posted soon — but several of the movies that were on the All the Haunts Be Ours set, including Il Demonio, Alison’s BirthdayLeptriciaClearcitWilzcyzcaLake of the DeadTilburyLokisEdge of the Knife and Eyes of Fire.

January 16

  • The Runner: Check out this movie by Boy Harsher, which is also their new album.

January 17

January 20

  • The Last Thing Mary Saw

January 24

  • The Last Matinee: Influenced by giallo and slashers, this is another interesting pick up for Shudder.
  • Dachra

January 27

  • Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster: A documentary on one of the original horror film heroes.

There are also new episodes of A Discovery of Witches to watch.

What are you excited about on Shudder this month?

KINO CULT ADDS 20 NEW TITLES FOR JANUARY

There are twenty new films available to stream as of today on Kino Cult, the new free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films. These films join a growing list of 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.

Here’s what’s new:

Cub (director Jonas Govaerts) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/cub

Young Boy Scout Sam (Maurice Luijten) is the victim of bullying at the hands of the rest of his troupe and one of his pack leaders. On a camping trip Sam runs into a feral boy in the woods who suspiciously fits the description of an old folk legend called Kai. Sam tries to warn the others but is unaware the real danger comes from a crazed poacher instead.

The Dead Ones (director Jeremy Kasten) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/dead-ones

For four outcast teens, summer detention means being assigned to clean their high school after a horrific incident. But they are not alone; a macabre gang wearing guises of The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse — Famine, Pestilence, War and Death — has locked them inside and is hunting them through the school’s ravaged hallways. As the four students battle to survive, each must confront the supernatural echoes of past traumas they have struggled to forget – and may be condemned to relive.

Demoniacs (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/demoniacs

A Poe-like study of guilt and revenge, Demoniacs (Les Démoniaques) concerns a band of “wreckers” who rape and murder two young sisters, the survivors (Lieva Lone, Patricia Hermenier) of a ship they have lured into coastal rocks and plundered. The ghostly sisters haunt the Captain and obtain help from a mysterious clown (Mirielle d’Argent) who leads them to an impressive disused cathedral. There they meet a gnostic priest (Ben Zimet) standing guard over a cell that harbors the Devil himself (Miletic Zivomir), who empowers the angelic girls sexually with the evil necessary to exact their revenge.

Dracula’s Fiancee (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/draculas-fiancee

As Euro-horror pioneer Jean Rollin (Requiem for a Vampire, The Iron Rose) approached the sunset of his career, he distilled the dreamlike images and themes of his work into films that were deeply personal and unapologetically cryptic. Dracula’s Fiancee stars Jacques Regis as a vampire hunter whose pursuit of the descendants of Count Dracula leads him to a convent (The Order of the White Virgins), where supernatural beings of a parallel world are unleashed, including a bloodthirsty ogress (Magalie Aguado), a wolf-woman (Brigitte Lahaie, Fascination), and a young woman who is being prepared as Dracula’s bride (Cyrille Iste).

The Flesh and Blood Show (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/flesh-and-blood-show

Billed as “An Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality,” Pete Walker’s The Flesh and Blood Show is an homage to the blood-splattered, sex-smeared theatre known as the Grand Guignol. Still haunted by an especially tragic production of Othello, a seaside theatre reopens its doors as a groovy musical revue, only to have several of its performers fall victim to the deadly curse.

For Men Only (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/men-only

A sophisticated London fashion columnist takes a job with a small-town publisher and “moral crusader,” much to the dismay of her rich, jealous boyfriend. The “crusader,” however, turns out to be not quite what he says he is…

Marquis De Sade’s Justine (director Chris Boger) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/marquis-de-sades-justine

Without a family, penniless and separated from her sister, a beautiful chaste woman will have to cope with an endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who will claim not only her treasured virtue but also her life.

Mercy, the Mummy Mumbled (director R.W. Phillips) https://www.kinocult.com/short/mercy-mummy-mumbled

A professor of Egyptology seeks a mummy for experimentation. A young man devises a scheme to give the professor his desire in hopes of winning the hand in marriage of the teacher’s daughter.

Peek-A-Boo (director Lillian Hunt) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/peek-boo

Mastered from an original 35mm print and presented in cooperation with Something Weird, Peek-A-Boo is a filmed record of a 1953 burlesque show, shot on location at the New Follies Theater in Los Angeles. A time capsule of live adult entertainment in the era of pasties-and-a-G-string, Peek-A-Boo showcases performances by Venus, Patti Wagggin, the Duponts, and baggy-pants comedians Leon DeVoe and Billy Foster.

Permissive (director Lindsay Shonteff) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/permissive

Suzy arrives in London with nowhere to stay and meets Fiona, a groovy bird who has settled into a relationship with Lee, a singer/bassist in a rock band. Fiona is, in the parlance of the Swinging Sixties, a “groupie,” and she turns Suzy on to a secret world of pleasure, vice, and psychedelic music.

Reckless (director Joram Larsen) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/reckless

Two ex-cons kidnap a millionaire’s daughter and hold her for ransom, only to see their scheme go awry when she proves herself to be more cunning than expected.

Scarlet Street (director Fritz Lang) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/scarlet-street

A box-office hit (despite being banned in three states), Scarlet Street is one of legendary director Fritz Lang’s (M, Metropolis) finest American films. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson, Double Indemnity) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain-slicked gutters of an eerily artificial back-lot Greenwich Village, he plunges into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris’ obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph in the most satisfyingly downbeat denouement in the history of American film.

Scavenger Hunt (director Michael Schultz) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/scavenger-hunt

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World meets The Cannonball Run, populated with 1970s TV stars whose popularity is on the wane. With a star-studded cast, bizarre cameos, and an absurd premise, Scavenger Hunt is an underrated camp comedy classic. After the sudden death of Milton Parker (Vincent Price) his large cast of quirky extended family members and houseworkers are sent on a wild goose chase of a scavenger hunt with the goal of inheriting his $200 million estate.

School for Sex (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/school-sex

Lord Wingate, acquitted after appearing in court for fraud, starts up a ‘finishing school’ to teach girls how to extract money from rich men, in return for a percentage of their gains. He enlists the help of the Duchess of Burwood (Alcoholic Aristocrat played by Rose Alba) as a teacher and Hector (Cockney Geezer played by Nosher Powell) as a fitness instructor. A probation officer friend supplies the first batch of pupils fresh from Holloway prison via a clapped-out old minibus. Suspicious neighbors and police together with newspaper reports naming the prison girls now hobnobbing in high society results in a raid and a new court appearance for Lord Wingate. The Judge sentences him but plots to start up his own school for sex.

The Stewardesses (director Al Silliman Jr.) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/stewardesses

A single eventful night in the lives of a crew of Los Angeles-based, trans-Pacific stewardesses, as they experiment with drugs and engage in various sexual encounters.

Suspense (director Lois Weber) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/suspense

Filmmaker Lois Weber mimicked the techniques of D.W. Griffith (and upped the ante with several visual innovations) in what is possibly the finest example of the race-to-the-rescue melodrama. When a hobo invades a secluded home occupied by mother and child, a frantic phone call summons the police to their aid.

Two Orphan Vampires (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/two-orphan-vampires

Two Orphan Vampires (Les Deux Orphelines Vampires) follows Henriette and Louise (Isabelle Teboul and Alexandra Pic), two blind girls of unknown origin, raised in an orphanage by two adoring nuns. Little do the nuns know, each night as the sun goes down, their “little angels” acquire night vision (they “see blue”), as well as an appetite for blood and teenage mischief.

Wither (director Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/wither

A group of naive young people has their carefree weekend in an isolated country house thrown into turmoil when one of them accidentally unleashes a mysterious and murderous creature trapped in the basement. As the demon begins to attack the couples, the blood-drenched body count mounts and, with it, more creatures with a taste for human flesh. The dazed young men and women soon mount their own desperate counter-attack, an attack that includes decapitations, dismemberment, spurting blood, flailing axes, and the kind of gore not normally associated with Swedish cinema!

Zombie Lake (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/zombie-lake

Conceived by one master of erotic horror (Jess Franco) and pseudonymously directed by another (Jean Rollin), Zombie Lake weaves the tale of a contemporary French village haunted by water-logged Nazis slain by the Resistance. With little regard for narrative subtlety, the film veers from the shamelessly exploitive (as when a women’s volleyball team skinny-dips in zombie-infested waters) to the tearfully sentimental (depicting a young orphan girl’s psychic connection to one of the walking dead). Beneath its garish surface, however, Zombie Lake embraces several themes that run throughout Rollin’s body of work, showing that this eclectic artist could not help investing even a playful film such as this with his personal sensibilities.

You can download the Kino Cult app in the U.S. and Canada and watch free on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and at www.kinocult.com.

Gigi Graham’s Deucember Picks!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our friend Gigi Graham — whose site Midnight Movie Monster is an ongoing inspiration to our site — has selected a different movie for every day of December, or Deucember. We want more people to read the awesome stuff that she writes, so here’s everything about this annual month of movie madness from Gigi herself:

Deucember is a yearly event from the crew over at The Grindhouse Cinema Database. Anyone can participate, and the goal is simple. Watch at least one exploitation film per day, and share it with the rest of the community via the hashtag #Deucember on social media. Unlike a lot of other monthly movie events, there are no scavenger hunt conditionals or specific subgenre restrictions. Skin, sin, and splatter are all fair game, in a choose your own adventure journey to the heart of the discarded and disreputable corner of cinema. With participants checking in from all over the world, it’s also a great opportunity to discover new titles from the fringes.

As someone who finds the winter holiday season stressful, Deucember is the perfect chance to check out of the usual festive folderol and take a deep dive into my ever expanding watch lists, and choose 31 films to watch and review over 31 days. Each year I agonize over the perfect playlist like I’m making a crush a mixtape, and in a certain sense, I kind of am. What could a certified midnight movie monster love more than obscure cinema? Not much. 

Here’s a compendium of my Deucember reviews for 2021, and where you can watch each title. The holidays come but once a year, but discovering the perfect piece of oddball cinema is forever.

DAY 1: Cry for Cindy: For 2021’s big opening, we’re going hardcore. Porno chic, censorship battles and the (double) life and times of a beautiful blond disco queen in 1976’s high class call girl opus Cry For Cindy.

Available on disc as part of Vinegar Syndrome’s Peekarama line, as an Anthony Spinelli triple feature with Touch Me and Act Of Confession.

DAY 2: The Nesting: A porn director makes a bid for the mainstream, and ends up with a Section 3 video nasty. Gothic novels, ghost hookers and Gloria Grahame in 1981’s The Nesting.

Streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi, also on disc via Blue Underground.

DAY 3: Sweet Trash: A criminal syndicate run by a super computer forces a hard drinking, debt ridden longshoreman on the lam. Hookers, headhunters and old New York in 1970’s Sweet Trash.

Available on double feature disc with The Hang Up, as part of the Vinegar Syndrome Drive-In Collection.

DAY 4: The Black Room: A sexy swingers’ pad in the Hollywood hills draws a married couple into a tangled web of kink, infidelity & vampirism in undeservedly obscure 1982 sex & death classic The Black Room.

This hasn’t had a home release since the VHS era, prints occasionally pop up on popular streaming sites from time to time.

DAY 5: Bonnie’s Kids: A pair of sultry sisters shoot their abusive stepfather & flee to L.A. only to find bigger problems in the big city. Mobsters, closet cases and bickering hitmen….EVERYONE is looking for Bonnie’s Kids (1972).

Streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 6: The Hard Road: Pretty Pamela spirals from unplanned pregnancy to the most perilous depths of sex, drugs & rock and roll in Gary Graver helmed tower of teen peril…1970’s The Hard Road.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video

DAY 7: Madness: A weekend getaway turns from holiday to horror when an escaped convict launches a home invasion to recover his hidden $300 million lira. Warhol superstar Joe D’allesandro stars in 1980’s Madness.

Streaming on Kanopy and an edited cut is on Amazon Prime.

DAY 8: Night of 1000 Cats: Time to take a trip south of the border for some Mexican horror. Pretty beaches! Pretty women! Sociopathic playboys with murderous house pets! It’s time for Night Of 1000 Cats (1972).

Streaming on Tubi, Amazon Prime and Pluto TV.

DAY 9: Room 43/Passport of Shame:An innocent French waitress gets entangled with a vice racket. A London cabbie & his friends are the only ones who can save her. Gutter noir & blonde bombshell Diana Dors in Passport To Shame (1958).

Streaming on BFI Player Classics.

 

DAY 10: Francy’s Friday: A beautiful blonde turns the suburbs into a swinging place in this 1972 oddball softcore “couples” adult film. Not just any Friday, It’s… Francy’s Friday.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video.

DAY 11: Naked Massacre/Born for Hell: A shellshocked Vietnam vet gets stranded in Belfast, his obsessive nature & fractured mind about to spell terrible tragedy for a house full of nurses. It’s time for 1976’s bleak, based on a true story terror Naked Massacre.

Available as Born From Hell uncut and on disc from Severin, edited Naked Massacre cut streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 12: Common Law Wife: When a wealthy oilman wants to swap his live in girlfriend for a sexy stripper, a cavalcade of double crosses and sleazy secrets lead to murder. Lust in the Texas dust aside, it isn’t easy to get rid of a Common Law Wife (1963).

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video

DAY 13: Mad Foxes: An aging Spanish playboy goes to war with a Nazi biker gang in left field rape revenge meets martial arts meets softcore meets heavy metal manic mess of a movie….. its the genre hopping 1981 sleazefest Mad Foxes.

The uncut version is available on DVD from Full Moon, the 69 minute edit is streaming on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

DAY 14: New York After Midnight: Betrayal, bisexuality and blood on the (disco) dance floor in pornographer Jacques Scandelari’s stylish exercise in exploitation thriller, 1978’s New York After Midnight.

This also hasn’t had a home release since the VHS era, prints occasionally pop up on popular streaming sites.

DAY 15: Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century: It’s the credited collie, fishbone comb, Italian/Canadian monster mash of copyright infringement cinema….1977’s Yeti: Giant Of The 20th Century.

Streaming on Tubi and Night Flight.

DAY 16: The Night God Screamed: Murder, men of God and a faux Manson family torment a former Old Hollywood star making a genre turn in 1971’s regional exploitation grab bag The Night God Screamed.

Hasn’t had a proper home release since the VHS era. As always, keep an eye on the popular streaming sites.

DAY 17: She Shoulda Said No!: Art imitates trash imitates life as moral panics and double standards destroy a beautiful blonde’s life in the marijuana mad meta, ripped from the headlines 1949 exploitation cheapie She Shoulda Said No!

Streaming on Amazon Prime, Direct TV and Paramount+, available on disc via Something Weird and Kino Lorber.

DAY 18: The Meatrack: A beautiful bisexual hustler can’t escape his past, even when immersed in the thriving gay underground culture of bathhouses, bawdy theaters and adult bookstores in 1970’s The Meatrack.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video.

DAY 19: She Mob:

A badass butch lesbian leads an all girl gang on a caper that leads to kink, blackmail and a kidnapped gigolo. Hold on to your bullet bras and black stockings, it’s 1968’s She Mob.

Available on disc from Something Weird and the American Genre Film Archive.

DAY 20: Horror Safari:

Deception and death follow a band of fortune hunters looking for a lost stash of gold in 1982 jungle jamboree Horror Safari.

Available on disc from Severin, streaming with an edited cut and its original title (Invaders Of The Lost Gold) on Amazon Prime.

DAY 21: Cover Girl Killer: Wow! is a popular pin up magazine….beautiful young women are just dying to be on the cover. There’s a psycho loose in the Soho streets, can Scotland Yard stop him before it’s too late? Find out in 1959’s Cover Girl Killer.

Streaming on Amazon Prime.

 

DAY 22: Evil Come, Evil GoStreet preacher Sarah Jane is going to cure the world of casual sex & sinful men, one stab at a time. She’s even indoctrinated a new Sister into her bloody order. It’s 1972’s sleazy, softcore slash fest Evil Come, Evil Go.

Available on disc from Vinegar Syndrome as part of The Walt Davis Collection triple feature disc, alongside Oh! You Beautiful Doll and Widow Blue.

DAY 23: Lady, Stay Dead: Sun, sand and a sex obsessed handyman spell doom for a diva. Too bad her sister proves much harder to kill. It’s sun drenched Ozsploitation sleaze in 1981’s Lady, Stay Dead.

Available on a Code Red disc that is now out of print, but pretty easy to find on the secondary market.

DAY 24: Teenage Seductress: A writer becomes dependent on his pretty new secretary. Will he discover her dark secret before he finds his life destroyed by a Teenage Seductress (1975)?

Available on disc from Vinegar Syndrome, as a double feature with Little Miss Innocence.

DAY 25: Test Tube Babies: It’s a Christmas miracle…of life. Can a newfangled medical procedure save a married couple from booze, bickering and boredom? Find out in 1948 white coater Test Tube Babies.

Available as a digital download from Something Weird Video, there’s also an edited cut streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 26: StuntsStuntpeople know putting their lives on the line is an occupational hazard, but it’s not usually a murderer that they have to worry about. Death follows the crew of an action film in 1977’s Stunts.

Streaming on Amazon Prime.

DAY 27: Shanty Tramp: A Southern fried slattern leaves murder and mayhem in her wake with her conniving machinations. A landmark of regional hicksploitation sleaze, can anyone survive the night with Shanty Tramp (1967)?

Available for digital download via Something Weird Video and streaming on MUBI.

DAY 28: Lurkers: You can never go home again, which beautiful cellist Cathy learns the hard way. Let the bridge & tunnel kids call them ghosts, in Roberta Findlay’s New York City we call them Lurkers (1988).

Available on a double feature disc with Prime Evil from Vinegar Syndrome.

DAY 29: Lady Cocoa: When a gangster’s moll goes state’s evidence, both the cops and the criminals get way more than they bargained for. The impossibly lovely Lola Falana stars in Lady Cocoa (1975).

Streaming on Tubi, Brown Sugar and The Film Detective. Available on a double feature disc from Vinegar Syndrome with The Candy Tangerine Man.

DAY 30: The Love Statue: LSD Experience: Bohemians, big doses & bitchy brunettes all plague a painter in New York City’s Greenwich Village. But did they drive him to murder? Or was it just a bad trip? It’s David Durston’s The Love Statue: LSD Experience (1965).

Available on a Secret Key DVD that is currently out of print, but still available on the secondary market.

Day 31: Hollywood Horror House/Savage IntruderAn aging actress makes a handsome stranger into her personal gigolo. A familiar story…..except this time it involves miniature drug dealers, a lot of colorful checkerboards, and electric knife dismemberments. To see 2021 out, it’s regional hagsploitation/hippie hangover hybrid Hollywood Horror House (1970).

Available on disc from Vinegar Syndrome.

B&S ABOUT MOVIES APRIL MOVIE THON ANNOUNCEMENT!

We love getting new people on board here at B&S About Movies and have come up with a really simple way for you to be part of our site.

All April long, we’ll have thirty themes as writing prompts. If you’d like to be part of it, you can just send us an article for that day to bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com or post it on your site and share it out with the hashtag #BSAprilMovieThon.

Just think — you have several months to get ready to share your thoughts with us and be part of our film community. We can’t wait to see what you write.

Here are the themes!

April 1: Go ahead, fool us — Whether this movie has a literal fool in it or a funny person known for acting ridiculous, start the month off with something silly.

April 2: Teen comedies for adults — Remember the days of frats, gratuitious nudity and horrifying revenge framed as harmless pranks? Tell us about that movie!

April 3: Failure at launch — A big movie debut ruined by the reality that no one wants to see that actor, actress or director.

April 4: Ripoff — A shameless remake, remix or ripoff of a much better known movie. Allow your writing to travel the world (we recommend Italy or Turkey).

April 5: Roger Corman’s birthday — You have a few movies to choose from, whether Corman produced, director or was involved in them.

April 6: Jackie Chan — Whether it’s a police story, a drunken fighter or even one of his more recent films, we want to celebrate Jackie all day.

April 7: Think of the children — Pick a movie that was controversial for how potentially damaging that it would be to the children who are our future.

April 8: Day of silence — The Day of Silence is a campaign that seeks to shed light on what many LGBTQ youth experience daily. Share a film that explores those themes.

April 9: National Unicorn Day — Yeah, there’s a day for everything. Share a movie that stars a unicorn.

April 10: Seagal vs. Von Sydow — One is a laughable martial artist. The other is a beloved acting legend. You choose whose movie you watch, it’s both of their birthdays.

April 11: Mr. Crowley — The number eleven symbolizes the union of the Microcosmos and the Macrocosmos, as the sum of the 5 and the 6, being the 5 related to the Pentagram and the 6 related to the Hexagram. So, 11 joins the meanings of both the correlations and means the All*. Even if you don’t believe in love under law and all that, just write about an Aleister Crowley-related movie.

April 12: 412 Day — A movie about Pittsburgh (if you’re not from here that’s our area code). Or maybe one made here. Heck, just write about Striking Distance if you want.

April 13: (Evil) Plant Appreciation Day — It ain’t easy being green. Pay tribute to all the plants with a movie starring one of them.

April 14: Viva Italian Horror — Pick an Italian horror movie and dig into the pasta sauce and gore.

April 15: Good Friday — You don’t have to go to church but you do have to watch a religious-themed movie.

April 16: Ladies First — Write about a movie with a strong female lead.

April 17: TV to Movies — Let’s decry the lack of originality in Hollywood. But first, let’s write about a movie that started as a TV show.

April 18: Drop A Bomb — Please share your favorite critical and financial flop with us!

April 19: Pre-1950 — Let’s go back in time and discuss a movie made a long, long time ago.

April 20: Screw the Medveds — Here’s a list of the movies that the Medveds had in their Golden Turkey Awards books. What do they know? Defend one of the movies they needlessly bashed.

April 21: Lugosi Love — What’s your favorite Bela Lugosi movie?

April 22: Earth Day Ends Here — Instead of celebrating a holiday created by a murderer, share an end of the world disaster movie with us. But seriously, treat the planet right!

April 23: Embarrassment — What movies do actors or directors not put on their list of credits? Let’s dish.

April 24: Reincarnated (and it feels so good) — Hey it’s Shirley McClaine’s birthday, so let’s write about movies that have a reincarnation theme.

April 25: Fads — Lambada. Disco. Garbage Pail Kids. What’s your favorite fad-related movie?

April 26: Oh Giorgio! — Pick a movie with a Giorgio Moroder score. Here’s a list to get you started.

April 27: Lost Comic Book Movies — Forget the MCU. Let’s talk about superhero movies that no one is talking about.

April 28: Alan Smithee — IMDB has 115 movies credited to the Alan Smithee pseudonym, which was created by the Directors Guild of America for use when a director doesn’t want their name on a movie.

April 29: Movies with Friday in the Title — TGIF. So pick a Friday movie and share it with everyone.

April 30: Drugs, Drugs, Drugs — Close us out by getting us super high and sharing your supply.

We can’t wait to see what movies you choose!

*Thanks, Thelemapedia.

Januscary in Pittsburgh!

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will be showing five horror films at the Harris Theater in downtown Pittsburgh from January 1-6, 2022.

Click on any of the titles of the movies to see our reviews, as we saw several of these at Fantastic Fest this year.

Saturday, January 1 — The Thing: Kick off Januscary with a FREE screening of The Thing when you purchase tickets to the other films in this series! Do we have to tell you just how important this movie is? I sure hope not!

Saturday, January 1 – Thursday, January 6 — Hellbender: Toby Poser, John Adams, and their daughters Zelda and Lulu made The Deeper You Dig and this film follows that with the tale of a mother and daughter who share a love of metal, isolation and witchcraft before the lur eof power takes hold. Get more info here.

Sunday, January 2 – Monday, January 3 — Night DriveRussell is a driver in Los Angeles who’s reeling from a series of bad decisions. While his life seems to be caught in a downward spiral, a business proposition from an alluring but enigmatic passenger named Charlotte proves too good to turn down. Get more info here.

Sunday, January 2 — Eyes of Fire: The seminal American folk horror film, unavailable on home video for decades, is playing JanuScary as a new 4K restoration from Severin Films and AGFA. An adulterous preacher is ejected from a small British colony with his motley crew of followers, who make their way downriver to establish a new settlement but wander into the heart of darkness in a film that definitely inspired The Witch. Get more info here.

Tuesday, January 4 — Let the Wrong One In: Matt is a little too nice for his own good. When he discovers that his older brother Deco has turned into a vampire, he’s faced with a dilemma: Will he risk his own life to help his sibling, with blood being thicker than water? Also — Giles from Buffy is in this. Ticket info is here.

Wednesday, January 5 — We’re All Going to the World’s FairCasey, an isolated high schooler, has decided to take the World’s Fair Challenge, a role-playing horror game with the alleged power to enact real-world body modifications and emotional effects. Showtimes and more info are here.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Harris Theater is one of the most active arts facilities in the region showing art films nearly every day of the year. Formerly known as the Art Cinema, the Harris Theater represents a milestone in the redevelopment of Liberty Avenue. The Art Cinema was the first moving picture house in Pittsburgh to commercially show art movies until competition from other city theaters led to its conversion to an adult movie house in the 1960s. As part of its mission to transform the Cultural District, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust purchased and restored the facility. That may make us sad a little — yes, we love that Pittsburgh got nicer downtown but we do love a scuzzy theater — but hey, the Harris is BYOB!

For more info, visit The Harris Theater website.

KINO CULT CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH MORE MIDNIGHT MOVIE MADNESS FOR DECEMBER

There are twenty new films available to stream as of today on Kino Cult, the new free ad-supported streaming destination for genre lovers of horror and cult films. These films join a growing list of hundreds of new and rare theatrically released cult hits, all presented in beautiful high definition. Additionally, Kino Cult is now offering an ad-free subscription plan for $4.99 per month for the first time.

Here’s what’s new:

Babylon (director Franco Rosso) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/babylon

Young reggae DJ Blue (legendary singer Brinsley Allan Forde) is trying to make a name for himself in the 1980s London music scene. He has a steep uphill battle: not only is he a total unknown, but he has to fight against Thatcher-era politics both artistically and personally. Babylon is an intimate and raw look at the racism, xenophobia, and police brutality of the 1980s.

Black Gravel (director Helmut Kautner) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/black-gravel

Helmed by Helmut Käutner (Port of Freedom), Black Gravel is hard-boiled cinema at its most cynical. In this gripping Cold War noir, tensions simmer between residents of a small German village and the soldiers of a U.S. military base. Postwar economic hardship has turned the town of Sohnen into a vice district. The women serve as entertainment for the GIs, while the men struggle for survival in the black market. Black Gravel continues the gritty tradition of “Trucker Noir” begun by They Drive by Night, The Wages of Fear and Thieves’ Highway.

The Devil Lives Here (director Rodrigo Gasparini, Dante Vescio) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/devil-lives-here

Three teenagers go on a trip to visit their friend Apolo at his family’s farm for a weekend of fun. At the same time, Sebastião and his younger brother Luciano are getting ready to perform the spiritual ritual their family has been tasked with every nine months, for centuries. On the night the two groups meet, they find out that what they thought were scary tales becomes more than real. It is now up to them to prevent evil from being born and taking over the world.

The Frontier (NOIR) (director Oren Shai) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/frontier

A neo-noir neo-Western in the spirit of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino, The Frontier follows a female drifter (The House of the Devil’s Jocelin Donahue)as she steps into a desert motel run by a mysterious woman (Kelly Lynch), inhabited by a violent gang of thieves vying for control of a stash of cash. An official selection of SXSW 2015.

German Angst (director Jorg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/german-angst

German Angst consists of three short tales, each more depraved than the last. Final Girl details the exploits of a lonely girl, her guinea pig, and a secret in the basement. Make a Wish is a supernatural entry about a deaf couple and their magical talisman. Finally, Alraune follows a man whose hedonism takes him on a horrific journey. It’s a horror anthology that’s not for the faint of heart.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (director Sophie Fiennes) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/grace-jones-bloodlight-and-bami

The life and career of Grace Jones—prolific musical artist, androgynous icon, and glam pop staple—documented in a film just as bold, unpredictable, and dedicated as she is. The film follows Jones everywhere, onstage and off, revealing a determined artist navigating the pitfalls of a professional music career, a woman returning to visit her family and cultural homeland, as well as the massive on-stage legend she’s become.

Happy Times (director Michael Mayer) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/happy-times

A boorish Israeli-American couple plans a Sabbath dinner party for a group of fellow ex-pat friends and family in their Hollywood Hills mansion. What could possibly go wrong? Well, start with a deadly mix of alcohol, add inflated egos, some inappropriate lust and top with raging jealousy and the result is a cauldron of murderous mayhem. A shotgun, garden shears, kitchen knives and even a garbage disposal are used as weapons of choice as these deranged guests turn on each other in director Michael (Out in the Dark) Mayer’s outrageous and bloody comedy.

The Hitch-Hiker (director Ida Lupino) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/hitch-hiker

Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (actress Ida Lupino), The Hitch-Hiker is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is the tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert. 2K Restoration from 35mm elements preserved by the Library of Congress.

House of Mortal Sin (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/house-mortal-sin

Pete Walker continued his series of religious-themed exploitation films with the scathing House of Mortal Sin. Father Meldrum (Anthony Sharp) is a Catholic priest more dedicated to the word than most. His strict belief in “divine justice” influences him to take rather extreme measures to redeem the lost and punish iniquity.

House of Whipcord (director Pete Walker) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/house-whipcord

House of Whipcord follows fashion model Ann-Marie (Penny Irving) as she is lured into a private reform school to be punished for her sexual liberation. Disciplined by a zealous warden (Barbara Markham) Ann-Marie must rely on her will and the help of her roommate (Ann Michelle) to escape this school of horrors. An undeniable influence on Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, Pete Walker’s film was at the time a reaction to the rising conservatism in British media.

Lips of Blood (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/lips-blood

Jean-Loup Philippe stars as Frederic, a maternally-dominated young man who by chance is awakened to a dormant childhood memory by attending a launch party for a new perfume. A chateau pictured in the poster reminds him of a night, long ago, when he was lost and a beautiful young woman (Jennifer, played by Forever Emanuelle‘s Annie Belle) came out of nowhere to protect him through the night. Later, the woman—unaged—magically appears and beckons to him, and Frederic finds his way back to the chateau and to her, uncovering some dark secrets about his family’s past along the way.

The Living Dead Girl (director Jean Rollin) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/living-dead-girl

Catherine Valmont (Françoise Blanchard), a wealthy heiress dead before her time, is accidentally reanimated when some unfortunate movers attempt to store drums of chemical waste in the neglected burial vaults below her uninhabited chateau. Bloodier and more violent than his own tastes preferred, Living Dead Girl forced Rollin to work against the grain in his own preferred genre—and he transformed himself in the process.

Losing Ground (director Kathleen Collins) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/losing-ground

The first feature film directed by an African American woman, Losing Ground follows a black professor of philosophy as she embarks on an intellectual quest just as her painter husband, sets off on an exploration of joy. Victor decides to rent a country house away from the city, but the couple’s summer idyll becomes complicated by their extramarital explorations. The film is notable to genre fans as the second pairing of actors Duane Jones (Night of the Living Dead) and actor/filmmaker Bill Gunn, after their 1973 cult classic Ganja and Hess.

Miss Zombie (director SABU) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/miss-zombie

In a not-so-distant future, zombies have been partially domesticated by scientists and sold to rich families in Japan as slaves. One of these undead indentured servants—lucid enough to vaguely remember her past—becomes the pet of an influential Japanese family. Disrespected by her owners and abused by citizens, Miss Zombie’s animalistic instincts kick in, leading her to rise up against her oppressors.

Night Tide (director Curtis Harrington) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/night-tide

Prepare for Guillermo Del Toro’s’ Nightmare Alley with this carnival-themed psychological mystery. Dennis Hopper (Blue Velvet) plays a young sailor on leave who meets a woman working as a sideshow mermaid, who is rumored to have caused the deaths of her previous two lovers. The sailor must balance his growing affection for the siren and the increasing number of warning signs. Featuring occultist Marjorie Cameron as the Sea Witch.

Post Mortem (director Pablo Larrain) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/post-mortem

Mario (Alfredo Castro) is an unassuming state employee who transcribes notes during autopsies. Furtive and lonely, he becomes obsessed with his neighbor, the dancehall girl Nancy (Antonia Zegers), who is involved with a group of left-wing activists. With the coup, and the death of President Salvador Allende, Nancy’s friends are hunted down, and Mario’s hospital becomes clogged with the bodies of dissenters. Soon the violence filters into Mario’s psyche, and he begins to break down, much like his country.

Red Christmas (director Craig Anderson) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/red-christmas

Horror legend Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters) stars as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. When a misshapen young man named Cletus appears at their door, things soon change from petty insults to bloody, imaginatively orchestrated violence as Wallace attempts to protect her family from the vengeful intruder. The film deliriously infuses comedy, dark family secrets with outlandish gore and adds the always controversial subject of abortion in its blood-stained mix.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (director Nicholas Webster) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/santa-claus-conquers-martians

Renowned as a holiday cult classic, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is one of the most amusing films ever made. It tells the story of the depressed children of Mars, who can only be brought out of their funk through the jolly cheer of Old St. Nick. So the Martian leaders travel to Earth and kidnap two local kids (one played by an 8-year-old Pia Zadora) and Kris Kringle himself. Brought back to the Red Planet, they are forcibly installed in a factory to make toys. But you can’t manufacture happiness, with Santa having to teach his alien overseers the true meaning of Christmas.

Un Chien Andalou (director Luis Buñuel) https://www.kinocult.com/feature/un-chien-andalou

With its closeup shot of the slicing of an eyeball, Un Chien Andalou is a cinematic gauntlet thrown down by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. Almost a century old, the surrealist short masterpiece has lost none of its power to confound and shock an audience.

You can download the Kino Cult app in the U.S. and Canada and watch free on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google TV, iOS, Android and at www.kinocult.com.