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Shocktober #31 – Midnight Shock Rock Opera

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

For the final film of the shocktober marathon, I would like to introduce and old favorite and a new favorite. Both of these films have great music and surprising casts. I can see myself watching these for the rest of my life. The first is one I have been watching for the past year and I got to go to the Chicago premiere. The latter is an old musical favorite that I have watched pretty much my whole life. So, in advance, thanks for reading this month and stay tuned for more reviews of the new and old happenings in hollywood film in the near future. Stay updated by being my friend on facebook or following my twitter!

 

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Repo Poster

Repo! The Genetic Opera
Release Date: 2008
Starring:
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Rated R

 

Seventeen and you can’t stop me! Seventeen and you won’t boss me! You cannot control me father! Daddy’s girl’s a fucking monster! -Shilo

 

If you know me personally you have probably heard of this opera. Masterfully done, this epic is a Shakespearean style storyline that deals with death, disease, and deception. Set in the future, an epidemic of organ failure has plagued the world with death. The only way to fix the diseased is to offer manufactured organs to the public and offer financing options on all types of surgery. The only problem is that you have ninety days of liquid before you get your Repo treatment. Geneco, the main corporation offering the organ financing, has Repo agents in the field that will repossess your vital organs. The repo men are feared by all including Geneco as what they do is protected by the government.

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Me(left), Terrence Zdunich(center),Darren Lynn Bousman(right)

Lionsgate was so afraid of this movie that it was not released theatrically nationwide. No, writer Terrence Zdunich and director Darren Lynn Bousman, had to take this show on tour to major cities for “One Night Only” shows at small theaters. Thankfully, Chicago had a following of Repo lovers and I was able to see this version in the theater. After the show, Darren and Terrence were able to have a Q&A where a lot of questions were answered about the release and production. So, give this one a chance. It is extremely different and nothing I have ever seen before. An amazing story, extraordinary musical score, and drama that keeps you on your toes.

 

 

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Rocky Horror Picture Show
Release Date:1975
Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Surandon, Meatloaf
Director:Jim Sharman

 

Frank-n-Furter it’s all over. Your mission is a failure, your lifestyle’s too extreme. I’m your new commander. You are now my prisoner. We return to Transylvania. Prepare the transit beam. -Riff Raff

 

Rocky Horror is a movie I watch on Halloween every year. Another great musical, with a suprising cast of characters, it is about Brad and Janet. This cute couple who recently engaged were on their way to share their news of the engagement with their college Professor. On the way, they get a flat tire and they result to going to the nearest castle to try and call for help. They are in for a night they will never forget.

 

Filled with sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, and science, Rocky Horror is synonymous with the midnight movie. Being the first obscure musical with subject matter that was not in the popular consensus, this movie struggled to be a hit. Although it was tough one to get made, it was an instant hit in the major cities and a movie I will cherish throughout the rest of my life.

 

 

Something old, something new, two movies I thought would close out this Halloween season well. I hope you all enjoyed this marathon as much as I did. I was able to revisit old movies that I haven’t seen in a long time and I was able to showcase a couple new movies of similar genres. Stay tuned for a special movie post for “Dios de los muertos” this Sunday, November 1.

 

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Shocktober #26 – The Descent

October 27, 2009 Leave a comment

The Descent UK Quad PosterThe Descent
Release Date: 2007
Starring:Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
Director: Neil Marshall
Rated R

Hailing from the UK, The Descent, was a smash hit and quickly became a cult favorite in the United States. It’s centered around a band of friends who go on a camping trip where they descend into a cave. This cave is charted according to their sporty group leader. What they find in the cave is unknown. The cave is inhabited by something not of this world and the girls find out quickly that there is no escape.

Surpisingly creepy, throroughly intense, this film will put you right on the edge of your seat. It goes for some cheap scares, but the thrill of them cave diving and not know where the tunnels lead or if they can escape is intense. There is such emotion in each character you practically love all of them. They are built so well that you feel sorry for some, but you want the adventure to continue. Wonderfully acted, beautifully directed, some of the scenes are breathtaking and you won’t take your eyes off of The Descent.

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Shocktober #25 – Hostel

October 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Special Edition DVD Poster (my favorite)

Special Edition DVD Poster (my favorite)

Hostel
Release Date: 2005
Starring:Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eyþór Guðjónsson
Director: Eli Roth

Completely underrated, Hostel, goes down as one of my favorite horror films of the last decade. Set in Slovakia, it centers around three backpackers who have ventured all around Europe looking for that unique experience. When that experience finds them it takes them all by surprise.

This was a suprise release in the winter of 2005, in my humble opinion. When I walked into the theater I had no expectations on how this picture was going to be played out. A lot of people think this is a softcore porn-horror film, but I beg to differ. There are only a couple of scenes that even showcase sex and maybe a couple more that involve nudity. What inspired Eli Roth behind this dark story was a website in Japan that sold tourists to the highest bidder for the bidders pleasure. Eli mainly centers around the death and macabre of the story. But does this really happen? Human trafficking is definitely a big deal especially in Eastern Europe, but is it possible that this story could really play out day after day? That is what made this movie so special to me is the realism. The question of if this happens in other countries. Does it happen in our own? Only the shadow knows.(10 points for people that understand that one.)

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Shocktober #24 – Grindhouse Double Feature

October 25, 2009 Leave a comment
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Planet Terror Poster

Planet Terror
Release Date: 2006
Starring:
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Rated R

Don’t shoot yourself. Don’t shoot each other. And especially… don’t shoot me. -Sheriff Hague

Who didn’t see this one coming? Planet Terror is the first feature film that follows the first mock trailer for Machete (which is in post production). It stars the likes of past and present superstars of the genre that include: Freddy Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Josh Brolin and Rose McGowan. This is not only an original work, but an homage to the schlock 80s horror film genre.

Planet Terror is basically a zombie action-horror picture. It starts out with an underground government deal over a toxic chemical that goes awry. When inoculated, this chemical has drastic effects on the physical body and mental state. Victims of the chemical turn into monster-like zombies that seem to decompose at an alarming rate. Definitely not the chemical one would want to ingest regularly. When the deal goes south the chemical gets released as an airborne pathogen and infects the local townspeople. It takes a small band of misfits to thwart this evil and escape from certain death and disfigurement.

One of the best things about this picture is the time and detail Robert Rodriguez put into the actual look and feel. It has dust scratches, terrible audio in some scenes, cigarette burns, and missing footage. It absolutely has the authenticity of a movie that made it’s rounds through the national circuit of theaters. Talk about a fun 90 minutes. Planet Terror has you rooting for the good guys. From the ex-federale El-Wray to the one-legged go-go dancer. This movie hits on all cylinders as a heart racing, action packed zombie thrill ride fun for the whole family.

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Death Proof European Poster

Death Proof
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Rated R

 

Because it was a fifty fifty shot on wheter you’d be going left or right. You see we’re both going left. You could have just as easily been going left, too. And if that was the case… It would have been a while before you started getting scared. But since you’re going the other way, I’m afraid you’re gonna have to start getting scared… immediately! -Stuntman Mike

Unlike the prior film, Death Proof is more of a suspenseful action-thriller than horror but it is necessary for shocktober because those movies are generally equally shocking. Quentin Tarantino uses real special effects to make his production more authentic for the viewer. The car crashes are real and the chase scenes involve true danger just as the movies that inspired it did.

The main focus in the story is about the former stunt man…Stuntman Mike as he eerily stalks a group of women while they are out on prowl. This sick man follows the women into a local tavern and finally interacts with them all. When they all leave the tavern in a drunk stupor Stuntman Mike follows them to a secluded road where he then hits in high gear and hits them in a head on collision. Stuntman Mike’s automobile is made to be Death Proof leaving him in the hospital and the girls in their graves. After he is healed up he heads halfway across the country to Tennessee to stalk again.

Quentin Tarantino follows suit with Planet Terror by keeping along with the style that you are viewing an ancient film. Terrible audio, obvious recycled backgrounds, and more missing reels continue with the authenticity of used, dried up film. Fantastically done and wonderfully acted by an all-star cast, Death Proof should not be missed.

First things fucking last.(10 points to whomever understands that opener) If you want the modern experience go ahead and buy them separately. Do not rent these just buy them. They are two perfectly executed films. Secondly, to get the full experience that these movies convey try to catch Grindhouse on Starz! or Netflix instant. As the DVDs are a fine choice the full experience of a double feature is lost. When you watch the double feature it begins with a trailer of Machete, the Planet Terror. After Planet Terror, the viewer is greeted with three more mock trailers that are directed and starring some Hollywood superstars of yesterday and today. I was able to catch this in the theater twice and it is an experience I will never forget.I have seen these movies so many times I can recite them. It’s 150 minutes of just good old plain fun. Don’t take my word just keep your eyes open for when Grindhouse becomes available on the television or Netflix.

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Shocktober #23 – Redneck Zombies

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Redneck Zombies

Redneck Zombies

Redneck Zombies
Release Date: 1987
Starring:Not necessary
Director: Pericles Lewnes
Rated R

“You Quit Your Sassin Boy, I Pulled You Out Of Your Mother And I’ll Shove You Right Back In!”

Banned in Germany, Redneck Zombies, is one of the very first straight to video concepts to ever be released. Very low budget, very schlocky, this is the best way to end the Troma-fest. This film should be watched by anyone who enjoys a good zombiefest. But, like all good Troma movies, I reccommend that you watch it with some buddies and perhaps a few beers.

Redneck Zombies is about a some school kids going camping and a handful of rednecks making moonshine in the woods. In the woods, there is a barrel of toxic waste left by the government and because the rednecks cannot read properly they try to use the stuff as an ingredient in their moonshine. The kids stumble upon the small band of rednecks and becomes a fight to survive the Redneck Zombies

Finally this movies was released on DVD in January as a 20th anniversary two years too late but whatever. You can get this from Netflix but I would just buy it because this is a classic that should be had by everyone. Definitely is a campy, crappy film but it has some amazing one-liners that can be found in pop culture today. Check it out, tell me what you think.

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Shocktober #22 – Poultrygeist Night Of The Chicken Dead

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment
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Poultrygeist Poster

Poultrygeist Night Of The Chicken Dead
Release Date:2006
Starring:Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff
Director:Lloyd Kaufman
Rating Unrated

And for the record, having a diaper fetish is a completely normal, healthy, and harmless bedroom activity. -General Lee Roy

C.L.A.M., Collegiate Lesbians Against Mega-conglomerates, musical ballads, zombie chickens, and an obscene use of fake blood make up the fifth iteration of troma-fest here in the shocktober list. This movie took forever to get to a dvd release as it was never found at a local theater in my area that I can recall. Although, this was a huge release for Troma that was able to tour the states and probably made it to Chicago but I did miss it and had to wait for my Limited Edition DVD to arrive in the mail.

It starts with two high school sweethearts and main characters Arbie and Wendy. They love eachother so much that they passionately make love on an ancient Indian burial ground before Wendy goes off to college. One semester later when Arbie travels back to the burial ground to soak in the memories of his only love he is surprised by what is now in its place. American Chicken Bunker, the world’s largest chicken fast food restaurant has ravaged the plain and erected a new location atop of the burial ground. Wendy and her new collegiate lesbian Micki stand at the front lines of a protest of the construction of this beast of a restaurant. That is, until waves of fried chicken gets tossed on all of the protesters they become obsessed with greasy flavor and saturated fats. But something is strange at the American Chicken Bunker. Something that is going on behind the scenes takes us into the world of the Poultrygeist.

Lloyd poses for a picture after signing Sgt.Kabukiman. He then signs my Poultrygeist soon after. Lloyd Kaufman(left), Me(center),Donald Scaggs(right)

Lloyd poses for a picture after signing Sgt.Kabukiman. He then signs my Poultrygeist soon after. Lloyd Kaufman(left), Me(center),Donald Scaggs(right)

Yet another Troma Studios release and yet another time I have to say that this film is not for everybody. It has a great commentary on fast food chains and how they are a scar on the American society. Although, the film boasts with schlocky humor as do all Troma releases. Check it out on Netflix if you are scared, but see if you can spot the Troma references and other horror film references throughout Poultrygeist.

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Shocktober #20 – Attack of The Killer Condom

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Killer Condom US Poster

Killer Condom US Poster

Attack Of The Killer Condom
Release Date:1994
Starring:Udo Samel, Peter Lohmeyer, Marc Richter
Director: Martin Walz
Rated No Rating

Every morning when I wake up, it all seems like a bad nightmare. But then I reach for my groin and face the absurd facts once more. -Detective Luigi Mackeroni

Obviously, Killer Condom was not released in the United States theatrically, but it recieved enormouse fanfare in most of Europe. Killer Condom is a very gritty, neo noir, B-rated film that is based in New York city and is very sexually charged(with a title like that how could it not).

Mainly, it is centered around Detective Luigi Mackeroni and one of his love interests Bob or as he likes to be referred to as Babette. When he investigates the hotel Quickie about a wave of crimes that involve the mutilation of male genitalia Detective Mackeroni also becomes a victim and has his testicles ripped off by the carnivorous condom.

This one is a reader and needs your utmost concentration on the wide array of characters. In other words, it’s in German and is kind of hard to get a handle on from the start. The hardest part about keeping up with it is not the reading but multi tasking enough to pay attention to the physical comedy on screen and the comedic dialogue. Netflix has this film on tap, but I would just grab it from Troma Store. Check out the trailer, check out the movie. Comment and let me know what you think.

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