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
Planet Terror Poster

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.

Death Proof European Poster

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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Black Dynamite – Comin’ at cha, sucka

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Black Dynamite Poster

Black Dynamite Poster

Black Dynamite is amazingly well done spoof of some of the best blaxpoitation films of the ’70s. Michael Jai White co-wrote this 90 minute epic from what I presume is a love and homage to some of the greats in the past. The camera work, acting, and one liners were so over the top that I could not stop laughing.

When you go into watching a blaxpoitation film you must expect some great things to come from it. Everybody talks jive except for “the man” or white people, generally referred to as honkys. I don’t think they were intended to make you laugh, but one thing is for sure the one-liners are definitely memorable.

Melvin Van-Peebles is one of the revolutionaries of this genre, if not the father, who created, starred, and directed Sweet Sweetback’s Bad Assssssssssssssssss Song. This particular film was not meant to be funny and it really wasn’t. It was just a good picture in my opinion especially if you knew the blood sweat and tears that went it it. The reason I am talking about Melvin and his film is because

Sweet Sweetback's Badasssssssss Song

Sweet Sweetback's Badasssssssss Song

Black Dynamite wants you to get interested in a genre that is long past our generation and I feel that his work must be viewed as well as Rudy Ray Moore’s Dolemite.

So, anyway, without further ado, please find this Black Dynamite at your local theater and check it out. It is well worth it! Check out both trailers and see the similarities for yourself!

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Shocktober #22 – Poultrygeist Night Of The Chicken Dead

October 22, 2009 Leave a comment
Poultrygeist Poster

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 #21 – Tromeo + Juliet

October 21, 2009 Leave a comment
Tromeo + Juliet 10th Anniversary

Tromeo + Juliet 10th Anniversary

Tromeo + Juliet
Release Date: 1996
Starring:Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele
Director: Lloyd Kaufman
Rated R

One of my favorite filmmakers, James Gunn, wrote the screenplay for our fourth installment of Troma-fest. Tromeo + Juliet is filled with some of the worst scenes I have ever seen in film. It includes lesbians, penis monsters, gratuitous violence, stock footage from previous Troma films and Lemmy from Motorhead. What else could make this movie more shocking? or right, the incest.

Tromeo + Juliet is a basic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s immortal classic Romeo and Juliet. Except it has been modernized to meet the standards of a Troma instant cult classic. This adaptation is set in modern day Manhattan where our narrator Lemmy introduces the two rival gangs. Tromeo loves Juliet but it is a forbidden love that their rival gangs will not allow. Juliet is sequestered by her father just like in the original but she is locked in a small cage where her abusive father can have his way with her. Watch as this classic is ripped apart and demoralized by the only people I would choose to remake it.

When I first saw this movie I thoroughly enjoyed them destroying a classic that bored me to death when reading. When it was released it was surprisingly received with rave reviews from some of the biggest magazines. This movie is a definite buy just because of shock value and cult status.

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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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