Very few figures in the landscape of cult cinema had the polarizing effect that Jesus “Jess” Franco had. The director helmed The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962), Vampyros Lesbos (1971), A Virgin Among The Living Dead (1973), Exorcism (1974), Barbed Wire Dolls (1976), Bloody Moon (1981), and many more
04/03/2013 - 7:00pm
Actor David Early passed away last month at the age of 74. The born-and-raised-Pittsburgh performer never became a movie star, but his small roles impacted genre film history in a major way.
03/27/2013 - 4:00pm
After these recent blog posts, I was hit with a number of questions about the post-production of Ice From The Sun. Often, people assume this movie was edited on a non-linear computer editing system (with film grain and scratches added during post), because that’s how movies are edited these days. Not so. All the film grain, scratches, and debris are authentic… and post-production would have been much easier if I really had edited this film on a computer.
03/26/2013 - 11:00am
In Part 1 of this journey, I began revisiting the production of an older movie of mine, the bizarre horror/experimental feature Ice From The Sun, shot entirely on Super 8 film.
03/22/2013 - 12:00pm
Jörg Buttgereit’s notoriously moist horror/gore film Nekromantik (1987) has been churning stomachs for two and a half decades. In honor of this German film’s 25th anniversary, a new DVD release is planned for May 2013 by Titan Video.
03/19/2013 - 3:00pm
In last week’s blog entry, I reminisced a bit about an older film of mine, Ice From The Sun. I don’t think about this film very often - it is from a extremely different, long ago era of my life. However, after the blog entry went up, I was struck by the interesting questions I received, which focused on the technical and logistical aspects of this one-of-a-kind production. (The fact that we shot Ice From The Sun on Super 8 film seemed to be of particular interest.)
03/14/2013 - 3:00pm
With the demise of the drive-in theater rose the behemoth home video industry – and a torch was passed from one era of low-budget directors and producers to a new batch of underfunded fringe filmmakers. These fresh faces had new technology, and a new distribution game… but a similar reckless abandon and rebellious tenacity as their b-movie forefathers.
03/07/2013 - 2:00pm
An older film of mine, Scrapbook (1999), was re-released at the beginning of this year as a signed and numbered Limited Edition VHS. Vultra Video released this collectable incarnation of Scrapbook – and they’re up to their old tricks again.
02/27/2013 - 3:00pm
There are $175 million studio films bolstered by major star power. There are $20 million “independent” films with established mainstream actors in them. And there are micro-budget films from the underground – made with almost no money at all. My occasional delve into the inky blackness of this underground cinema keeps me up-to-date about what is being produced around the world by small crews, tiny budgets, and rebellious filmmakers behind the camera.
02/21/2013 - 3:00pm
If I listed my top ten favorite film actors/actresses, living or dead, a minority of them could claim significant contributions to the horror genre. George C. Scott, however, is on my list, has been celebrated in the mainstream, and has made impressive contributions to horror cinema.