Saturday, January 26, 2008

Baby's got rabies

A practically perfect marquee capture from the marvelous Cronenberg effort from 1976, Rabid. Party Swappers ( Franco marquee spellers be damned!) switch-hitting on a double bill of gentle erotic wonderfulness with Models For Pleasure along for the ride and all at Cinema Eve? A guy like me can dream and dream.

No More Pencils, No More Books

Trailer for Massacre at Central High (1976)!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside

What better way to hot things up on an icy-cold winter's night with some lurid imagery from the fevered imagination of Harold Robbins?

Trailer for The Carpetbaggers (1964).

Fashion show from The Adventurers (1970).

you are about to experience the outer reaches of future shock

I have a head cold. Now Jesse has a head cold. I gave it to him using my Darryl Revok-like SCANNER powers. Tomorrow his head will explode with phlegm (view this link - it is full of Can-Con).

Michael - you are next.

The True North Strong And Free

I've never been more proud to hold a Canadian passport in my life than when I came across this trailer. Lee Marvin as a Mountie! Hunting down fugitive Charles Bronson! With the help of Carl Weathers! And reunited with Angie Dickinson as his love interest! DEATH HUNT!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Grusin For A Bruisin'

Dave Grusin, who wrote the music for The Yakuza and The Friends of Eddie Coyle kicked out some serious 70's American paranoia soundtracks - here's the trailer for Three Days of the Condor if you need more proof.

don't FUCK with Andy Lau's fans! Or Andy!

This in from Grady Hendrix's fab blog Kaiju Shakedown:
Andy was giving a concert in Mainland China a fan broke through the security barriers to give him flowers and scream, "Wah Zai, I love you!" Andy shook his hand and then the security guards for the stadium jumped the fan and began punching and kicking him. Andy yells at them to stop, but they don't listen so...ANDY LEAPS FROM THE STAGE AND BEATS THEM UP. For real.
Read the full story and see the video of it here.

Still from BLOODY BROTHERHOOD (1989) taken from Hong Kong Cinemagic

note: Oops! Accidentally posted this to Popcorn & Sticky Floors, thinking I was on the page for my Kung Fu Fridays blog. I'll keep it here as it is still lurid enough to catch our audiences attention.

I'd like to dedicate this next one to...

Sexploitation: "The Libertine" Movie Trailer

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

The Oliver Reed Diet: Not All Roses and Sunshine

Colin, there are some downsides to the Oliver Reed diet...side effects include intimate tattoos, overturned minibars in the green room, and impromptu musical numbers.

my new years resolution - Ollie Reed's diet

which would you wear?

But you have to have a body like below to show it off. Nothing worse than a 90lb weakling in a Marilyn Munroe tee.


laid out on my floor

Here you go ladies - know you've all wanted a peek at the beautiful hardwood floor of this blog editor's swank pad, so here you go!

Picked these movie mags up a few years ago for 25 cents and just pulled them out from storage. And note the cool Marvel monster comic! I know thats making the ladies hot! Nothing like a sexy little glimpse of a grown man's comic collection...

Not going to scan them, but take the easy route and just take some snaps. One of them opened and I noticed a connection to the VHS of BREAKOUT that I gave Jesse for Xmas. We have to snap that cover for the blog! And Michael, your gift was that film on truckers on the highway of love...

From "Rona Barrett's Hollywood" June 1975

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Facsimile smile

In a wonderful case of what had to be wishful thinking, this porno company barely dipped deep into the clearly shallow coffers to push their film through eye-catching graphics that almost perfectly capture what could be, arguably, the most famous poster of all time. Either the artist was pressed for time or completely unable to obtain one of the scarce originals to go by as I feel this subtle doppelganger could almost go unnoticed by both the preoccupied patron or hurried passerby alike. They certainly did sell out of that impossibly popular piece of rolled paper at some locations. I think the added touch of an action sequence in the upper right actually adds to the overall allure of this gorgeous piece of film history. And it's a sequel even!
Whatever the case, it's always a joy to see some touchstone of popular culture represented in adult entertainment. It's like you're in on it and hip. It feels that way still now after twenty years and it must have then, remarkably fresh and fanciful after just six years or so.



Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Cure For What Ails You

After Michael's one-two of nauseating cookie-cutter trailers for Planet Normal movies, let me do what I can to restore one's faith in the potential art of the modern movie trailer - this is one of the best I've ever seen, for De Palma's Femme Fatale - of course it's the French bande-annonce - way too avant-garde for North American consumption but they did include it on the DVD. It tells you everything and nothing about the film at once...

I would preface your pressing play by saying 'spoiler alert!' but I think it only applies to people with photographic memory.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Marquis masochist

I watched the nearly unbearable Sugar Cookies last night. Neither Mary Woronov, Lynn Lowry or Jennifer Welles could save this repetitively dull stinker. Is there such a thing as a good Troma release? I'm doubting it. Even the transfer to DVD is poor and low budget. Big surprise! Oh well, I just had to see this due to my Mary devotion and Oliver Stone was a producer so that made me doubly curious.

One brief and gloriously sunshiny shot of Times Square raised my spirits and woke me up.

The Conformist, Redford and Mia Farrow delight!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Coming Disinclinations

I was thinking of starting something new where I would post a relatively current trailer (I don't want to always post trailers but it seemingly comes to that at times) that makes me feel physically ill or repulsed or both. The kind of thing that you just can't believe looks that bad and the film was made and completed and that's the thing that's trying to sell it, you know? I don't go to the cinema as often as I'd like and I only have two antennae-received channels of television to choose from so I don't see that many and, as a result, some really stand out. Sometimes when you see a new release, the trailer section can be a lot of fun if they're remarkably awful but only if that awful is done correctly and you're in the right frame of mind to be entertained by a clip from something you wouldn't take money to sit through unless you were felling particularly masochistic or stupid. I can remember laughing myself silly when I saw the theatrical trailer for 'Stigmata'. I think my friend and I laughed so hard that we actually went when it came. The trailer was better. That was before Youtube, of course, and I haven't seen it since.

I've chosen two recent pieces to share and I'm going with both this first time because when I was reviewing my thoughts I noticed that the pair come from the highly overpaid minds that were, in some capacity, also involved with "The Devil Wears Prada" which I also somehow missed during its run. They each seem to deal with somebody's idea of ultimate and perfect romance and I must state that I am not against this genre and I am a wholly sensual being who is familiar with feelings that don't necessarily make me wince. Believe it.

So, go with peace and be happy that you've saved a little money and if these two previews make you feel just a little nauseous, I apologize while simultaneously feeling a little better knowing that we're similar and in this often unfit world together and, I suppose, my work at this instant is done. But there will be more, you can wager on that.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

bay of the carnage twitch

There is a sweet little treat over at Joe Dante's Trailers From Hell project - SHAUN OF THE DEAD director Edgar Wright presenting the gloriously graphic (as in artfully graphic, not violently graphic) trailer for Mario Bava's CARNAGE aka BAY OF BLOOD aka TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE, which was recently screened here in Toronto at Rue Morgue's CineMacabre film series.

- I tried to embed the video, but the code and/or their website seems to have some issues tonight, so in the meantime, here is the link.

Other fun stuff being posted this week at TFH including Joe Dante on the trailer to Terence Fisher's HORROR OF DRACULA (Jan 2) and John Landis on the trailer to ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (Jan 4).

Edgar recently wrapped up his "The Wright Stuff" double bill film series at the New Beverly in Los Angeles where he presented an eclectic line-up of films with special guests. Paul Williams presenting PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and BUGSY MALONE! FLASH GORDON and DANGER DIABOLIK with Timothy Dalton! Writer/director Shane Black with THE LAST BOY SCOUT and KISS KISS BANG BANG! John Landis with AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and TREMORS! TOP SECRET and BANANAS! BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and HEAD! RAISING ARIZONA and EVIL DEAD 2! Even though LA is a long ways away for most of us, luckily, we can experience the fab intro conversations with Paul Williams, Joe Dante and Timothy Dalton thanks to the podcasts over at metroblogging LA and CHUD. Here is an interview with Edgar about the series over at

his only begotten son?

Around this time last year I went on a Kinski roll, so only fitting that I return to that subject now. While I was jet setting to Barcelona in October I found this clipping in the airline magazine:

I first came to reallize that Klaus had a son when I thought that this guy with funny eyes in the recent Raul Ruiz film KLIMT looked really familiar...

Nikolai Kinski even has his own website where he touts his modelling, musical and acting ventures. Wonder what Daddy's website would have looked like?

It turns out that father Klaus had released nearly 25 spoken word albums straining his vocal chords for Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, Jack London, and Shakespeare. Many of these performances have recently been re-mastered on CD. Here is a clip son trying to fill papa's shoes:
Kinski speaks Kinski: Nikolai Kinski speaks poems

Postscript: Crawling around the web looking for links, I found this zippy little quote from the Kinski-monster from wikipedia:
When Steven Spielberg offered him the part of one of the Nazi villains in Raiders of the Lost Ark, he turned it down, stating: "[...] as much as I'd like to do a movie with Spielberg, the script is as moronically shitty as so many other flicks of this ilk.", preferring a part in Venom (1981), reportedly because the money was better.