Archives for Films from The Void

Films From the Void: MANSON FAMILY MOVIES is realistic, for better or worse

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. Watching the Cult Epics reissue of Manson Family Movies, one wonders if anyone has ever watched this and found it entertaining. The film wasn’t released until 1984, despite being lensed off and on from 1974 until 1979, and while director John
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FILMS FROM THE VOID: The Nearly-Lost SOV Madness of METAL NOIR

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. Back In July, I made the trip into North Kansas City to hit up Screenland Armour’s monthly screening series, Analog Sundays. Presented by the folks at Magnetic Magic Rentals, the free event features a VHS tape swap, a mixtape before the
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FILMS FROM THE VOID: Aliens Invade Tulsa in 1986’s MUTILATIONS

Over the last week or so, I’ve watched writer/director Larry Thomas’ 1986 movie, Mutilations, twice, as well as digging into every single extra on Massacre Video’s 2016 DVD release. It’s been an experience, certainly. I bought the DVD on a whim when the Lawrence location of the entertainment chain, Hastings, was going out of business. Everything was discounted, and I basically raided the horror section for anything that seemed even passably interesting. The Mutilations DVD sat on a shelf for a while until I wanted to watch something weird and, ideally, short. Sometimes, you just need a movie that’ll take
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Films From the Void: THE BLOODTHIRSTY TRILOGY & Japanese Vampires

There aren’t a lot of extras on the new release of Toho Studios’ trio of vampire movies, collectively known as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy, but given Arrow Video’s excellent high-definition presentation, there doesn’t really need to be; especially with three films to work one’s way through: The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, and Evil of Dracula. However, the one extra aside from stills and trailers is “Kim Newman on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy,” a video appraisal by the critic and writer. It’s essentially just Newman talking about vampire pictures and how Japanese producers adapted them for their audience, but it’s really a
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Films From the Void: THE SNAKE WOMAN

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, underseen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. In 1890 England, a crazed doctor, in order to cure his wife’s sick mind, injects her with snake venom. She later gives birth to a beautiful daughter the villagers begin to call The Devil’s Baby. They soon terrorize and burn the family’s
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Films From the Void: The otherworldly dreaminess of THE BLOOD SPATTERED BRIDE

Director Vicente Aranda’s 1972 vampire film, The Blood Spattered Bride, is a film that has always escaped my attention. It’s been pointed out here and there that Spanish horror doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves, due to the relatively small output size, in comparison to its neighbor, Italy.The Blood Spattered Bride ably demonstrates, however, that the Spaniards could do creepy, gorgeous atmospheres just as well as their counterparts to the east. The plot summary is immediately intriguing: “Susan, a young bride, travels with her husband to his family’s ancient manor house in the far north of Spain. Susan is a
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Films From the Void: SATAN’S CHEERLEADERS

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. Greydon Clark’s 1977 exploitation film, Satan’s Cheerleaders, has been given a new 2k scan from the original 35mm negative and released in a dual-disc DVD and Blu-ray release from VCI Entertainment. The film’s been one of those odd titles on my
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Films from the Void: OGROFF

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. French horror is a rare bird in discussions of horror here in the United States. While the New French Extremity — which includes such films as Martyrs and Haute Tension — brought new focus to the country’s genre efforts, along with
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Films from the Void: JUNGLE TRAP

FILMS FROM THE VOID is a journey through junk bins, late night revivals, under seen recesses, and reject piles as we try to find forgotten gems and lesser known classics. Join us as we lose our minds sorting through the strange, the sleazy, the sincere, and the slop from the past and try to make sense of it all. In February of 2015, the cult archivists and enthusiasts at Bleeding Skull launched a unique Kickstarter. As part of a project they were working on with director James Bryan (Don’t Go in the the Woods, The Executioner Part II), they discovered
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