This week we go back in time to 1976 in Hong Kong to have a look at a weirdo Shaw Brothers movie that has nothing to do with kung fu. This obscurity from the Shaw vaults, The Oily Maniac, is a revenge movie and a monster movie all in one and predates The Toxic Avenger by a few years. It is some utterly insane horror of the best b-movie variety but before I get into it, I take a few minutes to address the recent Lianne Spiderbaby plagiarism scandal and how it’s making assholes out of nearly every horror blogger I’ve encountered in recent memory.
This week’s review is of the nutty as fuck movie mashup of John Hughes high school ballads, time traveling slasher movie, Detention, from director Joseph Khan. It’s a massive sugar rush of concepts, a Saturday morning cartoon stretched out the absolute limits of insanirty. If you’re not already taking Adderall, you might want to eat a couple just to keep up with this picture.
But before I review the movie, I summarize a woeful encounter that I had with master of makeup, Tom Savini and how the unflattering article that I wrote about that encounter has become a bit famous as Tom is now going around the convention panel circuit talking about it. However, he gets a bunch of details wrong, and I set the record straight.
We’re back with our regularly scheduled program this week with a review of the anthology horror movie, The ABCs of Death from Drafthouse Films. This experiment in storytelling puts a letter of the alphabet in the hands of 26 directors with the directive to make a short film based on a word starting with that letter. It’s a great idea that doesn’t always work but it features the work of Nacho Vigalondo, Xavier Gens, Noboru Iguchi and Srdan Spasojevic just to name a few.
Dexter is also back this week for the premier of its final season and I talk a bit about the season premier.
This week’s music bed is ‘Axe Cop’ by Lich King from their album, ‘Born of the Bomb’: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lich-king/id263728856# and is used with permission
This week I pay tribute to the late Richard Matheson, who died this week. Matheson is an absolute monolith of horror and science fiction. Among dozens of novels, short stories and screenplays, Matheson leaves behind several bold ideas that shaped horror and sci-fi as we know it. This week we take a look at a couple works of fiction, an episode of Star Trek and two episodes of The Twilight Zone as we remember this god of horror writers.
This week’s music bed is ‘Initial Revelation’ by Umberto from his album, ‘Confrontations’: http://umberto.bandcamp.com/ and is used with permission
This week’s episode presumes to give you the lowdown on two movies that a lot of people are/were talking about. With American Mary, from directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, I couldn’t help myself. So. Much. Hype. How are you supposed to resist that? So was the hype worth it? Watch the review to find out. Following that is a look at Drafthouse Films’ reissue of the completely forgotten and overlooked masterpiece of Tae Kwon Do insanity, Miami Connection, from director Y. K. Kim. Its tale of a rock band under fire from O-Town street gangs, a rival rock band and a motorcycle gang of cocaine dealing ninjas is a real mind melter.
This week’s music is from Dragon Sound, the band in Miami Connection.
Can you believe that I’ve been doing this for six years? Hot damn! June 11th marks the sixth birthday of Cinema Suicide and to mark the occasion, I bring you a review of the latest Blu-ray from Severin Films, The Manson Family from notorious director, Jim Van Bebber. I also get super excited over the trailer for the upcoming Dutch horror flick, Frankenstein’s Army, as well as the maybe it’s real (but probably not) trailer for Spook Central.
This week’s music was generously provided by Bongripper.
This week I take a look at the latest from Don Coscarelli, John Dies At The End, adapted from a novel by David Wong. If slacker humor with a heavy tilt toward H.P. Lovecraft and doorknobs that transform magically into penises are your bag, you’ll want to have a look at this one.
I also get excited about the first trailer from the upcoming, Machete Kills as well as the trailer for the upcoming NBC limited series, Dracula.
This week’s music is Southern Belle and was generously provided by The Midnight Ghost Train from their album, Buffalo.
Peter Cushing, the legendary actor who played Sherlock Holmes, Van Helsing, Frankenstein and Grand Moff Tarking would have been 100 years old last Sunday and in honor of his birthday, Frankensteinia, the blog of all things Frankenstein is celebrating with a week long blogathon dedicated to all things Peter Cushing. As with most of their blogathons, other blogs were invited and this time I decided to get involved and dedicate this week’s episode to Peter Cushing and Doctor Who since I happen to think that both are super cool.
Back in the mid-60′s when Doctor Who was still a reasonably new thing to the UK, Amicus Productions cashed in on the craze with a pair of movies about Doctor Who and rather than cast William Hartnell, the TV first-doctor, they cast a more recognizable face in the role and took some other wild creative liberties with the source in order to make something that would be less mysterious to foreign movie goers who probably weren’t familiar with Doctor Who. This week’s episode is all about that.
This week’s music bed is ‘Love, The Magician’ generously provided by the band Gold from their album ‘Interbellum’.
This week’s episode of Cinema Suicide takes a look at the trailers for A Field In England by director Ben Wheatley and La Danza De La Realidad from director, Alejandro Jodorowsky and then I give you the lowdown on the recent indie horror movie, Found adapted from a novel Cinema Suicide alumni, Todd Rigney.
This week’s music bed was generously provided by the band Calabrese!
This week’s episode is up with two new reviews. One, a seriously fucked up psychedelic experiment in horror, the other a throwback to a more stylized time in Hollywood. I’ll let you decide which is which. I look at Fever Night from director Andrew Schrader, which you can find on Netflix and then I take a look at The Whisperer In Darkness from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.
Cinema Suicide began as most movie blogs do. One man, his many opinions and an ability to write that is questionable at best. Since then, movie reviews made room for the latest news in horror, exploitation and cult movies. What you can expect to find is everything you could possibly want to know from DVD releases and reviews to trivia about movies you may or may not be familiar with. At the bottom line, Cinema Suicide aims to reach beyond the shallow interactions of your typical blog and create a community that can come together around a concept that we all have in common: A love of really crappy movies.
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