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Monday, October 30, 2006

Farce of the Penguins!

Not exactly a sequel to March of the Penguins, but definitely funnier!

Check out the trailer here

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Ultimate Hammer Collection!

Due for release on the 30th October is the Ultimate Hammer Collection. Ranging from the very best from the studio's vaults to the very worst as well. Mondo-Esoterica has the scoop on this very interesting looking collection!

Suspiria on Location!

Very nice little trip taken by an Italian fan of Suspiria, check it out here.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sadistik Arrives!

Look what has just arrived at the DVD Trash HQ! Full report about this cool Fumetto later!

In the meantime, go buy a copy yourself from GoSadistik!

Baywatch Beach Builder!

Go here to check it out!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Baywatch and the Hoffmeister on DVD!

The Hoff and Baywatch arrive on DVD on October 30th, trashy TV at it's best. Enjoy some of the Hoff's bouffant hair with this little trailer.

"BAYWATCH premiered in the US on 1st April 1 1989, and enjoyed a successful run throughout the '90s before coming to an end in 2001. The show took the role of the lowly lifeguard and completely transformed it, adding adventure, excitement, and sex appeal to an occupation that seemed an unlikely basis for a TV show. David Hasselhoff, fresh from his '80s triumph with KNIGHT RIDER, filled the lead role of Lt. Mitch Buchannon, while a bevy of curvacious beauties stood at his side, including Pamela Anderson in the show that launched her career."

DVD Details:

BAYWATCH THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE contains all 22 episodes across 6 discs and includes the pilot episode "Panic at Malibu Pier" and a stills gallery.

Total Running Time = 1035 minutes (feature only)

Screen Ratio = 1.33:1

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Grindhouse Trailer: Machete!

How good does this trailer for Grindhouse look? Rodriguez and Tarantino have the coolest movie of the year! Danny Trejo rocks too!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Hostel 2: Eli and Edwige!

No matter what you think of Eli Roth, having Edwige Fenech back on the big screen is fantastic!

Quote from Eli's MySpace:
"I'm 2/3rd of the way through the shoot and I am so fucking psyched with how it's coming along. I can't give away any details right now but I think the fans of the first film are going to love it. I've just put up a photo that's the first photo released from the set. One of my favorite movie stars of all time is the Italian actress/goddess Edwige Fenech, who had many, many hits in the 70's and 80's. She's been retired from acting for ten years and is a big producer in Italy, as well as film distributor. I was fortunate enough to meet her back in February, and when I asked her if she'd ever return to the screen, she said she'd only do it for me or Quentin. I wrote a part for her in the film hoping she'd do it, and she kept her promise.
It was an incredible thrill to get to direct her, and now her fans as well as a whole bunch of new fans will get to enjoy her performance. Look her up on IMDB and track down her DVDs through No Shame films. She made a number of comedies, as well as some fucking awesome Giallo films, like "The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh," and "Strip Nude for Your Killer." This photo is me directing her the first day of shooting. There are many more strange stories from the shoot that I'll share at a later date, but thanks for all your comments and positive energy.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Psychotronic Cinema: GFT, Glasgow

Good news for Scottish cult cinema fans as the Psychotronic Cinema is proud to present Mondo Italia at the GFT, Glasgow with some real high quality screenings.

"Psychotronic Cinema returns to the GFT with a special new line-up dedicated to Italian cult films of the 1960s and 70s – Mondo Italia!

In this period the Italian film industry was spectacularly strong, boasting massive audiences with a ferocious appetite for excessive cinema. A plethora of talented directors responded with a vengeance, creating a string of crazy classics that make up one of the most exciting strands in the history of cult cinema.

From the outrageous horror stylings of Dario Argento’s masterpiece Suspiria to the absolute lunacy of Flesh For Frankenstein, Psychotronic is delighted to present the very best Italian cult films of the period. These movies rip across the screen with a demented energy and a determination to entertain at all costs. The six films on offer are utterly unique and absolutely unforgettable.Welcome to another dose of the wild side of cinema.

Welcome to Mondo Italia!"

The films on offer are:

Suspiria - Wednesday 1st November - 8.45pm

Dario Argento Italy 1977 1h34m DVD 18 Cast: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé. A dizzying burst of astounding, psychedelic primary colour photography. The orgasmic intensity of Goblin's audacious, pounding soundtrack. The most famous opening ten minutes of any horror film. A series of outrageous set pieces – the work of a visionary director operating at the absolute height of his powers. Welcome to Dario Argento's masterpiece. There are stories of audiences stumbling out of cinemas, dazed and stunned, when Suspiria was initially released. Almost thirty years later, the effect on you will be no less profound.

Danger! Diabolik - Wednesday 8th November - 8.45pm

Mario Bava Italy/France 1968 1h39m 35mm PG Cast: John Philip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi, Claudio Gora. Mario Bava, the grandfather of Italian cult cinema, goes wild in one of the most visually striking superhero comic book adaptations of all time. Decked out in a leather jump suit, his blond bombshell girlfriend by his side, Diabolik dashes through a series of criminal adventures all intended to 'screw the system'. A belting, swinging Ennio Morricone soundtrack adds to the fun, as does jaw-dropping production design – Diabolik's ubercool underground lair needs to be seen to be believed. More entertainment than this in ninety minutes would be against the law.

Milano Calibre 9 - Wednesday 15th November - 8.45pm

Fernando Di Leo Italy 1972 1h37m DVD 15 Cast: Gastone Moschin, Barbara Bouchet, Mario Adorf, Frank Wolff. In typical Italian style the elements of American films such as The French Connection were amped to the max in the country's homegrown crime films of the 1970s. Milano Calibre 9 features all the typical excess of the genre – frantic action, shocking violence, psychopathic bad guys, outrageous 70s fashions and a full-blooded soundtrack. It is the deeply involving characters and hopelessly engaging central whodunnit narrative which transform De Leo's film into a true classic. A taut, beautifully constructed movie which builds to an unforgettable, nail-biting climax that will leave you gasping for air.

Django - Wednesday 22nd November - 8.45pm

Sergio Corbucci Italy/Spain/France 1966 1h31m 35mm 15 Cast: Franco Nero, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak, Gino Pernice. Django opens with the most iconic image of any spaghetti western – a darkly-clad stranger dragging a coffin behind him. From that moment on the film takes no prisoners, blasting the boundaries of cinematic taste and violence to bits. Chock full of action Corbucci's movie is lean, brutal and boasts some superbly choreographed gunfight sequences. But the film explodes when the director cuts loose and goes crazy. Several sequences reach an almost unbearable, truly psychotronic intensity. A cool, cruel, rampant spaghetti classic, Django is right up there with Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy.

Your Vice is a Locked Room... - Wednesday 29th November - 8.45pm

Sergio Martino Italy 1972 1h36m DVD 18 Cast: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov. Stunning 70s cult icon Edwige Fenech stars in this incredibly titled, ultra rare giallo which transports us straight to the wild side of 70s Italian cult cinema. When the mistress of a burned-out writer is found slashed to death, the crime initiates a whirlpool of violence and mayhem. This truly delirious brew boasts all the essential psychotronic elements: substance abuse, gratuitous sex, infidelity, incest, melodrama, hippie love communes and outrageous plot twists. Beautifully photographed, audaciously directed and featuring a trippy soundtrack, Your Vice is unmissable cinematic insanity of the highest order.

Flesh for Frankenstein - Wednesday 6th November - 8.45pm

Paul Morrissey & Antonio Margheriti Italy/France/USA 1973 1h35m 35mm 18 Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Monique van Vooren, Udo Kier, Arno Juerging, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Srdjan Zelenovic. The most freakish and hilarious version of Frankenstein ever filmed, Paul Morrissey's film is one of the greatest cult films of all time. Chock full of gore, perversity, hilarious one-liners and outright insanity, Flesh For Frankenstein is anchored by two superb performances from ultimate cult icons Udo Kier and Joe Dallesandro. Those who caught Morrissey's Blood For Dracula at the last Psychotronic season will have an idea of what to expect. The difference is that Flesh For Frankenstein is funnier, dirtier and way more extreme. It's an absurdly entertaining, demented masterpiece.

A fantastic lineup indeed and I must make special mention that Diabolik, Django and Flesh for Frankenstein will be screened via 35mm prints while the others are via DVD. To see Diabolik this way for the first time is going to be very special indeed!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

"Name a horror film that you would like to see turned into a broadway musical."

The Nightmare on Elm Street movies, with Freddy discovering a penchant for tap routines!
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RIP: Renato Polselli

Great cult Italian director Renato Polselli (Delirium, Rivelazioni di uno psichiatra sul mondo perverso del sesso and The Reincarnation of Isabel) has died at the age of 84. Very sad news indeed. This along with the death Micky Hargitay last week should force you all to dig out your Delirium DVD's this weekend for a little tribute.