Pop culture website Blurrpy once again assembled a group of amazing poster artists for their second poster project, which was unleashed on their website this morning. Earlier this year they tackled the upcoming World War Z, which you can check out here. This time around they take on J.J. Abram’s Star Trek: Into Darkness and the results are incredible. The artists, a loosely formed collective of print artists known around the web as the Print Posse, all put their own unique style into creating new artwork for the film, and every single one blows the official film posters out of the water. Below is a preview of two of the designs, for the full set, including variant designs, head over to Blurrpy here.
Drew Bolduc, director of one of the stickiest indie flicks in recent years, The Taint, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for his latest project, Science Team. Described as “a bastard child of science fiction and horror”, the films’ campaign video gives little information as far as outlining an actual plot, but succeeds in making Science Team look fun as hell and worthy of kicking in a few bucks nonetheless. Incentives range from stickers and posters to DVDs, t-shirts, personalized songs written for you by Bolduc and more. Check out the campaign promo video below then head over to the Indiegogo page and kick in.
DUAL FORMAT UK DVD & BLU-RAY DELUXE EDITIONS
RELEASE DATE: MONDAY 29TH APRIL 2013
Arrow Video are pleased to announce two exciting and never-before-seen Blu-ray & DVD premieres from the one and only godfather of Italian horror, MARIO BAVA.
Set for release on Monday April 29th, the Bava classics BLACK SABBATH and BARON BLOOD have both been given the ‘Arrow treatment’. The forthcoming dual format Blu-ray & DVD deluxe editions include brand new versions of each film, a wealth of special features and bonus material (cast, director and expert interviews, introductions, deleted scenes, trailers, audio commentaries, photo galleries, collector’s booklets). If that wasn’t enough, both releases will also include an exclusive reversible sleeve, featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.
This marks the VERY FIRST TIME that these two staples of Italian cult cinema will be available on Blu-ray & DVD in the UK. Ever since Arrow released “Black Sunday” and “Lisa & The Devil” in February 2013, horror fans the world over have been crying out for more Bava releases to be delivered in such high quality.
Arrow Video pride themselves on going the extra mile in order to give their loyal fans something to savour. These fantastic deluxe editions of BLACK SABBATH and BARON BLOOD are certain to live up to such high expectations.
MARIO BAVA is widely credited as the man who kick-started the golden age of Italian horror. Never before had international audiences witnessed such slick, stylised production combined with brutal and supernatural imagery.
The deluxe Blu-ray & DVD edition of BLACK SABBATH includes the following special features:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of two versions of the film; ‘I tre volti della paura’ – the European version with score by Roberto Nicolosi and ‘Black Sabbath’ – the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP version with Les Baxter score, on home video for the first time.
- English SDH subtitles for English Audio and a new subtitle translation of the Italian audio.
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas.
- Introduction to the film by author and critic Alan Jones.
- “A Life In Film” – An Interview with star Mark Damon.
- “Twice the Fear” – A new featurette examining the differences between the two versions of the film.
- International Trailer.
- US Trailer.
- Italian Trailer.
- TV and Radio Spots.
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic David Cairns, a comparison of the versions of the film by Tim Lucas, and a substantial interview with AIP Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff on his experiences of working with Bava, illustrated with original stills and posters.
The deluxe Blu-ray & DVD edition of BARON BLOOD includes the following special features:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of three versions of the film: Bava’s original version Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga with Italian audio, The European Export Version of Baron Bloodwith English audio, and, on home video for the first time, the re-edited and re-dubbed AIP Version of Baron Blood with alternate score by Les Baxter.
- Three audio versions: Optional Italian, European English and AIP English re-dub and re-score.
- English SDH subtitles for both English versions and a new English subtitle translation of the Italian audio.
- Audio Commentary with Bava biographer and expert Tim Lucas.
- Introduction to Baron Blood by author and critic Alan Jones.
- “Delirium Italian-style” – Ruggero Deodato on Mario Bava and the golden age of Italian genre films.
- “Mario Bava at work” – a photo gallery of Bava behind the scenes on his films.
- Trailers and Radio Spots.
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys.
- Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver, illustrated with original archive stills and posters.
I’m happy to have our good pal from up north, Erin V. of the Kill Panda Kill site, making his first visit to the Basement with his look at the road-punk classic Dudes. Find all kinds of Top 5 goodness and more at his site HERE
Growing up in northern Ontario in 80′s, there wasn’t a lot of access to punk music like there is today. Al Gore hadn’t invented the internet yet because his wife Tipper was too busy blaming the woes of society on bad language in record albums and the Much Music only had the Pepsi Power Hour, which was mostly hair metal bands and City Limits, which was on at midnight on Fridays, so you would have to tape it, if you remembered. So any movie that had any kind of punk rock reference was like gold to us back then and luckily Dudes just met the criteria.
After a Vandals show in New York, 3 punkers, Milo, Grant and Biscuit decide that they want to give up the New York groove and take a shot at living in L.A. With a thousand dollars in hand, that Milo got in an insurance deal, they jump into Grant’s Volkswagen bug and hit the road. On the way to L.A, they help a Elvis impersonator, Daredelvis get his camper back on the road. He thanks them and lets the guys know if they ever need anything, to give him a shout. Of course, no good deed gets unpunished and that night, while the guys are camping under the stars, they’re attacked by a gang of rednecks! And not the Jeff Foxworthy or Larry the Cable Guy kind with bad jokes, but the Deliverance kind! After the redneck’s rough up Grant and his friends, they take Milo’s jacket, rob them and before anything else happens, Grant sees a chance and takes it. He knocks down one of the thugs and the guys take off into the plains with the rednecks hot on their trail. The guys are chased throughout the desert and end up scaling the side of a rock but Milo slips and slides down into the hands of the rednecks. Milo tells the leader of the gang, Missoula to Fuck off and gets a bullet in the brain pan. Grant and Biscuit can’t believe they just killed Milo and surprisingly neither can some of the gang members. While they’re leaving can be heard arguing with Missoula about taking things to far. The next morning, Grant and Biscuit trudge their way through the desert and contact the police. They tell the guys that their sorry that they got robbed but don’t see any evidence of murder and Grant explains that they took Milo’s body. Frustrated with the cops, Grant and Biscuit decide to find Milo’s killers and get justice cowpunk style.
What originally drew me to this film was that Jon Cryer, who plays Grant, was in it. At the time, Jon Cryer seemed to me, to be the Anti-Matthew Broderick or the “if Broderick is unavailable, get Cryer to do it”, which made me feel for him. I really enjoyed Cryer’s work in Pretty in Pink and for some reason loved Morgan’s Stewart’s Coming Home, so I was totally game for this. I had no idea about who else was in, so I was also pretty excited to see that Flea, who plays Milo and Lee Ving, playing the redneck badguy Missoula, were in this as well. I had just discovered the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lee Ving, from Fear and his excellent role in Clue. However, what totally sold me on the film was, The Vandals at the beginning, playing Urban Struggle. The moment the song kicks in and you can see the Vandals playing at a shitty dive with maybe 15 people in the club, you knew this was punk rock and this might have been the first time I think I saw someone stage diving.
My only issue with the film is that there is a strange metaphysical sub plot that is never really explained. Gran keeps seeing this Marlboro Man motherfucker that no one else can see until him and Biscuit get real drunk. At the same time, Biscuit is having the flashes of Native Americans being killed and their villages burned by Missoula and his gang but dress in 18th century battle garb. Maybe it was a metaphor for their journey, I’m not that deep but think it ate up time in the film that could have been put to use better.
Overall though, this a fun film, director Penelope Spheeris does a great modern-day western. Plenty of bar fights, people riding horses and a pretty decent soundtrack to boot. Give it a watch if you get a chance.
I was recently a guest on the incredible Badasses Boobs and Body Counts podcast and it is now online and available for download or streaming HERE. BB&BC host Mike and I got together and discussed the two full length films of everyone’s favorite maniacal drunk director, Jim Van Bebber. So hop on over and take a listen as we chat about the low-budget action classic Deadbeat At Dawn and the less than classic hippy freak-out of The Manson Family. While you’re there be sure to check out the previous episodes as well. Huge thanks to Mike for having me on the show!
After all the teaser pics and clips we’ve seen over the past couple months, we finally have the full redband trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives. The film reunites Refn with Drive star Ryan Gosling, and if this trailer is anything to go by, Only God Forgives may just surpass its predecessor in the badass department. Just check out the hallway scene where Gosling’s character Julien drags some poor sonofabitch across the floor by his jaw. Yeah, that shit’s gotta hurt. Check out the trailer below and leave a comment with your thoughts.
If you haven’t seen the 2006 documentary American Hardcore, you are doing yourself a great disservice. Chronicling the US hardcore punk scene’s heyday from 1980 through 1986, American Hardcore features interviews and vault video and photo footage from pretty much every US punk band that mattered at the time (at least the ones that were responsible for creating the “hardcore” sub genre.) I know there are a lot of differing opinions as to who the best band from this era was, so it’s in that spirit I present the American Hardcore frontman survey! I’ve chosen the four frontmen from (arguably, sort of) the four best bands of the time, and it’s up to you choose who will be victorious! Your choices are…
Henry Rollins of Black Flag!
Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat!
H.R. of Bad Brains!
Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks!!
Not an easy choice for anyone, I know. If you need help deciding, might I suggest you give Damaged, Out Of Step, Bad Brains S/T and Group Sex all a spin around the turntable. That should help (or at least remind you how fucking amazing each of these bands really were.) Do it, punk!
I am no fan of musicals as a rule but Richard Elfman’s seriously entertaining and downright bizarre Forbidden Zone is an exception. The Forbidden Zone is a non-sensical, amusing and incredibly silly romp filmed in black and white with music from The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo (soon to be known as just Oingo Boingo). If nothing else, you are unlikely to ever see anything quite like it.
Friday, April 17 4:00 PM Venice California
Huckleberry P. Jones, local pimp, narcotics peddler, slum-lord was seen entering a vacant house that he owned. While stashing some heroin in the basement, he stumbled upon a mysterious door. Naturally, he entered…
Only to find… ???
Jones retrieved the heroin and promptly sold the place.
One month later the Hercules family moves in to the now vacant house…
Ma & Pa Hercules – Ma is a stay at home type and Pa works at the tar pits.
Frenchy Hercules – The adorable and audacious Frenchy acquired a French accent while attending school in France; hence her nickname.
Flash Hercules – I have no idea why this guy is called Flash, but he wears a cub scout uniform and a beanie and is one old-looking kid!
Gramps Hercules – For some reason Flash has to tie up Gramps before he goes to school each morning.
Will the Hercules family discover what lies behind the mysterious door in the basement? You bet they do! Frenchy is the first to open the mysterious door. In an animated sequence we see Frenchy travelling through an intestine and shot out of a huge butt onto a bed of pillows. Frenchy has just entered the Sixth Dimension! The strange and foreign place is ruled by Queen Doris and King Fausto. It is not long before Frenchy is detained by the princess and brought to the Queen and King. King Fausto sends Frenchy to cell number sixty-three; this is where he keeps his favourite concubines. King Fausto falls hard for Frenchy on account of her French accent. When the rest of the Hercules family realize that Frenchy has disappeared they also dare to enter the door to the Sixth Dimension.
Right from the nifty opening animated title sequence you know you are in for something wonderfully strange. Don’t try to make sense of it; just kick back and enjoy. The sets look like something out of a school play, the costumes are crazy and a lot of people are wearing their underwear and Mickey Mouse ears (Apparently King Fausto has a Mouseketeer obsession). Some of you will be pleased to know the Princess character appears topless throughout. Every character is insanely over-the-top and is played with fevered enthusiasm. There is countless musical numbers and if you hate the music this will be immensely painful; personally I thought the music was a hell of a lot of fun! There is sex (if you consider dry humping sex), nudity and Satan! That’s right folks; Satan lives in the Sixth Dimension and looks a lot like Danny Elfman. He wants the topless princess for his bride and I can not think of a better match for him. Have I mentioned there is a gorilla, a gunfight, a Frogman butler and a character called Squeezit who thinks he’s a chicken? It has something for everyone and it all ends with one big happy musical number. Serve with Tequila. Forbidden Zone is highly recommended!
Dungeon Rating: 4/5
Directed By: Richard Elfman
Starring: HervÈ Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley, Jan Stuart Schwartz, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Virginia Rose, Gene Cunningham, Phil Gordon, Hyman Diamond, Matthew Bright, Danny Elfman, Viva, Joe Spinell, Brian Routh, Martin von Haselberg
Today’s entry in our ongoing exploration of punks on film is brought to you by our good friend Eric D. Leach from The Cult Movie Reviews, where you can find Eric waxing nostalgic about all manners of classic and contemporary horror films. Find that HERE…
When Basement Screams offered me the opportunity to review a punk orientated movie I chose Alex Cox and his wonderful, no holds barred 1986 biopic film Sid & Nancy, based on two of the most unlikely but important iconic punk figures of the mid era of the 1970′s music scene, it was a ‘no brainer’ really. There are ample reasons for appreciating this fine piece of movie glory on many structured levels besides what the films obvious title infers in its biographical context. This film is not just a feature based on two famous but extremely damaged characters, (Nancy Spungen in particular) but what this gem offers us in the first part of Alex Cox direction is a fantastic recapturing atmosphere of a very specific, important and retrospective moment of historical musical provenance and how and what the ‘punk’ scene ultimately came to epitomise for both the right reasoning but sadly and more oftly for the wrong reasons which in the main and particularly in the case of The Sex Pistols seemed inevitable. Those interested in the punk phenomenon who were either not born, too young, or cared little at the time (after the event) for what many would in later years appreciate for being part of a very important cultural uprising. Sadly those who wanted to gain in financial terms e.g. Malcolm McLaren who often used aggressive manipulation methods as a marketing ploy and the use of nurturing self publicising exercises that deliberately courted controversial media coverage that included numerous record labels throwing silly money at the band in order to entice them to sign for them, glaring example being (EMI). Cox in this early reminisce deals with two major points of memorable significance which included the now famous live early evening Thames television broadcast of the Today Programme that became known by the press in particular as ‘The Filth and the Fury’ incident which saw Pistols lead guitarist Steve Jones use abusive language in a pre-watershed verbal tirade during Bill Grundy’s (condescending and provocative) interview of the band and their entourage that included amongst its brethren one Siouxsie Sioux, she of the Banshees. Then there was the very famous barge on the Thames incident during the 1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II June 7th celebrations which ended in the high-profile arrest of guests, band members, and Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren by the London constabulary, all incidents well documented here by Cox who does well to segregate the film into well proportioned retellings of the tale and the different strands that made the bands story so unique and excitable for the time. What makes the direction of Cox so plush and vibrant is how he deals with the band issues as well as using important juxtapositions to integrate the main focal point before eventually concentrating in greater detail on Vicious and Spungen and their descent into eventual oblivion. Before the movie moves into drug addiction and violence, Alex Cox starts at the beginning by highlighting the events that started it all and early on provides answers to why The Sex Pistols became public enemy number one and gained the punk rock movement it’s often negative stereotypical notoriety. Continue reading
Poster artist Chris Garofalo, aka Quiltface Chris, has unleashed a doozy of a print in his Quiltface Studios online shop today. “Speed Kills” is inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s much argued-over half of Grindhouse, Death Proof. The print was debuted this past weekend at the Monster Mania Convention in New Jersey in a strictly limited signed and numbered edition of 20 pieces. Amazingly, there’s still a couple left and they are available now. The print measures 19″ x 25″ and is a 3 color screen print on Madero Beach French Paper cover stock. Check out the image below to see it in all its bad-assery!
If you want this bad boy gracing your walls, make like Stuntman Mike and speed over to the Quiltface Studios online shop NOW, before it’s too late. While you’re there, check out some of Chris’ other film-inspired prints from such classics as Halloween III, Hellraiser and Friday the 13th VII! DO IT!