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Posts tagged ‘cult films’

No good for you

December 4th, 2018

Ah, yes. Those magical afternoons my high school buddy Damian and I would spend browsing the cramped confines of Cross Street Video, where the decision whether to rent Robot Jox or Radioactive Dreams hung upon which cast had more Oscar-winners or nominees. (And despite the ads visuals and breathy copy, Savage Dawn wasn’t a one […]

DO YOU WANNA PROFIT? LET’S MONETIZE! It’s not as if I needed a reminder about how the machinery of the consumer capitalist machine works, but these little peeks behind the industry publication curtain never fail amuse, fascinate and depress me in equal measure. You may claim these popcult artifacts as your own, take a gatekeeper’s […]

The process of elimination

March 9th, 2016

Despite all the after-the-fact affection given to the Golden Age of Home Video, the truth is that crushing disappointment was the real currency of that mythologized era. Folks remember the luridly alluring box art but tend to forget the cheapjack garbage that it was commissioned to sell, crimes against cinema so dire that no amount […]

Rad monster party

March 7th, 2016

Many, many years ago I decided I was going to catalog every “supernatural teen” flick that emerged in the wake of Teen Wolf, but I punked out long before even scratching the surface of Suncoast’s comedy clearance bin. So many terrible “new wave” bands. So many teenagers played by actors on the far side of […]

We can’t rewind

January 21st, 2016

I thought I’d be done with the Billboard archives after I hit 1984 or so, but the pain of my music-and-fashion-related memories of the era ended up getting blotted out by my fascination with witnessing the industry-side antics of the Great Home Video Boom unfold in real time. 1985 was when my family bought our […]

(from Devil Dog: The Hound From Hell, health system 1978) The greatest trick the Devil’s dog ever pulled was convincing Richard Crenna to stick his mitt into a lawnmower blade. Recommended listening: Neu Electrikk – Hand (from a 1980 single) Not for shoving into a lawnmower…though I doubt it would make a differenc.

Sixteen hours in the making

March 3rd, 2014

Poor Dinosaurus! I’m sure legendary schlock-shoveler Jack H. Harris saw the Stateside enthusiasm for Godzilla’s posse of oversized monstrosities and figured that he could crank out a domestic iteration on the cheap. But where Japanese kaiju flicks adhered to a set conceptual guidelines as subtly formalized — if goofier — as any Noh play, unhealthy […]

Armies of the Light Table

January 24th, 2014

I’ve been working on a longer-form post about Armies of the Night, a 1986 module for the Twilight: 2000 role-playing game, which will go up sometime in the next week or so. For now, I’m just going to throw up this bit of interior art (by a young Tim Bradstreet) from the booklet… …along with […]

Dread in the west

December 28th, 2012

The wife and I caught a current-gen horror host’s TV screening of the 1973 reptillian shocker SSSSSSS a few weekends back, information pills and I gleefully pointed out to my disinterested spouse that the mad herpetologist who (quite redundantly) transformed Dirk Benedict into a snake-person was played by veteran actor Strother Martin.

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