Join Science Team: They Need Your Help, They Have Lasers

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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.

A Double Dose Of Mario Bava Coming Soon From Arrow

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

Erin V. Panda Hits The Road With Dudes

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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.

Join The Deadbeat Manson Family!

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!

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Refn and Gosling Amp Up The Badassery In New Red Band Trailer For Only God Forgives

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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.