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‘MANIAC’ 30th Anniversary Theatrical Release

In Exploitation, Grindhouse, Horror, Movies on November 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Following the successful North American theatrical release of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD,  Grindhouse Releasing has partnered with director William Lustig and his company Blue Underground to put Mr. Lustig’s horror classic MANIAC back on the big screen.

MANIAC stars Joe Spinell (ROCKY, TAXI DRIVER, THE GODFATHER) and Caroline Munro and features special effects by Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13TH).

As theatrical director for Grindhouse Releasing, I’m very proud to be a part of making this happen. Big thanks to Bill Lustig , Andy Garroni and Blue Underground for teaming up with us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this notorious film.

Here are the screening dates; although some have already passed, I’ve included them all for posterity, and more will be added soon. Keep watching this space for updated listings in your city.

Oct. 29-30:     Landmark Egyptian Theatre (Seattle, WA) (presented by The Stranger)

Nov. 5:            Landmark Nuart Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) – Director William Lustig in person (presented by Bloody-Disgusting.com)

Nov. 12-13:    Landmark Esquire Theatre (Denver, CO)

Nov. 12-13:    Landmark River Oaks Theatre (Houston, TX)

Nov. 12:         Toronto Underground Cinema (Toronto, ON)

Nov. 19-20:    Landmark Sunshine Cinema (New York, NY) – Director William Lustig in person

Nov. 19-20:    Landmark Inwood Theatre (Dallas, TX)

Nov. 26-27:    Hi-Pointe Theatre (St. Louis, MO)

Dec. 2 & 9:     The Nickelodeon (Portland, ME)

Dec. 3-4:        Landmark Uptown Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)

Dec. 3-4:        Landmark’s E Street Cinema (Washington, DC)

Dec. 10-11:  The Castro Theatre (San Francisco, CA) – Director William Lustig in person (print ad in SF Weekly)

Dec. 17-18:    The Oaks Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jan. 15:          Hollywood Theater (Portland, OR)

Jan. 21 & 22: Studio 35 Cinema (Columbus, OH)

Jan. 22:           MADCAP Theatres (Tempe, AZ)

Jan. 28-29:    Loft Cinema (Tucson, AZ)

Jan. 28-29:    The Music Box Theatre (Chicago, IL) – Director William Lustig in person

Feb. 8: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (Austin, TX) Director William Lustig in person

Feb. 18, 19, 25, 26, Mar. 4, 5:   Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston, MA) Director William Lustig in person Feb. 18 & 19

Mar. 5:            Cedar Lee Theatre (Cleveland, OH)

Mar. 11 & 12:   Dundee Theatre (Omaha, NE)

Mar. 25 & 26:     Screenland Crossroads (Kansas City, MO)

Apr. 16:  Byrd Theatre (Richmond, VA)

May 6: Colonial Theatre (Phoenixville, PA) – director William Lustig in person!

May 7:  Forum Theatre Arts Center (Metuchen, NJ) – director William Lustig in person!

May 12: Avon Theatre (Stamford, CT) – director William Lustig in person!

May 13 & 14: Guild Cinema (Albuquerque, NM)

Visit Grindhouse Releasing for more information.

Duke Mitchell’s ‘Gone With The Pope’

In Crime and noir fiction, Exploitation, Grindhouse, Movies on February 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Press Release

Grindhouse Releasing Presents Duke Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE POPE

World Premiere March 12 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre

LOS ANGELES – Grindhouse Releasing and the American Cinematheque will present the late, great Duke Mitchell’s never-before-seen masterpiece GONE WITH THE POPE on Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Duke Mitchell was an Italian Rudy Ray Moore, a popular nightclub performer, singer, actor, and self-proclaimed “Mr. Palm Springs” whose long-running Martin & Lewis-style comedy act with partner Sammy Petrillo was featured in BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA. Mitchell went on to use his talents and show business connections to produce two of the most entertaining films of the Seventies, which he wrote, directed, produced, scored and starred in.

GONE WITH THE POPE stars Duke Mitchell as Paul, a gangster with an unholy scheme: to kidnap the pope and charge “a dollar from every Catholic in the world” as the ransom. Shot in 1975 as KISS THE RING, GONE WITH THE POPE was unfinished at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981.

Sage Stallone and Bob Murawski of Grindhouse Releasing rediscovered GONE WITH THE POPE in 1995 and vowed to save it from obscurity. Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski (THE HURT LOCKER, SPIDER-MAN 1,2 & 3) spent 15 years completing GONE WITH THE POPE from the surviving film elements.

“Of all the films I have been involved with, the one that I am most proud of is GONE WITH THE POPE,” Murawski said. “Duke Mitchell didn’t live to see this masterpiece finished. I am honored to be the person to finish it for him. Completing this movie was a 15-year labor of love. No expense or effort was spared in rescuing this classic from cinematic oblivion and finishing it with the utmost quality. Our beautiful new 35mm print stands as a testament to Duke Mitchell’s unique and explosively entertaining vision.”

Duke Mitchell’s 1974 ultra-violent crime saga MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE will screen on the same program. Also known as LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON and THE EXECUTIONER, MASSACRE MAFIA STYLE is a homemade answer to THE GODFATHER promising “more guts, more action, more dynamite!”. Starting with Duke and his sidekick slaughtering an entire building full of enemies, the movie is nonstop, mind-blowing entertainment that has become a favorite among cult movie fans.

Grindhouse Releasing is known for its lavish restorations and roadshow-style theatrical exhibition of such notorious exploitation-horror films as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, CANNIBAL FEROX (a.k.a. MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY), Lucio Fulci’s THE BEYOND and CAT IN THE BRAIN, PIECES, and I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. Grindhouse partnered with Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder to release THE BEYOND in theaters and in 2010 launched a nationwide re-release of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD.

The address of the Egyptian Theatre is 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, between Las Palmas and McCadden, just east of Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

This exclusive screening will include an in-person Q& A with the cast and crew of GONE WITH THE POPE. The movie will move on to screenings in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, and other U.S. cities.

For more information, visit www.GrindhouseReleasing.com and www.GonewiththePope.com. For stills and press, e-mail David Szulkin at info@grindhousereleasing.com.

See the amazing GONE WITH THE POPE trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQqZKd_72C0

GONE WITH THE POPE Poster by Stephen Romano www.shockfestival.net

Barry Richards: The Heavy Head Leader

In Music, Uncategorized on January 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

An amazing time capsule of rock history exploded onto the screen in October 2009 at the AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Md., as legendary D.C. music personality Barry Richards screened highlights from his long-lost TV show “Turn-On”. Remastered from the original 2-inch broadcast videotapes, the mind-blowing series is headed to DVD this year.

Barry has worked as a DJ, concert promoter, and music-biz mover all over the country, but he’s best-loved in his hometown of D.C., where he’s known as “The Boss with the Hot Sauce” and “The Heavy Head Leader”. An early champion of hard ‘n’ heavy rock, Barry was among the few underground radio jocks to play such proto-metal bands as Sir Lord Baltimore. He brought Black Sabbath and many other major acts to Md./D.C./Va.-area venues back in the 1970s.

“Turn-On” was a free-form, late-night television show that featured live rock bands, old Flash Gordon serials, stoned interview segments, a hippie comedian, celebrity guests (Richard Pryor, Cheech and Chong, Wolfman Jack, even actor Robert Mitchum), and the bearded Barry Richards hosting it all on low-budget Day-Glo sets. WDCA Channel 20 allowed “Hairy Barry” to roll “Turn-On” all night until it was time for the UHF station to play the National Anthem.

Barry presented rare, live in-studio performances by Alice Cooper (doing “Eighteen” and “Black Juju” from the brand-new “Love It to Death”), Humble Pie (with Steve Marriott and the very young Peter Frampton, “Rock-On” era), Richie Havens, Little Richard (jamming “Good Golly, Miss Molly” with the obscure ’70s band Jamul – who play a loud version of “Tobacco Road” in what looks like the TV station parking lot), Crow (“Evil Woman”), The Illusion, and many more.

One now-vanished episode featured Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band circa “Lick My Decals Off”. Surviving shows in the Barry Richards vault include footage of Fats Domino playing with the Byrds, Rory Gallagher in his early prime, Peter Kaukonen’s band Black Kangaroo, and the Bob Seger System blasting songs from their early LPs.

Along with the videotapes of his show, Barry has unearthed a radio interview he did with all four Beatles just prior to their historic Ed Sullivan appearance!

Fans can also look forward to previously unreleased footage of guitar hero Tommy Bolin (with his early band Zephyr), and clips from other Barry Richards TV shows: a ’60s precursor of “Turn On” called “Groove-In”, “Barry Richards Presents”, the “Rock and Soul” show, the disco-era “Studio 78”, and more.

Richards’ TV shows have not been seen since their original airings. But those who saw the show remember it fondly. Musician Joe Hasselvander (Pentagram, Death Row, Raven) raves about “Turn-On” and Barry Richards, as do Hasselvander’s erstwhile bandmate Bobby Liebling, Ian Mackaye of Minor Threat, and underground filmmaker Nick Zedd (They Eat Scum). Author Edward Lee prominently references Barry Richards in his twisted novella “The Pig” and its sequel, “The House”.

The DVD will offer interviews with Barry Richards, audio from his classic radio shows, and other surprises. The Beatles radio interview is among the special features.

Little Richard even wrote and performed a song about Barry, which can be heard in this YouTube trailer for the upcoming DVD collection. Watch out for the segment with the mighty Iron Jaw Samson!

For more information, visit the official site BarryRichardsShows.com and read Joe Hasselvander’s excellent, enthusiastic blog here.