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Grindhouse Releasing Screens ‘Cannibal Holocaust’, Fulci’s ‘The Beyond’ in October

In Exploitation, Grindhouse, Horror, Movies on September 25, 2009 at 12:43 am


Here’s an update for horror and exploitation film fans on some of the work I’m doing with Grindhouse Releasing.

Director Lucio Fulci’s gory horror classic THE BEYOND wraps up a series of Canadian theatrical showings Oct. 8 at the Plaza Theatre in Calgary, as the headline attraction for Burning Moon Video‘s SPLATTERFEST ’09.

Rue Morgue magazine’s recent Cinemacabre screening at the Bloor Cinema featured a live-by-remote interview with composer Fabio Frizzi and an in-person appearance by his fellow BEYOND soundtrack musician Maurizio Guarini.

Cheers to Tyler Baptist, Dave Alexander and company at Rue Morgue, James at Vagrancy Films, Lee Demarbre, and Brenin at Burning Moon Video for keeping Fulci alive on the big screen.

Following the Canadian theatrical tour, Grindhouse Releasing’s restored, uncensored 35mm print of THE BEYOND screens Nov. 5 at Chicago’s Doc Films.


CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST screens in three U.S. cities this month, starting Oct. 17 at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, Fla. The movie shows Oct. 23 at the Five Points in Jacksonville, Fla., and then plays Halloween weekend Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 at the new Burton Theater in Detroit.

As recently seen in Premiere, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST continues to top critics’ lists of the most controversial films ever made. Grindhouse applauds the promoters and theater managers with the guts to show this movie in its completely uncut, disturbing entirety!

To inquire about screening Grindhouse Releasing films in your theater, e-mail


Thanks to readers for the positive response about the upcoming special edition DVD release of S.F. Brownrigg’s SCUM OF THE EARTH.

On Oct. 15, the Dallas Producers Association will honor the late S.F. “Brownie” Brownrigg and other local movie-biz personalities at “It Came from Dallas!”, the latest in a series of tributes to homegrown Texas schlock cinema. The SCUM OF THE EARTH trailer will screen along with other regional B-movie rarities.

Film archivist, writer and researcher Gordon K. Smith is one of the driving forces behind the event, assembling the clips and trailers that illustrate decades of Dallas movie-making. Gordon has been a knowledgeable and helpful source for the SCUM OF THE EARTH disc.

For more information, visit

More news, features, reviews and interviews coming soon!

– David Szulkin,

The Official Heavy Metal Book Of Lists

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Congrats to veteran sex, drugs and r0ck ‘n’ roll writer Eric Danville, who landed the dream job of putting together The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists. With a foreword by Lemmy, this amazing new compendium is aptly described as “the heaviest book of all time!” and “the Spinal Tap of books!”

I’m honored and grateful to be among the contributors. My entry covers the heavy sounds of the early ’70s, including Sir Lord Baltimore, Captain Beyond, Dust, Cactus, Bloodrock, and other proto-metal bands.

From “Part rock trivia contest, part encyclopedia of excess, The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists features over 150 lists that chronicle rock and roll’s most enduring genre. Ever wanted to know the names of Alice Cooper’s snakes? The names of Spinal Tap’s dead drummers? Which metal stars have made celebrity sex tapes? Get ready to be thrown headfirst into a mosh pit of wacky, wild, and weird lists from metal’s hardest-hitting stars – members of Motorhead, Sepultura, Guns N’ Roses, Vixen, Biohazard, Whitechapel, Deathklok, and GWAR are among the heavyweights who cast their ballots herein (not to mention porn stars, Air Guitar champs, and the director of Heavy Metal Parking Lot).”

Former High Times and Screw editor Danville is also the author of The Complete Linda Lovelace, a comprehensive and insightful bio of the X-rated superstar. Publisher Backbeat Books also offers The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists by bestselling Book of Lists co-author Amy Wallace and Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators.

Look for The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists in stores, or order online at this link. Guaranteed addictive reading!

Scum of the Earth

In Exploitation, Grindhouse, Horror, Movies on September 1, 2009 at 4:32 am


I’ve been strangely obsessed with the horror films of producer/director S.F. “Brownie” Brownrigg since I first saw his 1973 insane asylum classic Don’t Look in the Basement. Back in the ’80s, I called Brownie at his Dallas headquarters and interviewed him about his career for Fangoria magazine. Years later, I began working on a book about Brownie and the roots of independent film-making in Texas.

During that research, I acquired the rights to Brownie’s follow-up to Basement: Scum of the Earth (a.k.a. Poor White Trash Part II). I’m happy to report that Scum of the Earth will be available on DVD and Blu-ray disc soon, with new bonus features. Here’s an advance press release with more information:


Box Office Spectaculars is preparing a special edition DVD release of SCUM OF THE EARTH, director S.F. Brownrigg’s follow-up to his cult-horror classic DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT. Noted for his ability to create creepy ambience on a low budget, Brownrigg has been called “one of the great forgotten men of exploitation cinema.”

Filmed in 1973 in East Texas, SCUM OF THE EARTH stars Gene Ross, Norma Moore, Ann Stafford, Camilla Carr and Charlie Dell. Moore stars as Helen Fraser, a young bride whose idyllic lakeside vacation becomes a nightmare when her husband is murdered by an axe-wielding psychopath. Helen flees into the forest and runs into Odis Pickett (Ross), the moonshine-swilling patriarch of a degenerate hillbilly clan. Lured back to Pickett’s cabin, Helen is drawn into the family’s life of harsh poverty and abuse — while the unseen killer stalks the woods outside, striking again and again as he closes in…

The film ranked among the top-grossing nationwide movies in Boxoffice and Variety when it was re-released to theaters in 1976 as POOR WHITE TRASH PART II. Armed guards were stationed at theaters to shield minors from the “abnormal” subject matter, and audiences were warned that “this film captures poor white trash in their natural habitat.”

The new DVD documents the making of SCUM OF THE EARTH with rare photos, lost footage, artwork, commentary, and interviews with the film’s cast and crew. Paying tribute to Texas independent cinema, the package also includes the complete screenplay for DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT and other surprises!

David Szulkin, author of WES CRAVEN’S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT: THE MAKING OF A CULT CLASSIC, produced the new, restored version of SCUM OF THE EARTH with Box Office Spectaculars founder Bob Murawski, acclaimed Hollywood film editor of Sam Raimi’s DRAG ME TO HELL and SPIDER MAN 1, 2 & 3.

“A lost gem…a must for any fan of the backwoods.” (IMDB)

See the trailer at!