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Grindhouse Movie Poster: ‘Massacre at Central High’

In Exploitation, Grindhouse, Horror, Movies on October 29, 2009 at 7:05 am


Since readers asked for more grindhouse movie posters, here’s a slick ad mat for my favorite ’70s teensploitation murder movie: MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH. I wrote a long piece on this film for the genius formerly known as Selwyn Harris; I’ll resurrect the rant for his new site soon.

My psycho-noir novel THE CREEPS is taking shape, burning through its first draft. I’ll post more info when it’s done.

I’m tremendously excited about working on the re-release of THE EVIL DEAD – response to the news has been instant and overwhelming.

And CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST has extended its Halloween engagement in Detroit at the new Burton Theatre. Don’t miss it!

Thanks for checking out the site!

David Szulkin

THE EVIL DEAD Returns to the Big Screen!

In Grindhouse, Horror, Movies on October 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm


For Immediate Release


‘The Ultimate Experience in Grueling Horror’ is Back!

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Sam Raimi’s original horror classic THE EVIL DEAD back to the big screen as a midnight movie.

Raimi and producers Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell gave the go-ahead for a series of EVIL DEAD revival screenings to Grindhouse Releasing partner Bob Murawski, the film editor of Raimi’s SPIDER MAN 1, 2 & 3, DRAG ME TO HELL and the EVIL DEAD sequel ARMY OF DARKNESS.

Stephen King hailed THE EVIL DEAD as “the most ferociously original film of the year” when the movie premiered in 1981.

Shot in Michigan and Tennessee, Raimi’s low-budget directorial debut was released independently with a self-imposed ‘No One Under 17’ rating for its graphic violence and gore.

THE EVIL DEAD launched Raimi and Tapert’s careers and made star Bruce Campbell a cult icon, spawning two hit sequels: EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN and ARMY OF DARKNESS.

The EVIL DEAD trilogy has become a fan phenomenon, ranked among the most popular and acclaimed horror movies of all time.

With a remake reportedly in the works, this theatrical release gives fans a chance to experience the original as it was intended to be seen. A special screening of the EVIL DEAD trilogy sold out L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema this summer.

“Nothing can prepare an audience for what they are about to see, because nothing punishes an audience like EVIL DEAD – especially on the big screen,” says Bruce Campbell. “I’m really glad it’s back. People are gonna be hurt.”

Formed by actor/director Sage Stallone and Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing restores and distributes classic horror and exploitation films. The company teamed with Quentin Tarantino in the ’90s to revive Lucio Fulci’s Italian horror classic THE BEYOND.

A similar theatrical break is planned for THE EVIL DEAD, with midnight screenings in select theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Dates and venues will be announced at

For bookings, contact David Szulkin at

Dave Zeltserman’s PARIAH

In Books, Crime and noir fiction on October 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm


Dave Zeltserman’s PARIAH is my pick for crime novel of the year. Tough, relentless, and packed with blunt force trauma, the book uses a Whitey Bulger-inspired premise as the framework for a disturbing and darkly satirical study of a psychopath.

Kyle Nevin is a former heavy hitter for the South Boston mob. Fresh out of prison, Kyle resumes his hard-ass criminal career with a vengeance. While planning the next big score with his brother, a sad-sack who’s trying to go straight, the voracious and violent bruiser obsessively pursues the underworld boss who sold him out.

Ultimately, Kyle’s misdeeds make him a tabloid star. When he’s courted with an offer to write a fictionalized account of the “alleged” crimes, more trouble follows. Zeltserman pulls off the meta-fiction aspect of the book very well, taking shots at the cult of celebrity and the shark-like mentality of the publishing business.

Like the late noir king Jim Thompson, and contemporary crime lords Jason Starr, Allan Guthrie, and Ken Bruen, Zeltserman takes readers on an uneasy ride inside the mind of a homicidal maniac. The story pummels and stomps its way to a nasty ending, but it’s the amoral, ruthless voice of Kyle that gives the book such outstanding quality.

PARIAH is a real winner, filled with the stuff HARD FEELINGS are made of.

For more about the book and author, visit Small Crimes.

 – David Szulkin