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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 classic gorefest MANIAC back on the big screen.

MANIAC stars the late, great character actor Joe Spinell (ROCKY, TAXI DRIVER, THE GODFATHER) as psycho-killer Frank Zito, a creepy loner type who works through his Mommy issues by scalping and mutilating random women in New Y0rk City. The movie was hated by critics, picketed by feminist groups, and still ranks as the sickest of all the ‘slasher’ style movies that followed HALLOWEEN and 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 the good folks at BU 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

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.

‘Evil Dead’ Screening Schedule

In Horror, Movies on December 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Here’s the most up-to-date screening list for Sam Raimi’s THE EVIL DEAD, coming to theaters across North America from Grindhouse Releasing.

More dates and cities to be announced soon! Visit for more information.

January 8- 9 – Uptown Theater, Minneapolis

January 15-16 – Esquire Theater, Denver

January 29-30 – Sunshine Cinemas, New York

February 5-6 – Egyptian Theater, Seattle

February 12 – Bagdad Theater, Portland

February 19 – River Oaks, Houston

February 26 – Inwood, Dallas

March 5 – Nuart Theatre, Los Angeles

March 12 -13 – E Street Theatre, Washington, D.C.

March 12 -13 – MADCAP Theaters, Tempe, AZ

March 19 – Gateway 7, Columbus, OH

March 20 – Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks, Houston

March 26 – Alamo Lake Creek, Austin, TX, with EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS

April 3 – Alamo Winchester, Winchester, VA

April 10 – Alamo Westlakes, San Antonio – with EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS

April 16-17 – Cable Car Cinema, Providence, RI

April 23-24 – Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM

April 30 – May 1 – Music Box Theater, Chicago

May 2 – 5 – Alamo Ritz, Austin, TX

May 14 – 15 – Hi-Pointe Theater, St. Louis

May 21 – Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

May 22 -Hudson Horrorshow, Poughkeepsie, NY with PIECES and ZOMBIE

May 28-29 – Oaks Theater, Oakmont, PA

June 5 – Cedar Lee Theater, Cleveland

June 12- 13 – Palace Theatre, Syracuse

June 12 – Ken Theatre, San Diego

June 19 – Ritz East, Philadelphia

June 25 – Art Theatre, Long Beach, CA

July 9-11 – Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

July 24 – Circle Cinema, Tulsa, OK

July 31 – Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY

August 6 -7 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN

August 21 – Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

August 27 – Oriental Theatre, Milwaukee, WI – HELD OVER!

August 28 – 29 – George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

September 4 – The Screen, Santa Fe, NM

September 10 – 11 – Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ

September 10 – 11 – Outdoor screening at MIDWAY DRIVE-IN, Dixon, Ill., with Bruce Campbell in person, THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS, PIECES, and more!

September 23 – Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland, ME

September 28, October 1, 2 & 3 – El Rey Theatre, Chico, CA

September 30 – Nickelodeon Cinemas, Portland, ME – HELD OVER!

October 1, 2, & 7 – The Art Theater, Champaign, IL

October 2 & 9 – Buffalo International Film Festival, Buffalo, NY

October 9 – Little Art Theatre, Yellow Springs, OH

October 15 – Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA

October 17 – Alamo Drafthouse, Austin, Tx., with EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS

October 21 -23 – Holiday Drive-In, Hamilton, OH

October 22 – 5 Points Theatre, Jacksonville, FL, with THE BEYOND

October 22 & 23 – Kress Cinema, Greeley, CO

October 29 – The Beach Theatre, St. Pete Beach, FL

October 29 – 30 – Main Art Theatre, Detroit

October 30 – ZomBCon, Seattle, WA, with Bruce Campbell and the Ladies of the Evil Dead in person!

November 19 –  Art Theatre, Long Beach, CA

Meatmen, ‘Prisoner of X’

In Books, Crime and noir fiction, Hardcore Punk, Horror, Metal, Movies, Music on November 12, 2009 at 3:50 pm


A few links/recommendations:

Tesco Vee of the Meatmen analyzes the blonde from ABBA and her solo career here. This article was originally published in Forced Exposure.

I saw the Meatmen twice this summer on their tour with Chapstik. They wrecked the place both times, and Tesco was hilarious as always. On the final night of the tour in Austin, Tx., they played “Centurions of Rome” with Leighton of Chapstik on second guitar as the whole band donned Ben Hur headgear.

The new album “Meatmen Cover the Earth” features Tesco and his new band storming through Blue Oyster Cult’s WWII Nazi warplane anthem “ME-262”, G.G. Allin’s “Highest Power”, FEAR’s “I Love Livin’ in the City” two Black Randy songs and many more. It’s worth it just for the tour through Tesco’s musical tastes, with his rendition of the Temptations’ “Psychedelic Shack” and even a Saxon tune among the standout cuts. And yes, ABBA is represented. Plus, you get the return of Shecky Shpilkis in “Sex Mart 2010”.

All the essential Meat CDs are now back in print, including the metallicized War of the Superbikes and Rock N Roll Juggernaut, along with the Tesco Vee’s Hate Police album and Vee’s noise project, Blight. I’m excited about his forthcoming Touch & Go book with the complete run of the essential punk ‘zine; I just ordered the Meatmen DVD (see cover above), which I’ve heard is amazing.

Chapstik proved a worthy opener for the Meatmen with a roaring, balls-to-the-wall three-guitar attack. Barnburner and the EP Fire! Die in It are both excellent. “Cream of Everything”, “Egregious Philbin”, “Twat’s it To Ya”, and “Mustache” are among my fave tracks, and each album ends with a choice Sabbath-style dirge metal epic.

I mentioned the Meatmen in my recent contribution to The Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists – specifically, Tesco’s lyrical reference to Captain Beyond in the War of the Superbikes classic “Pillar of Sodom”: “Drugged-out visions of the dead in crypts/That dust be bringin’ on a Mesmerization Eclipse.”

When I saw the mighty Meatmen in L.A., I asked Vee about Captain Beyond. Smiling, he enthusiastically pointed out that he swiped a riff from that ’70s rock band in the Tesco Vee’s Hate Police song “BGC” (“Big Giant C*ck”).


Allan MacDonell’s PRISONER OF X: 20 Years in the Hole at Hustler Magazine is the best book yet written about the insanity of working in the X-rated entertainment business. MacDonell’s prose is bulletproof, and his story is incredible. He spares no one, including himself, in this amazing account of his career with Larry Flynt’s notorious publication. His recollections of the early L.A. punk scene here are great and deserve a book of their own. Mandatory purchase.

New Pulp Press has added three new titles to its upcoming slate, including the reissue of Gil Brewer’s Flight to Darkness. Check them out here.

Look for some big news on EVIL DEAD in the coming weeks. I’m setting up the U.S. theatrical tour for Sam Raimi’s classic unrated splatterfest anounced here and anticipation is high. This is going to be a major event in the horror world!

I’ve also received favorable early reactions to my noir novel-in-progress, THE CREEPS, which I hope to see published in the coming year.

– David Szulkin

now playing: Serpent Throne, “Ride Satan Ride”

Coffin Joe’s ‘Embodiment of Evil’, Zeltserman’s ‘Small Crimes’

In Books, Crime FIction, Horror, Movies on November 6, 2009 at 11:47 pm


Brazil’s legendary director Jose Mojica Marins has been the character Ze do Caixao (Coffin Joe) since the 1960s in such films as At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul and This Night I Will Enter Your Corpse. Marins’ latest Coffin Joe extravaganza Embodiment of Evil is a triumph of total dementia, a feast for horror fans around the world.

I saw Embodiment of Evil at the Los Angeles Film Festival. I was so knocked out by what I witnessed that I went back the next night to see it again. Shot on 35mm film, this is Coffin Joe’s most grandiose production to date. Marins proves himself a true master of cinema, conjuring visions of Hell in numerous horrific sequences.

If you haven’t seen the film, I won’t spoil it. To see the trailer, click here.

I also recommend Small Crimes, by Dave Zeltserman. I reviewed Zeltserman’s Pariah here; Small Crimes is a variation on the same theme, rife with corruption and brutal violence and told from the criminal point of view.

Released from prison after seven years for stabbing a D.A. in the face during an arson, crooked ex-cop and addict Joe Denton finds the disfigured attorney gunning for him. Pressure mounts from all sides in this merciless, straight-to-hell story. Great, dark stuff.

I’ll be posting more reviews and interviews as time permits, along with updates on S.F. Brownrigg’s Scum of the Earth and the theatrical release of Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead.

– David Szulkin

now playing: YOB – “Elaborations of Carbon”

‘Last House’ Killer Lived in Tate Murder Mansion; Michael Berryman on ‘Hills Have Eyes’

In Exploitation, Grindhouse, Horror, Movies on November 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm


Jeramie Rain starred in Wes Craven’s original LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT as Sadie, the killer sidekick to David Hess’ Krug. She later married Richard Dreyfuss, worked for NBC, and tried to help friend John Belushi get off drugs as documented in Bob Woodward’s Wired.

The actress told HARD FEELINGS that she was once picked up hitch-hiking by Tex Watson and Charles Manson. She stayed in the van after her friends were dropped off. The killers later showed up at her aunt’s house. And while making LAST HOUSE, Rain was playing Susan “Sadie” Atkins in an off-Broadway production.

In an even more bizarre Manson Family connection, Rain later lived in the Sharon Tate house on Cielo Drive. She learned from neighbors that the home was the site of the infamous August 9, 1969 murders only after moving in.

HARD FEELINGS also spoke to another Wes Craven star, Michael Berryman, who put the scary face and personality to Pluto in the original HILLS HAVE EYES. Berryman gave his opinion of the recent HILLS movies.


MB: I did see the remake of THE HILLS HAVE EYES, at a film festival. I went to a red carpet event and it was a lot of fun. You know, Wes and [producer] Peter Locke and I, we go way back, and it was so nice to be part of the premiere in L.A.

However, this film was made, and I don’t know why they made it. I do understand that remakes are popular, in some people’s assessments. For me personally, I actually liked the first fifteen to seventeen-and-a-half minutes. I was intrigued with the concept of a little town that was built by the Defense Department and where they had nuclear testing, because in the original, maybe we were mutants from that leftover radiation, et cetera.

But in the original, there wasn’t a lot of blood and gore. It was thrilling and compelling and frightening and threatening. And the families were pretty well-defined; each character was well-defined.

In the remakes, the characters were not well-defined. There was no back-story as to who they were, what they were, and why they did what they did. There was nothing to tell me even how they survived and how they managed to come up with these devices for dispatching people.

I just tell it like it is. Honestly, I felt that after the first 20 minutes, the movie turned into a gratuitous bloodbath; it was a video game. It was a push-the-button, shock-the-monkey splatter-fest, titillation for 14-year-olds. And I actually walked out of the film. It was terrible.

Then they did the sequel, and I was actually called to L.A. to meet the director [Alexandre Aja], who didn’t even bother to show up at the meeting. And I felt insulted; I felt depreciated. I paid my own expenses, and I’d sure like to have a check for $1,000 for those expenses.

I had a handshake deal with Peter Locke saying I’d be in Morocco. And the explanation I heard why I was not, when they were already in production in North Africa, was that Aja didn’t want anyone from the original. If that’s the case, then why did he bother to invite me to a meeting in the first place where he did not show up?

So, maybe I have a chip on my shoulder, maybe I’m getting grouchy in my old age, but you know, there’s something called respect, there’s something called courtesy, and something called professional behavior.

I’m glad the movie made some money, and I guess they made a part 3. More power to ya. Now that you’re fully funded, do something of quality and I‘ll go see it. And if it‘s good, I‘ll promote it.

But the remakes were terrible.

HF: Thank you. You don’t mind going on the record?


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

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,

Black Devil Doll

In Exploitation, Grindhouse, Horror, Movies, Uncategorized on September 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm


Filmed in Negroscope and featuring “totally awesome scenes of rape and murder,” BLACK DEVIL DOLL is the #1 HARD FEELINGS film of 2009.

Straight off its U.S. theatrical tour and successful exhibition at Cannes, the Lewis Brothers film is now a paperback novel by Stephen Romano, author of SHOCK FESTIVAL and THE RIOT ACT.

Romano also designed the eye-popping BLACK DEVIL DOLL poster art and other promotional graphics for producer Shawn Lewis of Rotten Cotton. The book is available now in advance of the October DVD release.

Here’s my review of the flick:


The Lewis Brothers start a riot in “Black Devil Doll”

By David A. Szulkin

The production cost of BLACK DEVIL DOLL breaks down to one puppet, five reasonably priced nude females, one hundred jugs of Karo syrup, miscellaneous pharmaceuticals, and $10,000 in Oakland Fried Chicken. The results pay off like a Powerball jackpot.

BLACK DEVIL DOLL is the first film from The Lewis Brothers, the boldest young filmmakers to emerge from the horror genre since Frank Henenlotter and Stuart Gordon. Some film nerds have pegged the movie as a remake of Chester Turner’s 1984 straight-to-video feature BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL, but the new movie shares only the most obvious surface elements with Turner’s flick.

“It’s our homage to all of the killer doll films,” says producer Shawn Lewis. “We watched a lot of those movies, and none of them went all the way, so we decided to make the movie we always wanted to see. Actually, we didn’t make the puppet black until we wrote the fourth draft of the screenplay.”

The movie opens with black militant Mubia Abul-Jama (Jonathan Lewis) marching down Death Row to be executed for his crimes against Caucasian society. Just as Jama rides the lightning, bored and busty Heather (Heather Murphy) unwittingly transports his soul into the body of a ventriloquist’s dummy during a Ouija board séance.

Mubia demonstrates the power of his miniature pimp hand and other appendages in a triple-X rated puppet romance montage. But this muthafuckin’ puppet needs some strange. Some trim. Some fresh. white pussy. While Mubia commands Heather to round up her bimbo girlfriends, her jilted wannabe rapper boyfriend White-T (Martin Boone) seeks revenge.

What follows is a relentless, abusive, and uproarious onslaught of rape, misogyny, mutilation, mayonnaise, mass murder, sodomy, toilet humor and racially charged puppet hijinks. The movie’s many freak-out sequences were filmed in Negroscope, a patented process which visualizes the puppet’s psychosis in a multi-layered, psychedelic blur of Black History Month flashbacks.

From the puppet’s first demonic eyeball-roll to the mind-melting, sphincter-shattering climax, BLACK DEVIL DOLL delivers the total package to your door…and says “FUCK YOU!” when you sign for it. Eruptions of H.G. Lewis-style gore, Russ Meyer-like breasts, graphic necrophilia, salad-tossing, and the funniest prison-rape joke in recent memory are just a few highlights; the actors rightly allow the wooden doll to upstage them, and the original soundtrack by Giallo’s Flame completes the atmosphere.

It’s no surprise that BLACK DEVIL DOLL has pissed off politically correct crackers and uptight Uncle Toms alike.

The film’s trailer alone was enough to offend a Tampa film critic, who wrote, “I hope my subconscious mind creates a split personality to deal with this, because I don’t want to have that stuff in my head for the rest of my life.”

Another advance review labeled director Lewis “a self-hating Negro,” while KING magazine called the film “heartless” and “foul”.

None other than the Rev. Al Sharpton weighed in with a personal condemnation when a fan pressed him for comment.

“It’s a shame individuals in our society have regressed to such standards of racial lambasting in favor of the lowest common denominator of entertainment for the mass public,” Sharpton said.

The Lewis Brothers responded by naming their production company Lowest Common Denominator Entertainment.

During the film’s world premiere at L.A.’s New Beverly Cinema, emcee Uncle Creepy hurled oversized black dildos into the sold-out crowd while director Jonathan Lewis smiled serenely. The audience went wild.

More Florida controversy soon spread as St. Petersburg Times film critic Steve Persall protested the exhibition of BLACK DEVIL DOLL, lambasting the film, and attacking its shameless creators in a morally outraged column. Persall had not seen the movie.

The Lewis Brothers had the last laugh. The mighty fist of the Black Devil Doll raised a triumphant middle finger of defiance at Cannes, as the film met with enthusiastic response and sold to foreign territories where the mack-daddy puppet’s every obscene utterance will be dubbed into several languages for the enjoyment of audiences around the world.

Soul on ice? The Black Devil Doll is on fire! Long may his magic chocolate wand wave, and deep may he thrust into your honky soul.

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BLACK DEVIL DOLL is now available for pre-order at

Be sure to visit BLACK DEVIL DOLL babes Heather and Natasha on Facebook, and listen online to The Boone Brothers.

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 weird world of Texas exploitation movies.

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 in early 2010, with new bonus features. Here’s an advance press release with more information:


Filthy Backwoods Horror, Presented in SCUM-VISION!

Box Office Spectaculars is preparing a special edition DVD release of SCUM OF THE EARTH, the notorious redneck exploitation hit from cult horror director S.F. Brownrigg (DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT).

SCUM ranked among the top-grossing nationwide movies in Boxoffice and Variety when it played 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.”

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.”

SCUM OF THE EARTH is thick with a foul atmosphere of dirt and rot-gut whiskey, a sordid Southern Gothic family portrait framed in a primitive backwoods stalk-and-slash story that predates FRIDAY THE 13TH, HALLOWEEN, and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

On a romantic vacation at a lakeside cabin in Texas, pretty city gal Helen Fraser (Norma Moore) flees into the forest after a lurking, unseen psycho slays her husband with an axe. Lost and panicked, she runs into Odie Pickett (Gene Ross), the mean, moonshine-swilling father to a degenerate clan of hillbillies.

Helen winds up trapped in Pickett’s isolated rural shack, cruelly violated and exposed to the family’s wretched life of white-trash poverty, abuse and perversion. Meanwhile, the maniacal killer stalks the woods, striking again and again…

SCUM OF THE EARTH was restored from rotted, decayed drive-in movie reels, the only surviving elements of the picture. This new release uses the patented “Scum-Vision” process to preserve every filthy frame of film in true 1080p high definition – as it’s never been seen before, on DVD and Blu-ray disc.

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 trash 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.

Box Office Spectaculars has released deluxe DVD editions of such gorehound movie classics as PIECES, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD and Lucio Fulci’s CAT IN THE BRAIN. The label is an offshoot of Grindhouse Releasing, the company responsible for THE BEYOND, CANNIBAL FEROX and the controversial smash CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST.

Viewer testimonials on SCUM OF THE EARTH from

“This made me feel grimy all over….filthy, sleazy and sickening.”

“A distinct atmosphere, probably found nowhere else. Raw, crude, politically incorrect horror.”

“Delivers some of the funniest hillbilly dialogue in the history of cinema, great characters, and a smidgen of rape, incest and murder. It’s difficult to resist the film’s sleazy exploitation charms.”

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

See the trailer at!