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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.

‘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 GrindhouseReleasing.com 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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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?

MB: HELL, NO!

Grindhouse Movie Poster: ‘Massacre at Central High’

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

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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 McBeardo.com 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

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For Immediate Release

SAM RAIMI’S ‘THE EVIL DEAD’ RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN!

‘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 GrindhouseReleasing.com.

For bookings, contact David Szulkin at info@grindhousereleasing.com.

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

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

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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.

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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 info@grindhousereleasing.com.

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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 itcamefromdallas.blogspot.com.

More news, features, reviews and interviews coming soon!

– David Szulkin, HardFeelings.wordpress.com

Scum of the Earth

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

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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 TO RELEASE ‘SCUM OF THE EARTH’

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 www.GrindhouseReleasing.com!

Grindhouse Movie Posters

In Exploitation, Grindhouse, Horror, Movies on August 26, 2009 at 6:02 am

Here are some vintage grindhouse movie posters, courtesy of the late Bill Landis of SLEAZOID EXPRESS. Enjoy!

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Before he was TV’s “Major Dad”, Gerald McRaney played a shook-up, misunderstood nut in the 1969 ax-murder flick NIGHT OF BLOODY HORROR. The same filmmakers produced NIGHT OF THE STRANGLER, starring Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees.

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Amazing ’70s ad for the roadshow-style reissue of Larry Buchanan’s tame Texas nudie film THE NAKED WITCH. Distributor Claude Alexander double-billed the movie with L.Q. Jones’ THE WITCHMAKER.

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From Jerry Gross and Cinemation Industries, 1972: “CAPTURE NICE YOUNG GIRLS. Drag them to a house in the woods. Brand them. Beat them. Turn them on to everything. Someone’s willing to pay $10,000 for them.”

SAVAGE ABDUCTION features a twisted performance by Joe Turkel, familiar to moviegoers as the ghostly bartender who serves Jack Nicholson in THE SHINING. Turkel plays a wealthy deviant with a necro fetish. After a sleazy lawyer hires him to kill and rape his wife (in that order), he blackmails the guy into delivering him a couple of teen girls for snuff kicks. The attorney pays bikers to make the snatch. The forced pot-smoking sequence is hysterical, and the original music by Salt Lick is ’70s bummer gold.

And here’s another very special presentation from Alexander International Films:

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In the time-honored tradition of Kroger Babb’s MOM AND DAD, this is a carny-style “birth of a baby” show. HIGH SCHOOL HOOKER is an alternate title for Gary Graver’s THE HARD ROAD (1970). Chris Poggiali has info on THE STEPDAUGHTER at Temple of Schlock.

More to come!