Sunday, February 23, 2014

Movie Ad of the Week: RETURN OF THE CHINESE BOXER (1983)

THE CHINESE BOXER (1969), a trendsetting and immensely popular Hong Kong martial arts film, was Jimmy Wang Yu's directorial debut as well as his final appearance in a Shaw Brothers production (It was released in the U.S. by Enchanted Filmarts in 1973 as THE HAMMER OF GOD). The sort-of sequel RETURN OF THE CHINESE BOXER, shot in Taiwan in 1974 and also directed by and starring Yu Wang, was nearly 10 years old when William Mishkin Motion Pictures opened it in the New York area on February 25, 1983.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


Nope, it's not here! Head over to Theater of Guts for Temple of Schlock's look at THE EXQUISITE CADAVER!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Movie Ad of the Week: FIVE ANGRY WOMEN w/ THE ALIEN FACTOR (1984)

This double bill of "top new films" opened in New York on April 13, 1984 and -- according to the Gore Gazette -- closed the next morning! The first feature was shot in April 1973 under the titles RUN, BABEE, RUN and FIVE FEMALE FUGITIVES and had been in theatrical release from Mardi Rustam as FIVE ANGRY WOMEN for at least seven years prior to this. It would soon show up on video shelves as WOMEN UNCHAINED (Video Gems) and ESCAPE FROM CELL BLOCK 3 (Prism Entertainment). The second feature, Cinemagic magazine founder Don Dohler's THE ALIEN FACTOR, carries an onscreen copyright date of 1977.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Movie Ad of the Week: UP YOUR TEDDY BEAR (1970)

Don Joslyn's oddball sex satire about the children's toy industry stars two former BATMAN villains (Julie "Catwoman" Newmar and Victor "King Tut" Buono) and the voice of Underdog (Wally Cox). Filmed as THE TOY GRABBERS, it was first released as the R-rated UP YOUR TEDDY BEAR by Geneni Film Distributing in 1970. The ad above is from Port Arthur, TX (July 22, 1970).

In 1971, a re-edited print was submitted to the MPAA under the title THE TOY GRABBERS and received a PG. After more re-editing, it went back to the MPAA and reverted to an R for Ellman Enterprises' release as MOTHER. The above ad is from Danville, VA (November 22, 1972).

MOTHER became HOT MOTHER in 1973. Above is the ad for its Lawton, OK showing at the Video Twin Theatre (January 27, 1974).

Six years later and still hot! Chicago opening: September 26, 1980.

Something Weird's print -- which carries the Geneni logo and the onscreen title UP YOUR TEDDY BEAR -- runs 82 minutes, 27 seconds.

In 2005, Troma released a "digitally remastered, lovingly created director's cut DVD" under the title THE SEDUCTION OF A NERD. This version runs 76 minutes.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Movie Ad of the Week: FLATFOOT (1975)

The first of four Italian crime comedies starring Bud Spencer as Inspector “Flatfoot” Rizzo, PIEDONE LO SBIRRO (1973) was released in the U.S. under three different titles by a small distributor (S.J. International) hoping to capitalize on Spencer’s stateside success in THEY CALL ME TRINITY and TRINITY IS STILL MY NAME. Three sequels followed -- FLATFOOT IN HONG KONG (1975), FLATFOOT IN AFRICA (1978), and FLATFOOT ON THE NILE (1980) -- none of which received much, if any, exposure in the U.S.

Kansas City, KS
April 18, 1975

Thomasville, GA
July 20, 1975

Cedar Rapids, IA
December 12, 1975

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Movie Ad of the Week: Fabian and Peter Lorre in New Rochelle (August 1962)

Peter Lorre and Fabian appeared onstage at the RKO Proctor's theater in New Rochelle on August 27, 1962 to promote FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON, an Irwin Allen production in CinemaScope based loosely on Jules Verne's novel. The two were introduced by legendary WINS-AM disc jockey Murray "the K" Kaufman. The other half of that afternoon's Barbara Eden double feature was SWINGIN' ALONG (1961), a Tommy Noonan-Peter Marshall comedy also released as DOUBLE TROUBLE.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Movie Ad of the Week: WHOSE CHILD AM I? (1977)

The British fertility clinic exploitation pic WHOSE CHILD AM I? -- shot in 1974 as WHO'S HARRIET? and starring Kate O'Mara (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS, THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN) -- was submitted to the MPAA in February 1975 and began a regional roll-out from Brian Distribution later that year. With newspaper ads that made it look like a horror film, and co-billed with a real horror film (THE DEVIL'S WEDDING NIGHT), it opened at the Marbro Drive-In in Kingsport, TN on September 29, 1977.

Over a year later -- and no longer aimed at the horror crowd -- it opened in the New York City area on a double bill with EMBRYO on December 15, 1978.