Sunday, March 26, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: DOUBLE EXPOSURE (1987)



The Nico Mastorakis comedy GLITCH! was supposedly sent straight to video in February 1989 via Academy Home Entertainment...


...but it actually received a theatrical release in Florida through United Film Distribution a year and a half earlier, under the title DOUBLE EXPOSURE. Here it is in Orlando on September 18, 1987.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #160)



SCOOTER IN PALM BEACH
(1988)


Starring
Reggie Cristofer
Steve Cole
Diane Marateo
David Ewing
Carol Roberts
Sally Englert
Mary Squire
Robert MacKerroll
Scott Kipp
Jared Koss
Larry Blair
Janna Howard
Joe Callaghan

Directed
by
Marlene Rogoff

Story and Screeenplay
by
Marlene Rogoff

Produced by
George Springmeyer

Executive Producer
Paul V. Dillow

Director of Photography
Marty Mullin

Edited by
Oscar Barber
and
Ruth Blakeslee

Music by
Secret Society

Released by
Victoria Productions




Palm Beach Post - March 31, 1988




Palm Beach Post - April 3, 1988

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: EFFECTS (1979/1980)



Dusty Nelson's horror meta-movie EFFECTS, filmed in Pittsburgh and starring local talent such as Joseph F. Pilato (DAY OF THE DEAD) and Tom Savini, had its world premiere in the Steel City at the Kings Court theater on November 8, 1979.


It was picked up by Stuart S. Shapiro, a distributor who specialized in offbeat music, horror and cult films (TUNNELVISION, RUST NEVER SLEEPS, THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN, SHAME OF THE JUNGLE), and given a limited theatrical release in 1980 through his International Harmony company (Shapiro also ran the video company Harmony Vision and created the USA Network's popular weekend late-night series NIGHT FLIGHT). EFFECTS returned to Pittsburgh and the Kings Court on October 24, 1980.

Monday, March 06, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #159)



THE LOVE ROBOTS
(1967)

originally SHIRO NO JINZÔ BIJO

Starring
Rika Mizuki
Mari Mukai
Hideo Saeki
Hidekatsu Shibata
Mikio Terashima
Tamami Wakahara
Shôhei Yamamoto
Jôji Ôhara

Directred by
Kôji Wakamatsu

Written by
Yoshiaki Ôtani

Cinematography by
Hideo Itô

Gaffer
Hajime Isogai

Wakamatsu Productions

U.S. Version
Felix Lomax [Bob Cresse]
R.L. Frost [Lee Frost]

An
Olympic International Films
release

B&W / U.S. version: 72 minutes


PRESSBOOK DESCRIPTION

In this bizarre world of distorted human pleasures, we have come to accept the most heinous crimes against mankind as just another example of the degeneration of our species. Even the most jaded individual could not forgive the creators of the Love Robots. Love Robots are beautiful young girls, abducted right off the street who, through a procedure that rivals anything the Marquis de Sade might have dreamt of, are turned into monsters, capable of killing a man or loving him on command. The Love Robots then become an item for sale, willing to accept any master and perform any act. The Love Robots must surely be the lowest ebb of slave trading. Now through the bold new techniques of an eroduction this sordid practice is brought to light in a manner that, until very recently, could not have been shown. Only now can the intimate eye of the camera reveal the lust, greed and abnormal practices in such shocking detail. Only now can no one fail to realize the consequences of the tragic ...


Bob Cresse, the distributor of THE LOVE ROBOTS, produced a hardcore remake of the film in 1976, THE LOVE SLAVES. Directed by Bob Chinn under the pseudonym "Robert Husong," it's now available on Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: THE ZEBRA KILLER (1974) a.k.a. COMBAT COPS (1975)



Kentucky-based filmmaker William Girdler's third feature, THE ZEBRA KILLER, was released with a PG rating by Arthur Marks' General Film Corporation in 1974. Top-billed Austin Stoker did two more movies with Girdler (ABBY and SHEBA, BABY) before starring in ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 for John Carpenter. The ad above is from Indianapolis on August 28, 1974.


Two months later, the film had a new blaxploitation ad campaign and was playing urban theaters as THE GET-MAN. Here it is in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1974.


The title was changed to COMBAT COPS a few months later so the film could be paired with a reissue of Marks' DETROIT 9000 for a police-themed double bill. This ad is from Louisville (where the film was shot) on March 5, 1975. For overseas theatrical and video, the title was changed again, to PANIC CITY.