Sunday, March 26, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: SAVAGE DESIRE (1976)

Ten years after it was made, the French espionage adventure ATOUT COEUR À TOKYO POUR O.S.S. 117/O.S.S. 117: TERROR IN TOKYO (1966) was released in the U.S. by Independent-International Pictures as SAVAGE DESIRE. This ad is from its Brownwood, TX opening on February 20, 1976. The second feature, ALL THE YOUNG WIVES, was an M.A. Ripps presentation first released in June 1973 as YOU ALL COME and later re-released as NAKED RIDER (at the same time the film's director, William Diehl, was hitting it big as the author of Sharky's Machine, his first novel).

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Movie Ads of the Week: BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER (1982) a.k.a. NIGHT WARNING (1983)

William Asher's horror-thriller BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER -- an International Film Marketing release featuring Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, and an early appearance by Bill Paxton -- opened in St. Louis, MO on March 19, 1982.

Comworld Pictures, the exploitation outfit formerly known as Osmond Enterprises, took over distribution of the film as NIGHT WARNING. The ad above is from the Santa Cruz, CA opening on January 7, 1983.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #160)


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

Marlene Rogoff

Story and Screeenplay
Marlene Rogoff

Produced by
George Springmeyer

Executive Producer
Paul V. Dillow

Director of Photography
Marty Mullin

Edited by
Oscar Barber
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: WARRIORS OF THE APOCALYPSE (1986) a.k.a. TIME RAIDERS (1987)

Fans of low-budget '80s post-nuke action films have probably seen the Filipino-shot WARRIORS OF THE APOCALYPSE (a.k.a. SEARCHERS OF THE VOODOO MOUNTAIN), but how many were lucky to catch it during its U.S. release via the short-lived Film Concept Group? The ad above is from its Pensacola, FL opening on April 25, 1986.

FCG still had the film in circulation over a year later, though they had changed the title to TIME RAIDERS and were themselves operating under a different name (whatever MSP is short for). The ad above is from Shreveport, LA on May 7, 1987.

Alexandria, LA - May 15, 1987

The Town Talk - May 20, 1987

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #159)



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

Hajime Isogai

Wakamatsu Productions

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

Olympic International Films

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


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: DOUBLE EXPOSURE (1987) a.k.a. TERMINAL EXPOSURE

The Niko Mastorakis action-comedy TERMINAL EXPOSURE, which we believed was a direct-to-video release during the summer of 1989, actually received a theatrical release in Florida through United Film Distribution under the title DOUBLE EXPOSURE. Here it is in Orlando on September 18, 1987.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Lost regional horror-comedy THE DISMEMBERED coming soon on Blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures!

Garagehouse Pictures exhumes a lost regional horror-comedy unseen for over fifty years!

Some nutty gangsters thought they pulled off the crime of the century… but it’s going to cost them an arm and a leg!

After a daring jewel heist, a trio of thieves hold up in an old dark house inhabited by a motley bunch of restless ghosts that only want to dispatch their new guests in the most horrible manner possible – that is if they can get to them before the spirits of an unruly group of dismembered corpses from the nearby cemetery!

Shot in Philadelphia in 1962, THE DISMEMBERED claws its way out of the grave of cinematic obscurity to debut on home video for the very first time courtesy of a new HD Blu-ray from Garagehouse Pictures. THE DISMEMBERED is a film so forgotten that at the time of this writing it doesn’t even have a listing on the Internet Movie Database. Directed by Ralph S. Hirshorn, THE DISMEMBERED is an offbeat ghosts-and-gangsters satire that plays like a cross between Roger Corman and Casper the Friendly Ghost, and the evokes the spirit of American International Pictures and the drive-in B movie. Featuring homicidal ghosts, creeping severed limbs, cobwebbed sets, graveyard atmosphere and weird musical improvisations by the Main Street Ghouls, THE DISMEMBERED is one strange little movie with lots of ghoulish charm.

THE DISMEMBERED will be available April 25th from Garagehouse Pictures.

Specs for THE DISMEMBERED are as follows:

• Transferred & digitally mastered in 4K from the director’s only 16mm film print
• Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks
• Audio commentary with director Ralph S. Hirshorn and Andrew Repasky McElhinney (CHRONICLE OF CORPSES)
• THE END OF SUMMER (1959) – 11 minute short film by Ralph S. Hirshorn
• Liners notes by Dan Buskirk ( film critic and host of the Fun 2 Know podcast)
•Trailers for Garagehouse Pictures releases
• Art by Stephen Romano
• All regions

1962 / 65 mins. / B&W / Mono / 1.66:1 / Not Rated