Archive for July, 2011
Last week marked the triumphant return for Canuxploitation Super-8 oddity THINGS to both DVD and holy-goddamn-shit VHS (courtesy of Mondo Video). And in light of both the digital upgrade and analog downgrade releases, we thought we’d offer an additional bonus via another unsuspecting format for our treasured readers & collectors.
If you’ve already got your greasy pizza fingers all over the brand-new Intervision DVD, you’ve probably made your way through the ‘audio viewing party with The Cinefamily‘ – and if you haven’t, you’re seriously missing out on a hilariously entertaining experience featuring the residual effects of THINGS on real seasoned cinephiles – where one first-timer present on the track remarks how he had only known of THINGS from it’s ringtone. Ringtone? Yes, it’s true. For a period of time, we THINGS-ites through various email chains were circulating homemade ‘THINGTONES’ sourced from star Barry J. Gillis’ basement ADR tapes which feature various homicidal rantings looped by severe dime store delay pedal action. Sadly, these recordings remained on the cutting room floor and we never used in the final film. But, now they are forever preserved for a new era of THINGS-ites and all seven are available here for free! Pick it up, maybe Barry J. Gillis is calling…
“THE EVIL DEAD if it were re-imagined by David Cronenberg but directed by Herschel Gordon Lewis. A total acid trip of mullets, porn ‘staches, beer-swilling, gore, and nonsense, THINGS is spectacularly hallucinogenic.”-Oh The Horror
“Describing the experience of watching THINGS with mere words would be like constructing the scale model of the universe with Lincoln Logs.”-CraveOnline
“What unfurled over the next 84 minutes transcended anything I could have ever told myself I was ready for.”-Mishka NYC
“It’ll pull out your brain, fling it against the wall, and have you pleading for mercy by the half-hour mark. Yep, it’s that kind of movie.” -Mondo Digital
“Oddly compelling viewing!”-DVD Drive-In
“It’s a product of so many forces foreign to the majority of people on Earth (and I’m talking well beyond the Canadian connection) that all the reviews in the world are not going to give you an idea of whether you or not you’ll connect with the film.” -Gordon And The Whale
Mondo, the collectible art boutique arm of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Intervision to release 1989’s THINGS on VHS. The first Canadian shot-on-Super 8 gore shocker commercially distributed on video, THINGS is the much anticipated follow-up to May’s sold-out run of SLEDGEHAMMER, the inaugural title from Mondo Video, a new VHS-only label created to release rare genre films in a collectible format.
“THINGS is the surreal saga of two friends who visit a remote cabin, only to discover a womb of monstrous horror that demands graphic dismemberment,” according to Intervision’s packaging, “it’s an inexplicable orgy of eye ripping, beer guzzling, boob baring, skull drilling, sandwich making, chain sawing, bad acting and post-sync dubbing.” Mondo Video’s THINGS includes the original poster art, the 1989 VHS releases’ box copy and will be available for purchase only at MondoTees.com on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. The Intervision DVD streets on July 12th (today) and is available for order for Amazon.com.
“THINGS is the quintessential Canadian ‘homemade’ horror film,” says Intervision marketing director Evan Husney, “beneath it’s oozing outsider façade, lies a barrage of low-budget freakiness and transcendent surrealism earning its place in the new Intervision/Mondo Video cult cannon.” Mondo creative director says, “Mondo Video strives to only release things that YOU NEED TO SEE and this low budget Canadian monster movie ranks at the top of that list!”
The all “too-soon” biopic of the ’90s most infamous serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer – produced two years before Dahmer was beaten to death in prison – is helmed by two fierce indie filmmakers David R. Bowen and Carl Crew, who set out to make a film examining the inner psyche of one of America’s most brutal, tortured souls. The result is a obsessive, grim portrait which is not only a sincere and hardly exploitive vision, but a triumph of micro-budget indie filmmaking as well. In light of the film’s Intervision DVD release on July 12th, David R. (Rick) Bowen joins us after the jump to discuss the controversy surrounding the film’s release, which outraged the media, the victim’s families and the public. More…
“AN ANTI-HUMAN MASTERPIECE…
Satanism. Disembowelment. Sexual assault. A particularly notorious segment appears to have actually been shot in Hell. There’s zero doubt that Olaf Ittenbach was destined to either make this film or rape wolves.”-Zack Carlson, editor/author of DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!!
“When the Germans make a horror movie,” says Mr. Beaks of Ain’t It CoolNews, “THEY MAKE A F%*#ING HORROR MOVIE!” In 1992, writer/director/special effects master Olaf Ittenbach changed the face of video horror, force-fed its ripped-out eyeballs to screaming audiences, then used a drill, machete and shotgun on its still-twitching torso: Ittenbach himself stars as a degenerate junkie who babysits his young sister with two bedtime stories of the damned. First, an escaped serial killer turns date night into a graphic family massacre. Then a country priest on a rape and murder spree leads to a disturbingly explicit descent into Hell. It became the VHS that shocked America. It has been banned in its Motherland for nearly 20 years. And it remains perhaps the most violent and depraved shot-on-video saga in history. This is THE BURNING MOON.
See this trailer on the upcoming THINGS release, out of DVD on July 12th. THE BURNING MOON is coming this fall from Intervision Picture Corp. In the meantime, read this edition of VICE Magazine’s movie club which featured THE BURNING MOON. Aaaaaaahhhh!!!