Thursday, 15 October 2020

Season of the Witch (George A. Romero, 1972) Blu-Ray Review...

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“I thought you were intrigued by it when you were so afraid. Being afraid is necessary to believing.” While it came as a commercial disappointment, the second in as many years for George A. Romero (following on from 1971's There's Always Vanilla), his 1972 film Season of the Witch proves to be an intriguing companion piece to its predecessor. Amidst the fervour of social change that was sweeping America at the time (particularly the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment), Season of the Witch peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia to witness one housewife's attempt to escape her mid-life malaise – through Witchcraft...

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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Flavours of the Month: August & September 2020

We fight on through the harshness brought about by a family health emergency that has turned things upside down - and all against the continuing wretchedness of the pandemic that makes a hard situation all the harder. Nevertheless, bloody vengeance, Agent 47, and documentaries galore are just some of the flavours of my August & September 2020...

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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Enemy Gold (Christian Drew Sidaris, 1993) Review

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“You gotta stop thinking of me as just another pretty face.” This ninth entry in the 'L.E.T.H.A.L. Ladies' saga was, originally, never intended to happen. After eight movies, perhaps Andy Sidaris was feeling wrung dry, and so Fit To Kill was supposed to the final film in the series. However, in the movie industry 'final chapters' have a particular habit of being followed by several sequels (Friday the 13th Part IV, anyone?). In some ways it's business as usual in the Sidaris-verse, but in other ways Enemy Gold sits apart from what came before: the smaller cast features only a few familiar faces (all playing different roles), and instead of Andy Sidaris at the helm it's his son Christian Drew Sidaris (who would also go on to write & direct the tenth entry in the franchise). Hell, there's not even a single Abilene family member in sight!...

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Monday, 10 August 2020

Sleaze Fiend Magazine - Issue #4 available now!

Issue #4 of Sleaze Fiend Magazine is now available to purchase - and it's a full colour issue!

Here's what you can find inside:

Full Color Super Special -190 Pages of Sleaze! 42nd Street Pete (Grindhouse Purgatory Magazine) even did an article!

Featured Articles:

The Most Notorious Block in the World
Dale's Deuce Double Feature
Fleshpot on 42nd Street Uncut
Peepshows - A - Poppin'
Daycare For Perverts
Wes Craven is Abe Snake
Queen of Nazisploitation
Porn Star: Interview with Felicia Fisher
Two Sleazy Years: 1987-1988
Shot on Spahn Ranch
Once Upon A Time in...Hollywood Review
Stuntman: Interview with Gary Kent
Remembering the Fallen
Black Rainbows and Burning Tygers
Dear Diary with Felicia Fisher
The Golden Age: Samantha Fox
Retro Sleaze: Playboy Sex in Cinema

Each issue also includes an authentic Show World Center Token.

I wrote the article "Two Sleazy Years: 1987-1988", as well as the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood review, and I also wrote a short story titled "Daycare For Perverts" especially for this bumper edition of SFM.

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

There's Always Vanilla (George A. Romero, 1971) Blu-Ray Review...

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“Anything that has something happening has a purpose to it.” An experimental bitter-sweet romance drama is not what you'd expect to be directed by George A. Romero, the Godfather of the modern zombie, whose seminal 1968 film Night of the Living Dead not only defined a new sub-genre, but a new way of utilising horror to examine the world in which we live. Seeking to not be pigeon-holed by the horror genre, Romero and production company The Latent Image embarked on this character piece, which turned into a scattered and tense production with a final product that limped onto the silver screen after which it became a 'lost' film in Romero's catalogue. Indeed, Romero himself described the film as “an awful experience and I care very little about it”, but even with – seemingly – so little going for it, There's Always Vanilla now proves to be an intriguing time capsule of Pittsburgh, and America, in 1970...

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