JOY -- DVD Review by Porfle
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Originally posted on 8/12/10   "Mostly harmless" is how Douglas Adams might have described Italian director Serge Bergon's softcore sex flick JOY (1983).  He may have also added "mostly not all that interesting, either", although it's a pleasant enough film that's easy on the eyes and features several yards of Claudia Udy's bare skin during its running time. After a pretty title song, we meet Joy as a little girl who catches Mom and Dad making out on a rug in front of the fireplace.  Years later she becomes a model whose preoccupation with casual sex and a glittery lifestyle ..read more
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FEED THE LIGHT -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle
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  Originally posted on 6/30/17   It's a real pleasure to see directors and cinematographers these days who not only work in black and white but seem to revel in the unique qualities and possibilities of the medium. Swedish director Henrik Möller's nightmarishly dark FEED THE LIGHT, aka "Lokalvårdaren" (2015) has been described as "Lovecraftian", which it most definitely is, but visually it's also very "Lynchian" in its bleak and exquisitely evocative use of disturbingly surreal black and white imagery a la ERASERHEAD, with only a few splashes of color for emphasis.  As Möll ..read more
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MASKED MUTILATOR -- Blu-ray Review by Porfle
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Originally posted on 5/6/19   I didn't quite know what I was getting into at first with the no-budget wrestling/horror flick MASKED MUTILATOR (Intervision, 2019), but once this brawny little cinematic engine that could gets chugging you can really smell what the hardy filmmakers behind it are cooking. Fact is, it's been simmering in the executive producer's basement for 25 years, until finally he decided to take the 16mm elements and make a finished movie out of them. And it's a good thing too, because not only does the result look really good, it's also a real hoot for both horror a ..read more
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BEYOND THE SEVENTH DOOR -- DVD Review by Porfle
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Originally posted on 10/16/17   You never know how a "cult" film is going to strike you.  Will you get caught up in whatever its many devoted fans see in it?  Or will its dubious appeal pass you by completely, making it seem to you like just another cheap piece of dreck?  The 1987 Canuxploitation thriller (well, sorta) BEYOND THE SEVENTH DOOR hits me about halfway between the two extremes.  I found it entertaining enough for a low-budget effort but I'm not quite moved to go out into the street singing its praises.  The best thing I can say is that there's pl ..read more
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THE BURNING MOON -- DVD Review by Porfle
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Originally posted on 2/19/12   If you're looking for a pic to put next to the definition of "splatter" in your dictionary, there's a charnel house full of choice moments to choose from in THE BURNING MOON (1997), one of the goriest horror flicks I've seen since H.G. Lewis bought his first bottle of ketchup.  And while the first few minutes of this low-budget, shot-on-video German indy didn't exactly have me tingling with anticipation, it wasn't long before the earnest and surprisingly accomplished effort started to win me over in a big way. We first meet writer-director Olaf Itt ..read more
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SLEDGEHAMMER -- DVD Review by Porfle
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  Originally posted on 4/30/11   It's always interesting to come across an obscure, previously-unseen example of the classic 80s-era slasher flick.  Few, however, are as obscure as SLEDGEHAMMER (1983),  a super-low-budget chiller with the distinction of being the very first horror movie shot on video.  Writer-director David A. Prior, who went on to churn out such films as DEADLY PREY and HORROR WORKOUT, chose for his debut feature to delve into the horror genre made popular by such hits as HALLOWEEN and FRIDAY THE 13TH.  After coming up with a screenplay that c ..read more
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The Marilyn (Patch) Arnone Interview
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  [NOTE: This interview originally appeared in October 2007 at Bumscorner.com. Since being reposted here on HK and Cult Film News in 2009, it has remained one our most consistently popular items. )   If you're a Howdy Doody fan, you might know her better as Marilyn Patch, who played Doodyville schoolteacher "Happy Harmony" on "The New Howdy Doody Show" for 130 episodes back in '76. Dr. Marilyn Arnone has been doing her part to educate kids in entertaining ways ever since she hosted her own children's show called "Marilyn and Calico" at the age of eleven. (Hmm...I think I built a bi ..read more
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All The Crab Monster Scenes From "Attack Of The Crab Monsters" (Roger Corman, 1957) (video)
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Here, gathered for what is certainly the first time anywhere... (or not) ...are all the crab monster scenes from Roger Corman's "Attack of the Crab Monsters." (spoilers) Originally posted on 9/30/18 I neither own nor claim any rights to this material.  Just having some fun with it.  Thanks for watching ..read more
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TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL -- Movie Review by Porfle
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  Originally posted on 6/8/16   It's one thing to "come out of the closet" nowadays, when being openly gay isn't necessarily a career killer.  But when Tab Hunter was America's number one heartthrob, it could not only end your career but land you in jail. That's how the documentary TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL (2015) begins, with the celebrated subject attending an all-male party in the Hollywood Hills (old 8mm film footage sets the stage) which was raided by the cops.  Before he knows it, he's behind bars and worrying about how to explain it all to his mother. How a wildly ..read more
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CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL -- DVD review by porfle
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 Originally posted 2/27/12   Like HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE, CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL (2011) is a fun, well-constructed, and informative documentary tribute to an influential producer-director whose films continue to entertain us.  But while both are loaded with testimonials from friends and coworkers, Corman's are considerably more high-profile.  That's because he gave some of the biggest names in the film industry their first break. CORMAN'S WORLD takes us from his first screen efforts in the 50s (THE MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FL ..read more
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