SAINTS & SINNERS * ICONS & IDOLS
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
2w ago
Had a great time checking out Phillipa Berry's latest exhibition of shrines at the One Star Gallery in Melbourne today. As usual, some beautiful and amazing creative works devoted to a variety of (often neglected) filmmakers, movie stars, musicians, Mexican wrestlers and other cult celebrities. Some personal faves were the Lee Van Cleef shrine (which is interactive and comes with a toy rifle to shoot the targets down, like an old carnival game!), the brilliant Albert Dekker shrine (paying homage to his notorious kinks), the Ron Haydock/Rat Pfink (which I would have dived on if someone hadn't ..read more
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SQUIRM/FOOD OF THE GODS Audio Commentaries Coming
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
1M ago
Like Elvis, Lee Gambin may have left the building, but his work lives on. Kino Cult have just announced their upcoming Blu-ray releases of Jeff Lieberman's SQUIRM (1976) and Bert I. Gordon's FOOD OF THE GODS (1976), for which Lee and I recorded an audio commentary track just a week before he passed, and had a total blast doing them. Due in August. SQUIRM (1976) KINO CULT #13 • NEW Audio Commentary by Film Critics/Authors Lee Gambin and John Harrison • Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Jeff Lieberman • Digging In - The Making of Squirm: Documentary with Jeff Lieberman, Actor Don Scardino and ..read more
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LEE GAMBIN 1979 - 2024
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
1M ago
Plenty of tears and sadness, but also lots of laughs and an abundance of love and warmth at Lee Gambin's farewell today. I'm glad his love of horror cinema was not neglected. He will be much missed, but he will also be well remembered, and will long remain a source of inspiration to so many ..read more
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UNSUNG HORRORS HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE!
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
1M ago
Received my contributor's copy of the latest WE BELONG DEAD book project, UNSUNG HORRORS HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE. Another mammoth and beautifully produced volume, for which I contributed essays on Jeff Lieberman's BLUE SUNSHINE (1977), William Grefe's DEATH CURSE OF TARTU (1966), Brian De Palma's SISTERS (1972), and Rod Hardy's THIRST (1979). Fabulous work once again by editors Darrell Buxton and Eric McNaughton, cover artist Paul Garner, and everyone else. Available in both soft and hardcover editions. Order UNSUNG HORRORS HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE Here ..read more
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CINEMA OF THE 70s No. 10
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
5M ago
A little peek at my eight-page article in the latest issue (#10) of CINEMA OF THE ‘70s magazine, in which I take a look at rock and roll movies from that decade…from WOODSTOCK to GIMME SHELTER to KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK and SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND! 100 full color pages, available from Amazon in most regions. Always a great read that covers a wide range of cinema from that milestone period of filmmaking. Great work as usual by Dawn Dabell and Jonathon Dabell and the other contributors ..read more
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RANSOM BLU-RAY!
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
5M ago
New work announcement! I was thrilled to contribute an essay on the great English actor Ian McShane for the collector's edition Blu-ray release of the 1974 hi-jack thriller RANSOM (aka THE TERRORISTS), starring Sean Connery. Coming in April from Umbrella ..read more
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TANK GIRL BLU-RAY COMING!
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
5M ago
New work announcement! Thrilled to be contributing an essay on post-apocalypse genre cinema for the 48-page booklet that will accompany the special collector's edition of Umbrella's Blu-ray release of the cult classic, TANK GIRL (1995). My essay will cover films produced in the 50 years between the first atomic bomb detonation of 1945 and TANK GIRL's release. Amongst the films I'll be discussing will be FIVE (1950), ON THE BEACH (1959), PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO (1962), PLANET OF THE APES (1968), THE OMEGA MAN (1971), ZARDOZ (1974), A BOY AND HIS DOG (1975), THE ROAD WARRIOR (1981), CAFE FLESH (1 ..read more
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HAMMER HORROR TRIPLE SHOCK: VOL. 2
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
5M ago
The second of Umbrella Entertainment's Triple Shock Hammer Horror box sets is now out, and includes my 16-page illustrated booklet (which is included in the standard retail version as well as the website exclusive collector's edition). Films included in this set are SHADOW OF THE CAT (1961), PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962), and NIGHT CREATURES (1962, aka CAPTAIN CLEGG ..read more
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PARALLEL LINES
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
7M ago
New work announcement! I was recently asked by the fabulous and very talented writer/filmmaker Staci Layne Wilson to contribute a short story to the latest edition of her great ROCK & ROLL NIGHTMARES series of books. While many of the editions are of a non-fiction nature, the latest one, PARALLEL LINES, is more along the lines of Marvel's WHAT IF? series of comic books and the animated series, looking at alternative and speculative rock & roll histories. For my story, "KISS Face-Off", I went with the scenario of "What if KISS took off their make-up in 1978 at the height of their fame ..read more
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A LAST KISS TO REMEMBER
Sin Street Sleaze
by John Harrison
7M ago
I didn't take a lot of photos at the final KISS concert in Melbourne last month (August 23), mainly because I like to just enjoy the show , and also because my phone camera is just not good enough to take decent pics at an event like this. But had to snap a few shots of course. While Rod Laver Arena was only about two-thirds filled leading up to showtime, in the last 15 minutes or so the people streamed in and the place became jam-packed, which was pretty remarkable considering it was the band's third show in four days here, and was on a cold Melbourne work/school night. A fitting full-house ..read more
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