Episode 45 is up!

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This week JSB and Tim go it alone, but bring a quality show to your ear holes none the less! This week we fly from Charles Band to Nic Cage investigating sleazy snuff films and hit many stops along the way. Such as the demise of piss-stench theater, convention stories, Kordell Stewart and the Pittsburgh fruit loop, the state of horror movies, We discover (possibly) the greatest natural disaster/shark movie of all time. And we bring you news of the SPOOKIEST kind about an upcoming show. So give the show a listen. It might even bring back Ravishing Rick Rude back from the dead. But most likely not.

 

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Gross Movie Reviews #280

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Gross Movie Reviews #280

 

By Tim Gross

 

The Haunted Casino (DVD) – The film was originally released in 2007 under the name of Dead Man’s Hand but was rereleased as The Haunted Casino in 2010 with a lot of merchandise available from Full Moon’s website to help promote it. It was Charles Band’s comeback film of sorts as he seems to have taken a hiatus from directing films for a while like Lloyd Kaufmann and only executive produced several films. A college kid inherits an old casino on the outskirts of Reno, Nevada that had been closed for about 40 years from an uncle he did not know but heard stories about. The kid and his girlfriend have plans for fixing the place up until their dream is interrupted by ghosts of two mobsters played perfectly by Sid Haig and Michael Berryman looking two million dollars in silver. Slowly the kid’s friends are trapped into playing for their lives in the casino and having the house win every time. The film is one those killing time films you would watch if it is 5 pm on a Friday on SyFy Channel. But the film doesn’t make you wanna run out and watch the film over and over as it doesn’t have enough of Berryman and Haig. I give the flick 2 stars.

 

Rage (VHS) – A B-movie action flick from 1995 starring Gary Daniels as a second grade school teacher who just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He ends up becoming a unwitting part of a government experiment that has to do with some kind of super soldier project that wasn’t having any great results with humans before Daniels character. Soon he breaks out and is on the run to get back to his family and wants to clear his name before some members of the government recapture him and silence him forever. It’s one big 90 minute stunt reel! I give it 2 ½ stars. And did I mentioned Mark Metcalf famously known for his appearances in the great comedy film Animal House and later the Twisted Sister videos makes a cameo appearance as the governor’s assistant governor.

 

Terror Hospital (VHS) – The 1978 horror film that finally got its release onto DVD under its other title Nurse Sherri is a horribly awesome horror flick about a nurse that becomes possessed after a doctor dies in the ER. Apparently the good doctor was a priest for some hokey religion that just happen to bring about a demon that becomes a green crayon cloud from the “Peanuts” comic strip and possesses Nurse Sherri! From there the nurse goes onto a murdering rampage. The flick is horrible, hilarious, and very dated, but that is the beauty of the film. I give it 2 ½ stars.

 

Django Unchained (Theater) – Never seeing the other films before this flick wasn’t sure of what to think about it. But the film is about a black slave named Django played by Jamie Foxx in 1858 who becomes a free man after a bounty hunter Dr. Schultz frees him. But Dr. Schultz soon understands he wants to become partners with Django because he sees something him besides Django being able to point out three brothers who have been violent criminals in the past. And the bounty hunter Schultz usually goes after the violent kind of criminals. Meanwhile, Django rides along with the hope of learning the bounty hunter craft and eventually freeing his wife. The film is entertaining and intriguing… and makes me want to see the films that were made before this. But have to give props to Quentin for the music as it paid homage to the spaghetti westerns of the past. I give the well-produced western 3 stars.

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Tasmanian Devils (SyFy Channel/DVD) – Gotta enjoy SyFy Channel getting off on the right foot for 2013 with their first Saturday night premiere that is about blood thirsty demon dogs trying to eat Danica McKellar aka Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years. And yes her boobs are still awesome! But if that wasn’t enough to intrigue you enough to watch the flick how about Apolo Ohno being impaled while base-jumping five minutes in and his blood releases the demon dogs. Plus, on the surprising side the SyFy Channel film used a lot more practical effects for the kill scenes which were unusually gory for the channel but cool in my opinion. I give the flick 2 ½ stars.

 

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HATE CRIME (OFFICIAL POSTERS RELEASED)

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HATE CRIME (OFFICIAL POSTERS RELEASED)

Fans have eagerly awaited release details on HATE CRIME, although there are still none yet we do have some posters for the film!

Attached are 5 official posters for the critically acclaimed AWARD WINNING found footage home invasion film HATE CRIME. This is the second feature film by 20 year old James Cullen Bressack, his first being the amazon horror best seller MY PURE JOY which was released last year. Despite its name, Hate Crime is a labor of love from a dedicated group of people looking to make something different. Hate Crime is a violent, realistic portrayal of one of our worst nightmares, being attacked in our home. The movie has been extremely well received by over 80+ reviewers, including some of the biggest reviewers in the horror film community.

 

This film has fought alot of controversy due to it’s extreme content, almost being banned in the UK, being pulled off the screens at festivals before even showing due to content and theatre management not willing to show the movie the festival booked, and has faced some trouble finding distribution since the shooting in CT. We actually lost a distribution deal that was on the table due to that horrible tragedy. As Sinfullcelluloid.com put it: “…the film has won several awards and has a strong following. It has over 80 great reviews and no distribution. They even had an offer hold off the table the last minute.” for the full article about HATE CRIME’s shocking distribution woes please visit: http://www.sinfulcelluloid.com/2013/01/for-love-of-hate-crime-to-strong.html#.UQWKwHaxJLc

Link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfaLI358JwM&feature=plcp

Here is the IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2257436/

Here is a link to the Facebook Fan page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/HATECRIME2012

Here is the official SYNOPSIS:

“A jewish family, just arrived in a new neighborhood, are recording their youngest son’s birthday celebrations on video when their home is suddenly invaded by a bunch of crystal-meth-crazed neo-nazi lunatics… ‘

Here is a link to buy the T-SHIRT: http://www.fastcustomshirts.com/servlet/Detail?no=1393

Reposting the review for ‘Fatal Pictures’ film “Worm”!

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Worm (DVD) – A 20 minute short film with one of the coolest fucking independent movie posters I ever seen about a school teacher who is done with it all: other teachers, the lottery, stupid kids, nobody learning anything, except his love for a young student in his class. The short film gives a possible look into the mind of a school teacher who may have had just enough with life that he wants to take his life and some others lives out. The school teacher is brilliantly played by Robert Nolan and more about the short film can be found out at www.fatalpictures.com . I give it 3 stars.

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GRRRINDHAHS!!! Pittsburgh’s Exploitation Celebration

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GRRRINDHAHS!!! Pittsburgh’s Exploitation Celebration

 

Feb. 23rd 11:00am till Feb. 24th 1:30am

 

The Hollywood Theater presents

9 Movies! 13+ Hours of Non-Stop Action!

Admission: $15 all-day pass, $5 single movie

 

Come to the Hollywood Theater on Saturday, February 23, to see where Tarantino gets all his ideas! Violence, vengeance, sex, blood, nudity, torture, machine guns, six-shooters, swords, chainsaws, car chases, motorcycle races, wild horses, explosions, MORE explosions, good guys, bad guys, femme fatales, women in prison, nuns in peril, she-devils, soul brothers (and sisters!), badass bikers, kung fu masters, cowboys, gangsters, cops, vigilantes, commies, white slavers, cheesy dialog, bad dubbing, and funky soundtracks…the low-budget grindhouse and drive-in features from the 60s, 70s, and 80s had it all! $15 gets you an all day pass to see all 9 movies (or as many as you can stand)! Or, pay $5 each to see just the movie(s) you want!

 

Attention vendors: a very limited number of spaces will be available in the theater’s lobby and lower level during this all-day event. Contact info@horrorrealmcon.com for details.

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

 

10:00-11:00 AM Vendor Set-Up

 

11:00 AM Doors/Vendors Open

 

11:30 AM Savage!

01:00 PM Angels from Hell

02:30 PM Wolf-Devil Woman

 

04:00-04:15 PM Break

 

04:15 PM The Killing Machine

05:45 PM Weapons of Death

07:15 PM Massacre Time

 

08:45-09:00 PM Break

 

09:00 PM Pieces

10:30 PM The Big Bust Out

11:45 PM Ilsa, the Tigress of Siberia

 

01:30 AM Doors Close

 

For the event:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/112671822241439/119714931537128/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

Episode 44 is up folks! Go listen…

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EPISODE 44

This week Tim and JSB are joined again by awesome dude Ben Grimm… And The After Movie diners own Jon Cross. This week we will be discussing such topics as who you would like to take a bubble bath with, Mitch Pileggi VS. turn of the century magicians, Rutger Hauer and his (alleged) sex romps, Puppet master VS. Nightbreed, facial hair pros and cons, Tarentino, America failing to see Schwarzeneggers new movie for the brilliance that it is, Kurt Russell, JSB’s eternal love of scream queen Jill Schoelin, and early video store memories. So join us. OR DIE!!!! also check out 2 bonus discussions after the show wraps up.

 

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Gross Movie Reviews #279

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Gross Movie Reviews #279

 

By Tim Gross

 

Creepy Classics (VHS) – A special of sorts that runs a little over 30 minutes and has Vincent Price hosting it and showing some older film clips from horror films from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Mr. Price goes on to explain what’s creepy, scary, and frightening. I believe it was released in 1988 and even has a trivia card inside the VHS copy. I don’t see it on DVD but has been uploaded on YouTube several times. I give it 3 stars.

 

Lake of Dracula (VHS) – A cool vampire film from Toho Productions that came out in 1971 that tackles a classic tale of a little girl that happens to stumble upon Dracula in a secluded house. Years later the girl, now an adult is faced with the same fear of Dracula as she begins having nightmares and people begin to show up drained of blood or disappearing. I really enjoyed this flick for the mere reason I was always under the impression Toho Productions just made Godzilla movies. The film is well worth tracking down if you enjoy foreign vampire films. I give it 3 stars.

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Splatter Beach

Splatter Beach (DVD) – How can I simply put this…? Apparently the great Polonia Brothers set out to remake ‘Humanoids from the Deep’ starring Misty Mundae aka “Erin Brown” because she wants to be taken as a serious actress which is a whole other conversation it’s not worth wasting time on. The film is made cheap, bad effects, and with cheesy monster costumes but as usual The Polonia Brothers come through with making a very entertaining independent feature that also has several extras of the Polonia Brothers explaining several effects, writing, etc., for their other films. Which I have said in the past that independent filmmakers should find a few of the Polonia Brothers films on DVD and watch the extras before they set out to make their feature as I believe the Polonia Brothers are the most talented independent duo when it comes to having no budget and they always enjoyed the challenge of it. But if that wasn’t enough the DVD comes with a soundtrack starring the man, the myth, the independent legend Jon McBride! On the same soundtrack is the band that played on the beach in the film. But what’s so funny but awesome is when the band and the partiers are green screened onto the beach with Erin Brown and the college kid trying to save them from the creatures rising from the sea. I give this fun independent film 3 ½ stars have to thank the Polonia Brothers for being who they are!

 

The Tomb (VHS) – A hilarious low budget film from the legendary filmmaker Fred Olen Ray who knows how to make a low budget Indiana Jones flick on a $75,000 budget or less. Of course with it being the mid-80s it has all the usual suspects that show up in a Fred Olen Ray film for a cup of coffee or so. We have John Carradine, Michelle Bauer playing the evil vampire thing, Sybil Danning. The film is about a grave robber who steals an artifact from a tomb and sells it and now has the evil vampire woman (Michelle Bauer) controlling him in order to retrieve the artifact. This is the type of film you would show to someone who has never been exposed to Fred Olen Ray that pretty much shows it is not impossible to make awesome films in seven days. I give the flick 3 stars.

 

Fade to Black (VHS) – A very creepy serial killer horror film of sorts where a mentally unstable adult works for a film company and spends all of his time watching old classic films and being harassed by his crippled aunt. She keeps screaming at him about he is killing himself slowly and needs to find a girlfriend but he snaps when it seems like his movie world is closing in on him and begins killing people like scenes from the classic films he watches constantly. The film stars Tim Thomerson as the detective baffled by the murders and there is a small role played by a very young looking Mickey Rourke. Even with the film being over 30 years old as you watch it you think in the back of your mind you know a couple film friends that could easily be capable of this? I give the film 4 stars.

 

Frat House Massacre (DVD) – An independent slasher film about fraternity boys who are looking for more than your usual frat parties, drunken sex, and drugs. So when new pledges come to the frat house they usually do not leave unless they are considered frat material and then the others are tortured, murdered, or even forced to commit suicide. One senior knowing where the brutal hazing is going refuses to be a part of it anymore and is killed by his fellow frat brothers. One problem is his spirit enters his younger brother who was in a coma and wakes. The younger brother then decides to go to college and pledge for the same frat to seek revenge on all the frat brothers. Surprised by its two hour running time but have a lot of cool gore effects to keep you interested as I give the flick 2 stars.

 

Dead Genesis (DVD) – A horrible zombie flick about a writer/filmmaker who wants to go out in the field with a zombie hunting group called the “Deadheads” to film, interview, and document what they do on a daily basis of trying to make the world safe from zombies after an outback happened several months back. The filmmaker wants to make a documentary of the war on the dead as most believe the military isn’t doing enough to keep them safe. This movie was poop, I personally rather be playing Sega Genesis than try to watch this lazy piece of crap zombie flick. I give it 1 star.

 

The Amazing Spider-Man (DVD/remake) – I’m literally torn on how I should feel on this flick for the mere reason I believe Mr. Sam Raimi did such a great job on the original Spider-man flick a decade ago. This reboot, remake, whatever you would like to call it has Peter Parker crushing on Gwen Stacey and he must save New York from Dr. Connors also known as The Lizard. The film is entertaining looks great in some scenes and other scenes looks bad in others compared to the Raimi version. I think the biggest difference is new version of Spider-man relied more on computers so it could do things differently than the other three films did. But if you want my honest opinion I feel Mr. Raimi should have been left alone to film number four. Because instead of the film continuing Marvel’s greatness over DC live action superhero flicks I believe it takes a step back as this doesn’t excite me to see a sequel, where the X-men, Iron Man, and Avengers flicks have me wanting another sequel right now! But this is the new Hollywood these days, they have to reboot, remake or fix stuff that doesn’t need fixed. Again that is another conversation that can be debated until we die. If you love the movie, more power to you, which is cool with me I just believe Raimi got it right the first time around? I give the film 2 ½ stars.

 

The Feeding (DVD) – A lame excuse for a werewolf film where a werewolf is terrorizing a mountain side and is being tracked by a game commission officer the past three years. You know it is going to be bad when the werewolf shows up and the film goes completely grainy or cloudy every time to hide the crappy ass wolf costume. This is a prime excuse of why my partner Kyle Poling on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast believes there are only shitty werewolf films? I give the film 0 stars.

 

Now you can visit me at my new website: www.grossmoviereviews.com !!!

Any comments or questions please send to: GrossMovieReview@verizon.net, GrossMovieReview@aol.com or www.facebook.com/grossmoviereviews . Remember folks always support your local independent movie theater, independent video store, and independent filmmakers! It will keep horror alive………

You can purchase my newest book from Library of the Living Dead Press called, “The Big Ass Book of Gross Movie Reviews” at www.amazon.com .

Don’t forget you can also hear Kyle and I talking about horror flicks on a weekly basis on the Bloodbaths and Boomsticks podcast at http://bloodbathsandboomsticks.blogspot.com/

Also let’s not forget I’m a part of “The Greatest Show Unearthed”… For more details on this show go check out and support at: http://www.facebook.com/BarnabusBaileyGSU and http://www.barnabusbailey.com/

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The Living Dead Festival lends an undead hand to cinema landmark

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The Hollywood Theater in Dormont is getting a financial boost from beyond the grave.

 

On March 2, members of The Living Dead Festival – an organization that celebrates director George A. Romero’s ground-breaking chiller “Night of the Living Dead – are holding a fundraiser at the 80-year-old movie house. The event will feature a meet-and-greet session with “Night” cast members, raffles, auctions and a 35mm film-screening of the classic flick. All proceeds will be used to help The Hollywood go digital.

 

Movie distributors are phasing out film, forcing theaters to buy digital projection systems that cost about $75,000. The Hollywood – recently renovated and one of Pittsburgh’s only remaining single-screen theaters – has already collected $12,000 to purchase the equipment needed to keep its doors open. It currently relies on a DVD projector to show an eclectic mix of cinema, from Academy Award winners and spaghetti westerns to foreign films, B-movies and documentaries.

 

Living Dead Festival organizers know a little bit about unearthing funds. Last year, the group launched its Fix the Chapel campaign to save a dilapidated building in Evans City Cemetery, which served as the backdrop in “Night’s” iconic opening scene. The $50,000-goal is within reach and restoration work has begun on the structure.

 

Gary Streiner, director of the grassroots effort and a member of the original “Night” production staff, hopes fans of all film genres – not just horror buffs – will turn out for the event.

 

The Hollywood Theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Doors open at 2 p.m., with a celebrity meet-and-greet at 4 p.m., and a “Night of the Living Dead” screening at 8 p.m. There are two ticket plans. For $25, you will receive a commemorative event poster and can have it signed by “Night” cast and crew members for free. And $10 if your just interested in being there without the poster. Celebrity guests include Kyra Schon, Russ Streiner, George Kosana, Joe Unitas, Ella Mae Smith, Paula Richards and Gary Streiner. (more guests could be added as we get closer to the date)

 

This event is also the kickoff for “Night of the Living Dead’s” 45 Anniversary. Right here in Pittsburgh. How can you call yourself a Night Fan and miss this one?

 

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/savethechapel/ or http://www.thehollywooddormont.org/