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Tobe Hooper – Eaten Alive (1977)

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Description: A wild mix of surreal fantasy and grindhouse splatterfest, Tobe (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Hooper’s 1976 sophomore feature pits an all-star cast against the homicidal owner of a backwoods hotel and his pet crocodile, with expectedly bloody results. Veteran character actor Neville Brand gives a memorably eccentric performance as the deranged hotelier, whose unpredictable rages frequently end in the violent death of his guests; Mel Ferrer is the inquisitive father of one victim, Robert Englund is a lusty local yokel, and William Finley and Marilyn Burns (Chainsaw’s heroine) are a married couple on the verge of a meltdown who make the mistake of renting a room from Brand. Naturally, Brand’s homicidal impulses get the better of him, and the film’s finale nicely echoes the sheer bedlam of Chainsaw’s final act, with all parties (including Stuart Whitman as a very laid-back sheriff) struggling to escape Brand and his croc with all body parts intact. While Eaten Alive never hits the same nerve-jangling heights of terror as its predecessor, Hooper does bring considerable style and verve to its crazy-quilt story, most notably in its garish lighting scheme, which suggests the exaggerated panels of ’50s horror comics. And horror fans who don’t mind a dash of black humor with their grue will appreciate Brand’s stream of consciousness mutterings, as well as the cat-and-mouse game conducted by Finley and Burns’ daughter (Kyle Richards) and the monster croc under the hotel. Read More »

Aki Kaurismäki – Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)

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Somewhere in the tundra lives the worst rock and roll band in the world…. Aki Kaurismäki`s hilarious road movie follows the fortunes and misadventures of a struggling Siberian rock band, the Leningrad Cowboys.

A local promoter, stunned by the band`s lack of talent, advises them instead to try their luck in America. Accompanied by their autocratic manager, the Cowboys travel to New York, learning English on the plane. Sporting outsixe Quiffs, dark shades and outrageously long winkle-pickers, they are passed off as Americans. Jim Jarmusch, in a cameo role as a shifty car salesman, sells them an old Cadillac. The band strap their frozen bass player to the roof in a coffin full of beer, and head south…. Read More »

Yevgeni Sherstobitov – Tumannost Andromedy (1967)

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Film is set in the future. A spaceship named “Tantra” is exploring the unknown part of the
Universe, and gets trapped by the “Iron Star”. It’s powerful force of gravity is to hold the
spaceship for 20 years. The crew is facing a very tough survival challenge, being surrounded
by the invisible predators. The predators can eat human flesh right through the heavy
spacesuit. Only the light can scare them away. Read More »

Vivienne Dick – Staten Island (1978)

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“Born in Donegal, Ireland, Vivienne Dick moved to New York in 1975. There she became part of a group of filmmakers affiliated to the music and aesthetics known as ‘No Wave’. Shot mainly on Super-8, Dick’s films from this period feature many people and musicians from the No Wave movement in New York, such as Lydia Lunch, Pat Place, James Chance and Ikue Mori. Invoking the spirit of ’60s underground filmmakers, her work betrays an interest in individual transgression, urban street life, kitsch and pop culture. Multilayered and open-ended, the work is framed from a female perspective, with an overriding concern for social conditioning and sexual politics”. Read More »

John Waters – The Diane Linkletter Story [+Extras] (1969)

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This improvised film is based on the true-life suicide of TV personality Art Linkletter’s daughter, Diane. Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter fret about their daughter’s recent behavior, which includes taking drugs and dating a lowlife named Jim. Eventually, the parents confront Diane… with tragic consequences. Read More »

Herschell Gordon Lewis – Something Weird (1967)

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Cronin Mitchell (Tony McCabe) is an average guy whose face is disfigured by a falling electrical power line in which he somehow acquires the gift/curse of strange psychic powers. After withdrawing from public life, ‘Mitch’ makes a living as a fortune teller when he’s approached by an ugly hag who offers to restore his good looks if he becomes her lover. Mitch reluctantly agrees, and although his face is restored, people around him see his lover as an attractive young woman named Ellen (Elizabeth Lee). When news of Mitch’s psychic powers leak out, he goes on the road with Ellen from city to city and town to town helping people solve crimes. After expelling a ghost from a funeral home, Mitch and Ellen are sent to a small Illinois town to find the identity of a serial killer. But the government sends along a crackpot psychiatrist/playboy, named Dr. Alex Jordan (William Brooker), to oversee the case and possibly debunk Mitch’s psychic abilities. When Dr. Jordan turns his sights on Ellen and plots to steal her away from Mitch, she goes to great efforts to prevent that from happening while helping Mitch try to find the serial killer. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino – My Best Friend’s Birthday (1987)

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It’s Mickey’s Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that’s when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he’ll never forget.

Co-written by fellow clerk Craig Haman, think of the film as a precursor to TRUE ROMANCE. The hooker with a heart of gold, the dangerous pimp, the Elvis worship, and so on. Handfuls of dialogue are identical along with some of the plot points (too bad Christian Slater didn’t get into a karate battle with Gary Oldman as happens in BIRTHDAY). This early work shows some of Tarantino’s abilities at framing, effective camera movements, and staging. Read More »