Interjection by Sam HaiNe
Let me start off by saying the only good neo-grindhouse/exploitation films in my collection are Death Proof and Black Dynamite. No reference to that Robert Rodriguez crap buffet will be found in the following text, amen to that.
When you think of biker movies, you think of Easy Rider, which is fine; however, not this movie. None of that romantic freedom of the road, lets’ drop acid and soar, hombre, nonsense is here. Because real bikers roam in packs like wolves and adhere to the freedom of being outlaws. They are dirty marauders with their sweaty mama’s mounted on top chopped down motorcycles, screaming down the road from town to town, with little in their opposition except for Johnny Law or some rival crew.
So what could be better than throwing an outlaw motorcycle club into a supernatural horror story? What would it be called?…
HÄXAN: Witchcraft Through the Ages, Benjamin Christensen’s 1922 silent movie about witchcraft, was highly controversial because of the “graphic” portrayals of nudity and the dark arts, and was banned from screening in the US. A collection of photos of said demonic images is now up for auction here. Check out the images below as well as an excerpt from our review (full review here)…
Häxan is a film of fact and folklore, broomed witches sailing through twilight, and serpent- tongued devils beckoning young maidens into eternal damnation. Potentially much more accessible to young viewers than other silent-era films, Häxan has become a certified classic, and now heralded as one of the most skillful and unique works of its time.
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“…ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars…For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows…Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death…No flesh shall be spared…”
- Mark 13:7,8,12,20
Throughout the long history of British sci fi, one of the more prominent areas of cvlt fascination and popularity is 2000 AD. Probably most recognised as the launching pad for the iconic Judge Dredd characters and settings, the comic has a long history of offering up strange, terrifying, humourous and dark stories that challenge and entertain. Like similar publications such as Heavy Metal or Weird Tales, the content falls into multiple genres at times but remains firmly in the realm of fantasy.
The 1990 film Hardware (dir. Richard Stanley), is based on the 2000 AD story SHOK! Walter’s Robo-Tale from the 1990 Judge Dredd Annual. Taking elements from classic dystopic sci fi such as Mad Max and Judge Dredd itself, it’s set sometime in the 21st century where the world has now become an industrial wasteland and people scavenge for old technology. One of these scavengers comes across a piece of hardware that is known as the M.A.R.K.-13. Similar to the T-1000 liquid metal Terminator, the machine is intelligent and can self-repair. Revealed to be a tool regulated for use for human genocide (“No flesh shall be spared!”) as part of a government plot, the M.A.R.K.-13 becomes the catalyst for the obvious man vs. machine battle that sets up the rest of the film.
Is there anything better than running with a gang of wild girls? It’s like when I first heard Cherry Bomb or read Foxfire. My boyfriend suddenly seemed so boring. Yeah, hangout in your bedroom and pretend I like your video games. Or smoke cigarettes and burn down houses with my sixteen-year-old best bitch. Is that even a question?
Let’s get one thing straight: Reform School Girls is satire. Exploitation. But isn’t fantasy so much better than reality? This movie is jerk off material for anyone with a libido. Within the first few minutes, the fresh meat are stripped, sprayed and told to “spread ‘em wide.” These badass babes are marched into the “dorm,” which is like stepping into a Motley Crue video. Big tits, bigger hair. Lipstick, lingerie and leather. Uh, prison looks awesome.
The legendary collaborations between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski have become the stuff of legend in film circles. Herzog, one of the most important figures in not only German film but certainly film in general, and Kinski, the notoriously volatile, intense and brilliant actor collaborated on five films: Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, Nosferatu (a remake of the Murnau classic), Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo and Cobra Verde. The partnership of fire and ice became so infamous that it even produced a documentary made by Herzog in 1999 named My Best Fiend that gave an insight into their director/actor relationship on and off set.
All of these are films are worth watching but it’s the first one that the pair worked on that remains one of their most bleak, harrowing and poignant. Aguirre, the Wrath of God from 1972 is about an expedition undertaken by Spanish conquistadores in 1560, down the Amazon river, to find El Dorado, the mythical and legendary city of gold.
Needless to say, everything goes to shit.
Have you ever been so shattered by a work of art that it caused you to hallucinate? Apparently, this is a thing. The last time I went to a gallery, I was reminded why I don’t go to more contemporary art shows. A piece of tinfoil and a bunch of coat hangers. No, I did not get Stendhal syndrome.
But now that I know this is a thing, it has probably happened to me at least once. Maybe the first time I heard Pretty on the Inside. I’m sure I was paralyzed by every filthy inch of that turpentine-soaked abortion album. And when it was over, I was never the same. Man hater. Self mutilator. Smoker. The kind of girl you really want your mom to meet… As long as you hate your mom.
The Devil Baby Attack is a promo video for the upcoming film Devil’s Due about the latest in a long line of devil’s spawn, and its fucking hilarious!!!! A semi-realistic demon baby pilots itself around the streets of NYC luring in unsuspecting bystanders with its plaintive cries, only to scream and vomit in their face Exorcist-style. It’s pretty great watching New Yorkers be terrified. Check it out below.
With the recent passing of Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, it’s an appropriate time to revisit one of the more well-known films he scored during a long career. Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 version of the ultimate vampire story, Bram Stoker’s Dracula certainly needs little introduction and is no doubt a favourite among gothic horror aficionados.
With a large budget and an ensemble cast (most notably Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins as Dracula and Van Helsing respectively), Coppola’s Dracula remains one of the few big horror productions from a large film studio that effectively captures the dark, brooding, gothic eroticism of Stoker’s story that normally wouldn’t pass beyond a first draft if a director like Coppola wasn’t attached to it. The costumes, set design, cinematography and overall production of the film alone would have been enough to guarantee its legacy of a cvlt classic were it a flop (it wasn’t), but beyond that, it’s also really entertaining and can be pretty spooky when it wants to be. Of course, there are elements that are inescapable of the Hollywood cheese machine but the rest of it is so well made that we’re prepared to overlook those moments.
This is really cool: Seattle’s Black Queen have created a mini horror film for their song “BabeGhostWitch” and you will not able to look away! If you have not checked out their 2012 EP “March of the Obsidian Triumvirate” you should, because it will expand your mind! Black Queen are plugged into their own universe of darkness & creativity that I respect to the fullest. CVLT Nation has the honor of premiering their new film “BabeGhostWitch”!