COOKIE: Would you break up with me if I wasn’t who you thought I was?
REDEYE: You mean like if you were a catfish?
COOKIE: Sort of like a catfish, but more like a lizard.
REDEYE: Are you honestly bringing that shit up again? I’m not going to a furry meetup with you.
COOKIE: I can think of 10 dudes right now who would KILL to unleash their inner beasts with me.
REDEYE: Too bad you’re so hung up on me.
COOKIE: What a sorry bitch I am. ANYWAY. V and V: The Final Battle are these miniseries’ that RedEye found on VHS. On each tape there’s a happy animal sticker reminding us that the video belongs to “Leah and Blair Snelgrove”. Which is kinda YUCK, because they’re probably someone’s grandparents. But actually: these old folks have pretty gnarly taste!
REDEYE: The series is about aliens who come to earth and convince everyone that they’re cool. But they’re actually fascist reptiles disguised as people and their master plan is to harvest the human race for food.
DIRECTOR: PAUL SCHRADER
STARRING: KEN OGATA, MASAYUKI SHIONOYA, HIROSHI MIKAMI
In 1985 Paul Schrader’s ‘Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters’ was released; a sensationalist character study on one of Japan’s most celebrated and controversial writers. Schrader creates a surreal picture that artfully weaves several narratives, including a recounting of Mishima’s life, his final glorious hours and expositions of several of his most famous works. The confluence of these themes paints a vivid and intimate portrait of Mishima, the artist, the man, the radical, as seen through his life, the autobiographical nature of his works, and the insatiable demons that drove him to achieve his legacy.
DIRECTOR: John G. Avildsen
STARRING: Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon
Few films capture the essence of blue collar America, and their backlash to the 1960s counterculture movement as poignantly as John G. Avildsen’s 1970 classic, ‘Joe’. A picture of hatred, confusion, friendship, and the duality of American conceptions of life, ‘Joe’ is a film that has once more returned to relevancy. Though not the Haight- Ashbury hippies we’ve seen depicted so often, there is a growing counter culture today whose mores are far from respectable to elder generations. But it takes films like ‘Joe’ to insist we challenge what our lives are moving towards and the definition of respectability.
COOKIE: Did you ever wake up from a terrifying nightmare and wonder what exactly was so scary about it?
REDEYE: I don’t really get nightmares.
COOKIE: I get them ALL THE TIME. Like the other night. I was driving in my car and three Mexican gangsters jumped in. Then one of them pulled out a gun, but it was actually his dick. It had teeth and it wanted to bite me. I woke up screaming. But then I thought: why was I so scared? That was pretty HOT. Chillers is kinda like that.
REDEYE: How? I didn’t notice any vampire dicks.
COOKIE: It claims to be one of the most horrifying movies ever made. But it’s just a bunch of people stuck at a bus stop talking about their dreams. Like, I guess its scary when you find out your poolside lover has actually been dead for five years. But I was more horrified by those retardo swim goggles and that country-folk soundtrack.
REDEYE: Yeah, and how do you know you’re not into necro til you try it?
I’m not going to even say too much, other than here is a cult classic movie for a generation. CVLT Nation now showing The Warriors after the jump!
COOKIE: Bad isn’t always good. Some movies are just plain BAD. Like Witchcraft, a straight-to-video horror flick that spawned 12 sequels. I don’t like to judge movies because that’s NOT what we do. (If you want ratings, give Rotten Tomatoes a whirl.) But boring me to death is the worst sin in cinema.
REDEYE: ESPECIALLY when the movie is about Satanism! What was up with that Lifetime made-for-TV movie soundtrack? Even WORSE: there was ZERO nudity. That’s pure heresy!
COOKIE: It’s unforgivable. But there’s still lots to chat about. Like babies! This is basically your typical Satan’s spawn flick: a chick gives birth and later learns that her husband and his mother are reincarnated Satanic witches who have used her to birth their child.
DIRECTOR: Ted Kotcheff
STARRING: Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty
‘Wake In Fright,’ also known as ‘The Outback,’ is the canonical forgotten gem for film buffs. Released in 1971, Ted Kotcheff’s depiction of gritty, surreal and disturbing rural Australian life is a classic that has somehow coasted under the radar for decades. After receiving a tour through select U.S. theatres, and a high recommendation from esteemed director Martin Scorsese, the film has undergone some slight revival. The U.S. circuit began after a premiere at Cannes, which was the film’s second appearance there and something virtually unheard of. ‘Wake In Fright’ has been receiving a lot of much deserved critical acclaim as of late, and after watching the film, one can understand why.
A look into the film Beyond the Black Rainbow (dir. Panos Cosmatos) and linking it to 80s retro infatuation, citing sci-fi, futurism and surrealist perspectives on the cut up fabric of today’s pop culture.
Retrospective vision is a powerful drug. How easy is it to slip into the memory, reminiscence or nostalgia of a particular time or era, even if we weren’t actually there, and glorify the elements that appeal to us the most strongly? Alternatively, the same way of thinking can be applied to the future. The future, that vague concept of what does or doesn’t lie ahead for us, offers us a dreamland of wonder and terror that we can only glimpse at or speculate about. Sure, there are plans and hopes, dreams and schemes, and we can certainly predict a lot of what’s going to happen, which undoubtedly would be quite accurate or close to accuracy, given the current state of the world. But there are no guarantees, no axioms of certainty. No one really knows what’s around the corner or down the track.
Benjamin Christensen’s ‘Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages’ was released in 1922 to a storm of controversy. While harmlessly tame by today’s standards, Christensen’s portrait of satanic decadence was heavily censored before its release. Scenes depicting a trampled cross, explicit torture, an unbaptised infant being cooked and the mutilation of a corpse’s hand for a witches’ brew were all removed from the initial cut. These missing scenes were later returned however, including the sequence in which Satan lays with a nude woman.
COOKIE: Countess Bathory is a good role model for young girls.
REDEYE: Agreed. More girls should idolize bloodsucking serial killers.
REDEYE: And look how well-adjusted you are.
COOKIE: Exactly! I almost went into seizures when you found Daughters of Darkness on VHS! Not only is it a Countess Bathory flick, it’s also widely considered one of the most evocative and unusual vampire movies ever made.