Friday, November 4, 2022

Rick Sullivan's GORE GAZETTE #104 (full issue)

Someone seriously NICE saw my request for (free) copies of Rick Sullivan's legendary newsletter/zine, Gore Gazette, and they sent me a hi-res scan of No. 104. THANKS MATE!!! 

Feel free to copy all ten pages. It's somewhat unfortunate that I can't upload it here as a collected PDF, but seeing as I don't wish to upload elsewhere this is as good as it gets. Do I even have any readers out there any longer anyway? 












 

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Need GORE GAZETTE!!!

Scan borrowed from eBay auction

What's an appropriate date to seek help for getting more horror zines?

Well, today of course. Duh! (uh, I see the blog date doesn't say October 31'st but November 1'st. But needless to say this was posted during the night of Halloween)
For years I've been trying to find more issues of Rick Sullivan's fanzine/newsletter from the 80s, GORE GAZETTE.
I can't ask Sullivan as he passed away years ago (RIP).

There are ten issues uploaded to Archive, but that's about it! I'm a fanzine junkie and I need another fix! In the words of a forgotten band from my childhood: Gimme, gimme, gimme!!!

I'm looking for PDF scans (or other digital format), not the actual original printed zine.

Obviously I'd love to hear from someone who has a full run, but ANY copies will do (that aren't on Archive, i.e. #1, 9, 47, 48, 49, 53, 70, 76, 81, 89).

PS: Yes, I am aware of J4HI ("Just for the hell of it" - bootleg seller). That guy obviously owns the full collection, and he has posted a ton of quotes from the zine on his website, but I reckon he's NOT interested in sharing full PDF copies (at least not with me - he never replied to my email).
PS.PS: I am also aware that there are a couple of issues on eBay. I can't afford 30 dollars for a 4 page newsletter (before 20 dollars in pp to Euroland as well).
H-e-l-p ! ! !


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

John Waters' Tour of his Baltimore Apartment - 1986


Here's yet another cool John Waters video from the old days! John showing us around in his flat in 1986. From an old and clearly worn video tape (but that's alright). Also check the previous videos of his that I've posted (click one of the tags down below). 

Monday, September 5, 2022

Exciting news! Collector's Collective zine No. 2 is at your local news agent now!

Collector's Collective #2 has been released. Alright, maybe you won't find it at your local news agent, but at least you can get it from the editor! Hans Minkers is in Holland. The zine is in English. 100 % about collecting video tapes. Only 50 copies printed!

#1 is still available (I was interviewed for issue 1). I haven't got my copy of #2 yet but it's probably being hassled by customs in Hamburg as we speak. Order from Hans via his WOOF! magazine (his other zine) page here.

Info about issue #1 on my Danish part of this blog.


Pix from Hans Minker's facebook post

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Carlos Giménez' awesome graphic novel BARRIO finally to be published - in Danish


Finally! Finally!! Finally!!!
I've been hoping for a complete release of Carlos Giménez' comic book (graphic novel if you will) Barrio (aka "Vores kvarter") for years and years.

Barrio is Carlos Giménez' own story about growing up in Francisco Franco's Spain in the 40s and 50s. This is a comic book but trust me, it isn't "the funnies".
The problem is that the original version is in Spanish and there's no complete English, German or Danish/Scandinavian edition. I think there's a French translated edition but, alas, I don't read French either.

The original edition contains four books. We got one of them in Danish in the 80s and since then; nothing. Now ZOOM publishing (Denmark) is putting out a complete edition in two days. It's simply wonderful, fantastic, wunderbar!!! (and of course I have to decide whether I'll get it now and eat pasta for two weeks or wait till October!).

Hopefully enough people are gonna get this so we can get complete editions of Giménez' Paracuellos ("Børnehjemme") and Los profesionales ("De professionelle") as well. Neither of those are published in complete, translated form either.

Monday, August 29, 2022

They Won't Stay Dead - fanzine


I just discovered an old 80s horror flick zine called They Won't Stay Dead on ZineWiki. It says the publisher, Brian Johnson, sadly passed away 20 years ago. I did a google search and found two copies for sale online. One from a webshop; they're selling a copy of the print zine. But the other copy is some guy on etsy who's selling a pdf of the zine at £5!!!

Selling second hand copies of an original fanzine, fine. But selling a pdf of your own scan of a zine you didn't even publish!? That's despicable! This should be uploaded to Archive,org for free, not sold at five quid!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Roman Polanski & Sharon Tate interview on Hugh Hefner's tv show in 1969 (full interview)


Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate interviewed by Hugh Hefner on his tv show in 1969

A couple of minutes from this interview have been on YouTube for years, but I just noticed that Sharon Tate's sister, Debra Tate, has uploaded the full interview to her YouTube channel! 

She has also uploaded a couple of other segments from the same edition of the show in which we see Sharon and her then husband, Roman Polanski. Debra Tate's channel is full of videos about or related to Sharon. It's not mentioned but I'm guessing she must about bought a copy of the full show. 

The listed date is 2/7/69, but I assume since she's American she's writing it the "wrong" way, hence it's actually 7/2/69 to the rest of us (i.e. 7th of February, 1969). 


Friday, July 29, 2022

SATAN'S CHILDREN on bluray from AGFA/SWV - again

SWV's old video release (courtesy of Fred Adelman's
fantastic - but now deleted - website Critical Condition)

I posted about how I'd bought the then new bluray release of SATAN'S CHILDREN (Joe Wiezycki, USA, 1975) back in 2020 (check my old post here). The bluray was a co-release from AGFA and Something Weird Video. SWV had already released the film on video and a couple of times on dvd (as a double bill with ASYLUM OF SATAN - for a review of the dvd go here), and knowing SWV they probably also sold it on dvd-r [EDIT: I checked and yes they did!] And now they've just re-released it AGAIN! Cash cow much!? Why not just keep the old bluray in print!? The old release is a double bill with Ray Laurent's documentary film SATANIS: THE DEVIL'S MASS (1970). The new re-release has a few new bonus features, however, it omits SATANIS! 

I assume they have used the "old" (from three years ago) scan of SATAN'S CHILDREN as nothing has been mentioned otherwise. The new bonus features are a Q&A and a commentary track - the latter by somebody called Elizabeth Purchell. You also get the old SWV documentary THE WEIRD WORLD OF WEIRD (1970) off an S-VHS master (the info about the new re-release is lifted from SWV's website). 

SATAN'S CHILDREN trailer (from AGFA's YouTube channel, 1080p):

WEIRD WORLD is already on YouTube in full, and since it's off a VHS tape anyway I don't reckon it'll be in any better quality than the 480p version on YouTube. So in other words what you get of (real) new bonuses instead of SATANIS are a Q&A and a commentary track. If I didn't have the "old" bluray and were to choose one I'd still go for the older release. 

SATANIS: THE DEVIL'S MASS trailer (AGFA's YouTube channel, 1080p):

I love Something Weird Video, and not least do I love the history and background of the label. But I'm not always in favour of their decisions; Like their choice to stop selling physical media to countries outside of North America! Or the fact that they refuse to include a cover scan if you buy a downloaded version of one of their films. 

And now we get a new re-release of an already new release with a couple of new extra bonus features thrown in to make the fans buy it again!

I'm aware that a couple of fans on facebook have suggested that the reason for the omission of SATANIS is likely due to copyright issues. But fans speculating about something clearly isn't equal to stating a fact. I still have to see any official word on this from either AGFA or SWV. If it were just a matter of their not being able to include the film, how come they don't just come out and say so? Could it be that it's not just a case of copyrights, but that they're going to re-release SATANIS on a stand alone disc as well?

Oh well, time will tell I'm sure. And even if it does come out again (which means the "true" fans will buy it again - I'm confident it'll feature a new interview or a PDF of the Satanic Bible or some such, LOL) I don't need it. Already got it! 

Alright, down below you find the full THE WEIRD WORLD OF WEIRD doc from YouTube, a couple of cover pix, and Fred Adelman's review from Crit Con. Even though his site is gone you can find it all on Wayback Machine (I think it's all there anyway). 

THE WEIRD WORLD OF WEIRD (full documentary, 480p): 



The old badly lit photo from 2020 of my then new copy of the
original bluray release of SATAN'S CHILDREN / SATANIS
(don't get confused by the fact that it's lying on top of an LP cover!)

New bluray cover


SATAN'S CHILDREN reviewed by the late Fred Adelman on Critical Condition (original review here):

SATAN’S CHILDREN (1974) - This obscure lensed-in-Florida rarity is a true exploitation maven’s dream. Poor Bobby Douglas (Stephen White) runs away from home after putting up with his abusive father (Eldon Mecham) and cockteasing stepsister Janis (Joyce Molloy) one too many times. He is then promptly raped by four men in the back of a car and dumped unconscious naked in the woods. He is found by a cult of Satan worshippers and brought back to their compound. Sherry (Kathleen Archer), the temporary leader of the group (their leader, Simon, is away on business), falls in love with Bobby who is laid up in bed nursing a sore ass. Dissention erupts in the group over Bobby ("He’s queer. Satan doesn’t want victims") and Sherry hangs three of the disciples for wanting Bobby ousted from the compound. The dashing, debonnaire Simon (Robert C. Ray II in an excellent performance) returns and, finding out what Sherry has done, buries her up to her neck and pours maple syrup over her head. While waiting for the ants to come, Simon gives Bobby two choices: He can stay in bed and watch the ants devour Sherry or he can get out of bed and quit being a victim. Bobby opts for the latter. He escapes from the compound and returns home (after electrocuting two compound guards and drowning two more guards in quicksand). He hits his father over the head with a bottle, ties up his stepsister (rape is implied) and throws her in the backseat of his car. He then drives to the house of the four men who raped him and kills them with a shotgun. He cuts off the head of the lead rapist, puts it in a plastic bag (he may have done the same thing to his father since there are two heads in the bag) and delivers it, along with his stepsister, to Simon. The final scene shows Bobby and Sherry making passionate love intercut with scenes of his stepsister being crucified (with metal spikes!) on a wooden cross. A true happy ending! This mind-blowing flick must be seen to be disbelieved. The screenwriters (Gary Garrett and Ron Levitt) are definitely pro-Satan and anti-homosexual. All gay characters are portrayed as sexual deviates and meet nasty ends. When a female disciple swears before Simon and Satan that she is not a lesbian (she is), a river of blood flows from her mouth and she chokes to death! This demented film, directed and produced by Joe Wiezycki (has he done anything else?) is so steeped in homosexual undertones (Bobby is either naked or in his underwear for most of the film) that one gets the feeling that the filmmakers were trying to exorcise some demons of their own. Toss in some good music (the opening and closing theme is a killer) and decent acting (only the father is wooden) making SATAN’S CHILDREN a thoroughly watchable and unforgiving flick, one of the best that came out of Florida during the 70’s. I now declare this to be one of CritCon’s top 20 films of all time! Something Weird Video has dug up a near pristine print of this unknown classic. Do yourself a favor and send $22.00pp off to them and buy this whacked-out tale of Satan-loving homo-hating hippies. You’ll be glad that you did. Rated R for Really Weird. Update: Robert C. Ray II (a.k.a. Simon) emailed CritCon with his take on this film: "The fun thing about that film for me has to be that a significant part of the dialog was badly recorded while filming (the Nagra crystal sync recorder wasn't too good), so we had to re-record the entire thing at my apartment just off-campus from the University of South Florida in Tampa.  The sound man and I went into the bathroom for the better acoustics, and stood in the bathtub and did another series of takes. My young wife was in the kitchen, hidden behind the door, laughing hysterically at us.  All in all, it came out quite well, considering all of us worked for spec.  We all had fun making it, which is ultimately what it's all about anyway..." Mr. Ray II can be seen in the ape adventure/comedy BORN TO BE WILD (1995 - a.k.a. KATIE) playing a corrupt Customs Officer whom Peter Boyle pays off.


Thursday, July 21, 2022

THE GORE GAZETTE editor RICK SULLIVAN on the Morton Downey Jr. Show in 1989

Years ago I remember reading about how Rick Sullivan (of The Gore Gazette zine/newsletter) was on a talk show once, but I've never actually watched it. Not until now that is. 45 minutes of 80s crazy American talk show debate about censorship (or as we say in this house: censorshit). This is good fun.

Also on the show: Fangoria editor Anthony Timpone, Michael Berryman, and Dave Juskow who made a film called SPLATTER GIRLS.

(broadcast date: 17.06.1989)

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Under the radar - Biblio-Curiosa

I think the general assumption is that there is no underground any longer as everything is online. But I still discover stuff that fly under the radar. Like this fanzine: Biblio-Curiosa published by a guy in Australia called Chris Mikul. I stumbled over an interview with him, but although he's interviewed online, and although I've found a few reviews of his zine, he has no webpage, no web shop, and no videos on youtube (that I know of anyway). His zine sounds great, though. And as I'm typing this I've just written to him and ordered a couple of issues (despite not having a website or a shop he does have an email address!).

The interview was done by David Kerekes of Headpress fame. You'll find it right here. Headpress has published a couple of books based on Chris Mikul's other zine, Bizarrism (which I haven't seen either). And I think they might have something else he's written - I haven't looked too closely into it yet.

PS: I just got a reply from him. I asked him about his fb account (which I found). He says he logs in about once a year!