Sunday, June 26, 2022

Officially UN-PUBLISHED!!!

- or: The day "PAY HER OR I'LL BEAT YOUR CAR, PUNK" blog became offensive!

As if we didn't have enough problems with facebook and YouTube censorshit nonsense, now Blogspot (aka Blogger.com) is trying to up the game. Yes, Blogspot!!! The olde blog platform that hardly anybody uses anymore. The one that you're reading this post on! Most blogs on said platform are probably dead and floating around in Cyberspace like old Mir stations.
I just got two emails from the "good people" at Blogspot. They've deleted two of my posts (check one of their identical emails posted down below). So I'm thinking, "Hmm, what could be so objectional to them that they would censor me for the first time in my career on their platform? Mind you I've been here for about 15 years or so. Was it the true snuff porn that I posted last week? Or the colourised pictures of dead infants?? Was it my "Fun with Car Accidents" series???" (I'm joking of course).


Nope! It was two VHS covers from Indonesian B movies that I posted on a blog ... in 2009!!! 13 years ago!!!
And get this: I posted them on a blog that I have never even launched!!!!!
Many years ago I got this "great idea" (if I may say so myself) for a blog all dedicated to the Kiwi actor Peter O'Brian and his wild Indonesian RAMBO ripoff film called THE INTRUDER (aka RAMBU). In 2009 I posted a dozen video sleeves and then (mentally) put a post-it sticker on it saying "finish this whenever you get the time". Of course now 13 years later I still haven't done anything about it.
Needless to say, I wonder about the "your post was flagged" comment from Blogspot. My un-launched blog was "public" but I had ticked "no" in the box where they ask if you want search engines to be able to find you (btw, I've just changed the blog to not being public). I'm guessing it's a blogger auto "flagging" of the two posts.

But still very odd. And very annoying that - in contradiction to facebook - they don't even show you what they felt was so objectionable. The two posts are GONE. Even their headlines are gone. But as I said all I had posted were vhs covers. And old Indonesian B movie covers don't have burning kids or hardcore porn on them. All very odd - and very, very annoying.



PS: The title of the blog: At the beginning of THE INTRUDER two low life and good for nothing creeps accidentally ram their car into an old woman. They get out of the car and start yelling at her. A Rambo dude just happens to drive past. He gets out of his car and tells them to cover her ruined groceries. Of course they won't. "Pay her or I'll beat your car, Punk", he says and you know you're in for a wild ride. THE INTRUDER has never been released officially on dvd or bluray, but there are video tapes, vcd's, bootlegs and downloads out there. The best video release picture wise is the (very, very, very rare) Belgian release: fully letterboxed - but also dubbed in French.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

KAMPUCHEA EXPRESS (Thailand/Italy, 1982)

 aka Angkor: Cambodia Express (original title according to IMDb)


Poster (Denmark)

Ad-mat (Denmark)

Trailers: 

 
English dubbed fullscreen trailer, clear bright
picture. Missing a bit of footage at the end


 
Letterboxed version of the same English
dubbed  trailer. Complete, but very dark


I don't have this film but there are two pretty good and informative reviews on IMDb

KAMPUCHEA THE UNTOLD STORY (Thailand, 1975) - German trailer

 

IMDb page

Friday, May 13, 2022

Dangerous stuff indeed

Yesterday, I posted this poster for MAN FROM DEEP RIVER (or Mondo Cannibale as it was called in Denmark for some odd reason) on facebook. Directed by Umberto Lenzi in Italy, 1972. If you look carefully you'll notice one tiny boob. That boob got me banned from facebook! Well, a 24 hour ban that is. Very annoying. But of course, it is a very nice boob. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Odd move from Bo

I just noticed that one of the YouTube uploaded versions of BROTHERS IN BLOOD has now been taken down. Instead of the video you now see this interesting disclaimer: 


Fair enough if Bo Svenson doesn't want his film uploaded to YouTube. However, I find it odd that he would ask YouTube to remove the shorter edit of the film but not the long uncut version. That kinda does not make sense. Or could it be that Bo doesn't actually mind his film being on YouTube, but he just doesn't want the short edit as it's not the right version as seen from an artistic viewpoint? o_O 

All very odd. I should of course make a disclaimer of my own: I have nothing to do with any of these uploads. I just link to the film on YouTube. 

The old post is here and you can still watch the Italian version and the trailer. If you like the film I also highly recommend the German blu-ray edition. Uncut and in English. Info here. I see the Austrian shop in my link has a few copies left. 

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Trailer for LARS BLOCH documentary film

 
Not a lot of Danes have heard of Lars Bloch (also a Dane) but to most fans of Italian genre films he is ... also pretty obscure! And that's why it would be pretty cool if the people behind this trailer would get cracking and release the documentary film! The trailer was posted on YouTube by its director, Dario Cioni, in 2019. Hopefully they finished shooting enough footage of Lars Bloch as he passed away recently. 

Friday, May 6, 2022

Quick return to COMIX gutter


Back in March I posted about having ordered Robin Bougie's Gutter Hunter #1. It was released late last year, and lo and behold the editor is already cranking out another issue!! Amazing!!! And these issues are by no means low on page count or low on well researched and informative text either. The first one was a 100 page issue, and I think it was mentioned on fb that this one is also a 100 page mofo.
12 dollars + postage.

I don't know if FAB Press is going to sell these as well, but even if they are I'm not going to order it from them. Last time I had to cough up 44 (forty-four!) dollars in total for No. 1, thanks to FAB Press insisting on gluing a customs form on the envelope. I wrote and asked them not to but obviously they simply haaad to slap that fucker on the envelope. Living in the EU meant I got slapped with extra fees in the form of VAT and postal service fee. In total: 44 dollars!!! Anyhoo, it's water under the bridge and I just hope they next one goes thru without any hassles.  
EDIT: I ordered this issue directly from Robin's webshop and mentioned the import problem in the comments' box, and he promised to send it in a plain brown envelope. Way to go, Robin! 

Order from Robin Bougie's online shop here.

If you're too lazy to scroll down to the old post you'll find it here. 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Lisa Petrucci of SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO reveals da goods in two parter podcast

Part one:  Part two:
  
Here's a brand new two part episode (April 2022) of a podcast called The Walter Paisley Movie House podcast. The guest is Lisa Petrucci of everyone's fan favourite video label Something Weird Video. I've never listened to this podcast before, and I only know of its existence because someone posted about the two episodes in the SWV fan group on facebook (actually I think it was Lisa Petrucci herself). 

The interview is pretty good, and Lisa has an interesting background story. And it is certainly good to see she is keeping Something Weird Video alive after Mike Vraney - the guy who started the company - passed away. I've only ordered directly from them maybe a dozen titles over the years due to fairly obstructive ordering procedures; For a long time they didn't take PayPal. And later they did decide to take PayPal, but only thru direct personal e-mails which took days to get thru. And of course now they don't take orders for physical formats from outside North America at all!! Some titles you can order for download, but the download versions are of a less good quality (according to Petrucci herself), and you don't get a cover with your downloaded film! 

I've never before wanted to order from their download catalogue, because I want physical copies to put on my shelves. However, I caved in and ordered a download recently. It was a film you can't get anywhere else. Not even via YouTube. I wrote to Lisa Petrucci and asked for a scan of the cover from their dvd-r version of the film (I'm positive they've got digital copies already - how else would they print out covers for the physical dvd-r versions) but the reply was a no can do. I love SWV but I'm not one to kiss ass and I'll call out annoying things when I see them - and this is annoying!!! Luckily, a collector in the US who had bought the physical version was kind enough to help me out and make a copy. But still. I can't rely on helpful fans for every download I might want to order. But, hey, forget about my being grumpy here and click that play button. It's a good podcast! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Constipated Henry in sequel


I rewatched HENRY - PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, PART 2 (aka Henry - Portrait of a Serial Killer 2: Mask of Sanity) last night. This time on blu-ray (Njuta Films, Sweden). I still can't make up my mind about it - do I like this or don't I. But no matter what, I've bought the fucking film three times! (fullscreen UK dvd, widescreen US dvd, and widescreen Swedish blu-ray)

It's a shit film compared to the original. And Neil Giuntoli is certainly no Michael Rooker. But as someone mentioned recently, if you're going to make a HENRY sequel without Rooker, Giuntoli is your best Henry. And yeah, I guess. When he's good in the film he's quite good. But there's just too many scenes where it was obvious the director said, "be Henry like Michael Rooker!" and he just looks like he's constipated. However, as a fun (and nasty) sequel it works alright. 

The question is just - should a "kinda good, kinda shitty" sequel exist to a fantastic original film? If they had called the film "Henrik - Portrait of a Mass Murderer" I would have no hesitation in barracking for it.  

PS: Be careful if you buy a reg. 1 dvd: there are two releases, one is heavily cut and one is uncut. The UK dvd is uncut (but fullscreen). The Swedish bluray is uncut and widescreen. 

Now, watch dese two different trailers (the top one being the longer, more nasty one):

PS: For some reason these two trailers have no avatars BUT they do work!

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Cronenberg - that's **David** Cronenberg - is finally back with a new body horror film

Teaser art poster

The last few years fans - well, at least I - have been looking towards Brandon Cronenberg for the latest kick in body horror. But it's rumoured (again: by me) that old man David sat down, watched his son's flicks, and thought to himself, "Ahh man, I should do body horror again!". He couldn't come up with a new title so he went back to his student films and - I guess - figured that nobody would remember he once used the title CRIMES OF THE FUTURE for an early short film. Oh well, we forgive you, Dave-oh cos we luuuv ya. And the two trailers look promising so I for one am certainly looking forward to CRIMES. It'll premiere at Cannes this year and premiere at cinemas in June. 

Watch both trailers, they're quite different: