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EXTREME SCENE: Last House on Dead End Street (1977)

EXTREME SCENE: Last House on Dead End Street (1977)

Sometimes as horror lovers, especially extreme cinema fans, we have to dig deep and look to the past to find what we’re looking for. The 70s were a great decade for horror and exploitation movies, and I find a lot of hidden gems there.

Last House on Dead End Street (1977) is more of an exploitation film than anything else but it’s also subtly extreme cinema. It was made by film students who, after making it, were so ashamed they didn’t want their names attached to it. It really has something to offend everyone – I love that about it. The whole thing watches like a softcore porn combined with an arthouse and a grindhouse film.

Last House on Dead End Street is about Terry, a man newly released from prison for a drug charge, who wants to get back at society. He sets out to create a snuff film, “something really different”. At a party, Terry meets Jim Palmer, a pornography director, and his gay friend and film executive Steve, and they agree to team up to make a movie. During the party, Jim’s wife comes down donning blackface and gets whipped repeatedly while delighted partygoers watch and cheer, “Harder! Harder!” For some reason, Terry decides that the other two are taking credit for his masterpiece. After raping Jim’s wife, Terry Kidnaps her, another female porn star, Jim, and Steve to star in his snuff film.

The last 20 minutes or so is where it really breaks loose. The four victims are tied up and removed to be killed one by one. The whole sequence is a pulsing, whispering, echoing, eerie, flashing look into madness. The slowness of the kills and almost graceful movement alongside the pulsing music make it hauntingly beautiful as well as disturbing.

Jim’s wife gets the worst of it;, Terry and his film crew slowly slice her face, taunt her and remove her legs. By the end when they cut open her abdomen and remove her insides, she doesn’t flinch, unblinking and resigned to her fate, her silence far more disturbing than if she were screaming.

This movie makes an educated effort in offending by either showing or implying:

  • Animal slaughter
  • Beastiality
  • A graphic sex scene between horses
  • Blackface
  • Rape
  • Homophobia
  • Torture
  • Branding a human
  • Mutilation
and so much more…

I can’t claim that all extremists will love Last House on Dead End Street, but it’s worth their consideration.

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WiHM: Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa

WiHM: Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSThis next lady’s contribution to horror may be a little controversial, but I still feel that Dyanne Thorne’s character Ilsa deserves some love during women in horror month.

I found myself struggling to write this to not sound like a Nazi sympathizer and to not glorify the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. I hope that before the social justice and keyboard warriors attack, they consider the reasons I choose to salute her.

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSIn case you aren’t familiar with the Ilsa character she starred in a triology of cult/Nazisploitation films called Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, and Ilsa, the Wicked Warden. The first two films are directed by the Canadian (yay Canada!) director Don Edmunds and the third by popular Spanish cult director Jesus Franco. Thorne plays a tough female leader as Ilsa in all three and they’re all great movies, but She Wolf of the SS is my favorite and will be my focus in this tribute.

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSIlsa She Wolf of the SS is the only Nazisploitation film in the trilogy and is by far the best, but I’d argue that it’s more about feminism and female sexuality than Nazis. Ilsa is a Nazi Komandant, in charge of a “medical” camp. She is hell bent on proving that woman are inherently stronger than men and have a much higher threshold for pain. She works endlessly to prove this by inflicting all kinds of sadistic torture upon the women who enter her camp. It’s nearing the end of the war and Germany is in desperate need of reinforcements and she wants to demonstrate that women would make far greater soldiers than men. She finally proves this after subjecting the women to gangrene, whippings, gang rape, an electrified dildo (and I don’t mean it vibrates), genital mutilation, and syphilis. She’s gratified when she finds a star test subject who can withstand all of the above and still fight back.

While Ilsa works hard during the day she also works hard at night choosing a different male prisoner each night to sexually satisfy her. When they fail to meet her needs, she has them castrated until she finally comes across an American prisoner who is able to hold an erection indefinitely. Her sexual prowess leads to her unfortunate demise as the American ends up seducing her and killing her.

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSA couple of fun facts regarding Ilsa:

The set of She Wolf was actually the recycled set of Hogan’s Heroes and since the show had already been cancelled they were allowed to burn it to the ground for the final scene of Ilsa, saving them the cost of having it demolished.

Dyanne Thorne now performs weddings in Las Vegas and rumor has it that if you pay enough she will dress up as Ilsa.

I’ll always love Ilsa for her ability to command respect, her strength and indifference when it comes to her work and most importantly for her shameless sexual expression.

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WiHM: Dana Scully

WiHM: Dana Scully

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge this next woman’s contribution to the horror/sci-fi genre. Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Dana Scully simply has to be honored or else I have to turn in my license to practice horror.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files

If you see Ripley as the mother of the strong female character in horror/sci-fi film (as I do) then it follows that Scully is the continuation and growth of that same standard. The X-Files was already groundbreaking television but Dana Scully kicked the shit out of the way we view women in the law enforcement field.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-FilesThe pilot episode of The X-Files aired in September of 1993. I was 11 years old and still remember a young fresh-faced Dana Scully arriving at the FBI. An immediate difference that I noticed as a kid was the amount of respect she commanded from her peers and even superiors. She was a highly intelligent, well-educated doctor and undergraduate of physics – a no-nonsense scientist that wasn’t a second banana or a sidekick to a male lead. Scully always held her own and in many ways was made to look superior to Mulder (David Duchovny). She was sent to essentially babysit him and disprove his work. Although she was never fully convinced and was always the female Spock of logic, she handled the situation with grace. She respected Mulder and acknowledged his intelligence and ideas even though they were counter to her own beliefs. She didn’t scoff or belittle and even grew to have affection for him.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-FilesI believe in some ways that Chris Carter the creator of the show went out of his way to make Scully’s importance stand out. At times I almost feel it was reverse sexism and Mulder was made to seem a bit of a mimbo (male bimbo). I’m not complaining because it was successful in shattering previous notions of “the boys club” and that women could only be secretaries and were too delicate to be out in the field. Scully excelled in the field and never shied away from getting her hands dirty – not to mention she was a great shot. Both roles did an excellent job of highlighting a healthy partnership. Mulder was always able to give Scully credit and admit when she was right, and Scully would do the same even if she couldn’t always get on board with his crazy. The other thing I felt was so important to the purity of the Scully character was the fact that she and Mulder refrained from “extracurricular activities” if you know what I’m saying. In case you don’t I mean, they kept it professional instead of getting to sexy time by the end of season one as a lot of other shows did. It created a new formula that is still popular on television today, the “will they won’t they” phenomenon. It makes every touch and every subtle glance all the more exciting for the viewer.

If you loved Scully and can’t get enough Gillian Anderson then I highly recommend checking out some of her other work. Some of my favorites were Bleak House, The Fall, and American Gods. Gillian Anderson is also an accomplished writer having written a trilogy: A Vision of Fire, A Dream of Ice, and The Sound of the Seas. Most recently she co-wrote We: A Manifesto for Modern Women and co-starred in Season 11 of The X-Files.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files

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WIHM: Rodleen Getsic’s tortured performance in The Bunny Game

WIHM: Rodleen Getsic’s tortured performance in The Bunny Game

An extreme cinema actress I feel is worthy of much praise is Rodleen Getsic and her phenomenal portrayal in The Bunny Game.

Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game

While the film itself seems to get nothing but hate amongst both the horror and extreme cinema communities alike (I don’t share this view personally), Rodleen’s performance still gets mostly praise.
Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game
The reason I choose her and why I think her role was special is due to the immense physical and emotional abuse she willingly endured during the making of the film. Her dedication to the role is apparent, and she stated that she dug deep within herself and drew upon past abuses to bring authenticity to the role.Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game The director (Adam Rehmeier) of the film stated that other than drug and alcohol abuse nothing in the film was staged. So what does that mean? What all was portrayed in the film?

It means that Rodleen agreed to endure some pretty vile acts of torture for the making of this film. She describes her participation as “more art than film”. She wanted “to use the production as a cathartic process, to really purge some of the traumas she had”. She would fast before shooting and be in a meditative state during scenes. For the more physical demands she drew strength from a rape and other sexual abuses from her youth. Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game She stated, “I’ve had some intense experiences that most people might not have lived through” and “The reasons why I made this film keep emerging. But really I wanted to move through the what-ifs and show I could make it through”. She finally goes on to say, “Part of my soul did die in making this film”.

So just what all did she endure for the making of the film? Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game I can only assume that if nothing was staged, she was beaten, raped, spit and urinated on, had her head violently shaved, suffocated and even branded (she has the scars to prove this).

Getsic is a method actress and artist of the highest quality and she deserves proper recognition and praise. Her dedication to the role makes this movie so much more than just “torture porn” it adds layers of depth and allows us to share in someone else’s life changing experience. I found it both moving and profound and I commend her for her impressive contribution to extreme cinema.

Rodleen Getsic

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WiHM: The Women of Martyrs (2008) [SPOILERS]

WiHM: The Women of Martyrs (2008) [SPOILERS]

Martyrs (2008)

House of Tortured Souls Salutes the women of Martyrs for WiHM

I wanted to write a piece on the women of Martyrs for Women in Horror Month. It’s my favorite movie, and I thought it would be really easy to write about but as it turns out, it wasn’t, because although I feel all the women deserve recognition there is one who is far more important to me than the others.

I’d like to point out a couple of quick things before we proceed, first of all this is intended for those who have already watched the film so if you haven’t yet (my god! Why the hell not? Please stop what you’re doing and watch it this instant!), this will definitely spoil it for you. Second, this is about Pascal Laugier’s 2008 version not the American abomination that came out in 2016. Last, I’m choosing to focus more on one character, but that is not to say that they all weren’t well acted and worthy of praise. Now, with that out of the way, let us continue.

Martyrs (2008)There are four main women of importance in this film, each with a different story to tell. All their stories are flawlessly woven together and one cannot exist without the other. Where the tendrils of each story latch onto the next, they also snuff out the previous story in succession. As Lucie’s (Mylène Jampanoï) story intersects with Anna’s (Morjana Alaoui), it ultimately leads to the untimely death of Anna. When Anna meets Sarah (Emilie Miskdjian), emaciated with metal bolted into her body, nothing more than a shell, her death too is imminent and it prompts the introduction of the Mademoiselle (Catherine Béginand the death of both Sarah and Anna. Finally, the death of Anna leads to the death of Mademoiselle. A perfect clockwork orange. Though each woman has a role, Mademoiselle is arguably the most important character and the bow that neatly ties it all together. Without her, we have nothing more than the polished Hollywood turd that is the American version. A bland, watered-down, meaningless piece of cinema intended to placate the plebs.

Catherine Bégin as Mademoiselle in Martyrs (2008)

Catherine Bégin as Mademoiselle in Martyrs (2008)Mademoiselle is the key to everything, without her you have a torture porn, with her, the suffering you just endured alongside Anna is given meaning. Her character leaves you questioning your entire existence and makes all the violence beautiful and poignant. Mademoiselle was pivotal to Anna’s transcendence into martyrdom and was privy to whatever it was that Anna whispered. Of course, you should hate Mademoiselle, but I’ll go on record to say that she is my favorite fictional character to ever grace the silver screen. No movie death was more traumatic or terrifying than hers. It was so final, and then we’re left in the dark wondering… what did she say? No monster or serial killer has stripped my life of its values and kept me awake at night wondering why.

So thank you, Catherine Begin, for your portrayal of Mademoiselle. Simply Brilliant. I humbly salute you for your contribution to horror.

Catherine Bégin

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WiHM: Cristie Whiles

WiHM: Cristie Whiles

I personally love extreme horror and want to honor some of the best or worst (depending how you see it) ladies in the genre for Women in Horror Month. The first lady I want to discuss is Cristie Whiles, you may know her better as Crusty from August Underground’s Mordum and August Underground’s Penance. I truly despise her character, Crusty, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever loathed any other fictional person quite so much. She’s an absolutely disgusting excuse for a human being. Her constant shrieking mixed with her hyena laugh grates on the soul, and her heinous acts, especially towards other women, make her despicable. I’m not easily disturbed, and an actor has to work pretty hard to provoke a real emotion in me so I applaud Cristie Whiles’ ability to do both. Although I hate her character, I’m impressed with both her writing and acting skills. She did such a convincing job as Crusty that I can’t be sure if I met her in real life that I would be able to restrain myself from verbally or physically assaulting her – again, well done, Cristie.

Before she got involved in cinema, Cristie was an artist and attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She expanded her talents to include screen printing, make-up, special effects, and filmmaking. Cristie was a co-founder of Toetag Pictures but stepped down in 2009 to focus on her clothing company called Sunshine Tattoo Parlor.

Cristie Whiles as Crusty

Cristie had never planned on being in the film industry to begin with, but her longtime friend Michael Schneider (a Toetag alum) asked her to do some of August Underground’s Mordum’s artwork and backgrounds; she also ended up writing and directing as well. She states that the character was an idea taken from her demon paintings, and now that the films are done, she is completely purged of that character and “done with that era”. Cristie felt that Penance was made too soon after the completion of Redsin Tower but was still fairly happy with the end result. After its completion, she felt she needed to move on from Toetag.

Due to the nature of Crusty, Cristie ran into problems with sexual harassment and creepy emails. She says she created the character with “intentions to make people aware of the pain abuse causes without sugar coating a detail.” Well, I guess mission accomplished because as viewers we were spared no detail, no matter how unthinkable.

Cristie Whiles as Crusty

It seems at this point we probably won’t see a lot more from Cristie in the film industry. She did say “you never know,” but her focus is more on her art and clothing line. Her character Crusty will go down in history as one of the best and most horrible portrayals of a female serial killer. If you haven’t already seen them, check out the August Underground Trilogy and judge for yourself.

Cristie Whiles

Cristie Whiles

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WiHM: Ellen Ripley

WiHM: Ellen Ripley

Ripley Alien: Paradise Lost

What will we learn about Ripley in Alien: Paradise Lost?

When asked to do a piece for women in horror month there was no hesitation on who I would choose first. I chose Sigourney Weaver’s timeless character Ellen Ripley, a woman I’ve admired and tried to emulate my entire life.

The role of Ellen Ripley was perfectly cast using Sigourney Weaver, and I can’t imagine anyone else as Ripley. Sigourney has the perfect physical demeanor for the role, tall, lean, handsome, not traditionally beautiful but beautiful nonetheless. The reason I bring up her looks is not to objectify her but to point out the care taken so that her appearance wouldn’t be objectified. Her actions, intelligence, and leadership make her attractive.

Sigourney Weaver of Alien 5

Will Sigourney Weaver return for Alien 5?

Sigourney Weaver was highly praised for her role and even nominated for an Academy Award, which is no small feat because the academy doesn’t give much recognition to horror and sci-fi films, and it continues to be that way even today.

Let’s focus a bit on who the character of Ellen Ripley is and why she’s an important female character in horror (possibly the most important) and an important role model to women in general.

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen RipleyEllen Ripley encompasses a lot of roles, many of them not traditional roles for females especially considering the time these movies were made. She’s an important crew member (warrant officer) aboard a spaceship – The Nostromo and later works her way up to Lieutenant (first class). She’s viewed as an equal and integral member of the ship’s team. Even when she argues and is rude she is never shut down for being a woman she’s shut down for being an ass. We see her in the role of mother when she meets and cares for Newt and when we learn of the loss of her own daughter Amanda. We see her as a caring animal lover to her cat Jonsey. We see her in the role of lover but not as arm candy as an equal half of a partnership. We see her as a leader, both as physically and intellectually competent as her male counterparts. Ripley makes the tough calls but is willing to take risks and sacrifice her own personal safety when protecting those she cares about, while still managing to look badass doing it.

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen RipleyRipley will always be my favorite woman in horror and my personal hero. It is my hope that one day when women are viewed equally in the horror community, she will be recognized as the mold that all other strong female characters were cast from.

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley

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COMING SOON: The Final Interview from Fred Vogel

COMING SOON: The Final Interview from Fred Vogel

Being a pretty big fan of Fred Vogel and the August Underground trilogy, naturally, I was pretty excited to learn about his upcoming movie The Final Interview. It will be the first movie he’s come out with in over six years and it won’t be like anything we’ve seen before from him. The film won’t be a Toetag pictures production. The movie is being produced by Vogel, his wife Shelby (Redsin Tower), and Ross Putman. Vogel hopes to “get out a little further and infest mainstream” with this film.

The Final Interview (2017)

The Final Interview stars a few well-known actors including Grainger Hines (TV’s Castle and Criminal Minds) as Oliver Ross an alcoholic newscaster desperate for ratings. You may also recognize Diane Franklin (Terror Vision and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) as the station’s owner. Ross hopes to save his career and fix his declining ratings by interviewing a murderer on death row on the day of his execution.

 

The Final Interview (2017)During his introduction to a teaser trailer, Vogel gives fans a heads up that “this one will be different, don’t expect guts and gore”. He goes on to say he couldn’t be more pleased and this is his best work yet. For us extreme cinema fans this may sound like disappointing news, but I’m actually looking forward to seeing what he can do as a “serious” director with more of a budget. The trailer itself looks fantastic and has a definite seventies exploitation feel to it. Vogel describes the film being a “thriller and an intense drama”.

The Final Interview (2017)I’d like to just clarify that I myself am in no way affiliated with the film or Fred Vogel, so this next part is purely in the interest of providing information and helping Indie movies succeed. Vogel is asking fans for what he calls donations or “Fred Funding”. For a donation of $120, fans will get a signed movie t-shirt, signed poster, and their names mentioned in a special thanks in the credits. If you’re interested in contributing or just want the exclusive swag like I do, you can use your PayPal account and make a donation to thefinalinterviewmovie@gmail.com.

Check out the teaser trailer.

One more thing Vogel fans can look forward to is another movie he has on the go called The Pittsburg Body Removal. I can’t give you many details at this point other than the project was started in 2015 and sounds like it will be a Toe Tag Pictures production. I will keep you posted as I learn more. As Vogel likes to say “stay sick” horror fans.

The Final Interview (2017)

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Grotesque: A Guilt-Free Pleasure

Grotesque: A Guilt-Free Pleasure

Grotesque (2009) is a Japanese torture porn film directed by Koji Shiraishi.
First of all, I’d like to say I’m not a big fan of the term “torture porn” as it’s used in a derogatory fashion by film snobs to discredit an entire genre and I find it offensive, but when it comes to the movie Grotesque there is simply no better description. The antagonist, a “doctor”, kidnaps a young couple and tortures them for sexual arousal, promising their release if they succeed in making him excited, making this torture porn by definition.

The movie is honest about what it is and doesn’t pussyfoot around pretending to have a plot or trying to develop characters; it just dives right in.

Grotesque (2009)

****HERE THERE BE SPOILERS****

Our young couple wakes up gagged and tied to a table and is asked if they would die for each other. There is a brief little flashback to offer us some insight and let us know they were on a first date; that is as much backstory as the viewer will get.

From there it gets all molesty. I appreciate the fact that this movie advocates equality between the sexes because both are manhandled accordingly, and every torture is doled out evenly.

After the molestation, we proceed to chainsaw surgery, the removal of nipples, nails to the scrotum and a graphic penis removal, which succeeds in finally arousing our good doctor, and he woefully admits that they have won (curse them!) and will be released.

The two wake up in a sterile hospital room where all their parts (except one) have been reattached and they’re healing nicely. I was a tad confused at first in this scene and wasn’t sure if it was a dream – it’s not. Either way, it gives us a chance to catch our breath before the next onslaught.

Their tormentor reappears and promises to release them once they are healed. He then changes his mind and back to the racks they go.

The next scene was a real nail-biter. The male protagonist is given an intestine tether (his own) and has the chance to save the female… he almost makes it and you truly are rooting for him along with the doctor who is shouting encouragements at him.

The end of this movie is a bit silly and provides comic relief after the hard watch the viewer has just endured. The comedy paired with the fact that we have no attachment to the characters makes this movie a guilt-free pleasure allowing us to walk away with minimal psychological damage.

5/5  for Grotesque

Grotesque is not a fantastic movie, but it accomplished everything it set out to do.

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BOOK REVIEW: Alien: Out of the Shadows (2014)

BOOK REVIEW: Alien: Out of the Shadows (2014)

Alien: Out of the Shadows was published in 2014 and is part of a trilogy of original stories based on the Alien films by Ridley Scott. Each book has a different author, this one was written by Tim Lebbon and takes place between the first and second movie.

This novel is a stand-alone story so knowledge of the movies isn’t necessary but it helps as they do make references from time to time. If you haven’t watched the Alien movies yet, seriously get on that shit immediately.

Alien: Out of the Shadows is about a man named Hoop, an engineer on a mining crew stationed on planet LV178. During a storm, their ship the Marion is knocked out of orbit as one of the mining shuttles returning from the planet crashes into a loading dock blowing it up and many of the Marion’s inhabitants. The remaining crew aboard the Marion watch in horror on closed circuit tv as another one of the shuttles trying to escape the planet has its occupants killed one by one first by the face huggers and then their offspring.

With the Marion being knocked out orbit it gets closer and closer to the planet’s atmosphere where it will inevitably burn up. Despite all efforts to contact Earth, no response comes back. Over 70 days later, the remaining crew of the Marion are still trying to survive and figure out how to make it to safety. A strange ship docks in the only remaining docking station left and the crew is optimistic that it’s someone responding to their distress signal. To their bewilderment and dismay when they get inside there is one woman and her cat asleep in the stasis pod, one Ellen Ripley.

Ripley awakens to find that she has been in stasis for 37 years and she’s now on a doomed ship infested with the aliens she thought she just left behind. I really enjoyed reading Ripley’s thoughts and perspective on the situations that occur in this book. Her characters mind read exactly how I imagined it.

In order to have any chance of getting home Ripley, Hoop, and the remaining crew must go to the mines on planet LV178 in order to find a much-needed battery to secure their flight home. While on the planet they encounter more of the aliens, face huggers and even an entirely new species of alien. Here is the only part I wish the reader was given more information, the new species of alien were interesting and I would have liked to know more about them. The whole book, however, is written in a way that lets you know time is of the essence, compelling the reader to panic and read frantically at times and making it unbearable to put the book down.

I wondered how they could make a book that fit between the first two movies work in terms of how they could dismiss its existence in the second movie but it works and it works well.

Any fans of the movies and fans sci-fi, in general, should definitely check out Alien: Out of the Shadows. I personally can’t wait to read the next book in this series Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore. As a completist and avid fan of the movies, I also want to check out the movie’s novelizations.

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Brace Yourself for Tom Six’s The Onania Club

Brace Yourself for Tom Six’s The Onania Club

Tom Six Twitter pic-The Onania Club filmingFans of Tom Six and The Human Centipede films can get ready to be shocked all over again with his upcoming film The Onania Club! The film is hopefully set to drop later this year but, as of now, there is no official release date. You can also follow The Onania Club page on Facebook for further updates.

The Onania Club Facebook page-Tom Six tweetAfter the second Human Centipede film, fans were expecting something really special for the third one but it didn’t live up to most people’s expectations. I didn’t hate the movie I just felt they were released in the wrong order the third should have been the second and the second should have been the big finale. A lot of critics were making claims like “he’s beginning to believe his own hype” and “ It’s time for Tom Six to grow up”. I disagree, I feel his films are exactly what they claim to be – shocking, disturbing, and extreme. As for “the hype”, he skillfully creates it himself. Masterfully marketing himself as an accomplished shock peddler, he has people worked into a frenzy before his movies even come out. That being said I’m ready for something new from him and eager to see what he else he can do.

Tom Six tweet - Part of a frame from The Onania ClubFor those of you who don’t know (I certainly didn’t), Onania or Onanism is a form of masturbation and or the act of “pulling out”. That is the only real clue we’re given. Other than that, unfortunately, I can’t tell you a whole heck of a lot about The Onania Club because he’s being incredibly tight-lipped about the whole thing. During an interview, Tom stated,

The Onania Club will be a very original, highly perverted black comedy that will shake up the world yet again.

He goes on to say the film will be:

The most politically incorrect inhumane horror flick ever unleashed on mankind.

He also feels it will be far more extreme than The Human Centipede franchise… I certainly hope so, Tom. I am ready to be wowed, and I think if anyone can accomplish a genuine shocker, it’s Tom Six.

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COMING SOON: Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)

COMING SOON: Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)

Being a huge fan of Martyrs (2008) I was pretty excited to learn that its director Pascal Laugier is making a new film called Incident in a Ghost Land. The film is set to release sometime in April of this year.

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)

The film stars the incredibly beautiful Mylene Farmer, a very famous French singer in real life, successfully selling more than 30 million records in France. She is considered one of the most successful recording artists of all time in France. Alongside Farmer co-stars Crystal Reed (from TV’s Gotham) and Anastasia Philipps (a lovely young Canadian Actress).

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)The script is described as having a Stephen King vibe to it and the film as “dark” and “scary”. It’s about a mother Colleen (Farmer) and her two daughters Beth (reed) and Vera (Philipps) who upon the death of Colleen’s aunt inherit her house. On the first night in their new home, there is a home invasion and Colleen is forced to fight to save her daughters lives.

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)Sixteen years later, Beth becomes a famous horror writer and has a happy family; on the other hand, Vera can’t cope with her past trauma and has become mentally unstable and paranoid. The two sisters continue to live in the dead aunt’s home. Mother and daughters reunite and the strange events begin.

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)Incident in a Ghost Land sounds a bit “vanilla” and like a story that has been done a thousand times before — not the extreme cinema experience I was expecting. The trailer did nothing to improve my opinion, so I decided to revisit the original Martyrs trailer to see how the two lined up. The Martyrs trailer definitely appears more violent and extreme from the get-go, but it doesn’t reveal much of the actual story or the depths it goes to. At a first glance, it looks like a gritty revenge movie. I’m hoping Incident in a Ghost Land will also be much more than what we see on the surface, and I remain optimistic and excited for its release.

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A Serbian Film (2010): It’s Fucking Art!

A Serbian Film (2010): It’s Fucking Art!

In a desensitized world when shock truly does have value, along comes A Serbian Film, and here we are 8 years later still discussing it and reeling from the controversy. It’s a film that has ruined a lot of other films for me, making them seem colorless by comparison.

A Serbian Film (2010)

If, like me, you’re a fan of A Serbian Film, then you know it’s not something you admit to just anyone or casually discuss at family dinner. I used to find myself constantly on the defense regarding my love of this film, but now I refuse to be. I no longer justify why I like it or why it’s my second favorite movie of all time; I defend the movie itself. Before I get into the reasons why, let’s just quickly go over the movie’s plot and content for those who may not have watched it yet.

Milos, a semi-retired porn star, is struggling to provide for his wife and young son. When Milos’ former co-star comes by and offers him a role in an “art film” being made by a visionary and promising new director, it seems like his troubles are over. So far everything sounds pretty tame, right? Let’s fast forward to after the shooting of the “art film” starts and watch as it begins a downward spiral into depravity that would make the Marquis de Sade blush.

A Serbian Film (2010)

The areas causing the most controversy are the film’s depiction of child abuse, forcing a minor to watch a sexual act, raping a newborn, and raping a child. There are many other graphic, sexually violent scenes, but the aforementioned really get the censors riled up. For these reasons, the film has been heavily edited and banned in many countries, making an uncut copy somewhat difficult to find. Fear not, however, as Unearthed is releasing an uncut version with tons of extras and a much-anticipated documentary on the film.

Now back to my defense of the movie. It’s often assumed that I will use the same political defense the director Srdjan Spasojevic claims. Spasojevic insists he spent years trying to perfectly put on film how it felt to grow up in the midst of a very chaotic time in Serbia. He states that the infant rape and necrophilia show how the government rapes its citizens from birth until after death. Spasojevic also states, “this is a diary of our own molestation by the Serbian government”. Although these are not the reasons why I support the film, they were successful in getting me to investigate a little further into Serbian politics.

A Serbian Film (2010)

I personally don’t use the political pretense to justify this movie, and quite frankly I call bullshit. I believe Spasojevic wanted to make a shocking movie and once the backlash came, he used his carefully prepared political statement as a defense. I defend this movie simply because it’s art. Art that makes you really feel something, be it shock, anger, disgust, or horror, forces you to put down the fucking phone and watch. It makes you feel genuine emotions, powerful ones. For that reason alone, A Serbian Film is worth defending and remains one of the most engaging cinematic experiences of my life. I applaud it for pushing boundaries I didn’t even know I had.

A Serbian Film (2010)

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Quickies for Sickies: Cutting Moments (1997)

Quickies for Sickies: Cutting Moments (1997)

I want to talk about a short extreme film or as I like to call them “quickies for sickies” called Cutting Moments.

Cutting Moments (1997)

Cutting Moments was created by Douglas Buck in 1997 and has a run time of 25 minutes. It was later added to Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America and then released as part of the Suburban Holocaust (2012) collection. The trailer shown here includes scenes from the entire trilogy and was fan made so it’s not the best and doesn’t do the film justice.
Family Portraits: A Trilogy of America (2003)
Cutting Moments really highlights one families desperation in middle-class America. It’s cheerless, lonely, depressing, and at times disturbing. A wife desperately vies for her apathetic husband’s attention. After dressing up sexy fails to get his attention, she goes into the bathroom and goes to town on her mouth with a metal scrub brush and then cuts off her lips. The husband’s response is to take her in the bedroom and give her a good one while he cuts off her breasts with garden shears and then his own penis. FX work done by Tom Savini make this short extra special.
4/5 for this short

Although Cutting Moments was by far the best of the three, I feel the other two are at least worth a quick overview, especially part II.

Part 2 shows us a young boy with a controlling abusive father. Whereas the first father is apathetic, this one is overbearing and too involved.

Flash forward to the future. The son has grown up and has his own family. He’s become a religious zealot and has a wife and daughter that he shuts out due to his own self-loathing, repressed desires, and shame, causing him to eventually snap and cut off all their instruments of evil, i.e. eyes, ears, tongues, and fingers. Afterward, he casually puts on a jacket over his blood-spattered suit and heads out to get the paper.
3.5/5 for this short

Part III, the Prologue, was extremely underwhelming after the first two, and it’s also the longest. It was slow and boring with no real payoff. An aged and retired artist/serial killer with dementia forgets where he buried the bodies. A girl disfigured by the serial killer and her broken family try to cope.
2/5 for this short

Whether you watch them separately as shorts or as a feature-length anthology film it’s a worthwhile extreme cinema experience.

Suburban Holocaust (2012)

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