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August 19, 2017

Book Review: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (2012)

Growing up in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s, I heard a lot about serial killers and mass murderers. John Wayne Gacy and Richard Speck were from Chicago, and they were both executed for their horrendous crimes. We were also affected by another bizarre killer at that time. He wasn't from Chicago, but he often traveled there, and some of his victims were part of the Chicago gay scene. I am speaking of Milwaukee's cannibal killer, Jeffrey Dahmer.

Dahmer was a strange case. When an intended victim escaped and led police to his apartment, what was discovered was a nightmare that Wes Craven couldn't imagine. A refrigerator full of human remains was only the tip of the iceberg. Dahmer had a long and unnerving history. My Friend Dahmer dips into the early part, up until his first killing. How do we know it's accurate? It's written by one of his high school friends.

August 17, 2017

Movie Review: A Touch of Genie (1974)

Directed by Joe Sarno                                  

Nebbish Melvin Finkelfarb’s (Doug Stone) life revolves around to tending to his Antique/Junk shop, being berated by his yenta mother (Ultramax) and sneaking off to Times Square to catch the latest skin flicks. Finding a discarded vase in an alleyway, Melvin “rubs” it in an intimate manner and out pops a sprightly female genie (Chris Jordan) who grants him five wishes. Melvin’s wishes are to take the male roles in various hot sex scenes with his favorite adult actors and actresses. This is represented by such skin flick regulars as Harry Reems, Marc Stevens, Eric Edwards and plain Jane Tina Russell boffing away on a $1.98 harem set. All well and good, but these scenes are interrupted with Melvin’s mother barging her way in to join in the action! Paging Dr. Freud? All’s well that ends well.

As Joe Sarno and Doris Wishman scholar Michael Bowen points out in his interview included on this Vinegar Syndrome DVD and Blu-Ray combo, A Touch of Genie was Sarno’s second reluctant attempt at hardcore – and it shows it. Many cast and crew members hide behind pseudonyms and the actors doing the “comedic” scenes are kept separate from the actors getting to the nitty-gritty (with the exception of Ultramax and Russell, who appears briefly as a strait-laced virgin). Bowen also rightly points out that A Touch of Genie is self-reflexive on the porn genre in general, where those stuck in undeclared celibacy live vicariously through the actors on the Blue Screen.

August 15, 2017

Movie Review: The Hearse (1980)

Directed by George Bowers                        

Jane (Trish Van Devere) decides to chuck her job in the city to move to her late aunt’s isolated mansion in the country.  Perhaps it wasn’t the best decision, as the townspeople are unexpectedly unfriendly and on top of everything else are as RUDE as FUCK. When they aren’t openly sneering at her at the country store, they pop up unexpectedly – without knocking the door or calling ahead or anything – right dab in her house! Jump scare. The reason for all the antipathy becomes obvious later on. It seems like her aunt was a devil worshiper who romantically took up with a black-clad no-goodnik and made the local area highly uncomfortable. According to local old soak Walter Pritchard (Joseph Cotton, who probably did a little too much research for this role) claims that Jane’s aunt, following her funeral was carried away in a hearse that spontaneously combusted – her aunt’s remains never found. Jane begins an affair with the vaporous, mysterious Tom Sullivan (David Gautreaux) who lacks a vampire cape to make his intentions even more obvious. Oh, yes, it’s called The Hearse – Jane has a bunch of nightmares involving a ghostly chauffeur (Dominic Barto) chasing her about in an old Packard, but it doesn’t really add up to much.

In the Eighties, when I made it my business to see every last horror movie on VHS, I never was in a rush to see The Hearse. Finally catching up to it now, thanks to Vinegar Syndrome, I can see why. It confirmed my suspicions that it was just a blatant rip-off of Dan Curtis’ Burnt Offerings (1976) that likewise had a ghostly chauffeur (Anthony James). The chauffeur in The Hearse, Barto, is bigger, beefier, but not the slightest bit scary. Whereas James creepy, grinning specter chilled spines, Barto imposes a physical menace but is as frightening as a second-string football player on a bender. Even worse, The Hearse skates around the devil worshipping angle with a few read-aloud diary entries but no tangible dread. While beautifully photographed by Mori Kawa, the film’s main setting is brightly lit and Country Corny. One hopes that Jane will stumble into a dark alcove full of pentagrams and occult kitsch – but no luck. Even the overly serious, overbearing The Blackcoats Daughter (2015) threw the audience a bone in this respect. The closest The Hearse gets to this is a mist-laden nightmare sequence in a funeral home that is over far too soon.

August 1, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Friends From College (Netflix, 2017)

Kevin Moyers discusses the Netflix comedy about a reuniting group of college friends and how it perfectly relates to Generation X.

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July 31, 2017

Movie Review: The Slumber Party Massacre (Blu-ray)

Scream Factory has had their hand in the Blu-ray debuts of many of the classic slashers from the 80's. One such film that they've recently unearthed for a High-Def makeover is from the one and only, King of the B's, Roger Corman. Throughout Roger Corman’s career (most notably in the 70s and 80s), the legendary cult film producer and director has taken a lot of unwarranted abuse by critics and film-goers for producing too many films that portray women as just objects, that are best seen either naked or getting killed. To me that’s a bunch of crap. Few producers have empowered the female gender like Roger Corman has. Sure they get naked, and yes plenty have perished at the hands of Carnosuars and driller killers, but some talented ladies have actually been employed to do more, like direct, write and produce. The director of the Slumber Party Massacre is is actually a talented woman by the name of Amy Jones. That's my evidence, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Gloria Steinem! Now onto the movie!


July 25, 2017

Movie Review: 9 Days: Whipped, Chained, and Tortured by a Psychopath (2013)

All righty, folks. On to the next DVD in the stack. Let’s see here. Brought to you by Chemical Burn Entertainment…
Oh, fuck my life.
This next little slice of excrement was written, directed, produced, edited, additionally photographed by one fucking guy, Samuel M. Johnson. I know nothing about him or what’s about to go down but being distributed by Chemical Burn is a HUGE strike against him/this movie.

Funded by Kickstarter…

Oh, Fuck My Life.

9 Days: Whipped, Chained, and Tortured by a Psychopath (I shit you not) is a unique (read: not at all) tale about Virgil who kidnaps and tortures young women to make them worthy of asking God for forgiveness. They must evolve beyond victim into the aggressor and then move on before they are complete. Inspired by Dante’s Inferno…

OH, FUCK MY LIFE!

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Castlevania (Netflix, 2017)

Kevin Moyers reviews the short and gory animated Netflix series based on the popular video game series.

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July 23, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: The Podcast! #145 - San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 Movie and TV Trailers

Kevin Moyers breaks down most of the movie and television trailers released at Comic-Con International in 2017 in this bonus episode. The trailers range from The Flash, Riverdale, and Star Trek: Discovery on the TV side to Justice League, Ready Player One, Jigsaw, and Infinity War on the movie side.

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July 18, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese/Kayfabe with Frankie G. Podshort! - GLOW (Netflix, 2017)

Kevin Moyers, Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy, and Frankie G. discuss Netflix's fictionalized telling of the story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

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July 2, 2017

Movie Review: Babyface (1977)

Directed by Alex de Renzy

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

Skin trade auteur Alex de Renzy pushes lots of buttons with one of his most famous -- and accessible films, Babyface, given the royal treatment by the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome.

Hulking Neanderthal with a nice haircut Dan (Dan Roberts, in a singular film performance) is tooling about his job at the seaside docks when he is propositioned by vivacious 15-year-old Priscilla (Lyn Malone). Taking advantage of the situation, their affair is less than five minutes old when Priscilla screams “rape.” Pursued and shot at by a policeman, Dan jumps in the drink to later wash up on shore, where he is later given sexual healing by two foxy mistresses. Needing a place to lay low, they suggest Dan hide out at a local male brothel that services horny housewives. The shoe on the other foot, Dan and his fellow male prostitutes (one played by longtime porn actor Joey Silvera), become the objects of the female eye … slabs of beef for feminine approval. In the meantime, Priscilla’s vindictive mom has vengeance in mind.

July 1, 2017

Movie Review: Daddy's Little Girl (2012)

Okay. Let’s get this straight out into the open. This movie is not horror, even though it’s touted as such on IMDB. It’s definitely a thriller. Normally that makes me very angry because I go in with one expectation and get something completely different. In this case, though, I’m willing to forgive the false advertising because this is one of the most BRUTAL revenge thrillers I’ve ever seen. It might even top Old Boy and I Saw The Devil - or at the very least, be on par with them. And those are two nearly perfect films.

Daddy’s Little Girl is the story of Derek, a single father sharing custody with his ex-wife, Stacy, of their beautiful little girl, Georgia. Though tensions are obviously high between the two adults, Georgia seems like a very well adjusted and happy kid. So of course, something terrible happens.

Book Review: Carnival Piece by Ed Wood

Once again, the inimitable Ed Wood brings us crashing back into the sleazy underworld known as the carnival. In Carnival Piece, much like Wood’s earlier Side-Show Siren, there is a murder at a carnival. A murder and sex. A murder and sex and side-show freaks. From the novel's back cover:

LESBIANISM…
HOMOSEXUALITY…
TRANSVESTISM…
These are the sexplosive ingredients that go into one of the most penetrating studies of abnormal interpersonal
relations to yet appear in fiction. Enter the lives of the sex-driven characters of the CARNY!
A book you can’t put down!
LUST… MURDER… ABORTIONS…

Buy Carnival Piece in Vintage Paperback!

Movie Review: The Creep Behind the Camera (2014)

Directed by Pete Schuermann

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

In cult film fandom, there exists an echelon of maverick filmmakers who get their outlandish projects done in spite of a lack of money and no real discernible talent. Far, far, far removed from the studio system, upstarts such as Herschel Gordon Lewis and Edward D. Wood Jr. whip up colorfully inept motions pictures that people still treasure to this day.

There is a dark side to all of this admirable gumption and verve, however. The making of any independent feature film, from Sundance favorite to shot-on-video zombie epic is fraught with broken promises and unpaid bills. Case in point: Friend and bad movie director extraordinaire Larry Buchanan, for all of his old school charm and gentility broke quite a few eggs to make his omelet. To this day, actors on his Grade-Z stinkers such as Curse of the Swamp Creature (1967) have quite a few horror stories to tell – unrelated to the horror stories the films themselves were trying to tell! Just ask actor Francine York, who starred in the aforementioned Swamp Creature  … but that is a story for another time.

This dynamic is illustrated profusely in the quasi-documentary Creep Behind the Camera, the story behind the many-named Arthur Nelson, the cracked auteur behind The Creeping Terror (1964). Imminently familiar to the readers of this Web site, The Creeping Terror is about a vaguely phallic walking carpet monster that eats a few people and disrupts a dance down at the union hall in a small Californian town. Atrocious as it gets, the entire soundtrack to The Creeping Terror consists of narration from Wham-O! Toy commercial pitchman Larry Burrell and canned music. While celebrated by bad movie fans, there's no denying the fact that The Creeping Terror is best left as a late-night sleeping aid.

June 30, 2017

Back Room Blues: A Tribute to Smut Palace Insanity

by Heather Drain

You’ve seen it; we’ve all seen it. (Well at least those of us enough huevos to admit it.) You’re at the local video store and greeting your line of vision is the back room door, it’s seclusion promising you sights that may tantalize you, turn you on, or even scare the living bejeesuz out of you. What carnal delights await you in the 18+ video room?

Well unless you have time traveling powers or an exceptional video store, you will be greeted with scores of generic faces and bodies being pried open and splattered with semen. Worst of all is that none of these porn clones have the decency to even look like they are into it. At all. It’s like getting psyched up for a blind date with an exotic stranger and being greeted by your old Science teacher naked and with a dingus up his butt. Gross, wrong, and ultimately disappointing.

Book Review: Purple Thighs by Ed Wood

by David Hayes

1968 was a VERY prolific year for Wood. He wrote around 10 novels (confirmed) including this one. Originally titled Lost Souls Delivered (the brilliant Wood euphemism for LSD), you may have already guessed that sex and drugs are the topic of Purple Thighs. Well, if one is prepared for the standard “let’s get stoned and screw” of a majority of 60s smut dealing with drugs, forget about it. Wood has crafted a nice little allegory with biblical (yes, biblical) proportions.

The first chapter alone details a very Wood-ian telling of Adam and Eve in the Garden. And now, an excerpt:
And it was the deepest of all instincts which caused her hands to immediately cover up the intimacies of her body when the bearded face of the man looked at her through the brush. An extremely handsome man, but a man with very long hair, almost as long as her own, and a beard which covered most of the lower part of his face… She liked what she felt in that new experience. Then the pleasure intensified itself when the new creature mounted her and their animal instincts gave each a sensation which would last an eternity; for all men and women for all time.

June 13, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: The Podcast! #144 - Gunn to Your Head

In the first full-on podcast in a long time, Kevin Moyers and Jeff Dolniak discuss the career of James Gunn from Troma to Marvel and everything in between.

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June 8, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Wonder Woman (DC/WB, 2017)

Kevin, Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy, Handsome J, and Frankie G. talk about the first movie in the DCEU to finally win them over.

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June 7, 2017

Silent Screams: Haxan (1922)

Originally released in 1922, Haxan is a Swedish docudrama on witchcraft. Conceived in seven parts, the film used ‘documentary’ footage of witch-y type things as well as actor re-enactments. The not-so-proud forefather of found footage wackiness like The Blair Witch Project and The Last Broadcast, Haxan was far ahead of its time. Remember, this is on the heels of Murnau’s Nosferatu and Caligari, so there is an audience available for horror (Melies was doing it in the late 1800s), but nothing this extravagant had been attempted up to this point. Its run time was a staggering 104 minutes.

June 5, 2017

Movie Review: Wonder Woman XXX: An Axel Braun Parody (Vivid - 2015)

Reviewed by: Rick L. Blalock 

Starring :

Kimberly Kane
Kirsten Price
Penny Pax
Ash Hollywood
Melody Jordan
Ana Foxx
Claire Robbins
Ryan Driller
Giovanni Francesco
Eric Masterson
Evan Stone

Synopsis

Legendary director Axel Braun brings to life the erotic adventures of the world's most beloved superheroine: Wonder Woman! Action, mystery, magic, and steamy hot sex are the key ingredients in this long-awaited adult parody, and the result is another masterpiece of erotic entertainment.

(Runtime - 1 hr. 38 mins.)

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In WONDER WOMAN XXX: AN AXEL BRAUN PARODY, we find Diana Prince of Themyscira, doing what she does best - fighting crime.  Her latest capture(or so she thought) is Angelo Bend, the criminal known as "Angle Man".  Wonder Woman catches the criminal as he attempts to steal a precious sapphire from the Embassy known as the "Eye of Parsippany".  She apprehends the perp with her ever-trusty "Lasso of Truth", but as she learns, even the iconic weapon of choice seems to be no match for Angle Man's weapon on hand - "The Angler", a weapon, that when activated, transports the criminal out of harm's way.  Well, he may have been unharmed at that moment, but later, it's as if karma comes back to haunt him, as he finds himself later outsmarted by someone that he assumed was an ally, the deadly femme fatale, "Killer Frost"(Ash Hollywood).  Meanwhile, with Superman on assignment in Africa, Wonder Woman meets up with "Batman(Giovanni Francesco), who is still suffering from injuries sustained at the hands of the villain, "Killer Croc".  Along with "Batgirl"(Penny Pax), they all brainstorm on just how it was that Angle Man was able to get away.  It is then that Batman believes it to be some sort of alien technology.  But as both Wonder Woman and Batgirl find themselves a little preoccupied with the crimes of their old foe, "Ares"(Evan Stone), it is elsewhere that "Lois Lane(Kirsten Price) conspires with Wonder Woman nemesis, "Cheetah"(Melody Jordan) in a plot against her.  The episode concludes with Wonder Man believing that someone is attempting to hijack her mind.  Confused as to whom it could be, she eventually catches up to "Superman"(Ryan Driller, again), but as it would be revealed, not even Superman is immune to such treachery.

June 4, 2017

Movie Review: "Circus of the Dead" (2014; Bloody Bill Productions)


...at a young age, nearly all of us are bombarded by sugar & spice fables...the things that jostled the imagination, to a world of wonder...a world of magic and fantasy...a world of laughter...the countless candy-coated 'happily ever after' fairy tales...the patron saints of magic, generosity, kindness and giddy mirth...the egg-hiding Easter bunnies, and the North Pole-dwelling Santa Claus...and of course, the clowns...oh yes, the clowns...those giggly, pasty-faced, horn-tooting, floppy shoed, wacky purveyors of mirth and laughter. And as youngsters, we buy into it all...lock, stock and barrel, without a smidgen of disbelief, or consideration that they just might be something diabolical, beneath the fabricated fantasy folds...

...and when we all grow up, that all abruptly changes; Santa becomes a clichéd symbol of generosity and yuletide spirit...the Easter Bunny, now representative of purity and fertility...the fairy tales, still fantasy tales to be told and read, but in truth, far, far darker in original inception, than the sugar-coated renditions, read to us as children, or gleefully animated onto the screen by Disney. And the clowns?? Oh yes, leave us not forget the clowns. Those so-called 'giggly, pasty-faced, horn-tooting, floppy shoed, wacky purveyors of mirth and laughter'...alas, a resigned deception,. at times...possibly hiding a sadness, beneath the painted smile and the wacky antics...maybe even something criminal, giving underlining and paranoiac cause for distrust, dislike and a slew of unspoken closet coulrophobics. And sometimes, harboring a much darker purpose...something sinister...diabolical...evil...even downright @#$%ing insane!!...

May 15, 2017

Movie Review: Interiors (1978)

Directed by Woody Allen                                              

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

Mama Eve (Geraldine Page) is an elegant, highly vaunted interior decorator who proves to be a handful for her husband Arthur (E. G. Marshall) and three adult daughters Renata (Diane Keaton), Flyn (Kristin Griffith) and Joey (Mary Beth Hurt). Maintaining an icy façade, Eve is overbearing, manipulative and controlling. One of her chief activities is staging elaborate suicide attempts in which she knows she will be rescued at the nick of time. It comes a no surprise that papa shortly declares at the dinner table that he will be leaving Eve for a trial separation. While the delusional Eve pines for reconciliation, dad shortly arrives at the family’s seaside home with his fiancée Pearl (Maureen Stapleton). The clash is immediate from the get-go; whereas the other characters dress in limpid grays, whites and browns, Pearl is first introduced in a blood-red dress (future superstar director Joel Schumacher served as the costume designer for this film, and Woody Allen gave him a prominent credit at the beginning of the film – and for good reason.) The sassy, brassy and outspoken Pearl grates upon the clan’s nerves. As Julie Kirgo points out on in the liner notes to this Twilight Time release – 3,000 copies, snap them up quick), while it is never made evident, Pearl is implied to be Jewish, and anti-Semitic sentiment seems to bubble just beneath the surface. Eve faces the fact that she and her husband will never be reunited and high tragedy ensues – but in a surprise twist, Pearl grants life to one of the daughters in the manner of the real-life Eve.

May 11, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Marvel Studios, 2017)

Kevin, Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy, Liger, and Frankie G. discuss the long-awaited sequel for Marvel's most fun group of misfits.

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May 6, 2017

Movie Review: Slaughterhouse (1987, Vinegar Syndrome)

Written and Directed by Rick Roessler


Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

Poor Lester Bacon (Don Barrett) has run his slaughterhouse the old school-way for 30 years and can’t catch a break. The people in his Podunk town and forcing him off his property, leaving him and his imbecilic son Buddy (Joe B. Barton) without a home or livelihood. Finding his son has a propensity for violence, Lester guides him to dispose of their adversaries – along with some bone-headed teenagers with little else to do than wear silly masks while hanging out at their decrepit abattoir. Lots of people get killed.

Slaughterhouse has a bit more on the ball than other late-to-the-party slashers, but that’s not saying much. The gory murders are all listlessly presented, and attempts to pad out the minimal story fall flat. Boasting better than average cinematography and attention to technical details, Slaughterhouse’s chief flaw lies in its antagonists. Barrett’s character is first introduced sympathetically, the small businessman being ground under by big government and regulations – the film lays on the theme of the plight of the everyman very thickly -- and then immediately turns around and makes him a slobbering monster. Barrett gets lots of juicy dialogue and he’s more than up to the task of delivering windy soliloquies, leaving victims to perish from boredom before they break out the butcher knives. Barton, as the sweaty, filthy Buddy is far too cherubic and jolly to be threatening. It’s nigh impossible to render him an iconic boogeyman being shown scenes of him cuddling with the family pigs. Slaughterhouse does earn points for daring to show real-time slaughterhouse operations in its opening credits to the accompaniment of jaunty music – not even the most fearless indie horror filmmaker would try that today. However, this former video store favorite is far more notorious for a barn dance scene with the aforementioned stupid teens dancing to very bad New Wave music – used to good effect on this Vinegar Syndrome release on various chapter stops.

May 3, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Dear White People (Netflix, 2017)

Kevin Moyers tells you to calm the fuck down and actually watch Netflix's new original show before pissing and moaning about the title.

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May 1, 2017

Movie Review: House on Straw Hill (1975)

Oh, Udo Kier, you magnificent man who can pull us all into your films with your charisma alone. Because gods know you’re not that great of an actor and the movies you work on kinda suck…except for Ace Ventura and Johnny Mnemonic.
To hell with you all! Those were awesome movies!


House on Straw Hill is the story of Paul, a temperamental writer (who isn’t, amiwrite - see what I did there?) who sequesters himself in a country cottage to work on his next novel. His first, and only so far, was such a phenomenal success that he’ll have to work extra hard to pull it off again. He hires a typist, Linda, because he believes he can get his work done faster if he doesn't have to worry about the physical labor of the creative process and just be all brilliant and angsty and shit.

What he doesn’t realize is that Linda is fucking crazy and has only taken the job so she can exact her revenge on Paul for a MAJOR wrong doing he’s committed against someone she loves. And anyone who gets in the way? She becomes like a human steam roller and crushes any obstacle.


April 27, 2017

Maskerpiece Theatre's May Movie Madness

The crew at Maskerpiece Theatre put together 64 comic book movies in a bracket style competition, and you get to play along! Fill out the attached bracket and email it to frankiegcares@gmail.com for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Then, follow @Maskerpiece on Twitter to vote for who moves on in each match up. It's that easy! The winning bracket will be chosen by Frankie G. Have fun playing along, and good luck!

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April 26, 2017

Movie Review: Chilly Scenes of Winter (aka Head Over Heels, 1979)

Directed by Joan Micklin Silver

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

While many would come to this expecting a “rom-com,” as Julie Kirgo mentions in the liner notes to this Twilight Time release – limited to 3,000 copies, Chilly Scenes of Winter is every inch a painful “coming-of-age” comedy very much in the manner of Withnail and I (1988).

On the outside, Charles (a very young John Heard) is as white and pleasant as Salt Lake City, the place in which he works as an office drone. Scarcely underneath it all lurks dysfunction at every turn. His roommate Sam (Peter Riegert) is a perpetually unemployed “jacket salesman.”  His beyond eccentric mother’s (the great Gloria Grahame) favorite pastime is submerging in a bathtub while wearing satin gowns. Things are proceeding roughly, until Charles meets fellow office worker Laura (Mary Beth Hurt). The two meet cute, and spark a relationship, despite the fact she remains very married to a man nicknamed “Ox (the likewise great mark Metcalf, who also produced).”

After sneaking around friends and coworkers, the sensible Laura gives Charles up to get on with her life. But Charles is having none of it, starting a campaign that he thinks will make Laura leave her somewhat abusive marriage in a series of stunts that are outright stalker-ish.  It all culminates when both Charles and Sam attend an “open house” hosted by Laura and Ox in disguise as gay roommates!  Our erstwhile hero grows even less sympathetic by the minute until he too, must come to grips that he and Laura’s affair is essentially over before it began.

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On (Netflix, 2017)


Netflix follows up on its original documentary with a series from producer Rashida Jones.

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April 20, 2017

Cover Art for the Upcoming Release of Brian Skiba's Sci-Fi Cult Flick "Crushed Velvet"



Coming Soon! Directed by Brian Skiba (Blood Moon Rising, Rottentail) and Starring Laurie Love, Ron Jeremy, Dominic Ross, David Hayes, Kevin Tye and Jeff Dolniak.


April 18, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - The Fate of the Furious (Universal, 2017)

Kevin watches his first Fast and Furious movie, and he shares his thoughts while making a Vin Diesel face.

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April 15, 2017

Movie Review: Our Man in Havana (1960, Twilight Time)

Reviewed by: Hal Astell

Set in Cuba before 'the recent revolution', it would appear from first glimpses that this just couldn't fail. Produced and directed by Carol Reed, with a screenplay by Graham Greene that was adapted from his own novel, and starring no less a Great British trio than Alec Guinness, Noel Coward and Ralph Richardson. Also credited before the title are Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs and Maureen O'Hara, hardly minor names themselves. It's as great as it ought to be, but I was seriously surprised at the content. I thought it was a spy film, and it is, but it's also a comedy which I really wasn't expecting.

Greene introduces us to the characters through humour. Guinness is Jim Wormold, a mild mannered vacuum cleaner salesman and Coward is Hawthorne, a spymaster who comes to visit him with strange questions and an offer to meet him in the gents. What he's really doing is hiring him to work for the British secret service as the title character, part of his Caribbean network, and Wormold accepts so as to be able to finance his daughter Milly's expensive equestrian dreams. Ives is a friend of Wormold's, some sort of German doctor doing research into cheese or some such, and Kovacs is the Red Vulture, a notorious Cuban official with an interest in everything and everybody, most obviously Milly.

April 14, 2017

The Scarlet Scorpion (1990) and Deadtime Stories (1986) Double Movie Review

Just when I thought I was making a dent in the pile of tripe. I mean…no, that’s what I mean. As I get closer to the bottom of the stack of DVDs, sometimes I get a double disc and dammit, that means I’m really not that much closer to getting through this craptastic supply!
But this time it’s okay because these were actually kinda fun, for the most part.

The Scarlet Scorpion comes to us from Brazil. It opens with what looks like those news reels that used to play in theaters back in the 40s and 50s. After a few stories, it closes with the announcement that the long loved The Angel comic has been adapted for radio! People across the country are shown stopping EVERYTHING they do just to listen in each week. And I mean everything - even a local priest refuses to continue an exorcism because he’s got more important stuff to do! Like find out in this week’s chapter of The Scarlet Scorpion what that rapscallion bad guy is up to and who he's trying to kill!

As the show airs each week, it seems in the real world someone is mimicking the crimes portrayed in the show. Is there a real Scarlet Scorpion running around? Gloria, a local designer, is the only one who seems to connect the dots. The police laugh her out of the station but the director of the show thinks she might be on to something. So let’s create a fan based program around her theories! We never actually get to hear it, though, because the Scarlet Scorpion is targeting her next.

Will he kill Gloria to get her off his trail? Will Alvaro Aguiar, writer and creator, be able to save his lady love on the show AND in real life? Stay tuned to find out. But first, a word from our sponsor…

April 12, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Rebirth (Netflix, 2017)

Kevin reviews a Netflix feature starring one of his favorite character actors.

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April 8, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Netflix Comedy Specials: Bill Burr, Jim Norton, and Dave Chappelle (Netflix, 2017)

Kevin recommends some new Netflix stand-up comedy specials from three of the best comedians you'll ever watch.

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April 5, 2017

Eats and Drinks Review: Mountain Dew Spiked

Every so often, I run across a beverage that immediately grabs my attention. While looking for something to drink at a local Circle K, I noticed two new Mt. Dew varieties. First off, the cans say SPIKED in big letters, which immediately led me to think that Mt. Dew had entered the alcohol arena. I'm sure that confusion is something they were prepared for, because the cans are labeled as non-alcoholic beverages.

The two available varieties are lemonade and raspberry lemonade. Knowing Mt. Dew, I wouldn't be shocked to see more flavors in the future if these are successful.

I tried the raspberry first, and I was very surprised to get a nice smooth texture. It had the flavors you expect in this mixture without the sour that lemonade or raspberry bring, and without that syrupy quality that Mt. Dew can have. The regular lemonade was the same way. Both have a nice clean flavor and are very mild. I preferred the raspberry, but I wouldn't turn down either.

Movie Reviews: Deadly Embrace (1989) and Murder Weapon (1989)


Directed by Ellen Cabot (aka David DeCouteau)

Movie Review by Greg Goodsell

Deadly Embrace: Fresh-out-of-rehab and desperate for dough – Jan-Michael Vincent (THE Jan-Michael Vincent, and not his character in Deadly Embrace, “Stewart Moreland”) takes a private eye gig at the behest of friend Evan (Jack Carter) who thinks his wife (Ty Randolph) is having a lusty affair with their gardener (Chris Bauer).  Linnea Quigley walks in and has sex with whoever, and fellow Scream Queen Michelle Bauer gropes herself in some unrelated fantasy sequences as the “Female Spirit of Sex.” People are shot and killed.

Murder Weapon: Daughters of mob bosses Dawn (Quigley) and Amy (Karen Russell) win their release from a sanitarium after performing sexual favors on psychiatrists Dr. Gram (Lenny Rose) and Dr. Randolph (Lyle Waggoner from TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show” as well as the sick-o necrophile romance Love Me Deadly, 1972). They throw a party at Dawn’s late father’s mansion and invite a bunch of boys in short-shorts for a party. There are a bunch of surprisingly graphic murders – especially to viewers accustomed to these type of projects that rarely deliver – and it was Linnea all along! Aaaah! 

April 4, 2017

Cinema Head Cheese: Podshort! - Schitt's Creek: Seasons 1-2 (CBC/Pop Network, 2015-2016)

Kevin reviews the first two seasons of a Canadian sitcom starring Catherine O'Hara and father/son co-creators Eugene and Daniel Levy.

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