Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Horror Apparel Company, VIOLENT ABDUCTION, Launches Halloween 2017!



The horror apparel market has been booming lately and over the last couple years has been doing a great job of catering to fans of classic horror films, such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Killer Klowns just to name a few. We have even covered many of them right on this blog. The fans of 80s slasher and gore flicks are definitely covered (no pun intended) when it comes to horror apparel. However, a new company called Violent Abduction, sees a grossly under represented sector of the horror market; Vintage Horror.

"Violent Abduction are extremely excited to reveal a nail-biting new collection of apparel and goods that represents a wide swatch of vintage horror, launching Halloween 2017. VA have created a vividly obtuse and obscure series of limited edition t-shirts and goods based on iconic horror tropes such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Creature, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, obscure cult films and hit classics, such as Carrie, Psycho, Black Sunday and more. All vintage films before 1980.”



“This isn’t new territory for horror apparel,” says creative director and company founder Brandon Harrod. “But we wanted our first ever dive into this market to be iconic, well designed, quality, vintage and affordable, and they don’t come much more iconic than Universal Monsters, Hammer Films, Karloff, Vincent Price and cult classics.” With a recent resurgence in popularity of well-designed horror apparel, Violent Abduction felt that the timing is perfect for a company of this type and are excited about introducing a whole new generation of fans to the vintage horror.


Violent Abduction Clothing is one of Chicago, IL’s newest clothing labels, with around 100 designs for t-shirts and accessories available by Halloween 2017 for thousands of customers and fans worldwide. Inspired by the true classics and focused on the cult in pop-culture, Violent Abduction has a timeless affinity with vintage horror movies and punk rock music and is hoping to be worn by artists, musicians, businessmen, nerds, jocks and anyone who loves great, classic horror."





For more information on Violent Abduction Clothing, visit: https://www.teepublic.com/user/violentabduction


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Film Movement Classics Releases Two New HD Restorations from the Vaults of Joe Sarno, the Legendary Pioneer of Celluloid Erotica


FILM MOVEMENT CLASSICS HAS RELEASED
TWO NEW HD RESTORATIONS FROM THE VAULTS OF 
JOE SARNO, ONE OF THE LEGENDARY PIONEERS 
OF CELLULOID EROTICA

ALL THE SINS OF SODOM&VIBRATIONS


New 2K Theatrical Masters Were Created for Each Film, Packaged Together
and on Blu-ray for the Very First Time; Exclusive Bonus Features Include a
Sarno Interview, Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas and
Peggy Steffans-Sarno and More!

Street Date: September 26, 2017

A pioneer of sexploitation cinema, American film director and screenwriter Joseph W. Sarno's (1921-2010) prolific career spans the evolution of the genre. "One of the true pioneers of celluloid erotica," (Anthology Film Archives) he was also dubbed the "Chekov of soft-core" by The Village Voice. Film Movement Classics has partnered with Film Media and Something Weird to release new HD restorations of two Sarno classics on Blu-ray for the very first time. This September, they'll release the second installment in the Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series with ALL THE SINS OF SODOM & VIBRATIONS. Packaged together, this exclusive collection, also featuring specially-produced extras such as an interview with Sarno himself and audio commentary, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

SYNOPSES

Shot back-to-back with VIBRATIONS in 1968, ALL THE SINS OF SODOM (87 minutes) has been hailed as "one of Sarno's most captivating films" (Video Watchdog) and the sexploitation auteur is at the top of his game in this penetrating study of ambition, romance and lust set inside the world of fashion photography.  Encouraged by his agent, Henning, a struggling New York City photographer, begins a daring portfolio of his model, Leslie.  But all too soon, jealousies erupt when another model vies for his camera and bed in this elegantly filmed time capsule of late '60s New York.

In VIBRATIONS (75 minutes), aspiring writer Barbara moves to Manhattan to jump-start her career and sex life, but ends up typing manuscripts.  Alone at night, she listens to the sound of her sexy neighbor as she entertains herself and her friends with the aid of her vibrator.  When her extroverted sister, Julie, comes to town, Barbara is forced to confront her repressed sexual desires.  One of Sarno's early classics, VIBRATIONS is "classy and sophisticated, beautifully shot...filled with wonderful performances and as sexy as hell" (DVD Drive-In)

BONUS FEATURES: ALL THE SINS OF SODOM / VIBRATIONS 
Interview with Joseph Sarno
Commentary by Film Historian Tim Lucas and Joe's wife, Peggy Steffans-Sarno
Booklet featuring liner notes from Tim Lucas 

ABOUT THE JOSEPH W. SARNO RETROSPECT SERIES

Through Film Movement's partnership with Film Media, a preservation and restoration company dedicated to outstanding independent cinema shot on film, new 2K theatrical masters are being created for the Joseph W. Sarno film library. For years, only poorly-preserved prints were available for retrospective screenings; now, cinema aficionados will be able to screen Sarno's classics, restored to a pristine state for optimal viewing. The initial double-feature in the new collection was VAMPIRE ECSTASY (aka THE DEVIL'S PLAYTHING, 1973) and SIN YOU SINNERS (1963), released last October on Blu-ray and DVD.

ABOUT JOE SARNO

Director and screenwriter Joseph W. Sarno's (1921-2010) career spans the genre. His early black and white films are praised for their chiaroscuro lighting and their complex psycho-sexual plots, but it was his more explicit art-house film, INGA, shot in Sweden in 1968, that brought him international attention.  Never a fan of explicit triple-X filmmaking, Sarno continued to write and direct adult films through the 1970s and '80s, often working under a pseudonym or offering his director's credit to the film's female lead.  Among his most noted films are SIN IN THE SUBURBS, INGA, ABIGAIL LESLIE IS BACK IN TOWN, and CONFESSIONS OF A YOUNG AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE.  Recently, Sarno's work has been the subject of retrospectives at several noted institutions and festivals, including Anthology Film Archives, New York Underground Film Festival, the Lake Placid Film Festival, the Vienna Filmmuseum, The Cinemateque Français, The Turin Film Festival, and the Warhol Museum. 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Type:  Blu-ray
Genre:  Erotica
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio:  Stereo

About Film Movement
Celebrating its 15th year, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City.  Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide, and last year it had its first Academy Award-nominated film, Naji Abu Nowar's THEEB. Film Movement's theatrical distribution strategy has evolved to include promising American independent films, documentaries, and an even stronger slate of foreign art house titles.  Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dee Wallace's RED CHRISTMAS Brings Holiday Fear to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD October 17th


Craig Anderson's Holiday Horror Comes to HDArtsploitation Sets Red Christmas Under the Tree October 17thAvailable Nationwide on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD


"a tightly constructed, unapologetically nasty little thriller, given depth and weight by Wallace's interpretation of a sweet woman suffering for her past" --Los Angeles Times

"one of the most beautifully lit and photographed horror films since Dario Argento's Suspiria" --Film Journal International
Artsploitation has delivered the ultimate stocking stuffer with the home video release of the Australian horror film Red Christmas.  Veteran television director and actor Craig Anderson makes his feature debut with Red Christmas, combining the banal horror of family gatherings with the issues of abortion, feminism, ethics, religion and privacy, with a blood-splattered twist on what happens when secrets refuse to stay dead.  Following a theatrical rollout across the United States, Red Christmas will be available nationwide October 17th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.

Genre icon Dee Wallace (The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T., Cujo, Critters) stars in a critically acclaimed role as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve.  Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance.  


Dee Wallace headlines as Diane, a matriarch presiding over the gathering of her squabbling grown children on Christmas Day.  Tensions give way to terror when a deformed stranger appears at the door with vengeance on his mind.  Diane must protect her family as limbs are severed and secrets are brought into the light. 




Red Christmas - Trailer from artsploitation on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

truTV- THE PROBLEM WITH APU- Comedic documentary to premiere November 19

truTV Sets Premiere Date for Comedic Documentary The Problem with Apu


Comedian Hari Kondabolu Confronts His Cartoon Nemesis – and Minority Media Representation – in Hour-Long Feature Debuting November 19


It’s peak TV season – your inbox is not your friend. So here are the highlights:
Tackling the hot-button issue of minority media representation,comedic documentary The Problem with Apuwill premiere on truTV Sunday, November 19 at 10PM ET/PT;
In his sharp, cultural exposé, creator and star Hari Kondabolu addresses his long-standing conflict with Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian convenience store owner from The Simpsons;
Featuring interviews with Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minhaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla and more, The Problem with Apu explores the lasting impact of Hollywood stereotypes;

And for you visual folks, here’s a link to the doc’s official trailer: https://youtu.be/zGzvEqBvkP8.

Turner’s truTV today announced the premiere date for its highly-anticipated comedic documentary
The Problem with Apu as Sunday, November 19 at 10PM ET/PT. In the hour-long film, creator and star Hari Kondabolu, a South Asian-American comedian, confronts his long-standing “nemesis” Apu Nahasapeemapetilon – better known as the Indian convenience store owner on The Simpsons. Kondabolu discusses how this controversial caricature was created, burrowed its way into the hearts and minds of Americans, and continues to exist – intact – nearly three decades later.
In this highly-personal, insightful and timely exploration of minority media representation, Kondabolu speaks with prominent South Asian actors about the damaging legacy of Apu – an animated character voiced by a white actor with a heavily exaggerated, stereotypical Indian accent. Aziz Ansari, Kal Penn, Aasif Mandvi, Hasan Minjaj, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aparna Nancherla, Russell Peters, Sakina Jaffrey and Maulik Pancholy share poignant stories about their own experiences with Apu and the broader questions about the comedy and representation he evokes. With additional interviews with EGOT-winner Whoopi Goldberg, W. Kamau Bell, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Mallika Rao, and many more, The Problem with Apu takes a humorous look at how even a beloved television series can have a blind spot.

"I was obsessed with The Simpsons growing up and it has greatly influenced my comedy. However, as my mother proves, you can criticize something you love because you expect more from it,” said Kondabolu. “For the longest time, Apu was the most prominent representation of South Asian Americans – and despite how much our society has changed in the last three decades – the character persists today. I made this film to not only talk about the origin of Apu and highlight the impact of such images in media, but also to celebrate the diversity and complexity of my community."
Hailed as “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by The New York Times, Brooklyn-based comedian Kondaboluis the host of the popular podcast “Politically Re-Active” alongside W. Kamau Bell.

The Problem with Apu is executive produced by Kondabolu, Marobru, Inc.’s Michele Armour and Avalon Television’s Isaac Horne, David Martin, Richard Allen-Turner and Jon Thoday. Michael Melamedoff serves as director. The film will be made available on all platforms following its linear premiere on November 19.

Connect with the documentary on social:
https://twitter.com/truTV
www.instagram.com/truTV
http://www.facebook.com/truTV
#TheProblemWithApu

Saturday, October 7, 2017

MATT BERRY presents Night Terrors a cornucopia of remixes, alternate versions and outtakes


MATT BERRY
presents
Night Terrors

 a cornucopia of remixes, alternate versions and outtakes



Following last year’s album, The Small Hours, Matt Berry is pleased to announce details of Night Terrors - a collection of various remixes, outtakes and alternate versions of tracks culled from The Small Hours sessions. Night Terrors is released on 17th November through Acid Jazz Records and available as a limited, numbered 12” vinyl, CD and digitally – alongside a number of extremely limited Bleep exclusive white labels.
                                 
Ahead of its release, Matt is thrilled to be able to give a glimpse into the album with a remix of the title track Night Terrors, courtesy of Warp Records recording artist Clark. As Berry explains 'Being such a huge fan of Clarke's work, it's way beyond an honour that he's spent time remixing one of my songs -  listen to the track  here

The mutual appreciation is reciprocated as Clark says; “Just finished a remix for the marvelous Matt Berry. I wrote it as an antidote to all of the static drones/sound design I was recording for Death Peak; I spend ages these recording these collages of texture to embed the album into. Amazing fun for a few days but after a while my tedious-o-meter started ringing, I was craving catchy staccato hooks and high tempo furious drum programming. The material Matt gave me was wicked, quite hard to initially integrate because it’s all live playing. I wanted to make something that sounds completely synthetic and digital. I made most of it at MESS in Melbourne. An amazing place where you can rent all sorts of ridiculous/amazing old gear for a very reasonable price.”

Night Terrors also undergoes the remix treatment from Saint Etienne, whilst Lord Above features a collaboration with Ivor Novello nominated songwriter Pugwash, and there are interpretations of Pink Floyd’s Any Colour You Like and Zappa’s Mr Green Genes.

Buy "Night Terrors" here

The full track listing is :

Night Terrors (Saint Etienne remix)
Middle of The East
Angi
Lord Above (Matt Berry meets Thomas Walsh)
Any Colour You Like
Mr Green Genes
Hey Little Girl
Night Terrors (Clark remix)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Lewis Black "Black To The Future"

Lewis Black "Black To The Future" 



on CD and DVD October 13th, and Vinyl December 8th


The king of the rant uses his trademark style to 
skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin

CD and DVD each contain a different BONUS performance

DVD:
"Lewis Black: Black To The Future" - 50 Min - Known as the king of the rant, Lewis uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. A passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our existence. Recorded live just a few blocks from his home in New York City, watch as Lewis sheds light on this crazy, messed-up world. Also included on the DVD is a full length 50 min bonus program "The Rant Is Due: Live From Napa". On this special night, which is moderated by Lewis' amazingly funny and talented friend Kathleen Madigan, audience members at the theatre and across the Internet ask questions directly to Lewis onstage. The results are some espically hilarious Rants. Two full performance all on one dual layered DVD.

BONUS: "The Rant Is Due: Live From Napa" - A full 50 min bonus program on the DVD only

CD:
Lewis Black: "Black To The Future": a double CD set with 2 full length stand-up comedy programs. Disc 1 contains the main program, "Lewis Black: Black To The Future" - 47 Minutes - Recorded Live in NYC - Known as the king of the rant, Lewis uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. A passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our existence. Listen as Lewis sheds light on this crazy, messed-up world. Disc 2 contains a second full length program - Lewis Black: "This Should Have Been A Special" - 65 Minutes - Recorded Live at Milwaukee's historic Pabst Theater in 2016. It is the comedy set that was almost lost.

BONUS: Second disc containing a full length program entitled "This Should Have Been A Special." A 65 minute set recorded live at Milwaukee's historic Pabst Theater in 2016. It is the comedy set that was almost lost.

VINYL:
Lewis Black: "Black To The Future": a double album set pressed on orange vinyl with 2 full length stand-up comedy programs. Disc 1 contains the main program, "Lewis Black: Black To The Future" - 47 Minutes - Recorded Live in NYC - Known as the king of the rant, Lewis uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. A passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our existence. Listen as Lewis sheds light on this crazy, messed-up world. Disc 2 contains a second full length program - Lewis Black: "This Should Have Been A Special" - 65 Minutes - Recorded Live at Milwaukee's historic Pabst Theater in 2016. It is the comedy set that was almost lost.

Pre-order now at MVDshop.com

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Halloween II & Halloween III shirts, socks, enamel pins & more from Fright-Rags

Halloween II & Halloween III shirts, socks, enamel pins & more from Fright-Rags

On sale now at Fright-Rags.com


Whether you prefer Michael Myers or Silver Shamrock, Fright-Rags has something for all fans of the Halloween franchise with the Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch collections.

They feature a whopping eight shirts - four from each film - including classic poster artwork, brand new designs, and art styled after vintage advertisements. The poster designs are also available on Fright-Rags' custom black and orange baseball tees.




Eight new enamel pins are available as well. There are five Halloween II enamel pins, including a depiction of Nurse Jill's death scene with sliding action. All three of Halloween III's killer masks have been turned into enamel pins, each housed in a miniature mask box.



Always thinking outside the box, Fright-Rags has recreated Budd's Haddonfield Memorial Hospital uniform from Halloween II as a zip-up hoodie. Complete the outfit with pairs of Halloween II and Halloween III socks, each featuring the respective movie's masks.


Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch collections are on sale now at Fright-Rags.com. All items are in stock and ready to ship except the baseball tees, which are pre-order. The clock is ticking!

Halloween fans will want to keep an eye on Fright-Rags in the coming weeks, as they'll be unveiling new merchandise from John Carpenter's classic.