Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Theta Girl, a new indie gore thriller, is hitting film festivals this Winter


THE THETA GIRL, a new independent micro-budget gore thriller, ravages festival circuit this Winter


The Theta Girl, a feature film produced by first-time filmmakers David Axe and Christopher Bickel, is coming to film circuits this Winter.

The film had its world-premiere in Atlanta on Friday the 13th of October at midnight -- a fitting time slot for opening what director Christopher Bickel calls "a brutally violent existential horror film." At the Atlanta screening, several audience members walked out of the film following one shocking scene depicting a violent home invasion. The audience members who remained were very vocal and enthusiastic about their enjoyment and appreciation of the film, one audience member writing in a comment online: "Holy sh*t! Talk about a low-budget MASTERPIECE. A gory drug-induced mystery! A psychedelic B Movie thriller! Roger Corman-esque Punk cinema that's WAY better and smarter than it should be! A++++++" 

The Theta Girl was produced on a shoestring budget of $14,000. To put that budget into perspective, the film could have been made 3,571 times over for what it cost Hollywood to make one Emoji Movie. It is the first film for Axe and Bickel, and indeed it was the first film for the majority of cast and crew. Though the film exhibits some rough edges as a result of its extremely low budget and the experience level of the creators, it has been enthusiastically praised for its high entertainment value, thoughtful existential themes, and shocking content. 

The film has already received accolades from critics. One critic gushing "not only is it possibly the best independent film of 2017 but possibly one of the best examples of low budget filmmaking EVER!" (full review HERE)

Venerated Indie Film magazine Film Threat gave The Theta Girl high marks calling it "edgy, thoughtful, quality entertainment." (full review HERE)

Billed as an "existenploitation film," The Theta Girl follows the trials and tribulations of young drug-dealer, Gayce Delko, and the hallucinogen she peddles. "Theta" was a "fun drug" -- a drug that blew people's minds. Theta was supposed to be a door to Heaven, but when her best friends get methodically and brutally murdered, Gayce realizes theta might also be a door to Hell -- and it's up to her to shut it. The film's tagline is "She brought the pills. He brought the kills." 

Bickel describes The Theta Girl as "an exercise in sex, drugs, punk rock, brutality, gore, revenge, and self-actualization... but really it's an art film." 

The Theta Girl was written by David Axe and directed by Christopher Bickel, who also shot, edited, and provided sound-design for the film. Axe and Bickel also served as the film's producers under the "Barron Perter Productions" moniker. The film stars Victoria Elizabeth as "Gayce," Shane Silman as "Brother Marcus," and Darrelle D. Dove as "Derek." 

The film has not been rated by the MPAA, but it contains nudity, drug use, adult themes, and extremely graphic violence. 


PRESS QUOTES

"You'll be exhausted or exhilarated, turned off or turned on, but you won't be bored. If your assaulted senses recover by the time the final credits roll, you may even swell with admiration" 
-- Rodney Welch, Free Times 

"The Theta Girl raises the bar on the modern indie film" 
-- Dave Koenig, Fiendish Magazine 

"Raw, unflinching and unapologetic" 
-- Cherry Bombed, Dangerous Minds 

"Possibly the best independent film of 2017 but possible one of the best examples of low budget filmmaking EVER!" 
-- Zeda Muller, Medallion Films 

"This film explodes onto the screen like the lovechild of Ted V. Mikels and Jodorowsky, skull-fucks you like a tag team of Blue Sunshine and Blood Feast, and when it's done you will say, "Thank you, may I have another.""
- Psycho Drive-In 

"Far, far better than it has any right to be... This is the kind of movie that microbudget indie producers should be studying to up their filmmaking game." 
-- The Slaughtered Bird


ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
The film is written by David Axe, journalist and editor of the website War Is Boring. The film is directed by Christopher Bickel, former Maximum RocknRoll writer, current staff writer at Dangerous Minds, and curator of the "First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion" series at The Nickelodeon. The two produced the film with their own money and money raised via a successful crowd-funding campaign. 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ed Wood's "The Violent Years" new 4k transfer from AGFA


Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive and Something Weird
announce brand new 4k transfer of Ed Wood's THE VIOLENT YEARS 

Coming to Blu-ray on November 21st



Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, and Something Weird are excited to announce an November 21st release of THE VIOLENT YEARS on Blu-ray. After a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015, AGFA purchased a 4K film scanner to create new digital transfers of titles from the Something Weird library. THE VIOLENT YEARS is the third release of dozens in this partnership, following THE ZODIAC KILLER and BAT PUSSY.

Written by legendary Hollywood outsider Edward D. Wood, Jr. (PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, GLEN OR GLENDA), THE VIOLENT YEARS is the story of Paula Parkins (Jean Moorehead), a good-girl-gone-bad who leads her degenerate teenage hellcats down a path of gas station hijackings, pajama party orgies, and cold-blooded murder! From Wood's patently deranged dialogue to the scene where the gang performs a "man attack," THE VIOLENT YEARS is an essential exposé on crime, gender politics, and sweater-stealing. Remember, "This is a story of violence!"

"Ed Wood's influence is woven into our DNA," said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. "We're honored to help the world reassess his importance as a ground-breaking queer filmmaker through our release of THE VIOLENT YEARS with Something Weird. Wherever he is, we hope Ed is smiling."

Special features include:
- New 4K scan from the original camera negative!
- Commentary track with filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (BASKET CASE, FRANKENHOOKER) and Ed Wood biographer Rudolph Grey!
- Gutter-noir trailers from the Something Weird vault!
- Memorabilia scrapbook!
- Bonus movie: ANATOMY OF A PSYCHO (1961), a new 2K scan from an original theatrical print
- Reversible cover art



Friday, November 17, 2017

Get ready for ANOTHER WOLFCOP in theaters DECEMBER 1!



After making its world premiere at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival, the sequel to the 2014 hit horror comedy WOLFCOP is set to hit theatres in the U.S. and Canada on December 1. 

*Poster credit goes to Tom "The Dude" Hodge*

Directed by Lowell Dean (WOLFCOP), the film stars Leo Fafard (WOLFCOP), Amy Matysio (STRANDED), Jonathan Cherry (GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS), and Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries). Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel. 

Check out the trailer here and GET STOKED!!!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage coming to Theaters and Blu-ray + DVD


D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage 

coming to Theaters in November and Blu-ray + DVD December 8


Brand-new HD transfer of classic punk rockumentary following the 
Sex Pistols 1978 tour... Available for the first time.
"D.O.A. is as much of a Woodstock as punk may ever inspire."
- The New York Times

"D.O.A. features state-of-the-art performances... 
Still, it's the eerie Spungen-Vicious dialogue that will probably haunt most viewers."
- Rolling Stone




D.O.A.: A Right Of Passage is the ground-breaking classic rockumentary about the origin of punk rock. The film will be coming to select theaters in mid-November, and will also be available in a collector's edition Blu-ray + DVD package.

"High Times is pleased to finally uncover and restore this extraordinary, vintage film - D.O.A.," said High Times owner and CEO Adam Levin. 

The vision for the film can be attributed to two people: Tom Forcade (the founder of High Times magazine) and filmmaker Lech Kowalski (East of Paradise). The production centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the US, which ended with the group breaking up. Forcade and Kowalski followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars during their seven-city U.S. tour. 

Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals and punks of all shapes and colors, the film makers captured a grainy, stained snapshot of the punk movement at its peak (which includes the now famous footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen in bed) along with rare interview and concert footage of the late seventies punk rock music scene. 

As John Holmstrom, Founding Editor of PUNK Magazine, writes in his liner notes:
"D.O.A., the original 1950 film noir and A Rite of Passage's namesake, was about a dead man walking who wanted to get revenge on his killers. This aptly describes D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage, which was made by a man who killed himself a few months later, who wanted to get revenge on his tormentors: corporate and government control of rock music and youth culture."


With live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69, along with additional music from The Clash, Iggy Pop, this iconic documentary is now available for the first time ever on disc!

Screenings:
11/15-11/16 - Phoenix, AZ - FilmBar 
11/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Hollywood Theater
11/17 - Dallas, TX - Texas Theater 
11/21 - Baltimore, MD - Parkway Theater
11/29 - Iowa City, IA - FilmScene
12/1 + 12/3 - Boston, MA - Brattle (Cambridge, MA)
12/4 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theater
12/11 - Nashville, TN - Belcourt
12/18 - Maitland, FL - Enzian 
1/3 - Yonkers, NY - Alamo Drafthouse
1/12 - Tulsa, OK - Circle Cinema 
1/12-1/14 - Seattle, WA - Northwest Film Forum
1/15 - San Francisco, CA - Alamo Drafthouse
1/15 - Denver, CO - Alamo Sloans Lake 
1/18 - Louisville, KY - Speed Museum

Bonus Materials:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature
- Original 2.0 Mono Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- 12 page booklet with liner notes written by John Holmstrom, founding editor of PUNK Magazine
- 'Dead On Arrival: The Punk Documentary That Almost Never Was' - A feature length documentary about the making of D.O.A. A Rite of Passage produced by award-winning filmmaker (and former MTV Senior Producer) Richard Schenkman (HD)
- Reversible artwork
- 2-Sided Poster included
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Limited Edition Retro 'Video Store Style' Slipcover / O-Card (First Pressing Only)
- Rare Sex Pistols photo gallery

Pre-order at MVDshop.com 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

OH HELL GNAW! 'RATPOCALYPSE' TRAILER PREMIERE



Available on demand Friday, December 12

STARRING: Casper Van Dien, Victoria Summer, Linda Bella, Catherine Oxenberg, Robert Craighead, Ilya Slovesnik, Natalia Lapina, Alexander Khachatryan, Lidiya Korotko

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Vladimir Uglichin

American Senator John Perryman (Van Dien, Starship Troopers), a man of pure and humble soul with a warrior's disposition, delivers a fiery speech in Moscow about the country's main evil - corruption. A corruption so pervasive it will turn men into “rats.” He declares that he was ordered to speak to them from above and threatens everyone with the loss of their human form, which draws only guffaws and resentment from the people. Many take the Senator for a madman as gradually, all his friends and relatives turn away from him. Eventually the Senator meets a mysterious girl in the streets who seems to be his guardian angel but soon, everything he talked about in Moscow begins to come true, triggering panic in Russia and around the world. Full of unexpected moments and plot twists both curious and amusing, Ratpocalypse brings the intimidating and often horrific world of politics to new levels of reality. 


PREORDER on iTUNES: http://apple.co/2hgIdHH




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cure Those Post-Halloween Blues with Fright-Rags' CREEPSHOW Collection


Cure those post-Halloween blues with Fright-Rags Creepshow collection

8 new designs on sale now: bit.ly/CreepshowFR

The passing of Halloween can be a sad time for horror fans, but Fright-Rags continues to produce exciting horror movie merchandise all year long. The new Creepshow apparel is sure to cure those post-Halloween blues.

The Creepshow collection consists of eight new shirt designs from George A. Romero and Stephen King's 1982 genre classic, including individual tees for each of the anthology's five segments.

The Creepshow collection is in stock and shipping now from Fright-Rags.com.

While you're there, be sure to check out Fright-Rags' short film, November First. The 3-minute video shows how Michael Myers spends the day after Halloween - including a cameo from Halloween actress PJ Soles.

Mark your calendars for November 24, as Fright-Rags' biggest sale of the year launches on Black Friday. In addition to massive savings, the sale will mark the return of the popular "Tee of Mystery."


Monday, November 13, 2017

Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers' classic 1977 "L.A.M.F." album performed by members of Blondie, MC5, Replacements & Heartbreakers



Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers' classic 1977 "L.A.M.F." album performed by members of
Blondie, MC5, Replacements & Heartbreakers


Coming to DVD and CD on December 8th

"Arguably the best album to come out of the original wave of punk rock"
- Joe Whyte, Louder Than War

Sole surviving Heartbreaker Walter Lure was joined by Blondie's Clem Burke, The Replacements' Tommy Stinson and MC5's Wayne Kramer over two nights at New York City's 'Bowery Electric' club in November 2016, and the event captured for posterity. Also joining them on stage were guests including Jesse Malin of D-Generate, Liza Colby, and the Dead Boys' Cheetah Chrome. The DVD features bonus material of interviews with all four band-members along with Jesse Malin.

L.A.M.F. is the album recorded by Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers in punk-era London, after they accompanied the Sex Pistols, Damned & Clash on the aborted 'Anarchy Tour'. Being ex-members of the New York Dolls they were lauded by the young punks, and went on to record the high-octane rock'n'roll album, in retrospect labelled as a classic:

This live DVD, colored vinyl LP and CD follows on from the remastered 40th anniversary edition of L.A.M.F. and the reissue of an extended Definitive Edition 4CD box set (and triple-vinyl) of the albums many mixes and demos. See recent feature in MOJO.

The release coincides with Walter Lure taking his L.A.M.F. show on out the road again - this time with the Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock on bass, Social Distortion's Mike Ness on guitar & vocals, and again Blondie's Clem Burke on drums. They play six dates starting at the end of November 2017 covering US east and west coasts, with gigs in Los Angeles, San Diego, Brooklyn and New York.

All versions of L.A.M.F. are available at MVDshop.com