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MAD MAX Sans Mel?

The Mad Max series of films have always been a favorite of mine, although it’s hard to categorize them into a specific genre as the basic premise is sci-fi but the car crashing setpieces have always pushed them squarely out…

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Ox vs. Snake: Only In New York!

I had the good fortune of meeting wrestler Ox Baker the other day while helping out as a camera person on a documentary in development about old school wrestling champions. In case you’re wondering why I’m mentioning such a thing…

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A Rose Grows in the GRINDHOUSE

Okay, I’ll admit that I’ve been ignoring all the hooplah surrounding the upcoming release of the Tarantino/Rodriguez double-team GRINDHOUSE flick. I gave up on post-modern super-cool macho-posturing cinema just around the time my permanent teeth started growing in. And then…

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Zombies I Have Known

Did you ever wonder where Zombies come from?  If the movie is by George Romero, then some of them may have just been innocent bystanders on set grabbed by Romero and pressed into Zombie service. One such insta-zombie happened…

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More Morricone

Old style justice was served during this years Academy Awards ceremony when one of the great living film soundtrack composers, Ennio Morricone, finally received the honorary Oscar that had thus far eluded him (after 5 nominations!) for his entire career….

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Great Horror Composers — And A Surprise!

When you think of great horror film music, which composers come to mind? Is it John Williams’gut-level primal Jaws theme? Or maybe the pulsating rhythms of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells that was so memorably used in The Exorcist? The eclectic…

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New CREEPSHOW DVD Release Creeping Up On US

U.S. fans of George Romero’s Creepshow (1982) have been living with a barebones DVD release from Warner Bros. that has become a bargain bin perennial over the years.  But fans may yet hope for a new release with all…

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20 Films That Deserve Another Look

The 20 pictures on the following list have several things in common. First, for the most part, they all died at the box office. Second, while a few have become cult favorites, they all remain essentially forgotten by video renters….

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Faster! Faster! Russ Meyer! – The Old Devil Speaks!

‘It’s just a lot of hard, sweaty work. And I love it.’ Director Russ Meyer is blunt and vocal about what it’s like on the set of his movies. The controversial visionary behind such films as Mondo Topless, Supervixens, and…

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