Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Friday, 1 September 2017
A few years ago I wrote several reviews for the book ‘Dead or Alive: British horror films 1980-1989’ a no-stone-left-unturned look at the British horror film scene during that decade. So i’m delighted to hear that a new, updated edition of the book is on its way, and here is a promo video for the new edition by its editor Darrell Buxton.
Sunday, 20 August 2017
A look at the 1974 mixed-combo skinflick ‘Golden Gate Pay-Off’, a charming tale of gambling, pimping, whoring, raping and shitting (but not necessarily in that order) made in the wild San Francisco of the early 1970s, and given a brief bit of exposure in the lawless pre-cert days of UK video in the early 1980s. A film so dirty that at one point I require a roll of toilet paper in order to talk you through it!!!
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Regular readers of this blog will recall the sad, untimely demise of writer Chris O’Loughlin in 2014, and his book about the ‘Confessions’ movie franchise that he was in the process of writing.
Now with permission of his widow Maureen, I’m pleased to announce that a PDF of Chris’ book has been uploaded to archive.org and can be accessed by following this link, then scrolling down to the PDF option, right clicking and selecting ‘save target as’, which should download the file to your computer.
The 184 page book covers all four Confessions films in depth, as well as the entire Confessions universe which includes unmade films, stage farce spin-offs, and of course Confessions books of the official and unofficial variety. The book also includes first-hand accounts of the series by actresses Suzy Mandel and Nicola Blackman, plus interviews with Robin Askwith and the late Greg Smith, and draws on Chris’ vast collection of Confessions memorabilia, ever wanted to see Yugoslavian stills from Confessions of a Driving Instructor?, the Japanese pressbook for Window Cleaner, or the ‘Confessions’ related competition to win a toaster? They’re all here. While Chris clearly designed this with the idea of it coming out as a coffee table book, and as such I’m not sure a PDF version of it truly does it justice, I am enormously pleased that people will finally get to see his loving tribute to this frequently maligned movie series.
Thanks to Maureen for allowing me to bring this book to the internet, and to Suzy Mandel, Nicola Blackman and Douglas Ferguson for allowing their contributions to this book to be made publically available. Enjoy!!!
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
Thursday, 27 July 2017
There are many things you should attempt to do while recovering from flu, I’m not sure reviewing 1981’s Zombie Lake is one of them, but here I jolly well go anyway.
Sunday, 2 July 2017
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Armed only with nunchucks and a copy of Cinema X, I take a look at Lindsay Shonteff’s 1973 gem ‘Big Zapper’. Be sure to also check out the other links below for further blasts of Zapper!!!
Extras: Linda Marlowe talks Big Zapper https://twitter.com/TheLindaMarlowe/status/877916390421782528
Schlock Express podcast: Ladies Night
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
As its too hot to do anything else at the moment, why not join me on a prowl around the backstreets of Blackpool, where we’ll encounter a shuttered up UFO exhibition, smut, racism, George Formby..“and you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored.”
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
“Take my hand I’m a stranger in nudist paradise”. After returning from a (fully clothed) holiday in Cornwall, I thought I’d take a look at the very first british nudist film 1959’s Nudist Paradise, perhaps better known these days for being sent up in Carry on Camping.
Monday, 8 May 2017
I was saddened to learn over the weekend about the death of the actress Quinn O’Hara at the age of 76. I reached out to Quinn a number of years ago about her role in the 1970 film ‘Sweet and Sexy’ aka Foursome, and she very generously lent several quotes about the film to a write-up I did of Sweet and Sexy which originally ran in Bedabbled magazine (#4).
I say ‘generously’ because this wasn’t a film Quinn held in high regard (to put it mildly) and one that I got the impression held no good memories for her. Amongst her claims were that Quinn had invited several leading film critics of the day –including Ian Christie - to appear in Sweet and Sexy as extras in the hope that this would prevent them from later critiquing the film, and that the released version of the film bore little resemblance to the film she believed she was acting in. While she was complimentary about the film’s director, Quinn was scathing about its distributor who she claimed had never fully paid her for appearing in the film “I doubt the movie was a blockbuster, but I am sure it made Miracle Films some money and they are the ones that should pay the salary…but I have long given up on that…I could certainly use it…but its their karma”. Outside of Sweet and Sexy, I only really knew of Quinn from her role in Larry Buchanan’s ‘In the Year 2889’ (1967). Though I suspect this says more about my viewing habits than the extent of Quinn’s busy career which included nearly five decades worth of movies and TV shows. She seemed especially fond of her role in 1966’s The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.
Quinn didn’t actually catch up with the dreaded Sweet and Sexy till many years after the fact, when Something Weird Video put it out on VHS and Quinn’s husband bought her a copy as a surprise. “A terrible movie with a terrible outcome” was the verdict “I was peeking between my fingers which were on my face while watching this epic…I mean, I am soo very embarrassed by this”. Indeed Quinn was so appalled by what she saw that she even took to the film’s IMDB page to write-up her own thoughts on the matter there. All this in mind, I’m quite surprised she ever got back to me at all, but the fact that she did says much about what a sweet, good egg she was. Quinn used to sign off her emails with “may you always have love and laughter in your life”, and I hope she had plenty of both in hers. RIP
Thursday, 4 May 2017
A look at the lesser known sequel to 1983’s GBH, in which Cliff Twemlow reprises the role of Steve ‘The Mancunian’ Donovan (also features nose biting, butt blasting and a cameo from drag act Bunny Lewis)