Thursday, December 5, 2019
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK POLONIA
Director Mark Polonia discusses the making and distribution of the S.O.V. Blockbuster Video staple Feeders.
Special thanks to Mark Polonia, John McBride and RiffTrax.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Review By Todd Sheets
Zombarella's House of Whorrors was a blast, a true throwback to those crazy days of cable access channels and SOV movies. All Mixed into a stew of sleazy splatter, done with obvious love and heartfelt homage to those who did as much as they could with little money on any gear we could find. Of course the segments are done better, partly due to the times and technology available. And Tony has better understanding of the medium than many of us were able to do when we started way back in the early 80s.
The segments, including one from old school splatmeister Tim Ritter, are just the right length and all have great payoffs. Part of the fun in an anthology like this is to get a storyline that can be told in a small time frame, with cool twists and a good punchline at the end. These stories do that rather well. Much like Cable Access and the SOV movies it emulates, the quality varies from segment to segment, and the added commercials are right on the money if you ever watched any of those stations back in the 80s.
I recommend this film to everyone who has a love for a bygone era, and who wants to see some creativity and imagination at work on a zero budget. More than that I am so proud of Tony and all he has accomplished, and all his love and support of our genre. He is the real deal, in it with his whole heart and soul. And I for one applaud him, and support his work 100%. This flick is on sale now, so grab it soon!
Buy Zombarella's House Of Whorrors on DVD
Monday, December 2, 2019
Review By Tony Masiello
A couple friends on a road trip make a stop in a small town that happens to be the center of an alien invasion. Soon after they find themselves trapped and the only way out is to stop the flesh hungry visitors before all the inhabitants of Earth become lunch.
Feeders is the movie that put the Polonia Brothers on the map. In 1996 when the movie Independence Day was all the rage Blockbuster Video was in need of some alien movies to fill its' shelves. Thankfully for SOV fans they picked up this little homage to sci-fi movies and gave it a wide release.
Feeders at its core is a sci-fi alien invasion flick that is a throwback to the great alien movies of the 50's. It was the first of many collaborations between the Polonias and Jon McBride (Cannibal Campout). It's got a really great script and McBride and John Polonia make a great team as the leads.
The movie does have a reputation of being one of those so bad it's good movies, cemented by the fact that it was recently riffed by RiffTrax, but it is much better than people give it credit for. Yes, the aliens look kinda cheesy and are only about two feet tall, but they give the movie a fun playful tone that is lacking from much more serious productions. Sure they aren't scary in the least but it is fun to watch them run and wiggle around as they search out victims to feed upon.
The movie also is one of the earliest SOV movies to utilize computer graphics. There are many CG shots of spaceships and even some CG kills, the most infamous being that of one of the feeders feasting on a severed head that is still wincing in pain.
Overall this is a classic of the genre and in my opinion has a bum wrap. If you're a fan of 50's sci-fi flicks you should definitely seek this one out as it does a great job of recreating the atmosphere of those pictures. Polonia Power!