Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Road To B-Movie Madness By Jonathon Knight

Since I was 5 I've been deeply in love with horror movies. I remember sitting on the floor in front of a TV watching some program end and the next one starting. Lightening struck over a big ugly house as the camera crept up to it and inside of it before heading into a crypt. A ghastly man rose out of his coffin and screamed as slime oozed down on the screen and finally the title appeared: TALES FROM THE CRYPT. I wasn't scared of it, I was in love with it. For the life of me I cannot remember which episode it was but regardless I became a huge fan of the horror genre right there. My father hated horror and refused to allow me to watch but my mother gladly did as long as I realized what was on TV was fictional and not to repeat it in real life. After that I became addicted to anything horror especially Friday the 13th, Puppet Master, Child's Play etc.

When I was 7 I moved from Syracuse, New York to a small town in Florida called LaBelle. One day my mother and I were inside a grocery store called Winn-Dixie when I noticed they had a small selection of movies to rent. She let me go over there to look for a movie to rent. As you would suspect I headed right to the horror section and instantly a tape popped out to me.....THE TOXIC AVENGER. I almost shit my pants. See when I was living in New York I was a huge fan of a cartoon show called "Toxic Crusaders" and even had quite a few action figures from the series. I had no clue they made a movie based on it so I begged my mom to rent it. She figured it was a superhero movie for kids. This is where the real fun begins. I got home and popped it in the VCR. I was hooked right from the start. But within a few minutes of it the first sex scene popped up and my mom darted across the room and removed the tape from the VCR. Although Toxic Crusaders was intended for children the movie it's based off of was made for adults and my mom was not a fan of nudity in movies. I was allowed to finish the movie but only with her finger hovering over the fast forward button. She hated The Toxic Avenger and its existence. Her hate, however, made me love it even more and throughout the years I'd find ways of renting it behind her back.

When I was around 13 I moved to Lake Wales, FL and of course one of my first stops was one of the two or three video stores in town. I had my own money and looked through the for sale shelf. There it was....The Toxic Avenger for sale. I bought it right there and than and hid it in my book bag. The Toxic Avenger was a big favorite with my friends. It had all the gory violence, boobs and laughs you would want in a movie so we would watch it dozens of times. Soon after buying it, though, I started looking up the filmmakers on the internet and soon discovered Lloyd Kaufman and his company, Troma. Over time I ate up EVERYTHING with Troma's name on it and to this day I am still a hardcore fan of both Troma and Lloyd Kaufman.

And thanks to Troma I discovered the world of shot on video entertainment. After discovering who Troma was I went to my video store looking for anything by them. Other than "The Toxic Avenger" my local video store only had one title: REDNECK ZOMBIES. I love zombie movies and I love Troma so this was going to be a win! And it was! Now I was a little perplexed by the look of it. I was clearly watching a movie but it didn't really look like a normal movie. What was it? I had no clue but the look had a charm to it that I quickly fell in love with and through some research I discovered it was shot on video and Redneck Zombies was FARRRRRRR from the only SOV title. Although it took quite a few years to check out more of these movies (a lot of them were hard to find at one point) I finally watched stuff like Video Violence, Killer Nerd, Blood Cult, Sledgehammer, 555 etc. and fell deeply in love. These titles were highly entertaining and extremely inspiring. I ultimately made a SOV of sorts called "The Retarded Dead" in 2004 based on my love for Redneck Zombies (the less said about my attempt at filmmaking, the better) and I still have this strong urge to make another movie because those SOV filmmakers such as Tim Ritter, Todd Sheets, Donald Farmer, the Polonia Brothers etc. have shown me I can make something entertaining with very little. I don't need to go to a big expensive film school. These SOV films are my film school and have taught-and inspired-me more than those years I spent in TV production in high school.

I want to thank both Tony Masiello and Richard Mogg for keeping the SOV train going. You guys are doing gods work and IMO both of you should be included in history books taught in public schools.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review - Rot (1999)

Rot (1999)
Review By Tony Masiello

Sarah and Muzzy have a big problem, they are slowly rotting to death due to a virus Sarah contracted why sleeping with a corpse. Now the punk rock duo must find a way to cure themselves before they rot away into nothing, or even worse, create a massive world-wide epidemic.

Rot is the second feature film from FX maestro Marcus Koch and an amazing example of DIY cinema. This is one of a handful of punk rock horror movies to spawn out of the 80's and 90's, and one of the best. It's a movie about punks, for punks, made by punks. It features a great punk rock soundtrack and also showcases some live footage of the band The Casualties.

The cast does a great job with the material which makes this one stick out from many other SOV's of the era. The standout of the cast is B-Movie Legend Joel D Wynkoop as the mad Doctor Robert Olsen, creator of the Rot. Joel is always great in everything he does but he shines especially bright in this one. There are many great and powerful monologues that showcase his crazy and over the top acting style, including one where he is talking to a toilet. If your a fan of his work you are absolutely going to love him in this one; he steals the show. Plus, there's a great scene where he fights an entire gang of punks and wins.

As for FX, surprisingly there is not a ton in this one, especially considering Koch is more known as an FX artist than a Director. I find this to be really cool though because Koch doesn't rely solely on FX to drive the movies plot, which he easily could have. Instead he keeps you hooked from the very beginning of the movie due to some great creative thinking, some nice camerawork, a solid script, and great energetic performances by the cast. There is some gore though, my favorite being a scene where a character gets his head punched clean off.

Overall Rot is a great example of the DIY punk aesthetic transferred to analog video. It has a great story that keeps you engaged throughout, some amazing performances, and enough bloodshed to keep you happy. I highly recommend this one and urge all SOV fans to pick up a copy.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Lost S.O.V. Purveyors Of Blood DVD Coming Soon!!!

Life seemed simple for single babe Clea... work by day, club by night. Until her run in with the dreadlocked vampire Blake!

Bitten and bruised, Clea's world turns upside down as she dies and returns undead as a flesh-hungry vampire. Now Clea learns the bloodsucker ways as hearts are eaten and the homeless are beaten. But vamp-leader Lucio has other plans, including a bloodlust (and thrust) on Clea's sensational body. Ready to get sticky? Humor and Horror collide as a nightmare for Clea becomes a struggle of EVIL in Purveyors of Blood! A micro-epic of SOV proportions!

Criminally unreleased for almost 20 years, Remele's Purveyors of Blood makes its incredible debut on this exclusive DVD. It's the perfect flesh to sink your teeth into (if you can handle the hunger!)

Special Features
  • Audio Commentary With Director Remele And Editor Tony Masiello
  • Sexy Bonus Short 1: Remele In Vampire Burlesque
  • Sexy Bonus Short 2: Remele In Manson Girl Burlesque
  • Sexy Bonus Short 3: Remele And Zombarella In Attack Of The Ghoul Girls
  • Purveyors Of Blood Trailers
  • Trailers For Other Movies Featuring Remele
  • Trailers For Other SOVHORROR.COM Releases
  • Behind The Scenes Stills Gallery
  • Remele Stills Gallery
  • Insert Card Featuring Original Artwork By Lou Rusconi

2004/ COLOR / 56 MIN. / UNRATED

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Episode 12 - Feeders - 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 - Zombarella's House Of Whorrors By Todd Sheets

Zombarella's House Of Whorrors (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