Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Netflix for Underground Cinema

The Netflix for underground cinema.  It does exist.

If you have refined tastes like I do, you'll understand the frustration of scrolling endlessly through streaming services like Netflix and Hulu trying to find a quality Mexican dwarfsploitation film.  They just don't carry the sophisticated cinema that is regularly reviewed here on Beasts in Human Skin.  This has always been a problem for me, but now there's a solution.

Ok, they may not have any Mexican dwarfsploitation but The Movie & Music Network does have over 50 channels and 6000  movie and TV titles available for streaming on a multitude of platforms including Android, IOS, Roku and online.  The best part is, the channels are actually good, and they encompass everything from the gore of Herschell Gordon Lewis to the smut of Tinto Brass.

- Cult Epics:  The most controversial films of the century specializing in cult, horror, art house, and erotica.
- Sci-Fi Station:  Specializes in cult horror, science fiction, and exploitation films.
- Something Weird:  An extensive compilation of films specializing in rare offbeat genres.
- Naughty But Nice:  Retro erotica, striptease and burlesque shows, Bettie Page trailers and shameless shorts.
- Erotica Channel:  Edgy, unusual adult fare.
- Peepland USA:  Vintage classic girlie films.
- The Last Drive-In: Retro TV shows, rare and classic film gems, drive-in and b-movie flicks, cult movie celebrity interviews, propaganda films, stag reels and so much more!
- Salvation Films:  Your place for everything euro cult, horror, giallo, and erotic thrillers from the underground.

And the best reason to join The Movie & Music Network:

- Pink Eiga:  Japanese erotic cinema (Pink Eiga) is a short-form, independently produced, Japanese erotic subculture.

As I've mentioned before, my favorite exploitation movies come from Japan.  I've also mentioned that I like boobies... which is why I really like Pink Eiga films.  They're Japanese and they show boobies... and sometimes bondage... and sometimes women getting milked like cows and stuff, but they're not just sexploitation films.  There's an artistry to them.  Some of them are beautiful and some of them are insane, and some of them are existential mind-fucks that make you contemplate the human condition.  But all of them have one thing in common - lots and lots of nudity, and for that reason I love them all.

The guys and gals at Pink Eiga Inc. have an extensive Video on Demand section where each film can be watched for an economical $4.99.  But a subscription to The Music & Movie Network costs $5.99 per month, which means you can watch over 50 Pink Eiga titles for only $1 more than a single rental directly from Pink Eiga's website.  On top of that, you get access to 50+ channels including a substantial amount of exploitation and cult movie goodness, which makes a subscription to The Movie and Music Network a helluva good deal.

Also, a little birdie has informed me that they'll soon be adding nearly 100 new Pink Eiga titles to The Movie & Music Network library which makes a helluva good deal even better.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Demon Resurrection (2008) Review

The devil himself wants her for his bride... and he's sending his legions of hell to get her!

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Anyone who reads this blog (I'm pretty sure there's still one guy.  He's from Brazil) will know my contempt for new movies that are marketed as "grindhouse throwbacks" in an attempt to make shitty movies seem intentionally shitty.  Usually these films are campy, poorly acted, unoriginal '80s slasher "homages," and they are horrendous.  It seems like big chested bimbos are herded over from the local strip club, fed a diet of Subway and Boone's and told to deliver dialogue.  I have no problem with them in their natural environment but they have no business being in horror movies.  Let the strippers be!

Demon Resurrection is different.  First of all, it's not an '80s slasher clone.  It's more like an Italian zombie flick from the 1970s with Satanic cults, supernatural forces and creeping undead.  It doesn't try to be campy and as far as I can tell, there are no strippers pretending to be actresses.  All positive things.

The plot is basic but effective.  A group of stereotypes visit a friend's house to conduct an intervention because they assume she's been acting strangely because she's on drugs.  Unbeknownst to them, the only "pipe" Grace has had in her mouth is the infernal pipe (and by pipe I mean penis) of some hell-beast because she's been indoctrinated into a cult, raped by a demon and is now carrying the demon's love child in her womb.  Fortunately, she has been rescued by her boyfriend who happens to be an expert in the Occult.  But, things only get worse for Grace and John because the creepy leader of the cult wants the baby back.  He unleashes a horde of undead and the poor friends from the intervention die one by one as these shambling, desiccated corpses attempt to infiltrate the house to take back Grace and the demon spawn growing in her belly.

The Crimson Executioner cries out for blood!
As was mentioned before, Demon Resurrection is reminiscent of '70s Italian horror.  It has a slower pace (in a good way) interlaced with frantic, chaotic moments of gratuitous gore.  In some ways it reminds me of Lucio Fulci's films.  It's like if Fulci was told to rewrite and direct Rosemary's Baby and he was like, "Screw this exploration of the psychological torment and transformation of the demon-child's mother crap.  This shit needs zombies and titties and blood."  ...and I would agree.

I do have some critiques, but generally they are minor.  As can be expected from a film with such a limited budget, the acting isn't always stellar.  It ranges from cringe-inducing to solid.  Of note is the performance of Will McDonald who played cult leader Toth as a genuinely unbalanced and creepy guy, and I wish the character had been explored more.  However, some of the other performances are not so good.

Like the acting, the effects were hit or miss.  I felt as though the computer generated imagery, or CGI as the kids call it, detracted from the film but thankfully was only used to convey spooky, psychedelic mist during cult rituals, for the most part.  The zombies, however, were excellent and prove that a little burlap and ingenuity go a long way.  The fight scenes were a little lackluster but the stunts involved were impressive.  And those are the only negatives that come to mind.  Oh, and although Alexis Golightly was kind enough to show us the full monty... while tied to a tree... and assaulted from behind by a demon, the other actresses prudishly kept their clothes on for the entire film.  That was kind of a bummer.

Overall, Demon Resurrection is a surprisingly solid supernatural horror.  Director William Hopkins is to be commended for creating a true homage to the horror movies of the past instead of some shitty, campy retro-slasher.  What he has managed to resurrect (see what I did there?) is a good old-fashioned horror movie full of gore and boobies, which are two things that I like very much.  It's an impressive piece of amateur film making.   This is only Hopkin's second film, and I sincerely hope we see more from him in the future.

Violence Rating/Index: 3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating/Index: 3 out of 5

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Barbara Bach's Slippery Nipples

Sure, everyone knows that Barbara Bach was a Bond Girl and is married to Ringo Starr, but did you know that she has a Master's Degree in Psychology?  Yeah, well I didn't.  Check out the big brain on Brett!  And did you also know that in 1979 she starred in a crazy Italian horror movie about an island inhabited by fishmen called "Island of the Fishmen?"  Well, in this cinematic wonder, she spends the majority of the time sulking, horseback riding and fighting off rapists in a clingy, white and often translucent dress.  I feel it's my duty to report these things.

If you have a Roku, you can check out the movie on The Grindhouse Channel.  That's where I saw it.

So, here are some pictures of Barbara in and out of that dress.

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