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Terror Tuesday: BRAIN DAMAGE (1988)

Posted in 2011 Re-see, Movies (2011), Terror Tuesday with tags , , on March 1, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 3/1/2011

I usually don’t like ranking films, especially when they come from a (more or less) consistently good director but if backed into a corner I might tell you BRAIN DAMAGE is my favorite Henenlotter film. The film is about a boy named Brian who ends up having a phallic looking drug monster named Aylmer attached to him. Brian gets injected with euphoria-causing drugs and Aylmer gets to use Brian’s body to find the delicious brains he loves to eat. I love everything about this film, it’s filthy, funny, and full of great creature and gore effects. The Aylmer revelation scene in the bathroom is one of my favorite scenes EVER. I was super excited to see this in 35mm but didn’t really realize how much it had been cut when it was released back in ’88. I’m hoping people that were at the Terror Tuesday screening that enj0yed the film track down the Synapse DVD. The film is quite juicy in its uncut form, especially the infamous blowjob scene!


  • 2011 New: 73
  • 2011 Re-see: 32
  • 2010 TOTAL: 105

Terror Tuesday: THE ORACLE (1985)

Posted in 2011 New, Movies (2011), Terror Tuesday with tags , , on February 22, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/22/2011

From director Roberta Findlay comes this movie so good the only thing I can really remember about it is the feeling of being bored… Reading the synopsis I felt like I was reading the description of some movie I’d never heard of. Now I’ve watched the trailer again and I’m even more confused- I recognize scenes but can’t quite remember how they were put together. Anyways, I think this was one of my least favorite Terror Tuesdays even though it has some stuff that should make me love it (androgynous beefcake psycho). Oh well. Here’s the trailer just for fun:

Buy THE ORACLE on DVD here!

  • 2011 New: 58
  • 2011 Re-see: 30
  • 2010 TOTAL: 88


Posted in 2011 Re-see, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 14, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/14/2011

I raced out of IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE to get to the Music Monday presentation of this film. Now, the last time the Drafthouse showed this we were told it was to be the last 35mm screening of the film ever. At the time that was true- it was the last known print and the studio was vaulting it for preservation purposes. Since then, another print was (thankfully) discovered and more people can now enjoy this film. It’s the story of an unlikely friendship/romance between two teenagers- one a hard-living, drinking, smoking, rocking punk named Nicky (an absolutely stellar newcomer named Robin Johnson) and a privileged prude/rebel in the waiting named Pamela Pearl. They become a punk sensibility symbol for New York via a radio DJ played by Tim Curry. The music, performances and early ’80s New York combine to make for a simply awesome movie-going experience. If EVER presented with the opportunity to see this with an audience, don’t hesitate. It’s a fun as shit movie, but also kind of sad because it really seems like a flower in the grave of not only old punk but that grimy Times Square we all secretly (or not so secretly) miss.

  • 2011 New: 50
  • 2011 Re-see: 25
  • 2010 TOTAL: 75

Terror Tuesday: MANIAC COP 2 (1990)

Posted in 2011 Re-see, Movies (2011), Terror Tuesday with tags , , on February 8, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/8/2011

After MANIAC, Lustig stuck around to share his personal, pristine print of MANIAC COP 2, an instance where the sequel is better than the original. Zombie cop Matt Cordell is back from the dead, looking to off the people that put him in prison and killing everyone in his path. Full of destruction, bloodshed, stunts and machismo, MANIAC COP 2 is one of the ultimate crowd movies. I love it! Another great Lustig Q&A followed! Larry Cohen and Lustig should have done more together (other than, you know, UNCLE SAM).

  • 2011 New: 44
  • 2011 Re-see: 22
  • 2010 TOTAL: 66

MANIAC (1980)

Posted in 2011 Re-see, Movies (2011) with tags , on February 8, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/8/2011

Grindhouse Releasing recently struck a print of MANIAC in its complete, uncut form. Lustig is on tour with the print and he made a stop in Austin. I’ve always loved this film, Joe Spinell is stunning in it. If you haven’t seen it, it’s the story of a serial-killer with mommy issues told completely from the perspective of the serial killer. Even though he brutally slaughters women and takes their scalps home, there are times when you feel a bit of sympathy for him. Great character study that is also classic horror/exploitation. If you ever get a chance to see a Lustic Q&A DO NOT HESITATE. He’s an incredible storyteller!

Buy MANIAC on DVD here! Or on Blu-ray here!

  • 2011 New: 44
  • 2011 Re-see: 21
  • 2010 TOTAL: 65


Posted in 2011 Re-see, Film Score Focus, Movies (2011) with tags , , on February 7, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/7/2011

This was part of the Drafthouse’s new Film Score Focus series. It was actually a fascinating night with a very thorough discussion of John William’s score than a GORGEOUS presentation of the Collector’s Edition (my preferred version) of CE3K. If you’ve never seen this movie, I question your love of film. This is from a time when Spielberg was great and wasn’t some brand name on super-glossy tripe. By far one of my favorite films of all time.

Buy CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND on DVD here! Or on Blu-ray here!

  • 2011 New: 44
  • 2011 Re-see: 20
  • 2010 TOTAL: 64

Terror Tuesday: CRITTERS 2: THE MAIN COURSE (1988)

Posted in 2011 Re-see, Movies (2011), Terror Tuesday with tags , , on February 1, 2011 by btsjunkie

Watched: 2/1/2011

Wisely keeping things firmly tongue-in-cheek, CRITTERS 2 is every bit as fun as it predecessor without the need for any setup. It pretty much just goes for it as Brad (Scott Grimes) rolls back into town and finds out not all the critters died. Taking over for M. Emmet Walsh in the role of Harv is Barry Corbin who brings a hilarious gruffness and down-to-Earth sensibility when things get batshit insane. There are moments in this movie that feel like they were created by Joe Dante, especially the scene in the Hungry Heifer. There’s also a fair bit of nudity as bounty hunter Ug decides to turn into a Playboy centerfold for a while. Oh and lets not forget the giant critter ball!!! Remember when PG-13 horror was almost always awesome? As far as I can remember you can stop watching the series after this one. I’ll probably go back and watch 3 and 4 this year, though, just to complete the cycle.

Buy CRITTERS on DVD here!

  • 2011 New: 42
  • 2011 Re-see: 17
  • 2010 TOTAL: 59