Weekend Update with Your Host Goregirl

“Jane you Ignorant slut”. It was an action-packed weekend folks. On Friday night I went to The Vancity Theatre to see A Special 40th Anniversary Presentation of Sexcula (1974); A Canadian-made tax-funded porn flick with a horror twist. A doctor creates the perfect man but he can not get a hard-on. The doctor calls on her cousin Sexcula to lend a hand. Sexcula started out fun and campy but the last 40 minutes are mostly just straight up porn. My exposure to XXX is pretty slim. Everything I have seen has been from the 70s or early 80s and there has only been a handful. Café Flesh spoiled me. If only every XXX feature could be as good as that thing. Amazing set pieces, fantastic costumes, sex scenes that are interesting and esthetically pleasing and a compelling apocalyptic premise. I suppose that those features are not why a goodly amount of the population watches adult films, but it is the reason I have endeavored into XXX territory. With the exception of John Alexander who plays Frank “Frankenstein’s Monster” the acting in Sexcula was really terrible. The sex scenes are long and not very appealing and it features the lamest lesbian scene I have ever seen. On the plus side Sexcula did have a guy in a monkey suit, a deformed Igor-esque character and Frank “Frankenstein’s Monster” was quite amusing. The actor who played Frank was on hand “incognito” for the showing. He stated quite pointedly that he was ashamed to have been in Sexcula which is why he was wearing a hat and sunglasses. He was also slurring and I think he might have been drunk. He was quite entertaining actually. Someone asked him a question about potential symbolism in Sexcula. This produced a guffaw from the man accompanied by a verbal lashing for taking the film WAY too seriously. The presentation was pretty neato. They showed all these really fantastic 70s-licious stills from Sexcula prior to the film which I thoroughly enjoyed. What I did not enjoy so much was the uncontrollable twitching of the gentleman beside me. I couldn’t sit back in my chair for the entire second half of the film because I thought I was going to vomit due to motion sickness. It could only happen to Goregirl. I think we as a society could use a little laxative when it comes to our uptight views on sex. I became aware of Sexcula thanks to the folks at Return to Porno Chic who I follow on Twitter @RTNtoPornoChic. In their own words “Celebrating the Golden Age of Adult Film and the era of theatrical presentation of adult entertainment. Bom chicka wah-wah.” I recommend keeping an eye peeled for their next presentation and follow them on Twitter @RTNtoPornoChic

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They showed loads of behind the scenes stills which was a real 70s-licious treat.

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John Alexander who plays central character Frank “Frankenstein’s Monster” was on hand in a hat and sunglasses.

On Saturday night we went to The Railway Club to celebrate an early Halloween. Performing were The Bone Daddies, Everybody Left, The Elixxxirs, & Whiskey Chief. The bands were all decent but the final act of the night Whiskey Chief were seriously bad-ass. This was a first time event going with a group costume. Our theme; Undead Alice in Wonderland. Yours truly was The Queen of Hearts. Don’t forget to click on the picture to make it bigger…

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Undead Mad Hatter, Undead Queen of Hearts and Undead Alice.

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Undead Mad Hatter and Undead Alice hamming it up.

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Undead Queen of Hearts close-up.

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Undead Mad Hatter close-up.

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Queen of Hearts costume full view.

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My favourite costume of the evening Vampira.

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The Elixxxirs at The Railway Club.

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Whiskey Chief at The Railway Club.

It was a helluva weekend and I have one more Halloween event to attend; Haxan, Witchcraft Through the Ages. Not just any viewing of Haxan, Witchcraft Through the Ages but Haxan with a new, specially commissioned live score performed by Vancouver’s Funerary Call.

Blurb from Vancity Theatre Website:

About Funerary Call

Created by Vancouver musician Harlow Macfarlane in 1994, Funerary Call draws from a diverse palette of analog and digital hardware, found objects, field recordings and ritual implements to conjure an unsettling ancient atmosphere that aims to transcend the perceptive listener, spiritually and emotionally – beyond all boundaries and limitations. Joining Harlow for these shows is drummer Nathan Funk.

Haxan, Witchcraft Through the Ages is not just an outstanding, well made, fascinating film it is the perfect way to kick off No Volume Required November! All November long I will be reviewing only silent horror films with my finale being a Top 20 Favourite Silent Horror Films list.

No Volume Needed November

10 Responses to “Weekend Update with Your Host Goregirl”

  1. The Bone Daddies! Is that the band my brother-in-law is in?

  2. Eeww. I figure going to see porn in public is always going to be uncomfortable no matter how obscure/arty the title because you can count on some of the audience being creeps.

    Sounds like a cool weekend, otherwise.

    • It was a fantastic weekend! Can’t wait to see Haxan with live musical accompaniment! Seen Nosferatu with an orchestra and it completely blew my mind!

  3. conradw58 Says:

    My “exposure” to the porn genre is also very limited,but I too would have ventured forth from my hermit status to see Sexcula! The behind the scenes stills alone would have been worth it. But sorry to read about your unpleasant experience with the spastic guy. 😦 Your costume for the Railway Club party is absolutely fabulous and you look amazing(which comes as no surprise)! Love the eight legged friend on your left arm! The Haxan showing sounds like a blast,and I sure hope you get to enjoy the film in peace. Wishing you a great,fun Halloween,Goregirl! 🙂

    • There are definitely a couple more XXX flicks I want to check out. I even bought one! It is called Through the Looking Glass and it looks absolutely insane!! Also going to check out The Image but not until January. I have silent horror films all November and than DECEMBER Which I am SUPER excited about it will be all SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO titles. I’ll be making the official announcement soon! Oh I so can’t wait! I’ll be hosting the feature along with My Kind of Story who will be concentrating mainly on Michael Findlay. There is so damn much goodness in the Something Weird library. I really CAN NOT wait to see Haxan with live musical accompaniment…should be spectacular! And thanks Conrad 🙂

  4. There are a bunch of XXX flicks I’d want to check out on the big screen, but yeah, you’re a lot more conscious of the people around you than if you watch them at home. I’ve always been curious how the audiences at TIFF (I live in Toronto) reacts whenever they screen Nagisa Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses, which is the undisputed apex of “artporn”.

    I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think of The Image. I saw it for the first time a few months ago and I found the climax both disturbing and memorable. It’s made me check out more Radley Metzger films.

    • I have a friend who loves Metzger but I have seen just The Opening of Misty Beethoven which did not move me much. I have The Image, Through the Looking Glass and Sinner but. I have a silent film feature in November and a Something Weird feature for December so I will have to put them off until the new year.

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