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Weekend Update with Your Host Goregirl

Posted in Canada, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2013 by 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

Mad About Maddin Poster Gallery!

Posted in Canada, movies with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2013 by goregirl

Guy Maddin

The imagery in Guy Maddin’s films is incredibly beautiful and imaginative. I could take a still from any of Maddin’s films, put a frame on it and call it a masterpiece. Sadly the poster selection for Mr. Maddin’s brilliant films is a little on the sparse side. In fact, I could not find posters for all of his feature-length films. I had to include some video and DVD covers; they are quite appealing just the same.

THE FILMS OF GUY MADDIN…

Tales from the Gimli Hospital

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Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1989)

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Archangel (1991)

Careful

Careful (1992)

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997)

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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002)

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Cowards Bend the Knee or The Blue Hands (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World

The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

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Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters

Brand Upon the Brain! A Remembrance in 12 Chapters
(2006)

Keyhole

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Keyhole (2011)

MAPLE MAYHEM! Canadian Horror Film Poster Gallery – PART ONE

Posted in Canada, horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 3, 2013 by goregirl

Deathdream

Deathdream (1972) directed by Bob Clark and starring John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe, Anya Ormsby, Jane Daly, Michael Mazes and Arthur Bradley.

Pontypool

Pontypool (2008) directed by Bruce McDonald and starring Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak, Rick Roberts, Daniel Fathers, Boyd Banks and Beatriz Yuste.

shivers

Shivers (1975) directed by David Cronenberg and starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie, Barbara Steele, Ronald Mlodzik and Barry Baldaro.

the clown murders

The Clown Murders (1976) directed by Martyn Burke and starring Stephen Young, Susan Keller, Lawrence Dane, John Candy, Gary Reineke, John Bayliss, Al Waxman and Michael Magee.

black christmas

Black Christmas aka Silent Night Evil Night (1974) directed by Bob Clark and starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, James Edmond, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle and Lynne Griffin.

antiviral

Antiviral (2012) directed by Brandon Cronenberg and starring Caleb Landry Jones, Lisa Berry, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, Joe Pingue, Nicholas Campbell, Sheila McCarthy, Wendy Crewson, Nenna Abuwa and Malcolm McDowell.

cannibal girls

Cannibal Girls (1973) directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Ronald Ulrich, Randall Carpenter, Bonnie Neilson, Mira Pawluk, Bob McHeady and May Jarvis.

visting hours

Visiting Hours (1982) directed by Jean-Claude Lord and starring Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner, Lenore Zann, Harvey Atkin, Helen Hughes and Michael J. Reynolds.

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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002) directed by Guy Maddin and starring Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, CindyMarie Small, Johnny A. Wright, Stephane Leonard, Matthew Johnson, Keir Knight, Brent Neale and Stephanie Ballard.

The Gate

The Gate (1987) directed by Tibor Takács and starring Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan, Jennifer Irwin, Deborah Grover, Scot Denton, Ingrid Veninger and Sean Fagan.

the brood

The Brood (1979) directed by David Cronenberg and starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, Susan Hogan and Gary McKeehan.

My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine (1981) directed by George Mihalka and starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight, Alf Humphreys, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy, Rob Stein, Thomas Kovacs, Terry Waterland and Carl Marotte.

deranged

Deranged (1974) directed by Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby and starring Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner, Marcia Diamond, Brian Smeagle, Arlene Gillen, Robert McHeady, Marian Waldman, Micki Moore and Pat Orr.

death weekend

Death Weekend (1976) directed by William Fruet and starring Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres, Kyle Edwards, Don Granberry, Ed McNamara, Michael Kirby and Denver Mattson.