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The Spectacular Special Features of Something Weird Video

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2013 by goregirl

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Something Weird Video was the brainchild of Mike Vraney who started the company in the early 90s with the intention of bringing to the public previously lost and practically forgotten exploitation films. His first acquisition was a collection of 16mm girlie arcade loops but it was a relationship forged with David F. Friedman that would immensely expand Something Weird Video’s library. David F. Friedman was one of the sixties and seventies exploitation kings! Over the course of his career in exploitative filmmaking Friedman directed five, acted in twenty-six and produced an amazing fifty-six films! Through Friedman, Vraney was introduced to a parade of others in the industry like Harry Novak and Herschell Gordon Lewis, among others. The films in Something Weird Video’s library are special for just being rare birds that would have forever been lost! These films could have easily been packaged and sold with no fanfare whatsoever but Something Weird Video goes the extra mile. Due to the fact that these sleazy, sexy and strange exploitative wonders had been all but forgotten finding supplemental material was undoubtedly difficult and in some cases I am sure, impossible. Trying to load up a DVD package for a film like Confessions of a Psycho Cat whose origins are unknown to the extent that it is debatable who the director is would not be an easy task. But loaded up with special features it is! Confessions of a Psycho Cat comes with an impressive list of “Bad Girl Sexploitation Trailers”, the short film Preface to a Life, a gallery of sexploitation art with radio-spot rarities and a second full length film called Hot Blooded Woman!

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The Kiss Me Quick and House on Bare Mountain double feature menu was one of the most appealing and creative in Something Weird’s library! While a surfing/Go-Go tune plays each window that contains the female silhouette art transforms into an actress from the film who says all sexy-like “Kiss Me Quick”. The special features on this disc were especially fun! So fun in fact I was inspired to post several images for them on tumblr. This one even came with commentary from producer Harry Novak.

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The Strip Tease Queen from the supplements on Something Weird Video’s double feature Kiss Me Quick and House on Bare Mountain. For more images for this short click here.

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The Vampire and the Vixen short from the supplements on Something Weird Video’s double feature Kiss Me Quick and House on Bare Mountain. For more images for this short click here.

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Werewolf Bongo Party short from the supplements on Something Weird Video’s double feature Kiss Me Quick and House on Bare Mountain. For more images for this set click here.

I was thrilled to pieces by the amazing selection of exploitation and underground magazine covers they included with The Psycho Lover and Heat of Madness double feature. I would love to get my hands on some of these!

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Circa 1960s magazine Cinema Keyhole from the supplements found on the Something Weird DVD Double feature of The Psycho Lover and Heat of Madness. for more images for this set click here.

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Daring Films & Books Magazine circa 1960s from the supplements found on the Something Weird DVD Double feature of The Psycho Lover and Heat of Madness. For more pictures from this set click here.

The Blood Feast DVD includes very entertaining commentary from David F. Friedman and Herschell Gordon Lewis as well as the original theatrical trailer, some neat rare outtakes, a gallery of Lewis related promotional material and a one of a kind instructional film called Carving Magic featuring one of Blood Feast’s stars William Kerwin.

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Lobby Card for Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BLOOD FEAST (1963). From the supplemental features on Something Weird Video’s Special Edition of Blood Feast. For more images for this set click here.

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A young Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show) and William Kerwin (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, A Taste of Blood) appear in this Swift and Company instructional film Carving Magic; a “how to” on carving various meats with home economist Martha Logan! This came as a special feature with the Something Weird Video Special Edition of Blood Feast! For more images for this set click here.

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Publicity Still for Andy Milligan’s THE GHASTLY ONES (1968) from the supplements included with Seeds of Sin and The Ghastly Ones double feature. For more images for this set click here.

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By far the most popular post I have done for tumblr; Margie La Mont The Cat Girl from the supplements on The Fat Black Pussycat and The Black Cat. For more images for this set click here.

Having these unique exploitation gems in my library is enough of a treat but the special features included on Something Weird Video’s DVDs make them a genuine treasure that are worth owning. This is just a tiny sampling of the special features; a world of wondrous discovery unto themselves! I plan on adding many more Something Weird Video films to my collection in the new year!

Goregirl’s Favourite Composers of the 1990s: DANNY ELFMAN

Posted in movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by goregirl

Danny Elfman has had a long career in music. Elfman was formerly a member of the band Oingo Boingo (1976 to 1995) who were no strangers to film music. They scored the 1982 film Forbidden Zone directed by Danny’s brother Richard and their song Weird Science was used in the 1985 John Hughes’ film of the same name. These days Elfman is best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton; he has scored the majority of Burton’s films. The first film Elfman scored for the director was Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and he would score two more for Burton before the end of the 80s; Beetlejuice (1988) and Batman (1989). I think Danny Elfman’s music is the perfect accompaniment to Tim Burton’s whimsical films; I would definitely say Elfman shares Burton’s vision. Elfman composed for several popular films through the 80s and 90s not directed by Burton also. I especially dig Night Breed, Freeway, The Frighteners, To Die For and Dolores Claiborne (review pending). Elfman’s best known piece however is his iconic theme for The Simpsons. My two newest YouTube posts are both from Danny Elfman’s Music for a Darkened Theatre. To be honest, this is not a collection I enjoy listening to in its entirety. I tried throwing it on the other day while I was writing a review and felt compelled to fast forward through several tracks. It jumps from light and airy to noisy and abrasive from track to track. Elfman uses similar sounds in his scores and listening to some of these pieces back to back feels redundant. I am not telling you to avoid this collection, it has some great tracks on it, I simply get no joy from listening to it beginning to end. I think Elfman’s scores are the perfect companion for the images they accompany; not to mention tons of fun. Danny Elfman is still going strong and contributed to several commercially successful ventures through the 2000s; Spy Kids, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Chicago, Men in Black II and Terminator Salvation to name a few. Danny Elfman definitely has a uniquely distinct sound that adds a great deal of fantasy, quirkiness and whimsy to the images it compliments. Here is Danny Elfman’s 1990s composer resume…

1990 Nightbreed
1990 Dick Tracy
1990 Darkman
1990 Edward Scissorhands
1992 Article 99
1992 Batman Returns
1992 Batman (TV series)
1993 Sommersby
1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas
1994 Black Beauty
1995 Dolores Claiborne
1995 To Die For
1995 Dead Presidents
1996 Freeway
1996 Mission: Impossible
1996 The Frighteners
1996 Extreme Measures
1996 Mars Attacks!
1997 Men in Black
1997 Flubber
1997 Good Will Hunting
1998 A Simple Plan
1998 A Civil Action
1999 Instinct
1999 Anywhere But Here
1999 Sleepy Hollow

Music and Images from Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. Music by Danny Elfman. Edward Scissorhands Main Titles from Elfman’s collection Music For A Darkened Theatre.

Music and images from Tim Burton’s 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas. Music by Danny Elfman – Oveture and Christmas Eve Montage from Elfman’s Music for a Darkened Theatre.

This is one of the first slideshows I posted on my YouTube Channel. Music from the 1996 film Freeway Directed by Matthew Bright. Music composed by Danny Elfman. Featuring a slideshow of Juvenile Deliquent flicks.

My Very Own Dot Com and Grunge Cinema!

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , on December 19, 2012 by goregirl

I am super excited to announce that after almost four years as goregirl.wordpress.com I am finally making the move to my very own spot on the web! This has been something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I still have some kinks to iron out with the changeover though. At this point you can still find me using the old goregirl link but I am not sure how long that will last. My new address is http://www.goregirlsdungeon.com!! Since I am on the subject of things to come I wanted to remind you that as per your votes, I will be doing a nineties horror feature in January and February. Here is my first banner…

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Why Grunge Cinema? I worked in a record store for several years during the nineties and alternative rock was my salvation. The Grunge sub-genre out of Seattle gave us Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney and Soundgarden among others. Grunge was all about distorted guitars and stripped down and untidy aesthetics. My record store days are a time in my life I look back at with great fondness. I have always ragged on the horror films of the 90s, but I am discovering that there are plenty of gems among the unkempt mess. Speaking of the 90s, tomorrow I will have a review for the tremendously fun anthology Tales from the Darkside: The Movie.

POLL TIME…

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , on September 10, 2012 by goregirl

I put a poll up in my sidebar last Friday asking you to help me choose what my next decade of focus should be. I’ve covered my favourite 10 horror films from each year of the 70s & 80s and in November I will cover the decade of your choice. I will keep the poll up for a couple more days and announce the results on Friday, September 14. Keep in mind that which ever decade is chosen it will be the exclusive focus for the entire month of November.

VOTE HERE.

Goregirl-Friendly Vampire Films w/music from Dracula Prince of Darkness

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2012 by goregirl

Goregirl-Friendly Vampire Films featuring music from Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966). These are all vampire films I rated 3/5 or better.

On Monday I will have a Dungeon Photo review for the visually impressive Blind Beast! Have a great weekend everyone!