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Goregirl’s Dungeon on YouTube: The Big Blast x 2

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2013 by goregirl

stepping into something weird bog

Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1967 film Blast-Off Girls is one of several films watched during my journey through Something Weird Video that focuses on the sleaziness of the entertainment business. Blast-Off Girls follows scumbag manager Boojie Baker (Dan Conway) who signs on young struggling bands; Baker has a bevy of beauties in his employ who help keep the young men occupied while he robs them blind. Blast-Off Girls has a special appearance by Colonel Harland Sanders who also catered the shoot.

Music and images from Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BLAST-OFF GIRLS (1967)…

The Big Blast – Rock n Roll Party

The Big Blast – Noise

SMASH CUT (2009) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in Canada, horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2010 by goregirl

‘Smash Cut’ is directed by Canadian Lee Demarbre (Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter) and was filmed in Ottawa Ontario. I came for the Canadian content but I stayed for the loving tribute to one of my favourite B-Movie directors of all time, Herschell Gordon Lewis, who even makes an appearance in the film. I’ll spare you endless rambling about how much I love Lewis, but if you enjoy ‘Smash Cut’ you should definitely check out some of Lewis’ films. The Wizard of Gore, Two Thousand Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red, The Gruesome Twosome and of course Blood Feast and Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat. But enough about Lewis, this is Demarbre’s film! It is every bit as charming, cheesy and cheap as ‘J.C. Vampire Hunter’ and this time he’s added some much-needed gore. Making a film tribute to H.G. Lewis without the gore just wouldn’t be right!

I usually create my own plot summary, but Ian Driscoll, the guy who wrote the screenplay for ‘Smash Cut’ posted this on IMDB. How could I possibly sum it up any better? Smash Cut is a satire of the filmmaking industry and the challenges of independent filmmaking, with a story that draws on the filmmakers’ real-life experiences. It follows the murderous exploits of Able Whitman, a horror-film director whose films are panned by critics and audiences alike – until he starts killing people and using their body parts as props in his new flick.

It is an unfortunate accident that initially gives Able the idea to use real body parts in his film. But now he must come up with new body parts, and the only way to do that is to kill more people. He begins with a few people on his personal shitlist but then his crew start disappearing one by one. By the end of the film he amasses a pretty hearty body count. I think one of my favourite bits is when Able uses a harpoon to kill a victim whose death is suppose to look like a suicide. He ends up calling his screenwriter to help him figure out how he can fix this problem. There are plenty of severed body parts, a few creative death sequences and a pretty funny but cringe-worthy eye gouging, but there was still not as much of the gooey stuff I would have liked. In a film of this ilk, I really don’t think there is such a thing as too much. I’m not really complaining though, the schlocky and fake looking effects are perfectly suited to the film. They made me laugh and still grossed me out; I’m just saying there could have been more.

The unfortunate accident that starts the ball rolling is what also brings our other central character April into the picture. It turns out the victim was her sister, who at this point she believes is still missing. April hires private investigator Isaac Beaumonde who suggests she audition for Able. Of course the lovely April bags the part and is soon on the “inside”. It would seem that April might be the only character in Able’s film. Every scene we see Able shoot has April in the same nurse uniform on the same set holding different severed body parts and screaming.

The film is stuffed to the gills with appearances from horror icons starting with its star, David Hess who was unforgettable in ‘Last House on the Left’ and ‘The House on the Edge of the Park’. Hess is great as Able Whitman, he really pours himself into the role and plays it humorously deranged. Michael Berryman from ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ makes an appearance in a very bad toupee as film exec Philip Farmsworth Jr. and Ray Sager who played Montag the Magnificent in H.G. Lewis’ Wizard of Gore’ has a minor role as Reverend Ezekial Boone. And of course the great Herschell Gordon Lewis himself makes an appearance as Fred Sandy. Rounding out the cast is Porn star Sasha Grey who is cute and likeable as April and surprisingly is never called on to get naked. Jesse Buck is pretty entertaining as the arrogantly amusing detective Isaac Beaumonde.

‘Smash Cut’ is a rare treat for those who like films that are so bad they are great. You will be tickled pink by the awesome opening and closing credits and the outrageously entertaining score that compliments all the silliness. Yes, ‘Smash Cut’ is cheap, cheesy, schlocky and ridiculous. It is also hilariously entertaining and gory good fun! If this sort of thing moves you, I really don’t see how you could be disappointed with ‘Smash Cut’. Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Lee Demarbre

Starring: David Hess, Jesse Buck, Michael Berryman, Ray Sager, Sasha Grey, Jennilee Murray, Michael Dubue, Barry Blake, Parisa Kasaei, Peter Michael Dillon, Meghanne Kessels, Jeff Lawson, Mercedes Papalia, Herschell Gordon Lewis