Friday, 7 March 2014

Maximum Shame (2010)

‘Maximum Shame’ is a surreal minimalist experimental art-house work a genre fusion of comedy, horror, musical and science fiction employing fetish imagery and a non-traditional cinematic narrative in which its characters are used as chess pieces in an apocalyptic tale about human desperation. It was shot primarily on the location of an abandoned warehouse in London, England on a mere budget of an estimated €9,000 with for the most part a wardrobe of black leather S & M clothing and dental restraints for its cast of characters. Written and directed by Spanish avant-garde underground filmmaker and playwright Carlos Atanes it was nominated for a Best Feature Movie award at the 2010 BUT (B Movie, Underground and Trash) Film Festival, Breda, The Netherlands.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Wolf Lake (1978)

‘Wolf Lake’ is a barely released ultra-rare post-Vietnam War backwoods survival thriller incorporating home invasion elements. It is often mistaken as a Canadian Tax shelter production due to the setting of the lakes in Northwest Canada but in fact was shot in Mexico with an American low budget of an estimated $970,000 by an all-American cast and crew. It is written and directed by the late Burt Kennedy best known in Hollywood for his screenwriting and directing work in the western genre from the mid-‘50s through to the mid-‘70s. It stars the late great Rod Steiger in a powerhouse performance and the also departed character actor the talented David Huffman who holds his own in a solid turn.

Friday, 14 February 2014

My Bloody Valentine (1981) and the Canadian Slashers

At the height of the slasher boom of the early ‘80s, Canada produced some of the sub-genre’s very best examples. Being cheap to finance and easy to shoot on location Canadian filmmakers wanted a slice of the American slasher pie as it had a very generous filling of the mula. However, despite this motivation for a cash grab Canada ended up making some of this type of horror’s very better entries of the era.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Murder Rock (1984)

It was around the time of Lucio Fulci’s return to the giallo genre in 1982 with the odiously awful The New York Ripper his penultimate collaboration with screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti that the downward spiral of his filmmaking career began. Their last collaboration along with Sacchetti’s wife Elisa Briganti was ‘Manhattan Baby’ one of the director’s biggest failures released that same year. However, prior to these two low points the screenwriter was responsible for co-writing some of Fulci’s most successful films.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Rawhead Rex (1986)

‘Rawhead Rex’ is a low budget British/Irish production. The first draft of its screenplay is by the renowned fantasy and horror novelist and film director Clive Barker still credited as the sole screenwriter but has since disowned his involvement with the project. The filmmakers butchered it so it would service the needs for a typical monster movie rather than being a faithful adaptation of Barker’s own short story of the same title from ‘Books of Blood Volume 3’ first published in 1984.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Visitor Q (2001)

‘Visitor Q’ is Japanese director Takashi Miike’s contribution to the Love Cinema series. This is made up of six ultra-low budget straight-to-video releases by independent filmmakers made as experimentations in the exploration of Digital Video in order to highlight the medium’s benefits for filmmakers in being cost effective and easy to use - low-lighting conditions, more mobility etc.