BATTLE ROYALE ON BLU, NAKED FRAULEINS,
RODRIGUEZ GOES ROCKABILLY, AND MORE
THIS WEEK ON THE WALL!
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–DG PICK OF THE WEEK–
This is a love letter to chaos, Lord of the Flies with a loaded clip and other crafty weapons of death. Simply put, BATTLE ROYALE is a masterpiece, a near flawless exercise in the type of visceral filmmaking that is just as revolutionariy now as it was when it debuted in 2001. The second one isn’t as good as the first, director Kenji Fukasaku died of prostate cancer after shooting one scene. The film was completed by his son (who also wrote the screenplay for both films) and while far from the masterpiece of the first it’s still tougher than most of the studio trash that hits the screens today. We will have a full review of this set very soon.
On a side not, Anchor Bay has to be considered for best box art of the year.
Fuck you, HUNGER GAMES.
ALSO OUT THIS WEEK…
This flick is tough as nails, The Wall went into it blind and it was one of the most intense films we saw last year. It kind of runs out of gas towards the end but that’s a minor quibble with an otherwise creative flick.
YES! Michael Gough in a flick about a devil cult! The Wall hasn’t seen this but sign us up for a copy, Jack!
This flick should be better than it is. You have early sleaze king Erwin C. Dietrich behind the camera, a genre full of potential kink, and smoking hot actresses. How do you make this boring? Not sure, but Dietrich found a way. This film has its fans, but The Wall ain’t one of’em.
This should be seen only for the flashback sequence from the dog. Then, turn it off and be pissed you paid $14.99 on a blu-ray only to see a flashback from a fucking dog. Shit-box.
Neither one of these flicks are very good; FLESH FEAST is a random, occasionally cool (kind of) film that never hits liftoff and THREE ON A MEATHOOK isn’t nearly as graphic as the title suggests. In fact, all MEATHOOK has going for it is a loose claim to be based on Ed Gein (which it isn’t).
Each of these films have been released in the past in better editions, but if you don’t own them then now is your chance to double up. DRIVE-IN MASSACRE is a shitty little flick but DRILLER KILLER is a classic early film from Abel Ferrara and one of the 39 original titles to be slapped with the “video nasty” label during the early ’80s.
The Wall can finally watch this good shit on DVD, a big step up from the VHS copy that kept triggering the auto-tracking. Rodriguez shot this just after EL MARIACHI but it was released after DESPERADO. It doesn’t feel as complete as those films but it still has this rockabilly vibe to it that is all kinds of cool.
from the drawers of the hype file…
Not as good as the original, but still really well done and worth a watch. Trust me.
That’s it for this week, Bastards.
We’re back on 3/27 with CORMAN’S WORLD, STRIP NUDE FOR YOUR KILLER, THE GRUESOME DEATH OF TOMMY PISTOL, and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK, SALUTE!
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