Comet, the newest and obviously coolest Sci-Fi TV network, is heading to the skies this month; battling the cosmos with Flash Gordon, before teaming up with Attack from Planet B to play a game of Rollerball with LL Cool J and give away yet more science fiction themed swag.
Fright-Rags are tapping into that collective nostalgia with the first in a planned series of box sets paying homage to VHS; launching with one film that defined the home video era: Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Fright-Rags are also proud to present the Alfred Hitchcock collection of four new t-shirts.
“Who will survive and what will be left of them?”
Also known by the appropriate name Cathedral of Demons, Michele Soavi’s 1989 Italian Gothic horror The Church is widely considered as the official sequel to Lamberto Bava’s Demons 2 (1986).
Indeed The Church was originally conceived as Demons 3, but upon Soavi’s insistence the film stands alone. For those of you who intend to purchase the new release from Shameless Screen Entertainment, The Church has no direct thematic link to either Demons (1985) or Demons 2 (1986).
“In this unholy sanctuary you haven’t got a prayer…”
One cannot discuss 1976’s most controversial theatrical release without first discussing the mythology of the ‘snuff’ film itself. You see, a snuff film is a filmed sequence that depicts the actual murder of another human being for distribution and financial exploitation. Morbid, yes?
Then came along Snuff: “The film that could only be made in South America…where life is cheap!”
The history behind Snuff however, is far more interesting than the film itself.
“Are the killings in this film real? You be the judge!”
This upcoming December the Troma Team wish you all a very merry Xmas with two world premiere gifts on Troma Now that will make you want to bathe in your egg nog! Jay Summers’ feature length debut, Revenge of the Spacemen, along with Molly Hewitt’s short film, Maggie’s Problem (featuring music by prolific indie Lo-Fi legend R. Stevie Moore).
“…a throwback to all the classic alien invasion flicks of yesteryear…”
During the videotape format war of the late 1970s and early 1980s, JVC’s VHS would compete for market share against Sony’s Betamax. Betamax was, in theory, the superior recording format but VHS would ultimately emerge as the preeminent home video format in 1986. Consumers could not justify the extra cost of a Betamax VCR, which was often more expensive that the VHS equivalent due to the higher quality construction of Betamax recorders.
“Decadence is their fate.”
Made for approximately $25,000.00 and released in 1983 The Deadly Spawn is an exercise in low-budget excess. Conceived by producers Ted Bohus and Tim Hildebrandt this 16mm cult classic emerged, drenched in blood, during the horror video boom of the 1980′s as an effort to pay tribute to the alien sub-genre of 1950′s science fiction.
Special make-up effects artist John Dods worked extensively with his dedicated team to design and create the monster-mechanicals that helped secure The Deadly Spawn cult status.
“They came to Earth to feed on human flesh!”
Troma fanatics, collectors of underground art and East Coast skaters will want to shred their way to Troma Booth #429 for the NYCC release of The Toxic Avenger skateboard decks printed by RiotStyle; west coast skateboard manufacturer and punk rock icons. Skate or Die! The 29″ Popsicle style deck is dipped in white paint and printed with a gloriously detailed tribute to Toxie.
“I love the Monster Hero” more than I love my parents!
The CIM (Crappy International Movies) Sueca film festival is a global event aimed at low-budget B to Z audiovisuals, both independent and/or non-commercial. The CIM-Sueca film festival, having just completed it’s fifth edition, is held by the Cultural Association for the Second Law of Thermodynamics in the town of Sueca; in Valencia, Spain.
“Cinema internacional de merda de sueca.”
October has officially been declared TROMAWEEN! For the Troma Team this presents the opportunity to give Troma Now subscribers a special treat; one that isn’t a razor blade in your apple. Not one, but TWO grindhouse themed world premiere titles are now available to watch on Troma’s subscription service; Grindsploitation and Dead Inside.