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The Obscure and Bizarre Genre Thread (horror, sci-fi, sex, fantasy)
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I came across a film from 1977 called Witch with the Flying Head by accident and it introduced me to a "What the hell did I just see?" creature from folklore I was previously unaware of. Not an easy film to find apparently, and the only available print is in Cantonese without subtitles. But when a movie involves a Penanggalan then subtitles aren't really needed.

For more Penanggalan goodness, check out this NSFW clip from Mystics in Bali.

Finally watched this. Had it in my Netflix queue (probably bumped due to this thread). Your post is a bit spoilery to a degree (but this flick needs the hook to draw in new unsuspecting victims), but I must have completely blocked the "floating vampiric witch head with dangling guts" from my memory, b/c when it came onto the screen, I was taken aback (all part of the Penanggalan's nefarious plan). The dubbed version I saw was especially creepy any time the Leák cackled. I thought it was weird that the characters all slept with the lights on, but I think I would too, if I lived in a place where witches transformed into snakes, pigwoman, and fetus-sucking heads.

I forgot... Hellboy battled one:



EDIT: Since I'm reminded of weird and obscure Asian folklore monsters, I thought I'd give a shout-out to an old thread of mine: Yokai Monsters in Cinema!

Alas, WITCH WITH THE FLYING HEAD is not available, but I did stumble upon this related film though. KRASUE?




And this related flick... GHOST OF VALENTINE (KRASUE VALENTINE):



EDIT 2: I have MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND and BEAST OF BLOOD waiting for me to watch at home.
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I'm a big fan of a very recent horror film, one called "The Item". It's very cheap DV-shot horror stuff from Dan Clark, who's only other credits are children's shows. I was surprised, since it combined so many elements from other movies. It deals with a group of ordinary people involved in mercenary criminal activities who are told to keep a mysterious package under wraps until the morning, only to learn that the package contains a giant slug (yes, slugs will be a regular feature in this thread, I imagine) who controls their minds and gets them to murder each other. It's got the post-Tarantino crime thing going on, but the scares and gore are really inspired, and the end, when the Asian woman takes out the slug and... well, you'll have to see it- a very odd ending from left field.

Really fun DIY special features on the disc, including one funny bit when Clark, who also also in the movie (and is, not surprisingly, awful) comments on how they are sharing soundstages with porno films and, sure enough, a camera comes in focus during a scene and catches a man in the background hammering a girl missionary style in this fake Hollywood backalley.

It just came in the mail from half.com (Netflix let me down). Got it for $5 total with shipping. I'll report back as soon as I watch it.
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I lied when I said I didn't need Inseminoid. I bought it this weekend. Alien rip-off quadruple feature at my house this Saturday!
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And I'm watching Corman's GOT & Mutant this weekend. I feel some kind of communion.
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I lied when I said I didn't need Inseminoid. I bought it this weekend. Alien rip-off quadruple feature at my house this Saturday!

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And I'm watching Corman's GOT & Mutant this weekend. I feel some kind of communion.

I'll be with you guys in spirit! Kayro syrupy and latexy spirit.

EDIT: That sounds filthy.
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And I'm watching Corman's GOT & Mutant this weekend. I feel some kind of communion.

OMG, we should totally arrage the order and time we're going to watch them in!!

Not really, of course, but you totally should add Inseminoid and Contamination to your list.
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OMG, we should totally arrage the order and time we're going to watch them in!!

Not really, of course, but you totally should add Inseminoid and Contamination to your list.

We could always do a chewer dvd view along in the chat room. I might be up for it.
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I do own Inseminoid. Good old amazon marketplace.
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Actually, Contamination is the most readily availble of all four, for purchase that is. If you already have your hands on the other three....
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So I watched MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND.

A bit disappointing, compared to the first installment, BRIDES OF BLOOD. Felt very much like a rehash, without the added oddities of BRIDES (killer trees, midgets, transformations, dance number, etc). The makeup for the central threat was probably more realistic (very debatable), but it lacked character. And what the hell were they doing with the pulsing camera during all the attacks??? The zooming in and out and in and out, etc got old REAL fast. Flashes of gore and boobs, for the curious.

Like I said, no midgets. WTF?

I hope BEAST OF BLOOD redeems the trilogy and that the middle entry was just a stumble.



EDIT: And while I think about it, check out the Troma-ish DIE YOU ZOMBIE BASTARDS! Edited by Chewer, Daniel Strange. The World's First EVER Serial Killer Superhero Rock'n'Roll Zombie Road Movie Romance!

Trailer.




Also, an odd movie I reviewed for Creature-Corner awhile back is sort of a weird amalgam of short films based on Lovecraft (with widely varying results)...

DVD REVIEW: LOVECRACKED My judgement: What if the spirit of Lovecraft produced the Gong Show?
LOVECRACKED! THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: THE TRUTH EXPOSED!
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Got in the mail today the Joe Spinell/Caroline Munro starrer, The Last Horror Film. Ordered it off of Amazon, and it's a re-sealed ex-rental Media VHS. Looking forward to finally seeing it.
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Anyone hear of THEY BITE? Worth tracking down? Is it a genuine porno or does it just feature nudity?

AKA "Invasion of the Fish Fuckers"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0140614/



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Got in the mail today the Joe Spinell/Caroline Munro starrer, The Last Horror Film. Ordered it off of Amazon, and it's a re-sealed ex-rental Media VHS. Looking forward to finally seeing it.

I had such a crush on Munro. STARCRASH, CAPT. KRONOS, AT THE EARTH'S CORE, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, DR. PHIBES...

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Wow, Brett Piper has been around longer than I imagined.
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Wow, Brett Piper has been around longer than I imagined.

Are any of his flicks worth checking out? I'm always curious but can never bring myself to take the plunge.

EDIT: Well, A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell looks right up my alley. In true Troma salesmanship fashion, they repeat the title like 20X.
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Based on this weird-ass footage, I'll need to give the 1983 Shaw Bros.' THE BOXER'S OMEN (AKA: MO) a shot.

Bats, animated crocodile skulls, and flying tentacled heads...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085951/

More footage!

Another sampling of the weirdness on display.
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I do love the Hong Kong black magic films. I own Black Magic and Eternal Evil of Asia but I haven't picked up Boxer's Omen yet.

If by some miracle you come across a copy, Seeding of a Ghost, buy it. It's pretty spectacular.
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Just snagged Demon Wind... Checking it out tonight.
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Eternal Evil of Asia

Sounds nutty, you recommend?:

Netflix plot: Four pals take a trip to Thailand, where they accidentally kill the sister of wizard Laimi (Ben Ng). The friends return to Hong Kong, but Laimi's curse follows them back -- and the men begin to die in gruesome ways. The methods to Laimi's madness include cannibalization, meat-cleaver butchery and transforming a victim's head into male genitalia. Even worse, Laimi has begun to fancy the beautiful fiancée (Ellen Chan) of one of the cursed men.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113928/

A review.
"His revenge involves various curses which get the job done in creatively disgusting ways (one guy is cursed into eating his own arm down to the bone)."
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It's pretty enjoyable, and obviously doesn't take itself too seriously. It was way late of the original cycle of black magic films and as such plays it as much as a comedy and a sex film than a horror film. There is a pair of Thai wizards who activate their magic by engaging in sex and an invisible spirit sex scene. It's a fun package, though it drags a bit towards the end. Oh, and the flesh on display is lovely.
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Just watched Revenge of Dr. X. Apparently the credits are all wrong on the copy I was watching (it has the credits from Brides of Blood). James Craig embarrasses himself playing a NASA scientist turned mad botanist. No revenge is featured nor is anyone named Dr. X ever present. After about an hour and 15 minutes a giant venus flytrap monster finally decides to show up and eats some dogs and a child. Imdb claims Ed Wood wrote this one, it would make sense as everything functions under retarded science.
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I recommend Escape 2000 to everyone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPtCMiIG0-0
Escape 2000 is the american title but it also goes by Turkey Shoot or Blood Camp Thatcher. As the trailer's mentally handicapped voiceover guy says, EET EEZ NINETEEN NINETY FIIIIVVVEEE... and hunting is the national sport! Social miscreants are sent to futuristic prison camps where they are later hunted by the rich and powerful fatcats! One of the hunters has some kind of deformed werewolf freak sidekick. My personal favorite highlight is the last shootout, where Steve Railsback takes a machine gun to the evil corporate hordes, and they all drop like flies, without any blood squibs. And then a second later, he uses the same machine gun to dispatch the main villain and he explodes like a blood sausage.

Watched ESCAPE 2000 (AKA TURKEY SHOOT) over the weekend.

Basically a prison escape/most dangerous game model (w/ a Dr. Moreau manimal mutie played by CROCODILE DUNDEE's Donk!). Beats the hell out of THE CONDEMNED in the violence department. Plenty of limb removals w/ bonus bulldozer mayhem, arrows, bazookas, machetes, booby traps, and an explosion or 3.

I felt a bit robbed by the offscreen disrobing and death of Lynda Stoner's character (seriously, how could you waste the op to show these?)at the hands of a sadistic lesbian hunter, but this Oz-ploitation flick more than makes up for it with its long list of grindhouse goodies.

TRAILER.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082338/

EDIT: From the director of FROG DREAMING (AKA THE QUEST) and LEPRECHAUN 3 & 4.
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I love Escape 2000 and should buy it some day.
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Not sure how obscure it is (heard of it 1st when I bought Danny Elfman's "Music for a Darkened Theater" cd, but didn't see it till DVD), but it sure is Weird with a capital W. And (warning) not very PC.

FORBIDDEN ZONE



Bim Bam Boom, indeed.

Elfman does his best Cab Calloway...

Minstrel Zone?
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It's pretty damn obscure. I've mentioned it to some pretty hardcore cinephiles who had no idea. And yes, the racial stuff is pretty offensive in places. But the sheer no-budget inventiveness of it all is kind of weirdly charming. I own the soundtrack, too.
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But the sheer no-budget inventiveness of it all is kind of weirdly charming.

Some details about the production:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidd...opment_history

According to the official site (and some CHUD banners), they recently re-released it in color (EDIT: which apparently had a special screening at the Egyptian last month). And there's an OnDemand downloadable version at Rifftrax (without commentary ).

A mysterious door leads to the Sixth Dimension--get ready for a wild ride--in the greatest cult classic of all time. Beautiful young "Frenchy" slides through cosmic intestines into a subterranean world ruled by horny midget King Fausto and his jealous Queen Doris. "Chicken-boy" comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself--played by Danny Elfman and the original Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Frog butlers, topless princesses, and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and others. An experience guaranteed you will never forget!
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Well, A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell looks right up my alley. In true Troma salesmanship fashion, they repeat the title like 20X.

Any movie that is "In The Tradition of Carnosaur" can't be bad...right? It looks so cheesy I'll have to check it out.
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THE VISITOR ('79) will blow your minds. It's better than THE MANITOU.

That's right, I said BETTER THAN THE MANITOU.
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Any movie that is "In The Tradition of Carnosaur" can't be bad...right? It looks so cheesy I'll have to check it out.

My copy just arrived. I'll report back once viewed.
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THE VISITOR ('79) will blow your minds. It's better than THE MANITOU.

That's right, I said BETTER THAN THE MANITOU.

But THE MANITOU is on dvd. MANITOU wins?

I do like hearing cartoon Gandalf spouting esoteric dialogue though.

LOL...

Detective Jake Durham: Now listen to me Katy isn't there something you want to tell me?
Katy Collins: Yeah. Go fuck yourself!

Detective Jake Durham:
Katy, I know you know something that was in that package, now tell me what it is and I woun't bother you anymore.
Katy Collins: Okay I will tell you but you might have to write it down. Are you ready?
Detective Jake Durham: Yes.
Katy Collins: Shove it up your ass!

Looks like I need to track it down. Trailer that reveals NOTHING.
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That's right, I said BETTER THAN THE MANITOU.

Is that possible?
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EDIT: Well, A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell looks right up my alley. In true Troma salesmanship fashion, they repeat the title like 20X.

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My copy just arrived. I'll report back once viewed.

DEATHSTALKER meets LAND OF THE LOST basically. Surprisingly (for a Troma release), the exploitation elements are at a minimum (a couple gore moments and 1 pair of bare breasts), but I enjoyed it anyway as a throwback. I have a soft-spot for stop-motion monsters and mutant dino puppets. Keira Knightly is more endowed than the girl they picked for the "Nymphoid" (not really) Barbarian lead (she's no Caroline Munro fo sho), so the single topless moment at the climax left me yawning. I was actually surprised it was there, considering the PGish 3/4 prior... If it weren't for a few instances of attempted rape, this would almost be family-friendly.

What you see in the trailer is a good representation of what you get in the flick. Loads of beasties and low-budget FX to enjoy. If that's enough for you (it is for me), check it out if you like DINOSAUR PLANET, AT THE EARTH'S CORE, and LAND THAT TIME FORGOT. Minimal dialogue (not a bad thing), but also minimal shock value. Not a typical Troma flick. More akin to early New Concorde (but not nearly as carnage-filled as the CARNOSAUR series) or more accurately, an Amicus release. More 60s drive-in than 70s grindhouse.

But it'll fit nicely in my Lost World dvd sub-section.
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SPOOKIES (1986)


* Richard Corben poster art.

Akin to the WTF mish-mashed Supernatural sub-genre entries like WAXWORK, PHANTASM, IT, THE GATE, HOUSE, EVIL DEAD, NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (in Kitchen Sink tone, not quality). You never know what's going to happen next and it feels like the film-makers had access to a make-up FX shop and they needed to use everything in their portfolio. In actuality, it was cobbled together from a couple film's worth of footage. The acting's atrocious and the plot is barely there (basically one WTF vignette after another), but I was entertained late night. Would make a good Halloween marathon feature (it's got everything). It sure fits the Obscure and/or Weird parameters, as I hadn't heard of it before and had to hunt this sucker down after seeing the bizarro trailer.

TRAILER

You get:
  • A gang of lost party-goers
  • A haunted mansion (surrounded by a graveyard)
  • Shriveled corpses, occult artifacts, and a Oija board
  • A necromancer, his immortal bride, and their robed ghoul-kid
  • Zombies
  • The demon-possessed
  • A few slithery "Boglins" (who look like mini-Krakens)
  • A witch/vampire/banshee puppet
  • Farting, oinking shit/mud/muck golems (monsturds) that come out of the ground
  • A Grim Reaper statue that comes to life
  • A hook-handed gypsy were-cat dude
  • A tentacled xenomorph-wannabe
  • An Asian spider-demon lady
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090057/



Some history behind the making of.
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Where the hell did you catch that at? I need to see that one.
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Finally got around to watching BEAST OF BLOOD (3rd entry in the Blood Island series). It was ok (seemingly more its own thing than MAD DOCTOR), but there's soooo much squandered potential here. It opens great with the beast on an axe-murdering rampage (and his makeup is much better this round), and eventially we're shown a lab where Dr. Eyepatch has removed the head of the beast and has kept both parts alive for his transplant experiments (there's a nasty surgery scene). The cover shows the beast pulling off or putting on his head (just a tease), but I would have loved to see more bizarre killer bodyparts carnage or transplant mishaps... alas. They spend too much time with a battle b/t the good and bad natives and scenes of characters sneaking around the (albeit scenic) Filipino jungle. I'm also amazed how all 3 flicks managed to wrangle up a different busty blonde beauty to vacation at this infamous island of horror (radiation, rape-muties, wrestless natives, etc).


The disc did contain a trailer for HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS (holy crap, is that Theodore, voice of R&B's Gollum, narrating? EDIT: IT IS!), which is now on my weird schlock-radar.

Also, there was a trailer for RAIDERS OF THE LIVING DEAD (with the kid from THE TOY). Looks terrible, but it could be goofy fun.


EDIT: Anyone see either Cushing flick?:
HORROR EXPRESS
BLOOD BEAST TERROR

I've had both EuroShock Collection DVDs and I'm thinking of giving them a spin finally.
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Found some suggestions in an old non-specific-genre thread...

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Don't forget about my FROM HERE TO OBSCURITY reviews over at Creature Corner, which is as close to such a column as there is right now. Underground what?

FROM HERE TO OBSCURITY: THE BERMUDA DEPTHS

FROM HERE TO OBSCURITY: THE REVENGE OF DR. X

FROM HERE TO OBSCURITY: ATTACK OF THE BEAST CREATURES

And if you're looking for some worthwhile obscure movies of the cheesier variety then let me also suggest:

YETI, GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY
THE BRAINIAC
THE X FROM OUTER SPACE
THE GIANT CLAW
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (live action 50's Mexican musical)
STING OF DEATH
THE SEA SERPENT
TERROR SQUAD
WITHOUT WARNING
NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER

Some of these may have been mentioned already in this thread and apparently there was a FROM HERE TO OBSCURITY Creature-Corner column that appears to be MIA unfortunately. I know there's an occasional CHUDSPLOITATION piece, but we need more stuff like that on the front page. Like SEWER SUBTERRANEA and Dave Davis' old DAVE'S UNDERGROUND column. Lots of great stuff to read in that link. Your welcome.

Dave's Underground thread

EDIT: This thread is slowly morphing into "What bizarre flick has DARKMITE8 watched recently?" echo chamber.
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I'm not sure how obscure or bizarre it is, but I wanted to know if anyone caught Stranded (2001) on TV recently, or Vincent Gallo's Elaborate Plan To Sleep With Maria de Medeiros. His basic ploy is "We're about to die on Mars! Come on!"

It's really not interesting in the least, but Vincent Gallo's casting as a scientist reminds me of Klaus Kinski in Android, where you can feel the slumming, and again, when he plays a scientist he just feels amazingly inappropriately cast. I really liked Trouble Every Day, and the only moment of (unintentional) humor was him in a lab coat for a scene, talking about samples.
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