Hot Ads from the Classic era of Exploitation – Part One!

•February 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Now it’s time to salute the ads that possibly burned some pages! This series will feature many iconic images and those that have been hidden until people like me captured them and decided to show. This time around, however, here’s a few well-remembered images.

From Chicago, 6-23-61 is one of the several Jungle Goddess films that played the B screens. Originally released in 1957, this film starring Marion Michael might not have caught the critics’ eyes, and there were those who thought it to be a tame follow-up to the first films (Liane), the but the ad caught a lot of others. This was a Medallion release in 1959, and it played here and there for the next few years.

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On 10-31-69, Inga hit the screens of the Chicago area with this cute way of self-censoring the iconic image enough to present in a paper. Joe Sarno’s film starring Marie Liljedhal is great, too!

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Jess Franco, for all of his great and bad films, is a legend of erotica in the cinema and Sexploitation. Eugenie is one of his greatest films, and Marie Liljedhal had a film that was as explosive as Inga was Dramatic. This 9-18-70 ad shows something good enough to publish. The company who released it in the States was reportedly a sudivision of National General Pictures, and it was short lived that it could put both of it’s films, the other one being Max Ahlberg’s Nana, into a double bill.

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12-29-73, Pittsbugrh – Franco’s The Demons had an ad that made some interested in the Fun With Nuns genre.

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5-20-66, Chicago – This seriously sold the film to the Plaza’s patrons! Through most of the Early 60’s, Bardot was a sight at many Art theaters that also aimed for a more Cutie crowd. Thankfully, films like this had a lot of substance beyond the eye catching art

More later…

HG Lewis – A Grindhouse and Gore-House Time-Trip in Ads, Part One – Blood Feast

•February 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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HG Lewis’ low-budget gore-delivering class-SICK has always been a favorite of mine since my first VHS rental way back possibly around the turn of the decade from the 80’s to 90’s. The premise alone seriously gives it a major Creep level and Mal Arnold’s performance as the murderous Caterer remains one of the standout performances of any film in Lewis’ history. True, Connie Mason’s acting range is only down to looking good on the screen, and that most of the cast outside of Arnold and HG Lewis regular William Kerwin has the presence of a Chef at a greasy burger joint, but (and I’m being very serious), it’a a part of it’s spell. Like a Carnival Ride/Stage show highlighting the downfall of the clueless who never got it that Fuad Ramses was a Grade A Loose Psycho who’s catering to “Unusual Tastes” food-wise is as eerie as someone in some ultra-dirty underground Porn Ring (So if Food = Sex, then in Fuad’s mind his sex is Snuff, but with him as the star!) until the very end is something that crept in America’s B-level movie scene, and then the world’s in quick time.

After a showing in a Peoria, IL Drive In, it hit Chicago August, 1963 – the ad from 8-9-63

If you have not seen Scum of the Earth, Lewis’ cool Roughie about an Underground photo ring that some pretty woman gets caught up in, here’s the famous speech that still rings true today.

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Blood Feast went from city to city (and backwoods Drive In to backwoods Drive In, it’s corn syrup red goo being the main attraction. In Toledo, it hit the Palace, a place known for Exploitation ad B-movies, on 4-15-64, with it’s co-feature being Half Human. Sadly, the Exploitation-ready theater closed in 1967, just before the rise of Porn and the first X-Rated movies.

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6-19-64 saw it in Pittsburgh with it’s co-feature being The Dead One, an early film by Barry Mahon which clearly showed at one time there was something going on instead of just rolling a camera in front of cute and often-topless women…

Take note, I did not see any ads for this one yet, although a part of a Drive In listing is cool in it’s own way. One of the papers did not even print the title!

From the Pittsburgh Press…

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10-1-64 saw it in Miami!

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10-9-64 seen the film being held over at the Palm, a Drive In where it was Exploitation-friendly screen. that night, Mal was the guest attraction, and thankfully nobody attacked him for being the villain! Here’s an interview I found on my internet travels while writing this…

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1-22-65, It showed up at the Palm again as the B to the legendary follow-up Gore Epic…

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On 2-2-66, the Starlite, a home for many Horror shows in the 50 and 60’s, got the complete set of three! YEEEEEEE-HA!

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12-25-66, right in the middle of Garage Punk, other Chicago DI’s got the set as well…a good night out!

After it’s initial shock wore off, Blood Feast and the others of “The Trilogy” were a regular sight for years, especially at the drive Ins. This is from 12-22-78 playing with Magic…

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3-30-79, in Milwaukee…

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…but the coolest post-1970 Drive In billing was during 1-16-76 in Chicago with this ad!

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2-13-76, it returned. This was certainly a match made in Drive In Heaven in Chicago with Brad Gritner’s Turkey Monster classic Blood Freak!

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IT’S BACK – Last House on Dead End Street Ads and new plans for the year

•January 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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6-1-79, Chicago with original short TV ad.

I’m back again, and with a whole new slew of ads and fun – and yes, I got a lot off my brain last night which I hid back into the WP Trash bin until further notice despite feeling proud of writing it, but I’ll talk about what’s happening later. Right now, it’s the award for the greatest ad cap of the year! LAST HOUSE ON DEAD END STREET in Chicago in Miami in 1979!

I can imagine someone saying “Yeah, but you did not get New York” well…going through a mountain of Microfilm in a Library is very time consuming and at least through this I know what reels to go through to get it the next time I see a New York Times collection. As The Stones said, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, but to continue the song’s train of thought, with these I got what I need. It may not be “loads” but it is allllll-right!

Right now, it’s time to celebrate my happiness in actually capturing ads for The Last House on Dead End Street with the means I have in front of me. For the longest time, watching Roger Watkins’ legendary film that is one of the definitions of extreme Horror history has made me wonder about where it played, even Detroit – although there is ONE week in early 1980 that the local library’s microfilm collection of the D-News so I am still wondering if one of the Downtown screens had it.

In the leading Chicago ad (Chicago Tribune, Gene Siskel’s side of the Sneak Previews team), it was the B to Lucio Fulci’s the Psychic, a film who’s play I will get into some slight detail later on. For right now, to please the skeptics…take a look at the Plus bit I have in both caps for proof.

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A few months earlier, in March, the Miami area had it along with other places in Florida around 3/9 and 3/16/79. Believe it or not, it played two weeks in some of the theaters!

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St. Petersberg had it as well

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PLus, check out the Tampa listing. This St. Pete paper had a way when it came to mentioning our kind of films, No Comment! Yes, if you can recognize the title Future Women, then you’re a true Jess Franco fan!

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the trailer to the B in Tampa…the original foreign edit. After Joseph Green’s small release (which I’m sure played in NYC a few times) the US print wound up with something called Value Video in The US and later with Something Weird Video. That something creeping went to the Last House on Dead End Street in Florida and then “creep”ed into bargain video land before SWV caught it and gave it a good home!

Onward to find some Funhouses!

So, maybe some of you are wondering what’s been happening. For some time I was wondering about all of this tasty new information and the fact that this may be repeating something I posted a while back. To tell you the truth, this blog has been around for a while and technically it’s not as well organized as I like to have it. Being an Info Freak, this led to some madness in my head, and then I found a place on Tumblr that I felt I can start all over again. It’s going to be built up as an organized place where ideas for this Blog will start, but that will be a more visual experience.

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This is my Blog Home, my Last House, and your stop for Horror Movie Madness and Exploitation Fun.

The Start of a New Era! Meet the Scene In Connection With This!

•January 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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During the last few months, I have been SERIOUSLY thinking things over about my life and my Blogging that has been so on and off over here. I also have had an account on Tumblr! So using the visual site as a canvas, it should spark the inspiration for more organized articles and even a classy visual Magical Mystery Tour for those who don’t want to read endless mountains of words, but only want to bask in the Sleaze with hardly anything in the way except the notes.

Plus, with the visuals on Tumblr offering some sparks as I post, this will be something of a wild card site just in case if something hits me it will be thrown on here – and maybe some seriously up to date news wthout me having to fumble around with my visuals without a spark to ignite a post with.

From an album that kick started my love of the alternatives after some time in Music limbo…”This is the way, step inside.” True, a book on Goth also used it on it’s cover, but Ian Curtis was one excellent lyric writer!

Keep On Running – The Start of The Scene – The End of My Teenage, but Not the Death of My Party. UK Subs, Harbor Theater, Ecorse, May, 1988

•January 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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INTRODUCTION: when I originally published this, I never knew that it was Post 200, and somehow I felt that after a couple of reads by important friends I felt that it was not really a way to start a new year and hail the 200. The post on Last House on Dead End Street is OFFICIALLY the 200’th, marking my love of finding rare ads and entertaining the readers with crazy information. I sometimes want something personal to share with the readers, but the title itself was a bit negative, so I felt like changing a few things around while the post on the Sister site on Tumblr inspired something great – already hinting at it’s reason for living as an inspiration for articles and a visual tour. This is about a time in my life which was at first very fun, but later a connection to whatever happened after. I;m sure that not many would connect things in this way, but if you know me, you will understand why this is an important part of my life.

May, 13, 1988 – Harbor Theater – It’s a bit odd that a chapter of my life ended with a great concert by The UK Subs, 7 years after their final UK single hit in “Keep On Running”, still recording some great music, and now a regular sight on the Punk touring circuit while with me it was in year two of going to Punk shows, buying wild new Underground albums and Garage Punk classics, and seriously living in a way I would have never thought I would after my New Pop oriented Early 80’s, but it’s fitting that the realization would not hit me until I was doing research which led up to this happening. Before the show ever started, I was in the line with my friends (If you’re reading, a hello to Mark, Bill, and Jenny!) and with the group of devoted Detroit Punks gathered up in front of the theater that was once a first run place later turned into a Porno place which was closed down and for at least two shows (or two that were advertised in the papers). It was a great place, perfect with what I was going for – an aged theater with a classic front and balcony – the pictures on the page linked here will seriously take you there perfectly! Just blend the XXX era photo with the last one, replace the 50’s style people with a small lake of leather jackets and Punks, and you will get the picture even more.

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Within the group assembled in front of the classic Burlesque Theater doors, I heard someone saying that it was a Porno place, and with that I could only have imagined what it’s history was all about, but that was for later as I enjoyed the show. Somehow as the excitement was happening (I was more reserved that time than usual…bit I should have joined in the front), it might have been possible that if I believed in ghosts, those from the theater’s history were going into my soul right at that time. It was a nice warm evening among the decay, not noticing that I’m watching a great band that never was popular in the US but had a run of hit albums and singles in The UK was now fully in the Punk Underground with 1983’s Flood of Lies. Their then-recent album Japan Today (Released in The US through Restless) was being toured for, and in my opinion it only had a few standouts (including the funny ode to Santa), but they were always best on the live stage.

Bring in a Small Dot, I had a knack for catching the final hours of anything before it went into the Underground (And my interest in albums that hit the Cut-Out bin also connects, but that’s for another blog resting in a Ghost Mall waiting to be unleashed once again…hint, hint). So many hints before – My Post-High School movie going through the Mid 80’s was not all that eventful, but going to the Greenwood Mall to see Reform School Girls was a first encounter with seeing the final days of anywhere I would have wanted to go to back in the classic days as I missed out all of the real fun as I was too young and living in Small Dot without Cable to get into the thrills of the day. Listening to radio stations change formats – WWWW from Rock to Country in the very first part of 1981 and actually hearing WLBS moving from being the only New Wave station in Detroit to an oldies station in Late 1984 (a little after the last original UK telecast of The Young Ones and before MTV’s first airing…chills run down knowing that it was another end of an era) were important events that said things were not going to last, so get them while you can. So when I caught the tail end of the Hardcore era as I was staying myself, absorbing it all that I could through writing for a friend’s fanzine and getting any job I can to actually get myself involved and learn in a way that Community College could never do, while thinking that it was going to last a little longer than it did.

Then it happens and you don’t know. Always works that way – although the final nail was struck when a drunk ran into the front of the Greystone (just West of where the Kramer used to be),,and I STILL did not notice! The Detroit Punk scene still thrived, but somehow things disconnected me from further involvement not to mention the fact that I was still living far away from the action and still needing something to help me live on my own. I had to move onward, but still having that fever to take what I learned from 1985-88 and use it for something good.

Punk, Adult Films, the discovery of the Underground, and the knowing that things never last although the best things will stay around to help tell the tale and having the love to tell a part of that tale for the future. It all fits somehow with that moment. All of this in the middle of the dying days of Exploitation that was by then all down to films watered down to the malls – that was the time of Friday the 13’th Part 7…don’t expect a review of that film any time soon here – while on the other end the Industrial scene was finding new ways to move into video music presentation, the Indies were usually stumbling but at least trying to keep up in both film and video, and the College and Art houses were all interested in what was extreme for that time.

My love of research led me to checking out film magazines including Psychotronc and Cult Movies and the edgy left of center music of the past while my love of Alternative Music and Computer journalism seriously never died – and I’m STILL interested even at my late stage! Still, it’s possible that without that show, and even going to the Rock for No Reason festival in ’87 (with a hint of the Death of the Drive In during a May, 87 visit to the Jesse James for a bleak hint of things to come…more later), I possibly would have never known what a good End of an Era is all about, the kind you don’t know about when it happens in front of your face being there but will when you track down what happened in your life and maybe one that will help you through some bad times growing up. Scene Readers know what the dark side is – seeing buildings you went to left to rot, watching a bland film aimed for the Malls (which in that time was plenty – note the Franchise effect of Horror), hearing a disappointing song, and even seeing good friends fall apart from your circle – but you have to have the good events as well to remind you why you’re around so that you can move on

To end, here’s a very fitting way to end this. In 1989, I bought the “Sabre Dance” single which was recorded a little after the show…possibly shortly after the infamous Greystone smash-up I witnessed from the stage area after a show. The moodiness of a song called “Nico” almost fitted a part of what was going on kind of lost in an 80’s gone too slick for me – it may sound different and like a raw attempt at something, but I still connected as I was just starting to get into The Velvet Underground and the voice that I loved but my friends made fun of passed away. My love of the VU’s music, which I’m sure I would have loved back in the day, always taught me to look for the alternatives before “They” get to them and my interest in going to Punk shows always taught me to keep my faith even if a trend happens, which it did when The Subs were picking up steam and fell while they were STILL around. Charlie Harper is STILL rocking today!

…and I’m still trying to whip up some new music on my computer as well…even after being in a couple of bands long ago! Still more on that later.

Sure, there would be more shows, but a turning of the tide in one scene to something that did not click which meant looking for some other kind of kicks had to happen for me to move onward while still keeping the past that helped form the base of The Scene that’s still in construction.

So what does this have to do with what I’m writing about in this blog…besides being an open letter to myself, of course.

When I first started The Scene, there was still a major interest in Cult movie DVDs and Exploitation thrills that would be found at the major stores…but that was when things were starting to fall. Now, you can’t get the discs at the stores like you used to, Classic Exploitation Movies now have an audience that’s down to the devoted, and some think that there’s no room for edgy entertainment, but I’m sure there’s others around that are using the new tech and the new promotion to make sure that there’s a new underground that will rose and fall just like all the rest. Eras fall and rise all the time, but you always have to keep one eye in the future while keeping one eye in the past to enjoy and educate.

Remember, this video was using the new tech back in the day. Some things age, but the great things stick around or stay the course through the changes. I will still be writing about these films long after tends come and go and The Subs, and in a way other bands like The Damned and the Subhumans, had been around long after the trends of their day came and went. Cool inspiration!

Just Keep On Running! (Or as the Great Kim Fowley – RIP – would say, Stay Teenage!)

It’s still kind of odd that a UK Subs show was that moment, but that’s the way things work sometimes.

THE BOD SQUAD!

•October 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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his Ernst Hofbauer/Shih-Hung Kuei film played in the Heart of The D at the Adams and at four DIs in the area on 11-25-76
The Double Features were Policewomen at the Adams (Lee Frost’s cool timewaster from Crown), The Babysitter at the Holiday on West and Telegraph (the South Suburb screen North of Flat Rock – Woodhaven area) and I think¬†Wayne (Very West Suburb, on MI/12 just a little East of I-275), and The Babysitter with Weekend With the Babysitter at the Bel Air (The 8-Mile Strip) and the Pontiac.¬†OK, so the disappointing third feature Babysitter sequel was tough going for a lot of people, but to some it meant Extra Innings and Paradise by the Dashboard Light, especially if the car was a monster. Film Ventures International distributed the film in The US starting in Late 1976. I guess that FVI and Crown had the same Sub in Detroit!
The title that you see in the YouTube original trailer post is one of the several names it went by. Leave it to FVI to just whip up a title like The Bod Squad!

The story goes like this – Very simple – five girls are kidnapped by Pirates for Prostitution and learn Martial Arts to escape. Considering that it’s from the team who brought you either the Schoolgirl Report films (Hofbauer) or Hui feng hao huang jin da feng bao (Kuei), you know you will be entertained!

Sonja Jeannine was in films such as Campus Pussycats (Schoolgirl Report 6), Intimate Teenager, Secrets of Sweet 16, Naughty Freshmen (Schoolgirl Report 5), Intimate Playmates, and Teenage Playmates before moving more to German TV films. Also featured here were Diane Drube, Gillian Bray, Tamera Elliot, and Deborah Ralls.

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4-1-77 saw a FVI Double Feature of the Bod Squad and X Rated Girl in Toledo at the Jesse James and Parkside DIs. Both were really east of Toledo, the Parkside in Oregon and Butch Cassidy in Millbury.

As for the Hui feng… title, you can just call it…

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AD-ding It Up #1 – Newspaper Ads from Opening Day to the Weekend in the 70’s Style!

•October 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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When I first started compiling these ads, I was mainly searching the Weekend editions, but remembering that back before The 80’s, the opening day was usually Wednesday. Thankfully, I have had time to get back to looking at the papers and noticing some small odds and ends here and there. Fight For Your Life was played in the Detroit area as Stayin’ Alive on two of the DIs on the 8 Mile Strip, most of the theaters on the North side of the Avenue mainly 8 Mile in Warren and the West Side I think in Oak Park. the William Mishkin-Distributed film started on 11/8/78 at the two Drive Ins and stayed for a week. I have not seen it play in the area at any other time, but I’m still looking for the details.

As you can see, there are two lines that promoted the film, the first from the Hollywood Reporter and the other from Playboy. In my research, I think I even found a positive review in Boxoffice as well. Stayin’ Alive was the title that was aimed for the Urban movie houses, but later on in 1979, Toledo got it under a THIRD title after sporadic success elsewhere (as you can tell it was a tough sell). to those who have seen the film yet, this is a mention that William Sanderson’s Bigoted On-the-Run Jesse Lee Cain may be heavy going.

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This legendary 1973 Sleaze Pit classic, which in reality is a firmly executed Shaw Brothers film with extra 70’s gusto to compete with with the new breed of Cinema, was rated R back in September of 1975 (9-25-75 issue of Boxoffice), but it finally arrived in Heart of The D at the Grand Circus on 6-1-77.

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On 6-3, another ad was used highlighting the madness in the film for the Weekend crowd that knew what it was getting!

More later!

 
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