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Videodrome :: Phantom Of The Paradise

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

(Welcome to Videodrome. A monthly column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) While Halloween goes hand in hand with horror, perhaps nothing captures the playfully gruesome spirit of the season quite like a musical horror comedy. But blending laughter, tunes and […]

Videodrome: The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun (1969)

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

(Welcome to Videodrome. A monthly column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) George Greenough grew up like many coastal So-Cal youths in the 1950s…in the water. But what made Greenough different was his desire to learn absolutely everything he could about […]

Videodrome: Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

(Welcome to Videodrome. A monthly column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) It’s safe to say that when Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song was released in 1971, a lot of viewers were offended, a great many were thrilled and another healthy portion […]

Videodrome: Ghouls, Grind, Gothic & Gore: A Halloween Helper

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

(Welcome to Videodrome. A monthly column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) Aside from 14-year-olds and the few dozen AD readers recently thawed from 50-year cryo-sleep, no one wants to read another list of must-see horror films for Halloween. But seeing […]

Videodrome :: Rolling Thunder (1977)

Monday, August 26th, 2013

(Welcome to Videodrome. A new column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) “Why do I always get stuck with crazy men?” “…Cause that’s the only kind that’s left.” This cynical exchange between U.S. Air Force Major Charles Rane and bar-tarred, war […]

Videodrome :: Werewolves On Wheels (1971)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

(Welcome to Videodrome. A new column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) As Vietnam festered, Nixon lied and free love gave way to rampant VD, it was inevitable that the outlaw biker film genre, reaching a zenith with the introspection and […]

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Matt Sweeney :: Blood Embrace

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The second entry of our new cult film column, Videodrome, went live this week focusing on the 1977 revenge fandango, Rolling Thunder – a film I was initially turned onto in 2005 via the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy / Matt Sweeney collaborative LP, Superwolf. One of our favorite records of the past decade, Superwolf is home […]