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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 […]

Morning of The Earth :: Soundtrack, 1971 (Reissue)

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

“We are the measure of all things. And the beauty of our creation, of our art, is proportional to the beauty of ourselves, of our souls…” – morning of the earth, ost reissue 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of seminal Australian surf film, Morning of the Earth. For the occasion, the film was re-released (along […]

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 […]

The Red Rippers :: Over There…and Over Here

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

You think ‘Viking metal’ and ‘post-Takoma guitar soli’ are niche markets? Let’s talk about Ed Bankston, a veteran of the US Navy and former combat pilot who, in 1983, wrote, recorded and released a record about his experiences in Vietnam and sold it via an ad placed in the perennially batshit mercenary magazine Soldier of […]