REPOST: Fight Club

Selling rich women's fat asses back to them for menu screens Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 01/08/2000.

Little did I know at the time that within a year, I'd be going out with someone who rated Fight Club as one of her top three favourite movies. Which is why this site's official Tenth Birthday Post is affectionately dedicated to The Belated Birthday Girl. Cheers, darlin'.

Meanwhile, thanks to the BBFC unpleasantness mentioned in the links section, we didn't get a UK equivalent of this full US special edition until 2007. Still, at least we've got it now. See the Amazon link at the bottom of the page, inevitably.

Continue reading "REPOST: Fight Club" »

REPOST: Cannibal The Musical

Cover for Screen Edge video release Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 09/08/1998.

This should still be available on DVD in the UK. However, I think the US special edition (now sadly out of print) has a more impressive set of features, including the drunkest commentary track ever recorded.

Cannibal The Musical will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe by Rival Theatre Company between July 31st and August 24th, 2008. The production's MySpace suggests a West End run may follow.

Continue reading "REPOST: Cannibal The Musical" »

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Mike Nelson and his robot pals The reasons for the experiment have become more and more confused as time has passed. Which is probably why they had to summarise them in a song at the start of every episode. But they go something like this: a family of mad scientists - initially Dr Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu), latterly his mother Pearl (Mary Jo Pehl) - have sent a guy into space - initially Joel (Joel Hodgson), latterly Mike (Michael J. Nelson) - in order to drive him nuts by forcing him to watch bad movies. Joel/Mike's survival mechanism is to watch the movies with his two robot buddies - Crow T. Robot (Trace Beaulieu again) and Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) - and yell crap at the screen all the way through them.

This was the premise for Mystery Science Theater 3000, a TV series that ran between 1988 and 1999  on a collection of basic cable networks in the US.  Even if you've never heard of it before, you'd imagine that it'd probably be the sort of thing that would pick up an enormous cult following, and you'd be right. Which is why for several years now, fans have been paying upwards of $100 for copies of the long out-of-print DVD of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, a cinema spinoff from the TV show.

They may be delighted to discover that the DVD's just been re-released at a normal price. Or they may not. It depends.

Continue reading "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie" »

VidBinge 2007

Leaving 1999 to one side (as the writeup was published seven years after the event), here are the stats:

2000: VidBinge held 16th Dec, writeup published 22nd Dec = 6 days

2001: VidBinge held 15th Dec, writeup published 1st Jan = 17 days

2002: VidBinge held 21st Dec, writeup published 12th Jan = 22 days

2003: VidBinge held 20th Dec, writeup published 20th Jan = 31 days

2004: VidBinge held 18th Dec, writeup published 1st Feb = 44 days

2005: VidBinge held 17th Dec, writeup published 21st Dec = 4 days

2006: VidBinge held 16th Dec, writeup published 17th Jan = 32 days

2007: VidBinge held 8th Dec, writeup published 16th Jan = 39 days

So no, this isn't the latest it's ever been, honestly.

Continue reading "VidBinge 2007" »

42nd Street Forever

All the information you need, really. From the first DVD, the trailer for 'Women And Bloody Terror', showing in a double bill with 'Night Of Bloody Horror'. It bloody is, really.I know this is too late to be of any comfort to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, but I was rather looking forward to Grindhouse. After all, many of the films that ran for years in the grubby movie houses of New York's 42nd Street were the mainstay of Britain's video shops in the early eighties, before the Bright Bill clamped down on the nasties and took away all our fun. The idea of recreating a double bill from the golden age of cinema sleaze, complete with fake trailers and all, sounded rather appealing. Unfortunately, American audiences disagreed, and the film died on its arse domestically. As a result, the rest of the world will only get to see Grindhouse in a re-edited form as two distinct features, making it virtually impossible for us to watch it in its original format.

Which is a shame, because I suspect that'll mean the fake trailers will get lost along the way. Tarantino and Rodriguez obviously love these things, and even ran a competition at South by SouthWest inviting people to make their own. (If you only watch one trailer out of these two collections, then Hobo With A Shotgun has to be the one.) After bingeing on dozens of affectionate recreations, you start to wonder how neat it would be to have collections of real exploitation trailers available on DVD.

Well, Synapse Films are way ahead of you: back in late 2005, they started releasing the 42nd Street Forever DVDs, each one containing over two hours of lovingly restored trailers for the sexiest, violentest and daftest films ever made. To date, three of these DVDs have been released: I can wholeheartedly recommend, er, two of them.

Continue reading "42nd Street Forever" »

VidBinge 2006

If you've been paying attention to the Video section of this site, you'll know that we've been holding VidBinges at Spank Towers since 1999. Here's the news from the 2006 one, featuring five of the top films of the year as chosen by Spank's Pals. And look over there! A new toy to play with! Oooh!

Continue reading "VidBinge 2006" »

REPOST: VidBinge 2005

Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 21/12/2005

Last year's VidBinge report came some six weeks after the event itself. This year, I've pulled my finger out and managed to get it up on the web just four days after it happened. Hey, maybe now I've lost my job, at least the updates on here will be more regular.

Continue reading "REPOST: VidBinge 2005" »

REPOST: VidBinge 2004

Vb04_1 Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 01/02/2005

Ha! And you thought the writeup of my Pick Of The Year 2004 CD was late? Well, yes, I suppose it was. Though it's nothing like as bad as the six weeks that elapsed between my traditional end-of-year movie roundup party, and the date when I finally got around to writing about it.

Continue reading "REPOST: VidBinge 2004" »