Sunday, January 19, 2020

SUPER NATURAL; The Final Season


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Being a huge Supernatural fan I was sad when they announced that this would be the final season. I was also excited to see what kind of deep cuts we would get as the final twenty episodes revealed themselves.
After watching Episode 9, I think that not only have I ceased to care a lot about this show, but I just want it over. I know for a fact that I will be unhappy with the ending so, let's just get this done. It should be a power house of a season. The Boys VS Chuck in a no holds barred battle for the fate of the planet.
Instead, it just feels like a weaker season of the show overall. They only bring back old characters to knock them off or treat them as ineffectual.
Just end it already folks.
And, a happy ending would be nice.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

HOT SPLICES by Mike Watt




Mike Watt is someone I have known for many, many years. I see him a minimum of twice a year at Cinema Wasteland. I have watched all of his movies and read almost all of his books. I know what you're thinking; well, this is just one of Mike's buddies so he'll write this glowing praise for this book.
Well, I have lots of friends who produce art and if I don't like it, I will let them know about it.This has never happened with anything that has been created by Mike Watt, in my opinion. The Resurrection Game is one of my favorite zombie movies that is not really a zombie movie. Abattoir (a.k.a. A Feast of Flesh) is one of the best vampire movies made in a long time.
Now we get Hot Splices. A film that maniacally embraces film as a religion, as a way of life, and, in this novel, a drug that actually immerses you in film in a way never considered before. See, movie junkies, like myself, we are fascinated by the images flickering across the screen. As a child you absorb it as a form of altered reality and it either sucks you in or it's just a movie to you. Depends on how the neurons fire I suppose. I remember as a child thinking that dream sequences were the easiest thing to film. They just found a way in Hollywood to record your dreams. Pretty cool, right? Then as film junkies get older they look for that thing that fires your neurons in a new and different way. The films of David Cronenberg or David Lynch immediately come to  mind. Alex Cox's Repo Man. Slava Tsukerman's Liquid Sky. Pretty much anything by Andy Milligan or Jess Franco.
But that's really my personal path.  
Mike Watt takes it to the next level with a movie drug; 
It's called Flixing.
Flixing is the main thrust of this book. It deals with people being able to experience a film by putting actual frames of film in their mouth and letting the emulsion dissolve. It is a fictional form of recreational drug use. I call it a drug because it does involve the ingestion of a substance that causes unnatural things to happen to your sense of perception. To those of us whose psyches as I mentioned before are directly molded by film, this takes it to another level. One that like all drugs have a dangerous side effect. Overdosing can cause physical cuts on your skin as if it was sliced open by a thing slice of celluoid.
Hot Splices also deals with  a legendary series of insane films that when combined in the proper order cause horrible, violent things to occur. But, as any movie junkie can tell you, if it was meant to be watched you should absolutely watch it. Right? Isn't it the vision of the director, baring his soul for all to see? 
But, what if the director is a madman who is attempting to do nothing more than rain chaos and death upon humanity? Is it still important enough, as a movie junkie, to watch it? Hot Splices addresses, in broad strokes, the very answer to that question. 
There are people who watch movies. There are people that experience movies. Some become obsessed with them. There are some that are considered classics regardless of genre. In Hot Splices you see what an obsession with film can cause if taken to the nth degree.
If I were to compare this to anything it would most likely be the work of Phillip K. Dick run through a David Cronenberg filter. Both men created art that is so dense. Every page or frame filled with so many thought provoking things. Author Watt brings the same density to this book and it captures you from the onset and forces you, much like a film watched in one sitting, to get to the end credits. Watt creates a living breathing alternate universe with its own pantheon of Gods of Celluoid ruled over by the majestic being Cinemagog. The passages of normality in the book creep into the edges of your brain and suck you in to accept the bizarre aspects of the novel until you realize that have been led into a place where film is all.
I read this in one setting needing to reach the end credits to experience it as it was intended. Hot Splices could, quite possibly, be the most cinematic book I have ever read.
The back of the book has three short stories that intertwine into the narrative, by referencing things that happened in the main novel. The one about actress Angel St. Satan was the saddest and my favorite.
Do you love movies? Do you love to discuss film with others? Do you think you know a lot about film? Then Hot Splices will show you wonders you could never have imagined in the world of celluloid.
Plus, it is creepy and scary.
Always a great combination

Get yours here;

HOT SPLICES by Mike Watt

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

BOLT ACTION!

 

I remember the days of old black and white comics. Vampirella being a huge favorite. I mean come on! How could you not like that costume, especially when I was a teen age boy? No contest. Well, now we get all the horror, all the action, all the kinky sex from the newest comic book to assault our senses. I am referring to Bolt Action.
After a successful Kickstarter the people behind the mayhem of this blast from the past have decided to let you, the discerning public take hold of this mighty tome with both hands. You'll need both hands trust me on this one.
With words and pictures by David Zuzelo, Tim Tyler, Neil Vokes, Skylar Owens, Brian LeBlanc and William Skaar, Bolt Action is a massive tome of old school exploitation.
And it's like the catered it to exploitation junkies in the worst way. There is a cohesive story line throughout that lets us embrace the theater going experience that it is emulating. Lots of little nods to the gods of exploitation are smartly sprinkled throughout. It reminded me of old issues of Creepy and Eerie magazine with the sexiness of Vampirella all combined into a wonderful stew.
Are you one of those people who just wait fro places like Vinegar Syndrome, Severin Films or Synapse Films to release some old school films to the public at large. Do you know who Jess Franco is? Do the names Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski make you smile?
Then Bolt Action was tailor made for you.
I leave you some teasers and will update when there is a link to purchase...
BOLT ACTION!!!



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

OBAMALAND (2017)

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In 2016 Donald Trump was elected president. While having lunch with Mike Pence and Paul Ryan they all 'accidentally' fell to their deaths. Quick to find a replacement, the government pushed through an additional term for Barack Hussein Obama which eventually turned him into President for life.
Flash forward to the year 2040 and Obamaland has become a reality and the planet will never be the same. Obama has become obsessed with his redistribution ray that will use a laser to redistribute the wealth of Obamaland to everyone.
One problem...lasers do not redistribute anything and it has become quite clear that Barack Obama has gone around the bend.
Enter Tinder Tucker who after an aborted gang rape at a Mexican bar has become on of the freedom fighting Trumpublikans who will use the power of the chain restaurant Applecheez to bring down the president and return America to her former greatness.
Sounds ludicrous, doesn't it?
The thing that works for this is that all of the actors sell it by playing it straight. No matter how bizarre the film gets, they give you one hundred percent and that helps propel even the most inane concepts that are introduced in the film.
Think of the old Airplane films with a Troma filter and you have what Obamaland is. People with a thin skin will probably be offended on both sides of the political agenda, but I think that's it's purpose. Behind the broad swipes of political humor we get a deeper message about the corruption of power regardless of even the best of intentions. Everything must have a balance or things will just spiral out of control.
Finally, the sent me a hat just like the one that Obama is wearing on the movie poster.
I'm a sucker for free stuff and this one is going on the shelf...or I'm wearing it to a Trump rally and seeing how long it takes anyone to notice.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Silent Night Deadly Night 6

I know what you're saying; 'there isn't a part 6, ya stupid fuck.' First off...harsh. Second, yes there is and while it is a fan film it is more entertaining than the last couple of releases that are part of the series. It's chopped into four pieces which I have imbedded below. Yes, it's no budget, yes some of the acting is awful, yes that axe is a piece of painted cardboard, but it works and I had a lot of fun watching this. I hope they make another movie soon.


Enjoy and thanks to Matthew Skelly for showing me this.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hello 2019

I have no evidence that this year will be less of a trash fire than the last one, but there is always hope. Here at Divine Exploitation there will be much writing. Well, not on this actual blog, but there is still the second half of the Monster Killer series to get done and I started a new blog about the last six months left at my current place of employment.
I have also decided on huge amounts of self promotion so I will be posting where you can buy all the stuff I have written. I also need to update the scroll on the right to encompass the newer issues of the print version of this blog. And remember, the print version has things that never appear here.
News on the Polonia Book; Honestly, I just stopped doing the research involved in getting it done. Mark Polonia has been nothing but kind whenever I pester him with questions. I plan on picking it back up after Monster Killer is finished. Probably after I quit my job and have more free time. The same goes for the new edition of the Michael Legge book. Michael made what he is calling his last film so, that will be the definitive version of the book. I plan on a color cover with original artwork for it so, that will be cool.

Let's finish up with some of that shameless self promotion I promised;

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Have an excellent year and stick around. I promise things will be at the very least...interesting?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

HIGH VOLTAGE (2018)

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Written and Directed by Alex Keledjian
Starring Luke Wilson, David Arquette, Allie Gonino & Ryan Donowho

The band Hollow Body started out with a singer too scared to sing. With washed up and over the hill bad boy, JImmy (David Arquette) get them in front of people and use his pull with Rick (Luke Wilson) to get a record deal.  Then she got hit by lightning and everything changed. Now, she has become something more. Something dangerous...and evil.
This is an odd movie. It takes it's time to build up to what changes everything. It takes time to establish its characters so that when the movie shifts into horror territory it has more of an impact than ever. It also takes a look at how much the record business has changed. It's more about You Tube metrics and Instagram followers than talent. But, with the scars of lightning crisscrossing her body Rachel has a talent that, pun intended, is electrifying.
David Arquette does a great job as the washed up rock star you can see his desperation to get back into the lime light no matter what the cost and when a minor attack by Rachel restores his voice he considers her worth every penny. Allie Gonino does a great job at the innocent little girl who becomes a monster born of electricity. When she performs on stage she makes you watch her as she gyrates through every song.
Like I said at the beginning; this is an odd movie, but you know what? The world can use more odd movies. It doesn't try to be like anything else and it's probably one of the most original movies I've seen this year.
High Voltage is an odd little flick and that is a good thing.
A great thing.

 

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