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1990: The Bronx Warriors Spaghetti Post Apocalyptic NYC

1990: I guerrieri del Bronx

“A Heavy Metal Journey Into An Urban Hell Where Everything Was Done Wrong!”


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“One of many post-apocalyptic science-fiction films which poured out of Europe in the wake of George Miller’s Mad Max, this film stars Stefania Girolami as Anna, who runs away from her wealthy but obnoxious family into the surrealistic biker gangland of the Bronx. There, she meets Trash (Marco de Gregorio), part of a gang called The Riders, and soon falls in love with him. Problems arise when Anna’s father (Enio Girolami), president of the evil Manhattan Corporation, sends in a psychopath named Hammer (Vic Morrow) to stir up trouble among the rival gangs, including a black club led by Ogre (Fred Williamson) and a rollerskating group led by Golem (Luigi Montefiori). Castellari’s direction is surprisingly stylish and exciting, but all of the hyper-macho posturing eventually grows tiresome for anyone over fifteen. Still, undemanding viewers will have a good time, as the action keeps coming fast and furious, laced with suitably hardbitten dialogue by director Enzo G. Castellari, Elisa Livia Briganti and Dardano Sacchetti. A minor classic of testosterone cinema, followed by several sequels starting with Fuga dal Bronx (1983).” – All Movie Guide

“Filmed in 1981 in both Rome and New York, 1990: The Bronx Warriors had a complete unknown as the male lead, 17 year old Marco de Gregorio (billed as Mark Gregory in all but the Italian release) who was spotted by director Enzo G. Castellari at a gym they both frequented. Castellari states on the director’s commentary of the DVD that Marco was very quiet, hardly speaking but doing a workout on his own and keeping to himself but standing out due to his looks, physique and height.

One scene has the twin towers of the World Trade Center visible in the background, during a meeting of main gang The Riders and the dominant Bronx gang The Tigers led by Ogre (Fred Williamson). The drummer that is inexplicably included in this scene was not scripted but was in the area of shooting the day that the scene was to be shot. Castellari included him in the scene, without any explanation being given as to why he was there, heralding the gangs’ arrival and starting up again as they leave.

This was Vic Morrow’s penultimate movie as he died while filming Twilight Zone: The Movie the following year.” – Wiki



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The Time Travelers – Chiller Theater – Childhood Memories

I was brought up on horror and sci-fi movies. As a kid, Channel 11 had a great show called Chiller Theater on Saturday nights. If I was lucky, my sister was babysittin’ ‘n she’d let me stay up and watch. Besides the creepy claymation hand emergin’ from the bloody pond, the image of the androids in The Time Travelers is burned into the folds of my gray matter, they look like those squeezy head toys where the eyes pop out mixed with cyber ant.

Here’s the Openin’ and the movie:

“A time travel experiment that was supposed to produce a window into time turns out to be a portal instead. One of the experimenters steps through into a not-too-distant-future world that has been destroyed by nuclear war. Some of the others follow, but then the portal phases out and they can’t get back. Things just get worse after that. They run across a rocket that has landed to escape pursuing enemies, bearing scientists who survived the war, and many android “slaves.” The time travellers are invited to escape when the ship is again ready to blast off – but just before that happens, the scientits’ enemy returns and fires on the sitting-duck ship. A very bad day for the scientists turns terminal at that point, and the 20th-century Earthlings barely escape with their skins.”

Found this on wiki, a funny description of the opening of Chiller Theater:

“By 1971, the painted title card sequence was gone and replaced by the popular claymation six-fingered hand introduction. This is the famous intro that most viewers remember: A solitary swamp sporting a pool of blood in the foreground, a dead tree in the background, and suddenly a six-fingered humanoid hand rises from the froth while it moans, “Hoo …” As the hand rises, the word “Chiller” simultaneously grows from the mud as if weeds and the hand passes over each growing letter approvingly, then snatches them one by one before returning to the swamp, groaning “Chillllller …” deeply in a very creepy voice, all while a reverb-heavy electronic track plays, presumably created with synthesizers. The combination of the surreal imagery and early electronica was unusual enough to cause a fright greater than the movies WPiX chose to air. This opening was used throughout the remainder of the show’s run. This was an equally memorable opening as the mid-1960s montage among various “Chiller Theatre” fans. The creators of this introduction remain anonymous and it is hoped more information on the creation of this animation is forthcoming.”

So weird, I also found a schedle of when it showed:
Saturday, February 15, 1975 (12:00 a.m.) THE TIME TRAVELERS


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Artist of the Year 2008 – Auto-Tune – The Cyborg Takeover Auto-Tune Conspiracy

Auto-Tune – An effect infectin’ every genre of popular music like a cybernetic virus, reducin’ our aversion to the artificial by accustomin’ us to digital process over natural progress. Gettin’ us ready for the big takeover.

“Auto-Tune was used to prominent effect on Cher’s Believe, recorded in 1998.

When first interviewed about this, the sound engineers claimed they had used a vocoder, in what Sound on Sound perceives as an attempt to preserve a trade secret.

Auto-Tune was also used heavily in Daft Punk’s One More Time which featured Romanthony. The song was one of the first mainstream uses of Auto-Tuning, along with Believe. The software came to attention in dancehall reggae music from its use on Tanto Metro & Devonte’s song “Give It to Her” and Beenie Man & Ms. Thing’s song “Dude.”

R&B singer T-Pain has been credited with revitalizing the technique in contemporary popular music by making active use of it in his songs, a style that has since gone on to be imitated by numerous other R&B, Hip-hop (including emcees Kanye West, Ron Browz, and Lil Wayne, and R&B singer Akon, most notably, as well as Birdman, most infamously.), and other pop-music artists.

According to the Boston Herald, “Country stars Reba McEntire, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have all confessed to using Auto-Tune in performance, claiming it is a safety net that guarantees ticket buyers a good performance.”” –Wiki



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Topps Ugly Stickers 60’s 70’s Crazy Weirdo Monster Art Wolverton Wood Saunders

Creepin’ around as a kid in friend’s older brother’s rooms, sometimes I would see these wild stickers of demented monsters that came from another era. The odd colorin’ and truly twisted creatures left a lastin’ impression. Recent research has revealed these to be called Ugly Stickers

Sorta the Pokemon of their time, a mixture of 60’s monster culture,Mad Magazine/ EC Magazine, outter space freakiness, Big Daddy Roth, ‘n Science Fiction pulp art, psychedelic culture, Surrealist Painting, scientific illustration. Pure gross out in the details!

With artwork by some of the MASTERS of the grotesque:

OG comic Weirdo Basil Wolverton

Wally Wood of EC Comics – Legend of Fantasy ‘n Sci-Fi art

Norman Saunders Wacky Package-esque shiny ‘n sickly style was present in the mix.


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The Scary-Ass Hobo Dog Mutant from the 70’s Remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

I was lookin’ at an old friend’s facebook profile picture and I was suddenly reminded of one of the most horrifyin’ film scenes ever…one that burned an impression in my young mind.

The Hobo/Dog hybrid from the 70’s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

” Elizabeth similarly alerts the pod people when she screams in reaction to seeing a pod duplicate with a dog’s body and a human’s face. This “creature” was formed from a combination of the banjo playing hobo and his dog, when Matthew kicks the pod growing next to them and obviously damages the duplication process to accidentally duplicate both the dog and the man into one creature.” – Wiki

It’s simple, just a mask on a dog, but way more effective than any modern CGI.

Arrrgggghhhhh!!!

Anyways, check this movie if you can.

I especially recommend the original black ‘n white version, one of my all time favorites.

The recent remakes of this picture just suck. The secret is to just keep it simple, stupids!

The paranoia of pods replacing you when you sleep is timeless.


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RIP Forrest J Ackerman

Forrest J Ackerman

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The founder of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland and avid collector of Hollywood horror memorabilia died December 4th.

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As a kid I was greatly influenced by this magazine. The cover illustrations were enough to burn an evil image into my impressionable grey matter. The creature features helped twist my developin’ mind, hippin’ me to a whole history of cult movies that I had a undyin’ hunger to consume.

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The typography of the mag alone was somethin’ else. Hand drawn horror fonts galore! The headline copy read like the way old radio DJ’s , like Wolfman Jack, talked, jokey puns and alliteration, creatin’ an hip insiders vibe that no other mag could copy.

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The Misfits logo is a direct bite offa the magazine logo.

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I’m sure FM was Glenn Danzig‘s bible as a ‘monster kid’

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The Ackermonster popularized Monster culture and Horror/Sci-Fi fandom, layin’ the groundwork for better or worse, for today’s nerd hyper-collectors, Trekkies, and convention fanboy types, by creating a worldwide network of horror/fantasy/science fiction fans, this was in the pre-internet, pre-video store, pre-digital era.

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The term ‘Sci-Fi’ was supposedly coined by him, goddamnit! Dr. Ack-Ack helped Ray Bradbury and L. Ron Hubbard (Dianetics, Scientology) jump-off by gettin’ ’em published early in their careers.

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Uncle Forry kept his Ackermansion in Karloffornia as a shrine, filled with an insane collection of Horror memorabilia. It was open on the weekends to any fan willin’ to make the pilgrimage.

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He also had an obvious Frankenstein Monster fetish!

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