Posts Tagged ‘cannibal

30
Sep
08

Sleazoid Express by Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford

Sleazoid Express by Bill Landis & Michelle Clifford

Sleazoid Express by Bill Landis & Michelle Clifford

With a sub-title like: A Mind Twisting Tour Through The Grindhouse Cinema Of Times Square!, how could I resist?

The book begins way back in the 60s where it goes in to great detail about the atmosphere in grindhouse cinemas and the danger that lurked in some of these hell holes. Initially this chapter seemed completely pointless, but reading on – you realise that you needed that chapter to give you the background of which cinema was where, who owned it and it’s reputation within the legendary 42nd Street.

Sleazoid Express moves chronologically through the exploitation movies being peddled. Filled with crackheads, thiefs and prostitutes/pimps 42nd Street certainly sounds sleazy! Beginning with the Olga series of movies (a pre-cursor to the Ilsa movies) it often gives a brief review (sometimes a lengthy review, if the film was decent) of the movie plot and, most times, even giving away the ending, so if you don’t want your plots spoiled, beware! But lets face it, how many exploitation movies have an in depth plot or twist ending?

The chapters are genre points within the exploitation time line, chapter titles such as: The Anco Does A Gendertwist and Blood Horror: Chopping ‘Em Up At The Rialto hint at the subjects (the Anco and Rialto being cinemas with Times Square). Many different types of film are spoken about in the book, everything from the early gore classics (Blood Feast) through to the zombie flicks, cannibal movies and even the influx of gorey westerns and wacky oriental fung-fu movies (Flying Guillotine).

Just shy of 300 pages the book also lists exploitation video companies who still sell many of the gems mentioned in the book. The index is excellent as lists actors, directors and film titles, so it’s easy to dive in to the book to find a fact. This is THE exploitation book to own, Nightmare USA is also excellent, but spends too much time reviewing, Sleazoid Express gives history, and life, to the home of exploitation cinema. If you want to know how it all started, this is the book you want.

Favourite fact gleaned from the book? The fact that Dyanne Thorne (Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS) is now an ordained minister!

SEE ALSO: Nightmare USA – The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents.

23
Sep
08

Albert Fish – In Sin He Found Salvation

Albert Fish

Albert Fish

If ever there was a candidate for a real life Freddy Krueger, it’d be Albert Fish. I’ve read up on many serial killers over the years, but I had never heard of Albert Fish, until now.

This movie is actually a documentary about Fish’s crimes with various experts giving their reasons why Fish did what he did. What did he do? What did he not do!

Fish was born in 1870 in to a family of metal illness. From 1924 to 1932 he kidnapped, tortured, killed and ate several children. Yes, he ate them. He was convicted of one main murder, Grace Budd, admitted to several others, but could well have done many more.

Fish was a firm believer in the Bible, his mentality though seems to take the Bible literally, and his entire modus operandi seemed to have been that pain equals purity. After his main killing (Grace Budd) he says in a letter (to the little girls mother) that he didn’t rape her, she died a virgin. He seemed to think that his would martyr her in some way. The letter is sickening and can be read at wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish#The_letter. Imagine grieving the loss of your young child, receiving that letter through the post, being illiterate, and having to get your son to read it to you. Well, that’s what happened.

Alber tFish - also known as 'the grey man'

Albert Fish - also known as 'the grey man'

Fish’s wife left him and this seemed to be the beginning of his descent in to madness, he began seeing visions of Jesus and used to torture himself by inserting needles in to his waist area and whipping himself in front of pictures of Jesus. He even admitted this to his own children, this was proved by x-rays done while he was in prison.

After a reign of several years, Fish was eventually caught via the letter he sent to Mrs. Budd. He was sentenced to dead in the electric chair.

The documentary uses new footage edited to look, and sound, like old 1930’s footage, not done very convincingly, but it looks ok. Much of what we know about Fish came from discussions he had in prison after his conviction, this is narrated by a voice actor, the accent is a bit corny, but the actor portraying Fish in recreated scenes does well given the fact that he’s acting out some strange things with no dialogue. There’s no real gore to speak of except for some blood and wound effects in some whipping scenes.

All in all, a good documentary given that there’s no actual interview audio/footage of Fish to see (just a few photos).