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Drive-In Dust Offs: Empire Of The Ants (1977)

  • DailyDead
Schlock should never be a dirty word in the world of cinema. Some of my favorite films are utterly devoid of taste and frequently, refinement. The majority of drive-in treasures lie somewhere between perspiration and inspiration, covered in flop sweat and trying desperately to entertain. This is often where you’ll find the films distributed by American International Pictures, and always where you’ll see director Bert I. Gordon’s oeuvre. Empire of the Ants (1977) is no exception.

Released by Aip in July and bringing in $2.5 million, Empire was the follow up to Gordon and producer Samuel Z. Arkoff’s success from the previous year, The Food of the Gods, another “loose” H.G. Wells adaptation, and was an even bigger hit (in B.I.G. terms, anyway—everything’s relative, folks). Naturally dismissed by critics, Empire continues the winning Gordon formula of B stars and groovy, goofy, rear projection grisliness.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Food Of The Gods (1976)

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Sometimes in horror, a giant creature will do. It takes us back to a simpler time, I think. A time when an oversized spider, or a massive lizard sparked shuttered eyes at the Drive-In or local theatre. It feels almost like a cleansing; a reset of the scare-o-meter back to the innocent levels of the Saturday matinee. And if you were a kid in the ‘70s, Bert I. Gordon’s The Food of the Gods (1976) fit the bill nicely.

Released in June by Aip stateside, and then rolled out across the world in ’77, Food brought in $1 million at the gate (good revenue by Aip standards) and the reviews were, not surprisingly, as low grade as the budget. But hey, legendary schlockmeister Gordon did not survive the biz on good copy. And what kind of reviews would you expect from a movie that features giant chickens, gargantuan rats, and Marjoe Gortner?
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Journey to the Seventh Planet

What horrors will we find on the planet Yoo-rah-nuss? A cyclopean dinosaur? Nasty spider monsters? A megalomaniac cerebellum that can turn our X-rated sex fantasies into flesh and blood people? Let's go! Sid Pink's flashy and slightly idiotic adventure stars space cadet John Agar as an average guy willing to have sex with a phantom from his own imagination. Say, doesn't Woody Allen make dirty jokes about that? Journey to the Seventh Planet Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1962 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 77 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Ann Smyrner, Greta Thyssen, Peter Monch, Ove Sprogoe, Louis Miehe-Renard, Ulla Moritz, Mimi Heinrich, Annie Birgit Garde. Cinematography Aage Wiltrup Visual Effects Krogh, Wah Chang, Jim Danforth, Ronny Scheemmel. Art Director Otto Lund Editor Tove Palsbo Original Music Jerry Capeheart, Ib Glindemann, Mitchell Tableporte Written by Ib Melchior & Sid Pink Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff & Sid Pink
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10 Weirdest “Versus” Movies Of All Time

With Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice on the way, we got to thinking about other movies with “versus” in the title which pit one entity against another – albeit often in extremely varying circumstances.

Seeing two heroes who have collided in comic books for years going up against each other on the big screen isn’t weird, however – although it is extremely unique and exciting in live action blockbuster terms, it was hardly a surprise to see it announced – and there will no doubt be more comic book movies with “versus” in the title in the future.

It was also no real surprise to see iconic franchises collide, in the form of movies like Alien Vs Predator and Freddy Vs Jason – and with the likes of horror icons such as Pinhead, Michael Myers, Chucky, Leatherface and the Creeper all yet to face off with fellow killers, we can surely expect
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Confessions of an Opium Eater

Next week at Tfh features a trio of trippy films gathered together under the banner "Just Say No". They include Requiem for a Dream, The Trip, and the subject of today's Saturday Matinee, Confessions of an Opium Eater.

Producer Albert Zugsmith was a consummate exploitationist, launching his career in 1952 with the berserk red-scare screed, Invasion USA starring Gerald Mohr and Dan O’Herlihy. He would spend the next twenty years rattling off a memorably lurid series of titles stoked by the hottest of hot-button topics, including teenage sex (High School Confidential), collegiate sex (Sex Kittens go to College) and interracial sex (Night of the Quarter Moon). There’s a pattern here if you look real close.

An amiable self-made millionaire who seemed to thrive on the low-down pleasures found on the other side of the tracks, Zugsmith’s first directorial efforts (College Confidential, The Private Lives of Adam and Eve
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1959 Bloodlust to Get HD DVD Restoration

A wealthy hunter meets his new prey when two couples dock their boat on his private island in Bloodlust available for the first time in full HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements is coming to DVD March 4 2014 from Film Chest Media Group. Filmed in 1959 and released in 1961 Bloodlust starring Robert Reed (The Brady Bunch The Defenders) June Kenney (Earth vs. the Spider) Joan Lora (Sorority Girl) and Eugene Persson (Earth vs. the Spider The Party Crashers) was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1994 quickly becoming a cult classic.
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Sporty Long Lost Flick Bloodlust Finally Comes to DVD

Any time a classic horror film makes its way to DVD, we get excited. There's just something about the older flicks... even the worst of them are charming to one degree or another. Case in point: Bloodlust. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

A wealthy hunter meets his new prey when two couples dock their boat on his private island in Bloodlust – available for the first time in full HD restoration from the original 35mm film elements – coming to DVD March 4 from Film Chest Media Group.

Filmed in 1959 and released in 1961, Bloodlust – starring Robert Reed ("The Brady Bunch," "The Defenders"), June Kenney (Earth vs. the Spider), Joan Lora (Sorority Girl), and Eugene Persson (Earth vs. the Spider, The Party Crashers) – was featured on "Mystery Science Theater 3000" in 1994, quickly becoming a cult classic.

In this thrilling drama, a group of young adults on a boat excursion become the
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Chatting with Mr. B.I.G.

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Chatting with Mr. B.I.G.
Thank heavens we live in a world where B-movie czar Bert I. Gordon, he of the larger-than-life-monsters-vs.-puny-humans classics of the 1960’s and 70’s, still walks among us. With pictures like The Amazing Colossal Man, Earth Vs The Spider, The Beginning Of The End, Village Of The Giants and Food Of The Gods on his résumé (he also worked with Orson Welles on The Witching and made the underrated Zsa Zsa Gabor Gothic Picture Mommy Dead), Gordon has firmly stamped his signature on B-cinema, creating a body of work that will stand the test of time.
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Monsterpalooza Guest List and Presentation Updates

We're exactly two months away from the second annual Monsterpalooza, which is returning to the Marriott Burbank Convention Center April 9-11, 2010. To help get people fired up for the event, which features special effects artists from the horror industry along with their many works, the promoters have revealed the expanded guest list along with a slew of presentations and demos that will be taking place over the weekend.

Confirmed guests so far include:

Verne Langdon - Monster Of Ceremonies

Michael Westmore - Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist - Mask, Star Trek, Raging Bull

Tom Burman - Award Winning Makeup Artist - Island Of Dr. Moreau, The Goonies, Nip/Tuck

Barney Burman - Proteus F/X - Dawn Of The Dead, Matrix Reloaded, Star Trek 09

Rob Burman - The Fly, The Thing, Star Trek 09

Amalgamated Dynamics - Academy Award Winners Tom Woodruff & Alec Gillis - Starship Troopers, Avp

Knb - Academy
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