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Film Review: An American Crime (2007)


SYNOPSIS: While The Girl Next Door (2007) was based on Jack Ketchum’s novelized account of this horrifying true story, Tommy O’Haver’s An American Crime goes straight to the court transcripts to present its version of events. The film opens with the 1965 court trial before inserting lengthy dramatised flashbacks to tell the story. The parents of Jenny and Sylvia Likens ...

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Film Review: I Never Left the White Room (2000)


SYNOPSIS Jeffery, a psychiatric patient, has disturbing visions, and his psychiatrist follows him in a hallucinatory sorjourn to hell. REVIEW: Directed by Michael Todd Schneider Starring Michael Todd Schneider, Eric James, Tom Colbert, (aka My Crepitus) Lucifer Valentine meets Fred Vogel in this experimental, shot on video montage, which seems designed to drive its viewers insane. I never saw the ...

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Film Review: Crazy Love (1987)


SYNOPSIS: 1987 was a great year for Charles Bukowski screen adaptations. Barbert Schroeder offered up Barfly, a low-life epic of squalor and drunkenness starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway. In the same year, Dominique Deruddere presented his debut feature, Crazy Love, a much lesser-known film that stunned the arthouse crowd with its darkly amusing and disturbing edge. But since its ...

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Film Festival: Nick Zedd and The Cinema of Transgression Festival at Glasshouse, NYC ‏


NICK ZEDD & THE CINEMA OF TRANSGRESSION Just a quick heads up for anyone who can make it to New York in the next few days. Nick Zedd and The Cinema of Transgression Festival will be there from January 15-19. Full details, including schedule below… Don’t miss it. 9pm-late all nights Glasshouse 246 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211(G to Broadway, ...

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Interview: Stephen Biro – President (Unearthed Films)


Stephen Biro is the President of Unearthed Films, the world’s foremost purveyors of DVD extremes. Since its launch in 2001, Unearthed Films has given the Western world such classics as Aftermath, Slaughtered Vomit Dolls, and This Hollow Sacrament. Unearthed Films was the first label to officially release the Guinea Pig series from Japan in pristine transfers with a generous amount ...

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Film Review: Sweet Movie (1974)


SYNOPSIS: No synopsis can do this movie justice, but it basically boils down to a bunch of ‘radical’ students misbehaving on camera, with the the end result being passed off as an experimental art piece. It’s a psycho-sexual ‘comedy’ that wallows in shattered taboos, and absurdist, free-form vignettes. REVIEW: Directed by: Dusan Makevejev Starring: Carole Laure; John Vernon The film ...

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Film Review: Dead Girl on Film (2000)


SYNOPSIS: A group of filmmakers sit around watching their latest film epic, a black and white lesbian bondage movie. They’re bored, and one of them suggests they try something new. After toying with various perverted ideas, including being shat on by a “300-pound sweata with a gassy box”, they are eventually forced into making a snuff movie. The filmmakers soon ...

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