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Chainsaw Sally The Movie

Starring:

April Monique Burril, Mark Redfield, Alec Joseph, David Calhoun, Kristen Hudson, Gunnar Hansen and Herschall Gordon Lewis.

Written & Directed by Jimmy O Burril

Produced by Stuart Voytilla & Mark Redfield

4.5 out of 5 points

Sally (April Burril) is the librarian at the Porterville Library.  You don’t want to get Sally mad.  You don’t want to piss Sally off.  You don’t even want  Sally to catch you talking above a whisper in the library.  What could this petite little librarian in the John Lennon glasses ever do that would be so bad you ask?  You see Sally has two sides to her.  By day she is the cute sexy little librarian but at night she takes on a completely different personality.  The other side to her is very different.  She carries a chainsaw and she gets back at anyone who pisses her offf.  And they become a part of tomorrow nights dinner.  The daughter of Leatherface you ask?  In a way you are correct.

The story goes likes this. On a cold December night many years ago The Diamon Family was sitting around the living room watching TV and doing what any other family would be doing.  There is a knock on the door.  Sally’s dad (Gunnar Hansen)  gets up to answer the door.  When he does he finds three hoods out side with guns.  Sally’s mom and dad are shot right in front of her and her younger brother Rudy.  Mr Diamon manages to get his chainsaw and take care of the three bad guys and manages to tell Sally to take care of her brother before taking his last breath.

Fast forward to present day.  Sally and her now cross dressing brother(Alec Joseph)  live in a small house out in the middle of a large 200 acre plot of land that runs down the middle of Porterville.  The city is wanting to buy the land from the owner and develop it into high rises and office buildings.  But Sally isn’t about to let this happen and will stop at nothing to see that it doesn’t.  Her trusty chainsaw aids her in this action,  chopping up and bringing the good parts home to Rudy who always has a nice “hearty” dinner waiting on his hard working sister.  If you get on Sally’s bad side you might as well kiss the world good bye.  She will catch you,  and you won’t live to regeret it.

This film is a roller coaster ride from start to finsh.  The blood and gore are a plenty as Sally goes on her nightly rampage seeking revenge on anyone that gets under here skin.  The thing I like the most about this movie (other than the character of Sally her self) is the fact that all the effects are done the way they would have been done before CGI.  If you wanted something to happen, you made it happen with your own two hands, not a computer.  For a low budget film the blood and guts look really good.  Sally gets back at everyone from the local redneck hotshot, who tells his one night stand to kiss off,  to the cute little girl working in the ice cream stand, who tries to move in on Steve, the owner of the land and Sally’s date for the afternoon.  Ever wonder what would happen if you drank a bottle of acid?

Chainsaw Sally was born as a spokes person for Jimmy O and April’s film “Sliverscream”.  She would be at the screenings and became very popular.  She became so popular that a web site was dedicated to her.  Next was the movie and now April is in the second season of The Chainsaw Sally Show, a web show.  The first season is being released by Troma very soon.

The cast is awesome, my second favorite character has to be Rudy (Alec Joseph).  I love the relationship between him and Sally.  Real brother and sister love.  The beautiful Kristen Hudson delivers a great preforamance as well.

Sally manages to save the day, her home and everything is back to normal in Porterville.  At least as normal as it can be with a chainsaw welding hottie running amuck every night.

If you are a fan of gore, blood and sexy girls with chainsaws (and who isn’t right?) this is the movie for you.  You will fall in love with Sally the second you lay eyes on her.  The only thing that I didn’t like about this movie is that it really builds up Gunnar Hansen and Hershell Gordon Lewis’ part but actually they are both in the movie for just a few minutes.   Other than that I love this little ditty of a movie.  Low budget horror does not get any better than this I promise.  Go get your self a copy of Chain Saw Sally and you will see what I mean.

 


“The Slumber Party Massacre”

Starring:

Michelle Michaels

Robin Stille

Michael Villella

4 out of 5 stars

The 1980’s saw a huge swing toward the slasher movies.  “Friday The 13th”, “Halloween” and many others ruled the box office and video store shelf.  Some were good and some were not, and most of them had sequels good or bad.  In 1982 a film by R0ger Corman hit the theater called “The Slumber Party Massacre.” It spawned two more sequels and has just gotten the star treatment from Shout Factory in a deluxe 2 cd box set as a part of the company’s Roger Corman Collection Series.  This is Part 1 of my 3 Part “Slumber Party Massacre” review.

The story centers around a group of friends who go to school together.  The new girl in town, Val (Robin Still)  is very beautiful and a star basketball player which cause some friction between her and the other girls.  Trish’s parents are going out of town for the weekend and she decides to throw a slumber party.  Val over hears the girls talking about her in the locker and declines the invite to the party and stays home baby sitting her younger sister Courtney.

Unknown to the girls, Russ Thorn, convicted murderer who has a passion for power drills,  has just escaped from the local prison.  One by one the body count grows  and grows as Thorn picks off everyone in sight including Thrish’s next door neighbor Mr. Contant and the pizza delivery guy.  Even the girls two male friends Neil and Jeff are no match for this mad man.  They get what’s coming to them after playing pranks on the girls.

All the actors and actresses do an excellent job in the film.  Before viewing the movie a few days ago I was wondering if it would hold up after all these years and suprisingly it does.  Yes, the special effects are low budget but this is a low budget film.  Even the sound track that was recorded on a small electric keyborad still gives you an errie feeling through out the movie.  If you watch closely during the scene when Val is making Kool Aid she empties a package of sugar free Kool Aid into a pitcher and then adds sugar anyway.  That is some sweet Kool Aid Valerie!!! Also, Trish picks up a “hot” glass coffee pot like it is not hot at all. OUCH!!!

The film was written by Rita Mae Brown , directed by Amy Holden Jones and of course produced by Roger Corman.  You can tell that by all of the female nudity scattered about though out the movie. This was always a top priority in any Corman production.

Brinke Stevens makes her first feature film appearence as Linda who is one of the first to get the deluxe “driller killer” treatment.

Included with the set is a booklet written by Jason Paul Collum who has spent 10 years researching all three films.  Also each movie has its own featurette with interviews with the actors, actresses, writers and directors. ( I thought it was cool that during production Michael Villella who plays the part of Russ Thorn, keeps a distance from the other cast members always eating lunch over in a corner by himself.  He says this gave him an sinister personality and that the girls would naturally be afraid of him.)  The set features still gallery as well.  A very nice package for a nice price.

Shout Factory has done an excellent job at paying homage to Roger Corman’s films and this set is no exception.  Three movies in one set that will definalty make you get up in the middle of the night to make sure you locked the front door.

 

 

Midnite Mausoleum

Marlena Midnite & Robyn Graves

Directed by Blake Powell

Written by Marlena Midnite, Derrick Knight & Andrew Smith

4.5 out of 5 points

Most of us grew up with a show that was shown on late nite tv that broadcast old creepy horror movies.   They were usually shown after the local news on Friday or Saturday night.  I have great childhood memories of watching “Creature Feature” in Nashville.  Other than the movies, the one thing that made this show so cool was the host of the show.  For a long time I thought that this type of show was long gone.  With the help of the internet I have found that the horror host is alive and well in America today.

I attended the Fright Night Film Fest in Louisville, KY this past summer.  It was a great show with many horror celebs.  There was one booth that really caught my eye and that was The Midnite Mausoleum booth.  I saw that there were two young girls at the booth with DVD’s and Tee Shirts for sale.  After walking by the booth several times I decided to stop and talk for a while.

I found out that these two girls, Marlena Midnite and Robyn Graves were the hosts of a show called “Midnite Mausoleum” that was based out of Clinton, IA.  They had two DVD’s for sale so I decided to get them.  A few days after the Fest, I decided to pop one of the DVD’s in the player and see what this show was all about.  From the opening of the show where Marlena is walking through the grave yard down to “the mausoleum” to the end of the show I was glued to the TV screen.  I thought “This show is awesome”.

The story of Marlena Midnight goes like this.  She was a twenty-something up and coming starlett back in the 1920’s.  She is leaving a night club one night after a few too many drinks.  She steps out in front of a speeding sports car and….well you know what effect that can have on a person.  Marlena is not ready to leave this earth yet so she makes a deal with the Grim Reaper to let her stay on earth.  The catch is she has to live in the mausoleum and she has to give the Grim Reaper a part on her TV show.

That TV show is “Midnite Mausoleum” and it is a delight.  Marlena and Robyn’s charcters work so well together.  They possess a very unique brand of humor that is absent from culture today.  A type of humor that anyone, any age can watch and enjoy.  That is the thing that impresses me so much about the show.  Adults can watch it along with their kids and not have to worry about them hearing anything they shouldn’t.  And not only does the show feature the real life characters of Marlena and Robyn but there are puppets on the show as well.  Franklin is a Frankenstein type puppet and Wolfred is a wolf with a overbite.

Not only does the show feature interesting characters, the movies they show are pretty cool as well.  The first DVD features a movie called “The Prehistoric Planet”.  This film stars Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue.  A little cheesy but I really enjoyed watching it after the space ship landed on the planet.  This was one of the very first episodes of the show when it was just a web broadcast and has not been shown on TV before.  Vol 2 of the series has two episodes.  The first movie shown is “The Undertaker And His Pals”.  This film is one of those that is so bad it is good.  Just seeing this movie is worth the price of the DVD.  You won’t believe your eyes and you will laugh all the way through it.  The second episode serves up “The King Of The Zombies”.  I remember seeing this one on TV as a kid and always remembered it but never knew the name.  The reason I remembered it was because of one of the stars, Mantan Moreland.  I guess he is best remembered as Charlie Chan’s driver in all of those movies.  He steals the show in “The King Of The Zombies” and makes this a very enjoyable movie to watch.  The newest DVD that was just released has the movies “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things” and “Carnival Of Souls”.  These two movies should be very familar to horror fans as each has a strong cult following.  Each disc also has some bloopers and outtakes for the viewer to enjoy.

All in all I really loved watching all three volumes of this wonderful show.  Marlena Midnite and company have created a cast of characters that deliver a very unique TV show that you will enjoy over and over.  Watching it takes me back to a time when the world was much easier place to live in.  I hope these girls are around for a long time to come!!!

You can get the DVD’s plus other cool Midnite Mausoleum stuff at the Midnite Mausoleum Web Site.

 

 

 

 


Horrortica

Starring: Goldie Fatale, Andie Noir, Kristen Lane, Deva Lichous, Misty Lewis and others.

Flickering Candle Productions

Directed by George Demick

Produced by Chuck Nicholson

Monsters From The Basement Rating:

4 out of 5 points

 

What do you get when you take the Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt and The Outer Limts, combine them together and throw in a little bit of erotic horror?  You get Horrotica.  Horritica is a  collection of 10 stories that combine the right amount of the above elements.  Before I viewed this movie I was afraid that the “sexy” element would be too much, but it isn’t.  Each story contains just the right mix of horror and erotic elements to make this a very enjoyable view.

A pretty young girl, played by Kristen Lane,  is up late at night surfing the web and pulls up a site called Horrotica.  Each time she clicks on a link it tells her a story that not only gives her a scare but also gets her blood boiling a little.  There is just about every type of horror element included in this collection.  We have vampires, zombies, monsters, slashers and everything else you could think of.  Each story is a rollercoaster ride into the dark side.

Of the 10 stories included I would like to talk about my four favorites.  The very first story on the dvd really catches your attention fast.  It is called “The Dance” and stars Andie Noir and Goldie Fatale, who are both Flicking Candle’s main Scream Queens.  Three beautiful ladies who happen to be vampires bring home a fourth woman to add to their late night enjoyment.  Just when the ladies are ready for a little blood sucking fun, they find out that their new friend is not what she appears to be.  A big suprise twist really sets the mood for the beginning of this movie and sucks you right into what you are in for.

“Ghost Lover” stars Deva Lichous and David Bayer.  A lady has just became a single again and discovers the house that she lives in has a little more to offer than just a roof over her head.  As the days pass she discovers that things around the house are being moved around and don’t stay in the places that she left them.  After she does some reasurch on the internet she discovers that the house is possessed by a former tenant’s spirit.  The spirit visits her one night and gives her a very memorable time.  She decides that the only way that she can join her “new friend” is to take her own life and that is what she does.  But once again there is a twist that she didn’t expect.

“The Musician” features Brandon Boyd as a songwriter/former junkie.  His girlfriend, played by Misty Lewis, accidentally over doses and on the third anniversary of their first date, he writes a song dedicated to her memory.  The spirit of his dead lover returns because of the love that he puts into the song.  But she has a motive of her own in mind.  She sees that the song has the potental to be a huge hit record, and does what she has to prevent him from making millions of dollars from the song.  The way she goes about doing this, gives her great revenge on her own death I think.

“The Ride” stars Perry Poston and Catherine in a tale that happens inside a man’s car.  A middle aged district manager for a large company spends a lot of time on the road away from home.  He picks up a pretty hitch hiker at the side of the road one night.  He tells her his story of traveling and how he sometimes will meet a woman and winds up cheating on his wife who is home alone.  He tells her what she doesn’t know won’t hurt her, and besides that, she likes the money her brings home.  The hitch hiker shows the man what can happen when you don’t protect your soul from strange women.

Like I stated before, when I first saw this dvd and read the discription I was worried that it might contain a little too much sex pushing it into the “porn” catagory of movies but that is not the case.  The sexual aspect plays a part in each chapter but for the most part is not pushed in your face.  In other words a lot is left to the imagnation.  The sex factor does not over come the horror factor. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with sex being a part of a movie but I think a lot of films being produced today put way too much sex in the story line and rely on it to sell the film.

Nashville indie film company Flickering Candle Productions has produced several very good movies in the past few years and so far, of the the ones I have seen,  Horrotica is my favorite.  I love the short stories and how each one is completely different.  The first time viewer will not know what to expect from one story to the next and will be supirised by what each one has to offer.

If you like your horror served up with a little sexiness you should check out this dvd.  I am glad that I did.

 

 

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