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Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Collinson Twins are Twins of Evil

Director: John Hough

Cast: Madeleine and Mary Collinson, Peter Cushing, Dennis Price

Synapse Films / Regions A (Blu-ray) and 1 (DVD) / Unrated / 1.66:1 widescreen / Dolby 2.0 / 87 minutes

EXTRAS: The Flesh and the Fury: X-Posing Twins of Evil (84 min.) / The Props That Hammer Built: The Kinsey Collection Featurette (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Motion Still Gallery (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Deleted Scene (Blu-ray Exclusive) / Isolated Music & Effects Track (Blu-ray Exclusive)


I'm fighting the urge to start this article off by quoting "STOP... Hammer time!", but I am too much of a professional for that silliness. I will begin by saying that watching Twins of Evil made me think a lot about filmmaking these days. Today there is a lot of rehashing, remaking and re-imagining of old movies and ideas and the problem I have with that is not exactly the lack of originality, but the inability of most of them to entertain me. Most have hacky directors or horrendous acting and some of them are just plain fucking boring and I want to chew my own nipples off just to see if I'm still alive while watching them. But back in the day Hammer Films and director John Hough gave a clinic on how to tell a well-known story the right way. Apparently it just takes some damn talent... that and some really awesome twin cleavage.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Come and Huddle With The Cheerleaders

Director: Paul Glickler

Cast: Stephanie Fondue, Denise Dillaway, Jovita Bush, Brandy Woods

Code Red DVD / All Region / Unrated / 1.78:1 widescreen / English mono / 82 minutes

EXTRAS: Commentary with Paul Glickler and Ace Baandige


If I was going to write a sexploitation film of any kind (in this case a comedy) one of the first plot devices I would think of would be cheerleaders. Through high school and college, cheerleaders were the center of most teenage boy's fantasies. They were real girls who you saw everyday while also being the sexual goddesses of your school once they donned that tight top and short, pleated skirt. I guess that's what Paul Glickler had in mind when he wrote and directed 1973's The Cheerleaders. His completely goofy and nearly pornographic sex comedy would also spawn two official sequels; The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974,  dir. Jack Hill), Revenge of the Cheerleaders (1976, dir. Richard Lerner) and some would say the Cheerleaders Wild Weekend (1979, dir. Jeff Werner) aka The Great American Girl Robbery would be a good fourth to the series. Glickler directed two other films; another sexploitation flick called Hot Circuit in 1971 and probably his best known movie, Running Scared (1980) starring relative newcomers Ken Wahl and Judge Reinhold.
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