Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chris Robinson's long-lost horror thriller THE INTRUDER coming soon from Garagehouse Pictures!



Garagehouse Pictures to bring THE INTRUDER, a lost, never-before-released horror thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne DeCarlo and Ted Cassidy to Blu-ray in August 2017!

THE BACKSTORY
In 1975, actor-director-producer Chris (STANLEY, TWELVE O’ CLOCK HIGH) Robinson accepted an offer from his brother to make a film for $25,000 dollars – but he had to script, cast and begin shooting the film in a matter of weeks! Robinson gathered together a cast of veteran professionals on both sides of the camera with whom he had worked with on previous projects, and the result was THE INTRUDER, a bloody Agatha Christie-style mystery horror thriller starring Mickey Rooney, Yvonne De Carlo, Ted Cassidy and Chris Robinson (who also wrote, produced and directed). Never distributed theatrically in the '70s due to disagreements among the distributors, the only 35mm print of the film disappeared before it could debut on the home video market. Since the film’s elements were later found to be destroyed, it seemed this modest little chiller would never be seen or heard of. The film was never listed on any of its star’s filmographies, nor did it have an entry on imdb.com. The film was buried in the past until 2012, when film collector and Garagehouse Pictures owner, Harry Guerro, discovered the film among piles of rotting 35mm film prints in a desert storage facility. Chris Robinson, who had long since given up hope the film would ever be found, was stunned upon learning of its recovery and the film’s long-overdue release was planned.


THE FILM
Mickey Rooney, Yvonne De Carlo, Ted Cassidy and Chris Robinson (who also wrote, produced and directed) star in a story of greed, murder and irrational madness. The lust for gold brings eleven visitors to a remote island retreat, but an unseen, seemingly unstoppable evil follows to stalk them one by one. The bodies don’t stop dropping until the final shattering conclusion. Who – or what – is the intruder? One thing is for certain: it will not stop until it kills them all.

Pre-dating the slasher movie craze that would become popular several years later, THE INTRUDER is a bloody Agatha Christie-style horror thriller with a body count that rivals FRIDAY THE 13TH and BAY OF BLOOD, with creepy photography by Jack (DERANGED, DEATHDREAM) McGowan. Garagehouse Pictures is pleased to introduce Chris Robinson's never-before-released 1975 proto-slasher on Blu-ray, in a painstakingly restored High Definition transfer from the only 35mm film print in existence.


FEATURE SPECIFICATIONS AND EXTRAS
Transferred in 4K from the only 35mm film print
Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks
Presented in its original aspect ratio
Audio commentary with Chris Robinson
Archival interview with Chris Robinson
Liner notes by Harry Guerro
Garagehouse Pictures trailers
All new artwork by Stephen Romano
All regions

1975 / 87 mins. / Color / Mono / 1.85:1 / Not Rated

Blu-ray street date: 8/1/2017

Now available for pre-order through Diabolik DVD.


ABOUT GARAGEHOUSE PICTURES
Since December 2015, Garagehouse Pictures has been dedicated to seeking out, restoring and preserving rare and lost horror and cult movies for release on Blu-ray. The more obscure and unknown the film is the better. Their first release was Paul Kyriazi’s missing 1984 martial arts comedy NINJA BUSTERS, followed by THE SATANIST, the lost Satanic sexploitation film from Zoltan G. Spencer. THE DISMEMBERED, a forgotten regional Philadelphia-shot horror comedy, was also recently uncovered and released for the first time ever. In addition to the endangered features, Garagehouse Pictures is also responsible for TRAILER TRAUMA, a popular series of three spectacular volumes (and counting!) of HD trailer compilations.


For more information about THE INTRUDER and other Garagehouse Pictures releases, please visit our website or our Facebook page.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: THE CURSE OF A FAITHFUL WIFE w/ A PLACE FOR THE DEAD (1972)



Two extremely obscure movies that were made in the 1960s by writer-producer-director Gary Travis opened at the Fox Drive-In in Aiken, South Carolina on Sunday, June 25th, 1972. THE CURSE OF A FAITHFUL WIFE, starring Alan Hale, Jr. and Judith Arthy, is a black comedy that Travis filmed in Yugoslavia in early 1968. The second feature, A PLACE FOR THE DEAD, must have been shot even earlier, considering co-star Linné Ahlstrand (who was Playboy's Miss July 1958 and appeared in THE BEAST FROM THE HAUNTED CAVE and Herschell Gordon Lewis' LIVING VENUS) succumbed to cancer in January 1967. Neither of these are in the IMDb, but THE CURSE OF A FAITHFUL WIFE will be showing at the Skyline Drive-In in Shelbyville, Indiana on Saturday, July 8th. Big thanks to Mike MacCollum for bringing this show to our attention. For more info, check out the ad below or the Drive-Insanity webpage (Another rarity coming to the Skyline is William Rotsler's SHANNON'S WOMEN on August 5th).


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: JAWS meets CLAWS (1977)


One day in Ogden, Utah about 40 years ago, this happened.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #163)



In the early morning of September 9th, 1960 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah, Mickey Thompson became the fastest man in the world. Behind the wheel of his Challenger 1 - a long, sleek streamliner powered by four GMC 6-71 supercharged Pontiac engines (one for each wheel) – he broke the land speed record by going 406.6 miles per hour. If you’re having a difficult time wrapping your head around that number, think of it this way: he traveled the length of two football fields in one second flat. By the time his autobiography was published by Prentice Hall in January 1964, he had amassed close to 200 international and American land speed records and established himself as not only one of the most innovative and competitive people in racing but an extremely successful businessman.


Anyone interested in learning how one documentary about Thompson (THE MAN IN THE IRON CAGE) became another documentary about Thompson (MICKEY THOMPSON: MAN IN THE STEEL CAGE), both of them so obscure that neither is listed in the Internet Movie Database, then we highly recommend the article "Rage in the Cage: The Making of a Mickey Thompson Documentary," which can be found in the new issue of The Journal of Interstitial Cinema (#6). Order it here!


THE MAN IN THE IRON CAGE
(1983)

Starring
Mickey Thompson
Larry Huffman
Pat Buttram

Appearing in
"The Celebrity Challenge"
James Brolin
Ruth Buzzi
Troy Donahue
Dan Haggerty
Kent McCord
Martin Milner
Ken Norton
Ted Nugent
Denver Pyle
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Dick Smothers
Elke Sommer
Clint Walker

Produced and Directed
by
Ed Forsyth

Associate Producer
Gary Crutcher

Photographed by
Gary Foster
Henning Schellerup

Music Composed
and Conducted
by
Bill Loose

Special Music
by
Ted Nugent

Assistant to the Producer
Gary Foster

Additional Cinematographers
Craig Stewart, Jr.
Fred Bailey
Jeff Nolke
Marty Zimmerman
Don Wyman
Garry Oversby
Pete Kallion
Glen Roland
Rick Hasselo
David Waelder

Camera Assistants
Marty Bivens
Don Hale

Still Photographers
Gene Esquivel
Bill Groves

Production Sound Mixers
John Vincent
David Bruno

Post Production Supervisor
Lee Frost

Sound Effects Editors
Eddie Gilbert
Cal Haas
Stan Markel
Derek Scott

Music Editing
High Note Productions

Negative Cutters
Brian King
Ted Sawicki

Unit Manager
Marland Proctor

Historian
Collene Campbell

Technical Advisor
Gary Campbell

Titles and Opticals
Title House

Sound Re-recording
Glen Glenn Sound

Laboratory
Consolidated Film Industries

An
M.T. - A.E.
presentation

Running time: 86 minutes


MICKEY THOMPSON: MAN IN THE STEEL CAGE
(1985)


Starring
Mickey Thompson

Hosted by
Larry Wilcox

Narrated by
Thomas Brown

Directed by
Lee Frost

Produced by
Gary Foster

Music Composed by
Bill Loose

Presented by
RLF Enterprises

MPAA rating: PG


Want to learn more about THE MAN IN THE IRON CAGE and MICKEY THOMPSON: MAN IN THE STEEL CAGE? Don't miss "Rage in the Cage: The Making of a Mickey Thompson Documentary," an exciting article that can be found only in the latest issue of The Journal of Interstitial Cinema (#6). Order it here!

Monday, June 12, 2017

KILLERS ON WHEELS in 35mm on 7/13 at the Nitehawk!



Wow, check this out: Temple of Schlock founder Chris Poggiali will be at the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn on Thursday, July 13th, to introduce a rare 35mm showing of the amazing KILLERS ON WHEELS! This event, part of the “The Deuce” screening series, is expected to sell out, so get your tickets now! HELLS ANGELS ON WHEELS collides with STRAW DOGS and LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT in this brutal biker flick from Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brothers Studios. A series of increasingly hostile run-ins between a gang of rowdy Yamaha riders and two young couples staying at an island vacation home leads to deaths by electrocution, fire, boiling oil, broken glass, harpoon gun, and even outboard motor! In other words, this is more top-notch schlock from the director of THE BOXER'S OMEN! Plus, you get a snappy soundtrack of stolen music ranging from Piero Piccioni's "Identikit 2" and Herbie Hancock's "Heartbeat" to Lalo Schifrin cues swiped from KELLY'S HEROES. This is the very same, extremely rare English-dubbed 35mm print that played the grindhouses of 42nd Street! The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and, as always, there will be prizes afterwards. For more details, head over to the event page.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: ATOKA (1979)



The country music festival "48 Hours in Atoka" occurred on Labor Day weekend 1975 (August 30-31) on a 1,500-acre tract of cleared land in Atoka county in southern Oklahoma, halfway between Tulsa and Dallas. Tickets were $10.00 and attendees were advised to bring their own food, which they could then cook over a 100-foot-long flaming pit. The musical performances ran 48 hours straight and included such acts as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Freddy Fender, and Hoyt Axton. Postmortem news coverage, some of it extremely negative, reported the attendance as anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000. Filmmaker Robert Hinkle and his camera crew were in the crowd that weekend, and four years later, a film titled ATOKA opened in select theaters (The ads above & below are from Phoenix, AZ during the weekend of June 8th, 1979).




Salem, OR - September 19, 1979




Shreveport, LA - November 4, 1979

Friday, June 09, 2017

Mystery Movie solved! KUNG FU KIDS (ca. 1973)



Three and a half years ago we posted this Mystery Movie entry about KUNG FU KIDS, an Asian fantasy film released in the U.S. as a kiddie matinee during the height of the '70s kung fu craze. Three months ago we found out that it was distributed by Aquarius Releasing, and had also played kiddie matinees as SUPERBOY AND SUPERGIRL AGAINST THE 7 MONSTERS (The ad below right is from a booking in Westfield, NJ during the weekend of October 19-21, 1973).




Not long after I posted this update on Facebook, Jeff Goodhartz of Weng's Chop magazine wrote in and suggested that perhaps KUNG FU KIDS was a "Watari" movie from Japan. Five seconds of online scanning brought us the answer: KUNG FU KIDS (or SUPERBOY AND SUPERGIRL AGAINST THE 7 MONSTERS) is actually the Toei production FEI LONG WANG ZI PO QUN YAO (1970), a.k.a. THE MAGIC SWORD OF WATARI, GOLDEN BOY SUBDUES MONSTERS, and WATARI AND THE SEVEN MONSTERS. Thanks, Jeff!