Posts Tagged ‘horror’

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More cult cinema = the Westgarth takes up the baton with Cult Vault

April 24, 2011

Shadows Cinema, the Astor, ACMI and the Rooftop Cinema have all flown the flag of cult films, and continue to, for a while. Good news is that the Westgarth, that ever charming delight of old-school cinema, has joined the throng, being a perfect complement to Movie Reel for the home viewer.

Their Cult Vault series screens for $10 a ticket, and the upcoming May theme seems to be chock full of schlock for horror fans. Look at their upcoming films here:

http://www.palacecinemas.com.au/events/cultvaultatpalacewestgarth/

May: Psychomania!

Return of the Living Dead [M] May 5th – 11.59pm

Purchase tickets

The Evil Dead [R18+] 13th May – 11.59pm

Purchase tickets

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre May 20th – 11.59pm

Purchase tickets

Re-Animator [R18+] 27 May – 11.59pm

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Melbourne Horror Film Society

September 28, 2010

Better late than never, is every fiend’s cry as they hunt for that last brain/victim/rat/virgin before the dawn.  And so say I, bumping into the spooky Melbourne Horror Film Society so late in 2010′s  shadow.

But there are still films to be seen at 1000 pound bend before the year is out, and a perfectly meritorious idea to get ghoulish in long spring nights.  They have membership details at their website, and a programme of films for 2010.

They also have a facebook page.

Goretastic times ahead!

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Gorelesque, Horror Burlesque – August 13th at Red Bennies

August 10, 2010
More from Melbourne’s thriving Burlesque culture: this one looks to have an intriguing theme…

Gorelesque Productions proudly presents…

GORELESQUE 2

An evening of dark variety and horror burlesque!

After 2009’s sell out premier event, this year, your favourite horror variety show is back with a vengeance! Like all good filmic sequels, prepare yourself for a memorable fright night of your favourite heroines, fresh victims, and scream-worthy villains that’ll leave you in hysterics! All our burly-ghouls are shaking off the gravedust and lurching for a vaude-kill night to remember, forever!

Featuring!

The electrifying VESPER WHITE

Your favourite mistress of horror, MISS NIC

That flame-haired chimera fresh from her trip around the world, TANK!

The thing that goes bump n’ grind in the night, FOXTROT INDIA

The inimitably cruel LA VIOLA VIXEN (QLD)

Queen of exploding hearts, ROSY RABBIT

The Bride of Shake-enstein, BETTY BLOOD

That creep from the deep, ROD LARA

and the couple that death do them part, MS NATALIA & PAUL MODER

…and much more!

Surprises, installations and short film viewings on the night, with featurette performances from Gorelesque’s very own GOREHOUND GIRLS! Immerse yourself in a world of unbridled passion (for blood), gore-gore dancing and unleashed deviants ready to roam and rock your world! Prepare yourself for the unexpected…

$15 PRESALE, $20 on door.

TIX AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW from www.redbennies.com
Limited tickets available, get in early to avoid disappointment.

AUGUST 13, DOORS 8PM
Red Bennies
1/373 Chapel St
South Yarra, Melbourne

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Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 2009 – Saturday May 9th

May 2, 2009

It’s on!

Three Thousand Magazine provides the following details for eager droolers, lurchers and blood dripping brain eating undead types who want to join the mutant hordes of shufflers:

What:
Melbourne Zombie Shuffle 2009

Where:
Starts at the Carlton Gardens, Cnr of Rathdowne St and Victoria St, Carlton.

When:
Sat May 9, 1-4pm
The horrific horde of flesh eaters that annually culminate in the CBD in search of BRAAAAIIINNS will depart the Carlton Gardens and head down this path: La Trobe St, Swanston St, Southbank, Crown Casino. (Not sure how many brains they will actually find at Crown Casino, but whatevs). Once this war path has been tramped, Roxanne flings open its doors to host The Official Zombie Shuffle After Party (from 5pm) for all those monstrous freaks who feel the urge to continue wreaking havoc upon the night.

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EDIT:  10 05 09

2009 PHOTOS POSTED HERE:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/timeyles/

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Greville Records: cult dvds in Prahran!

March 8, 2009

 

I’ve not been out to investigate, but I’ve had a hot tip that Greville Records have a healthy collection of cult kitsch dvds now.  Already famous for their large range of music on cd and vinyl, there has always been a reasonable dvd selection in this cornucopia of a small shop.  But now, apparently, the selection has increased in size like David Banner becoming the Hulk!!

Their website has a small selection of the DVDs available there, and is endearingly oldskool but a bit low on info.  So it may require a trek out to Chapel/Greville, which in itself can lend satisfaction of a number of other kinds… Comics R Us,  Charley Weaver, Chapel Tattoo, Chapel Street Bazaar… definitely worth the trek. 

From their website you could currently pick up the following cult kitsch titles:

WAR OF THE WORLDS 1954…$20 the original and best

EARTH vs flying saucers…1956..$20

THE TIME MACHINE..1960..Rod Taylor…the original masterpiece..20 bucks

20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH..1957 $20

the killing…the absolute film noir masterpiece 1956..starring Sterling Hayden,,20 bucks

IN A LONLEY PLACE..BOGART $20 BUCKS…A GEM

Dead Reckoning 1947.. another film noir classic..Bogart stars..1947 $20

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS RINGS TWICE. .the original 1946, Lana Turner classis,
not the rubbish dished up in the 1970,s remake $25

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET..Richard Witmark is awesome in this 1953 noir masterpiece $25

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL…sci fi classic…1951…$20

THE ASPHALT JUNGLE..1950..crime/film noir and Sterling Hayden ..a total
masterpiece that still stands up…$20

TARANTULA….spooky thriller..1950,s?? 20 bucks

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN…1957..STEVE,S TOP 10 FILM OF ALL TIME?? $20

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane…2 dvd version chock full of extra,s..both
Joan Crawford and Bette Davis are totally awesome in this classic..they do
not make films of this quality in Hollywood anymore..and they don’t come like
Davis and Crawford either….awesome..$35

THIS GUN FOR HIRE..1942 @20 BUCKS

Belle de Jour.. 2 DVD VERSION..$35

FORBIDDEN PLANET…50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION//2 DISC SPECIAL..$35

more classic film noir dvd,s from the 50’s
all 27.95 bucks
THIEVES HIGHWAY….BRILLIANT, WE LOVE THIS
THE STREET WITH NO NAME…….STARRING RICHARD WIDMARK AT HIS NASTY BEST
SWAMP WATER…prisoner on the run gem
THE RAZOR’S EDGE..1946. Tyron Powers’ best.

Contact details:

152 Greville Street Prahran Victoria, Australia, 3181  P: (61)03 9510 3012   Contact Warwick Brown:   greville@corplink.com.au

Open 7 days a week until 6pm at last notice.

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Play: an unexpected arthouse DVD treasure trove

February 21, 2009

Play is a new/used CD + DVD + Gaming shop at the top of Bourke street.  It’s quite small, definitely unassuming, and not unlike a Dixons in its’ layout. It would be easy to miss, and easier still to dismiss.  When a friend insisted on perusing the shelves I walked in, expecting to indulge them with a quick and bland wander through yesterday’s megaplex hits.  How wrong could a person be?  On the shelves I saw almost nothing but arthouse obscurities, intriguing music documentaries, underground horror and rarely seen overseas television programmes of some note, like Peepshow and The Tudors.  I spied in this shop copies of Passolini’s  Salo (deluxe boxed edition), an early Mike Leigh film ‘Meantime’ starring Tim Roth and Gary Oldman (which I must confess I purchased, sorry all),  George Romero’s ‘Diary of the Dead’, an obscure documentary about Joy Division (not ‘Control’) that came out last year, the BBC adaptation of Dostoyevskys’s Crime and Punishment starring John Sim, The Apartment with Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassell… many many more.   I was really very surprised and rather impressed.  

The staff member who served me was very cooperative and helpful, friendly and enthusiastic.  My purchases were very reasonably priced, although it must be warned that some of the collectors editions do become rather more expensive than your average DVD at the larger discount retailers.

The CD and Game selection is currently without comment, as my was instantly drawn to the DVD wall, so this blog welcomes the opinion of readers as to whether these sections of the shop impress as much as the film section. 

There is no website for Play, so unfortunately a visit is your only way of perusing their current stock.  

Contact details:

4/50 Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

ph 61 3 9650 0652

Open until at least 8pm mon to sat…. check with the store for actual times.

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Inferno DVDs/Videos – Elizabeth Street

December 28, 2007


Inferno’s website says the following:

SPECIALISING IN RARE & DELETED DVDs & VIDEOS:Cult Movies, Horror, Sci-Fi, World Cinema, Animation, Music Videos,Wrestling, UFC & Pride, Drive-In Movies, Blaxploitation,

HK & Martial Arts, Classics from 1940s to 1970s, Films of Great Directors
It’s one of those shops you really don’t find much anymore – where product placement hasn’t yet slimed its insidious way into the shop arrangements, slickness and strategy are lacking completely.  Comparing Inferno to alternaculture counterparts like Minotaur, it seems almost quaint and old fashioned in decor.  If it’s like the shop time forgot visually, that’s because all the effort is going into the video, cd and DVD selections.  Inferno sells CD albums, compilations and soundtracks from psychedelia to heavy metal – always with an emphasis on the alternative. Their selection of CDs is smallish though and by no means comprehensive. What they do have an astonishing range of is actual new Videos of cult cinema.  In the day where it seems to be DVD or dodo, it’s really rare to see such a comprehensive range of new videos.  I’m not sure whether they’re legit or dubs, but regardless they’re sitting there on the shelves, winking at you.   DVD or video format  - whichever you prefer there’s a jaw dropping array of schlock horror,  fantasy and art house films on display.  My partner’s cultometre was going crazy over the horror/scifi collection of zombie, robot and killer alien films, plus an impressive array of  Russ Meyer sexploitation.  My aesthetic spider senses were tingling over the arthouse collection from Europe and the UK 65 to 75:  films like the Quiller Memorandum, Fellini’s Satyricon, staples like Quadrophenia, Performance, Blow Up, Get Carter.  They also stock second hand cult books: including rarities, film books, and a whole lot of other sections you’ll just have to explore for yourself.  The obligatory collectables abound: magazines, metal cases, rare packaging, figurines etc sit behind the counter squashed into a monolith of dreams,the occasional discernible name or title peeking out like a diamond in a coal stack – except in this case what is diamond and what is coal is definitely in the eye of the collector. 
Open odd hours during the week and weekends, it is definitely worth seeking out Inferno – it sits resolutely between the narrow cracks of the major chain stores by maintaining its idiosyncratic obsessive collector’s approach. It differs from counterpart further down Elizabeth Minatour by aiming unashamedly at a more specific collector crowd  and in many ways a more adult demographic interested in the truly obscure. Of course, their second hand section is also lovingly curated.  
A weighty and impressive kookster anachronism in the gloss-age of the 21st century and all the better for it.  
SHOP:1st Floor349 Elizabeth St.Melbourne(near LaTrobe St., opp Melbourne Central)

 

SHOP HOURS:Tues 12:00 – 5:00Thurs 12:00 – 5:00Friday 12:00 – 6:00Saturday 12:00 – 5:00

PHONE/FAX
03 9640 0304

EMAIL:
infernovideo@hotmail.com

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