SLEDGEHAMMER: Brain-melting 80s shot-on-video slasher flick
05.03.2011
02:02 pm

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No indie DVD label is as dedicated to the preservation and promotion of “outsider cinema” quite like our friends at Severin Films. Nope, no one does “so bad that it’s good” titles like they do—witness their mind-numbing Birdemic:Shock and Terror release. Need I say more?

“Either by way of budget constraints or warped vision,” says Severin’s marketing director Evan Husney, their releases “represent a piece of a cinematic underbelly from a universe all its own.”

Now Severin, in association with The Intervision Pictures Corp. are going to be releasing some of the cultier cult films from the nearly 850 movie catalog owned by pioneering VHS distributor, Larry Gold, Sr., who died earlier this year of a heart attack. First in that slate is the DVD release of SLEDGEHAMMER, a shot-on-videotape, no-budget slasher flick from the 80s:

The plot is familiar: A group of friends comes to party at a backwoods house where a legacy of brutality awaits. But within this minimalist ’80s mélange of food fights, feathered hair and abusive slow-motion lurks a relentless synth score, bizarre sexual subtexts and a disturbing shape-shifting behemoth killer. The result is 85 minutes of fever-dream depravity.

The “fever dream depravity” that is SLEDGEHAMMER was directed by David A. Prior and starring Ted Prior (his brother) and Linda McGill

At some point I had a VHS copy of this that someone gave me, but it wasn’t something I paid much attention to. I probably never did more than scan through it on fast forward before passing it on to another otaku pal of mine. That was probably a mistake. One night at Cinefamily, here in Hollywood, I saw a scene from the film and I immediately thought “Oh, that was probably that SLEDGEHAMMER thing I used to have” and regretted that I never watched it.

Severin sent me the video clip last week, along with the DVD of SLEDGEHAMMER. My mistake for not paying closer attention to this absolutely BERSERK little number when I had the chance! Just look at that clip. How could you not want MORE?

Don’t answer that, but If you are interested to win a copy of the SLEDGEHAMMER DVD be the first one to answer this question in the comments (only the FIRST person with the correct answer wins):

What popular magazine featured “extensive” coverage of SLEDGEHAMMER star Ted Prior in 1984?

 

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Donald ‘China is raping this country’ Trump has been gif’d
05.03.2011
12:34 pm

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It’s actually rather hypnotic.

(via Boing Boing and Xeni Jardin)

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Rapper jumps on the bandwagon releases shitty Bin Laden is dead song
05.03.2011
12:05 pm

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Osama bin Laden Is Dead

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Expect a deluge of really bad Osama bin Laden death songs. Here’s one by a rapper from Phoenix, Arizona calling himself Hot Rod. He was at one time a protege of 50 Cent.

“My musical ear has expanded. Now the music I make is fuckin’ incredible and I can’t wait to unleash it to the world.” Hot Rod.

Mr. Rod, put it back on the leash.
 

 
Via The Daily Swarm

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World’s Greatest Motivational Speaker: Augie Garrido (NSFW)

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Here’s Augie f*cking Garrido, head coach of the University of Texas baseball team and someone who is full of f*ck. He’s also quite possibly the world’s best f*cking movtivational speaker. Don’t believe me? Watch a clip of Augie f*cking Garrido flipping the f*ck out from Richard Linklater’s 2009 documentary, Inning By Inning: A Portrait of a Coach.

 
(via BuzzFeed and with thanks to Gavon Laessig)

 

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‘World Of Sex’ theme park: Safe sex video, NSFW
05.03.2011
11:26 am

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“The safer you play, the longer you stay.”

Public service announcement from French safe sex organization AIDES is a wonderfully witty and effective way to get your message out there.

The video is an animation of a poster that can be seen in all of its glory here.
 

 
Via copyranter

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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace: Trailer for Adam Curtis doc

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New from Adam Curtis, director of the controversial documentaries, The Power of Nightmares and Century of the Self. This looks quite tasty, but still till no announced air date.
 

 
Thank you kindly, Michael Backes!

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Stream the entire new Gang Gang Dance LP
05.03.2011
09:29 am

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Eye Contact

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Oh shit, Gang Gang ! It’s everything time. Yes, I’m excited. Gang Gang Dance is one of the most potent bands going these days, hitting so many of my pleasure receptors at once. A band that understands mystery and darkness, groove and texture. Savor it, there’s no other band like ‘em.
 

 

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Asking kids about the Beatles
05.03.2011
08:47 am

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Apparently the Fab Four consisted of John Legend, George Michael, George Lennon and Larry.

 
(via Nerdcore)

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‘50 Foot Woman’ cult actress found mummified in Los Angeles home
05.03.2011
07:54 am

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The mummified body of Yvette Vickers, a B-movie actress beloved by fans for her role as the mistress in Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (and an early Playboy playmate) was discovered at her Benedict Canyon home in Los Angeles. According to police, Vickers had not been seen for some time. A neighbor became suspicious and decided to investigate on April 27th. The state of decomposition may indicate the body was there for close to a year. From the Los Angeles Times:

Vickers had lived in the 1920s-era stone and wood home for decades, and it served as the background for some of her famous modeling pictures. But over time it had become dilapidated, exposed in some places to the elements.

Susan Savage, an actress, went to check on Vickers after noticing old letters and cobwebs in her elderly neighbor’s mailbox.

“The letters seemed untouched and were starting to yellow,” Savage said. “I just had a bad feeling.”

After pushing open a barricaded front gate and scaling a hillside, Savage peered through a broken window with another piece of glass taped over the hole. She decided to enter the house after seeing a shock of blond hair, which turned out to be a wig.
The inside of the home was in disrepair and it was hard to move through the rooms because boxes containing what appeared to be clothes, junk mail and letters formed barriers, Savage said. Eventually, she made her way upstairs and found a room with a small space heater still on.

She was looking at a cordless phone that appeared to have been knocked off its cradle when she first saw the body on the floor, she said. Savage had known Vickers but the remains were unrecognizable, she said.

She remembered her neighbor as an elegant women in a broad straw hat, dressed in white, with flowing blond hair and “a warm smile.”

“She kept to herself, had friends and seemed like a very independent spirit,” Savage said. “To the end she still got cards and letter from all over the world requesting photos and still wanting to be her friend.”

Savage said the neighbors felt terrible.

“We’ve all been crying about this,” she said. “Nobody should be left alone like that.”

Truly, a sad and lonely way to die.

Thank you, Douglas Hovey!

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The heavy metal cowboys of Botswana
05.03.2011
01:34 am

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These photographs by Frank Marshall of heavy metal devotees in Botswana, Africa are simply amazing, oozing style and attitude.

Botswana metalhead Tshomarelo Mosaka describes the scene:

Metal is given very extreme respect and great dignity in Botswana. A metal gig here is like a religious ritual among the metallers, they become very, very delighted or even crazy sometimes whenever there is an upcoming gig. They will spend weeks preparing their leather pants, boots and other metal attire – it’s like they are preparing for war!”

One of the only white metal musicians in Botswana, Giuseppe Sbrana, shares his take on where the scene’s fashion sense comes from: 

A good example of where we get the style from is Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades cover. Also, many metalheads in Botswana are cowboys from the villages and farms, so they mix the cowboy image with a biker metal look. Many wear hunting knives and parts of dead animals. We drink from the hollowed-out cow horns.”

Cue the Ennio Morricone.
 
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Some serious Misfits influence in this photo:
 
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The names these cats have given themselves are hardcore poetry: Bone Machine, Morgue Boss, Bound By The Moon, Coffinfeeder, Venerated Villain and my favorite Apothecary Dethrok. I’m buying some leather and changing my name to Malcolm Sex Formal D. Hyde Sinister Minister.

Be your own hero, anytime anywhere. Dudes, you rock!
 
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See more of these wild photographs and read the entire article over at Viceland:
Atlas Hoods: Botswana’s Cowboy Metalheads

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