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Monday, February 14, 2011

Colonel David F. Friedman December 24, 1923 - February 14, 2011.

Born on Christmas Eve, died on Valentine's Day, and in between he lived a hundred times more than you or I will ever do. Here's to a true innovator, raconteur, exploitation genius, dirty old man, and friend. Rest in peace Dave, I bet you are already doing outrageous sales pitches and telling indecent stories in heaven!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Heaven in Sweden

I am very happy to announce that my fact-filled essay on Luigi Scattini's fake documentary Sweden, Heaven and Hell has just been published in Video Watchdog #145! The piece is called Sex, Lies and Bikini Lines, after a quip by Swedish singer Lill Lindfors (herself no stranger to a bit of daring controversy!) I spent a lot of time researching the film, consulting numerous sources including an excellent article on the Stupido News Network. The article talks about the film's relationship to Sweden, including an account of it's one-time screening on Swedish televion, and attempts to sort at least some of the facts from the exaggerations, creative inventions and outright lies which comprise the bulk of the film. The issue also features a number of my personal posters (credited to "The Lars Erik Holmquist Collection"!) and another piece on the film - part fact, part fiction - by Tim Lucas called Cincinatti, Heaven and Hell.

I am particularly proud of this because I consider VW the best fantastic film magazine currently published, a worthy heir to pioneers like Calvin T. Beck's Castle of Frankenstein and Frederick S. Clarke's Cinefantastique. Editor Timothy R. Lucas calls this issue of Video Watchdog "one of my favorites in our 19-year history" and a step towards a new direction for the magazine.

Video Watchdog #145 is available now in finer magazine stores everywhere, or directly from the publisher. The official Swedish PAL DVD release of Sweden, Heaven and Hell (with English soundtrack; recently reviewed by Tim Lucas in Sight and Sound) can be ordered directly from Klubb Super 8.

Below are a sneak peek of mine and Tim's articles (click and they expand to readable size). Note how graphic designer Donna Lucas did a wonderful job integrating the US pressbook and the Italian locandina for the respective title pages!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sitges report published!

For those of you who wonder exactly how to watch six movies and drink more than twice as many Mojitos in just two days (see demonstration below), head over to my Sitges Film Festival report at the great Eurocult site,! And stay tuned - I will post some of my favorite posters from Sitges here soon...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Back from Sitges!

I am back from 2 tumultuous days at the Sitges film festival - I really hope I can stay longer next time! I'll be posting some cool posters and other stuff later, but right now I need to catch a plane to Singapore... Here are some teasers from outside the Sitges Melia hotel!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sitges Film Festival

Finally! I have been visiting the amazing Sitges Film Festival regularly since 2002, but my schedule has not permitted to go there since 2005. My schedule does not really permit me to go there this year either - but screw that! During a wet night out, myself and Tomas Seidevall of Swedish DVD company Klubb Super 8 decided we simply had to go to Sitges...

Said and done. We woke up the next day with two business class tickets to Barcelona and no turning back.

I will only be there for 2 full days (Friday, October 3 and Saturday, October 4) but I hope to report both to this blog and to lovelockandload, the excellent guide to European cult movie goodness! In the meantime, here is a picture from Sitges 2005, with Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth and company entering the main auditorium for the premiere of Hostel. In the background we can see a little of the gigantic movie poster display that cover the plaza during festival season!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

SEE! "The Eden of Sweden!"

To celebrate that I have just handed in an article about Luigi Scattini's infamous mondo movie Sweden Heaven and Hell to a well-known magazine, let's take a look at some ballyhoo from the pressbook!

SEE: "The Love Cruise"! A training trip for turned-on teens!
SEE: "The Bachelorette Party"! A bride-to-be's last fling!
SEE: "Monlighting Nudes"! Meter-maids by day - models at night!
SEE: "The Swap Shop"! A trade-in deal for married couples only!
SEE: "The Polar Bare Club"! The world's most beautiful snow-girls!

And so much more - I have included some scans at extra high resolution so you can find out for yourself!