Sunday, November 3, 2019

Presentation at Cine-Excess 2019

I will be giving a talk called Sex, Synas and Suicides: Seeing Sweden through the Lens of Exploitation Film at the Cine-Excess 2019 conference and film festival in Birmingham UK! The conference takes place on November 7-9 and guests include the Souska Sisters (showing their Rabid re-make) and the amazing Norman J. Warren! My talk will be drawing on exclusive items from my poster collection to seek the roots of the image of Sweden in international exploitation film. See a few teasers below...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

We are going Tokyo Deep!

Sorry if this blog has not been updated for like forever. We have had other interests, including moving around the world (Stockholm -> San Francisco -> Tokyo) that got in the way.

If you want to see what we're up to, there is a new blog: Tokyo Deep. It is about music, art and food in Tokyo, and there may be one or two movie posters coming up too... Doozo yoroshiku!

As a final poster treat (for now), here is the fantastic super-rare retro-style video-store-only poster for MACHINE GIRL, which only came with the deluxe DVD release...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mike Vraney Dec. 29, 1957 - January 2, 2014.

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!