gore

Growing up, I had a really close friend who would scour the then emerging internet for lists of movies and then hunt them down relentlessly for our viewing. There was always one film that eluded us however. That was Lucio Fulci’s 1980 film, “City of the Living Dead” (also known as “The Gates of Hell” in some home video releases). What drew us to the it was the description of the insanely over the top gore, women vomiting up their internal organs, people’s brains being ripped out the back of their skulls, men having their heads run through with power drills... this movie sounded insane.

It’s a new decade, and we appear to be on the cusp of a new cycle in horror. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse introduced the mainstream to the drive-in gore flicks of the ’60’s and ’70’s and has started a new trend at the theaters. This year has already seen "Piranha 3D" and "Machete", and with movies such as "Hobo with a Shotgun" around the corner, we appear to be at the beginning of a contemporary Grindhouse revival.

Noboru Iguchi and Yoshihiro Nishimura are, simply put, extremely badass. The directing duo's upcoming feature "The Mutant Girls Squad" continues in the tradition set forth by "Tokyo Gore Police" and "The Machine Girl", so it's no surprise that I'm overly excited about the project. The teaser trailer is only 30 seconds long, but it should give you plenty of reasons to pee your pants in shameless, unadulterated glee. I know I did. Twice! One can only hope that a full-length trailer will arrive shortly. When it does, you can rest assured I'll blog about it.

Yoshihiro Nishimura and Naoyuki Tomomatsu's deliriously bizarre 2009 action epic "Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl" can't arrive on DVD soon enough. The film, which chronicles the battle between two very unusual girls who fall in love with the same boy, promises a vast array of over-the-top arterial sprays and an abundance of gore-soaked mayhem. If you're still perplexed as to why, exactly, I'm anxiously awaiting its release, check out Nishimura's "Tokyo Gore Police." All your questions shall be answered within.

Lucio Fulci is probably most famous for his role as accelerant in the Italian gore arms race of the late 70’s and early 80’s. If Argento and Umberto Lenzi were Kiss and Alice Cooper then Fulci was Gwar. His signature works of grue abandoned logic and cohesive narrative in order to push the splatter factor past revulsion to near parody. Films like “Zombi 2”, “City of the Living Dead” and “The Beyond” sought out increasingly severe and unconventional ways of getting entrails, connective tissues, and the four humors onto the screen by the bucketful.

There is a special area of cinematic ineptitude so intense that most movies that find their way onto DVD will never even sniff it. It is a place reserved for productions that are devoid of vision, intricacy, production value, craft, acting and engaging story. It is a realm often inhabited by porn productions that out reach their audience’s basic drives, and occasionally by sanctimonious religious films that mistake wholesome for cool.

Yesterday the band Narrows posted a video for the track “Gypsy Kids” which comes of their new CD “New Distances”. Director Craig Murray has created one of the most brutal videos I’ve ever seen. I’m 100% sure this will never find it’s way on to MTV or any other TV channel for that matter in the US. There’s no storyline to it really, but there is a whole lot of mutilation, bare asscheeks and of course blood. I had nightmares last night.