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The Witch: A New England Folktale and Why You Need to Own It on DVD or Blu-ray

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 20, 2016 04:49pm | Post a Comment

The Witch

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Did you ever try to hex your Algebra II teacher in high school the night before the final? Have you The Witchwatched the "Salem Witches" episode of In Search Of while sipping red wine from a black Madonna Inn goblet? Is your email password Pyewacket13? If your answer is yes to any of these and you have not yet seen The Witch: A New England Folktale (out now on DVD & Blu-ray), see it. If your answer is no but supernatural historical period horror films are your “jam,” see it.

Normally, I’m more into old school witch flicks, like City of the Dead (1960), Night of the Eagle (1962), and The Witches (1966), but The Witch is well done…just like my King Henry VIII steak at the House of Prime Rib. By the beard of Black Phillip the billy goat, when you watch this you will soon find yourself in an eerie trance in front of your boob-tube, being pulled into the dark and mysterious New England woods in the 17th century. If M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004) and Avery Crounse's Eyes of Fire (1983) had a new little baby sister, it would be The Witch. (Eyes of Fire, if you can find on VHS somewhere, is totally spooksville too! View the trailer HERE.)

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Couple Have Ultimate American Horror Story Wedding

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 7, 2016 06:27pm | Post a Comment
American Horror Story wedding, Naomi Grossman
From left to right: Jordan Rodarte, Naomi "Pepper"
Grossman, and Michael Scola.

By Brent James
Photos: The Darlene


Horror fans from all over are singing the praises of Michael Scola and Jordan Rodarte since they threw an American Horror Story-themed wedding of a lifetime on October 29th in Los Angeles, California.

Being huge fans of AHS in general, especially Season Five: Hotel, we're happy to report that no detail was American Horror Story weddingspared at this grand event. Hosted in Downtown LA's Oviatt Penthouse, the facade of which was actually used in the show as Hotel Cortez, guests came decked out in their best 1920's garb. The invitations were gold-plated and engraved in the same font as the show's credits, and there was even an Art Deco wedding cake! The vows were officiated by world renowned Madonna impersonator, Nadya Ginsburg, (Michael is a BIG fan of M) and the rings were presented by "Pepper" actress herself, Naomi Grossman!

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Five Supernatural-Supreme Flicks for All Hallows' Eve

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 28, 2016 04:55pm | Post a Comment

7 Faces of Dr. Lao

-- By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


Tis’ the season for kicking your feet up on the thrift store ottoman, sipping a small glass of slightly chilled port, and sniffing the pumpkin seeds burning in the oven while watching a spooky-mooky old flick on the tube. Here are my humble suggestions of five “fine” viewing pleasures that one may acquire in the glorious horror movie aisle of your favorite music store.

The Gorgon (1964), Directed by Terence Fisher
The GorgonHey, wait…those aren’t green dreadlocks?!
Set in the year 1910, a Gorgon decides to take a lil’ vacation from Greece and hangs out in an abandoned castle of a small German village where she gets her kicks getting the locals “stoned.” Can the Scooby Doo super-duo of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing defeat this reptilian-haired problem? I mean really, these guys can pretty much defeat anything…including each other.

Here is a quote from the film that I plan on using the next time my Uncle Fred (who practices astral-projection in Mexico) pokes fun at me for my love of collecting Bigfoot tracks and ghost hunting...

Dr. Namaroff (aka my Uncle Fred): “We are men of science. I don't believe in ghosts or evil spirits, and I don't think you do either.” 

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A Super Shangri-La Show Spectacular Halloween Double Feature, October 28

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 26, 2016 06:34pm | Post a Comment

William Castle, 13 Ghosts

-- By Brett Stillo

Halloween weekend is upon us, and what better way to start things off than with a cinematic ghost hunt in an old, haunted San Francisco theater.

The Super Shangri-La Show, hosted by the intrepid Kai Wada Roath, is more than a movie night atHouse your neighborhood theater. It is an exploration of the uncanny through the medium of cinema. Week after week, Roath takes his audience on a quest for myths, monsters, witchcraft, and lost civilizations inside a haunted movie theater -- the historic Balboa Theatre in the Outer Richmond. The Super Shangri-La Show is like a live-action version of the old Leonard Nimoy television program In Search Of, with Roath acting as a paranormal guide through a lost world of Drive-In and B-Movie monstrosities such as The Legend of Bogey Creek, The Devil’s Rain, Atlantis: The Lost Continent, and The Legend of Hell House, just to name a few.

Friday night’s double feature offers an ectoplasmic spectrum of haunted house stories. 13 Ghosts is a classic 1950’s spook show courtesy of legendary showman William Castle. Castle was notorious for the outrageously wacky gimmicks he built into his movies and 13 Ghosts is no exception. When the film was released in 1960, audience members were issued special filtered “ghost goggles” to view the cinematic poltergeists on the big screen thanks to a Castle-contrived process called “Illusion-O!”

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R.I.P. Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 26, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Today Something Weird Video broke the news that Herschell Gordon Lewis -- “godfather of gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis“sultan of splatter,” and direct marketing guru -- passed away. He may have been 87 years old or he may have been 90 years old, he may have been a genius or he may have been a highly creative hack (he'd probably say, what's the difference?), but one thing is certain -- the world of cinema was changed forever when the former English professor-gone-ad exec-gone nudie cutie filmmaker decided to combine his interests in exploitation film, marketing, and bloody Grand Guignol-style theater with 1963's Blood Feast (made with his business partner David F. Friedman).

Considered the first American gore film, Blood Feast follows the adventures of Fuad Ramses as he Blood Feastmurders young women in order to create an "Egyptian feast" for the goddess Ishtar. A tongue is cut out, legs are cut off, brains are removed, and the viewing audience got to see it all in all it's bright red Technicolor glory. Like any forward-thinking writer/ad man/smut peddler, H.G. Lewis understood his market and his market was made up of the horny kids at the Drive-In. Lewis went on to make countless more works of gory art in quick succession, including Two Thousand Maniacs (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1965), A Taste of Blood and The Gruesome Twosome (1967), She-Devils on Wheels (1968), The Wizard of Gore (1970), and The Gore Gore Girls (1972), just to name some of the most memorable. Some years he released five to seven films, often designing the poster and hitting the booking market before making the film.

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