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Something Weird This Way Comes

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 30, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Something Weird's Greatest HitsBy Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

 "Don't tell me you believe those ridiculous stories about evil spirits and witch doctors that turn themselves into giant alligators and all that rubbish"

"I'm sorry but I'm afraid I do."

~ from Death Curse of Tartu, 1966

Do you remember your body being possessed by a "Dancing Demon" in your living room after the first time you heard "Pass the Hatchet" by Roger and the Gypsies on a Las Vegas Grind LP? This is the same feeling my body parts got when I first heard Syd Dale's "The Hell Raisers" on Something Weird's Greatest Hits double LP.



Death Curse of TartuSince the early 1990's, Something Weird has been re-releasing such delightful bottom-shelf flicks as Blood Feast, Night of the Bloody Apes, Nude on the Moon, and one of my personal favorites, Death Curse of Tartu, in which some unthoughtful students have a dance party on the burial site of an ancient Indian medicine man who gets steaming mad and returns from the beyond for revenge!

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Monster Birds & Turkey à la King Rock n' Roll

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 22, 2018 12:40am | Post a Comment

Giant Claw. Happy Thanksgiving.

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

"Come on baby, I need gravy...
Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, give me gravy tonight!"
~ Lyrics from Dee Dee Sharp's song "Gravy" (sequel to "Mashed Potato Time")

Are you already day-dreaming of gnawing on a turkey leg like a frenzied barbarian warrior like I am? We Giant Clawmay not be eating lobster, deer, ducks, clams, and berries like they did in 1621, but we now have Great Aunt Nora's famous oyster stuffing. If there is one holiday that my growling torso-cave desires yearly, it's the Day of Thanks. Did you get stuck watching the Macy's parade and listening to horrible dentist office digestive jazz at your Mother-in-Law's last year? Well, here are my suggestions to add some spice to the day if you are hosting this year...for he who controls the Spice, controls the Universe!

First, we need some big birds on the boob-tube playing all day long. I'm not talking about Follow that Bird (starring John Candy and Dave Thomas), I'm talking about THE GIANT CLAW! Let it be noted, that the producers of Rodanthe film originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen, but they lacked the moolah at the last minute so they used this amazingly creepy marionette for the bird. Also, if you look closely, a flying saucer can be seen in Grand Central Terminal during the giant bird's attack on New York City, as they used stock footage from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers for this movie. I like to think both alien invasion and giant bird attacks happened at the same time. This 1957 classic should almost be played on repeat, much like Darby O'Gill and the Little People should be on Saint Patrick's Day, however I got a few more choice feathered flicks for you to add for this Super Feast Thursday.

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Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival in SF, 10/13

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 23, 2018 11:12pm | Post a Comment

The Super Shangri-La Show, the mysterious entity that brought you the hit fringe film events Bigfoot Bonanza and The Space Visitors Film Festival, presents Sorceress Sabbath, Witchcraft Film Festival -- a whole day and evening of witchcraft films at San Francisco's haunted Balboa Theater on Saturday, October 13th! See nine films dealing in the dark arts, as well as special guest speaker author Maja D'Aoust and a burlesque performance from The Devil's Debutante, Szandora LaVey. Additionally, cosmic artist Rocky Angel will be on site providing magical face painting!

Gaze upon the bewitching schedule for the day:
11:50am - Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
12pm - In Search Of - "Salem Witches" (1980)
12:45pm - City of the Dead (1960)
2:30pm - Incubus (1966)
4:15pm - The Witches (1966)
6pm - Special Guest Speaker Maja D’Aoust
7:10pm - The Witch: A New England Folktale (2015)
9pm - The Love Witch (2016)
11:20pm - Season of the Witch (1972)
11:30pm - Curse of the Crimson Altar (1968)

Get your tickets now HERE before they vanish into thin air...

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Having A Movie Moment With Jon Longhi: Blue Planet II & The Black Scorpion

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 30, 2018 07:18pm | Post a Comment

By Jon Longhi

Welcome to this month’s Having A Movie Moment with Jon Longhi, where I review recent Blu-ray releases. Both of these Blu-rays came out in the past three months.

Blue Planet II, BBC Earth:
At Amoeba Music we sell a lot of DVDs of abstract video set to psychedelic music that are used by Blue Planet IIpeople who are bombed on pot and psychedelics to blow their minds to. Well, those stoner viewers have found their new holy grail with Blue Planet II. This is one of the trippiest things I've ever seen; every episode is utterly surreal and mind bending, and the best part is there are no drugs involved -- this is pure straight up reality. The oceans are an alien world to us land dwellers and David Attenborough's high def cameras reveal this reality to a degree we've never seen before. Thanks to recent developments in technology and photography, this is the clearest we've ever seen the underwater realm. In all older ocean documentaries, the light and colors beneath the surface have always been muted or blurred due to that fact that cameras couldn't equal the details of human vision. But photography has finally caught up and all the scenes in Blue Planet II are as crystal clear as if you were there underwater viewing the events through a scuba diving mask. In fact, this Blu-ray is the new gold standard for high def. When I popped this in I couldn't believe how sharp and clear the pictures and details were, they were even better than other recent Blu-ray releases.

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Dipping Your Toes in the Flame of Life

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 29, 2018 05:36pm | Post a Comment

SHE, RKO

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

"I am yesterday, and today, and tomorrow. I am sorrow, and longing, and hope unfulfilled. I am Hash-A-Mo-Tep. She. She who must be obeyed! I am I."
~She, Queen Hash-A-Mo-Tep of Kor

It was during my time at Ahwahnee Junior high, in a charming California town named after ash trees, that the signs started appearing to me. The first sign was watching Nancy Kwan in her luxurious bath, rubbing her aging, yet mysteriously young looking body with Oriental Pearl Cream during the commercial breaks on channel 53.

The second sign, was being repeatedly zapped by Commander Borf's “Infanto Ray” and turning into a young Space Ace going through puberty at the Festival Game Palace.

The third sign was when I did a report in history on Ponce de Leon searching for the Fountain of Youth.

Then, still at age 13, I bought a cassette of the Hoodoo Gurus and first heard their song "SHE."



It was an epic fantasy love ballad that's lyrics I did not quite understand...and it would not be for another 20 years that I would put the connection of that song with H. Rider Haggard’s novel of the same name, after watching the 1945 version of the film, She, directed by the great Merian C. Cooper of King Kong fame. (And it would be 30 years after getting that tape, that I would find out the singer, Dave Faulkner, was the singer for the inspirational, late-70’s punk band The Victims.)

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