Author Archive: Jason Coffman

Jason Coffman is a film writer living in Chicago. He is author of "The Unrepentant Cinephile," and a regular contributor to Daily Grindhouse and Film Monthly as well as a member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. He is co-director of the Chicago Cinema Society and proud owner of 35mm prints of Andy Milligan's "Guru, the Mad Monk." Follow his long-form film writing on Medium: www.medium.com/@rabbitroom

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Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series: All the Sins of Sodom / Vibrations

Joseph W. Sarno Retrospect Series: All the Sins of Sodom / Vibrations

| October 9, 2017

It’s been a long time coming, but Joe Sarno is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves. Sarno was an independent filmmaker and contemporary of such “grindhouse” exploitation legends as Doris Wishman, Andy Milligan, and Michael and Roberta Findlay. But Sarno had a much different approach to those filmmakers. Like Russ Meyer, Sarno learned […]

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Don’t Torture a Duckling

Don’t Torture a Duckling

| October 6, 2017

There are few names in the pantheon of Italian genre directors that can instantly conjure an image for fans quite like Lucio Fulci. Like many of his contemporaries, Fulci directed a wide array of films over his long career. He may be best known for his gruesome and frequently surreal horror films like Zombie and […]

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The Suspicious Death of a Minor

The Suspicious Death of a Minor

| October 6, 2017

By 1975, Italian director Sergio Martino had already made a name for himself in the major exploitation film genres in his home country. In addition to Spaghetti Westerns (Arizona Colt Returns) and sex comedies (Giovanna Long-Thigh), Martino had a hit poliziotteschi (The Violent Professionals) and a number of major gialli under his belt. His first […]

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The Dead Next Door

The Dead Next Door

| September 26, 2017

For anyone not familiar with the history of J.R. Bookwalter’s insanely ambitious 8mm zombie film The Dead Next Door, it may seem odd that the film is getting a Criterion-level Blu-ray/DVD release the better part of 30 years after it first hit video store shelves. But there are a number of reasons this little film […]

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Erik the Conqueror

Erik the Conqueror

| September 12, 2017

The Blu-ray era has been very kind to the legacy of legendary Italian director Mario Bava. Even in earlier home video formats, Bava’s incredible eye for striking compositions and color palettes has been obvious. But Blu-ray has led to some major restorations of some of his best work, including Arrow Video’s releases of The Girl […]

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Hell Up in Harlem

Hell Up in Harlem

| September 1, 2017

Larry Cohen’s Black Caesar was a surprise box-office hit for American International Pictures, helping to establish Fred Williamson as a bonafide superstar. Williamson had starred in a couple of films in 1972 (The Legend of Nigger Charley and Hammer, both featuring characters he would reprise in later films), but his role as Tommy Gibbs in […]

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Dracula in Vegas

Dracula in Vegas

| August 31, 2017

Slasher Video’s collaboration with Olive Films has certainly been interesting. After releasing a Blu-ray of Satan’s Blade and reissuing the pre-Olive Films Slasher Video catalog on DVD, they have released DVD and Blu-rays of films that were transferred from rough video masters. It’s great to have releases of Deadly Prey, Killer Workout, Mankillers, Shock ‘Em […]

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Effects

Effects

| August 25, 2017

The restoration and preservation efforts from the collaboration of the American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) and Something Weird Video got off to a spectacular start with their Blu-ray/DVD release of The Zodiac Killer. These two entities have done much to save cult and exploitation film history, AGFA primarily working in acquiring and distributing film prints […]

The Zodiac Killer

The Zodiac Killer

| August 24, 2017

Something Weird Video is a legend in cult and exploitation home video for good reason. Since Mike Vraney founded the company in 1990, SWV has discovered and released countless numbers of features, shorts, trailers, educational films, and weird cinema of every imaginable type. Regional horror movies, Christian scare films, nudist pictures, grimy porn loops, drivers’ […]

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It Stains the Sands Red

It Stains the Sands Red

| July 28, 2017

Any diehard horror fan would be pardoned for suffering from prolonged zombie fatigue in today’s pop culture landscape. The Walking Dead is a hit long-running TV series, Night of the Living Dead has been used in every film that needs characters watching a public domain movie in it for decades, and independent filmmakers keep cranking […]

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