October Chicago marathon of marathons

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Last weekend I was in a packed house at the Music Box Theater for their annual Music Box of Horrors event, a 24-hour marathon of horror films. The parade of terrors was spiced with personal appearances by directors (Gary Sherman, Jim Muro) accompanying screenings of their films (Deathline and Street Trash, respectively), along with a variety of vendors in the lobby and lounge, and food trucks set up outside.

Next weekend, October 22-23, I’ll find myself in similar circumstances at The Massacre, another 24-hour horror movie marathon presented by Terror in the Aisles at the Patio Theater. In addition to an excellent program of films, there will be a great collection of vendors, food, live music, giveaways and personal appearances. Continue reading

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Shin Godzilla [Resurgence]

A monster for our time

shing1The worldwide success of the Amarican-made Godzilla (2014), Japan’s Toho Studios to respond with yet another Godzilla film of their own. The result is one of the most unique films ever made, both a remake of the 1954 original and refreshingly new take that defies genre classification.

The film adheres to the basic formula of a gigantic creature from the sea spawned by radiation wading ashore to destroy Tokyo, but from there veers into several new directions. The most prominent mission of the film is to satirically illustrate the fragility of modern society, and specifically Japanese society. Japan has suffered a series of natural and manmade disasters in recent years, and the government has faced harsh criticism for its shortcomings in reacting to each crisis. The appearance of the threat – significantly first appearing as a Kubrickean shower of blood flooding an undersea tunnel – is met with a hilarious flurry of inaction, with the prime minister (the legendary Ren Osugi) and cabinet scurrying from on meeting room to another to wrestler with civic, economic, legal and political issues raised by the unprecedented event. Continue reading

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Gimme a D!

Dracula-1Hi! Just a quick note to tell you we have finally/again made progress in posting content from our old site. Now available are Movie Madness reviews starting with the letter ‘D’.

Hoping we can continue getting our archives back online. Enjoy!

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Definitive Blood Bath coming from Arrow Video

blood-bath-movie-poster-1966-1020197319If you’re a reader of Video Watchdog magazine (and if not you should be), you may recall one of their defining articles was editor Tim Lucas’ 3-part article “Operation Titian”, which traced the evolution of multiple versions of a film produced by Roger Corman. A newly edited and expanded version of that article is included on Arrow Video’s new 2-disc release of Blood Bath, plus a lot more. This release also includes three other versions of the film, Portrait in Terror, Track of the Vampire, and Operation Titian.

For full details and to order follow this link.

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B-fest 2014 line-up (spoilers)

Annual mid-B-fest attraction

Annual mid-B-fest attraction

We are proud to represent the Psychotronic Film Society (original Chicago chapter) at the annual B-fest 24-hour schlockarama again this year.

Go to www.b-fest.com for more details.

We have the latest line-up right here under the break: Continue reading

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Creature’s girlfriend coming to Patio in 3-D!

From our friends at Sci-Fi Spectacular:

JULIE ADAMS, the star of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is coming to Chicago for her first ever Chicago appearance with Creature From The Black Lagoon (Sept.28, Patio Theater) in 35mm with 3D glasses. Continue reading

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Nov. 24 at the Portage Theater

This Saturday, the Portage Theater (4050 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago) presents another great monster movie marathon!

  • Doors open at 11 a.m.
  • 1st movie at 12 noon – Godzilla vs Biollante
  • 2nd movie at 2.15 p.m. – King Kong
  • 3rd movie at 4.30 p.m. – The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • 4th movie at 6.30 p.m. – Aliens
  • 5th movie at 9 p.m. – Kolchak the Night Stalker

Kids, bring in a colored picture of a monster turkey for a chance of some cool prizes!

Plus, a cash prize for 1st place. Judging will take place at end of 2nd movie. All day fun with a lobby full of cool items for sale.

So see you there!

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We moved the Psychotronic Store!

Foe Sale!

Those of you that know that the Psychotronic Film Society has had a store on ebay for years may have been wondering where it went the past few months.

Well, to put it briefly, we went on ‘vacation’ and never came back. Our apologies go out to any of you who have been annoyed or inconvenienced in our absence. Continue reading

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Universal Monsters go Blu Oct. 2

Anticipating a pre-Halloween rush, Universal is releasing UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: THE ESSENTIAL COLLECTION on Blu-ray October 2.

The 8-disc set includes Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature From the Black Lagoon in deluxe editions.

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From a Shout to a Scream

Shout Factory announces new label

Psychotronic films have been well served by the Shout! Factory DVD label, from their respectful treatment of their Roger Corman titles to their Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets. Today the label announced a new specialty offshoot called Scream Factory, under which they will be releasing a series of horror titles they’ve acquired the rights to. Continue reading

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