“You will be doomed, you will destroy yourself at your own hand!”
OK, calm down everyone, there’s a Hippie holding court! Time to celebrate some of the wildest movies to be unearthed for our enjoyment!
How can you refuse a movie that promises this:
“Machine gun-wielding Mimes, Robots, Bloodthirsty Sharks, and Free-Loving Debauchery!”
Yes indeed! Bring the hippies on!
An American Hippie In Israel!
Talk about an obscure classic! Grindhouse Releasing has done an amazing job rescuing this film from obscurity!
Here’s the plot: “Incited by a disillusioned young man who has decided to flee from civilization, a group of four people go searching for freedom and happiness on an isolated island . When their boat goes astray and they are left without food, their animal instincts take over!”
Check out the trailer:
I Need A Hippie NOW!
This movie is everything I love about obscure cult cinema. How can you go wrong with dialogue like this:
Hippie: “Man, how does it feel to be free at last?”
American Hippie Mike: “Man, I feel really turned on.”
Turned on, indeed!
These hippies love to turn on and then get it on! And then, of course, one of them has a bad trip and has to start pointing fingers…
This Hippie Is LOADED!
This new blu-ray comes with a bonus DVD of the original, uncensored Director’s cut of the film, called “The Hitchhiker” – plus new interviews, deleted scenes, and tons of other bonus features!
According to the review on the terrific website “Mondo Digial”, there is a “four-minute “A Cult Is Born” segment that interviews young Israeli fans at a cinematheque screening, enthusing about their multiple viewings and calling it “love at first sight” with “a strong Kubrick influence.” Apparently they really, really love dancing onstage, strapping on horned hats, and doing improvised songs while the film is playing, too.If Rocky Horror can inspire such dedication, why not this one, too?An Israeli “Channel 10″ segment also devotes ten minutes to the film’s burgeoning midnight movie cult.”
Thanks to Mondo Digital for fleshing out the great extras!
But that’s just the beginning of this mind-blowing mayhem! Grindhouse Releasing also has this gem:
Cat In The Brain!
A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director’s gory death scenes from his movies. Many events in the film are based on Lucio Fulci’s experiences as a filmmaker! Check out the trailer:
Here is some trivia for you:
The original script was 49 pages long and contained no dialogue. It consisted of descriptions of bodily mutilations/imagery and sound effects that would compliment them on screen! Fulci was literally sharing his favorite death scenes from his films!
Juxtaposing gory horror clips from several of his own past horror films which he either directed and/or produced, Lucio Fulci shot a wrap-around segment featuring his own plot and used Vincenzo Tomassi’s film editing (as well as his own voice over) to create the storyline – a personal insight into the effects of horror filmmaking on the psyche.
It’s a fascinating exercise by a Director who is one of the greatest in the genre of Italian Giallo…
I’ve written about other classic Lucio Fulci films as well, in the vein of the iconic “Italian Giallo” style – it’s Italy’s version of “pulp fiction”, with lurid books in yellow jackets…it’s a fascinating movie genre, so check them out here:
And of course, check out ALL of Grindhouse Releasing’s classic cult films by going to their website – kudos!
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