The Return of the Killer Shrews

Posted in Blogs 'n' sheez with tags on May 31, 2013 by publicdomainlibrary

Yep. There was a sequel to The Killer Shrews that came out last year. What the crap is it with recent sequels to 50-plus year-old public domain B-movies??

http://killershrewsmovie.com/index.html

IMDb page

Double Bill: Two (Racist) Cinematic Classics

Posted in Films, Not entirely crap with tags , , , , on March 12, 2013 by publicdomainlibrary

It’s not often that you get a feature-length movie that’s widely regarded as a classic in the public domain. So today, we thought we’d serve you with a two-fer: two movies that have been hailed by many to be amongst the greatest ever made, apart from one small snag: they’re both incredibly racist. Goddammit, cinema.

 

The first is cinema’s first true epic, a three-hour drama film from 1915 directed by DW Griffith. It’s, of course, The Birth of a Nation. Both shockingly and awkwardly dated in that it stars the Ku Klux Klan as its heroes and features black people portrayed by white people in blackface, the film nevertheless remains a groundbreaking and significant achievement in cinema history. So we’re moderately proud to present to you here today, The Birth of a Nation:

Internet Archive download link (also here’s 44 minutes of a HD print – why the rest is cut off we have no idea)

 

The second is a pioneering documentary film from 1936, using groundbreaking techniques such as the use of distorted perspective thru lenses and aerial photography, making it one of the most acclaimed pieces of propaganda ever made. Too bad it had to come from the Nazis. The film, while stunningly made, unfortunately glorifies Hitler and the Nazi race, which as you can imagine makes it quite hard to sit through at times. Nevertheless, it is an important piece of history, so…. enjoy? :

Internet Archive download link

New Manos In HD Poster

Posted in Blogs 'n' sheez with tags on January 24, 2013 by publicdomainlibrary

A new poster is up to buy as part of fundraising for the Manos in HD project!

http://www.manosinhd.com/fundraising/

Manos: The Soundtrack Of Fate

Posted in Blogs 'n' sheez with tags on January 14, 2013 by publicdomainlibrary

Derek Singer has compiled a great quality soundtrack of Manos: The Hands Of Fate from the recent HD transfer (coming soon to DVD and Blu-Ray!).

SoundCloud link: https://soundcloud.com/manos-in-hd/sets/manos-the-soundtrack-of-fate

Beast of Yucca Flats – The Sequel

Posted in Blogs 'n' sheez with tags , on December 13, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

We’re not making it up.

In 2010, two guys named Leon Cowan and David C. Hayes who apparently had some film school dropouts at their disposal actually made a sequel to the 1961 classic The Beast of Yucca Flats, entitled Return To Yucca Flats: Desert Man Beast.

Amazing trailer that is amazing:

Its IMDb page is certainly odd – somehow the film has garnered a rating of 5.8 from 13 users (which, in comparison to the ratings most movies on this website get, is indescribably high), and the only message board post has been one from an actual actor in the film:

This film was the most FUN I have ever had as an actor. It was efficient, well planned, fast “sunrise to sunset”…done, the ad-libs were funny and the overall selection of actors was tremendous. The Director had his act together and the new process of movie making was more enjoyable than the normal “sit around and wait” process of film making. The production set was fast action for both crew and actors. The make-up artist knew her stuff and at the end of production day I felt incredible satisfaction in participating in this film “Return to Yucca Flats: Desert Man-Beast”. David C. Hayes’ talent and comedic timing helped keep up the smiles of everyone on the set. I have worked with him on several projects, and you can feel his energy when he walks onto the set.

Anyone else who worked on this film, how was your experience?

Dale Ohnmeiss

He actually directly asked other people who worked on the film what they thought. As if he knows the film is so unpopular the only people who would check out the page would be cast and crew members of the film itself. I guess that explains the rating. Indeed, this message board post is two years old and as of now there have been no responses.

Like most crappy independent films, the DVD is stupendously overpriced, and unfortunately it’s only available from Amazon.com (which means us two over in England have no way of seeing it).

But hey, the customer review is probably right.

Lost Skeleton of Cadavra review by Alex and Ollie

Posted in Blogs 'n' sheez, Reviews on December 6, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

So Alex and Ollie recently watched Larry Blamire’s affectionate Z-movie spoof Lost Skeleton of Cadavra and, needless to say, we loved it. Here’s our review.

Also we made this.

Eegah! (1962)

Posted in Films, Hall Of Fame on November 27, 2012 by publicdomainlibrary

Director: Arch Hall, Sr.

Starring: Richard Kiel

PDL Rating: 2.5/5

Internet Archive download link: http://archive.org/details/Eegah

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