#98
August 2003

AIP and Pillage: The Cries and Screams of Gordon Hessler

Suppressed for more than 30 years, the original director's cuts of Gordon Hessler's four horror films for AIP are now available for viewing on DVD! Tim Lucas offers a reassessment of Hessler's work, while comparing the various versions of THE OBLONG BOX (1969), SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN (1969), CRY OF THE BANSHEE (1970) and MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE (1971)!

Return to the Rue Morgue: A Conversation with Gordon Hessler

David Del Valle meets with the Poe-director laureate to discuss his AIP legacy and the restoration of the "lost" versions of his movies on DVD!

DVD Spotlight: ERASERHEAD

Bill Cooke explores the intricacies of David Lynch's feature debut in an original essay, and also reviews its debut release on DVD, available exclusively from davidlynch.com!

Joe Dante's Fleapit Flashbacks

It's a motley line-up this month as Joe attends screenings of the sexploitative THE GIRL GRABBERS... the Toho kid fantasy GODZILLA'S REVENGE... Ralph Bakshi's early live-action/animation combo HEAVY TRAFFIC... Jane Fonda's Oscar-winning performance in KLUTE... Alan Alda versus devil worshippers in THE MEPHISTO WALTZ... and Burt Reynolds and Roger C. Carmel conspiring against adorable missing links in SKULLDUGGERY!

Tapes

You'll believe a boy can fly in ASTRO BOY VOLUMES 7-9... plus Herman Cohen's Thai import CROCODILE... Richard Harrison in the widescreen Italian peplum epic GLADIATORS 7... and Jeff Fahey in the DTV sleeper MANIACTS!

DVDs

Jon Hall stars in and directs THE BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER... Jack Palance exposes Hollywood sleaze in Robert Aldrich's THE BIG KNIFE... David Hess gets picked up by Corinne Clery in HITCH-HIKE... Something Weird Video bags another JD double feature with LOST, LONELY AND VICIOUS and JACKTOWN... Roman Polanski meets the bloody Bard in MACBETH... AIP explores the Sixties counter-culture in PSYCH-OUT and THE TRIP... and Jack Palance returns to chew futuristic wallpaper in THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME!

Plus: In our "Imports" section, we review BLOODY MOON, Jess Franco's imitation (or is it a satire?) of 1980s teenage "body count" movies... and a newly released, uncut edition of the HK exploitation favorite, KILLER SNAKES!

Audio Watchdog

Douglas E. Winter reviews new CDs of the scores from THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, ICE STATION ZEBRA, THX 1138, FEMME FATALE, GOHATTO and BATTLE ROYALE!

Biblio Watchdog

Reviews of Peter Dendle's THE ZOMBIE MOVIE ENCYCLOPEDIA and John B. Murray's biography THE REMARKABLE MICHAEL REEVES: HIS SHORT AND TRAGIC LIFE!

Plus!

A look at new Region 2 "Arkoff Film Library" DVD releases of AIP's '50s classics DAY THE WORLD ENDED, WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, THE SPIDER and HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER... and much, much more!

Other writers featured in this issue: John Charles, Charlie Largent, Kim Newman, MJ Simpson, Richard Harland Smith, Nathaniel Thompson, and Rebecca & Sam Umland!