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Sweet Trash /The Hang Up (1970, John Hayes)

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Probably my greatest cinematic pleasure of 2015 was finding out about the films of John Hayes, a totally unheralded trash auteur. This double feature disc features Sweet Trash, a fragrant little gem that plays like Al Adamson directed an Arthur Miller adaptation of Alphaville, and The Hang Up, about a vicious, racist, homophobic cop who tries (unsuccessfully of course) to turn over a new leaf when he meets an underage prostitute. Hayes’ best films share a focus on men being incrementally poisoned by their own thwarted, meager desires, and an almost quotidian bleakness created by his accidental combination of cheap ineptitude, stilted earnestness, and generally unvarnished inhumanity.
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by Greg Carlson

Movie-oriented T-shirt culture has grown by leaps and bounds over the last twenty-some years. Did you ever think there would be a time when someone would create a Martin Scorsese shirt consisting only of his last name, rendered in the same typeface used for the Scorpions logo? Not only has the shirt been popular among the film crowd, but it was featured in an unrelated major motion picture (Funny People, of all things.) Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted a Texas Chain Saw Massacre T-shirt, and the local authorities weren’t immediately alerted, you would have to go down to the independently-owned clothing boutique in the sketchy part of town, and muster up the courage to ask the intimidating-looking clerk if there was one available in your size. Nowadays, you have literally hundreds of options – a quick Google Images search proves that you don’t have to be satisfied with the standard “official logo across the chest” tee. Do you look good in yellow? No problem, option #17 is Leatherface in silhouette on a yellow tee. Want a design that imagines Leatherface as four suit-and-sunglasses-wearing criminals, a la Reservoir Dogs? Click on option #32. Your options aren’t even limited to the star of the movie anymore – you can show how much of a TCSM fan you are by wearing a shirt adorned with Leatherface’s brother/revered chili chef Drayton Sawyer.
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by Travis Vogt

I understand why Hollywood is constantly remaking and reimagining popular properties. It’s a pretty shallow artistic choice, but there’s solid business logic behind it: people liked the movie once; maybe they’ll toss their money at it again when it’s revamped and modernized. Also, name recognition is huge. The entire blockbuster model these days is based on familiarity. Creating new characters and scenarios can risky. Besides, going back to the well works. Eight of the top ten biggest moneymakers of 2015 were sequels or franchise extensions (the other two, The Martian and Inside Out, came from a best selling novel and a beloved brand name).

The problem is, remakes only make sense on paper. Amazingly, it turns out nobody wants to see a sterile, PG-13 remake of Robocop, Total Recall or Point Break. The obvious reason for the failure of these kinds of movies is that the original movies already got the job done. I don’t know if you’ve watched Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop lately, but it’s not exactly a groaning, musty old snore-fest. It’s still as brutal and hilarious as it ever was. Everyone still loves Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, because he nailed it the first time. Red Dawn can’t get any more wonderfully bonkers.

So how about this for an idea: if film executives insist on being lazy and derivative, how about remaking failed movies with great premises?
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SHRIEK: Women of Horror: Hellraiser 2

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by Evan J Peterson

On Tuesday, we launch the now-monthly SHRIEK: Women of Horror Film & Discussion class. Please join us as we go further into the world of women in the horror genre. Plans for 2016 include more films directed by women and more international films and protagonists of color. For now, let’s get ready for Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, a sexually intricate film of medium length but epic mythological scope, that featuring a female villain two female protagonists, one of whom is disabled.
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New Releases for December 22


It’s New Release Tuesday!

This time of year there isn’t much actually new coming out, so this week we’re just playing catch-up with catalog titles we’ve missed or passed over this year. See you next week, and remember, we’ll be closing at 8pm this Thursday for Christmas Eve, and we’ll be closed all day Christmas Day, Friday the 25th. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Here’s the full rental list:


Axe / Kidnapped Coed (1976)

Bastard (2015)

Doctor Who: The Cybermen (2005)

Dragon Blade (2015)

Lumberjack Man (2015)

Mad Cow (2010)

Murder in the Dark (2013)

Nasty Baby (2015)

Pan (2015) BLU 3D

Pawn Sacrifice (2014) BLU 

Queen of Earth (2015)

Re-Kill (2015)

Suspension (2015)

Unnatural (2015)

Wicked Within (2015)

Wind Walkers (2015)



Angry Birds Stella: Season 1

Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure (2015)

Beetleborgs Metallix: Season 2 Vol. 2

Blaze and the Monster Machines: High Speed Adventures

Dora and Friends: Doggie Day!

Monster High: Boo York, Boo York

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Season 4

Piggy Tales: Season 1

Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery (2015)



Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes (1967)

Daktari: Season 3

Facts of Life: Season 7-9

Heart of Dixie: Season 3

Haunting: Season 7

Hee Haw Collection: (1969) (5 Episodes)

Jeffersons: Season 8-11

Maude: Seasons 2-6

Nanny: Seasons 4-6

Rupaul’s Drag Race: Season 6

Simon & Simon: Season 7 and Final Season

When Calls the Heart: Year 2 



First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb (2015)

Frontline: My Brother’s Bomber



4Got10 (2015)

90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)

Alien Outpost (2014)

Amour Fou (2014)

Anomaly (2014)

Assassination (2015)

Before We Go (2014)

Billy Elliot: The Musical Live (2014)

Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

Cauldron of Blood (1970)

Class of Nuke ‘Em High 3 (1994)

Cut-Throats Nine (1972)

D Train (2015)

Deep Sea Blues (2007)

Deli Man (2014)

Devil Hunter / Cannibal Terror (1980)

Extreme Jukebox (2013)

Giving Up the Ghosts: Closing Time at Doc’s Music Hall

Golden Cane Warrior (2014)

In the Courtyard (2014)

Little Boy (2015)

Lost After Dark (2014)

Love Butcher (1975)

Max (2015)

Momentum (2015)

Morituris: Legends of the Dead (2011)

Northern Limit Line (2015)

Operator (2015)

Partisan (2015)

People Who Own the Dark (1976)

Pro-Wrestlers vs. Zombies (2014)

Strangeness (1980)

Theatre of the Deranged II (2013)

Timbuktu (2014)

To Sir, With Love (1966)

Toolbox Murders 2 (2013)

Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)

Toxic Avenger Part IV: Citizen Toxie (2000)

Triumph of the Will (1935)

Vampire’s Night Orgy (1974)

Vigilante Force (1976)

Yentl (1983)

Young Lions (1958)