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We’re getting Wild In The Streets with Umberto Lenzi’s gleefully exploitative 1974 crime thriller ALMOST HUMAN (aka THE DEATH DEALER, aka Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare). Featuring a stand-out slimy performance from Tomas Milian, the film follows small-time scumbag Giulio Sacchi as he goes on a spree of murder and mayhem throughout Milan while tough cop Walter Grandi (Henry Silva) is hot on his trail. It’s filled with chaos and bloodshed, but is it fascist? Let’s talk about it.

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On this episode of Cinema Fantastic (a trip to the genre film festivals around the world) we’re traveling to the 2009 London Frightfest film festival in London, England to check out two ultra-violent heavy-hitters: Dario Argento’s GIALLO and The Mo Brothers’ MACABRE. The tenth anniversary of Frightfest, 2009 marked a big expansion in terms of the festival, which featured plenty of unique, international offerings. Was Argento’s Adrien Brody-starring thriller a return to form? Did The Mo Brothers (Killers, Headshot) succeed with their Indonesian spin on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre? Who reigns supreme? Let’s find out!

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It’s not only the return of ERIC ROBERTS IS THE (bad word) MAN, it’s also the return of the STALKED BY MY DOCTOR SERIES with 2021’s JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. A return to the heady days of the original STALKED films, this time we have Dr. Albert Beck hiding out in an abandoned house.. but not for long! We also talk at length about a newly launched Eric Roberts-related podcast that WE ARE ANGRY ABOUT, the latest Eric Roberts tweets, and SO MUCH NEWS. We’re joined on our journey by musician and podcaster Mike Paulshock, who discusses his love for the STALKED series and its lead actor: ERIC ROBERTS. Time to start listening!

Check out Mike’s band SUN GOD at https://sungodpa.bandcamp.com/, and don’t forget to check out his Whine & Cheese podcast here https://cinepunx.com/podcast-episodes/whine-cheese/

You can also follow Mike on Twitter @ThePaulShark

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On YOU DON’T KNOW DICK we look at the films and TV work of the beloved character actor Dick Miller! On this episode we’re joined by writer, producer and podcaster Scott Weinberg to discuss the legendary Roger Corman cheapie horror-comedy THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS! We look at the history of the legendarily threadbare production, the various remakes and tributes (including the celebrated musical!), and – of course – the flower-chomping performance by Dick Miller! CHECK IT OUT!

Follow Scott Weinberg on Twitter @ScottEMovieNerd and check out his newest podcast OVERHATED on his Patreon right here: https://www.patreon.com/scottEweinberg

Check out the entire film THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

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On the PREMIERE episode of WILD IN THE STREETS: A EUROCRIME PODCAST we’re looking at the two films which kick off Roberto Curti’s essential book Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980: 1968’s Bandits in Milan, as well as 1968’s Bandits In Rome! The first film takes a documentary approach to a real-life incident that took place in Milan, Italy in 1967 while the second film starts John Cassavetes as a bandit with a heart of gold who is locked away while his partner goes on a violent rampage. What did we think? Listen and find out!

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We’re taking another journey through time and space to the film festivals around the globe on another episode of Cinema Fantastica! This time we’re headed to the controversial Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas to check out two Japanese films that played in the 2010 iteration: Sion Sono’s COLD FISH and Yoshihiro Nakamura’s GOLDEN SLUMBER! Check it out!

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Our look at the filmography of the great John Singleton continues with two of his mid-period films, starting with the often-brutal historical drama ROSEWOOD from 1997, followed by the coming-of-age comedy-drama BABY BOY from 2001. Also, we had already recorded this and Liam deleted it. HEAR THE WEARINESS IN OUR VOICES. Enjoy!

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Welcome to the PREMIERE episode of JODOWOWSKY, a light-hearted, chronological look through the career of actor, writer, poet, playwright, novelist, editor, comics writer, musician, puppeteer, mime, painter, and so much more.. Alejandro Jodorowsky!

In this episode we look at our hopes for the podcast (as well as some concerns) and then discuss Jodorowsky’s early short films, before coming back from a break to discuss his first feature length movie FANDO AND LIS.

Your hosts are Cinema Smorgasbord regulars Doug Tilley (@Doug_Tilley) and Liam O’Donnell (@LiamRulz), but they are joined on this adventure by the always wonderful and incisive Julia Marchese!

Julia is a filmmaker, actor, writer, film programmer and podcaster. Julia’s first film was Out of Print, a documentary about the importance of revival cinema and 35mm to culture. The film has played all over the world in film archives, art house cinemas and universities. The 35mm print of the film is now housed at The Academy Film Archives. Her next project is a short film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “I Know What You Need”. She is the co-host of Horror Movie Survival Guide, a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into a different horror film each week, focusing on how to become the final girl. You can follow her on her social media platforms

juliamarchese.com

Films covered on this episode:

La Cravate (1957) (aka Les têtes interverties)

Teatro sin fin (1965)
Available to view here on Archive.org.

Fando and Lis (1968)
Check out MUBI.com for streaming versions of a number of Jodorowsky’s films, including FANDO AND LIS, EL TOPO, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN and more!

A big shout-out to Joel St. Julien (@JoelStJulien) for the theme music!

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On this limb-shattering episode of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VIC DIAZ? we’re heading to 1989 and a film that was in EVERY video store in the early 90s: BLOODFIST! Starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Billy Blanks and – of course – Vic Diaz, the film has Wilson’s character infiltrate an underground martial arts tournament to find out the mysterious circumstances behind his brother’s death. Sound familiar? It should! Let’s check it out!

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On this episode of WE DO OUR OWN STUNTS we’re taking a step back from Lo Wei’s attempts to launch Jackie Chan into superstardom and instead looking at the film that caught his attention in the first place: John Woo’s THE HAND OF DEATH! Not only does the film bring Jackie Chan together with the legendary director of THE KILLER and HARD BOILED, but it also features fellow Seven Little Fortunes alumni Sammo Hung (who was also the stunt co-ordinator), Yuen Baio and Yuen Wah! Check it out!