Friday, May 8, 2009

The Last Horror Film, Combat Shock, and Mother's Day

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I figured that today would be a good day to inform those who may be unaware of Troma's film about a demented mother, but first I am going to talk about two of Troma's latest "Tromasterpiece" releases:

Genre - Horror
Year Released  - 1982
Running Time - 87 minutes
Directed by David Winters
Written by David Winters, Judd Hamilton, and Tom Klassen
Cast Includes:
Joe Spinnell (The Godfather I & II, Taxi Driver, Rocky I & II, and Maniac)
Caroline Munro (The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Golden Voyage of SinbadManiac, and The Spy Who Loved Me)

Rating: 3 Skulls

The UK VHS Cover

Plot Summary:
Vinny Durand, a lonesome New York cab driver, who lives at home with his mother, has dreams of becoming a famous film director. Consumed by his depraved obsession with the beautiful horror actress Jenna Bates, and determined to have her star in his first film, Vinny trails her to the Cannes Film Festival. While Vinny's disturbing fascination grows, a mysterious killer begins slaughtering all of the people in Jenna's entourage.
Is the obsessed fanatic and the psychotic killer one in the same?
Will this be Jenna's Last Horror Film?

Also known as Fanatic, this film was released in 1982, however it has never been released Uncut in America, until now - on May 19th, Troma is releasing this classic 80's slasher gem as the 3rd entry in their Tromasterpiece Collection [the 1st two being Cannibal! The Musical and Redneck Zombies]

The film takes places during the actual 1981 Cannes Film Festival, which I thought was pretty cool. I have no idea why this film was Banned in America, but it is definitely worth checking out, especially for Spinnell's excellent performance [he plays delusional superbly!]

The film sports some great f/x work, a great score, and a great story - one of my favorite scenes in the film is where Munro is discussing violence in horror and the difference between real-life and illusion, while at the same time Spinnell is practically molesting an image of Munro on a film screen.

The Uncut Special Edition DVD will include a special featurette with Spinnell's closest friend, Luke Walter - Walter will also provide a commentary track, an interview with Maniac director William Lustwig, Buddy Giovinazzo's [director of Combat Shock] rarely seen short film Mr. Robbie aka Maniac 2, which features Spinnell in one of his last performances, before his untimely death, a [funny] introduction by Lloyd Kaufman, plus many more Tromatic extras!

Here's the trailer for The Last Horror Film:

The 4th entry into Troma's Tromasterpiece Collection is going to be:

Combat Shock is going to be released in a 2-Disc Never-Before-Seen Director's Cut on July 28th, so mark your calendar's for this one!
[I have been very anxious to see this one, however I have held off, as I have been aware of this upcoming release, and I am waiting to see this version]

The VHS Cover

Combat Shock was inspired by the true, ghastly headlines about tormented war veterans. The story is centered on Frankie Dunlan, a Vietnam veteran whose life is a festering sewer of poverty , hopelessness, and violence. His wife is pregnant and hungry. His one year old son is sick and horribly deformed from exposure to Agent Orange. Frankie's family is being evicted from their rundown apartment. His childhood friend is a strung-out junkie. While roaming the streets, looking for work, he sees under-age prostitutes  working the streets. . . 

Sounds like a "happy" film, doesn't it? Still, I have heard great things about it, and I am looking forward to this new release!

Here's the trailer for Combat Shock:

And for those unaware of Troma's classic Mother's Day slasher flick Mother's Day, I am happy to tell you that Netflix currently has it available to watch Instantly - so if you currently don't have Netflix, now would be a good time to get it! :-)

Directed by none other than Troma President Lloyd Kaufman's brother, Charles Kaufman [who also directed Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters] Mother's Day tells the story of three female friends who head out to the woods to remember their collegiate good times - all the while with no idea that they're being hunted by a dysfunctional hillbilly family. 
You see, Mother is teaching her backwoods boys how to rape, torture, and kill young women - and her adept pupils are more than willing to practice their lessons. . .

A re-make of this one has recently been announced, so watch this one 1st!

Here's a trailer:



Bobby said...

I've seen MOTHER'S DAY before and thought it was okay. More cheesy than scary. COMBAT SHOCK is the DVD I'm interested because I've always wanted to see it and the extras on the 2 disc set look pretty killer. It's also going to have the MANIAC 2 footage that's on the LAST HORROR FILM disc.

wiec? said...

i saw Combat Shock a loooong while back in college on VHS. it's a doozey you won't soon forget. it's no Wrath of Kahn though:)

wait a sec. hold the phone. i have finally seen a movie before you did.... finally.

yeaaaaaaa me!

Phantom of Pulp said...

Great post!

I am a big fan of MOTHER'S DAY, so am heartened by your affectionate comments.

LAST HORROR FILM has always been a well liked thriller for me. Munro is great. Spinell is always above average.

COMBAT SHOCK -- what can I say? Unbridled nihilism!

thebonebreaker said...

Bobby, Mother's Day is more cheesy, but in a good way! :-)
We will definitely have to compare notes on Combat Shock, once it's been released!

wiec, hahahahaha - I am sure that this isn't the only film that you have seen before me :-)
I keep hearing that Comabt Shock is a doozey!

Phantom, thank you! :-)