Monday, July 6, 2015

Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)

Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity, Bikini Babes With Big Guns

Beautiful babes in bikinis.  Beautiful babes in lingerie.  Beautiful babes in evening gowns. Beautiful babes in chains.  Beautiful babes armed with really big guns and fast spaceships.  From our old friend, Charles Band, today we look at 1987's "Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity."  Born in Hungary, Elizabeth Kaitan started acting in Shakespeare dramas before sliding over to low-budget exploitation (...fate did smile on us B movie fans).  Ms. Kaitan stars in this masterpiece along with Cindy Beal and Brinke Stevens.  Together, these three fight maniacal villains, zombies, mutants, and killer androids.  Always in revealing attire, no frame goes by without at least one of these beauties gracing the screen.
As our tale begins, Daria (Kaitan) and Tisa (Beal) are chained in a dungeon aboard a mother-ship in deep space.  Clad only in bikinis, they escape and commandeer a shuttle and crash land on a seemingly benign planet.  Our two very capable damsels make their way to a jungle compound, occupied by the very handsome Zed (Don Scribner) and his two rude androids.  At first, Zed seems like a savior, even providing some slinky evening ware to our shapely protagonists.  However, Daria and Tisa become alarmed when they meet two other guests, also from a crash landing, the hunk Rik (Carl Horner) and his sister Shala (Stevens).  Shala and Carl advise our buxom heroines that most of the other guests disappeared when Zed took them hunting.  Both Shala and Tisa are on the ball, and realize they must escape.  Uh oh, Zed does indeed have plans for his captive women.  Shala is the first victim, and she is put in chains, stripped, and put to use as Zed's sex toy.
Now Tisa and Daria start plotting, but not before some passionate pre-marital sex with Rik.  One can cut Rik some slack, as he probably needed cheering up after his sister is reduced to a sex tool by Zed.  Zed is two steps ahead of his prisoners and foils their escape attempts.  The fair man that he is, Zed gives all three babes their bikinis back and a 60 minute head start toward escape.  The innovative Tisa has a map to a weapons cache, and if they can make it to the guns before 60 minutes is up, our vixens just might have a chance.  Unbeknownst to them, they will not only have to evade Zed, but also some zombies, mutants, and some armed aliens.  The damsils will endure great peril, clad in the skimpiest of swimwear, and not all of them will make it.
All three scream queens do a magnificent job.  Director Ken Dixon knows what his fans want, and that is to see a lot of the three actresses in the least amount of dress.  Will Tisa and Daria find satisfaction in bigger guns?  Is the plight of our three scream queens in this film a mere metaphor for the increasing divide among the classes during the industrial revolution in western Europe?  Very reasonably priced on, watch "Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity," and give yourself a well deserved reward for putting up with that chick-flick your wife (...or wimpy husband) made you watch.

Primal Rage (1988)


Primal Rage – Rage, Furia Primitiva (1988)

Primal Rage (1988)Directed by Vittorio Rambaldi and written by Umberto Lenzi (under the pseudonym Harry Kirkpatrick), Primal Rage (1988) is an Italian / American splatter film shot on location in Florida.
In an effort to restore the dead brain tissue of a baboon, Dr. Ethridge (Bo Svenson), a professor at an unnamed University in Florida, inadvertently creates a deadly contagion. Unaware that the virus could be dangerous Dr. Ethridge continues his research. However when young college journalist Frank Duffy (Mitch Watson) suspects that the campus laboratory is conducting inhumane experiments on live animals he breaks in to get photographic evidence. As Duffy attempts to take a few snaps of the caged animals he is bitten by one of the infected baboons, which then escapes outside into the street, and is quickly run down by a Florida Police Department squad car in grotesque fashion.
Primal Rage (1988)It’s not long before the bite on Duffy’s arm becomes infected and he begins to develop influenza-likesymptoms. Sam Nash (Patrick Lowe), Duffy’s friend and colleague, becomes concerned and decides to invite Duffy out on a double date with his girlfriend Lauren Daly (Cheryl Arutt) and her room-mate (Sarah Buxton). The night starts off great, and despite a seemingly minor confrontation with three belligerent students, ends well with Duffy sharing a kiss with Debbie…and then proceeding to playfully bite her neck.
The virus soon spreads to Debbie causing her to feel fatigued. Duffy’s arm starts to form ugly looking sores from the infected bite and his symptoms worsen. Admitting himself into the hospital a uncontrollable rage takes over and Duffy’s starts to attack the other patients and staff before running out into the street on a killing spree.
Primal Rage (1988)This is the least of Dr. Ethridge problems, who at this time is still unaware of the deadly contagion’sside-effects. Debbie is soon abducted by the trio who confronted the group earlier and it turns out that they are aggressive would-be rapists.
With his debut as director Vittorio Rambaldi, son of special effects maestro Carlo Rambaldi, has managed to create an entertaining film that, despite it’s slow set-up, delivers a lot of the crimson red you would expect from 1980’s Italian horror cinema. The special make-up effects and gore, courtesy of Carlo Rambaldi (known for his incredible work on Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982) and Alex Rambaldi, are the highlight of Primal Rage, especially during the final act when the infected muscle-headed trio attend a campus Halloween party.
Primal Rage (1988)Primal Rage isn’t perfect however, and Vittorio Rambaldi’s direction can at times be underwhelming and uninspired. Bo Svenson is also not on his usual top form as Dr. Etheridge and sleepwalks through most of his scenes. Primal Rage also feels very dated, despite being filmed during the tail-end of the 1980’s, thanks to the power pop ballads that punctuate the soundtrack. Thankfully Claudio Simonetti’s score is used just as frequently.
Primal Rage may feel dated and flawed today but the ingeniously bizarre special effects on display help elevate this movie above most Italian exploitation films of the same era.
Patrick Lowe     …     Sam Nash
Cheryl Arutt     …     Lauren Daly
Sarah Buxton     …     Debbie
Mitch Watson     …     Frank Duffy
Bo Svenson     …     Ethridge
Doug Sloan     …     Lovejoy
Directed By … Vittorio Rambaldi

Bogart Co - Fire / Help Me Now / C`mon Babe (1986)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cop Game (1988)

Cop Game (1988)

Cop game poster
Movie Review:
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"I'm gonna put your asses in a sling!"
Reviewed on vhs
I adore Bruno Mattei's films, I really really do. Only he can make schlock this entertaining. Made the same time as Born to Fight and Strike Commando 2, and with the same star Brent Huff, you know you are going to be getting some Vietnam War mayhem filmed in the Philippines and that can mean only one thing: exploding huts!
Not a straight-forward war movie like Phantom Soldiers or the previously mentioned Strike Commando's, there are scenes of urban action in this as well. From the beginning: some masked soldiers in American military uniforms attack and kill a member of the elite Cobra force while he's taking a bath. Obviously this looks bad for the American army so they want it dealt with quietly. That's when two cops, an American, Morgan (Brent Huff) and a Vietnamese, Hawk (Max Laurel) are brought in to find out who wants Cobra force dead and to deal with the situation outside of military jurisdiction.
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That's the plot in a nutshell. I really don't need to explain much more do I? I'm sure you can picture it already, and what you picture is probably right on the money. Morgan and Hawk run around Saigon streets chasing informants through food markets. Morgan and Hawk get involved in a car chase that sees them flying over train tracks just in the nick of time. Morgan and Hawk burst through doors with artillery laying waste to half the Vietnamese army. When they make it into the jungle it gets even more explosive with rocket propelled grenades, helicopter mounted chain guns and exploding hut after exploding hut. That's also when the plot, such as it is, thickens as Morgan and Hawk learn new truths about who they are looking for.
Morgan: "Jesus Christ cock sucking mother fucking son of a bitch!"
Hawk: "You took the words right out of my mouth!"

It goes on like this for 90 minutes, barely stopping three times to visit the same nightclub to watch the same six people dancing.  Oh and there's a smoking hot blonde informant that may be a Russian spy. Some of the plot doesn't make a great deal of sense, and the continued use of the Vietnam war theme - even though we clearly see late 1980's cars and clothing - has been seen and done a million times before, but it really doesn't matter. Seeing soldiers declare that the scenery is beautiful before tearing it up with mounted artillery never gets old. Bruno Mattei, I love you!
Huff is on top form again, roughing up anyone that needs roughing up to get answers out of them, or just plain shooting them when they don't co-operate, spilling out a few hilarious lines as he does. Max Laurel - as far as I can tell a native Filipino - is a great second banana, getting in on just as much action as Huff does, and also another grunt from Robowar (Mattei sure likes using the same actors again and again). However, the best part about the movie is the music. Sure most of the music is standard electro-symphonic rock like all these 80's Italian/Filipino movies, but most other movies don't get their own theme song! Cop Game features the song Cop Game played half a dozen times, and only half of those times is it really appropriate, but all of the times it's just glorious. Don't believe me, listen to it yourself.
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"His name's Captain Kirk, just like in Star Trek!"
Romano Puppo, another Italian and Filipino action movie staple, is in this too. He was Cpl. Neil Corey in Robowar, Alex Bross in Born to Fight, Ratchet in 2019: After the Fall of New York... and it goes on like that. He's not the focus of the movie but he is the one that "knows just the two guys" to pull off this mission and makes a few appearances throughout. Mattei had the balls to call him Captain Kirk as well, which is just hysterical.
The gorgeous Candice Daly plays the female of the piece, Annie, first showing up when she leaves a message in lipstick for Morgan on a bar room mirror that she has information for him. It's a shame she didn't have a bigger part really but when she was there she provided a nice contrast to the otherwise male-dominated movie.
So it's pretty obvious that I really enjoyed Cop Game. Stuff explodes, countless clips are emptied, cars are chased and the day is saved. The journey may make little sense but it's a fun ride all the same. You're only going to find this on Dutch or Japanese VHS or grey market DVDRs sourced from the same tapes, but it's completely worth your time. Not quite Strike Commando or Robowar quality but not far behind.
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The Video:
If you've seen any Italian or Filipino action film on Japanese VHS before then you know what you are in for. Soft, desaturated, murky blacks and overly bright whites. Still, it's perfectly watchable and in widescreen to boot. Runtime approx. 90 minutes.
Sourced From:
eBay, for more than a little, less than a lot.
You'll have to make do with the screenshots and the videos I linked throughout the review!
More Screens:
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Slumber Party Massacre 2 (1987)

Review: Slumber Party Massacre 2 (1987)

Writer: Michael Sarago

Slow motion pillow fights with drunk nude girls, a leather-clad Elvis wannabe who sings and dances while killing with his guitar-driller, a crazy headless chicken and a giant face-covering zit that explodes with oozing puss…I dare you not to be interested…The original cult classic film is one of my personal favorites of the sub-genre. Written by feminist Rita Mae Brown, The Slumber Party Massacre put a bit of a satirical spin on the typical female role in horror films, creating a dark and atmospheric slasher that also had a fun and humorous side to it. This sequel, however, decided to ditch the atmosphere and any feminist viewpoints to concentrate (strangely enough) on Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Picking up a few years after the events of the first film, we learn that Valerie Bates has been institutionalized as a result of her trauma, leaving the starring role to her younger sister Courtney, now in her late teens and part of a garage band with a few of her gal pals. She has been having terrible (if not funny) dreams of a mysterious rock and roller with some kind of guitar/drill hybrid that he obviously intends to do some harm with. When she decides to spend the weekend at a bandmates vacation home to practice their music, the dreams start getting worse and eventually (removing all logic in the process) take a life of their own as the killer is somehow brought to the real world to shed some blood. Although sticking to the typical slasher movie formula, Slumber Party Massacre 2 basically plays out like a teen comedy on crack. Instead of trying to compete with the endless amount of slashers that were released at the time, writer/director Deborah Brock decided to drop the scare factor completely and purposely make the plot as silly as possible to entice nothing more than laughter and fun. By spoofing A Nightmare On Elm Street (not only by lifting it’s basic premise of a dream manifested killer but also by naming two characters Krueger and Craven), it allowed for plenty of surreal dream manifestations which helped this film succeed as one of the strangest slashers I’ve ever seen. On numerous occasions, I began to wonder if I had accidentally inhaled some kind of fumes and was just hallucinating it all.

Cheesy and ditzy are two characteristics that the 80’s couldn’t live without, and there’s absolutely no mistaking this for anything but an 80’s film. There’s a strong MTV vibe throughout as we get to witness band practices as well as some musical montages of the crazy teen goings-on. And then of course there’s the killer, who is surely unlike any other killer you’re used to seeing in a slasher movie, and also quite annoying. Dressed like a Greaser straight out of the 50’s, he sings and dances to old rock songs as he stalks and slashes his victims in an almost music video fashion. And even though this slice of cheese may be a bit much for some to handle, I still thought it was just as yummy as the cheese found in any other slasher of the decade and I couldn’t help but love it.

The acting was surprisingly good enough for the most part, but of course there’s the requisite dumb blonde that may sadly need a stronger word than “dumb” to describe her. As soon as she opens her mouth you know you’re in for a bit of a giggle. There’s even a similar male character who could have been a relative of Bill & Ted and I thought he was just plain hilarious. The amount of bloodshed is barely decent at best but there is one particularly disgusting scene that made the overall lack of gore acceptable. And surprisingly enough, there was only one nude girl in the entire film. And not so surprisingly enough, the nude girl ended up being Juliette Cummins (of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and Psycho III).

It’s too bad this film is mostly overlooked. With just an extra helping of gore and someone like Linnea Quigley to spice things up, who knows what kind of status this film might have had with slasher fans. Slumber Party Massacre 2 is no doubt an odd and brainless movie but still a pretty funny and entertaining popcorn flick and I enjoyed it in all it’s cheesy glory. So if you like your slashers with a bit of cheese and some Rock ‘N’ Roll to boot, then this is for you as long as you’re willing to shut off your brain for an hour and a half of fun. But beware, it’s definitely not for everyone…unless everyone is heavily intoxicated.

Killer Workout (1987)

Every once in a while you watch a movie that reminds you why you watch bad movies in the first place. This is one of those movies. With the perfect blend of leotard hip thrusting and safety pin stab wound death sequences Aerobicide is one experience you're likely to never forget.

I'll set it up for you. Rhonda has a workout place called ... Rhonda's Workout. People start dying there in bunches. Dim witted detective Morgan is on the case! After stumbling blindly from one victim to the next he finally pieces together who the killer is. But will he be able to stop their master plan? Nah.

You know, I think the writer of Death Spa must've ripped this movie off. Think about it. Death Spa came out a year later in 1988 with a very similar premise. A health club killer. Don't believe me? What about this still? Look at what is spray painted on the window!

Where Death Spa is about possession and technology, Aerobicide is about good old fashioned mindless slaying for the sheer sport of it. So I guess we now have the luxury of choosing which 80's health spa slasher movie we'd rather see. An odd parallax if I do say so myself.

The killer in Aerobicide uses an oversize safety pin to stab their victims to death. What a great idea. I can guarantee you that is original to this movie. Before this I doubt that idea ever left the napkin storyboard stage. In Aerobicide however, the idea is fully "fleshed" out.

So this guy named Chuck Dawson (played by Ted Prior) takes it upon himself to stop the madness. Right from the word go we see what a stand up guy he is. He punches a guy senseless and ditches his first day on the job at Rhonda's Workout to have sex. He mops well and does a decent job of hiding in bushes. He doesn't see the crime in breaking and entering as long as it for a good reason. He likes to punish the innocent harshly, in the face, based entirely on incomplete situational knowledge. He also likes to wear really short 80's shorts. Everything goes pretty well for Chuck until he rams his body into a muscle car and a man with a large pointy object. Other than that though, he totally had it covered. What a guy.

So what makes this movie such a good time to watch? Everything. The mindless slaughtering of hordes of deservingly ham fisted youths is a good reason. Or you could always just watch it for the fantabulous aerobic workout dance numbers. Either way you win. I highly recommend getting together with your friends and popping this schlockfest into your "conveyance of video joy" device as soon as possible. You won't soon regret it.

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Aerobicide on IMDB

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to identify C64 and SID model

How to identify C64 and SID model

I have come to notice that the different models of “normal” C64s can cause some confusion. Special models and different casings aside there are two main versions of Commodore 64 – the original hardware design and the new, cost reduced hardware design. There are some differences between these two designs and the greatest difference is the SID chip. Original motherboard design has the 6581 SID chip and the new model has 8580. These motherboard designs comes in the various casings all mixed up.
Four different models of C64
C64 C models can have either motherboard version. A C64 G will most likely have the new “short” motherboard – it’s not 100 % sure however. The brown “breadbin” C64 is always assembled with the old “long” motherboard.

Not only the SID chip but almost the complete chipset has been replaced with new ones in the new motherboard design. The new chips run cooler and thus are less likely to fail. For most part they are not interchangeable with the old chips. Some of the new chips run with lower voltage, so the new motherboard can draw more current on the +5V line. It’s not adviceable to use the old C64 Power Supply unit with a new model motherboard because of the difference in rating (1,7 A vs. 1,5 A  in the +5 DC line).
The model C64 C is likely to cause most of the confusion as these are very common and can have either the new or the old motherboard inside. A 100 % sure way to know what’s inside is to have a look.
C64 C old motherboard
C64 C with old “long” motherboard. Fuse and keyboard connector highlighted (read below why).

C64 C with new motherboard 
C64 C with new motherboard design. Often called the short board as the motherboard is much narrower than the original design. Fuse orientation and keyboard connector location has been changed.

If you can’t or don’t want to open up the machine you can have an educated guess by looking at the keyboard.
Different keyboard styles of C64 C
According to my experiences C64 C models with the old style key prints have the old motherboard. This is not a sure proof however, because Commodore has been manufacturing the machines in “what do we have in the storage today” style. Also, it’s very easy to swap motherboard or keyboard between the different models.
To check the motherboard (and SID) version look into the Expansion Port. Spot the fuse and check its orientation (see the above motherboard pictures). If you can see the fuse from its side, it is the old motherboard design with 6581 SID. If the fuse is pointing at you, then it is the new motherboard version with 8580 SID chip.
View of Expansion Port of C64 C with old motherboard
Expansion port of C64 C with old motherboard – the fuse can be seen sideways.

View of Expansion Port of C64 C with new motherboard
Fuse is pointing towards the Expansion Port – This is the new motherboard design with 8580 SID chip. Alternatively you can locate the keyboard connector. If you can see it from the Expansion Port (as seen above) it is the new motherboard.

User port of C64 C with old motherboard
This is the User port of a C64 C with old motherboard. The keyboard connector is located at the far opposite end of the motherboard.

The Velocity of Now - July 1, 2015 with Thomas Sheridan PARTs 1&2


Friday, June 26, 2015

The Bar-Kays "Holy Ghost"

The Amiga Graphics Archive

The Amiga Graphics Archive

Launched in 1985 the Commodore Amiga boasted graphics capabilities that were unsurpassed for it's time.
It featured an intricate collection of custom chips that enabled it to do things that, until then, had been impossible to achieve with other personal computers.
This site is dedicated to graphics made with or for the Commodore Amiga home computer.