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Initial post: 27 Nov 2010 22:47:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Nov 2010 22:56:01 GMT
Y. Ran says:
It feels a bit wrong to dedicate a thread to the products of a label, but I think anyone that explore the world of American exploitation came across them.

SWV started during the early 90's with pirate video copies (of poor qualities- have to be said) of B-films,- lots of Ed Wood,Ted V. Mikels, H.G. Lewis, You get the pic, but also plenty of films to prove how rich and wild those non Hollywood productions were.
There must have been a real hunger in the market for it for them to grow as much as they did.

I remember watching my first Coffin Joe, Sinful Dwarf, Manos the Hand of Fate and a favourite Bizarre Ones, on SWV. All long out of their catalogue.
I think they had much more of the Lee Frost-Bob Cresse films.

Then they sign a contract with Image Entertainment to release their film on DVDs. The story goes about how Image wouldn't agree to release pornographic material and SWV kept pushing the envelop.

It was when the contract came to an end, and some of their films became harder to get, that I realise that I really like their products- double and triple features with lots of cool extras, and started to collect them. It helps that they are pocket friendly, and usually goes for £4/5 before delivery.
Their long out of prints (to the time of posting) includes:

Curse of Aztec Mummy & Robot Vs Aztec Mummy [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Living Head & Living Coffin [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC
Doctor of Doom & Wrestling Women Vs [DVD] [1961] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Doctor Gore [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Asylum of Satan & Satan's Children [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Blood Freak [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Love Camp 7 DVD (All Regions Pal)
To mention but a few...

lately they seem to put all their efforts in American cables, dvdR- burnt to order, and paid downloads.
As a person that buy dvd's I don't really like the idea of paying for downloads- it is like giving the OK to the fat man with the cigar to regulate downloads for potential bucks.
I did buy their Hardcore Horror collection on DVDR, and it was't a great quality and as time goes buy it is harder to watch them.

Anyway, from February they will stop selling their Harry Novak films, and will start a new contract with Image Entertainment to release new dvds.

I thought we can review here some of their stuff. I've watched plenty, and have a huge pile to go through.
Any information on lost films from old catalogues or the harder to get DVDRs is welcome!

Posted on 28 Nov 2010 00:46:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Nov 2010 00:48:15 GMT
Hello Y, these are sitting in my to watch pile:
Two Thousand Maniacs [DVD] [1964] [US Import] [NTSC]
Defilers & Scum of Earth [DVD] [1963] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Pigkeeper's Daughter & Sassy Sue [DVD] [1975] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Two Girls for a Madman & Mr Mari's & Tortured [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Blood Feast [DVD] [1963] [US Import] [NTSC]
Ding Dong Night at Moulin & Merry Maids of the Gay [DVD] [1954] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Day of Nightmare & Scream of Butterfly [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Indecent Desires & My Brother's Wife [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hitchhike to Hell & Kidnapped Coed [DVD] [1977] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Beautiful Bloody & Bare & Behind Locked Doors [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
She Man & Sins of Rachel [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Posted on 28 Nov 2010 18:44:21 GMT
A Statistic says:
I don't see anything wrong at all, I was planning on starting topics myself sometime on other good labels as it could help horror fans in the near future that are looking for lesser known films. I am not an expert like you or count on a lot of these something weird releases, but I already mentioned US Something Weird dvds in another topic recently, I have loads on my wish list by them, they are one of the underrated ones that are great value for money when they are in print, particularly the double and triple features.

I would put them alongside VCI entertainment for great value, who also release lots of cult films at very cheap prices and like Something weird, not just the best dvd releases of some films, but usually with good extras too.

Like I said, I have loads on my wish list and will hope to be buying a lot more throughout 2011. The last one I bought recently was this.Toy Box & Toys Are Not for Children [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] I had to buy a used copy though for about £13 but glad I did.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2010 18:48:05 GMT
A Statistic says:
I have "Two Thousand Maniacs" from that list as it was cheaper and unsuprisingly way better than the UK release with loads of great extras like they always do. I also have "Hitchhike to Hell/Kidnapped Coed" from that list. I've only watched "Kidnapped Coed" so far though, but that was brill in my opinion.

Posted on 29 Nov 2010 11:04:04 GMT
Somehow, through no deliberate avoidance of my own, Something Weird are a company I've long admired but neglected to collect which is a foolish move on my part given that their remit tallies so closely with my tastes. I did recently pick up a copy of "Murder A La Mod/ The Moving Finger" though, I haven't watched either yet so any feedback from those who have would be greatly appreciated.

I remember having my eye on their copy of "The Child" for ages but buying other dvds instead and now, predictably, the price has gone through the roof and I can no longer afford it. Dang. Might have to pick up as much Herschell Gordon Lewis while I still can in that case, ditto "Hitchike To Hell/ Kidnapped Coed".

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2010 13:24:03 GMT
A Statistic says:
I noticed the US "blood Trilogy" is fairly cheap at the moment. I would've definitely bought it at this price, but I already owned the UK dvds of "Blood Feast" and "Colour Me Blood Red" as they were ridiculously cheap. So only needed "Two Thousand Maniacs". So my "Blood Trilogy" is uneven, two UK dvds and one US one with lots of great extras. Would much prefer this boxset instead as I guess all three films include great extras.

Blood Trilogy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Posted on 29 Nov 2010 13:35:39 GMT
A Statistic says:
The same with this boxset too, I already own most of the UK dvds as again they were extremely cheap when I bought them. This will probably have lots of extras for all six films I guess.

Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

It might be worth me buying sometime and selling my UK dvds as I don't have "She-Devil on Wheels". I might consider buying the "Blood Feast Trilogy" too and try and sell all my UK dvds sometime in the near future, as well as my single US dvd of "Two Thousand Maniacs".

Posted on 9 Dec 2010 23:47:44 GMT
Y. Ran says:
Hi count, I see you got Sins of Rachel & the meat Rack dvds, I'm waiting for them to get £2 cheaper. With 15 SWV waiting to be watched I have plenty of time... (not to mention other labels).

I didn't mention that SWV started to work on producing their own documentaries, going for all the usual suspect the first one is about H.G. Lewis. Midnight Films and Sexploitatin are on the way. Directed by by Frank Henenlotter...

Posted on 18 Dec 2010 21:49:48 GMT
Hello Y, I've not seen "Sins of Rachel" yet but "The Meatrack" is a lot of fun in an exploitation film trying to be arty and failing miserably kind of way.

Posted on 19 Dec 2010 21:24:29 GMT
Y. Ran says:
I will get them in time, count. I'm drowning in cinematic mayhem at the moment and need to get some order done before I dive into the rest of my wish list, where both sits rather high, if you get me.

Professor Lando Malec, how did you like the bizarre stew that is Toy Box?
I had to watch it twice to realise that I like it.

Posted on 20 Dec 2010 00:00:54 GMT
Hello Y, so that's the secret to "Toy Box", I've only watched it once and found it not so great, though I did like the giant naked woman who looked like she was gouching off smack.

Posted on 20 Dec 2010 08:29:17 GMT
I was sent a screener for the Herschell Gordon Lewis Documentary they have just release and it's really good. It was prepared by Frank Henenlotter. He told me a great story about how they found a lot of the titles for something weird.

A lot of the films are not my cup of tea but films like Basket Case, 2001 Maniacs and the like are top draw!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2010 18:32:52 GMT
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Posted on 20 Jan 2011 19:26:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2011 19:29:30 GMT
A Statistic says:
Zodiac Killer & Sex Killer & Zero in & Scream [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

I wasn't sure which to watch first from this triple feature, but I chose "The Sex Killer" which I watched a few days ago. I really liked this, even though not that much happens in it and there isn't much dialogue. It's only about fifty odd minutes long, but doesn't waste anytime and feels like you are following the lead characters every move in realtime. A loner spys on topless sunbathers on rooftops through his beloved binoculars and then trys and fails miserably to steal a mannequins head from his workplace, so decides to steals one from a shop instead. I found the scenes with him walking around with the head very amusing and particulary the reactions from people that see him stroking it, I also found his looking around and chin stroking amusing too. Frustrated in his apartment, lying on his bed with just his nude pics on the wall and mannequin head, as he desperately wants to play with some real female flesh. He then starts stalking various women and invading their apartments before killing and having his way with them. It's then, that he's all over the news as the mysterious sex killer.

I hope I like other two in this triple feature "Zodiac Killer" and "Zero in and Scream" , at least as much as "The Sex Killer. I don't plan on watching either anytime soon though, as I've already mentioned before, I never watch all the films in my double and triple features all at once.

Also around christmas time, I decided to watch "Toys Are Not for Children" first. I bought this dvd particularly for "The Toy Box", but I don't know when I will watch that one as I just mentioned about double and triple features etc. Unsuprisingly, "Toys Are Not for Children" was nothing special and not one I would recommend, but I still did like it. It the sort of drama type film that could be included on those drive-in cult classics collections.

Posted on 20 Jan 2011 20:16:30 GMT
Hello Prof, I liked "Sex Killer" but thought "Zero in and Scream" the best film on the disc with "Zodiac Killer" a close second, once the levels of rampage and murder go into overdrive in the final third of the film.

Posted on 20 Jan 2011 22:28:43 GMT
A Statistic says:
Hi Count, I am really glad you preferred the other two. I chose "The Sex Killer" first because I guessed it might be the filler on the disc with the short running time, so watched it with no expectations, but it was definitely a weird one and thankfully not boring. I think I will definitely watch "Zodiac Killer" next time then and save "Zero in and Scream" for last.

I have another Something Weird triple feature that I am not sure which film to watch first. As always, I prefer to start with which I think will be the worst. You and Y.Ran probably have this too. If so, which do you consider the worst of this triple feature?

Evil Come Evil Go & Terror at Orgy & Hand of [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Posted on 20 Jan 2011 23:20:54 GMT
Hello Prof, "Evil Come Evil Go" is great and not at all what I expected it to be. The other two films on the disc are pretty poor, I've still to watch the end of "Orgy" and only managed to watch "Hand" in two self enforced sittings.

Posted on 22 Jan 2011 20:39:50 GMT
Y. Ran says:
Vernon, I enjoyed referring to you as Professor...
Must agree with Count about "Orgy" and "Hands", though I made myself sit through them all (why do I keep doing it?)
I never watched "Evil" as I wasn't too keen of his "The Demon in Miss Jones".
I really liked "Zero in and Scream" and wasn't too bothered about "Sex Killer" (even though, or maybe because it was the film I bought the DVD for...). didn't get to watch Zodiac yet.

Count, referring to your old post here. I had HUGE expectations from Toy Box at the time, not sure why,as big as my disappointment after watching it. Watching film for a second time is a privilege that not a lot of my films get to, let a lone exploitations that I didn't like in the first round. So it must have been a power greater then myself that urge me to do so. knowing exactly what to expect, I had time to absorb the illogical kookiness and found it amusing.

Posted on 24 Jan 2011 16:14:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2011 16:17:20 GMT
For any fans of psychotropic sleaze "The Acid Eaters" is currently on here at a laughably low price after spending a long time at the higher end of the marketplace price scale. I haven't seen it myself but will be partaking (under controlled conditions of course).

Acid Eaters & Weed [DVD] [1971] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

The same however can't be said of "Murder A La Mod" which has exploded in price in a manner I can only deem bizarre. It was only a tenner when I bought it brand new too. It's a strange film which can't make it's mind up whether it's aping Antonioni, Hitchcock or an exploitation flick (in other words a Brian De Palma film). Enjoyable in it's way though.

Murder a La Mod & Moving Finger [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Posted on 24 Jan 2011 18:05:59 GMT
Stuart M B says:
Black Glove
Just ordered ACID EATERS, at that price you can't go wrong, hope it's an half decent film.

Posted on 26 Jan 2011 00:03:01 GMT
Y. Ran says:
Hi Black G, they have a few drugs related films. Beside the Acid Eaters dvd, I've watched
Alice Is Acidland & Smoke & Flesh [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The last one was so not to my taste, that I erased from my wish list
Hooked Generation & Psychedelic Priest [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mondo Mod & Hippie Revolt [DVD] [1967] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
But if you will write a raving reviews I might

Getting a bit off the SWV subject did you got to see
Psych Out / The Trip (Midnite Movies Double Bill)

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2011 15:13:28 GMT
Hello Y. Ran, thanks for the links, I'll definitely be investigating SW's drug-related output over the course of the year and who knows maybe I'll even convince you of their merits (provided I can find some myself!) I'm a real sucker for trippy LSD cinema and I've got "The Trip" and "Psych Out" as separate releases as opposed to the Midnite Movies double-pack. I'm really fond of them both, especially "The Trip" (you just can't beat that laundromat scene). The line, so airily delivered by Dean Stockwell, "it's all just one big plastic hassle" from "Psych Out" will be emblazoned on my heart for the rest of my days.

Veering somewhat off topic I read this book recently and found it to be an excellent and thoroughly engrossing, albeit US-centric, history of the genesis and popularisation of LSD. I recommend it heartily.

Storming Heaven: LSD and the American Dream

Posted on 26 Jan 2011 23:40:52 GMT
Y. Ran says:
BG, if you are o.k. with less narrative but highly hallucinogenic film, I have to recommend Ira Cohen's 'THE INVASION OF THE THUNDERBOLT PAGODA'. Surprisingly, I couldn't find the DVD on Amazon to put a link. I bought it because I known and loved the Angus MacLise Soundtrack (you might know him as a brief member of the Velvet Underground). the DVD comes with the option to choose between the original S.T. or new ones by Acid Mothers Temple and by Sunburned the Hand of the Man, and they are all GREAT!!!!
The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

Back to subject... Count Z I've just watched Sticks and Stones and really liked it. Very observant, and not patronising the viewer.
Meat Rack & Sticks & Stone [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
also Meatrack/Sticks And Stones [DVD]

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 16:36:37 GMT
Y. Ran, I positively revel in films which discard narrative in pursuit of cinematic transcendence so that film, coupled with my love of the Velvet Underground, Acid Mothers Temple and Sunburned Hand Of The Man (that self-titled release with the purple cover - incredible!), sounds right up my street, thanks very much for the recommendation.

Finally got round to buying "The Acid Eaters" so I'll share my thoughts once it's arrived and I've watched it. I read a scathing review of it on dvddrivein which perversely convinced me to buy it even more. I'm not sure why but I've always had a love of films where very little happens, where you have these long stretches of emptiness and even the cast seem unsure of what to do. This was the brunt of their negative response so I'm looking forward to it!

Think it may be "Toy Box" for me next - Count's description of a giant naked woman who looked like she was gouching on smack pretty much sold me right there.

Posted on 28 Jan 2011 22:26:20 GMT
Hello Black Glove, you should try "Psyched by the 4-D Witch", the best way I can describe it is, as if, Kenneth Anger hallucinated a naked hippy Satanist sexploitation film.
Monster a Go-Go & Psyched By 4-D Witch [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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