Monday, January 30, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #157)

Rated X, for excellence in violence

BOGARD (1975)

Richard Lawson
Dabney Coleman
Robert Burr
Annazette Chase
Joseph Ruskin
Sherry Boucher

Directed by
Timothy Galfas

Story by
Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly
Melvyn Frohman

Music by
Ed Townsend

Produced by
Peter S. Traynor
William D. Sklar

Released by
L-T Films

MPAA rating: X

Above: BOGARD sneak preview - New York - January 17, 1975

The Independent Film Journal says...

Heavily violent saga of a black streetfighter who finds himself locked into a Mafia stable and finally breaks loose to return in an already completed sequel, BOGARD II. Not badly constructed as these things go and the X-rated savagery and steamy sex should prompt healthy business from the black action crowd.

Even though the tide of blaxploitation product has ebbed somewhat over the past year or so, audiences are always receptive to a soft-spoken black hero who can let loose with the dynamite fists and whip into the white Mafia establishment when the chips are down. The latest incarnation of this tough, mythic dude is Leroy Fiske (Richard Lawson), a trim black streetfighter who gets wangled into risking his life by the mob, finally wants out and has to kill his way to the top to get it. Marked by an unusually vicious racist angle, BOGARD features lots of graphic fighting (earning it its X-rating), a couple of long and steamy sex encounters, and a strong enough sympathetic identification with the hero to guarantee strong audience support in black urban strongholds.

BOGARD has an added edge on the competition by being the first exploitation feature to introduce a new plot hinge – stables of fighters paid by the mob to rip each other apart in deserted warehouse areas for a crowd of paying and betting customers. Since the winner gets a hefty purse, the story takes on the proportions of a latter-day boxing flic, though thoroughly updated with the trappings of savage kicking, ample bloodletting and white-hot racial conflict. Storyline follows Leroy into the stable of a shifty mobster kingpin, and on to champion status, whereupon he learns that his boss has enlisted a crooked cop (Dabney Coleman) to take back most of his money as “protection.” After Leroy’s friend and trainer is sold to a rival stable and the two of them fight to the death like unwilling gladiators, he wants out, fights one last fight against a bald, superhumanly ugly ogre named Moose, and finally breaks away from the mob.

The last five minutes or so of the film are actually a quickly edited sequence of coming attractions from BOGARD II in which Leroy becomes a gang kingpin in his own right and inspires a lot more crowd-pleasing bloodletting. By the time the coming attractions come on screen, the initial storyline – which includes a brief encounter with a white heiress who uses Leroy for his body and then tosses him away – has completely dissipated, leaving only the fights to maintain audience pleasure. Which, judging from the vocal cheers at a recent New York unspooling, BOGARD succeeds at with flying, blood-red colors.

The Independent Film Journal (March 19, 1975, p. 26, 29)

BOGARD and its sequel, GET FISK (a.k.a. BOGARD II), were filmed back-to-back. Despite the fact that BOGARD was originally released with the trailer for BOGARD II attached at the end, the sequel never came out. According to some sources, it was never even completed.


a.k.a. BOGARD II

Richard Lawson
Stephanie Faulkner
John Dewey-Carter
Nicholas Worth

Assistant Director
Wes McAfee

Associated Producers
Mel Frohman
Charles Mulvehill


Beginning in September 1976, BOGARD was reissued as BLACK STREET FIGHTER by New Line Cinema, a company that had found recent success with the Sonny Chiba movies THE STREET FIGHTER, RETURN OF THE STREET FIGHTER and SISTER STREET FIGHTER. The most extreme violence in BOGARD was cut to secure an R rating for BLACK STREET FIGHTER, which is also missing the BOGARD II trailer.

Meanwhile, footage from the (unfinished?) sequel was combined with scenes from BOGARD to make BLACK FIST. This version -- which credits two directors, additional producers and editors, and features a new soundtrack -- was submitted to the MPAA as a wholly different film independent of BOGARD and BLACK STREET FIGHTER. Released beginning in July 1977, this is the version that has been readily available on home video since the start of the 1980s. The X-rated BOGARD disappeared in 1975 and the R-rated BLACK STREET FIGHTER hasn't been seen since New Line pulled it from the action track in the mid '80s. Neither cut has ever been released on a home video format.


Richard Lawson
Annazette Chase
Philip Michael Thomas
Robert Burr
Dabney Coleman
Charles L. Hamilton
Denise Gordy
Richard Kaye
Ed Rue
John Wesley Rodgers
Ron Carson
Al Checco
Joseph Ruskin
Carolyn Calcote
Morris Buchannan
Eddie Crawford
Nicholas Worth
H.B. Haggerty
Larry Rice
Stephanie Faulkner
Troas Hayes
Casey Jones
Nick Dallas
William Peele, Jr.
Lionel Davis
Pak San
Bishop F.C. Mounger
Martin the Wonderdog
Edward James Olmos

Directed by
Timothy Galfas

Additional Sequences
Directed by
Richard Kaye

Written by
Tim Kelly

Additional Sequences
Directed by
Andrew Maisner
Richard Kaye

Produced by
Richard Kaye
William Larrabure

Executive Producer
Charles L. Hamilton

Director of Photography
William Larrabure

Edited by
Andrew Maisner

Music Scored by
Ron Carson
Art Freeman
Richard Kaye

Worldwide Films

MPAA rating: R

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Movie Ads of the Week: The Many Faces of SOLANGE (1974-1977)

Massimo Dallamano's COSA AVETE FATTO A SOLANGE?, featuring Fabio Testi and Camille Keaton, was picked up for U.S. distribution by Hallmark Releasing Corporation in 1973 and apparently screened as both WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? and then SOLANGE before arriving in Pittsfield, MA as BLOOD RELATIONS on April 5, 1974. Like other Hallmark horror releases of the period, the ads recycle the "It's only a movie" tag line from the company's most notorious hit, Wes Craven's LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. Craven later borrowed the BLOOD RELATIONS title for a screenplay that eventually became his second film, THE HILLS HAVE EYES.

At the same time this beloved giallo was playing some areas as BLOOD RELATIONS, American International was sub-distributing it as TERROR IN THE WOODS. The ad above is from Louisville, KY on April 17, 1974.

If you've watched Garagehouse Pictures' Blu-ray TRAILER TRAUMA, then you already know that THE RAH RAH GIRLS is yet another title for Dallamano's '72 thriller (That trailer came from the Temple of Schlock Archives, by the way). The ad above is from Bloomington, IL on July 17, 1977. SEX ON THE GROOVE TUBE (1976), another Hallmark release, is a downright fraudulent re-titling of THE CASE OF THE FULL MOON MURDERS (1973) a.k.a. THE CASE OF THE SMILING STIFFS, with voiceovers added to trick viewers into thinking it’s a sequel to THE GROOVE TUBE. It's also heavily edited from a self-applied X rating to an MPAA-approved R.

Yet another title for the film is THE SCHOOL THAT COULDN'T SCREAM, seen above playing in Chicago on October 21, 1977 co-billed with LAST HOUSE PART II, a reissue of Mario Bava's BAY OF BLOOD, which Hallmark had already released as CARNAGE and TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE.

Since Hallmark sometimes used the same title for more than one movie (DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT and HORROR HOSPITAL were both released as DEATH WARD #13, for example), we'll assume in the ad above that THE RAH RAH GIRLS is another Hallmark release and not the Massimo Dallamano film mistakenly booked with itself as THE SCHOOL THAT COULDN'T SCREAM in Limerick, PA on June 3, 1977. Our guess is that it was PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRLS (GEFÄHRLICHER SEX FRÜHREIFER MÄDCHEN).

Friday, January 27, 2017

Mystery Movie: TEENAGE RUNAWAYS (1974)

In June 1974, Hallmark Releasing put out something called TEENAGE RUNAWAYS, an obvious cash-in on a then-topical subject, with a tag line that rips from a well-known television PSA ("It's 10 P.M. Do you know where your children are?"). In the ads above (Louisville, KY) and below (Pittsfield, MA) -- both dated June 21, 1974 -- the second feature is ASYLUM EROTICA, a.k.a. Fernando Di Leo's LA BESTIA UCCIDE A SANGUE FREDDO/THE BEAST KILLS IN COLD BLOOD, which Hallmark had previously released as SLAUGHTER HOTEL.

Earlier in June of '74, the film played in York, PA on a triple bill with DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT and TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE.

Since it appears to have been booked only with horror movies, we're guessing this is another title for either HORROR HOSPITAL or WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO SOLANGE? It could also be LAS AMANTES DEL DIABLO/THE LOVERS OF THE DEVIL, which Hallmark submitted to the MPAA for re-rating (PG) in 1973 as NIGHT OF THE DEVILS. Both that film and another Hallmark release, FOURSOME a.k.a. SWEET AND SEXY, are about people searching for their missing sisters, so we now have four possibilities. Does anyone recognize the actress in the ad?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Garagehouse Pictures unleashes THE SATANIST and TRAILER TRAUMA 3 on Blu-ray!

Holy crap! Chris worked on two awesome Blu-rays from Garagehouse Pictures recently - one of which came out three months ago - and he hasn't done much to promote either of them. Well, it's definitely time to remedy that!

THE SATANIST is the lost film from Zoltan G. Spencer (a.k.a. Spencer Crilly), never before available on home video in ANY format and UNSEEN for 46 years. Now Garagehouse Pictures brings this obscure Satanic sexploitation horror film to Blu-ray in a 4K restoration for the first time anywhere!

A writer recovering from a nervous breakdown moves to the country with his wife for a rest cure that turns into a nightmare when the two become unwilling participants in an ancient Satanic ritual and a wild bacchanal of the flesh. Weird forbidden rites, erotic succubi, obscene devil dances: THE SATANIST will take you to the edge of madness!

1968 / 62 mins. / B&W / Mono / Not Rated

Feature Specifications and Extras:
• 4K Restoration from the only known 35mm film print
• Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks
• Presented in its original 1.37:1 aspect ratio
• Audio Commentary by Temple of Schlock's Chris Poggiali &
Ashley West of The Rialto Report
• Liner notes by Chris Poggiali
• Garagehouse Pictures Trailers
• New artwork by Stephen Romano

Plus added bonus feature: SISTERS IN LEATHER (1969)
• 4K scan from the Original Camera Negative
• Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks 1969


Relive the awesome age of sadistic slashers and brain-gobbling mutants with TRAILER TRAUMA 3: ‘80s HORROR-THON!

The third compilation of movie previews from Garagehouse Pictures is an unprecedented, chronological exploration of the history of horror from the 1980s, featuring the scariest, goriest, and craziest trailers from the era! With over 250 trailers (including many red band favorites) and a running time of nearly 7.5 hours, this epic 2-disc set is by far the most ambitious and comprehensive trailer package ever assembled! Including enlightening commentary from fans, filmmakers, journalists, authors, and cult cinema experts, this collection serves as a means of critiquing and educating about the most apocryphal and mind-blowing era of horror movie madness.

TRAILER TRAUMA 3: ‘80s HORROR-THON is a serious, must-have addition to every horror fan’s collection!

Special Features:
• Transferred & digitally mastered in 4K
• Sound digitally remastered from the original optical tracks
• 2-disc limited edition (of 1500) set
•Audio commentary by Chris Poggiali, Ted Geoghegan, Michael Gingold, Tim Ferrante, Grady Hendrix, Stephen Romano, Dan Buskirk, James (Doc Terror) Harris and Exhumed Films’ Dan Fraga, Harry Guerro and Jesse Nelson
•Trailers for Garagehouse Pictures releases
• Art by Stephen Romano
• Original music by Ian Zapczynski
• All regions

2016 / 439 mins. / Color / Mono & Stereo / Not Rated

Order these and other Garagehouse Pictures titles from Diabolik DVD!

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #156)


Craig Breedlove
Gary Gabelich
Art Arfons
Mickey Thompson
Ab Jenkins
Athol Graham
Sir Malcolm Campbell
Glen Leasher
Dr. Nathan Ostich
Captain George Eyston
Tom Green
Donald Campbell
Sir John Cobb
Bob Tatroe

Produced by
Filmmakers Studio, Inc.

Music by
Charles Bernstein

Director of Sound
Fred Badiyan

A Unidyne Entertainment production

Distributed by
Monte Vista Corporation

MPAA rating: G

Indianapolis, IN - February 27, 1974

Rushville, IN - March 1, 1974

Columbus, IN - March 2, 1974

Ogden, UT - April 14, 1974

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Movie Ads of the Week: The Many Faces of HORROR HOSPITAL (1974-1978)

Richard Gordon's comic-horror production HORROR HOSPITAL (1973) -- directed by Antony Balch and starring Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, Vanessa Shaw and Dennis Price -- was acquired for the U.S. by Hallmark Releasing in late '73 and retitled EASTWORLD to capitalize on the success of Michael Crichton's WESTWORLD. The ad above is from Kokomo, IN where American International was handling Hallmark's releases, while the ad below is from Poughkeepsie, NY (Both are dated January 25, 1974).

Simultaneous with the film's release as EASTWORLD, Hallmark was also circulating prints under the title COMPUTER KILLERS, using the same ad campaign.

Middletown, RI - February 8, 1974

Two months later (April 19, 1974) the film surfaced in Louisville, KY as DEATH WARD #13, a title Hallmark had used the previous year for S.F. Brownrigg's DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT.

HORROR HOSPITAL was re-released in 1978, despite being sold to television two years earlier, this time under its original title and with a tag line that took aim at another Michael Crichton film, COMA (also 1978). The ad above is from St. Louis, MO on December 1, 1978.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #155)


Dack Rambo (Kenner)
Clare Beresford (Grace)
Meshach Taylor (Elijah)
Mark Bringelson (Big)
Charles Dougherty (Zig)
Diana Quijano (Radio)
Emily Kreimer (Shiela)
Orlando Sacha (Bishop)
Ramsay Ross (Lazarus)

Directed by
Augusto Tamayo

Produced by
Luis Llosa

Sally Mattison

Screenplay by
Len Jenkin
Dan Kleinman

Associate Producer
Margarita Morales Macedo

Cusi Barrio

Edited by
Augusto Tamayo
Dan Schalk

Music by
Kevin Klingler

Sound by
Edgar Lostaunau

Assistant Director
Pili Flores Guerra

Stunt Coordinator
Jose Luy

Special Makeup Effects
Thom Schouse

Concorde Pictures

Running time: 80 minutes

MPAA rating: R

WELCOME TO OBLIVION, a cheap but straightforward futuristic action movie that Luis Llosa produced in Peru for Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures, received a theatrical release in Cincinnati, San Diego, and other cities beginning in February of 1990. A screener cassette from Concorde was sent to Variety critic Lawrence Cohn at the end of that year and his negative review (below) appeared in the January 28th, 1991 issue of Daily Variety.

For whatever reason, WELCOME TO OBLIVION never made it to home video. Instead, an alternate version was constructed by editor Robert L. Goodman consisting of sequences from the original film, new scenes produced by Mike Elliott and directed by Kevin Tent -- including an appearance by Corman as the President of the United States -- and footage pulled from BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, WARLORDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS, WHEELS OF FIRE, CRIME ZONE, LORDS OF THE DEEP, and DUNE WARRIORS. Music by Terry Plumeri and Ed Tomney was also added, and the title was changed to ULTRA WARRIOR.

Daily Variety - November 16, 1992

Nearly three years after its release as WELCOME TO OBLIVION, the Frankenmovie known as ULTRA WARRIOR emerged from the bandages as a videocassette sporting new Boris Vallejo box art on December 17, 1992 from New Horizons Home Video. This version, also a no-show on DVD and Blu-ray, currently has an IMDb user rating of 1.6 out of 10.

We find it impossible to believe that WELCOME TO OBLIVION is worse than ULTRA WARRIOR. It's time for some company to put out a special edition Blu-ray with both versions and a featurette that explains why this happened.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Movie Ad of the Week: THE CANNIBAL MAN a.k.a. THE APARTMENT ON THE 13TH FLOOR (1973)

Eloy de la Iglesia's grisly 1971 shocker LA SEMANA DEL ASESINO/THE WEEK OF THE KILLER, starring Vicente Parra and Emma Cohen, was acquired for U.S. distribution by Hallmark Releasing (of LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT and MARK OF THE DEVIL infamy) and retitled THE CANNIBAL MAN. The ad above is from Pittsfield, MA on January 17, 1973.

Later in '73, Hallmark designed a new promo campaign and changed the title to APARTMENT ON THE 13TH FLOOR. The ad above is from Cincinnati, OH on November 2, 1973. American International Pictures handled Hallmark's releases outside the New England territory, which explains the second feature here being the AIP hit SLAUGHTER.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mystery Movie: B.A.R.F. (ca. 1981)

An unknown GROOVE TUBE-style skit comedy titled B.A.R.F. received spotty showings at drive-ins and midnight shows throughout the South in 1981 and 1982 (The ad above is from a March 20, 1981 booking in Tallahassee). According to this message board comment from someone who has seen it, B.A.R.F. is an acronym for "Bizarre Adventures in Raw Film," which leads us to suspect that this might be a re-release of Jim Bryan's BOOGIEVISION (1977). It could also be 69 MINUTES (1976), an Endangered List title that frequently played with BOOGIEVISION.

Palm Beach, FL - November 19, 1982

Jackson, MS - November 26, 1982

69 MINUTES and BOOGIEVISION in Akron, OH - May 19, 1978

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Movie Ads of the Week: The Many Faces of CAMPER JOHN (1973)

Filmed in the summer of 1972 under the titles ONCE UPON A TRIBE and UP YOURS, PILGRIM! by director Sean MacGregor (DEVIL TIMES FIVE, NIGHTMARE COUNTY), the low-budget "Indiansploitation" action pic CAMPER JOHN stars William Smith as Camper John Allen, a Native American falsely accused of raping and murdering a white girl. Smith co-produced the film with his LAREDO co-star, Peter Brown. The cast also includes Gene Evans, Joe Flynn, Barbara Luna, R.G. Armstrong, Henry Brandon, and Arch Johnson. Cinemation Industries acquired the film for a theatrical release in 1973. The ad above is from the Iowa City, IA opening on October 2, 1974.

A month later (November 15, 1974) it played in Tucson, AZ with a different ad campaign as THE SINS OF BETTY SCHAFFER.

When the film opened in Detroit, MI on June 18, 1975, the title had been changed again, to I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. Cinemation president Jerry Gross ripped off this title from a 1959 black-and-white French film that had been released in the U.S. by Audubon Films in 1963 (Audubon had also published a paperback of the Boris Vian source novel, J'irai cracher sur vos tombes). Gross used the title again more famously in 1980 when he re-released Meir Zarchi's notorious rape-revenge flick DAY OF THE WOMAN (1978) as I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE.

In the 1980s, the film played on TV and was released to home video as GENTLE SAVAGE.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Mystery Movie: THE BODY (ca. 1981)

A film called THE BODY received a theatrical release by Independent Artists in 1981, and we've yet to find promotional materials, trade paper or fanzine reviews, or anything else that would indicate what the film is about, who's in it or who directed it. Apart from WEAPONS OF DEATH, STARK RAVING MAD and a re-release of THE BLACK SIX, the few Independent Artists releases we're aware of are all European films, most of which had already come out through International Cine Film Corporation under different titles: Claude Chabrol's HIGH HEELS (previously released as PLAY NOW, PAY LATER), WHEN THE SCREAMING STOPS (previously released as THE SWINGING MONSTER) and León Klimovsky’s WALK OF THE DEAD (previously released as VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES). Because there's a billing block on the WEAPONS OF DEATH and STARK RAVING MAD materials but few (or no) credits on the one-sheets and ads for the company's European releases, we'll assume that THE BODY is European as well. A couple months back we showed this ad to Video Watchdog's John Charles and he made the very good suggestion that perhaps it was a reissue of Klimovsky's I HATE MY BODY, a Spanish production that received scattered playdates in the U.S. from CinAmerica Releases beginning in 1975. We'll keep that in mind until we find more information.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Endangered List (Case File #154)


Written, Produced, Directed
Tink Klang

Executive Producer
Warren Burke

Director of Photography
Harry Allen

Director of Sound
Fred Badiyan

A Countryman-Klang production

A National General release

MPAA rating: G

Jackson County Banner (Indiana) - September 5, 1973

Seymour, IN - September 10, 1973

Rushville, IN - September 28, 1973

Hull, IA - February 27, 1975