Cult Corner: The Trip

1967 – USA Director: Roger Corman Starring: Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, Susan Strasberg, Salli Sachse Words: Nathan Scatcherd The Trip is a fascinating little oddity; written by Jack Nicholson (!) and directed by B-movie trash king Roger Corman, it is a quintessentially Sixties psychedelic experience, examining the relationship between the ideals of the buttoned…

Cult Corner: Phase IV

1974 – USA, UK Director: Saul Bass Starring: Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, Lynne Frederick Words: Nathan Scatcherd The sole feature-length directorial credit of Saul Bass – the legendary visual artist who provided the opening credit sequences to Hitchcock classics Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho – Phase IV is a singularly strange and interesting film….

Cult Corner: Bubba Ho-Tep

2002 – USA Director: Don Coscarelli Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Ella Joyce Words: Oliver Innocent After seemingly concluding the brilliantly bizarre Phantasm franchise with 1998’s surprisingly effective Phantasm IV: Oblivion, director Don Coscarelli’s follow-up project had some rather large shoes to fill. Following up something as iconic and beloved as the Phantasm franchise definitely…

Cult Corner: Stone

1974 – Australia Director: Sandy Harbutt Starring: Ken Shorter, Sandy Harbutt, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Vincent Gil, Roger Ward, Helen Morse, Rebecca Gilling, Dewey Hungerford Words: Nathan Scatcherd Few films have the kind of honest, DIY, punk committal to an underground or ‘fringe’ lifestyle as this Aussie biker gang movie from 1974. The film is a real…

Cult Corner: Shogun Assassin

1980 – Japan, USA Director(s): Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi Starring: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Kayo Matsuo, Tokio Oki Words: Nathan Scatcherd The kind of bloody, balletic Samurai film you rarely see made anymore, Shogun Assassin stands as perhaps one of the finest examples of the Jidaigeki subgenre (literally translated from Japanese as ‘era drama’, although…

Cult Corner: Frankenhooker

1990 – USA Director: Frank Henenlotter Starring: James Lorinz, Joanna Ritchie, Patty Mullen Words: Oliver Innocent By the time Frankenhooker was released in 1990, director Frank Henenlotter was already something of an exploitation legend, having unleashed the iconic (not to mention truly demented) trash classic Basket Case and it’s even weirder sequel on unsuspecting genre…

Cult Corner: Halloween III – Season Of The Witch

1982 – USA Director: Tommy Lee Wallace Starring: Tom Atkins, Stacey Nedkin, Dan O’ Herlihy Words: O. Innocent Halloween 3: Season of the Witch has got to be one of the most audacious sequels in horror movie history; jettisoning (almost) everything that made the first two Halloween movies such big box-office draws, it’s purporting to be…

Cult Corner: The Funhouse

1981 – USA Director: Tobe Hooper Starring: Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway, William Finley, Cooper Huckabee, Miles Chapin, Largo Woodruff, Sylvia Miles Words: O. Innocent Tobe Hooper is, quite rightly, regarded as one of the most revered, influential horror filmmakers of all time. Emerging from that most exciting period of independent American horror, the 1970s, his…

The Mutilator

1985 – USA Director: Buddy Cooper Starring: Matt Mitler, Ruth Martinez, Bill Hitchcock Words: O. Innocent Originally titled Fall Break, the title by which Buddy Cooper’s low-budget slasher effort has come to be known is much more fitting; lurid, attention-grabbing and totally unoriginal, The Mutilator perfectly encapsulates the essence of this cult curio in a…

Maniac

2012/ France, USA Director: Franck Khalfoun Starring: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo Words: O. Innocent Let’s get this out of the way first; Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (2012) isn’t as good as William Lustig’s 1980 original. It isn’t that the remake’s a bad film, it just doesn’t exude that same seedy, grime-ridden sickness that made the original…