Thursday, February 2, 2023

CONTINENTAL FILM & VIDEO REVIEW

First published in 1952 and lasting for 372 issues, CONTINENTAL FILM REVIEW was considered an adult magazine because of its abundant coverage of films for mature audiences accompanied by plentiful photos of nudity. However, CFR also covered mainstream international films, as well as an ample amount of horror, science-fiction and fantasy films.

To keep up with the changing times, with issue #Issue 334 (Vo. 27, #10, August 1980) CFR changed its name to CONTINENTAL FILM & VIDEO REVIEW. The issue shown here today is #337 (Vol. 28, #1, November 1980). Included are articles on THE SHINING, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (Sybil Danning), DRESSED TO KILL (Michael Caine and Angie Dickinson), and a feature on then-recent horror films.

Instead of extracting the above-mentioned articles, I decided just to post the entire issue, including coverage of the controversial Brook Shield's movie, THE BLUE LAGOON.












































Wednesday, February 1, 2023

EXPLOITATION, ASIAN-STYLE


The Asian exploitation and horror market is alive and thriving. While there were signs of interest with Kung Fu films and in pirated, dubbed, and imports during the VHS days, it wasn't until RINGU (U.S. THE RING, 1998) that Asian horror really caught on in the States. After that, movie catalogs were filled to the brim with everything that Asia had to offer in horror, science-fiction, gangster and a myriad other genres.

It wasn't long until enough material was available for a magazine dedicated to Asian Cult Cinema, more affectionately known as "Trash Cinema." One of the first to appear on newsstands was ASIAN TRASH CINEMA, the cousin to the earlier EUROPEAN TRASH CINEMA. It was a mind-boggling collection of every weirdness that Asia had to offer, from Japan to China to Korea.

This is the first issue, published in 1992 and it's cover-to-cover an "A-Z" list of Asian Trash Cinema. If you've ever wanted to dive into it, this is a good place to start.