Contained herein are peeks within the
world of lost cinema...
Glimpses outside the suburban
matrix of now. The films presented are in compressed
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aka Gasu ningen dai ichigo, The First Gas Human
Director: Ishirô Honda
Starring: Tatsuya Mihashi, Kaoru Yachigusa, Yoshio Tsuchiya
More home run action from the classic Toho powerhouse team of Honda, Tsuburaya and Tanaka. Hardcore crime noir with fantastical elements....and a really great and seedy take on the Invisible Man riff. People tend to to look right over the non-Kaiju films from Toho et all and it a mistake. This film, like the H-Man, really builds a dark mood that escalates right up to the punch packing nihilistic finale. Enjoy!!! On a related note - good friend of the Hex and all around stand up guy August Ragone has penned a really awesomely detailed book on Eiji Tsuburaya called MASTER OF MONSTERS. August is one of the premiere stateside experts on Japanese monsters and this one comes highly recommended. If these films are of even remote interest, then HEED our shameless plug! - you will be doing yourself an unimaginable favor!
Download Human Vapor: avi video (1270MB) iPod video (1260MB)
aka The House by the Lake
Director: William Fruet
Starring: Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres
Much sought after 70's rape revenge saga starring Brenda Vaccaro and Don Stroud. This bigger budget Canadian film reeled in the sleaze and focused on the tension and terror - making a surprisingly tense and respectable film. This, however, didn't prevent it from being one of the most controversial films from the 70s up North. Well executed exploitation at its finest! The massive amounts of booze and muscle cars really add a weird dimension to things….
Download Death Weekened: avi video (1208MB) iPod video (996MB)
aka Beyond the Door III
Director: Jeff Kwitny
Starring: Mary Kohnert, Bo Svenson, Victoria Zinny, Savina Gersak
Ok, I've got another idea for ya...so, there's this chick and her friends make fun of her cuz she's still a virgin, right? And she goes on this school trip to some Eastern European village, like Bulgaria or something maybe, only its a trap cuz the villagers are Satanists and they need to sacrifice a virgin to bring Satan to life! Get it? So, she needs to lose her virginity to save the world! Awesome, huh? Ok, and then there's this train, right? And its just totally running amok! I wanna call it Amok Train...either that or Beyond the Door III, I can't decide...are you still with me? ...hello? ...hey, where'd everbody go?
Director: Marvin J. Chomsky, Jeff Lieberman
Starring: Robert Vaughn, Robert Perault, David Selby, Teri Garr, Nicolas Surovy
Phenomenal filmmaker and Cosmic Hex compatriot, Jeff Lieberman, brings us his glorious take on the Mary Shelly classic. Real surgery footage on the monitor is the first visual cue this ain't yer average made for television Frankenstein! A sort of Peter Proud meets Frankenstein - although we certainly don't trust any man made human that orders water at a bar - even one thats horny and digs Cracker-Jacks! A much deeper than average Mary Shelly meditation...that RE-Animator had a serious Dr. Franken vibe is unmistakeable. Oh...and Robert Vaughn is just creepy...seriously.
Dr. Franken continues an impressive Lieberman legacy. Squirm may be the best drive-in film ever made and Blue Sunshine has to be seen to be believed (acid horror!!!) - so do yourself a favor and watch, learn and RESPECT!!!!
Download Dr. Franken: avi video (699MB) iPod video (326MB)
Director: John Moffitt
Starring: Tige Andrews, Belinda Balaski, Ann Doran
It's Disciple Request week here at the Hex and for this entry we are pleased to present Werewolf of Woodstock--an incredibly hard to find made for TV movie that aired only once. Please allow us to throw out a badge of honor for the member who requested such an absolutely awesome oddity. This Dick Clark produced mini-epic follows an uptight conservative asshole farmer named Bert (Tige Andrews from Mod Squad) from upstate New York. Boy does this guy hate EVERYTHING...especially damn dirty hippies! Irony hunts him down like a cobra at the zoo for small injured rodents, causing a lightening accident while he is dismantling the old Woodstock stage...we are dead serious...that turns him into a hippie Werewolf. You should probably just let that soak in for a minute...tons of dynamite, turned-on partying scenes and they are all dripping with a total Dark Shadows vibe. Ditto for the murders...this is one of the things that make you pause and just take inventory of the universe. Godspeed!
Download Werewolf of Woodstock: avi video (700MB) iPod video (331MB)
Part Drug Scare "information" façade with promises of titillating glimpses into the forbidden….part something else. It would have been utterly disappointing if this tent road show picture on the horrors of LSD had been just a clone of past reefer and cocaine exploiters. Well, it doesn't disappoint! After getting the drug propaganda out of the way, it turns into a standard warning film...of course detailing all of the horrors of the trip as graphically as possible for the time. Then something weirder bubbles to the surface (presumably after the squares have given up)...it actually taps into a mind expanding vibe. Dialogue goes out and long, sometimes erotic trip scenes come in!!! One of many seemingly endless gratuitous scenes demonstrates how cosmic and magical making out can be on a few tabs... AHEM, or so we have heard anyway...without even devolving into the bag of trip effects. Thankfully, the movie that tackles LSD is also one of the more subversive ones in cloaking a good drug movie in propaganda sheep's clothing. Weird World of LSD still never strays too far from it exploitation roots--proving that the "every movie has to have a car chase" formula has been around long before Bullitt...a gratuitous drag race is tossed in for kicks. Drop out, but not too far--FEEL THE GREEN, TASTE THE PURPLE!!!!
Download Weird World of LSD: avi video (699MB) iPod video (366MB)