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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)
Perhaps the most elusive ribbon of film in the history of cinema is "Frankenstein." Not the 1931 masterpiece with Boris Karloff, but the first screen adaptation of the Mary Shelley novel, produced in 1910 by Thomas Edison. Censored in its day and considered lost for decades, the film still exists in a private collection but is still a great distance from returning to the screen.
Director: Robert Clouse
Starring: Joe Lewis, Bong Soo Han, Sonny Barnes, Richard Norton
Director Robert Clouse - who would later go on to shake the pillars of cinema with GYMKATA - lays his trademark groundwork for tightly plotted, well-acted, deep, original, though-provoking narratives with Force: Five! Martial arts experts/religious fanatics go to some island to rescue somebody's very rich daughter from some other religious fanatics who are comprised of....wait for it......an army of martial arts experts! Funny how that always works out.
Seriously though, as far as hilarious, nonsensical, non-wire work American martial arts films goes....this is non stop fun that can't be beat.....besides religious fanatics are always creepy and this film's strange open ending is really, well, something.....who does win in a battle of religious fanatics? It's hard to really draw a bead on where the filmmakers were really coming from on this one and that's just part of its creepy, cheezy charm! These movies were seemingly churned out more than all the Nurse, Doberman and Women's Prison films combined!
aka Maniac!, Assault on Paradise, The Town That Cried Terror
Director: Richard Compton
Starring: Oliver Reed, Deborah Raffin, James Mitchum, Stuart Whitman, John Ireland, Paul Koslo
Another entry in our 'Visibly Drunk' series (See Wrath of God)......Welcome to our new favorite Oliver Reed oddity!! A rogue Native American is plucking off townsfolk (and cops!) with a high-powered hunting bow and demanding ransom from the towns feudal lord. Said plutocrat hires drunk Oliver Reed to take care o' bidness! We should mention that everyone else in the entire film (especially Stuart Whitman!!) looks incredibly hung over throughout. We can only fantasize about the wild after hours escapes Reed took the cast on every single night! Some mild - and sometimes mildly amusing - action, sex and plot twists keeps things humming along. The perfect film for all those no-drinking new years resolutions!
Download The Ransom: avi video (1208MB) iPod video (1024MB)
Director: William F. McGaha
Starring: William F. McGaha, Hannibal Penney, Joanna Cook Moore
"J.C." preached love... lived violence!!
Jesus Christ is born again on Earth. He grows up, flips off his Baptist Father's uptight modern Christian ideals and leads a biker gang on an LSD fueled pilgrimage out west. A classic 'What If' story framed by 60s counterculture and 70s biker exploitation. Yet another thought provoking mainstream 70s anti-establishment release later buried by said establishment. How far we have fallen....
Director: Oleg Egorov
Starring: Kelly Lynch, Daniel Grimm, Phillip Vincent
In a not-so-distant dystopian future (just think Mad Max and substitute water for gasoline) a young girl's family is murdered by an evil gang led by Mr. Big...so, how best to exact her revenge? Grow up, learn the art of the crossbow (and the art of 80's hair) and kidnap the leader's fucking BOYFRIEND that's how! All right!
Download Osa: avi video (699MB) iPod video (480MB)
Director: Timothy Galfas
Starring: Tom Skerritt, Steve Forrest, G.D. Spradlin, Harry Morgan, Frank Marth, Dabney Coleman
Totally Dynamite!!! Veteran 70's TV creators bring this lost made-for-TV movie to life in a big way. If you were alive during the 70's watching television then this will cause a tsunami of nostalgia. Great 70's ensemble TV guest star cast! --Tom Skerrit, Harry Morgan, Dabney Coleman, Steve Forrest...the list goes on! A bitter drunk unleashes a slew of wild animals on an unsuspecting California suburb. We know, we know...it's already a winner!!! Containing bizarre split screen effects, Steve Forrest's amazing gigantic hair and INCREDIBLE amounts of plot padding... It's weird to watch 70's television and be shocked at the amount of drinking and sex that was going on in primetime -- we have really swung back to the crazy puritans more than realized. Did we mention that while, yes, the antagonist IS a bitter drunk, well, everyone else is completely drunk too...constantly!! There isn't exactly a whole lot of animal attacking going in this, but that's OK...give it a chance because as a time capsule it just works. Another forgotten movie in the television end of the Man vs Nature cycle...back when film and television were engaged in a total and constant cyclical balance! If you understand that last statement, then kick back, pour a bourbon and WATCH OUT 'cuz The Man-eaters are Loose!!!!!
Download Maneaters are Loose: avi video (683MB) iPod video (276MB)