a weekly celebration of outsider, strange, experimental and cult cinema
TRASHPALACE is a weekly film club thats been running intermittently since aprox 2014. the format is usually to watch together every week a feature film preceeded by some trailers and occasional shorts. in addition we have had a range of special events including guest curators, double-features, secret screenings, open-airs, alternative-formats and an annual 12hr movie marathon!
NOW PLAYING LIVE AND ONLINE
trashpalace.tv is now live! physical screenings are every tuesday night in karori, wellington - and if you cant make that we are also streaming each programme online for exactly 7 days - visit the link to see whats on this week and to find out how to get notified !
click on each entry for text and posters
- S03 is from 2023
- S02 is from 2021
- S01 is from 2017
(technically there were at least a couple more “seasons” going back to ~2014 but was before i was archiving them)
Tps03e12 - Shredder Orpheus (1990) directed by Robert McGinley
Skateboarder named Orpheus and friends go to Hell to stop television signals that are brainwashing America.
Tps03e11 - The Vasulka Effect (2019) directed by Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir
This Doco looks into lives and relationship of the free-spirited, groundbreaking pioneers of video art Steina and Woody Vasulka. After meeting in Prague in the early 1960s, they relocated from Czechoslovakia to New York, where they founded The Kitchen, their legendary art and performance gallery. Now in later life, mostly forgotten by the contemporary art scene, they struggle to archive their vast body of work.
Tps03e10 - De vierde man - The 4th Man (1983) directed by Paul Verhoeven
A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.
Tps03e09 - We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021) directed by Jane Schoenbrun
Reality and fantasy begin to blur when teenager Casey, alone in her attic bedroom, immerses herself in a role-playing horror game online
Tps03e08 - D.E.B.S (2004) directed by Angela Robinson
Recruited by the U.S. government for their unique ability to lie, cheat and fight, Amy, Max, Janet and Dominique join an underground academy of secret agents known only as D.E.B.S. Now the girls must combine their skills for their most important mission- to capture vexing vixen Lucy Diamond, the deadliest criminal the world has ever known.
Tps03e07 - Touki-Bouki AKA The Journey of the Hyena (1973) directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
⚠️EXTREME CONTENT WARNING: this film shows a few graphic scenes of animal slaughter⚠️
A cowherd with a skull-mounted motorcycle and a university student meet in Dakar; put off by life in Senegal, they plan to make money in Paris
Tps03e06 - Static (1985) directed by Mark Romanek
An eccentric and possibly brilliant young man, troubled by the death of his parents, claims to be readying a world-changing invention.
Tps03e05 - Escape from Tomorrow (2013) directed by Randy Moore
an unsatisfied middle aged man on vacation with his family at Disney World finds himself inexplicably obsessed with two French teenage girls. The park environment soon turns to something more sinister and Jim must protect his adventurous kids, placate his suspicious wife and defend himself against the happiest place on Earth
Tps03e04 - 老人Z aka Roujin Z (1991) directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo
A compassionate young nurse is determined to help an elderly invalid chosen by the Japanese Ministry of Public Welfare to test the Z-001, a computerized hospital bed with robotic features that allegedly displays more efficiency and skills than any human nurse
Tps03e03 - Sedmikrásky aka Daisies (1966) directed by Věra Chytilová
Two teenage girls, both named Marie, decide that since the world is spoiled they will be spoiled as well; accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them
Tps03e02 - Night Vision (1987) directed by Michael Krueger
A window to the future and a gate to Hell.
A stolen VCR enables whoever watches it to predict the future – but it also shows satanic rites and devil worship.
Tps03e01 - 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝘀 𝗱𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗰 aka 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 (2021) + Meta Mental (2022)
Meta Mental (2022) 10’24” directed by Nadi Nicoco- @nadinicoco
I’m beyond excited to screen this special short film (nz premiere!) before the feature on TRASHPALACE opening night tuesday 21st March !!
𝘔𝘦𝘵𝘢 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪-𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘦. 𝘈 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘢 𝘫𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘵’𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥. 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴
𝗙𝗶𝗹𝘀 𝗱𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘂𝗰 aka 𝗠𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿𝘀 (2021) 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘓𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘱𝘰 𝘎𝘶𝘪𝘵
Issachar and Zabulon are two hyper-manic Belgium brothers who accidentally lose January Jack, their mum’s prized pooch in this outsider gross-out anti-comedy
Tps03e00 - BLACKMASS III - a marathon of timeslips
join us for a service through the darkest hours: welcome to BLACKMASS
BLACKMASS is an annual all night 12-hour movie marathon special event hosted by the film club TRASHPALACE
19:00 - timeslips pre-show 20:00 - La Jetee (1962) 20:45 - Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2020) 22:00 - Belly (1998) 00:15 - The Drifting Classroom (1987) 02:00 - Dildo Heaven (2002) 03:30 - Special Bulletin (1983) 05:00 - Demolition Man (1993)
Tps02e14 - Elves (1989) Directed by Jeffrey Mandel
They’re Not Working For Santa…Anymore
A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves, an attempt to create a race of supermen. She and two of her friends are trapped in a department store with an elf, and only Dan Haggerty, as the renegade loose-cannon Santa Claus, can save them.
Tps02e13 - END-OF-YEAR VIDEO-ART SPECIAL
a curated night of current works from leading underground experimental video-artists working in the field of diy av and electronic media art
19:30 - 20:00 : selected shorts by various artists from the scanlines community
20:00 - 20:30 : BEWARE! The Vanishing Family (2021) - a mesmerizing experimental horror film from non-binary filmmaker Luca D’Andrea that deals with trauma, undead doppelgängers, and 16-bit phantoms
20:30 - 22:00 : PURPLE RAIN - REMIXED & RETOLD (2021) physical_screening_world_premiere (probably) !! ten video-artists edit, glitch and remix segments & songs from Prince’s 1984 rock musical drama film PURPLE RAIN. Featuring edits by VideoArtDuo, Chris Prine, Josh Sasson, Saiteron, Marisa DeMarini, cyberboy666, David Jackson, theB_Roll, Paul Cornett, mingkurray
Tps02e12 - SECRET LASERDISC DOUBLE FEATURE
DISC_1: Timemaster (1995)
DISC_2: Futurekick (1991)
Tps02e11 - Dellamorte Dellamore – Cemetery Man (1994) Directed by Michele Soavi
A cemetery man has the unusual problem of the dead rising from the grave. Himself and his assistant must end these creatures’ lives again after they are reborn. Everything is going well until “She” comes along and stirs things up a bit.
Tps02e10.5 - BLACKMASS II - a marathon of maddness
join us for a service through the darkest hours: welcome to BLACKMASS
BLACKMASS is an annual all night 12-hour movie marathon special event hosted by the film club TRASHPALACE
19:00 - A Page of Madness (1926) 20:30 - In the Mouth of Madness (1994) 22:30 - Dreaming Purple Neon (2017) 01:00 - Good Burger (1997) 02:30 - The Night of the Hunted (1980) 04:00 - Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) 05:30 - Con Air (1997)
Tps02e10 - Вий – Viy (1967) Directed by Georgiy Kropachyov, Konstantin Ershov
A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in the church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.
Tps02e09 - Arrebato – Rapture (1979) Directed by Iván Zulueta
José Sirgado is a low-budget filmmaker whose heroin addiction distorts his perspective of the real world. Although he is a depressed and unstable individual, his mood improves when he receives the mysterious films of Pedro, with whom he shares his passion for cinema.
Tps02e08 - Voyage of the Rock Aliens (1984) Directed by James Fargo
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its a Rock Alien!
Aliens land in the mythical town of “Speelburgh, U.S.A” searching for the source of rock & roll. What they find is a gang of teenagers, led by Dee Dee and Frankie, along with Frankie’s posse/rock band, the Pack. The leader of the aliens takes a shine to Dee Dee and all sorts of trouble breaks out.
Tps02e07 - Born in Flames (1983) Directed by Lizzie Borden
Set ten years after a peaceful revolution in theUnited States, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power, this films presents a dystopia in which the issues of many progressive groups – minorities, liberals, gay rights organizations, feminists – are ostensibly dealt with by the government, and yet there are still problems with jobs, with gender issues, with governmental preference and violence. In New York City, in this future time, a group of women decide to organize and mobilize, to take the revolution farther than any man – and many women – ever imagined in their lifetimes
Tps02e06 - The Devils – Extended Cut (1971) Directed by Ken Russell
A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns. we are watching angrybunny@CG’s extended fan cut (1hr 49mins) – restitching from multiple sources scenes too controversial for any 1970s cinema – Ken Russell himself lauded this as the closest to his original pre-censored vision
Tps02e05 - SECRET VHS DOUBLE FEATURE ROUND 1
TAPE_1: The Dark Backwards (1991)
TAPE_2: Class of Nuke ‘em High (1986)
Tps02e04 - Life On The Edge aka Meet the Hollowheads (1989) Directed by Thomas R. Burman
The Hollowheads are a strange, futuristic family that live in a world with many cool gadgets. Henry is hoping for a promotion at the slime factory in which he works and decides to bring his boss home for dinner and to meet the family. The rude boss does not know what he is up against when he begins with his advances towards the Mrs. Starring John Glover, Juliette Lewis, and Bobcat Goldthwait.
Tps02e03 - Mababangong Bangungot – Perfumed Nightmare (1977) Directed by Kidlat Tahimik
Kidlat, a Filipino taxi driver, is fascinated by the idea of the American space programme and by Western society as a whole. When he moves to Paris, disillusionment sets in as his dreams are gradually shattered.
Tps02e02 - LOVE GOD (1997) Directed by Frank Grow
a schizophrenic with compulsive reading disorder tries hard to reintegrate into normal society, only for the Hindu Gods to continue to haunted him.
Tps02e01 - Craig Denney's The Astrologer (1976)
SPECTACULAR! THRILLING! DIFFERENT!
Craig Alexander, a con-man “psychic” on the carnival circuit receives the opportunity to pilfer some legendary rubies in Kenya. His luck holds and he winds up the sole beneficiary of the ill-gotten wealth, which he parlays into an astrological broadcasting empire. But once he reaches the top, there’s only one direction he can go…
Tps01e31 - Lot in Sodom (1933) w/ live score + Pink Narcissus (1971)
ease* into some surreal biblical erotism with Carmelo Bene’s SALOME (1972)
FEATURE: Lot in Sodom (1933) w/ live score + Pink Narcissus (1971)
** LIVE CINEMA! ** WEMAKEPORN performs an original score to the 1933 experimental film LOT IN SODOM (30mins)
James Bidgood’s PINK NARCISSUS complements this performance with more NYC-arthouse-homoeroticism. a grainy pink window into the erotic fantasies of a gay male prostitute, a visual ode to the male form, “draping in finery, stripping them and gazing upon them in repose, in pleasure, in ecstasy, in pain, always finding their aesthetics rather than their anatomies”
Tps01e30 - August in the Water (1995)
relax to HAWAIIAN ZEN - Virtual Vacations
FEATURE: August in the Water (1995)
Japanese Director Gakuryu (Sogo) Ishii is better known for carving out the aesthetic heavily influencing the Japanese underground cyberpunk movement (Crazy Thunder Road 1980, Burst City 1982 etc), however with AUGUST IN THE WATER, he creates a subtler yet hypnotically cosmic mood. A New Age teen romance; narrative through forms of sound, textures and a dream-like atmosphere. Transcendence, dolphin speak, eerie alien soundscapes. An uncannily vivid example of the seapunk aesthetic 16 years before it hit tumblr…
Tps01e29 - La Soufrière (1977) + Vernon, Florida (1981)
watch LES BLACK film WERNER HERZOG eat a SHOE for ERROL MORRIS (Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe 1980)
FEATURE: La Soufrière (1977) + Vernon, Florida (1981)
two mid length features by masters of outsider documentary film-making:
La Soufrière, 30mins: When Werner Herzog heard about the impending volcanic eruption, “that the island of Guadeloupe had been evacuated and that one peasant had refused to leave, [he] knew [he] wanted to go talk to him and find out what kind of relationship towards death he had”
Vernon, Florida, 55mins: Originally titled Nub City, Errol Morris’ follow-up to Gates of Heaven initially focused on residents of the Southern town who cut off their own limbs as a way to collect insurance money. After Morris’s life was threatened by the subjects of the film, he re-worked Nub City into Vernon, Florida, profiling various residents living within the town.
(and yeap, a picture of werner herzog and errol morris hugging under a rainbow)
Tps01e28 - The Apple (1980)
Chick Strand’s experimental documentary; Fake Fruit Factory (1986)
(world premiere of) WEMAKEPORN’s Getting Out of Bed (2017)
FEATURE: The Apple (1980)
a truly awful dystopian disco-glam musical trainwreck; (few films i have ever researched have provoke such aggressive and spiteful reviews) - made in an unfinished shopping mall in East Germany by mad Israeli mogul Mehaheim Golan from the famed Cannon Films shed, The Apple is a colossal collision of Eurovision and a projectile vomit, a tragic attempt to harvest Rocky Horror’s “quirky” cult appeal, grounded into fluorescent dust-chalk, blended with glitter and snorted furiously
Tps01e27 - Daft Punk's Electroma (2006)
the beginning of INTERSTELLA 5555 (2003)
FEATURE: Daft Punk’s Electroma (2006)
a science-fiction abstract/arthouse feature directed by the French electronic music duo;
Tps01e26 - SECRET VHS DOUBLE FEATURE 2
FEATURE ONE (daves pick):
FEATURE TWO (tims pick):
Tps01e25 - The Visitor (1979)
surreal early computer animation with Beny Tchaicovsky’s CYBERSCAPE (1997)
FEATURE: The Visitor (1979)
“A leaking lava lamp of insanity”
An inexplicably star-studded Italian space oddity from the (otherwise unknown) 8 1/2 assistant director Giulio Paradisi (but credited as his alter-ego Michael J. Paradise). an acid-tinged tangle of regurgitated hollywood horror/scifi:
“an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA.” -DrafthouseFilms
Tps01e24 - Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Polish animator Piotr Kamler’s masterpiece CHRONOPOLIS (1982)
FEATURE: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
“A contentious Cannes winner, it represents something of a triumph for contemporary art cinema and artistic integrity, with the director’s inscrutable but ineffable whisper of becalming images, jungle sounds, and mysterious atmosphere a true pleasure for those prepared to surrender to the unknown.”
Tps01e23 - The Cassandra Cat (1963)
background scenes from A TALKING CAT!?! (2013)
FEATURE: The Cassandra Cat (1963)
The Cassandra Cat, aka When the Cat Comes, aka The Cat Who Wore Sunglasses, aka That Cat
To welcome Harry, our newest (and furriest) TRASHPALACE member, we take another trip to the czech new wave with a film that hopefully lives up to its many great titles and even better posters.
a mysterious traveling circus arrives in a village accompanied by a sunglass-wearing cat named Mokol. When the cat’s glasses are removed, people in the village appear bathed in different colours that reflect their true feelings
Tps01e22 - The Boxers Omen (1983)
BATTLE WIZARD (1977)
FEATURE: The Boxers Omen (1983)
For a large part of the twentieth century Shaw Brothers Studios was the powerhouse of Hong Kong films. At its peak during the 60s and 70s Shaw Brothers were producing over 40 films per year (including some classics for fans of martial arts cinema) but as the 80s rolled round SBs grip on the Hong Kong film scene was slipping. During this time, interest in old school kung fu films was dropping, ticket prices increasing, the first ‘new wave’ of Hong Kong art films were emerging and TV was keeping more people at home.
“In other words, Shaw Brothers was terrified. Time was running out and the sun was setting on their empire. So what did they do? Everything. The early 80’s were when Shaw Brothers pulled out all the stops. They had to show audiences something they couldn’t get on TV, leading to a glut of softcore porn, gory horror and brutal action movies.”
Full creative control was given to young inspiring directors who started to erupt out of the once-dignified house of Shaw with bat-shit insanity. I could write more but the posters say it all!
more late shaw bro horror posters
Tps01e21 - Liquid Sky (1982)
whet the weird waldrobe appetite with DAS TRIADISCHES BALLETT (1970)
FEATURE: Liquid Sky (1982)
reflective fluorescence, alien soundscapes, androgynous beauties. a flurry of hard drugs, narcissism, fashion and nihilistic sex. a feverdream of sexuality, gender identity, and alienation. a hypnotic neon-heroin New York City: deliriously aesthetic and brutally raw. Slava Tsukerman (a recent Soviet immigrant to NYC’s pretentious art scene) captures this hyper-saturation like nothing else before or after it.
this film contains a jarringly lucid sexual assault segment
“And I was taught that to be an actress, one should be fashionable, and to be fashionable is to be androgynous. And I am androgynous not less than David Bowie himself. And they call me beautiful, and I kill with my cunt. Isn’t it fashionable? Come on, who’s next? I’ll take lessons. How to get into show business: be nice to your professor. Be nice to your agent. Be nice to your audience, be nice. How to be a woman: want them when I want you. How to be free and equal: fuck women instead of men, and you’ll discover a whole kingdom of freedom. Men won’t step on you anymore, women will. So come on, who’s next? Who wants to teach me? Come on, teach me. Are you afraid? You’re right, because they’re all dead. All my teachers”
Tps01e20 - Motel Hell (1980)
INVITATION TO HELL(1982) : more spooky horror ambiance from Michael J. Murphy
FEATURE: Motel Hell (1980)
complementing Zardos in a tangent of trashy films i watched as a kid, its finally time to revisit this ol’ piece of work! low-budget, american horror/splatter satire(?). i dont wanna say too much more because i havnt seen it in about 16 years and wanna relive the trauma as naively as possible !
Tps01e19 - Zardoz (1974)
background vhs video-art (cyberboy666)
FEATURE: Zardoz (1974)
thanks nziff! (we took a break for the duration of the NewZealand International FilmFestival) but anyone else notice the lack of giant flying stone heads and future Sean Connery in knee-high-leather-boots-and-a-red-nappy? luckily TRASHPALACE is back to satisfy exactly this craving. After the success of Deliverance, director John Boorman essentially had the freedom (and budget) to make whatever he wanted… and what a bizarre, confusing, erotic and immortal vision it turned out to be!
Tps01e18 - SECRET VHS DOUBLE FEATURE 1
FEATURE ONE (daves pick):
FEATURE TWO (tims pick):
Tps01e17 - Troma's Superstarlet A.D. (2000)
ACTUALLY HUIZENGA’s Lo-fi musical home movie VIKING ANGEL (2014)
FEATURE: Troma’s Superstarlet A.D. (2000)
Troma presents: Superstarlet A.D. (2000)
shot on 16mm for $16,000 with 16 starlets over 16 days…
a post-apocalypstick world.. men are cavemen and women rule! they have broken off into cult factions based on the colour of their hair… They search the remains of our civilization in lingerie looking for ammunition and burlesque films made by their grandmothers…
a tongue in cheek homage to Russ Meyer era sexplotation ? a hidden gem of low-budget experimental film-making ? a painfully cringy (& morally questionable) reinforcement of the woman-with-guns genre flick ? im not sure - but it definitely sounds strange!
Tps01e16 - Downtown 81 (1981)
a found homevideo vhs labelled ‘clarence’s tape’
FEATURE: Downtown 81 (1981)
Downtown 81 (1981)
Jean-Michel Basquiat plays an exaggerated version of himself, as he was pre-Andy Warhol fame - penniless and homeless; trying to sell paintings for daily income, trying to pick up girls to have someplace to sleep… This film effortlessly captures a snapshot of 1980s New York City - from the hip, arty, clubland Manhattan to the forgotten corners of a decimated Lower East Side. A New York where no-wave, hip hop, post-punk, and street art movements coalesce and the marginal existence of the artistic underground who tried to survive in between these worlds
Tps01e15 - Gymkata (1985)
more ARIA shorts
FEATURE: Gymkata (1985)
Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas stars as an Olympic gymnast who combines his gymnastic ability with martial arts to enter a deadly competition to fight for America’s right to build missile bases in tiny eastern European countries
Tps01e14.5 Blackmass - BLACKMASS - a half marathon of filth
BLACKMASS - a half marathon of filth
around december each year we make the pilgrimage to aucklands hollywood theatre for the incredibly strange 24-hour movie marathon.
as winter sets in, teetering on six months since the last procession, even our weekly wednesday penance won’t atone us. join me for a service through the darkest hours. welcome to BLACKMASS
all the films played unannounced. in hindsight the programming wasnt quite as aggressive as i made out (probably less than ~4 hours of filth), but it’s good to set expectations low…
19:00 - HÄXAN (1922)
20:45 - BASKIN (2016)
10:30 - VAMPIRE’S KISS (1989)
12:15 - PAROXISMUS, VENUS IN FURS (1969)
02:00 - ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (1979)
03:30 - INSTITUTE BENJAMENTA (1996)
05:30 - BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)
Tps01e14 - Teorema - Theorem (1968)
shorts from ARIA (1987)
FEATURE: Teorema - Theorem (1968)
Pier Paolo Pasolini’s divisive art-house feature. ambiguous, visionary, haunting, provocative, enlightening, oblique.
Tps01e13 - Death Drug (1978)
androgynous “help pixie” who embodies the “spirit of fun in music” in the sponsored short MR. B NATURAL (1956)
FEATURE: Death Drug (1978)
“1978’s Death Drug (AKA Wack Attack) is more than just a simple drugsploitation movie – it’s a look inside the delusional mind of its star, Miami Vice’s Philip Michael Thomas. Convinced that he would one day win the “EGOT” (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), and driven mad with jealousy over co-star Don Johnson’s hit album Heartbeat, PMT decided to re-release the film eight years later as a vehicle to plug his own album, Living the Book of My Life. The result is a fascinating trainwreck and a study in pure, unbridled hubris” -SpectacleTheatre
Tps01e12 - Malá mořská víla - The Little Mermaid (1976)
MOODTAPES - TRANQUILITY
FEATURE: Malá mořská víla - The Little Mermaid (1976)
“Featuring a captivating orchestral / electronic score, psychedelic swirls, and tech assists from Czech New Wave regulars like cinematographer Jaroslav Kucera (DAISIES, MORGIANA, FRUITS OF PARADISE), editor Miroslav Hájek (LOVES OF A BLONDE, THE FIREMAN’S BALL) and set decorator Ester Krumbachová (VALERIE & HER WEEK OF WONDERS), Karel Kachyna’s adaptation of Hans C. Anderson’s classic is a vision that could’ve only come from 70s Czechoslovakia” -SpectacleTheatre
Tps01e11 - Gates of Heaven (1978)
THE SECRET OF MAGIC ISLAND (1956)
FEATURE: Gates of Heaven (1978)
“There’s your dog; your dog’s dead. But where’s the thing that made it move? It had to be something, didn’t it?”
“These words, by a woman who has just buried her dog, are spoken in “Gates of Heaven.” They express the central mystery of life. No philosopher has stated it better. They form the truth at the center of Errol Morris’ 1978 documentary, which is surrounded by layer upon layer of comedy, pathos, irony, and human nature. I have seen this film perhaps 30 times, and am still not anywhere near the bottom of it: All I know is, it’s about a lot more than pet cemeteries.” - Roger Ebert
Tps01e10 - The Ginseng King (1989)
cooking ambience from IRONCHEF
FEATURE: The Ginseng King (1989)
The Ginseng King (1989)
The most batshit and baffling taiwanese children fantasy film about an 1000 year old ginseng king you will ever see !
staring (pictured below):
- the wiggling ginseng,
- 1000year old ginseng king (grampa ginseng)
- zombie/vampire nazi monks
- bathing with grampa earthgod
- the lumpy giants Magic Eyes and Magic Ears
- The Three Headed Monster and more !
Tps01e09 - Death Bed - The Bed that Eats (1977)
Michael J. Murphy’s super-8 ultra-low budget Bloodstream (1985)
FEATURE: Death Bed - The Bed that Eats (1977)
a demon conjured up a bed on which to make love to a young woman. when the woman dies in the process the demon sheds tears of blood onto the bed they lay upon, rendering the bed eternally homicidal…
The most euphoric discovery for a trash film junky is finding a film-maker with pure (albeit strange) intentions whose delivery is so misguided, out of touch and removed from any instituted influences that the film can’t help but be unlike anything you have ever seen. George Barry started writing, producing and directing Death Bed in 1973 inspired by dreams he was having. With no money, experience or any outside support the project was abandoned. a rough cut was pirated in the early ‘80s and copied to VHS where it gathered a small cult following in Europe. Barry claims to have essentially forgotten he had made the film until stumbling upon a internet forum discussing it in 2001 - He was like, “Wait a second are you talking about the movie that’s rotting in my attic?”. This is the rush we spend hours scraping the bottom of the barrel for - it truly needs to be seen to be believed !
Tps01e08 - Werner Herzog's Stroszek (1977)
herzog’s 16mm experimental documentary of ravaged oil fields in post-Gulf War Kuwait (Lessons of Darkness - 1992)
FEATURE: Werner Herzog’s Stroszek (1977)
Bruno S plays a recently incarcerated man, who with a prostitute friend and his elderly neighbor abandon their harsh Berlin existence for a new life in the almost equally bleak Wisconsin. Herzog wrote the script in four days specifically for his friend Bruno S, a street musician who has been in and out of homes his whole life, using a number of biographical details from his life. Most of the lead roles are played by non-actors giving the film a sense of reality that is often countered by the more surreal elements of the plot, particularly the film’s bizarre yet brilliant climax. A bleak and sad yet endearing and humane study of isolation and dissatisfaction as these stumbling misfits explore the failed American dream.
Tps01e07 - Transfigured Nights (2007)
conspiracy tapes (from a strange antique shop in reefton) …
secret short :
compilation called ‘Twisted Animation’ by extreme Marseille based publishing house/underground art collective LE DERNIER CRI
FEATURE: Transfigured Nights (2007)
While on holiday in the South Island i obtained a rare copy of transgressive New Zealand filmmaker David Blyth’s experimental, wildly perverse and sexually charged documentary - Transfigured Night
Tps01e06 - WENG WENG DOUBLE FEATURE
WENG WENG is starring in: For Y’ur Height Only (1981) and The Impossible Kid (1982)
In anticipation for the ROXY’S director screening of the new cult-documentary ‘The Search For Weng Weng’ next month we want to saturate you in the bizarre world of Philipino James Bond Kung-fu B-Films !
Tps01e05 - Deep Red (1975)
spooky A/V noise-art transmissions from VIDEODESTROYER (???)
FEATURE: Deep Red (1975)
Dario Argento popularized Giallo (transgressive Italian thriller/horror genre films containing elements of mystery and eroticism) for international audiences. These ‘proto-slashers’ had significant influence on John Carpenter’s Halloween, kickstarting the american slasher movement. Anyone who has seen Suspiria (1977) should have some idea of what we are in for! Italian progressive rock band Goblin creates memorable atmospheric soundtracks for both Suspira and Deep Red. With his visual flair, crawling cameras and progressive soundtracks, Dario Argento sets the perfect mood for the on-slaughter of blood, screams and elaborately violent murders.
Tps01e04 - Warriors of Virtue (1997) on VHS
group TAI CHI for beginners with Dr Paul Lam Gold Medal Winner
FEATURE: Warriors of Virtue (1997) on VHS
“Generic junk made for the international action market, a cheap hybrid of Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles and Captain Planet”
“Film critic Kale Klein of the Carlsbad Current-Argus was so physically distressed by the film that he actually vomited during the initial screenings”
“Have you ever been watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and found yourself thinking, Hey, this movie isn’t bad but I want to see something with a creepier group of anthropomorphic animals doing kung fu?”
“Furries, look no more, you have found it! the kangaroos were wonderful - kinda hot for just a suit too, they were that realistic, like, I don’t even understand it, the eyes are the actors but look totally natural. The tails, well they didn’t always look real, but they did for the most part. I only wish I could find the suits online someplace. I’d love to get all nastalgic and see a Movie studio wears and advertises old kangaroo suits collecting dust in storage for fun” (wot?)
Tps01e03 - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Illuminated Manuscripts (John S Banks)
secret short :
Sándor Reisenbüchler’s A Nap és a Hold elrablása (1968)
FEATURE: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
After a bumpy but worthwhile ride into the bizarre (and extremely sleazy) world of 80s american surf culture, this film will be a refreshing splash of cold European strangeness. Valerie, a 13-year old girl on the brink of womanhood finds herself transported to a magical world by a pair of enchanted earrings. Filmed shortly after the beginning of the Prague spring, and at the tail end of the Czech New Wave, this film conceals taboo themes of womanhood, women’s role in religion, the hypocrisy of the church and incest under a thick layer of strange dream-like surrealism.
Tps01e02 - Surf II The End of the Trilogy (1984)
video-art remix of a 60s surfing vhs called ‘The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun’ (cyberboy666)
this footage was condensed into a experimental audio/visual fanfic-trailer for surf ii : watch SURF II
FEATURE: Surf II The End of the Trilogy (1984)
continuing with theme of ‘some of my all time favorites that have fallen into obscurity from the year 1984’ i have some unfinished business with this film. It was scheduled to play at the end of the 2014/15 trashpalace run but never made it out when i went on hiatus.
Heres what i wrote about it back then:
‘Long ago in “The Good Old Days”, surfers ruled. It was bitchin’! That was before the threat of chemical pollution, nuclear waste and the horror of Buzzz Cola.
Menlo Schwartzer was a high school genius who hated surfers. He invented a weird soft drink, involved local businessmen and set out to rule the coast. He nearly succeeded. This is the story of Buzzz Cola and Menlo’s revenge’
This off-the-wall independent comedy/parody of the teen beach party genre nearly fell in to obscurity after it bombed at the box office and failed to generate much interest - luckily for us, a few VHS copies have resurfaced and been distributed online - the premise of a soft drink turning surfers into garbage eating zombie punks is funny enough, and the writing can be quite clever at times - its difficult to gage exactly what was meant to be a joke and what was just misguided insanity/low budget 80s surfer aesthetic. Regardless of the intent, this film (partly due to its sweet punk/new wave soundtrack) was extremely memorable for me and (still) hugely under appreciated
Tps01e01 - Decoder (1984)
FEATURE: Decoder (1984)
an “oddly forgotten” West German cyberpunk and counter-cultural film roughly based on the writings of William S. Burroughs (who cameos in the film).
a burger shop employee discovers that by changing the background music from pleasantly calming to industrial “noise”, he can incite riots and a revolution against the looming power of the government