Sunday, January 29, 2012

Bobcat Goldthwait gets violent with "God Bless America"

A couple weeks ago, we talked about comedian Bobcat Goldthwait's 1991 directorial debut Shakes the Clown where I revealed that I am a huge fan of Goldthwait's off-beat brand of satire that so often blurs the lines between the most absurd and tragic elements of American life.

After films about alcoholic clowns (Shakes), bestiality (Sleeping Dogs Lie) and autoerotic asphyxiation (World's Greatest Dad), what dark corner of the human psyche could Goldthwait possibly explore next? Well, how about unadulterated cold blooded murder?

In his latest film God Bless America, Goldthwait sets his lens on the most vapid and self-centered aspects of American culture and a man determined to rid the world of them, one bullet at a time.

Joel Murray (The Artist, One Crazy Summer) plays Frank, a depressed man who after finding out her has a brain tumor is on the verge of suicide. That is, until he sees a My Super Sweet 16-type reality show where a self-absorbed teenage girl named Chloe is complaining about her privileged life, which sets Frank over the edge and turns his self pity into outward rage.

When he publicly murders Chloe, he catches the eye of Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), another teenage girl who is also frustrated by the selfish culture of modern America. The two team up and begin laying waste to all those they deem deserving of death.

While the plot sounds pretty grim, if it's anything like Goldthwait's previous films, God Bless America will also infuse quite a bit of humor and humble charm with its anarchist plot.

God Bless America hits On Demand outlets on April 6th and select theaters on May 11th.

A red band trailer for the film has just been released. Check it out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

JFD93: Rollercoaster, The Exterminator, The Forest

Junk Food Dinner has somehow managed to not be shut down by the FBI yet. Rejoice!

First up, Timothy Bottoms plays a young man who's determined to blow up America's amusement parks (unless he's paid the sum of one million dollars) in 1977's disaster-sploitation flick "Rollercoaster." George Segal plays the man who must stop the destruction. Steve Guttenberg, Craig Wasson and Helen Hunt have cameos.

A man returns home to New York from Vietnam to find that his war isn't over. Robert Ginty is "The Exterminator (1980). Ginty seeks gritty revenge after the Ghetto Ghouls hurt his friend.

Finally, some people go camping (by Parker's house!!) only to discover ghost children and cannibalistic hermits in 1982's "The Forest." Who will survive, what will be left of them and who will trip over the huge obvious branch that's in the way? Only time will tell.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

"FDR: American Badass" trailer is as ridiculous as you'd expect

Last year director Garrett Brawith gave the world Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury, a silly action/comedy flick that boasts Kevin Sorbo and Danny Trejo duking it out as rival pool cleaners.

This year, Brawith turns the insanity nob up a notch with FDR: American Badass. Possibly the least historically accurate World War II movie ever made, FDR: American Badass features Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror, Spin City) as the titular US president battling Nazi werewolves in a machine gun equipped wheel chair. Some other recognizable faces round out the cast including Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Robocop) as Douglas MacArthur, Lin Shaye as Eleanor Roosevelt and once again Kevin Sorbo... as Abraham Lincoln(!?).

The recently released red-band trailer is every bit as ridiculous as the synopsis implies, replete with Rick Ruben beats. Check it out!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

JFD92: Blood Lake, Roller Boogie, Shakes the Clown

Junk Food Dinner is all up on your person with another thrilling, chilling, and some other adjective episode! A veritable cornucopia of genres and subject matter this week as we try and wrap our gigantic brains around three extremely different films!

Up first, the terror takes hold as we join a bunch of yahoos on a vacation trip of a lifetime...or should we say DEATHTIME. No, you're right, lifetime is better. It's a real word at least. Tim Boggs' BLOOD LAKE from 1987 is the subject of much debate and provides one of the finest new sound clips for our ever growing arsenal. Who will survive this weekend of pure mayhem?

Next, Linda Blair be looking good as usual! ROLLER BOOGIE from 1979 teaches us about the passion for passing fads as well as fashion and the dangers of performing near pools. Director Mark Lester (COMMANDO, CLASS OF 1984) rolls a cast of lovable misfits into our homes and hearts with this goofy time capsule.

Finally, show favorite Bobcat Goldthwait writes/directs/and stars in the cult classic SHAKES THE CLOWN. After losing his girl, his agent, and alienating most of the clown community Shakes must prove he's not just some bozo and clean up his act. Julie Brown, Adam Sandler, and Tom Kenny round out this class of cut ups in this dark comedy from 1991.

All this plus witty banter between friends, sad music with lyrics by Edgar Allen Poe, glitchy Skype noise, soundboard antics, terrible advice, Junk Mail, Nerd News, DVD & Blu-ray releases, and so much more!

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Trailer for Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead

A few episodes back we told you about the latest piece of Japanese absurdity from director Noboru Iguchi (The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha, Mutant Girls Squad) impossibly titled Zonbi asu or Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead.

Rumor has it that the producer of the film, Tadayoshi Kubo, gave Iguchi free reign to plunge deep within the weirdest corridors of his imagination for Zombie Ass and that's exactly what he did. Not surprisingly Iguchi cast long-time muse and adult video star Asami as Megumi, a pretty, young karate student who is wracked with guilt over the suicide of her sister Ai, who was tormented by high school bullies. She accompanies a group of older friends on a trip into the woods (there's smart girl Aya, her druggie boyfriend Tak, big-boobed model Maki, and nerdy Naoi). Things start to go badly when Maki finds a parasitical worm inside a fish they catch - and wolfs it down alive, in the hope that it'll help keep her skinny! And then, the group is attacked by a crowd of poop-covered zombies (!) who emerge from an outhouse toilet. The group seeks refuge at the home of strange Dr. Tanaka and his daughter Sachi. But unbeknownst to them, Tanaka has been conducting experiments on the parasites - and the zombies! - and has another fate in mind for the five strangers from the city. What's the connection between the parasites and the undead? And can Megumi's karate alone help them escape, or will she have to rely on the liberating power of farts to save the day?

Recently a trailer has been posted online for this giant ball of gross-out perversion and fans of Iguchi's brand of lunacy will likely revel in it's over-the-topness. For everyone else, it's probably best just to steer clear.

Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead trailer
(NSFW, although most of the good stuff has been blocked out):

More info (if you can read Japanese) can be found at the Zombie Ass official website.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

JFD91: Joysticks, Cloak and Dagger, The Wizard

As if a podcast dedicated to cult movies wasn't nerdy enough, this week we delve into another geek pursuit; VIDEO GAMES, when we take a look at three retro gaming-themed flicks.

Up first, we travel back to a magical, fantasy world where playing video games could potentially win you the affection of scantily clad babes. It's the early 80's and video arcades are all the rage. Geeks, dweebs, fatsos, leather-clad punk rockers and fly honeys are all flocking to Bailey's Arcade and having the time of their lives playing Pac-Man, Joust, Defender and Satan's Hollow. That is, until Joe Don Baker and his cronies set out to spoil everybody's good time in the 1983 sex comedy Joysticks.

Then, a young boy (ET's Henry Thomas) obsessed with spy fantasies comes face to face with the real McCoy when he witnesses a secret agent murdered by evil spies. But before the agent bites the dust, he gives the boy an Atari cartridge filled with top secret information. Now the boy is on the run and must rely on the help of his imaginary friend Jack Flack (Dabney Coleman), his real friend Kim and his dad (also Coleman) to bring down the the evil super spy Rice (Michael Murphy) who is after him in the surprisingly violent kids' movie Cloak & Dagger from 1984.

And finally, Fred Savage'll be damned if he sees his mildly autistic brother Jimmy put in a home. His solution? Run away to California! But along the way he teams up with Jenny Lewis and realizes his brother kicks major butt at Nintendo games. With their parents, bounty hunters and bratty video aces on their tale the three kids make their way to the video game championships in the late 80's nostalgia-dripping, 90 minute Nintendo commercial The Wizard from 1989.

All this plus witty banter between friends, rock 'n roll music, glitchy Skype noise, Nerd News, DVD & Blu-ray releases, and so much more!


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TOUGH GUYS (Jon Dieringer, 2012) from Spectacle Theater on Vimeo.

Friend to man and beast, Jon Dieringer (Screen Slate, Junk Food Dinner #72) has taken the whole of Mean Streets and replaced all the music with YouTube covers. I had actually heard about this project before I physically met Jon and have been excited about it coming to fruition ever since. A wonderful way to present cinema and pop music in the hands of the public and the the people who love it. From what I've seen, this will be something you don't want to miss.

Spectacle Theater // 124 S. 3rd St. // Brooklyn, NY // Monday, January 15th // 8pm // $5


Earlier today, we caught wind of some really exciting news! Our old pals at Lunchmeat VHS Fanzine and our new pals at Camp Motion Pictures have teamed up for something really special that is sure to melt your brain. Check it out:


Fourth Castle Micromedia’s The Monster Channel, the only 24/7 interactive channel for horror fans, will launch "LUNCHMEAT VHS REWIND THEATER", spotlighting 1980s shot-on-video VHS horror, Friday night January 13 at midnight EST.
Hosted by JOSH SCHAFER, the editor in chief of LUNCHMEAT MAGAZINE, the fanzine for VHS aficionados, the series will feature selections from Camp Motion
Pictures: "Video Violence" (1987), "Video Violence 2" (1987), "Cannibal
Campout" (1988), "Woodchipper Massacre" (1988), "Splatter Farm" (1987),
"Beauty Queen Butcher" (1990) and "Ghoul School" (1990).
Links to purchase or download these and other Camp Motion Pictures titles will
run concurrently during the screenings.
Viewers can interact with hundreds of fellow fans in the embedded chatroom during the film, a feature unique to The Monster Channel.
LUNCHMEAT VHS REWIND THEATER premieres this Friday night, January 13th at 12 midnight (EST), only on The films, including the entire Camp, Pop Cinema and Alternative Cinema catalog, can be downloaded or purchased at

And if you need more LUNCHMEAT VHS FANZINE in your life, well there's plenty of ways to get it! Check out for all the news between issues, pick up a subscription, and get hip to their other screenings! This month, Josh will be presenting AMERICA'S DEADLIEST HOME VIDEO at the illustrious Spectacle Theater.

Also, be sure to check out Episode #27 where Josh joined us for a discussion on VHS and his pick for the show - I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE!

For more Camp Motion Picture goodness, stick Episode #88 in your earholes as we go nuts over KILLING SPREE!

I do love an apocalypse.

Check it. Michael Biehn's gonna be in a movie about people locked in a vault during the end of the world. I'm gonna pretend it's a Fallout prequel.

Friday, January 6, 2012

JFD90: The Rock-afire Explosion, Get Crazy, Van Nuys Blvd.

We're kicking off 2012 with playful secrets and varying audio quality!

We're foregoing the Nerd News and DVDs this week to run down our top 5 films of 2011. We also talk about our most hated 2011 films. Then it's on to the old fashioned movie reviews you're used to.

First up is the 2008 documentary "Rock-afire Explosion," about the mechanical animals from Showbiz Pizza and the adults who love them. Much like the subjects of this film, we relish in nostalgia concerning our favorite pizza-selling Southern robotic band from the '80s.

Next up is "Get Crazy" from 1983. Allan Arkush re-channels his "Rock & Roll High School" roots to document an effort by a bunch of wacky goofballs to put on a New Year's Eve concert. the film stars Daniel Stern, Malcolm McDowell, Electric Larry, Lee Ving, Ed Begley Jr., Lou Reed, Mary Woronov and tons more.

Finally, we immerse ourselves in '70s van culture as we take a trip to "Van Nuys Blvd." (1979). The film follows a bunch of SoCal kids as they cruise the boulevard, sunbathe at the beach, hit Magic Mountain, disco dance, get laid and be real cool. The film stars The Chooch.

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