And after a few months break, Vinegar Syndrome drops yet another of those amusing Times Square storefront loop collections on us.
Regular Third Eye readers should be quite familiar with our stance on streaming media. We’re physical media champions when it comes to video, and at least work with downloadable and retainable media in relation to the plethora of music labels who provide their releases for review here each and every month.
Alternative Cinema Podcast, Andy Milligan, Arch Hall Jr., Bill Grefe, Bill Norton Olsen, Bill Rebane, Bill Zebub, Camp Motion Pictures, Code Red, Cynthia Rothrock, David Heavener, Don May Jr., Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Grandmaster YK Kim, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Hobgoblins, Hope Stansbury, Katarina Leigh Waters, kickboxing, Mark Polonia, Miami Connection, Mike Raso, Mike Roberta Findlay, Mike Vraney, Nadav Rechov, Nico Mastorakis, Phantasm, Pink Eiga, Reggie Bannister, Retro-Seduction Cinema, Retro-Shock-O-Rama, Richard Gabai, Rick Sloane, Roberta Findlay, Something Weird Video, Synapse, third eye cinema podcast, Tim Lucas, Tim RItter, Vice Academy, Video Watchdog, Walter Olsen, WWE
For those who missed out the first time around: here are links to the podcasts relating to cult cinema…”boutique label” presidents, actors and actresses, directors and more.
Black Love, blu-ray, Ecstasies of Women, Grindhouse, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Linda and Abilene, lost films of herschell gordon lewis, Mike Vraney, Sharon Matt, Something Weird Video, third eye cinema podcast, Third Eye Cinema; podcast; film review, vinegar syndrome
Listeners to Third Eye should be well aware of my longstanding frustration at the apparent loss of three (and only three) films in the classic exploitation canon. While similar annoyance surrounds the loss of at least half the Andy Milligan catalogue, certain Doris Wishman films and a few titles here and there from the likes of Joe Sarno, the Findlays, and other purveyors of grindhouse and drive in cinema of the period, it’s been well established that these three films did in fact still exist…but that the lab was effectively holding the sole surviving prints hostage over outstanding lab and storage fees.
I spoke to Mike Vraney (who has been the sole source to date for the Lewis catalog), and he said they’d likely never see the light of day.
I spoke to Herschell himself, who corroborated that assertion.
At that point, and with the rapid decline in DVD “boutique” labels over the past few years and industry-led push towards inferior DVD-R (as an interim measure) and an eventual non-private ownership streaming milieu (as an aim and end to be strived towards), I’d pretty much given up hope on ever seeing these three films, whose tantalizing stills and posters peppered books on Lewis for years – particularly the amusingly titled, totally out of character erotic blaxploitation film Black Love.
Thus it was with more than a modicum of surprise and delight that I was pointed towards the existence of internet startup company Vinegar Syndrome (who takes the time to credit each and every one of their Kickstarter campaign ‘investors’ in the liner notes). As an opening salvo in their upcoming line of drive in and grindhouse unearthings, they have delivered what is certain to be the Blu-ray of 2013 in the appropriately titled Lost Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis.
Next week on Third Eye Cinema: the one and only Herschell Gordon Lewis!
Perhaps singlehandedly responsible for creating the nudie-cutie, roughie and gore film genres, Herschell has systematically touched on practically every conceivable exploitation film genre during an amazingly prolific 12 year career as producer, writer, director and frequent scorer of an incredible 38 films!
A true giant in 60’s drive in/cult film, Herschell has given us such fan favorites as Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs, She Devils on Wheels, and the Wizard of Gore, as well as being responsible for a number of JD films, down home hillbilly country epics, political satire and even kiddie films (!)
Join us as we speak to “godfather of gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis, only here on Third Eye Cinema!
Week 36 (Sun. Oct. 28) – Herschell Gordon Lewis