Sunday, November 22, 2009

Masturbation in the Rue Morgue

I was contacted by Rue Morgue magazine's John Bowen (of "It Came From Bowen's Basement" fame) a couple of month's ago. He informed me that he wanted to do a piece on my film/vid The Masturbating Gunman aka Masked Avenger Versus Ultra villain in the Lair of the Naked Bikini.

True to his word, the piece appears in the November issue.

It would be unfair to the mag for me to scan the entire page here, so I'm just providing proof that the piece does exist.

Back when The Masturbating Gunman initially blew his load on VHS, Bowen wrote the first ultra-positive appreciation of its merits. He "got" the movie, which, considering the majority reaction, made my week, if not my month.

I'll leave you with his opening paragraph. Once again, Mr. Bowen has made my month:

Dig SPLATTER? OF COURSE YOU DO. How about chopsocky? Frankenstein? Troma? John Woo? Mexican Lucha Libre? Nunsploitation? Japanese "Pink"? Coffin Joe? Monty Python? Softcore porn? Theatre of the absurd? Goats? I wouldn't be surprised to hear a chorus of "Fuck, yeah!" to all of the above, but how many of you have seem them all deployed -- almost seamlessly -- in a single micro-budget film? I have, and if loving 'Masked Avenger Versus Ultra-Villain in the Lair of the Naked Bikini' (2000) is wrong, I don't want to be right.

13 comments:

  1. I just picked up this issue of Rue Morgue yesterday and I saw this feature - and I KNEW it looked/sounded familiar! Kudos for getting into the pages of Rue Morgue, dude!

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  2. That's awesome news! Rue Morgue is a great mag. Now I need to track down a copy of the film--that first paragraph has me sold!

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  3. I remember hearing about this film a few years ago, when I read the article about the Savage Sinema DVD set actually, and I just read this very article a few days ago, but I had no idea that the guy behind this blog was the same as the guy behind that movie. Nifty. You got one of my favorite blogs on the internet, man, and I'm dying to see that movie. Been meaning to for a while. Kudos on the article though, and I hope it gives your movies greater exposure.

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  4. Jenn -- I appreciate your comments. It's nice to see this trashy little film getting some "respect".

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    Rev -- yes, Rue morgue is a great mag, so I'm very happy to have 15 seconds of fame inside it. To be fair, they also reviewed my Savage Sinema box set, too. The only copies to track down are VHS. I'm still pondering a DVD life for it.

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    William -- yes, I am the same person. Really just a fan like everybody who reads here. The blog became necessary because I was always recommending so much great stuff to people that it made sense to put it in one place for easy access. The article may give 'Gunman' some exposure, so that might create a little interest in a DVD (which, as I said above, I'm contemplating). Thank you for your kind comments. I enjoy your blog very much, too.

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  5. Congrats on the mention! Unfortunately, I was forced to let my Rue Morgue subscription lapse (I know: Sacrilege!). The ever inflating-price and ever decreasing-page count finally did it in for me--caused by the same financial problems that most paper publications are suffering, no doubt. It's a shame though...I loved that damn magazine.

    --J/Metro

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  6. Congrats on some well-deserved press!

    You really should put Gunman on DVD. Excepting the Subversive Cinema box (which was a really nice release, btw, and far from being overpriced like some of the indie distro DVD releases) your films are hard as hell to find in the US.

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  7. Congrats on the Rue Morgue piece. The movie sounds cool.

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  8. Jonny -- yes, a damn fine mag. But it can't be any cakewalk trying to make the financials on these things sing.

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    d -- thanks you, sir. My films are hard to find in the US. Future releases may be easier because my next one, THE CLOTH DAGGER, will be sold directly to consumers via website -- DVD and download.

    So much is changing in this area.

    Things will never be quite the same again.

    Will blog about this very issue shortly.

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  9. That must be such an awesome feeling...congratulations!

    I would love to check the movie out...if there's anything I enjoy, it's low-budget B-Movie fun!

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  10. Congrats! I was going to pass on this issue but I'll pick it up!

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  11. Bryan -- thanks for that. Keep your hopes at ground level, though.

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    Matt -- it's pleasing that the film is getting some recognition.

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    Jeff -- thank a bunch. I usually pick the mag up, but not always.

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  12. Hello there, sir. I was wondering if you were still considering a DVD life for this film. I would love to see it, as I'm a huge fan of your work.

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