Dead Beat (1994)

There are a lot of movie watching experiences you’ll have in your life but nothing beats seeing something new for the first time. A new idea, a new angle done successfully, is why I watch film. Although at first glance Dead Beat might seem similar to Cry Baby, But I’m a Cheerleader or Psycho Beach Party it’s nothing of the sort. While those films mock the 60’s teen pulp Rebel-Without-a-Cause-age Dead Beat lives in an alternate 60’s reality similar to those films, but loves it.

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The Substitute (1996)

The white teacher going into the ghetto school was done so much in the 90’s it became cliche. While it has it’s roots in older films, my favorite being The Cross and the Switchblade, The Substitute takes it to a level unseen by others of it’s niche genre. This might feel a little too mainstream for the likes of Facemelting Films but I have a feeling this is one you might have rolled your eyes past.

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Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout!

Yes it’s real, yes I own it.

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Coldblooded (1995)

Why do we love the assassin? Is it the power? The money? The cool guns? I guess it changes from movie to movie but in Coldblooded it’s none of the things you’d expect. Jason Priestley plays an assassin and you love him for all the wrong reasons. You love him for his inability to understand simple situations, his lack of experience and his wandering mind. Priestley is the killer with a soul and a brain like a rock.

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Blood Games (1990)

I’ve been reading some reviews online for Blood Games and I’m hearing the same words over and over: “illogical”, “sexist”, “hilarious”, “trash”, “waste of time”…. Basically everyone is having fun shitting on Blood Games. It’s easy to write off a movie about a girls baseball team that’s hunted down by a mob of rednecks. Especially when the Australian title is Baseball Bimbos in Hillbilly Hell “Huk-huk-huk.” Oh look! I can make fun of stupid movies too!

Blood Games is a perfect example of what’s wrong with how people consume media today. Everyone is dying to put things in a box. To judge it and move on. Sure the first 20 minutes of Blood Games is retarded and hilarious but if you paid attention you might find there’s a little more to this “standard” rape-revenge flick than you thought.

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Demon Seed (1977)

“Death is a gentleman too, he makes good losers of us all”




Over the years artificial intelligence has become an increasingly terrifying reality. As the internet slowly takes over our brains and robot assassin dogs are being built by the military, technology takes leaps and bounds toward our destruction every day. Surprisingly, even in 2013, our fear of technology has been subdued by our love of instagraming burrito’s and “likeing” dying african children. When the android Nazi’s of tomorrow rise up to engulf their creators in flames we’ll be too busy uploading it to Youtube to do anything about it. Not like in the 70’s. In the 70’s they had a healthy fear of technology. More importantly a fear of robot rape.

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Fortress Fangoria Article

Here’s a great article I found for Stuart Gordon’s Fortress from Fangoria magazine!

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1-900-SCREAM-QUEEN

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New Review posted at Shockya.com

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Our newest Facemelting Films review for the classic Brain Dead (1990) was posted over at Shockya.com, go check it out here:

http://www.shockya.com/news/2012/07/27/brain-dead-1990-movie-review/

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Miami Blues (1990)

At this point the Baldwin Brothers are an unstoppable force. Laugh all you want, these motherfuckers make great movies. Yeah there’s a lot of stinkers along the way but when they hit, watch out! Alec Baldwin is probably the most successful and talented of the four and Miami Blues drives this home. Giving one of the best performance’s of his career to a movie no one talks about. Miami Blues is the under rated film of the 90’s! No joke.

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Enter the Ninja (1981)

The last few years have been pretty disgraceful in the world of the ninja. No longer are they the deadliest of assassins but now are mocked openly along side pirates and wizards. The ninja is an obvious costume choice, not a deadly threat. So lets go back to the ninja glory days (the 80’s) where America was just coming accustom to the ninja lifestyle, which was ripe for exploitation.

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Hunt Or Be Hunted!

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Body Parts (1991)

Out of all the genres, the themes in horror run the deepest. Horror movies tap into our deepest fears, and because of this often tell the same story in different ways. Whether it’s more general concepts like being hunted down by a killer, being terrorized by a monster or being possessed by a spirit; or more specific ones like zombies, vampires, the lone hitchhiker or a body part with a life of its own. The theme of Body Parts has been rehashed many times in many ways but the 1991 film by Eric Red does it best.

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You Are What You Eat!

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Avenging Force (1986)

Going to the theaters in 2011 is disgusting. Secret government agents, spies and lethal assassins. All that sounds cool in theory but the reality is BORING. I love a secret agent as much as the next guy but what does Jason Bourne have to lose? What pain does Liam Neeson really feel? Lets travel back to the 80’s where the enemy really hit you were it hurts, where a cops family could be slaughtered, a soldiers sister might get raped, and who knows? Even our hero could die…

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Night Moves (1975)

Harry Moseby is a private eye stuck in the past. While he longs for the days of Sam Spade his world is slowly unraveling. He is confronted by Arlene Iverson a has been movie star who is looking for a drink, a good time and maybe her daughter while you’re at it. While Harry starts his search for Delly, Arlenes daughter, he accidentally catches his wife with another man. Instead of confronting her he breaks into the mans house, sits down and asks, “How serious is it?” This is Harry’s life and it’s about to get complicated.


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The Last Big Thing (1996)

What is a “cult film?” To most it’s an underrated film that cultivates a group of fans that enjoy it ironically or embrace it for it’s true genius despite mainstream ignorance. But there’s another type of cult film. The type that makes you want to start a cult. Fight Club, I Heart Huckabees, and Slacker are three that come to mind. These movies have such interesting concepts or philosophies we should literally build cults around them. The Last Big Thing is a “cult film” in the truest form of the word. The film is so interesting and thought provoking it made me want to sacrifice a virgin and drink goats blood. LETS START A CULT!

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Win the Wyld Stallyns VAN! Call Now!

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Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Aka Joshuu 701-go: Sasori

Women In Prison films are the thing of the past here in America. We haven’t seen one in years. For most film enthusiasts WIP means Campy. And for good reason. Most WIP movies are campy! From Chained Heat to Bad Girls Dormitory, we love the films but they are pretty damn cheesy. The genre has become so predictable there are even parody films. This is what feels so great about watching Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion. Here we have an outstanding Women In Prison film. One filled with action, story, and best of all: quality acting. FP701 may be the best Women In Prison films ever made and this is where it all started.

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Body Melt (1993)

As you can probably guess, Body Melt is not for the ladies (unless shes a bad ass!). No, this is an over the top, gross-out snotfest of blood, guts, sperm and sweat. Something that the ladies will never understand. This is a film for the drunk, for the high, FOR THE INTELLECTUAL! So strap on your goggles and let’s get to work.

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Body Melt Magazine Feature

Found a great four page Fangoria article for Body Melt! Check it out here!

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Nemesis (1992)

Acting is over rated. Did you really come to see some people PRETEND to be something other than cardboard cutouts? Fuck no! Why are you watching a movie called Nemesis? Is it because you want sappy, realistic love scenes? Or do you want robots blowing up shit in the future and naked android assassins? I’m gonna go with the naked android assassins on this one. Welcome to the world of Albert Pyun.

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Nemesis Review

Fangoria did it right and gave Nemesis a great review! Check out Fangoria.com for a subscription!

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Hard To Die (1990)

To love the art of film and have appreciation of great auteur you must, above all else, be a boobie connoisseur. Boobies, the female breast, sweater puppies, the foundation of all great cinema. Here at Face Melting Films, we see the breast as the MacGuffin, if you will, for why we love film. It’s the reason we came here in the first place and even though it’s not the reason we stayed, it definitely helps! Hard To Die, one of the classic efforts of Jim Wynorski, is an exercise in the boobie movie that we have all grown to love. Cause without the boob, why else would women be in film?

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The Brain (1988)

As we all know, killer brain movies are a dime a dozen. We’ve all seen brains from outer space descend on a small town and a Rambo type character must swoop in to save the day. What puts “The Brain” in a different category than the hundreds of other killer brain movies is it’s a metaphor for being a teenager and the angst of being misunderstood in a brainwashed society run by television. Stupid parents and all their rules! Oh, it also has a huge fucking brain that eats naked girls!
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Natural Enemies (1979)

Americans are slowly going insane. The high expectations of a rock star lifestyle and the unbearable pressures of the fastest moving culture in human history are too much for us as “evolved” humans. No one can keep up. We pretend to have it under control, to be adults, but this is the lie that moves our society and some people past the limits of sanity. Natural Enemies is the exploration of a family man and a successful writer who, through an unsuccessful marriage, contemplates the murder of his entire family.

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The Brain Fangoria Article

Funny enough Fangoria gave The Brain a very negative review in issue 85. I think the film works better with some perspective.

I also found an interview with the FX supervisor, Mark Williams in Fangoria 96 who worked on a lot of stuff including It’s Alive 2, Syngenor, Invaders From Mars, Return to Salem’s Lot and Lords of the Deep. Unfortunately he only talks briefly about The Brain.

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Tony Arzenta, Big Guns (1973)

If you are like me (and you’re probably not) you haven’t really gotten into the Italian films of the 70’s and 80’s. You prefer the crazy colors and goofy costumes of American movies and have a hard time with the drab colors and the pale, uninteresting looking people. I’m going to state, for the record, I was wrong. Dead wrong. Big Guns is a story of revenge in the mafia and without the crazy colors and wacky bad guys the film grabs your attention and reels you in to the world of a hit man on the run.

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Amityville 1992: It’s About Time (1992)

Few horror franchises are successful enough to make it past the 4th installment. Even fewer reach the double digits. Friday the 13th made it to 12, Halloween made it to 10, and both Hellraiser and Nightmare on Elm Street dropped out at 9 (so far). Few people realize how close the Amityville franchise is on this list. Since the remake, 9 Amityville films have been made (not counting Bloodbath at the House of Death, a Amityville spoof). While most people shrug off sequels, one strange thing stands out about this list. Each franchise held their own (ignoring the remakes) and created a bounty of quality sequels. You can pop in any volume of Nightmare on Elm Street (again, besides the remake) and you will be entertained and surprised! Well Amityville 1992 falls right in these footsteps. With some first class horror movie acting and a genuinely scary story, It’s About Time still stands as my favorite in the series, and it’s number SIX!

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Pinball Horror

I just found a great article on pinball machines designed after horror movies! Check it out straight from Fangoria #140!

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