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It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Julie Strain, a pop culture icon without parallel.
Affectionately known as the "Queen of the B-movies," the prolific Ms. Strain has over 130 film credits to her name, most of which feature blood, breasts, and beasts. If any actress embodied the spirit of cult cinema, it was Julie Strain. In a 1997 interview, the actress said this:
“I am the chick that they call when they want a gun-toting amazon-bitch-Barbarella-merciless-bitch with a machine gun. Vampires, witches, sorceresses, double agents – that’s what I do and I like to headbutt people in fights and kick them and spit on them and bust them in the balls.”
The statuesque Strain was also a notable figure in comic books, having modeled for covers by Heavy Metal and Harris Comics. She worked for many notable artists, including Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, and Olivia De Berardinis. To many, Strain is the definitive Vampirella, a character she gave her likeness to on numerous occasions. Her Vampirella even inspired an official action figure.
Actress, model, and all-around badass, Julie Strain was a true inspiration. From mainstream hits like "Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult," "Beverly Hills Cop III," and "Baywatch" to the innumerable B-favorites she appeared in, Strain had a major presence in our media. She was a Penthouse Pet (of the Month in June '91, of the Year in '93), the model/voice of the protagonist in "Heavy Metal 2000" (plus the video game, "Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2"), and the HBIC on Playboy TV’s "Sex Court." In addition, Ms. Strain was said to be a true fan of genre fiction and embraced her status as the Queen of the B-movies. One thing cannot be denied about Julie Strain: she lived one hell of a life.
R.I.P. Warrior Queen.
Happy New Year, freaks & geeks! In this ep JB & I chat with the rhemarkable Ms. Rhonda Shear! We chat about the old days of “Up All Night”, find out whether there are plans to bring it back, and ask some of the other burning questions you mutants submitted for our B-Movie Hostess with the Mostess!
It’s Christmas Week and Joe Bob and I are celebrating by chatting with the genius who gave birth to one of the greatest horrorday films ever made! Huge thanks to Mr. Michael Cooney, writer/director of Jack Frost for giving us the BTS scoop on the making of this beloved XXX-mass Cl-ass-sick.
If a film has a man in an ape-suit, it is automatically worthy of your time. Script, cinematography, acting, and any other merit on which we traditionally judge a film are immaterial once the filmmakers introduce a Party City gorilla. Concepts like "good" and "bad" no longer apply; the film has transcended. From "Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1932) to "Gorilla at Large" to "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla" to "Konga" and beyond, the ape-suit movie is always watchable, often incredible, and usually more memorable than whatever won Best Picture that year. The Marx Brothers, Robert Mitchum, Lon Chaney, Hope and Crosby, Anne Bancroft, and Lee Marvin have all appeared in an ape-suit picture, proving that only the best of the best deal with gorilla men. An ape costume in a film is like bearnaise sauce on filet mignon.
"Psycho Ape!" wasn't made for a lot of money. It features no eminent Ho-llywood stars and makes very little sense. Ho-wever, as you can surmise from that tit-le, it does include that most important of all elements, the ape-suit. From the very first scene, we are treated to a Halloween primate, references to past ape-suit films, and an appearance by the "Congo" board game. Without a doubt, this is a film for ape lovers made by ape lovers. It mentions Mighty Joe Young more times than either "Mighty Joe Young"; it out-Kongs "Kong: Skull Island!" In Charles Gemora's name, this is the "Ready Player One" of ape-suit flicks.
Don't go in eXXXpecting a heart-wrenching monster melodrama: "Psycho Ape!" is one big cartoon. The film has a gag-a-second approach that brings to mind Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker with a twist of gore. Unlike most filmic spoofs, this one is aimed squarely at ho-rror aficionados: the folks who know "A Nightmare on Elm Street" by heart and memorized every line from "Halloween." If you stapled together MAD Magazine and Fangoria, you'd have something like "Psycho Ape!"
While the Ape is the true star, the human cast and crew also do their part to make "Psycho Ape!" the best slapstick ape-suit slasher comedy of 2020. Kansas Bowling as Nancy Banana is an absolute delight, and Bill Weeden as Dr. ZOOmis is the perfect foil for our murderous gorilla. Director Addison Binek brings a Lloyd Kaufman-esque energy that ought to amuse Troma fans. We must also give props to Kearsyn Joniper for being the second person to recite that moving monologue from "Ratatouille." The first? Peter O'Toole. Are we saying that Joniper should star in a remake of "Lawrence of Arabia?" Absolutely.
"Psycho Ape!" is certainly not for everyone, but we recommend it to those who like their comedies wacky, weird, and violent. It's a no-budget eXXXploitation comedy that revels in its own bad taste. Proudly cheap and admirably inane, "Psycho Ape!" is a cult cl-ass-sick waiting to be discovered.
Here’s a lil’ vid of my The Last Drive-In boss, legendary Horror Icon Mr. Joe Bob Briggs, and I on the hunt for the equally legendary Fouke Monster. When we filmed our “The Legend of Boggy Creek” episode, JB mentioned that it was on his bucket list to get out to Fouke, AK to visit the Monster Mart and see if we could find any signs of the monster himself. My reaction was, “HECK YES! LET’S DO THAT!!” and our adventure was afoot! (A BIG foot, if you will... 😉) Thanks for checking it out! 🖤
This is the vid I put together of a bunch of the Mutant Fam singing The Last Drive-In theme together from quarantine...Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! (And apologies, again, for not being able to fit everyone in...Look out for the exxxtended remixxx coming soon(ish ;)!! xoxo
Our live stream of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter from March 13,2020...Joe Bob does the Dead Fuck Dance!! :)
Big thanks to the fine folks at MasiMedia who got this shindig together, and also to Mr. Roger Jackson (pictured intro-ing a screening of the film in Stu's backyard!! :) who not only came out to party with us, but-t also left me this terrifying vm that I will treasure for the neXXXt billion centuries!! :) xoxo
My Interview with Clint Freakin' Howard!!!
(nude Clint Howard and snow globes...need I say more?)
High History: Why I love Scream so much!
Starring Diana Prince/Darcy the Mail Girl