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TRAILER THURSDAY: Dr. Lamb

Posted by Josh Samford On July - 19 - 2012

If you regularly follow Varied Celluloid, you will notice that this is a website that enjoys the sleaze. In fact, we love it. Like I always say, the gore the merrier! Well, actually, I don’t say that. I also sincerely hope that no one else says that either. Regardless, today we cast the spotlight on a gruesome and horrifying piece of Category III cinema. Ripped straight from the Hong Kong headlines, Dr. Lamb is one of the nastiest shockers to come out of Asia during the nineties. What film would be more prudent for Varied Celluloid to showcase during its first ever Trailer Thursday?

Indeed, this is the first of an ongoing series that will hopefully be upheld from now on. We all know that trailer updates are done on every blog on the internet, so why not Varied Celluloid? We will attempt to add more content within these trailer posts, but if nothing else this will serve as a neat reminder of some very interesting pieces of cinema.

Dr. Lamb has been covered here on Varied Celluloid in the past, and if you’re interested in reading more about it you can read the review right here. However, first you may want to take a look at the trailer and get a real appreciation for how dark and strange this movie truly is.



And here is a synopsis from our review which was written back in 2010. Give it a look and definitely check out this sordid movie, if your stomach can handle it.

The Plot: With a great number of recent missing persons, things are getting tense within the police department where Detective Lee (played by Danny Lee) works. After they receive a tip dealing with a photographer who has been dropping off photos of young women nude who look like they may be dead, the force jumps on it. They end up catching the brilliant, but utterly strange, Lam (Simon Yam) who refuses to talk about anything with them at first. Even in the face of torture he refuses to utter a word. After Lee turns his own family against him though, Lam feels completely alone and confesses to his crimes. What follows is a brutal and harrowing account of his victims and their final hours. Lam killed several women, all seemingly for the bland reason that they annoyed him. This is his story.

MST3K: Star Force – Fugitive Alien II

Posted by Josh Samford On July - 18 - 2012

MST3K: Star Force – Fugitive Alien II (1991)
Starring: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, and Kevin Murphy



The Plot: In the not-too-distant future, Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgeson) is abducted by his boss at Gizmonic institute and shot into outer space. His boss, Dr. Forrester, then sends Joel the very worst movies that he can find in order to document his reactions. Joel, who has built two robot friends named Crow and Tom Servo, does his best to improve this bad situation by having a good time and riffing on the movies with his robot pals. In this episode, Dr. Forrester forces Joel to watch the sequel to the awful Japanese science fiction title Fugitive Alien. This film, now titled Star Force: Fugitive Alien II, picks up right where the first movie left out. The ship is still floating through space and the ultimate goal is to make it to a distant planet where they are to sabotage a powerful weapon that can destroy planets. Along the way, the “tenperature” begins to rise as they get uncomfortably close to a black hole, and then dramatic tensions onboard the ship threaten everything that ties our crew together. Can they survive these impossible odds?


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New images from Rites of Spring

Posted by Josh Samford On July - 18 - 2012

Independent horror movies aren’t exactly a rare commodity. The good ones come and go sporadically, but there are an infinite number of really bad ones floating around on the indie level. I have a weakness for some of the independent horrors that are just outside of the “ultra low budget” landscape, especially if such movies provide a sizable bodycount. Whether or not Rites of Spring will turn out to be one of the better ones, I cannot say. The trailer appears to be fairly conventional, but the following photo of its main antagonist, a killer named Wormface, seems relatively promising. I’ll certainly keep an open mind.




And if you want more Rites of Spring, continue reading after the bump for the official plot synopsis and trailer.

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MST3K: Fugitive Alien

Posted by Josh Samford On July - 17 - 2012

MST3K: Fugitive Alien (1991)
Starring: Joel Hodgson, J. Elvis Weinstein, and Kevin Murphy



The Plot: In the not-too-distant future, Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgeson) is abducted by his boss at Gizmonic institute and shot into outer space. His boss, Dr. Forrester, then sends Joel the very worst movies that he can find in order to document his reactions. Joel, who has built two robot friends named Crow and Tom Servo, does his best to improve this bad situation by having a good time and riffing on the movies with his robot pals. In this episode, Dr. Forrester forces Joel to watch yet another Japanese television program that has been edited for American audiences. Fugitive Alien tells the story of Ken, a “Starwolf” from the planet Valnastar. Apparently being a Starwolf revolves around warfare, and when Ken refuses to kill an innocent child he is shot off into outer space. While floating in space, Ken is picked up by the starship Bacchus 3 which originates from Earth. The crew don’t know what to make of Ken at first, but throughout their journeys in space they will have to learn to trust this alien.


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Solomon Kane coming to VOD on August 24th

Posted by Josh Samford On July - 16 - 2012
Solomon Kane


This is a fairly interesting bit of news. Solomon Kane is a character created by the pulp writer Robert E. Howard, who is most well known for having created Conan and even Kull the Conqueror. The character Solomon Kane is another star from his lineup of creations, but so far the world has seen very little from this character aside from a series of Marvel comics. Well, it appears that now is Solomon’s time and a movie has come to introduce him to the world. The film itself appears to have been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years, which is odd but not instantly worrisome. There have also been numerous really great films that have suffered a similar fate within recent years. The nightmarish wait that fans had to endure for Trick ‘r Treat immediately springs to mind. Anyway, the trailer for the film looks promising. There’s a decent chance that good times may be had with this one, but leave a comment and give us your thoughts if you disagree! The movie is due for release through VOD services on August 24th and it will hit theaters shortly thereafter on September 28th. For now, take a look at the recently released trailer and read the following synopsis to get a better grasp of the film.



CAPTAIN SOLOMON KANE is a brutally efficient 16th Century killing machine. Armed with his signature pistols, cutlass and rapier, he and his men unleash their bloodlust as they fight for England in war after war on all continents.

As the story opens, Kane and his band of pillagers are carving a bloody path through hordes of defenders in an exotic city in northern Africa. But when Kane decides to attack a mysterious nearby castle to plunder its rumored riches, his mission takes a fateful turn.

One by one, Kane’s men are picked off by demonic creatures until he alone is left to face the Devil’s own Reaper — dispatched from the depths of Hell to lay claim to his hopelessly corrupt soul. Though Kane at last manages to escape, he knows that he now must redeem himself by renouncing violence and devoting himself wholly to a life of peace and purity.

His newfound spirituality, however, is quickly put to the ultimate test when he begins his journeys across an England ravaged by diabolical human Raiders controlled by a terrifying, masked Overlord. After Kane fails to thwart the brutal slaughter of the Crowthorns, a Puritan family that has befriended him, he vows to find and free their enslaved daughter Meredith — even if it means jeopardizing his own soul by re-embracing his murderous talents for a higher cause. His determined search eventually brings him face to face with his family’s own deadly secrets as he attempts to save Meredith and all of England from the forces of evil.
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