For a lot of Open Tradition readers, the Halloween season affords a possibility — to not say an excuse — to re-experience basic horror movies: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu from 1922, as an example, and even George Méliès The Haunted Citadel, which launched the entire type in 1896. This yr, might we propose a house screening of the formidable work of classic cinema that’s 1968’s The Astro Zombies? Written, produced, and directed by Ted Mikels — auteur of The Corpse Grinders and Blood Orgy of the She-Devils — it options not simply “a mad astro-scientist” performed by John Carradine and “two gore-crazed, solar-powered killer robotic zombies,” however “a bloody path of girl-next-door victims; Chinese language communist spies; lethal Mexican secret brokers led by the insanely voluptuous Tura Satana” and an “intrepid CIA agent” on the case of all of it.
You may watch The Astro Zombies at no cost, and newly remastered in HD as well, at Kino Cult, the brand new streaming web site from movie and video distributor Kino Lorber. Pull up the entrance web page and also you’ll be handled to a wealth of titillating viewing choices of quite a lot of eras and subgenres: “Drive-in favorites” like Ape and Beware! The Blob; “golden age exploitation” like Reefer Insanity and She Shoulda Stated ‘No’!; and even classics like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Stanley Kubrick’s Concern and Need.
True cult-film fans, after all, might nicely go straight to the out there picks, thoughtfully grouped collectively, from “Grasp of Italian Horror” Mario Bava and prolific Spanish “B-movie” kingpin Jesús Franco. These seeking to throw a fright evening may think about Kino Cult’s choices filed underneath “hardboiled horror”: Killbillies, The Home with 100 Eyes, Bunny: The Killer Factor.
Few of those footage skimp on the grotesque; fewer nonetheless skimp on the humor, a needed ingredient in even probably the most harrowing horror films. Removed from a pile of cynical hackwork, Kino Cult’s library has clearly been curated with a watch towards movies that, though for probably the most half produced inexpensively and with unrelenting intent to impress visceral reactions of their audiences, are hardly with out curiosity to critical cinephiles. The positioning even contains an “artsploitation” part containing such taboo-breaching works as Curtis Burz’s Summer season Home. Amongst its normal latest additions you’ll additionally discover Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos, maybe probably the most daring high-profile provocateur at present at work within the medium. Since Kino Cult has made all these movies and extra out there to stream at no cost, none of us, irrespective of our specific cinematic sensibilities, has an excuse to cross this Halloween un-entertained — and extra to the purpose, undisturbed. Enter the gathering right here.
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Based mostly in Seoul, Colin Marshall writes and broadcasts on cities, language, and tradition. His initiatives embrace the Substack e-newsletter Books on Cities, the e book The Stateless Metropolis: a Stroll by means of Twenty first-Century Los Angeles and the video sequence The Metropolis in Cinema. Observe him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Fb.