Saturday, 29 January 2011

Feds (1988)

... Mayor Dooley and those pen-pushing Pointdexters up on Capitol Hill are soon choking on their sun-blushed huckleberry Danishes...

Friday, 28 January 2011

Heavy Metal (1981)

... behold a manifestation of pure, malevolent intergalactic evil that takes the bone-chilling form of a small, lime-green beach-ball...

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Production Notes: Dragonslayer

Some nifty(ish) production notes and images from the press pack that accompanied everybody's favourite inappropriately violent, Welsh-inflected, actually-rather-decent 1981 lizard-lopping lark. Includes such 'candid' revelations from the script-wizards as, "St. George and the Dragon... everyone had heard of the legendary pair - pubs all over England are named for them - but few knew the actual story. Neither did we, but when we completed our deep-think research in the children's library, we had our movie."


Monday, 24 January 2011

Andrew Dice Clay in M*A*S*H*: The Evidence At Last

The ERH Wrecking Crew has never been entirely sure why it has so fervently harboured its long-held desire to see its least favourite late-Eighties bully-boy comedian’s rumoured appearance in its least favourite smug TV canned laughter-fest. Call it masochism. Call it a strange compulsion to see the yawning chasm between Alan Alda’s preening erudition and the Diceman’s elephantine comedy blunderings. Call it mental degeneracy.

But now, after years of waiting, some pan-fried nutcase has finally uploaded it onto youtube for our enduring delectation. Unfortunately Alda and Clay don’t share any facetime in this clip, but thinning porn star B.J. Hunnicutt matches the Diceman’s heavily self-medicated performance with an enviable degree of confidence and √©lan. A shame, as we had always envisaged Clay spewing an unending volley of pottymouthed race-hate and putting his fist through Hawkeye's pie-hole before ploughing into a 3-ball with Klinger and Hot Lips.

Oh well, looks like we’ll just have to wait 'til someone finds that ‘lost’ Bobcat Golthwait Muppet Show appearance…

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Birth of a VHS Nation

Give ERH fifteen minutes and we'll give you change for a decade!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: the decade that sweetened the promise of atom bomb apocalypse with a dollop of Dream Topping, lent pastel golfwear a frisson of Stanley-wielding menace and, most importantly, smeared our developing consciousness with the kind of gimcrack VHS movies upon which ERH now gargles like so much magnetic Proustian backwash.

Behold the dark, glossy poetry of a world gripped by Cold War heebie-jeebies, gold-standard hooliganism and some of the very worst films ever to be produced. Look upon these works, ye Mighty, and despair...

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Running Scared (1986)

... when not playing a sensual form of 1-on-1 b-ball with the local pachucos, they’re busy passive-aggressively hassling the remainder of the Windy City’s rather broadly rendered Hispanic community with extreme prejudice and seeming impunity...

Friday, 21 January 2011

Hot to Trot (1988)

... transcends its hare-brained origins and the jarring inadequacies of its execution and unfetters itself from traditional filmmaking techniques and, indeed, any form of conventionally accepted Western logic...

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Production Notes: Escape From New York (1981)

From back in the days when press-packs were black and white scissors and glue jobs rather than sleek and snarling, legally aggressive iTunes downloads comes these charming homemade production notes for John Carpenter's daft 1981 actioner...

Saturday, 15 January 2011

The Couch Trip (1988)

...the latest of Tinseltown’s attempts to convince us that the mentally ill are all loveable hipsters with clean hair...

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Troma Terror Invasion!

It's 198? and Troma Studios crew - including Sgt. Kabukiman, the Toxic Avenger and Dr. Hackenstein - has decided it's high time that the white cliffs of Dover were stained red with the blood of a thousand virgin zombies, matronly biker chicks, surf Nazis and rockabilly vampires. Being nice Jewish boys at heart, however, they were polite enough to pave the way for their cloven-hooved carnage with this beautifully designed pamphlet recently unearthed down the back of the cistern of the ERH office lavvy...

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Photo Archive: Water (1986)

The weather outside is frightful, so let's hitch up with a pre-resurgence Michael Caine, Comic Relief-period Billy Connolly and Misc. Reggae Dude for some fun in the sun with George Harrison's 1986 tax-loss, Water...


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