Hey Jive Turkeys,
I wanted to send out a Happy Thanksgiving to all you ghouls in the hope that this somewhat gross and gluttonous holiday gets you stuffed! I promised myself I would not over-eat this year and guess what? I’m constantly breaking promises! Seriously though, not to be all mushy and what not, but I guess the thing I’m most grateful for this year is being surrounded by the most talented group of friends and fans a ghoul could ever hope to have.
Cult Filmmakers You Should Know: Takashi Miike
By Michael Varrati
Having been involved in the horror genre for quite awhile, I must confess I occasionally feel that I’ve hit a wall when it comes to what can legitimately scare or disturb me. I say this not with any sort of pretentious air, but more so a realistic approach to a blood-soaked industry that has become part of my everyday life. In some ways, it’s just an essential matter of survival. Those of us that craft tales of terror, make movies about them, or otherwise glorify things that go bump in the night tend to face our fears on a daily basis. Because of this, there is a relative thick skin that must be developed to avoid any sort of long term trauma. Movies that friends and family members find to be “shocking and gross” are usually “quirky and fun” to me. It may speak to an offbeat sense of humor, but that’s why the majority of cult fans would rather line-up to see Night of the Creeps than There’s Something About Mary. We just develop a new appreciation for what we’re watching, and it is rarely, if ever, based in any sort of genuine, base-level terror. If anything, it’s because we’re amused and tickled in some dark, but earnest way.
I’m sending out this quick note to let you all know that the Unrated Collectors Edition DVD of our dark comedy gore film All About Evil is finally here, just in time for the holidays! As part of our special pre-sales promo, you can save $5 on every purchase by buying them online before they hit the streets on December 1st. I’m really proud of how the DVD was produced and it’s full o’ extras including:
By Michael Varrati
Admittedly, when filmmaker Andy Milligan was first mentioned to me by Peaches Christ Production’s own Bobby Barber, I had little to no idea who he was talking about.
Being an individual who prides himself on having an extensive knowledge of the world of cult cinema, the notion that there would be someone out there who I was unfamiliar with was both exciting and perturbing. On one hand, I was thrilled to discover something totally new…but on the other, I wondered if Milligan’s lack of presence in the world of fandom indicated that he was someone who didn’t even merit further exploration. Read More…
Peaches Christ is inviting you to join us for a very special Midnight Mass, holiday presentation and Bay Area theatrical premiere of the warped, cult-classic CHRISTMAS EVIL on December 11, 2010 at Landmark’s Bridge Theatre. Not only will this be hostess Peaches Christ and the Midnight Mass players first wintery-themed extravaganza, Christmas Evil director Lewis Jackson will be attending the festivities in what promises to be a night to remember for all you naughty boys and girls out there! Read More…
This upcoming weekend we’re traveling all the way to Minneapolis with Evil co-stars Thomas Dekker, Jade & Nikita Ramsey, Anthony Fitzgerald, and Ashley Fink. This unofficially marks the end of the 2010 Tour De Fierce aka the Tour De Fat-Ass. On the road, my only comfort is food. It’s been an incredible year and I never dreamed we’d be able to take our movie on tour with a big ol’ Midnight Mass style pre-show Spooktacular, but we did, and the whole thing has been a wonderfully wild journey I’ll never forget. Read More…
I think that may have been the most epic October ever! Doing our show in England, a screening in Spain, and then bringing everything home to The Victoria Theatre in San Francisco for our All About Evil run has been beyond exciting for lil’ ole me. We now have our Victoria Theatre PICTURE GALLERY up online courtesy of photographer Brian Benson and you can check it out RIGHT HERE.
Of course the October grand finale was Halloween itself, where I joined Heklina for our annual Trannyshack party. I dressed up as Chucky Christ and was thrilled with how my costume turned out. I’m actually thinking of doing a big Midnight Mass Chucky Tribute in 2011 and I’ve now got the perfect outfit. Wanna see it? Check it out RIGHT HERE.
Happy Halloween Queens!!! This is by far my favorite holiday of the year (duh!) and after last week’s incredible All About Evil run at The Victoria Theatre, I could not be more thrilled with the entire season. Check out the full re-cap picture gallery below! The show went well beyond my expectations and watching the movie in the theatre where it was shot was as bizarre and wonderful an experience as I’d hoped it would be. I’m really hoping we can make this an annual tradition in San Francisco and eventually I’ll have co-created enough content to bring All About Evil The Musical all the way to Broadway baby! Read More…
Cult Filmmakers You Should Know: Ted V. Mikels
By Michael Varrati
When it comes to pure, unadulterated drive-in era entertainment, I’d venture to say that few do it better than legendary cult icon Ted V. Mikels.
In fact, I’d be willing to state that the only thing that is likely more fun than watching a film by Mikels is the opportunity to be in one.
Luckily, those of us here at PC headquarters don’t have to speculate on such a situation blindly. Realizing many a cult fan’s dream, our very own Peaches Christ had the opportunity to explore the world of Mikels firsthand when she was cast in the director’s most recent cinematic outing, Astro Zombies M3: Cloned.
The film serves as the third installment in a trilogy Mikels began in 1968 with The Astro Zombies, and is poised to introduce the eccentric filmmaker’s unique brand of zany cinema to a whole new generation of eager cult fanatics.