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Julia Starchild: The Past and the Future and the Importance of STAR WARS



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The story of Julia Starchild is the story of us all. That’s not some funny metaphor, either—I really mean that Julia is the story of us all. What you will find when you read about these films and the people who made them is a reflection and a cautionary word. It’s a look into another universe, sure—but it’s also a universe of real, human possibilities, and family that transcends time and space. That said, I’m not gonna get anymore philosophical/analytical than that about my own work. Because, let’s face it, there’s nothing more ponderous than an artist who can’t shut up about how awesome he is. For those of you who came in late, the Julia Starchild film series doesn’t technically exist, but the story exeists, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. There’s one final epilogue chapter this week, which you can read by clicking Julia’s name BELOW:


We began this nutty journey a little over a month ago, and now that we’ve finally come to the end, I’d like to share with you one final, very interesting tale which intersects and informs Julia’s. Obviously, a great deal of what this whole thing is about turns somewhat on the whole Star Wars thing, which carries its own special brand of magic, embraced by millions the world over. It has been embraced so much, in fact, that the fans of these films are as protective of their beliefs as almost any other religion you can name. People are down with the Force. People go to the mat for the love of Darth Vader. And when things need to happen, you can be damn sure that they will make these things happen, by hook or by crook.

One such dedicated group of fans is called Team Negative One, who I am paying tribute to this week with an ALL-NEW Star Wars poster, which celebrates the original 1977 film in all its full-on UNTAMPERED WITH glory. See, I was just like these guys. I was there in the 1970s to see this magic when it first happened. We don’t need no stinkin’ Special Editions. I’ll not tell you why Team Negative One’s mission is so important,, nor will I even explain what it is, due to certain gray areas in copyright law governing such things, except to say . . . if you happen to be a big fan of Star Wars, and you happen to be interested in seeing how the films were made back before digital technology was almost non-existent . . . well, then, you need to do the Google and learn about these guys. They are doing God’s work, not only for the die hards, but for the ongoing preservation of film history.

See, kids, that’s also a big part of what Julia Starchild has been about. I am (hopefully) giving you a sort of rock and roll insider’s glimpse into how weird the process of making movies actually is—and into the weirder versions of it that existed back in the days before Digital. You couldn’t dial stuff up on a laptop back then. It all had to be handcrafted. Everything was photochemically made in big labs, then printed out on big reels and literally taped together. When Star Wars was first made, it was the most sophisticated use of special effects ever in a film. It was the first time computers were used to assist the process. Those computers were used only to map the moves of actual cameras with actual film in them—and those cameras filmed actual models and stop-motion puppets. This was the moment when everything in genre film exploded—from sci-fi to horror, from horror to fantasy, from fantasy to thrillers. And so on. It is history. It must be preserved.

And so here is my tribute to that:STAR_WARS_TEAM_NEGATIVE_ONE_POSTER

Seek out Team Negative One. It’s important.

And remember that this stuff might have begun with Star Wars, but it continued throughout the years that followed, with shockwaves that penetrated every single aspect of motion picture production. It also encouraged wild new ideas and films that dared to dream bigger, badder, weirder. That is also Julia’s story and Julia’s message. Her final film was actually a spinoff, looking toward the brave new millennium with a whole new take on the character and the mythos, through a very different lens. Released direct-to-video in 1995 at the peak of the VHS age, it was buried amongt the rubble of rental throwaways that lined shelves in those days . . . but I’m here to tell you, that’s where a lot of amazing films thrived. Some say it was an elephant graveyard. I say it was lair of silver and gold. Some truly amazing genre films that truly challenged the status quo came out of that period, and you can still seek some of them out. A few of them are:


Split. Mind-bending cyberpunk/thriller/art film that borders on complete insanity, disguised as genius revolutionary rumination. Both horrifying and intellectually gripping in equal measure, produced on a shoestring in 1989, this was probably the wackiest example of “those who dared to dream” and is bolder and bigger than most movies with a few hundred times the budget. See it HERE.

A Bucket Of Blood

A Bucket Of Blood Aka. The Death Artist. Almost a verbatim remake of Roger Corman’s classic 1959 thriller comedy, featuring early turns by Will Ferrell, David Cross and a scene stealing supporting performance by veteran exploitation trailer narrator Shadoe Stevens. (He did Switchblade Sisters AND Catholic High School Girls In Trouble!) Plus, Anthony Michael hall as a psychotic sculptor and Justine Bateman as a Spanish coffee house regular. An amazing trainwreck and a fascinating curio. Find it HERE.

Star Quest

Star Quest: Beyond The Rising Moon. Dedicated old school visual effects do-it-yoursefers from nowhere produced this insanely ambitious space opera for almost no money at all in 1987, proving that when man’s reach exceeds his imagination, great things can sometimes happen. They followed up in 1992 with the equally ambitious Invader. Ironically, Star Quest was later given a sort of George Lucas “Special Edition” makeover and is now called Outerworld. Seek out the original version HERE.


Nemesis. Albert Pyun’s penny-pinching cyberpunk beefcake extravaganza is still notable for its berserk John Woo-inspired action sequences and any-damn-thing-you-like plot, which attempts to work just about all the ideas from every other awesome movie into the mix, from Blade Runner to Escape from New York. They don’t make B-movies like this anymore and it’s a damn shame.   See it HERE.

Dark Backward

The Dark Backward.  Cult Director Adam Rifkin’s notorious sleazebag sci-fi otherworld rumination on fame, freaks and necrophiliaic accordion players still packs a subvesvive punch since its initial release in 1991.  It grins with the innocence of a new kid at school, and burns like Pee Wee Hermann’s girlfriend fucking some homeless bum. The film is almost a close cousin to Jim Muro’s immortal Street Trash, dirty and and lowdown and kind of brilliant around the edges.  See it HERE. 

Starchild Sarah would have joined the ranks of these somewhat lost low-budget classics, slumming in the same tranches of shopworn mediocrity and genuine genius. Many of these films weren’t great because they were original, mind you—they were great because they were just, well, great. If that meant you stood back and belly-laughed at what fools were behind the cameras, that was fine. If you really took something away from the experience, well that was fine too. Nobody can say it didn’t mean anything. Because it did. And today, it all continues into the future.

So respect the past.

Julia and Sarah will love you for it.

Peace in the galaxy.



AUTHOR’S NOTE: These posters are intended as FAN ART only and is designed to be shared, for free, for anyone who wants to own it for themselves. Download it, tell your friends, spread the galactic love! And CLICK HERE to jump to my website and read all about Julia!


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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray



A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?

After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.


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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!



Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.


On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.



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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3



Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.


When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.


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