Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneur Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a “Harbor for Seafood Lovers”, the original restaurant in Lakeland, Florida was followed by several others throughout the Southeast. General Mills acquired Red Lobster in 1970 as a five-unit restaurant company. The chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s. Red Lobster entered in Canada in the 1980’s and is still present, but it it quitted the Québec market in the 1990’s.
Director Stuart Gordon, of Re-animator fame, re-teams with Jeffrey Combs (previously Dr. Herbert West) in his other H.P. Lovecraft adaptation (except his other, other H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Dagon…). This time around Combs is the assistant to an S & M-lovin’, kooky, white-lab-coat-wearer whose experiments have the mild side effect of allowing demon creatures from another dimension to “bite off his head like a Gingerbread Man.” From there things get weird. Ken Foree from Dawn of the Dead (the actual one) and Barbara Crampton join in the proceedings as Combs tries to, well, basically do what his boss just did with relatively similar results. In conclusion: make sure you get the unrated edition so you can watch the full scene where Comb’s third eye in the middle of his forehead starts to eat people.
Fung Sheng Wu Chi is having one of those days where you explode through your roof and subsequently set your house on fire. From there he calms down and goes about decapitating any and every one-armed man he stumbles upon with his conveniently portable and user friendly flying guillotine. You see, a certain one-armed boxer (whose own movie this is a direct sequel to) has killed two of his former students, setting off his bloodthirsty quest for revenge. Themed-fighters and an extended fight tournament puts this entry towards the very top of 1970’s Kung Fu.
Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon helms this Cold War sci-fi feature about giant robots and the pilots, or Jox, who operate them. Their clashes will settle the geo-political fate of the world-starting with Alaska. Crack stop-motion animation and a strangely complete fictional world set this 1990 entry apart from many a post-apocalyptic features. A rare PG-rating from Gordon known for his gore and spookables. As an added bonus: no Shia Labeouf or Megan Fox!
Nobuhiko Obayashi has a unique filmography to say the least. Perhaps the most eccentric and well-known of his films is House or Hausu. You see, Gorgeous is sick of her annoying step-mom/dad’s girlfriend so she decides to take a painted-matte background-filled trip to her aunt’s haunted country house with her good friends Fanta, Kungfu, Prof, Sweet, Mac and Melody. Little do they know that auntie is evil, the house is filled with evil cats and pianos that eat people. Oh and there’s a subplot about a man being killed by bananas. Well, not really a subplot, more a scene.
For years we’ve claimed this movie to be actually good and not so-bad-its-good. Well, now there is a Criterion Collection release of it. And that means we’re right.
The upper class takes it on the chin in this week’s episode about the 80’s horor/satire “Society.” Made in 1989 but not released in America til 1992 this movie is well worth seeking out if you can find it for the effects alone. Some of the best pre-CGI out there.
Randy, after-hours partying teens are in for the night of their lives when renegade security robots crash their party in a furniture store and unleash mechanical fury on their intrusion of a mall of the somewhat retro future. Listen in as the Terrorvision crew breaks down this little-seen 80’s slasher (laser blaster?) Chopping Mall and finally puts to rest the debate as to whether or not there is, in fact, enough chopping.