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This SHITs for Reels – Meat Edition

Michel Sargent, Staff Opening shot: A knife slices a huge slab of meat to the sound of an institutionalized man screaming about The Mad Butcher (1971) (aka Meat is Meat). Story: Just de-booby-hatched smug self-proclaimed “best butcher” in town finds great way to dispose of human bodies, makes a killing with his new sausage cart. A sexless couple are running …

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This SHITS for Reels – Gambling Edition

Michel Sargent, contributor The Gambler (1974) starts off in debt “forty-four dimes, that’s, six El Dorados.” He’s a down-on-his-luck college professor, basketball player, aggressive takes-frustration-out-on-his-mom tennis player, and is on a desperate fucked-up search for “the money” to pay back what he lost during each previous scene. I hate gambling. No actual souls were gambled in the making of Gambling …

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This SHITs for Reels – From Moonshine Stills to Blood Farms: Memoir of the Misunderstood Hillbilly

Michel Sargent,contributor “I shall drink of the spirit of the Lord,” proclaims the moonshine-drinkin’ and gang-runnin’ hillbilly pastor of the “Congregation of the Heavenly Spirits” as he’s marryin’ up two youngin’s. That’s followed by the men-folk “breakin’ in” the bride to the women-folk singing “Here Comes the Bride”. Holy shit! Plus government agents, terrible outfits, country twang, and a weird …

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This S.H.I.T.’s for Reels – Wild Animal Edition

Michel Sargent, contributor The second scene starts with a woman playing a Jaws arcade game and investigating the disappearance of two teens who, in the first scene, sneaked into a tank of experimental Piranha (1978) upstream a lake resort. “Operation Razor Teeth” is the incompetent government and military trying to hide from the summer river enthusiasts and children’s camps that …

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An Open Letter from that VHS Tape from The Ring

Robert Berry, contributor “SEVEN MORE DAYS!” It’s been NINE fucking years since I’ve been able to say that! Sure, there was a point where being a cursed video tape that would kill anyone who watched it seven days later seemed like a great gig, but these days? Not so much! I’ve been sitting in a Goodwill, mistakenly placed inside of …

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Films with Real Ghosts in Them

Most of us probably know the story of the ghost boy that appears briefly in the background during a scene in 1987’s laugh-a-minute Three Men and a Baby. As the story goes, the film was shot in a house where, just five years before, a 9-year-old boy died in a shotgun accident. But that’s not the only motion picture where …

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This SHIT’s for Reels: That Was a Rough Year

Michel Sargent, contributor Three hapless grade school troublemakers in boarding school get Zero For Conduct (1933) and begin plotting their way out of continuous Sunday detentions. After finding the attic store of ammunition the whole class makes a Jolly Roger and declare surreal war with “dirty cans and smelly boots, liberty or death!” Influenced by Zero For Conduct, the film …

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This SHITS for Reels – And Then They Wrestled to the Death

Michel Sargent, contributor A giant asteroid falls to Earth, bringing malevolent moon monsters demanding sacrificial poor people in Hercules Against The Moonmen (1964). Muscle-bound Hercules shows up shirtless, glistening and ready to wrestle. The Queen deals with the aliens for world domination while Hercules wrestles a hairy saber-toothed beast, an army of rock monsters, and tons of half-nude men. Yum. …

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This SHITs for Reels – Punk Rock Movies

Michael Sargent, contributor Jubilee (1978) is an avant-garde punk rock dystopian nightmare. In a good way. Queen Elizabeth I demands her alchemist show her 400 years into a future world of roaming punk gangs (The Slits!), gunfire, creepy sex games, Adam Ant, violent cops and a crazy-eyed madman producer who proclaims “As long as the music’s loud enough, we won’t …

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This SHITs for Reels – B-Fast Visuals

Michel Sargent, contributor My all-time favorite breakfast visuals are movie serials; cliffhanging chapter films shown in theatres before the feature back when they still did cool shit like that. A “purple” meteor (spacecraft) falls to Earth from the direction of Mars in The Purple Monster Strikes (1945). A Martian in tights exits the craft with his Distance Eliminator monitor and …

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