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American Punks, Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon, Legend of Seven Monks

click to enlarge American Punks (NR)  -  -  -  - Bloody Earth Films / Release date: - Dec. 4  -  - In the early '90s, when indie filmmaking became a big - to-do, every single slacker with a camcorder and a - gallon of fake blood made a low-budget time capsule - that effortlessly mimicked Tarantino and Linklater. But it - was 1997's American Punks that managed to - mix them both seamlessly into great entertainment. It - follows the antisocial misadventures of a wannabe Gen-X - loser and the scrapes he finds himself in as he tries to - take down a small-time drug dealer who killed his friend - while they were eating pancakes. Like an unknown Gregg - Araki (minus the sexuality), director Michele Pacitto - delivers a gritty, nihilistic view that fits perfectly with the - times. Bloody Earth's DVD contains an insightful, near- - nostalgic commentary as well as outtakes and auditions. - Fans of '90s indie cinema will be floored.  - Louis Fowler
  • American Punks (NR)

    Bloody Earth Films / Release date: Dec. 4

    In the early '90s, when indie filmmaking became a big to-do, every single slacker with a camcorder and a gallon of fake blood made a low-budget time capsule that effortlessly mimicked Tarantino and Linklater. But it was 1997's American Punks that managed to mix them both seamlessly into great entertainment. It follows the antisocial misadventures of a wannabe Gen-X loser and the scrapes he finds himself in as he tries to take down a small-time drug dealer who killed his friend while they were eating pancakes. Like an unknown Gregg Araki (minus the sexuality), director Michele Pacitto delivers a gritty, nihilistic view that fits perfectly with the times. Bloody Earth's DVD contains an insightful, near- nostalgic commentary as well as outtakes and auditions. Fans of '90s indie cinema will be floored. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon - (R)  -  -  - Shock-O-Rama / POPcinema -  -  - With the tagline "It turns rednecks into deadnecks" and a - hilarious cover, you go into Creature from the - Hillbilly Lagoon expecting quite a bit. It never fully - delivers, but remains a backwoods horror-spoof romp - that will hold your attention for its 86-minute run time. - Its setup is quite basic: Toxic waste seeps into a - Southern watering hole, turning fish into radiological - nightmares. And when hillbillies are bitten by the fish, it - gets even worse. An epidemic of Deliverance- - style proportions breaks out, with rubber-suited - bloodsucking monsters taking down the population - faster than you can say, "The South's gonna rise again." - Add a couple of deleted scenes, some behind-the- - scenes video and commentary, and you've got yourself a - nice package for a fun little low-budget flick. But keep - the expectations mighty low.  Louis Fowler -
  • Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon (R)

    Shock-O-Rama / POPcinema

    With the tagline "It turns rednecks into deadnecks" and a hilarious cover, you go into Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon expecting quite a bit. It never fully delivers, but remains a backwoods horror-spoof romp that will hold your attention for its 86-minute run time. Its setup is quite basic: Toxic waste seeps into a Southern watering hole, turning fish into radiological nightmares. And when hillbillies are bitten by the fish, it gets even worse. An epidemic of Deliverance- style proportions breaks out, with rubber-suited bloodsucking monsters taking down the population faster than you can say, "The South's gonna rise again." Add a couple of deleted scenes, some behind-the- scenes video and commentary, and you've got yourself a nice package for a fun little low-budget flick. But keep the expectations mighty low. Louis Fowler

click to enlarge Legend of Seven Monks (NR) -  -  -  - Westlake Entertainment  -  -  - Old-school martial arts epics meet new-wave Japanese - filmmaking in the hilariously action-packed karate movie - Legend of Seven Monks. Sonny Chiba and - Yasuaki Kurata, two giants of the genre, are pitted - against one another  for fans of these films, this is like - De Niro and Pacino sharing the screen in Heat - as they try to take down an evil demon who's about to - unleash the hordes of hell. All because he, um, can't - marry his sister. It's up to Kurata to find a team of - demon-fighters comprised of nerds, cosplayers, rebel - chicks and a semi-offensive African dude. Their rapport - is funny enough, but the coup de grace is when Kurata - and Chiba go head-to-head in an epic battle that  even - though these guys are in their seventies  still tops - anything Hollywood is putting out today.  - Louis Fowler
  • Legend of Seven Monks (NR)

    Westlake Entertainment

    Old-school martial arts epics meet new-wave Japanese filmmaking in the hilariously action-packed karate movie Legend of Seven Monks. Sonny Chiba and Yasuaki Kurata, two giants of the genre, are pitted against one another for fans of these films, this is like De Niro and Pacino sharing the screen in Heat as they try to take down an evil demon who's about to unleash the hordes of hell. All because he, um, can't marry his sister. It's up to Kurata to find a team of demon-fighters comprised of nerds, cosplayers, rebel chicks and a semi-offensive African dude. Their rapport is funny enough, but the coup de grace is when Kurata and Chiba go head-to-head in an epic battle that even though these guys are in their seventies still tops anything Hollywood is putting out today. Louis Fowler

  • American Punks, Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon, Legend of Seven Monks

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