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Something Weird Cult Film Library Comes to Full Moon Streaming; Romano Art Revealed

Full Moon’s popular streaming channel Full Moon Streaming already has original programming, a bulk of the awesome Blue Underground Eurohorror library and of course, all of the B-flicks from the enduring Full Moon catalog. But in this writer’s estimation, they’ve just hit the mother lode of awesome in their latest collection. Today, FMS announced that they’ve just licensed a massive stack of untamed classic cult, horror and exploitation movies culled from the legendary SOMETHING WEIRD library!

The brainchild of late exploitation film curator and weird cinema enthusiast Mike Vraney (who tragically lost his battle with lung cancer earlier this year and was eulogized by both Mark Rahner and Tim Lucas is recent issues of FANGORIA and GOREZONE), SOMETHING WEIRD is widely recognized as the premiere imprint for awesomely lurid, cult cinema. The company has thousands of bizarre and wonderful motion pictures under their umbrella, representing every single strain of strangeness from greasy, hard and soft-core erotica to tassel-twirling burlesque; from European gladiator epics to gory horror gems; from druggie freak-out potboilers and beyond. Simply put, in the annals of exploitation film culture, SOMETHING WEIRD stands alone.

“I’ve made more than my share of crazy movies,” says Full Moon honcho Charles Band, “but there’s nothing quite like the films that Mike Vraney lovingly assembled over the years with SOMETHING WEIRD. The level of care and passion that went into his reverent presentations of stuff that would otherwise be relegated to obscurity is to be celebrated.”

Artist Lisa Petrucci, Vraney’s widow and surviving SOMETHING WEIRD owner and operator, had this to say about the FullMoonStreaming.com partnership. “The folks at SOMETHING WEIRD are thrilled to be entering this new venture.”

“The idea of exposing our unique brand of exploitation and horror to their film fans is an exciting prospect. Montag the Magnificent (THE WIZARD OF GORE) and Fuad Ramses (BLOOD FEAST) will feel right at home with the other gorehounds in the Full Moon family. I’d like to think that our beloved founder, Mike Vraney, would highly approve of this collaboration!”

Over the next several months, Full Moon Streaming will be slowly rolling out dozens of amazing SOMETHING WEIRD titles. To kick-off the party, they’re blasting off with a selection of ten amazing movies that will blow your mind. Every week a new title will appear.

The inaugural Full Moon Streaming/SOMETHING WEIRD titles unspooling over the next two months are:

THE ACID EATERS (1968)

Legendary sleaze merchant David F. Friedman cashes in on the druggie flicks like Roger Corman’s THE TRIP and jams in tons of female nudity, violence and general psychedelic insanity. You don’t have to be high to groove on this gem…but it helps!

BLOOD FEAST (1963)

Widely recognized as the first “gore” movie, this H.G. Lewis classic still shocks today with its endless parade of bloody atrocities tempered by its awesomely ludicrous plot and wonderfully wooden acting.

THE GRUESOME TWOSOME (1967)

Lewis’ Florida-lensed hack-em up sees a mad matriarch dispatch her brain addled son to kill and scalp as many women as he can muster, using their bloody hair for mama’s wig shop. Like SWEENY TODD for the mentally ill!

LOVE CAMP 7 (1969)

Ultra controversial “Nazisploitation” gem that predated such celebrated nasties as THE NIGHT PORTER and ILSA SHE WOLF OF THE SS, this one is jam packed with politically incorrect depravity that has caused it no end of censorial antagonism.

THE NAKED WITCH (1961)

Larry Buchanan’s dirty Texas horrorshow charts the rise of the TIT-ular sorceress, who wreaks havoc and pounds pulses. Tons of cheeky fun.

OLGA’S HOUSE OF SHAME (1964)

The crown jewel of the sadistic “Olga” films, this sleaze epic sees rough n’ tumble madame Olga (Audrey Campbell) fleeing with her girls to an abandoned ore mine and opening up a new house of degradation and carnal cruelty.

SATAN’S CHILDREN (1975)

A favorite of BASKET CASE icon Frank Henenlotter, SATAN’S CHILDREN is a shot-in-Florida cheapie that has to be seen to believed. Tawdry, homophobic and yet homoerotic at the same time, this one is weird, mean, violent and one of the best party movies you’ll ever see.

TWO-THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964)

The inimitable H.G. Lewis followed up the Drive-In success of BLOOD FEAST with this southern-fried shocker, a film that dials down the explicit gore and amps up filmmaking craft resulting in a fun, violent and even eerie horror classic.

THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1972)

H.G. Lewis migrates his unique blend of sleaze into the heart of the 1970’s with this blend of stripper-riddled bump n’ grind gorefest and skid row detective thriller.

THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)

Lewis’ crown jewel, his masterpiece of Grand Guignol that examines the stage antics of the malevolent magician Montag, an illusionist whose violent gags really make you gag. Almost existential at times, this one has to be seen to believed. Bring your barf bags!

The fun rolls out August 9th at Full Moon Streaming. Subscribe today! Check out the wild poster art by Steven Romano, featuring Ray Sager as Montag in Lewis’ THE WIZARD OF GORE, above and groove to the SOMETHING WEIRD promo vid below!

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Chris Alexander

Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.

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