Chas Balun, Blackest Heart Media and the oldschool bootleg tape scene - Also, lolcows of exploitation/horror past.

Syaoran Li

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Something I've always found kind of fascinating is how so many of the old grindhouse flicks had different titles depending on where they were released in, what cut of the film was used, and who the distributor was at the time.

In particular, it's interesting when it comes to foreign releases of American movies where they'd change the title in Europe and then release their own unofficial sequels to it.

The original 1978 Dawn of the Dead and the first Evil Dead are probably the most famous examples, being released in Italy as Zombi and La Casa, and then getting their own spin-off series.

Zombi 2 ended up as an icon of the "Golden Age" zombie flicks of the 70's and 80's and that got a bunch of sequels both official and unofficial. Some of the later movies billed as part of the Zombi series didn't even have zombies!

The "La Casa" series fared slightly better before derailing, since La Casa 2 is just the Italian dub of Evil Dead II but then La Casa 3 is a recut of a cheapo movie called Ghosthouse dubbed into Italian and then there's like four more films after that that are entirely unrelated to either the Evil Dead series or Ghosthouse that were directed by Joe D'Amato and released outside of Italy with different titles while the last movie in the series is a recut of a Lance Henriksen movie called Horror Show.


This is probably going to sound autistic and retarded, but I'm curious if anyone's ever considered doing a series of low-budget B-movies that are billed as fake unofficial foreign sequels to an unrelated movie. It'd probably be a good source for parody edits or gag dubs

The easiest and cheapest way to do that would be to take a movie in the public domain such as Night of the Living Dead or The House on Haunted Hill, do a remixed edit of it (even if it's just something as lame as altering the music and adding some cheapo video effects or colorization in a few places) and sell it under a fake title on Amazon

Any money gained from selling these recuts can be added into the budget for a "sequel" is that series that's an actual movie that's entirely new.

You could probably expect the guys at The Asylum to be involved with something like that, given that they single-handedly revived the live-action mockbuster.
 
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Didn't mean to necro, but I used to order from Blackest Heart Media/Rotten Cotton. Wasn't their Black Devil Doll from Hell "remake" the final nail in the coffin for that company? I see they're still around slinging shirts. As for Chas. Bauln, I recall that he was upset over the Nacho Cerda movie "Aftermath" and called it distasteful. It'd be nice to get a reprint of his stuff. It'd go along well with something like Sleazoid Express. Even Sleazoid Express had an issue talking shit about Joel M. Reed.
Black Devil Doll was Blackest Heart's big attempt at a media empire. There were shirts, bobble heads, they even kickstarted a sitcom.


Then Shaun Smith got into an accident and sold the company. Now he just posts anti-Trump shit constantly on his personal Instagram and sell the same shirts he's been selling for years.

Chas didn't like Aftermath but I don't recall there being bad blood between him and Cerda.

Sleazoid Express is another rabbit hole. I highly recommend to read this first:


Even if you don't know a thing about Joel Reed I still recommend it because it goes over his eclectic life and the handful of films he directed. There's an entire chapter dedicated to the war between Reed and the creator of Sleazoid Express that shines a light on how fucked up the Sleazoid guy was. To summarize: Bill Landis, the creator of Sleazoid Express, thought he was high and mighty after putting out a couple of issues. Got into cocaine, got into talks with Reed about producing porn, then took off with everyone's money, owing money everywhere, getting kicked out of gay bars and off of couches to sleep on, then eventually did some time. Later, Bill put out a Sleazoid book which tells many a tall tale and basically called Reed a pedophile among other things about other people. The Ethan Ralph of exploitation journalism I suppose? Guy was a piece of shit, none of his claims have been verified, and he died several years ago.

Edit: thanks for reminding me about Landis because I amended the thread title and will go over some of the spats and drama in the horror/exploitation circles.
 

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Then Shaun Smith got into an accident and sold the company. Now he just posts anti-Trump shit constantly on his personal Instagram and sell the same shirts he's been selling for years.
Really? I had no idea. With the content and reviews in the Blackest Heart Media catalog, you'd expect him to at least have a sense of humor.

I found the clip where Chas gets into the Aftermath fiasco. I thought this was on the Aftermath disc as an extra but it was on a Jim Van Bebber dvd.

The 7th issue of Sleazoid just goes on slandering Joel. I found a copy of it on archive.org if you haven't already read it.
I know that he told his wife Michelle that he was gay, or maybe she already knew. I definitely will seek out a copy of that book. The slander is mostly in that zine. They didn't devote as much hatred to him in the book, from what I remember. That's some fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Really? I had no idea. With the content and reviews in the Blackest Heart Media catalog, you'd expect him to at least have a sense of humor.

I found the clip where Chas gets into the Aftermath fiasco. I thought this was on the Aftermath disc as an extra but it was on a Jim Van Bebber dvd.

The 7th issue of Sleazoid just goes on slandering Joel. I found a copy of it on archive.org if you haven't already read it.
I know that he told his wife Michelle that he was gay, or maybe she already knew. I definitely will seek out a copy of that book. The slander is mostly in that zine. They didn't devote as much hatred to him in the book, from what I remember. That's some fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing!

There's also the Sleazoid Express book that has more lies and exaggerations from Landis.
 

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I decided to just share the chapter from John Szpunar's book about Landis and Sleazoid Express. Partly from laziness and also John does a better job than I could. Also, I get to his shill his book. Once again, I highly recommend it, it's digital and physical, great last second Xmas gift.



I recommend just buying a pdf copy because the quality of the paper for the physical release isn't great.



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