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Dean Bennett (1963-) is a bit of a legend in South Australia as he was a young film-maker who inspired many other young film-makers through his impressive award-winning Super 8 short films which played local festivals in the late 1970s. His ingenuity in creating exciting stunts and fiery special effects on the pocket money he…

Read more Teen Movie Prodigy and Stunt Man Dean Bennett on his Cult Film Career and Carrie Fisher…

*contains spoilers The Island (1980) is a misunderstood film with a possible demographic that was unable to view it, which is why it failed so miserably at the box office upon its initial release. This tale of a twelve-year-old boy adopted by murderous modern-day pirates of the Caribbean is also one of the great father-son…

Read more The Cult of a Pirate’s Rites of Passage in The Island (1980)

Italian director Ivan Zuccon (1972-) is an experienced filmmaker who started his career with the short film Berenice (1997). He made several other short films before his interest in the American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft turned his mind to create horror movies related to that writer’s stories. His early features which were shot on video…

Read more Director Ivan Zuccon on H.P. Lovecraft and his Cult Film Career…

*contains spoilers and course language In Search of Anna’s cast includes Moir in the lead role along with Judy Morris (1947-), who Moir had worked with on the short film Judy contained in the feature Three to Go (1971) which was directed by a friend of Moir’s named Brian Hannant (1940-). “She’s beautiful,” remarked the…

Read more The Cult of Director Esben Storm’s 27A and In Search of Anna (Part Two)

*contains spoilers and course language “We were the three musketeers of the film scene,” said Brisbane born actor Richard Moir (1950-) about himself, director Esben Storm (1950-2011 heart problems) and producer/director Haydn Keenan (1951-). For a period, from their late teens onwards they worked and socialised together, creating some classic Australian cinema. The three of…

Read more The Cult of Director Esben Storm’s 27A and In Search of Anna (Part One)

*contains spoilers Ed Adlum said of Michael Findlay: “(He) wanted to make real movies, not porn movies, but when you have no money, you make porn movies.” He also said the Findlays had a propensity to film one for $7000 and sell it for $10000. Shriek of the Mutilated was Adlum’s gift to Michael to…

Read more The Cult of Michael and Roberta Findlay and Shriek of the Mutilated (Part Two)

*contains spoilers Author Mickey Spillane (1918-2006 pancreatic cancer) called his writing “the chewing gum of American literature”. I guess he meant once you’ve chewed over it, you could throw it away. It’s disposable literature. Others perhaps wouldn’t be so kind, while others would rate Spillane’s work as better than that. I read Spillane’s first detective…

Read more The Cult of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (Part One)