Friday, December 22, 2006

Vintage Signage 20


Edgewood banquet hall, Rotterdam, NY; since this photo was taken the family owners sold it, and it became a Chinese buffet restaurant. All the flagstone was covered up or removed, and the great signage disappeared.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Vintage Signage 19


Carey's Lakeside Motel, Bolton Landing, NY.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Friday, December 15, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Vintage Signage 13



Or Vintage Architecture, in this case. The defunct Paradiso, Saratoga Springs, NY. I wonder if the inside was as Rat Pack cool as the exterior?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

Vintage Signage 11


Community Court Motel, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Vintage Signage 8


Design Motel, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Monday, December 04, 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Twisted Sex Vol. 3

TWISTED SEX VOL. 3
1993?, 91m22s (It seems SWV is using DVD-Rs as their duping masters now, even for VHS; unfortunately my copy of TS3 suffers throughout from frustrating skipping, pixelization, and dropouts.)
1. MICHELLE (196?, Audobon Films Inc) With crime elements.
2. THE PASSIONATE STRANGERS (Philippines: 1966, RAF Industries) Eddie Romero melodrama with Vic Diaz. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
3. THE TWILIGHT GIRLS (France: 1957, Audobon Productions: 1959, VHS/DVD: First Run) American version of Les Collégiennes, chock full of beautiful girls in a boarding school.
4. I, A WOMAN (1966, distributor unknown, VHS: Something Weird) Trailer consists of silent scenes over a song.
5. THERESE AND ISABELLE (1968, Audobon Films, VHS/DVD: First Run) Radley Metzger's classy lesbian drama with Essy Persson and Anna Gaël.
6. THE GIRL WITH THE MAGIC BOX (1965, Cinema Syndicate) Crude Barry Mahon film with nude models. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
7. THE BEAST THAT KILLED WOMEN (1965, distributor unknown, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Barry Mahon scares women with a guy in a gorilla suit.
8. PRIMITIVE LOVE (Italy: 1964, American Film Distributing Corp.: 1966, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Long trailer for the American version of L'Amore primitivo, featuring Jayne Mansfield doing a striptease, Italian comics, and mondo elements.
9. THE SOUL SNATCHER (1965, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) Trailer for short nudie focusing on Satanic temptation.
10. FANNY HILL MEETS DR. EROTICO (1967, Chancellor Films) Too bad this Barry Mahon film has yet to surface, as it features a Frankenstein-type monster and lesbians.
11. THE SIN SYNDICATE (1965, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc., VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Busy trailer features mobsters, pimps, lesbiansim, and gang rape. Also known as ZERO GIRLS.
12. PROSTITUTE PROTECTIVE SOCIETY (1966, distributor unknown, VHS: Something Weird) Hookers fight back against murderous gangsters.
13. DEATH OF A NYMPHET (1967, Chancellor Films) Roughie with rape and murder. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
14. COME PLAY WITH ME (196?, distributor unknown) Includes scenes of lesbians and belt-whipping; no tape or disc release known.
15. OLGA'S DANCE HALL GIRLS (1966, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS/DVD: Something Weird) A dark one with a Sapphic sex cult of Satan.
16. JUSTINE: THE EROTIC EXCITEMENT OF EVIL (196?, distributor unknown) Nudie drama looks to be filmed in Puerto Rico; no tape or disc release known.
17. MONDO OSCENITÁ (1966, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) Joseph P. Mawra collection of "censored" clips from other movies; features lesbianism and B&D.
18. UNHOLY MATRIMONY (1966, Arcanum Productions, Chancellor Films, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) Swingers get way out on LSD.
19. HOT EROTIC DREAMS (1967, Cosmos Films, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) Trailer made up of silent socks-and-undies sex scenes over pleasant jazz.
20. RAVAGED (196?, distributor unknown) Nasty one mixes Nazi sex slave rape scenes and real atrocity footage; an unknown title that has yet to surface.
21. PROWL GIRLS (1968, Chancellor Films) Barry Mahon flick mixes lesbians and drugs; narration gives the title as RUNAWAY DAUGHTERS. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
22. THE ADVENTURES OF BUSTY BROWN (1964, distributor unknown, VHS: Something Weird) Low-budget nudie about a P.I.
23. THE DIARY OF KNOCKERS McCALLA (1968, Chancellor Films) Barry Mahon lesbian nudie. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
24. MR. MARI'S GIRLS (1967, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Features rape, lesbianism, and fighting hookers.
25. SEX CLUB INTERNATIONAL (1967, distributor unknown, VHS: Something Weird) Heavier on the action in this Barry Mahon fllm.
26. INFIDELITY AMERICAN STYLE (1967, Chancellor Films) No known tape or disc release on this nudie that includes ritualistic whipping and lesbianism.
27. HOT SKIN AND COLD CASH (1965, Sack Amusement Enterprises, VHS: Something Weird) Story of a hooker.
28. SCARF OF MIST THIGH OF SATIN (1967, Chellee Films) Joe Sarno story of gigilos and the garment industry. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
29. ALL WOMEN ARE BAD (1969, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) Kooky trailer with lesbians and whipping.
30. SHE CAME ON THE BUS (1969, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Roughie with rape scenes.
31. MEETING ON 69th STREET (1969, distributor unknown, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) Sailors in a bordello; "the USO was never like this."
32. OBSCENE HOUSE (1969, distributor unknown, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) A weird color trailer with full male and female nudity.
33. A TASTE OF HOT LEAD (1969, Chancellor Films) William Rotsler film featuring rape, murder, and lesbianism. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
34. DELILAH (1969, Distribpix Inc.) The story of a swinger; unreleased on VHS or DVD.
35. CARNY GIRL (1970, Chancellor Films) This still-missing roughie features rape, murder, and fully-nude strippers.
36. I WANT YOU (1968, Chellee Films, VHS: Alpha Blue Archives, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) Trailer consists of tinted sex stills over moody music.
37. LIKE IT IS (196?, distributor unknown) Looks like a flower power documentary, with lots of hippie chicks dancing with light shows; no known tape or disc release.
38. ACID DREAMS (196?, distributor unknown) Trailer for the "first in a series of underground films"; jarring montage of dancing and random imagery; no tape or disc release on this one.
39. THE ART OF MARRIAGE (1970, The Nevada Institute of Family Studies, VHS: Something Weird) Amusing trailer for white-coater tries to stay high-brow.
40. Tape also includes an untitled scare short (17m28s) featuring a striptease at a '60s cocktail party and subsequent rape and murder.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Twisted Sex Vol. 2

TWISTED SEX VOL. 2
1993?, 107m11s
1. THE EMBRACERS (1966, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc.) Gary Graver's first film, a drama with nudity and violence, and Graver himsel as the male lead; no known tape or disc release.
2. PARIS TOPLESS (1966, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) Strippers, including Tempest Storm, shake their stuff in Paris (supposedly) and Baltimore (!).
3. SELLERS OF GIRLS (France: 1957, American Film Distributing Corp.: 1967, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) US version of Marchands de filles, a sleazy-looking thriller with mobsters and sex slaves.
4. FIVE WILD GIRLS (France: 1963, American Film Distributing Corp.: 1966, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) US version of Max Pécas' Cinq filles en furie, with rape and cane-whipping.
5. GUTTER GIRLS (UK: 1963, Topaz Film Corp.: 1964) US version of THE YELLOW TEDDYBEARS (VHS: Salvation [UK], DVD: Image), with schoolgirls getting into the sleazier side of life.
6. EVES ON SKIS (UK: 1963, distributor unknown) Produced by nudist Edward Craven Walker (who invented the lava lamp the same year), this amazing trailer features totally nude cuties frolicking in the snowy Swiss Alps. No known tape or disc release for this short, unfortunately.
7. INTERNATIONAL SMORGAS-BROAD (1965, distributor unknown, VHS: Something Weird) The trailer for this Barry Mahon film consists of a banal collection of nude poses.
8. NUDES ON TIGER REEF (1965, distributor unknown, VHS: Something Weird) A Barry Mahon nudie with birthday-suited babes sunning by the water.
9. NAUGHTY NUDES (1965, Chancellor Films, Cinema Syndicate, Inc., VHS: Something Weird) More naked lovelies relax in this Barry Mahon nudie.
10. NUDE SCRAPBOOK (1965, Cinema Syndicate Inc., VHS: Something Weird) A harmless-looking Barry Mahon nudie.
11. SPOILED ROTTEN (196?, distributor unknown) What looks like a fiery JD drama is possibly a US retitling of Lola (Greece: 1964), with Nikos Kourkoulos; no known tape or disc release under either title.
12. THE SEX KILLER (1967, distributor unknown, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) This Barry Mahon roughie has some very hot nude shots.
13. SOME LIKE IT VIOLENT (1968, distributor unknown, VHS: Alpha Blue) A very strange-looking roughie.
14. OLGA'S GIRLS (1964, American Film Distributing Company, VHS: Audobon, First Run, SMA [Canada], Something Weird, DVD: Synapse) The sick Audrey Campbell classic, scored to "Night on Bald Mountain."
15. THE SEX CYCLE (1966, Leo-Todd Pictures, VHS: Alpha Blue, Something Weird) Another Joe Sarno study of sexual drama.
16. IT'S A--SICK...SICK...SICK WORLD (1965, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) Mondo-style film with strippers and sadism.
17. THE PILL (1948/1967, American Film Distributing Company, VHS: Something Weird) Footage of a doctor explaining condoms and douches was added to TEST TUBE BABIES (VHS: Sinister Cinema, Something Weird, DVD: Alpha, Mill Creek, Something Weird), a roadshow scare film with birth scenes.
18. SEX IS...THE GAME PEOPLE PLAY (1967, Chancellor Films) A retitling of THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY, with strip poker scenes; no known tape or disc release.
19. GIRL SMUGGLERS (1967?, distributor unknown) This unknown, crude roughie has yet to surface on tape or disc.
20. PROFESSOR LUST (1967, American Film Distributing Company) Very bizarre trailer narrated by title character who seems to provide fantasies to some weird-looking guys; no known tape or disc release, but I hope this one shows up someday soon.
21. SHARON'S GIRLS (196?) Roughie with rape, murder, and lesbianism; no tape or disc release.
22. THE TWISTED SEX (1966, Chancellor Films) The roughie which gave this series its title features B&D and lesbianism, but has yet to be uncovered for home release.
23. FREUDUS SEXUALIS (1965, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc., VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) Passionate love scenes are intercut with stock storm footage.
24. THE LOVE CULT (1970, distributor unknown, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Short Barry Mahon trailer with occult overtones.
25. RUN SWINGER RUN (1967, Chancellor Films, VHS: Something Weird) Barry Mahon film featuring high-level prostitution and murder.
26. LUSTING HOURS (1967, American Film Distributing Company, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Another one from the busy Findlays and Ameros, with gay and lesbian scenes, catfights, and a tranny with a whip.
27. PLAYPEN GIRLS (1967, Leo-Todd Productions) Softcore nonsense with gay and lesbian themes, and a "pot party orgy"; no tape or disc release.
28. LUST AND THE FLESH (1965, American Film Distributing Company, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) A melodrama focusing on infidelity.
29. THE TOUCH OF HER FLESH (1967, American Film Distributing Company, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Findlay sickie features strippers, rape, and murder.
30. TEACH ME HOW TO DO IT (1967, distributor unknown) A goofy-looking film with an orgy and a threesome; no tape or disc release.
31. LOVE IS WHERE IT'S AT (1968, American Film Distributing Company, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) Sexploitation noir with unremarkable score.
32. THE SINGLES (1967, Chellee Films) With lesbians and computer dating; "Freud and IBM merged"; no tape or disc release.
33. BED OF VIOLENCE (1967, Chellee Films) Lost Joe Sarno film with infidelity, murder, and an orgy.
34. IN HOT BLOOD (1968, American Film Distributing Company, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Features S&M, orgies, and body painting.
35. ALL OF ME (1963, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc.) Trailer consists of nude beauties prancing around; no tape or disc release.
36. QUEEN'S WILD (1966?, distributor unknown) Unknown nudie shot on a western set, with naked girls posing and playing cards; no tape or disc release.
37. SMOKE OF EVIL (1967, Inter-American Film Distributing) Features lesbianism, sadism, and pot-smoking; no known tape or disc release.
38. THE PEEPING PHANTOM (1964, distributor unknown) Retitling of HOW TO SUCCEED WITH GIRLS with Rue McClanahan; no known tape or disc release under either title.
39. MALE SERVICE (1966, Mitam Productions) Sexploitation about prostitution; no tape or disc release.
40. Orgy (196?) Book/photo pitch for theater-goers with choppy, undulating women.
41. DR. SEX (1964, Gilman Film Corp., RAS International Film, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Ted Mikels' nudie comedy.
42. Untitled nudie short (196?, 10m30s) Two bored, underdressed roommates fight over a knife-wielding intruder.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Friday, September 29, 2006

Twisted Sex Vol. 1

Reportedly the favorite series of founder Mike Vraney, Something Weird Video's Twisted Sex trailer compilations form the ultimate collection of sleazy, weird, and amusing clips, many for movies which have yet to surface. Chateau Vulgaria will be taking a detailed look at all 22-and-counting volumes, noting where to find these strange films, and bringing to attention the ones that haven't been located. Fortunately SWV themselves have released many of these films on VHS and DVD. All titles listed are trailers unless otherwise noted. Corrections and additional info are appreciated.

TWISTED SEX VOL. 1
1993?, 104m1s
1. THE IMMORAL (Sweden: 1965, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc.) Little dialogue, it's sold as a provocative adult drama, with fleeting nudity. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
2. STEFANIA (Greece: 1966, Chancellor Films: 1968, Greek PAL VHS: Finos Films) Energetic reform school drama with lesbian themes.

3. STRANGE COMPULSION (1964, Manson Distributing Corp.) Looks like a sleazy peeping tom flick, with funny dialogie. A print of this was found and screened at the Finnish Film Archive in 2006, but no DVD release as of yet.
4. THE WEIRD LOVEMAKERS (Japan: 1960, Audobon Productions, VHS: Something Weird) Trailer features rape and suicide. US release of Kyonetsu no kisetsu.
5. PUSSYCATS PARADISE (1959, FDC)/A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD (1963, Ardent). A double trailer with black & white nudie stills over surf music. No info on either film is available.
6. BUNNY YEAGER'S NUDE LAS VEGAS (1964, Cinema Syndicate Inc., VHS: Something Weird) This Barry Mahon trailer consists mostly of girls posing for Bunny.
7. THE STORY OF 8 GIRLS (1965, distributor unknown) This tale of a nudie photographer is a reissue of Barry Mahon's NUDES INC. (VHS: Something Weird).
8. THE IMP-PROBABLE MR. WEE GEE (1966, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) The famous photog's eyes nearly pop out of his head as he encounters beautiful women throughout Paris.
9. FORBIDDEN BEAUTIES (196?, American Film Distributing Corp.) Looks like a mondo film; it's mostly burlesque footage over Mancini-ish light jazz. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
10. NUDES ON THE ROCKS (1963, American Film Distributing Corp.), Ridiculous time travel nudie with crusty vaudeville comedy, aka 50,000 B.C. (BEFORE CLOTHING) (VHS/DVD: Something Weird); hosted by a busty European blonde.
11. SATAN'S BED (1965, Prometheus Ventures, Sam Lake Enterprises, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) The infamous roughie with Yoko Ono, features gang rape, lesbians, and a hypo scene.
12. MME OLGA'S MASSAGE PARLOR (1965, American Film Distributing Corp.). "Would rival the death chambers of Genghis Khan." This Joseph Mawra film with B&D is considered lost, though clips appeared in his MONDO OSCENITA.
13. CENSORED (1965, Cinema Syndicate Inc., VHS: Something Weird) Barry Mahon film with white slavery, rape, dismemberment, and torture.
14. GOOD TIME WITH A BAD GIRL (1967, Sack Amusement Enterprises, VHS: Video Dimensions, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) More Barry Mahon: Vegas cowboys and creepy nude close-ups, lesbians, and a tame five-some (!).
15. MY BODY HUNGERS (1967, Haven International Pictures, VHS: Alpha Blue Archives, Something Weird) Joe Sarno film with rape and lesbianism in the lives of suburbanites.
16. THE HOOKERS (1967, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Includes a vile, racist rape scene.
17. VAPORS (1963, distributor unknown, VHS: Something Weird) Andy Milligan's famous gay short is promoted here with silent stills.
18. I WAS A MAN (1967, Sack Amusement Enterprises) A print of this Barry Mahon hermaphrodite drama exists and was screened at the Finnish Film Archive in 2006, but no DVD release as of yet.
19. THE TOMCAT (UK: 1967, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc.: 1968) US release of MINI WEEKEND. No video or DVD release that I know of for this tale of a London stud, though it has been screened as recently as 2003.
20. ALL WOMAN (1967, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc.) "A bold look at Freudian realism." The one film, a kooky-looking drama, from TV actor Frank Warren, it has yet to turn up.
21. SUBMISSION (1969, Chancellor Films, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) With lesbianism and full-frontal nudity.
22. THE WARM, WARM BED (1968, WGB, VHS: Something Weird) A Barry Mahon film; very short trailer, maybe incomplete.
23. RIDE THE WILD PINK HORSE (1966, Chancellor Films) No known release for this dreamy Joe Sarno film, featuring ritualistic group sex and infidelity; narrator has a French accent.
24. THE KING (1968, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) Trailer hyperbole is in rhyming poetry form, includes threesomes and a lesbian in a Nixon mask!
25. WATCH THE BIRDIE (1965, American Film Distributing Corp., VHS: Something Weird) Richard B. Shull drowns a women in a toilet.
26. MY THIRD WIFE GEORGE (1968, J.E.R. Pictures Inc., Monique Productions, VHS/DVD-R: Something Weird) Kerwin brothers sex comedy.
27. GIRLS COME TOO (1968, Jerand Film Distributors Inc., VHS: Something Weird) Irving Klaw nudie cutie features buck naked men and women playing various sports; with Morganna and Silver Dawn.
28. THE ORGY OF THE GOLDEN NUDES (1964, Manson Distributing Corp.) A version of HONEYMOON OF HORROR (VHS/DVD-R: Sinister Cinema) with inserts featuring Gigi Darlene. No print of this variant has turned up.
29. SEXTET (1964, Thunderbird International Pictures) Soft X feature with orgies, gang rape, and murder. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
30. TASSLE-A-GO-GO (19??, distributor unknown) Just a series of tittie-twirling shots set to surf/beat rave-ups. Don't know if it's a trailer or a clip, as there are no credits. Unreleased on VHS or DVD if it is a feature.
31. FANNY HILL MEETS LADY CHATTERLEY (1967, Chancellor Films) This Barry Mahon flick, with two literary ladies getting it on, has yet to turn up on video or disc, though a video copy was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1990 by Barry Mahon Productions.
32. THE LIBERTINE (Italy: 1968, Audobon Productions, VHS: First Run Features) US release of the sophisticated Le Matriarca, with Catherine Spaak and Jean-Louis Trintigant.
33. CAMILLE 2000 (Italy: 1969, Audobon Productions, DVD: Image). The Radley Metzger film with Danièle Gaubert and Sylvia Venturelli.
34. FANNY HILL MEETS THE RED BARON (1969, Chancellor Films) Another Barry Mahon Fanny Hill flick that hasn't seen the light of day, though it also was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office in 1990 by Barry Mahon Productions. With lesbian scenes.
35. 2 (1968, Chevron Pictures, VHS: Something Weird) American version of Jag--en kvinna, the sequel to I, A WOMAN.
36. FUEGO (Argentina: 1969, Haven International Pictures, VHS/DVD: Something Weird) Hot Latin tempers flare and lesbians go at it; with the luscious Isabel Sarli.
37. THE BRUTES (West Germany: 1970, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc.) US release of Mädchen... nur mit Gewalt, aka CRY RAPE. Features a pair of serial rapists. Haven't found info on a video or disc release under any title, though the copyright was registered in 1986 to Brenner under both English titles.
38. A WEEKEND WITH STRANGERS (1974, distributor unknown) Encounter group melodrama with threesomes and lesbian scenes. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
39. BAD GIRLS (Italy: 1972, William Mishkin Motion Pictures, Inc.: 1975, VHS: CineHollywood ([Greece], Monterey, Svenska Walthers, Toho) US release of giallo Rivelazioni di un maniaco sessuale al capo della squadra mobile; with Farley Granger and Sylva Koscina. [Update from Chris Poggiali: BAD GIRLS was a re-titling of THE SLASHER...IS THE SEX MANIAC! I have a one-sheet of this under the BAD GIRLS title, and it's just THE SLASHER... sheet with a "Bad Girls" sticker slapped over the original title. Monterey released it on video as simply THE SLASHER. U.S. distributor William Mishkin later added hardcore footage with Harry Reems, Tina Russell and others and released it as PENETRATION.]
40. THE GIRL GRABBERS (1968, August Films, VHS: Something Weird) Featuring a Greewich Village bordello.
41. WOMEN FOR SALE (1969, Independent International Pictures: 1975) US release of Die Jungen Tiger von Hongkong. Unreleased on VHS or DVD.
42. THE RAPE KILLER (Greece: 1974, Joseph Brenner Associates Inc.: 1976) US release of Eglima sto kavouri (VHS: Hi-Tech [Greece]), aka DEATH KISS (VHS: Prism).