Archive for October, 2019

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*** This was a lost article, originally done for Needless Things around WrestleMania week but purged from the archives when the site moved to WordPress and the older articles on the site were moved to Old Needless Things. Other than rewrites to eliminate references to it being WrestleMania weekend, this is largely the article as originally written. ***

A lot of people throw around the label of “the worst” when discussing some of the things that have happened in pro wrestling in the recent eras of the business. Certainly, WCW in its dying years gave us some real stinkers, TNA has given us some really bad moments when it’s been at its lowest, and WWE certainly hasn’t been immune from the four-finger stinker curse.  But there was once a match, a cage match to be precise, that should probably go down in wrestling history as the match where idea and execution collided to give us possibly both the worst gimmick idea for a match and the worst match in the history of professional wrestling. Despite popular opinion, it didn’t involve either Al Snow or a poor man’s Punjab prison mockup.

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The movie itself was controversial enough, but then the stories from the set began to circulate and the people behind the film were almost tried for murder. Not a review of the film, but a look at its making that, at a little over 2,000 words, only barely covers the insanity on the set.

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Cover.jpgOkay, let’s get this out of the way early just in case you get curious enough to track it down and give it a look. You might not ever want to watch this film. I recommend it to people if they want to see/feel the power of a film to gut punch you and sicken you. Sounds extreme? Think I’m joking? I’m not. I know people who will swear this film damn near traumatized them when they saw it without being warned of the contents, and even a few who said that afterward despite knowing what they were in for.

When this film comes up in these situations, a friend of mine likes to tell people at convention panels he’s on that this is a film most people who love film should see at least once if only to see one extreme of what film is capable of. I tend…

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A Few Brains More (2012)

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

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Bill Mulligan returns to the show as the crew finally gets around to talking about the sequel to Fistful of Brains, 2012’s A Few Brains More: Summer of Blood. But that’s not all! This time, he brought a guest- film costar Emlee Vassilos. The discussion gets as much about the trials, tribulations, and amazing fun that is independent, ultra low budget filmmaking. Enjoy the show by giving it a listen at its Soundcloud page or with the embedded player below.

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Society (1989)

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

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Society Cover.jpgThis week on The Assignment: Horror Podcast it is Becca’s pick and is 1989’s Society in all of its shunting glory! This mostly ignored cult favorite is a classic rich against poor storyline that isn’t so much about the story as it is an interesting idea and overshadowed (or saved) by the movie’s fantastic special effects.

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Monkey Shines (1988)

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

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This week on The Assignment: Horror Podcast it is our guest Issac Cain’s pick with Monkey Shinesby George Romero! Becca is unable to be on tonight but will return next week with her pick and we miss her already! But John, Jerry, Richard and Issac talk about crazy monkeys, Stanley Tucci and working out in the buff!

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again! (1972)

Posted: October 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

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PhibesThe crew looks at the classic Vincent Price film, Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Who liked it, who didn’t, and was Jerry recovered enough from the beating he took because of suggesting The Loch Ness Horror to participate? Find out by giving the show a listen below.

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content_loch-ness-horror2For this episode, the gang looks at 1982’s The Loch Ness Horror. Then the gang looks at possibility of beating Jerry senseless for choosing this film. Jerry wrote about his love of the film as a favorite so bad it’s good film here. Give a listen to the show and find out how much everyone else disagreed with Jerry about the “good” part of that description.

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