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Directed by Kent Dixon
The generation gap just got wider.
In the early 1960s, a segment of the American public sought social repose by juxtaposing horror culture with the art of the horrendous pun. I didn't experience it firsthand, but I'm sure it was great. Twenty years later, Wizard Video and producer Ken Dixon were midway through a valiant, profit-hungry trilogy of VHS compilation tapes. Numero uno, The Best Of Sex And Violence (1981), had dirty jokes. Zombiethon (1986), the finale, was photographed by dirty old men. Both were completely entertaining. As for the intermediate?
"Who freed that gorilla -- Ape Lincoln?"
God help us. Filmgore was the brainchild of Ken Dixon (director), Elvira (master of ceremonies), and Forest J. Ackerman (confused scribe). Simply put, this is 120 minutes of digest-versioned horror films, chincy shot on video Elvira inserts, and hundreds of old fart zingers. In 1983, the logic must've sounded good. With the debut of Blood Feast , horror films had changed. There were now breasts, entrails, lesbo shower scenes...but no Bela Lugosi. So how do you smooth over that generational breach? Easy. Get Elvira to recite jokes and expired cultural references from the pen of a 67 year old man while half of Driller Killer fruitlessly unwinds. "Spec-Dracular"!
Groan it: Egyptian rhumba floats over 8 minutes of clips, all of which will be repeated during the next two hours. Blood Feast (20 minutes); "It's like a trip to Ghosta-Rica!". Texas Chainsaw Massacre (15 minutes); "This one's enough to give you daymares!" Driller Killer (10 minutes); "The Lone Stranger writhes again!" Drive-In Massacre (5 minutes); "It's an outdoor theater with wall-to-wall car-petting." The Astro-Zombies; I don't remember. Carnival Of Blood (6 minutes); "This picture is tomb much!" Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon Of Death (8 minutes too long); "Isn't this the same doctor that Frances Farmer went to?". Fiend (8 Dohlerized minutes); see: Ape Lincoln. Two Thousand Maniacs (8 more minutes); "Only 30 chopping days before Xmas!". And finally, Snuff (15 minutes, including the entire ending); "This belongs in the horror hall of flame!"
Sorry, but I need to cut this short. I've got a pain in my Ackerman.
AUDIO AND VIDEO
The color has vanished, the contrast is stuck in the mud, and Elvira looks a little peaked. Despite all of that, Wizard still gives us two title screens. Now that's what I call Spec-Dracular.
Ape Lincoln was a schmutz.
I AXED FOR IT! Alas, my hopes for the ultra-rare Filmgore have been defeated. Aside from Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon Of Death, every film on this tape is worth watching in its entirety, ad infinitum. Furthermore, the warmth of compilation tape nostalgia is all-but-suffocated by comedic suicide. My advice? Shed a tear. Close the gap.
Thanks to Eric Robitaille for providing a copy of this film!
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