SAVAGE WATER (1979) / DEATH BY INVITATION (1971) from Vinegar Syndrome 3/12

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  1. bruce h

    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    A dirty pair of regional rarities escape with this DVD double-bill courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome!

    First up is Paul Kener's SAVAGE WATER (1979), a proto-slasher that finds a group of jean-shorted non-actors white water rafting through the wilds of Colorado. After seemingly-endless scenes of bewildering chit chat, casual travelogue and gratuitous eating, the film remembers its reason for existence and begins to kill off its cast. Almost existential in its ineptitude, SAVAGE WATER has been called the worst slasher of all time by those who actually know. My preorder's locked.

    Its companion is Ken Friedman's DEATH BY INVITATION (1971), a bizarro New York outing produced by CARNIVAL OF BLOOD's Leonard Kirtman. Lise has witchcraft in her blood, and is still pissed off at the male sex 300 years after her descendant was burned at the stake. Lengthy monologues about feminist cannibals are the order of the day, and nothing else makes much sense as she sets out to even the score with her deadly fingernails.

    Presenting fresh transfers from 35mm, Vinegar Syndrome give SAVAGE WATER its domestic debut, while DEATH BY INVITATION was previously issued on VHS from Something Weird Video. As a bonus, both titles feature commentary tracks by Justin Kerswell and his Hysteria Continues podcast cohorts.

    Preorder:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00AY4U4XU

    DVD trailer:
    http://youtu.be/sYij8oo9k00

    I thought they did a great job on the HG Lewis set, so I'll definitely be grabbing this.

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  2. Mutilated Prey

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    I'm intrigued. Never heard of either movie though. I may grab if the price is right. The artwork for Savage Water would have definitely pulled me in for a rent back in the VHS days.
     
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    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    I'm looking forward to all Vinegar Syndrome releases, so yes, I will be getting this.
     
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    Never heard of anything that this label is putting out except for the HG Lewis movies that are already out, but this and the fact that they're older is what makes them so exciting to me. Can't wait to get my pre-order, I put it in weeks ago but what I really want is The Massage Parlor Murders!
     
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    Shame they are not coming out on Blu-Ray too, I know it's probably source related but hell!! Still release it anyway.
     
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    ^ I hear both movies are awful, but I'm picking it up just for this.
     
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    ditto
     
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    I think it was J.A. Kerswell's The Slasher Movie Book where I read about Savage Water - that it was basically the worst slasher film ever made. Of course that means I can't wait to get this.
     
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    The full movie is on YouTube and man, it does seem a little dry. I don't want to watch too much of it though as it may ruin the experience. It definitely seems to have that :sleepy: ingredient.
     
  10. bruce h

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    On the same day the company is releasing a double-bill of EXPECTATIONS (1977) and CONFESSIONS (1977), two '70s titles from highly regarded adult filmmaker Anthony Spinelli. I haven't seen either. (I did see 1976's NIGHT CALLER by Spinelli, a roughie based around an obscene phone caller who eventually crosses the line. I remember thinking it was pretty good, and quite sleazy.)

    Preorder:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00B022GVS

    DVD trailer:
    http://youtu.be/uMLM_swfkvY

    I assume MASSAGE PARLOR MURDERS will be in April?

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    bruce h Editor - CINEMA ARCANA

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    Thanks, I'm trying to get better at writing these things, glad you enjoyed it. I also have their Expectations/Confessions disc to review which is going to be a bitch because I'm not sure how to review hardcore movies. I don't watch erotic stuff much, so I don't have much to base it on.
     
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    Nice job Dood! I liked your review style better than most I've read, just be careful not to reveal too much stuff that may be considered spoilers.

    I'm really torn on this one - not sure I want to take the plunge. It seems like something I would interested in and probably the only opportunity there will be to own it.
     
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    Caught Savage Water on Youtube a little over a year ago and enjoyed it quite a bit. Will definitely be picking this up.
     
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    I really enjoyed your writing style as well. You don't delve into the plot too much, but give a highlight of the scenes that are going to make me want to watch it. For movies like this that don't have much of a unique story, I think this is a great way to go about it as it makes me interested in checking it out.
     
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    This release has been cancelled, due to the rights holders not actually holding the rights to Savage Water. However, director Paul Kener got into contact with the company and has original elements, so this may come out after all, better than originally!
     

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