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return-of-the-living-deadFor this week’s album of the week, we are always trying different things and we are always looking for different bands and records to cover. Since it’s October and we are in observance of the great holiday of Halloween, we have dedicated the album of the week category to it. I was trying to think of a band to cover that touches the genre of horror without choosing someone I have already covered in the past. So out of nowhere a vinyl flashes out at me and it’s the soundtrack to one of my favorite Zombie b-movies in The Return Of The Living Dead. The soundtrack to the film features some of the best in horror punk and punk rock/hardcore in general to be featured on one album. The soundtrack features the innovators of Psychobilly in The Cramps, the progenitors of Horror-Punk in 45 Grave, legendary Deathrock band T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty), legendary LA Punk group The Flesh Eaters, and the always interesting and mysterious rock icon Roky Erickson to name a few.

return-of-the-living-dead-soundtrack-rear-sleeve1. Surfin’ Dead by The Cramps- The track has that 50’s rockabilly sound to it hence why they were psychobilly legends. A track about doing a cool dance like the dead. 4/5

2. Partytime (Zombie Version)by 45 Grave- This is a shorter version and a heavier version than what fans got on the Sleep In Safety album. This has a very Plasmatics sound to it as far as being heavy punk. 4.5/5

3. Nothin’ for You by T.S.O.L.- This song was once a Soundtrack Saturday entry on here and I love the band’s sound on this track as they mix their punk roots with some rock in vein of The Ramones. 4.5/5

4. Eyes Without a Face by The Flesh Eaters- Not to be mixed with the Billy Idol track, this is a punk rock classic that is relentless in it’s fury. 4/5

5. Burn the Flames by Roky Erickson- A unique style of music from Roky that touches on rock, 50’s do-wop style, and just some spooky organs to go along with it. I feel the lyrics talk about no matter what happens, the spirits of the night will always be around. 5/5

various-artists-return-of-the-living-dead-soundtrack-exclusive-lp-2123895-1_1024x10246. Dead Beat Dance by The Damned- A cool Misfits like Punk song with that Goth Elvis/Jim Morrison like singer who takes command of the track that talks about Doctor Death. 4/5

7. Take a Walk by Tall Boys- Another Psychobilly track on the record about regretting the fact that you didn’t listen to your folks and now you are running for your life. 4/5

8. Love Under Will by Jet Black Berries- A very post-punk sounding track for the soundtrack, but a pretty good track. 4/5

9. Tonight (We’ll Make Love Until We Die) by SSQ- A very different track for the album that just reeks of 80’s awesomeness about a chick who isn’t any ordinary chick. She’s the one that your momma warned you about. 4.5/5

10. Trash’s Theme by SSQ- A very synthpop track that is your typical 80’s synth infused instrumental. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This truly is an amazing soundtrack that features so many different styles of punk mixed with some synthpop and rock. The film is just as incredible as the soundtrack so you should definitely check out the both of them. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Savage StreetsFor today’s Cheeseball Cinema film, I’ve been foaming at the mouth to be able to get a chance to see some of Linda Blair’s 80’s films since I had a huge crush on Linda Blair (Chained Heat) at one point in my life after seeing some pics of her in the 80’s. I’ve been waiting a long time to see the film Savage Streets which is a typical 80’s style vigilante action film that stars Linda Blair as the beautiful, but tough chick named Brenda. Brenda is just as caring as she is tough after all she has to constantly look out for her deaf sister Heather (Linnea Quigley) who was almost hit by some idiots in a gang called The Scars. After pissing her off over this, Brenda and her friends decide to get some revenge on the guys by stealing their car and trashing it which royally pisses off their leader Jake (Robert Dryer). In retaliation, Jake and the gang rape Brenda’s sister Heather and they kill her pregnant friend Francine (Lisa Freeman) which sets off a chain of events causing Brenda to declare war and revenge on the gang. The film also stars John Vernon (Fraternity Vacation) as Underwood, Johnny Venocur (Lord Of Illusions) as Vince, Sal Landi (Bulletproof) as Fargo, Scott Mayer as Red, Debra Blee (The Beach Girls) as Rachel, Ina Romeo (Escape From LA) as Stella, Luisa Leschin (Rain Man) as Maria, Mitch Carter (American Beauty) as Greg, Kristi Somers (Rumble Fish) as Valerie, Rebecca Perle (Not Of This Earth) as Cindi Clark, and the film was directed by Danny Steinmann (Friday The 13TH Part V: A New Beginning).

Linda Blair Savage StreetsI truly feel that ever since Death Wish with Charles Bronson was released in the US in 1974, that a lot of filmmakers felt that they could make some money with the Vigilante Action genre especially in the 80’s. You have to also remember that Class Of 1984 was released in 1982 and that was an amazing film that made the same kind of impact as Blackboard Jungle in 1955 and so you can see why Savage Streets was made. On of the things I always notice when watching a film for Cheeseball Cinema is the acting because it’s either too cheesy or just good enough and this film has to land in between both of those. Linda Blair tried to play this tough, bad ass bitch that you don’t mess with in this film while when her deaf sister shows up, you instantly see her soft side. Her character made more sense at times if the film was based in New York some where in the five boroughs. Other than that, the acting was actually pretty decent and the cinematography wasn’t too shabby either. One thing is for sure and that there is plenty of T&A and a really long scene that features a lot of ladies in the showers so you’ll be sure to enjoy it, but again I was more concerned in seeing the beautiful Linda Blair. The film does of course feature the scream queen herself right before what I consider to be her best role in The Return Of The Living Dead in Linnea Quigley and her world famous graveyard scene, but she does an amazing job in this movie playing the deaf and mute Heather. You can find this film on Youtube if you really want to check it out for yourself. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film a 2.4 for a final grade.

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summer campI started off the night watching Odd Balls, but quickly changed my mind when I found out how shitty of a Meatballs rip off that movie was. So for Cheeseball Cinema, I decided to watch a different film and we stick with the summer camp theme for the 1979 film Summer Camp. The director of a failing camp ground named Herman (John F. Goff) decides to invite campers from ten years before for a free weekend in hopes that they will work for free and get their families to donate money to keep the place alive. What he doesn’t expect to happen is all the shenanigans that go on when the boys and girls get into a bit of a prank war and for the fact that a lot of them are trying to score with other campers and the staff. The film stars Michael Abrams (Beverly Hills 90210) as Dr. Fox, Kashka Bartisick as Cindy, Verkina Flower (Silent Night, Deadly Night) as Muffy, Linnea Quigley (The Return Of The Living Dead) as Pam, Shelly Hart as Linda, Walt Hill (Up Yours) as George, Ray Holland (Futureworld) as Horse, Peter Lovett (Hollywood Deadbeat) as Steve, John Laughlin (Footloose) as Matt, Jacqueline Giroux (To Live And Die In LA) as Kim, Ralph von Albertson as Mike, and the film was directed and featured Chuck Vincent (Hollywood Hot Tubs) in the film as well.

Jacqueline Giroux CollageIf you love T&A, then this film is the absolute jackpot when it comes to that. It’s like an hour and the half of shenanigans and boobs. Jacqueline Giroux’s character in this film is on a constant sex hunt as she mates with every older guy there is in the film and some of the scenes are laughable. Then towards the end of the film it becomes a total score fest as everyone tries to score. Some of the quality of the film is a little bad, but it could be because of the source or Youtube, but some scenes are way too dark to see what is going on. The pranks really aren’t that great and they could have thought up of better ones to entertain us. The story in the film is OK and the acting isn’t half bad, but what do you expect from raunchy comedies like this one. Hopefully you don’t expect much because if you do this isn’t the film for you. Meatballs started a craze with summer camp themed raunchy comedies, but none can live up the name Meatballs even though they try to come close. On a scale of 1 being close to an A-list Hollywood film and 5 being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give this one a 4 only because Odd Balls would get a 5 for being complete garbage. Check it out on Youtube if you dare.

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halloween 3I want to start off by saying that I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween and with all that being said, this is the end of Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween 2013. I had a lot of fun discovering new films and revisiting old films. That is why I decided to watch Halloween III: Season Of The Witch which in hindsight should have been called just Season Of The Witch, but it was still a classic. The movie starts off with a man running away from guys in suits and it seems like a life and death situation. The man is able to make it to the hospital where he will be taken care of by Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins). At first, Dr. Challis thinks the old man is crazy when he says that they’re all going to die, but he starts to think otherwise when the old man is murdered in the hospital. With the help of the old man’s daughter Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), they’ll head to the factory where the mask the old man had a strong grip on was made. There they will discover what the head man over at Silver Shamrock is up to. The movie also stars Dan O’Herlihy (Robocop) as Conal Cochran, Jonathan Terry (The Return Of The Living Dead) as Starker, Nancy Kyes (a.k.a. Nancy Loomis from Halloween) as Linda, Ralph Strait (The Beastmaster) as Bruce, Wendy Wessberg (Illegal In Blue) as Teddy, and the film was directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King’s It).

stacey NelkinAs I had said above, this movie is really a classic. It has a very strong story in my opinion and it has some great acting from Atkins and O’Herlihy as well. Stacey Nelkin was a great addition to the team adding some much need sexiness to the movie. I will always say that I do believe that this should have been it’s own movie instead of getting the Halloween tag, but I can understand why they did it. The cinematography was great in my opinion and the special effects were pretty decent for a film in the early 80’s. One of my favorite scenes is when one of the ladies accidentally triggers the misfire in the mask. What they did with her face is priceless and great especially with the bugs crawling out. It was nice to see Nancy Loomis (who basically plays an older version of herself from Halloween) in the film since her acting career did end rather early. If you’ve never taken the time to watch the film, then why not? I love the film, but it’s getting a B- from me only because of the title of the film.

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