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  • #16
    I work with someone who looks exactly like Steckler, now I'm wondering what kind of porno he'd make!
    I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister.

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    • #17
      Random thoughts on the Steckler box set...

      1.
      I used to really get a kick out of Steckler's movies when I was first discovering quote-unquote "cult film" (I still have 'Thrill Killers' and 'Rat Pfink' on VHS for some reason), but I've not really thought about them for a long, long time, so not sure how well they'd hold up for me.

      I kind of want to get this set, but at the same time I have a premonition of getting five minutes into 'Incredibly Strange Creatures..', only for my wife to say, "you bought 10 discs-worth of this stuff, are you insane..?!?" ("yeah, and this is the best one.."), with the result that the rest to remain permanently unwatched.

      2.
      I've always been quite interested in / confused by the tonal disconnect between Steckler's early films, and his later adult/slasher stuff.... I mean, just in the sense that, in his '60s films, he seems like this goofy, good-natured suburban family man working on the margins of the film industry in LA, having fun making light-hearted DIY movies in his backyard with friends and family.... and then a few years later he's lurking around in Las Vegas, making the scuzziest, most lurid, poverty-stricken pornos on the block; WHAT HAPPENED..? I'm hoping the extras accompanying this set might shed some light on this strange transition.

      3.
      So... Severin are telling us that in 2006 Steckler made a 257 min SOV film named 'Reading, Pennsylvania'...?? Do I even want to know...?
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      • #18
        Incredibly Strange Creatures is certainly his best known film but far from his best I think.

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        • #19
          Damn it...on a whim I checked Severin's merch page and saw that they'd offered up a dozen ORIGINAL folded Incredibly Strange Creatures US one sheets for only $70. Sold out, of course. I wonder if those came from Carolyn Brandt.
          Now everyone can have a complete KRULL lifestyle.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Toyboy View Post
            Damn it...on a whim I checked Severin's merch page and saw that they'd offered up a dozen ORIGINAL folded Incredibly Strange Creatures US one sheets for only $70. Sold out, of course. I wonder if those came from Carolyn Brandt.
            The promo video on page one, around the seven minutes mark, notes that she signed them so probably.
            Rock! Shock! Pop!

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            • #21
              I'm very excited about this set, especially for the participation of Carolyn Brandt, Arch Hall Jr., Gary Kent, and some other family and friends of Steckler.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Ian Jane View Post

                The promo video on page one, around the seven minutes mark, notes that she signed them so probably.
                It says that there's "a limited amount of vintage one-sheets & sell-sheets signed by Carolyn Brandt" so the wording makes it debatable whether the one-sheets are signed, which is a moot point now since they're spoken for anyway. Their description on the site doesn't say they're signed.

                "For a limited time, Severin Films is proud to offer original The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombie one sheet posters to celebrate the release of our brand new box set, The Incredibly Strange Films of Ray Dennis Steckler. There will only be twelve posters available. The poster comes FOLDED. Dimensions are 27 x 41."

                To be honest I didn't even think to check the site till this afternoon because when I saw the post on Instagram about the bundles I assumed the preorders wouldn't be on the site till the Halfway To Black Friday Sale. I always feel bad for the folks at Severin since there are people who get real nasty with them around sale time, bitching and moaning over nonsense, but to be fair they aren't always clear on how and when to order stuff. That said, I got my preorder in for the Terrorama bundle so I have nothing to complain about.
                Now everyone can have a complete KRULL lifestyle.

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                • #23
                  Yeah, that is kind of confusing. I just went by the video which makes it sound like all the available posters were signed. Ah well. Doesn't matter much if everything is sold out.
                  Rock! Shock! Pop!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by BW Haggar View Post
                    Random thoughts on the Steckler box set...

                    1.
                    I used to really get a kick out of Steckler's movies when I was first discovering quote-unquote "cult film" (I still have 'Thrill Killers' and 'Rat Pfink' on VHS for some reason), but I've not really thought about them for a long, long time, so not sure how well they'd hold up for me.

                    I kind of want to get this set, but at the same time I have a premonition of getting five minutes into 'Incredibly Strange Creatures..', only for my wife to say, "you bought 10 discs-worth of this stuff, are you insane..?!?" ("yeah, and this is the best one.."), with the result that the rest to remain permanently unwatched.

                    2.
                    I've always been quite interested in / confused by the tonal disconnect between Steckler's early films, and his later adult/slasher stuff.... I mean, just in the sense that, in his '60s films, he seems like this goofy, good-natured suburban family man working on the margins of the film industry in LA, having fun making light-hearted DIY movies in his backyard with friends and family.... and then a few years later he's lurking around in Las Vegas, making the scuzziest, most lurid, poverty-stricken pornos on the block; WHAT HAPPENED..? I'm hoping the extras accompanying this set might shed some light on this strange transition.

                    3.
                    So... Severin are telling us that in 2006 Steckler made a 257 min SOV film named 'Reading, Pennsylvania'...?? Do I even want to know...?
                    BW, one of my favorite Steckler stories is that toward the end of his time in LA, he felt that he wasn't respected as a filmmaker. So, he dumped some film cannisters on the sidewalk in LA, canisters that said "Property of Ray Dennis Steckler" all over them. Then, he and a friend went and enjoyed a leisurely two-hour lunch. When they returned to the sidewalk, the "Property of Ray Dennis Steckler" cannisters were absolutely untouched. Steckler decided that was the proof that nobody wanted him or his films in LA, so he made the decision to move his operations to Las Vegas.

                    I'll bet that story is quoted in the Severin box set supplements, possibly by Steckler himself.

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                    • #25
                      I know many folks think INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES is his best work, but I’m partial to THRILL KILLERS, which features a pretty exhilarating (for the budget) chase scene involving a motorcycle and a horse (I forget which was chasing which). I also found BODY FEVER to be a competent crime drama, and RAT PFINK A BOO BOO a lot of fun. I was always allured by Carolyn Brandt whenever she appeared in a scene.

                      As for his post-60’s horror stuff, well...even Brandt couldn’t save these. BLOOD SHACK is especially low in the refuse barrel. The only “pleasant” memory I have about any of them is Pierre Agostino (of HELP ME...I’M POSSESSED fame) in one of his outings (LAS VEGAS SERIAL KILLER, I think) uttering, “Die, garbage!” while ending the life of his victims. Very peculiar fellow, that one.
                      VHS will never die!

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                      • #26
                        I'm shocked that there isn't a feature on Atlas King's hair.

                        I've struggled to sit through a few of RDS' films and will take a hard pass on this set. I'd rather watch an Al Adamson film. (And I passed on his set too. And Milligan as well).
                        "The popcorn you're eating has been pissed in. Film at 11".

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                        • #27
                          His roller girl porn is great.
                          Rock! Shock! Pop!

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                          • #28
                            I find most of his horror work a slog but the Joe Bob commentary and beer and edibles should help there. Like Ian, I dig his kooky loop carriers that have a unique vibe to them.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Ian Jane View Post
                              His roller girl porn is great.
                              That certainly sounds like fun. Where can this be found? Is it gonna be in the boxset by any chance? I actually like most of his stuff that Media Blasters released, but i do slightly prefer the earlier wave over his later films.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Gary Banks View Post
                                I've struggled to sit through a few of RDS' films and will take a hard pass on this set. I'd rather watch an Al Adamson film.
                                Ouch! Pretty harsh burn.

                                Personally, I'd place Steckler far above Adamson, simply because his stuff is always eccentric and off-the-wall and full of his own weird personality, whereas Adamson's films somehow manage to be both excruciatingly shit AND bland & cynical.... plus, as noted above, when he put his mind to it, Steckler could make pretty tight, conventionally entertaining pictures like 'Wild Guitar' and 'The Thrill Killers', which I don't think Al ever managed (although I appreciate his boosters may argue otherwise).

                                Outside of those two, I think 'Incredibly Strange Creatures..', 'Rat Pfink..' and 'Lemon Grove Kids' are probably worth watching once, simply because nothing quite like them has ever been made by human beings, but beyond that.... well, my attempts to watch some stuff from his later sleazoid era did not go well, let's put it that way. That was a while back though; maybe I'd find something to enjoy in them these days, who knows?
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