Since 2004, Bleeding Skull has explored otherworldly cinema through reviews, books, and home video releases.
Shot-on-video, PRESENT is indeed a gift. Director Yudai Yamaguchi (MEATBALL MACHINE, THE ABCS OF DEATH) does Umezu’s manga justice, even recreating panels in the film. PRESENT is a tidy little package filled with everything you want. There’s gore, fountains of blood, maggots, pulsating brains, and a rusty chain with an even rustier ninja star on the end of it. There’s a bucket of body parts, a meat hook with a body, and a workshop that definitely violates every health code…
Three goons beat a man to death and watch his male lover jump out of a window. Seeking refuge from the cops, they end up at an abandoned farmhouse. But things aren’t what they seem, as somnambulistic house-dweller Lisa and her straight razor don’t take kindly to unexpected guests. Towing the line between assured craftsmanship and disorientating mood, AXE is as though the Overlook Hotel from THE SHINING were relocated to the town from THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, then…
Just sharing this to commemorate the day that we released BOARDINGHOUSE on Blu-ray with AGFA! We still can’t believe it’s a real thing that happened.
One of the movies that inspired the launch of Bleeding Skull, BOARDINGHOUSE is a hallucinogenic maelstrom of madness from director-producer-actor John Wintergate and writer-producer-leading-lady Kalassu. It’s also the first shot-on-video horror film to be blown up to 35mm and released theatrically. We’re ecstatic to bring the 35mm theatrical cut to home video for the first…
Frank Henenlotter is a national treasure, and it’s all thanks to the gutter-trash symphony known as BASKET CASE. Stealthily filmed in the toilet bowls of Times Square and chock-full of demented fury, Henenlotter’s debut is a celebration of real-life NYC sleazers, stop-motion shocks, and the beautifully grotesque puppet monstrosity known as Belial. BASKET CASE is disgusting, hilarious, and over-the-top in every way possible—kind of like if Herschell Gordon Lewis directed FREAKS on the set of TAXI DRIVER. I want to adopt Belial. (Joseph A. Ziemba)