Benny's Bathtub
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Populated by singing (and barely dressed) Mermaids, a funky hepcat Octopus and whiskey-drinking Skeleton Pirates, the underwater kingdom is the grooviest scene this side of Yellow Submarine, with helpings of Dr. Seuss, Sid & Marty Krofft and Harry Nilsson's The Point thrown in. (Danish kids' entertainment in the early 1970s was truly outtasite!) In addition to the candy-colored, kaleidoscopic visuals, the film is famed for its incredibly addictive soundtrack featuring Jazz heavyweights of Copenhagen circa 1970, with vocals sung by the cream of Danish late 60s Pop and Rock on tracks like "Octopussong/ Blækspruttesangen" and "seahorsesong/ Søhestesangen".
Prague Nights
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In the vein of horror anthologies like Bava's BLACK SABBATH, the long-unseen PRAGUE NIGHTS is a gorgeous and supernatural vision of ancient and modern Prague: caught between Mod Sixties fashions and nightmarish Medieval catacombs, and filled with Qabbalistic magic, occult rituals, clockwork automatons and satanic visitors. In the first tale, director Jiří Brdečka's stunning "The Last Golem," a young rabbi (Jan Klusák) struggles to fashion a massive, silent giant out of living clay - until he's distracted by a mute servant girl (Lucie Novotná). In the second episode, "Bread Slippers," an 18th-century countess (Teresa Tuszyńska) indulges her passion for sweet cakes, adulterous affairs, and secret kisses with pretty maids - until a mysterious visitor (Josef Somr) whisks her away to an abandoned mansion, where Fate has a different kind of dance in store for her. In the final story, "Poisoned Poisoner," a ravishing murderess in the Middle Ages dispatches lecherous merchants to the tune of upbeat 60s Czech Pop songs (scored by the renowned Zdeněk Liška).
The Pied Piper
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Director Jiří Barta’s stop-motion animated masterpiece, based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin, is set in a dark and twisted medieval village of narrow streets and weird Gothic arches, half-CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI and half-Jan van Eyck. The money-obsessed citizens, carved out of wood blocks and speaking in an onomatopoeic babble, are like George Grosz caricatures, literally spouting coins from their mouths instead of words. The rats are far more organic and sympathetic, made of real fur and whiskers, constantly tunneling and burrowing under the towering arches and cobblestone streets above. (In one of the film’s many surreal moments, a rat emerges from a gargoyle’s gaping maw.) Fans of fellow Czech animation legend Jan Švankmajer and the Brothers Quay will adore Barta’s eerie, Expressionist gem, recently restored for its first-ever U.S. release through Krátký Film Praha, Deaf Crocodile and Comeback Company.
Double Dragon - Episode 06 "The Mistress of Chi"
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The double dragons must help the mistress of Chi break free of his control.
Double Dragon - Episode 07 "Over The Line"
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Billy confronts Jimmy about the methods he uses to take down the bad guys.
Double Dragon - Episode 08 "Call To Arms"
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The shadow master starts pumping metro city full of hand held plasma guns and plans to seize control in the city in the chaos that follows.
Double Dragon - Episode 09 "Rebirth"
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The Shadow Master tries to resurrect an evil force, that he hopes will defeat the Double Dragons.
Night Flight - Snub TV (Episode 2)
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Welcome to Snub TV, Night Flight's exclusive look at England's independent music scene. Host Brenda Kelly introduces "Grebo Rock" the new wave of English music with Pop Will Eat Itself who cannibalize Sigue Sigur Sputnik's "Love Missile F1-11," Scottish alt-rock band The Soupdragons, Wire, and UK's premiere female rap crew, Cookie Crew. Snub was created by Fran Duffy and produced in the UK by Brenda Kelly and Peter Fowler (who met while working at Rough Trade Records). It documented the indie and alternative music scenes of London and beyond for Night Flight between 1987-89.
Night Flight - Snub TV (Episode 3)
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"Welcome to London, the Tower Bridge... and SNUB" Night Flight's window into London's underground music scene returns. Tonight, host Brenda Kelly introduces the newest wave of British Music with The Three Johns's Adrian Sherwood-produced "Never and Always," industrial Funk act Chakk, an interview with Rob Collins label owner of Product Inc. (Swans, The Bambi Slam) and more.
Night Flight - Snub TV (Episode 4)
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Shot in England for Night Flight, Snub TV brought us up-to-the-minute reports from the British Independent music scene (and sometimes beyond.) In this episode, host Brenda Kelly focuses on Icelandic rock featuring an interview with Björk's first band: The Sugarcubes. Also includes the unique hip-hop sounds of London Posse, UK hardcore act The Stupids and Edinburgh indie band, The Fizzbombs.
Night Flight - Snub TV (Episode 5)
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"What you're about to see is unlike anything else you've seen before: SNUB!" Pat Prescott says at the introduction to Episode 5 of '80s British alternative music series. This takeover episode delivers banned music videos, pop music politics, and the UK's most controversial personalities, all-curated by producer Adrian Sherwood & his On-U Sound imprint. Sherwood was deeply involved in Snub, including producing the series theme. Look out for videos and segments with: Gary Clail & Tackhead, Mark Stewart + Maffia, Keith Le Blanc and a session at Sherwood's studio.
Night Flight - Snub TV (Episode 8)
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Snub TV returns tonight and continues its mission of “rescuing America from the drug of the nation: mediocre music television!” New episodes have been arriving from the archives of the cult series that documented the indie and alternative music scenes of the UK (and beyond) for Night Flight between 1987-89. Episode 8 follows a slightly different format than previous iterations; interstitial title cards bookend music videos from post-punk and electronic acts like World Domination Enterprises, Front 242, Alice Donut, Savage Republic, and a frenetic experimental animation music video from Shimmy-Disc's Bongwater.
Night Flight - Snub TV (Unlabeled Show)
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This episode of Snub TV aired on Night Flight in 1988 and features live performances from Murphy's Law and Chuck D & Public Enemy, plus videos from Diamanda Galás, Yello and more. It was produced by Fran Duffy, who Stuart S. Shapiro remembers here: "Fran Duffy was a promoter in the New York underground punk fleet and SNUB TV was something he envisioned for Night Flight as an underground series to reestablish our cutting edge and explore the UK underground."
Night Flight - "Heavy Metal Heroes" and "Video Vault"
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This installment Heavy Metal Heroes features mind-melting video classics from the likes of April Wine, Alcatrazz, Girlschool & W.A.S.P. Videos of the finest vintage from David Bowie, The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie & The Police are served chilled direct from Night Flight vaults.
Night Flight - "Heavy Metal Heroes" 6/21/85
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This episode of Heavy Metal Heroes profiles Dokken, Keel, Raven and Def Leppard.
Night Flight - Heavy Metal Heroes 4/6/85
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"Coming up tonight, we have some of the heaviest metal ever!" - Twisted Mr. Bill. Welcome to tonight's edition of Hit Parader Magazine's Heavy Metal Heroes from April 1985 featuring music from Ratt and Iron Maiden, a revealing interview with Gene Simmons (sans makeup) and all the latest news on all your favorite headbangers.
Hit Parader's Heavy Metal Meltdown (7.15.89)
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Tonight we bring you a July 1989 episode of Hit Parader Magazine's Heavy Metal Meltdown! Visit a Sunset Strip tattoo parlor with L.A. Guns, get up close and personal with Badlands' lead vocalist Ray Gillen, go on the road with Winger and step inside the Elektra Records office for a little Metal Business Advice. Get ready for the meltdown!
Hit Parader's Heavy Metal Meltdown (7.8.89)
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Heavy Metal Meltdown Welcome to Hit Parader Magazine's Heavy Metal Meltdown, the hottest show on TV. This week we take you up close and personal with Kip Winger of Winger, then we'll journey into the home of Faster Pussycat's Taime Downe. We'll also bring you a once in a lifetime performance from Kingdom Come, metal advice from Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi and a look at tour life with Anthrax.
Hit Parader's Heavy Metal Meltdown (6.8.89)
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Pure 1989 Metal has returned. <cue amped up ‘80s metal announcer> Welcome to Hit Parader Magazine's "Heavy Metal Meltdown," tonight we go into a private rehearsal with Jake E Lee's band Badlands in Los Angeles, outrageous tour stories from BulletBoys, and if that's not enough, stay tuned for tonight's main story, a visit to legendary KISS frontman, Gene Simmons.
Night Flight - "Heavy Metal Heroes" and "New Film and Video"
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Two back-to-back classics in one from the Night Flight vault. First up- Night Flight teamed up with Hit Parader magazine in the mid-80s for the series "Heavy Metal Heroes". This installment features legends like W.A.S.P., Triumph and Accept along with cult-favorite also-rans Vandenberg, Raven and Van-Zant. Next on deck is a spotlight on Eighties movie soundtrack tie-in videos! Late greats David Bowie and Glenn Frey both make a showing with their hits from "Falcon and The Snowman" and "Beverly Hills Cop" respectively. A rare cut from "Porky's Revenge" by Dave Edmunds, El DeBarge's contribution to the "Last Dragon" soundtrack and a rarely seen video promoting "Amadeus" starring the inimitable David Lee Roth round out the set.
Night Flight - Metal Pretty Boys
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Welcome aboard Night Flight's 20 years of Rock 'n Roll style! Tonight we take a look at the Metal Pretty Boys with videos and Pat Prescott commentary covering Poison, Motley Crue, Britny Fox, Winger, Bon Jovi and the band that started it all: Kiss.
J-Men Forever
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A Night Flight classic returns! J-Men is the story of "The Secret World War," a war of cultures as Rock & Roll smashes Shmaltzy music. This outrageous comedy was created by Firesign Theatre's Philip Proctor and Peter Bergman in the style of Woody Allen's "What's Up Tiger Lilly'" From a goldmine of Republic Cliffhanger Serials, J Men was overdubbed with new voices and script to a Classic Rock Soundtrack. For more than 20 years, J Men has been only rarely available and mostly on pure quality bootlegged videos. This digitally re-mastered version is authorized by Proctor and Bergman, with special hilarious bonus interviews on the making of the film.
Tunnel Vision
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An irreverent, ribald romp through a day of television broadcasting in the not- so-far future. It's 1985 and Big Brother is watching television via the antics of a slick looking assortment of boffo comedians who take a satirical swipe at programming in a series of side-splitting skits that lampoon the listings. From sitcoms to soaps, from commercials to cops and robbers, nothing is sacred in this repertoire of bawdy, boisterous buffoonery. Saturday Night Live and Second City TV crales Chevy Chase, John Candy, Larraine Newman, Joe Flaherty, Al Franken and Tom Davis do their best to offend everything couch potatoes hold sacred.
I Was A Zombie For The FBI
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In 1985, SPIN Magazine asked Bob Dylan "What movies do you wish you'd been in?" One of his answers was "I Was a Zombie For the F.B.I," which had aired for the first time on cable TV on "Night Flight" earlier that same year (it was originally offered up with "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" for a cult double-feature). "I Was A Zombie For the F.B.I." is low-budget, black & white sci-fi/serial/adventure film, recreating the early 1950s with lots of deadpan humor and ironic tongues-in-cheek. The plot follows what happens after agents of the F.B.I. get involved with a pair of criminal brothers who've survived an airplane crash, only to uncover a plot by aliens from outer space to conquer Earth by turning human beings in zombies. It had been shot in 1982 and directed by Marius Penczner, who pooled together some of the $4000 prize money he'd won a year earlier for a short film he'd made that had just won an Emmy. Penczner found some more money (the final budget was about $27,000 total) and gave acting and crew parts to students at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis). Within just a few years, he had a career directing music videos -- like ZZ Top's "TV Dinners," which we told you about on the blog recently -- before making commercials for Democratic politicians.
Dynaman - Episode 01 (Pilot: Cy Steinberg)
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It's time for the pilot episode of Dynaman! Five good-looking Japanese friends from all walks of life: Wooshi, their leader, is Dynared! Huba, able to reach tall trees, is Dynablack! Franky, the human outboard motor, is Dynablue! Cowboy, the slow-thinking weapons expert, is... Dynayellow! Franky, the human outboard motor, is Dynablue! and their main squeeze, Slojin is Dynapink!
Dynaman - Episode 02 (Pilot: Rhinoman)
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Gather around, it's time for the true second episode of Dynaman! Five good-looking Japanese friends from all walks of life: Wooshi, their leader, is Dynared! Huba, able to reach tall trees, is Dynablack! Franky, the human outboard motor, is Dynablue! Cowboy, the slow-thinking weapons expert, is... Dynayellow! Franky, the human outboard motor, is Dynablue! and their main squeeze, Slojin is Dynapink!
Dynaman - Episode 03 (Day of the Dolphin: Flipper's Revenge)
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Episode 3 of Dynaman finds a terrifying new villain, the genetically modified evil dolphin named Mr. Flipper. Featuring sub-aquatic battle scenes, a psychedelic raids on an evil lair and truly treacherous dolphin. Dyna-kids, go!
Dynaman - Episode 04 (Lizard of Oz)
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After a film deal gone bust, The menacing villains of Dynaman have a plot of pure evil in this week's episode of Dynaman, The Lizard of Oz: Remake the film classic , starring 5,000 reptiles played by the cursed citizens of Dynatown. Nooooo!
Dynaman - Episode 05 (The Seven Loves Of Lucky Pierre)
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An evil french frog is abducting brides on their wedding day around Dynacity for an awful ceremony, but his 10 foot tongue and poison perfume are no match for the Dynamen! Slojin goes under cover as a ninja bride ready for battle and reveals the treacherous plot to save the day.
Dynaman - Episode 06 (Last Adventure of Spunky The Wonder Squid)
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This is the very last adventure of Spunk The Wonder Squid, a maniacal flying cephalopod with a deadly 'nose pistol' and hatred for all things Dyna. His lust for power (literal power aka electricity) leads to a deadly Kaiju smackdown with the Dynaman team.
Malice in Wonderland
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The infamous reimagining of Alice in Wonderland by surrealist animator Vince Collins. Restored by Mark Toscano at the Academy® Film Archive. NOTE: This video contains flashing images. Viewer Discretion is advised.
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"A soul-warming, patriotic-psychedelic tribute to America featuring animated baseballs and hot dogs!" -Tim Leary. Created by Vince Collins for the U. S. International Communication Agency (formerly know as the Information Agency) grant project - an attempt to liven up the otherwise banal and uneventful Bicentennial celebration. Restored by Mark Toscano at the Academy® Film Archive. NOTE: This video contains flashing images. Viewer discretion is advised.
Euphoria
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"Consistent stylistic-thematic structures link and merge throughout the bewildering event chain. The distinction between organic forms and human artifacts is blurred by the visual style which is enigmatic without being ambiguous." - Anthony Reveaux. Animated by Vince Collins. Restored by Mark Toscano at the Academy® Film Archive. NOTE: This video contains flashing images. Viewer Discretion is advised.
Fantasy
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A star-driven spiraling machine of hallucinatory wonder. Animated by Vince Collins. Restored by Mark Toscano at the Academy® Film Archive. NOTE: This video contains flashing images. Viewer discretion is advised.
Gilgamish
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Animated by Vince Collins. Restored by Mark Toscano at the Academy® Film Archive. NOTE: This video contains flashing images. Viewer discretion is advised.
Ingemination
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The first animation from Vince Collins, marrying both the simple and complex in a beautiful little animation that gives a window into what the man is capable of. Restored by Mark Toscano at the Academy® Film Archive. NOTE: This video contains flashing images. Viewer discretion is advised.
Life is Flashing Before Your Eyes
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Animation by Vince Collins. Restored by Mark Toscano the Academy Film Archive. ”Cheery pop images and mellow lyrics" - Timothy Leary. NOTE: This video contains flashing images. Viewer discretion is advised.
It All Comes Down to… ACR
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A NIGHT FLIGHT PLUS PREMIERE: An absurdist view of the recording process for musicians A Certain Ratio, collaborating with Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey. Occurring 45 years after the release of their first album, this view offers everything and nothing. It All Comes Down to This, and the pursuit of such. "It All Comes Down to This," the new album from A Certain Ratio comes out April 19 via Mute.
Quasi at the Quackadero
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This cult cartoon follows two ducks, Quasi and Anita, and a pet robot at an amusement park in the future where time travel is exploited. Hugely popular in the 1970s, it was named to the National Film Registry in 2009.
Face Like a Frog
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Frogs in a haunted house and other assorted craziness! With the feeling of a Max Fleischer cartoon and an irresistible score and song by Danny Elfman.
Make Me Psychic
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In an alternate universe Anita the duck buys a psychic device at a novelty store, declaring “I can make matter obey my will.” This leads to mayhem at a crazy party.
Quasi’s Cabaret Trailer
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A “coming attractions” trailer for a movie that was never made, a nightclub of the future with live alligators and a tipsy train that serves drinks. You’ll wish you could go there.
Piranha
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Lost river lake was a was a thriving resort - until they discovered... Piranha! Tonight's new creature feature arrival features a stellar group of talent in front of as well as behind the camera. With cult luminary Joe Dante directing and Pino Donaggio behind the score, the first-class cast of cult stars includes Kevin McCarthy (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers), Barbara Steele (Black Sunday), Belinda Balaski (The Howling), Dick Miller (A Bucket Of Blood) and Paul Bartel (Death Race 2000). While searching for missing teenagers, novice skip tracer Maggie McKeown and local town boozer Paul Grogan stumble upon a top-secret Army laboratory conducting genetic research on piranha fish for the purpose of developing biological warfare.
Rats: Night of Terror
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In the year 225 A.B. (After the Bomb), a group of post-apocalyptic bikers discover an abandoned research laboratory filled with food, water... and thousands of rats. But these are no ordinary vermin; these are super-intelligent mutant rodents with a ravenous appetite for human flesh. Can a bunch of heavily armed but not-too-bright human scavengers survive a night of terror against the most hungry and horrific predators on earth? Directed by the notorious Bruno Mattei, this hilarious Italian shocker is filled with over-the-top gore, bottom-of-the-barrel dialogue and attacks by what appear to be thousands of painted guinea pigs, all capped with a twist ending that must be seen to be believed. RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR has been fully restored from original vault elements and is presented completely uncut and uncensored.
Ticks
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TICKS (aka Infested, 1993) - Direct-to-video '90s gross-out classic, from horror sequel king Tony Randel. The film starts out innocently enough w/ well-meaning social workers taking a group of troubled teens on a wilderness retreat to the woods. Little do they know, these woods are infested by giant, mutating, blood-sucking ticks! This film is a total blast of impressively disgusting ooey-gooey special FX; Stars TV icon Peter Scolari, Seth Green ('IT' miniseries, Robot Chicken), Alfonso "Carlton" Ribeiro, Ami Dolenz ('Witchboard II', 'Pumpkinhead II'), + Patron Saint of lovable creepy weirdos, Clint Howard ('Evilspeak, 'Ice Cream Man', 'The Wraith').
The Nest
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The quiet town of North Port is being overrun by cockroaches! Sheriff Tarbell (Franc Luz) believes that genetic experiments being conducted by the INTEC corporation are the cause. Confronted with a potential disaster, Mayor Johnson (Robert Lansing) calls for help. When Dr. Hubbard (Terri Treas) from INTEC arrives, she realizes that an innocent experiment has gone terribly wrong. Ordinary roaches are turning into creatures with a taste for blood. Worse, the roaches are genetically mutating... literally becoming whatever they eat.

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