March 10th, 2010


Slime City Massacre: The NYC Premiere

If you've been following author and filmmaker Greg Lamberson on LJ and elsewhere, you've been hearing about his newest film Slime City Massacre, the follow up to his 1988 cult debut Slime City, for at least a year now. Last night, I was lucky enough to attend the New York City premiere with Greg.

I've seen all of Greg's low-budget horror movies, and my favorite was always Slime City--until now, anyway. SCM is without a doubt Greg's magnum opus. The movie is awesome in all the ways low-budget, tongue-in-cheek horror movies should be. The gore gags are over the top and hilarious, there are a lot of really fun homages to other New York City-based low-budget horror films of the 1980s like Street Trash, and a lot of the directors from that time are featured in small roles. (In fact, the cast is kind of a who's-who of people Greg knows from both the filmmaking world and the book world, which makes it even more fun if you happen to know them too. My favorite moment was watching multimedia artist, DVD distributor and all-around great guy Eric Mache get two broken bottles right in the peepers!) One of the highlights for me, of course, was hearing the title song, "Slime," written, played and sung by my friends Marcy and Giasone Italiano. The whole experience was delightful, and when the film hits DVD you should totally check it out.

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After the film, a bunch of us went to Dempsey's for a drink. What we didn't know was that Tuesday night is Irish Music Night at Dempsey's, and when we got there we were pleasantly surprised to find the whole front of the bar filled with people jamming on their fiddles and tin pipes!

Also, I got to meet filmmaker Jeff Lieberman and tell him that when I was a kid I had a crush on the redheaded female lead of his maneating-worms-on-the-loose horror flick Squirm. Unfortunately, he didn't seem all that interested in what I had to say, and I felt like kind of a tool after that.

All in all, though, it was a very fun night, and it was great to see Greg and Tamar in New York City again!

R.I.P. Corey Haim

"You're a creature of the night, Michael, just like out of a comic book! You're a vampire, Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait 'till mom finds out, buddy!"