Schlocktober!

John Landis made his first film when he was 21 for 60 grand, a parody of TROG! which had offended Landis with its genre stupidity. SCHLOCK had a fantastic promotional campaign that I fondly recall, especially the ads with Rick Baker’s awesome Schlockthropus holding out his paw under the words, “Due to the horrifying nature of this film, no one will be permitted to enter the theatre.” Jack Harris distributed the movie in 1973, which got Landis some attention as a young filmmaker (when that was a rare thing) and even a spot on Johnny Carson. The Zucker brothers saw this spot and approached Landis about making a feature based on their Kentucky Fried Theater troupe…SCHLOCK has the physical humor often associated with Landis, reflected in his love of genre films (no wonder given Forrest Ackerman’s cameo) and he in fact assays the titular neanderthal — and gives a BRILLIANT pantomime performance, particularly when the blind girl he loves plays fetch with a stick. The cine-angels at Anchor Bay released SCHLOCK in a nicely remastered DVD in 2001, replete with extras worth your while. Or as we like to say, See You Next Schlocktober!

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4 Responses to “Schlocktober!”

  1. I’ve been wanting to see Schlock since, well, forever, and I’m p.o.’ed I never picked up the DVD in 2001 because the film isn’t available at Netflix, and I just checked at Amazon and a new DVD goes for $75-plus!

  2. That is a crime — BANANAS!!!!!!

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  4. […] Astin appears and discusses the popularity of the genre, with a funny ad for John Landis’s SCHLOCK (thanks Uncle Forry!) as Vincent Price shows off the iconic Aurora models (Godzilla!); John […]

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