This is the most special feature-packed edition of this movie possible! Hellroller is a shot on video classic about a wheelchair-bound killer roaming the streets of Los Angeles killing strippers and muscleheads.
You do not want to miss this! This is the definitive release of the SOV classic, Hellroller. We’ve been asked a bunch of times if we were ever going to reprint our DVD of Hellroller, but we didn’t want to just do the same old release. This new edition is jam-packed with hours of extras and goodies. This will be for sale on http://vhshitfest.storenvy.com/ at midnight (eastern) on Tuesday, November 26th. Please share this around and make sure to order.
Back by popular demand: Hellroller! We received a lot of messages if we were ever going to print Hellroller DVDs again after the first batch sold out very quickly. Well, we didn’t want to just do the same old, same old. We wanted to actually have a reason to do another edition and we’ve agreed it’s time. This edition, just in time for the 21st anniversary, will have all the previous special features, including the commentary and video review, but this new edition will include multiple interviews with cast and crew, a brand new commentary, photo gallery, the original script, and much more. We’ve packed over 4 hours of bonus content onto this. The DVD will go up for sale in the next few weeks so be on the look out for more information soon!
By Dan Kinem
I know it has been a while since the last review and you’re probably sick of hearing: “I am trying to get more posted soon,” but it’s true. To kick off this new burst of reviews (I hope) I wanted to do a special Halloween edition. Halloween and VHS have always gone hand in hand. Every Halloween I try to watch as many movies on VHS as possible and this specific tape has been one I’ve always wanted to check out and review ever since I uncovered its dusty ass in a NYC porno store. It is most likely one of the rarest tapes in my collection and after watching the video I think I know why.
Screaming Mad George had good intentions when he came up with the idea for the 1st Annual Monster Makers Halloween Contest: “Lets do a annual event where young make-up effects artists can get their work seen and get in the public eye.” As far as I know, this event, which took place on October 25th, 1986 (coincidentally the 25th was the day I watched this), never happened again, and honestly, everyone is probably better for it.
For those who don’t know, Screaming Mad George worked on a lot of cool movies throughout the years, the most notable probably being Nightmare on Elm Street 3 & 4, Freaked, and my personal favorite, Children of the Corn III. The monster he created at the end of that movie will always hold a special place in my heart.
From the start this contest is all over the place, chaotic (in a bad way), and just flat-out boring. Problem numero uno: It’s shot on video. Being SOV makes seeing the make-up and the details of these artists’ designs nearly impossible. You get a lot of out of focus and blurry close-up shots attempting to capture what really needs to be seen in person to be fully experienced. Half the time a contestant would walk out and walk back before I could even tell what the hell was going on. The second problem is the editing. I feel like they got rid of all the interesting elements and kept in the least interesting stuff. It feels almost like a class graduation video. It would not be interesting to anyone else besides those involved. That could explain why this video exists, actually. It wouldn’t surprise me if the only people who bought it were contestants or relatives of the contestants.
Terrible Christian Slater impression + make-up.
It was hard to pick who I wanted to win. Almost all of them were pretty solid so when the winners were announced it really made no difference. It would have been much cooler if the winner (or winners) got the oppurtunity to make a movie using their creation as one of the characters. That would have been great to get to watch this and then get to see the movie that was made because of this, but alas, all they got was a dumb trophy.
One positive thing about this video is the judges. The special judges they got are really top-notch. Stan Winston (Aliens, Terminator), Dick Smith (Amadeus, Exorcist), Rick Baker (American Werewolf in London), and Thomas Burman (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) all share their opinions on these amateur effects artists and on the art of special effects make-up in general. Their comments are often insightful and they seem to be having fun, for the most part. I couldn’t help but notice, however, that Stan Winston was the only one acting like he couldn’t wait for this whole thing to be over. I think the only thing he said the entire night was, “What a thrill!…What a thrill!… Have a great time.”
It was basically a beauty pageant for horror nerds with all the best stuff jammed into the credits. Everyone wants to see the behind the scenes of making these monsters and the artists’ backstory but yet they refused to show those scenes. I have a feeling even the audience got bored after a while. Despite only getting mild enjoyment from this tape, it is still something I cherish in my collection because of how obscure and rare it is, but also because it’s a unique time capsule of a time when horror effects were at their peak. Obviously if you are reading this website you love the art of special effects and this period of horror, but the modern or casual fan will care less about tracking this one down.
This VHS was released by Video Relief, which I believe was connected to Screaming Mad George, Inc. and likely was a one-off subsidiary to put this out. It is rare as all hell and I’ve only ever seen two copies in my life and both of them I’ve owned. The cover art is beautiful and was used as the poster to advertise the event, too. If you ever see this tape do yourself the favor and buy it. Even if you don’t end up keeping it, you will get good money selling this one off.
Announced the Attack of the Mutant Roadkill contest winners and did a quick VHS update video! Go check it out!