Mondo & Bleeding Skull Video present: CARDS OF DEATH

CardsOfDeath10When I first came down to Austin, TX I was obsessed with the Alamo Drafthouse. I watched and got exposed to a ton of movies there, but a major part of my “education” came with just hanging out and watching shit with friends. One of the people I watched the most movies with (and ate the most candy with) was Zack Carlson. I remember the first time I went to his place he had walls and walls of VHS, DVD, etc. It was like the best video store I had ever seen. I remember I watched and was introduced to a lot of my NOW favorite films. Later, I met Joe Ziemba and found his site BLEEDING SKULL and was gifted a copy of his great book about shot on video films of the 80’s and 90’s.

We are super excited to begin our collaboration with Zack and Joe for their premiere VHS release: CARDS OF DEATH. These guys are truly experts and I hope that if anything, we can recreate that great feeling of finding something new that I had going over to Zack’s and digging through his movies and reading Joe’s book.

For a long time, we at Mondo were doing posters for movies that we hoped you’d give a watch. Now, by helping Bleeding Skull with their endless pursuit of unearthing these lost films, we can bring these to you directly. I really hope you enjoy and please write and let us know what you think!

– Justin Ishmael

Read a note from Zack & Joe from Bleeding Skull! below:

We are Joseph A. Ziemba and Zack Carlson, collaborators on the trash-horror film website, BLEEDING SKULL.COM! Together, with the help of our friends at MONDO, we’ve launched BLEEDING SKULL! VIDEO. Specializing in ultra-obscure, no-budget horror and exploitation movies from the 1980s and early 1990s, BLEEDING SKULL! VIDEO is a VHS and digital streaming label that is dedicated to sharing unreleased (or barely released) movies with the world. Our inaugural title is CARDS OF DEATH. Completed in 1986, the film has never been released in the United States until now. CARDS OF DEATH will be available June 24, 2014 on VHS.

Over the past fifteen years, we’ve been obsessed with discovering, collecting, and reviewing the world’s rarest exploitation films. Joe is the founder of BLEEDING SKULL.COM, the co-author and designer of BLEEDING SKULL! A 1980s TRASH-HORROR ODYSSEY (Headpress, 2013), and an art director/ film programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Zack is a film producer and co-author of DESTROY ALL MOVIES!!! THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO PUNKS ON FILM (Fantagraphics Books, 2011). After discovering an unreleased 1980s horror movie by one of our favorite filmmakers in the trunk of a used car, we knew that something had to be done. With Mondo’s help, we’re devoted to preserving and sharing these discoveries on the format that they were originally meant to be seen.

Each BLEEDING SKULL VIDEO! VHS title is authentically packaged to represent its respective era, from classy big boxes to photocopied clamshell cases. Every release also includes an issue of MINIMUM UNDERDRIVE, an in-depth ‘zine that features interviews, rare photos, and artwork specific to each movie. All of our releases will be available online at: BLEEDINGSKULLVIDEO.COM and MONDOTEES.COM.

CARDS OF DEATH: Written and directed in 1986 by Hollywood veteran W.G. MacMillan (who appeared in the Dirty Harry sequel THE ENFORCER,) this shot-on-video scuzz-sex-slice-and-dicer has long been described as the “holy grail of slasher movies,” mostly for its sheer rarity among VHS collectors. Though it was an American production, CARDS OF DEATH was released on VHS exclusively in Japan before disappearing completely, without even a listing on IMDB. The BLEEDING SKULL! VIDEO release of CARDS OF DEATH marks the first release of the movie on home video in the United States. Watch the trailer below:

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Cards of Death
VHS. Includes Minimum Underdrive zine. On Black cassette & randomly inserted Blue cassette. $25
1986 / Color / 90 Minutes

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Jurassic Park OST Listening Party

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Hey, everyone. On Monday June 9th, from 6PM to 8PM we will be hosting a listening party for our upcoming Jurassic Park vinyl soundtrack at our gallery location in Austin, TX

At this event, both versions of the record will be available for sale – Version A, retiring artwork by JC Richard pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, with randomly inserted “Dilophosaurus” colored vinyl, and Version B, featuring artwork by Dan McCarthy pressed on 180 Gram Amber Vinyl.

Also premiering at the listening party event will be a limited run Giclee of Dan McCarthy’s artwork featured in the gatefold of the LP

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Jurassic Park
by Dan McCarthy
Edition of 225
15″x30″ Giclee
$60

Please come out and support our first listening party! The gallery is located at 4115 Guadalupe St, in Austin TX.

If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact us at gallery@mondotees.com

Reminder: The soundtrack will be available for sale exclusively through our website www.mondotees.com on June 11th at a random time. Please follow us on Twitter @mondonews for more information

 

Mondo Gallery: Ken Taylor Gallery Signing this Saturday, May 31st!

We are very excited to have artist Ken Taylor in attendance for his solo show opening this Friday, May 30th.  Since so many of you have asked, Ken has graciously agreed to host a signing at the gallery this Saturday, May 31st starting at 12PM. Below are a few Q&A’s about the signing.

Q: Will the prints at the show be signed?
A: Yes. Ken will be signing all of the prints that are available to purchase at the gallery before the show opens. There is no need to worry about getting those signed.

Q: What about other prints? Can I bring other posters for Ken?
A: We will not be able to accommodate any additional signings during the opening reception on Friday night. However, Ken has graciously agreed to host a signing on Saturday, May 31st starting at 12PM at the gallery.

Q: How many posters can I get signed on Saturday?
A: There will be a strictly enforced limit of 3 posters per person. Please be considerate of your fellow collectors and Ken’s time and do not bring more than 3 posters to have signed.

Q: Can I bring non-Mondo posters for Ken to sign?
A: Yep!

Q: Will Ken be able to do any sketches or doodles?
A: Unfortunately, no. Due to time restrictions, we will not be able to accommodate any requests for sketches. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Please feel free to direct any other questions to us using the CONTACT section of the website right HERE.

Thanks and we’ll see you all this weekend!

GRAVITY Pre-Order UPDATE

Hey All, sorry for the silence on this subject: We experienced some delays in the production of our GRAVITY vinyl. I wish there was a more detailed explanation I could provide, but the truth is that vinyl production is a very timely process and we unfortunately miscalculated the arrival of our finished product. I was hoping that by now I would have an exact ship date to share with y’all, but for now all I can say is we are approximately three weeks behind schedule.

Kevin’s fully realized artwork came out amazing, and we can’t wait for you to see it. More details on the variant colors, and packaging soon. I will have another update next week, and on-going updates until we have the finished product in hand and shipping labels printed. Thank you all for your continued patience.

FRIGHTMARE (Part 1) On Sale Info!

GREMLINS
by Randy Ortiz
24″ x 36″ screen print
Edition of 290

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FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN
by Elvisdead
16″ x 36″ screen print
Edition of 225

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FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (Variant)
by Elvisdead
16″ x 36″ screen print
Edition of 100

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CREEPSHOW
by Mike Saputo
24″ x 18″ screen print
Edition of 300

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CREEPSHOW (Variant)
by Mike Saputo
24″ x 18″ screen print
Edition of 150

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These posters will be available HERE at a random time on Thursday, May 8th. Please follow us on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

MONDO VIDEO: THE VISITOR & MS. 45 on VHS

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THE VISITOR VHS
Artwork by Jay Shaw
Edition of 500 Copies
On Black Cassette & randomly inserted Orange Cassette

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MS. 45 VHS
Artwork by Jay Shaw
Edition of 500 Copies
On Black Cassette & randomly inserted White Cassette

As premiered at Texas Frightmare in Dallas this past weekend we will be releasing two incredible, personal favorites of ours VHS this Friday May 9th: THE VISITOR & MS. 45. Both feature amazing new artwork by Jay Shaw, and are limited to 500 copies. Check out the trailers for both, and read all about them.

In this unforgettable assault on reality–restored and presented uncut–legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston (The Maltese Falcon; Treasure Of The Sierra Madre) stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in the battle against a demonic 8-year old girl and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, GA. THE VISITOR fearlessly fuses elements of The Omen, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, The Birds, Rosemary’s Baby, The Fury and even Star Wars creating the most ambitious of all ’70’s psychedelic mind warps. Its baffling all-star cast included Shelly Winters (Night Of The Hunter,) Glenn Ford (Superman,) Lance Henriksen (Aliens,) Franco Nero (Django,) and Sam Peckinpah (director of The Wild Bunch.)

Abel Ferrara’s (Bad Lieutenant, King Of New York) 1981 revenge thriller classic MS. 45 follows a mute garment-district seamstress – played by the late model/actress/musician/screenwriter Zoe Lund – who after falling victim to multiple unspeakable assaults, ignites her one-woman homicidal rampage against New York City’s entire male population.

Out friends at DRAFTHOUSE FILMS did the dirty work of getting these classics back on the big screen last fall (you can check out both of them on VOD or pick up Blu-Ray or DVDs on their site www.drafthousefilms.com) We at Mondo Video are super thrilled to be able to pay our own tribute to both of these classic films. Both go on sale this coming Friday.

TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND 2014

Who’s coming to Texas Frightmare this weekend in Dallas? We’ll be there selling a huge assortment of New prints, premiering our new vinyl soundtrack release THE VISITOR, and as well as our two next VHS releases: THE VISITOR & MS. 45. We will also have a limited supply of some older prints, and records. Stop by our booth (#’s 135 & 137) beginning tonight and say hello!

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
by Tom Whalen
24″ x 36″ screen print
Edition of 425

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ALIENS
by Randy Ortiz
24″ x 36″ screen print
Edition of 350

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GREMLINS
by Randy Ortiz
24″ x 36″ screen print
Edition of 290

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CREEPSHOW
by Mike Saputo
18″ x 24″ screen print
Edition: 300 Regular / 150 Variant

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CREEPSHOW
by Gary Pullin
24″ x 36″ screen print
Edition: 275 Regular / 125 Variant

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FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN
by Elvisdead
16″ x 36″ screen print
Edition: 225 Regular / 100 Variant

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THE VISITOR VHS
Artwork by Jay Shaw
Edition of 500 Copies
On Black Cassette & randomly inserted Orange Cassette

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MS. 45 VHS
Artwork by Jay Shaw
Edition of 500 Copies
On Black Cassette & randomly inserted White Cassette

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