Sleazoid Express creator Bill Landis was a pioneering publisher who really did change the world (for the better), an endlessly imaginative writer, a performer in hardcore films during theatrical porn’s Golden Age and a projectionist who worked Times Square’s glorious toilet-bowl theaters.
At the same time, Bill Landis was also a miserable junkie, a hyper-paranoid head-case, and a world-class pain-in-the-ass.
And now Bill Landis is dead, at age 49, from a heart attack.
I miss him already. And I always will. Read all about it after the jump.
To visit New York City in the 21st century, particularly its central Times Square district, is to be overwhelmed by dazzling modern commerce and family-friendly corporate entertainment at its most visually spectacular.
Such was not always the case. Just consider what motivated an organization called Women Against Pornography (WAP, for short) to march on Times Square on this date in 1979.
Click the hot chicks to learn more.
Editor's Note: McBeardo is Mr Skin’s resident sexpert on weird, cult, fringe, midnight, underground and/or any other extreme form of skinema.
He reports from the frontlines and backrooms of most skintimidating screening halls on the planet – not the least of which is the place where he keeps his couch.
The opinions of McBeardo are not necessarily those of Mr Skin, MrSkin.com, or any related affiliates. The ideas as to what constitutes a “wild time” are definitely not Mr Skin’s, period.
Please click McBeardo's mitt on the magnifincent bosom on Nekromistress to go to the next page and read his first column.
It was thirty years ago today when the often imitated but never superceded Bloodsucking Freaks (1976) (AKA Heritage of Caligula AKA Incredible Torture Show AKA Sardu AKA Sardu, Master of the Screaming Virgins AKA The Heritage of Caligula: An Orgy of Sick Minds AKA The House of the Screaming Virgins) first shocked theater audiences, and it hasn't stopped shocking them yet. Featuring tons of nudity, acts of sadism, perverse sexuality, Chicago native Niles McMaster as football star Tom Maverick, and a dwarf named Ralphus, Bloodsucking Freaks is a must-see for anyone who has any interest at all in exploitation, sexploitation, grindhouse flicks, or shock movies. An interview with director Joel M. Reed also appears in the equally classic and compulsory anti-porn documentary Rate it X (1986). So if you have a strong stomach and a warped mind, don't waste one more second before you watch Bloodsucking Freaks.
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