In my review for the Ozploitation film Stage Fright aka Nightmares (1980), I lamented that my inadequate VHS tape was brutally panned and scanned from a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, but that there was a widescreen DVD release released in Australia. Unfortunately, importing that sucker would not have been financially feasible. We're talking like $25-30 maybe, which is fine if you're Scrooge McDuck, but I'm no Scrooge McDuck. Lo and behold, our good friends at Severin Films released it here in the States, and I picked it up for a reasonable $13 or so. To my splendid surprise, yours truly is quoted on the back of the box thusly:
"Awesomely sleazy...A stylish, violent psycho-sexual assault from our friends down under!"
However, I couldn't remember actually writing that. As it happens, I didn't really write that. Here's the actual passage:
"Regardless, the film is a stylish, violent, psycho-sexual assault wrung out of a hamfisted script that doesn’t really go anywhere. I guess it’s like an awesomely sleazy, but one-dimensional, giallo (albeit from our friends down under) masquerading as a slasher."
I don't really care that I was somewhat taken out of context. After all, as Joe Bob Briggs as often pointed out, "they don't call 'em exploitation films for nuthin'". So, it's within the realm of the expected. I just wanted to point out that I wasn't paid for that quote, nor did I even receive a free DVD. Now, I probably would have been honored to have my palms greased by the folks over at Severin Films, so here is a pre-emptive pull quote for their next release: "This movie released by Severin Films is better than Citizen Kane and The Godfather combined!!! I talked to Harry Knowles and he agrees with me! I swear to god!!!". Paypal is fine. Thanks.
You know, my high school English teacher Mr. Turtlesticks once told me that nothing I would ever write would be of any consequence to anyone. Well, Mr. Turtlesticks...the joke's on you. Nice fucking name by the way.