Friday, February 7, 2014

Filth, Sleaze, Gore and Smut: Celebrating the Late Mike Vraney at Logue's

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Starting with a box of forgotten 16mm “girlie loops,” Mike Vraney built a video empire that forever changed the late-night habits of bored cult-cinema addicts. Since 1990, his Seattle-based distribution company Something Weird Video has surely inflated the consumption of cheap beer, pot and take-out pizza through its release of endless hours of cinematic oddities — bargain-basement horror films, burlesque revues, sex and drug education films, peepshow loops, backlot jungle epics and more.

Vraney died in January after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, but Nashville’s clubhouse of psychotronic cool, the Cult Fiction Underground screening room in Logue’s Black Raven Emporium, is paying tribute to his legacy with two Something Weird “classics” from the late, great huckster producer David F. Friedman — the 1967 grade-ZZZ carnival of terrors She Freak, and goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1964 ode to Southern carnage-tality, Two Thousand Maniacs!

In the best Something Weird tradition, there’s sure to be a bevy of trailers, short subjects and other high strangeness before and between the features. Below: the trailers for both films — with the warning that you'll walk around all day with director Lewis' infernally catchy bluegrass theme song stuck in your head. Yeeee-HAH!!!

Two Thousand Maniacs! ("Gruesomely stained in blood color!"):

She Freak ("All the more appalling in crimson-stained color!"):

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