• Zine Review: Cinema Sewer #24

    Publisher: Robin Bougie
    Release Date: February 2011

    Cinema Sewer has been around for well over a decade now and it remains one of the few surviving ‘hand made’ zine style publications still going. While Fab Press has collected much of the early material into two handsome tomes (with a third on the way), it’s still a bit of an old school rush when a new issue arrives and you get to feel that pulpy paper in your hands.

    For those not in the know, Robin Bougie’s long running comic/zine covers trashy movies in all their many forms. From old school XXX roughies to punk movies to spaghetti westerns to, well, pretty much anything that pops into that polluted brain of his. Not just a series of reviews, however, each issue is peppered with comic strips, hand drawn illustrations from different artists, interviews and awesome newspaper clippings and ad matte art.

    As the zine has evolved, Bougie has opened the doors and accepted contributions from different artists and writers. This time around look for a great cover from none other than Danny Hellman along with contributions from Scott Faulkner, Ben Newman, Adam Wilson, Marcus Goodman, Scott Ruhl, Chris Doherty, Rick Chesshire, Aaron Lange and, not to be forgotten a reprinted Slithis comic that Ted Gilbert and Putrid did for Lunchmeat #5. While Bougie still does the large majority of the writing and illustrating in the magazine, letting different like minded people contribute gives the magazine a bit more variety.

    While each and every issue of Cinema Sewer is something special, this latest installment is a particularly good one. Not only do we get brief mini-reviews for oddities like the 1978 Desireee Cousteau film Hot Lunch and the J. Lee Thompson Bronson classic The Evil That Men Do, but we get lengthier looks at classic smut like Skin Tight (with the lovely Annette Haven) and The Story Of Prunella (the Avon classic with George Payne). On top of that we get career retrospectives on Ginger Lynn, Hal Freeman and Nancy Hoffman as well as some excellent interviews with Graphic Sexual Horror co-director Barbara Bell and with the lovely and talented Anna Biller, whose movie Viva is one of the few seventies smut recreations worth watching. Thoughts on the first two Kirdy Stevens Taboo films, the Lee Van Cleef classic Day Of Anger, a comic strip look at Robert Findlay’s bizarre film, Shauna: Every Man’s Fantasy (made to cash in on Shauna Grant’s suicide!), the excellent NYC gang documentary 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s and the bizarre and obscure Nocturna are also highlights of the issue.

    Essential reading for anyone into trash movies, exploitation films or classic adult cinema, Cinema Sewer isn’t always easy to find on the newsstands, as it's a completely independent self published deal. You can check with your local comic book retailer (and if they don’t have it, request it!) or you can buy it online or subscribe directly (the wise choice).

    Want info? Sure you do. Hit up the zine’s site here.