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March 10, 2011

Flicks: Something Weird (1967)


H.G. Lewis' film from 1967 inspired the iconic video label in 1990.

The Movie:
HG Lewis's Something Weird (1967) is a cheap grinder about E.S.P. and "black magic" looks an awful lot like Blood Feast (1963) but was more watchable than the truly no-budget Gruesome Twosome (1967) which featured decapitated mannequin heads as central characters ... with lines.

From 1960 to 1977, H.G. Lewis, who is alive and well today, used threadbare scripts and strippers-turned-actresses to shoot no-budget grindhouse movies in Chigago and Southern Florida. Prior making movies like the awful Wizard Of Gore (1970) (shot in Chicago in 1968) Lewis was a literature professor at Mississippi State and later worked in radio. After leaving film-making Lewis started building Communicomp, which became a powerhouse P.R. firm in Florida before being bought for $15 million in 1997.

Something Weird (1967)
OK, smart guy. So whatta you wanna call the movie?

The Company:
H.G. Lewis's film from 1967 became Mike Vraney and David Friedman's iconic video label in Seattle in 1990. Something Weird Video was opened by Vraney. Vraney had developed a working relationship with the kings of b-movies, such as Friedman, whose long line of titles included the Erotic Adventures of Zorro (1972), Blood Feast (1963), She Freak (1967) and Blood Feast 2 (2001). Friedman, and film producers like him, cut deals that allowed Vraney to exclusively distribute thousands of VHS/DVD's.


References:
Wikipedia, Something Weird Video
Something Weird Video, About SWV
IMDB, David F. Friedman
IMDB, H.G. Lewis
Dave's Drive-In, H.G. Lewis Filmography


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