Astron-6 is the film team that brought us the exploitation flick Father’s Day and the whacky cheesy sci-fi trip Manborg. These 5 guys—Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Adam Brooks (daddy bear yummy), Jeremy Gillespie, and Steven Kostanski—are the kings of homages to old school 70s/80s, z-grade exploitation, grindhouse, sci-fi, and horror. And they don’t limit themselves to misogynistic horror; man-on-man themes are prevalent in all their gritty, gory flicks.
The Astron-6 2-disc collection is the perfect way to get a taste of their gory, sexually explicit, offensive, and funny style, chock full of awesomely retro “special effects.” This DVD is LOADED with short films and mock trailers covering horror comedy, exploitation, grindhouse, slashers, zombies, and ghosts. It’s like a midnight movie marathon, and these are just some of the highlights:
This is a total 80s homage, from the music to the font treatment on the credits. It’s essentially a campy teen comedy flick with a horror twist. A couple of geeks take a trip to the beach and have a party in their room…then something goes terribly wrong.
This one is raunchy disgusting. It’s basically Cabin Fever, the STD edition. And it all takes place at a summer camp. It is GROSS. If you are freaked by explicit genital scenes involving puss and blood, you won’t be able to handle this nasty funny gem.
Another ode to the 80s, this one’s about a guy who gets off on being punched after a physical altercation with is dad. So he starts to do anything necessary to get people to punch him. At the same time, he has a buddy who’s having a hard time getting comfortable enough with va-jay-jays to have sex with one.
This is a very sadistic rape and murder short, including some attention on a male victim.
A mini-monster extermination short with little stop motion critters and a perverted exterminator boss who makes advances on his men.
SEBASTIAN AND ALAN
A chick hitches a ride with a young guy and an older guy who begin to act really weird, really fast. This is another disturbing exploitation short.
HEART OF KARL
This is a freaky short about two brothers and a mental institution—and it’s loaded with horrific monsters. It’s Silent Hill trippy.
LAZER GHOSTS 2: RETURN TO LASER COVE
It’s only a trailer, but it’s got a gay storyline and a gay kiss!
SIAM I AM
This is a darkly funny short about Siamese twins connected by the arms; one of them hires a hitman to kill the other with darkly comic results.
INFERNO OF THE DEAD
This comic zombie short features old school super gnarly zombies who decide not to eat the couple they are attacking. Instead, they move in with them as the couple goes about their daily business.
ENA LAKE BLUES
This black and white short is done silent film style—it might come across as boring, but if you stick with it, it ends with some serious dismemberment and a nod to Friday the 13th.
A shot on video short poking fun at ghost hunter videos.
The Astron-6 guys rule and this collection is retro awesome perfection for fans of the VHS era. Watch it and you’re going to want to see everything these guys put out.