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Beware the Jungle Trap
Director Jim Bryan on Hollywood's seedy and sublime
DAILY Screens  July 22, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...This weekend, his incomplete final movie, 1990's Jungle Trap, has one of its first public screenings since its discovery and completion by the z-movie connoisseurs at Bleeding Skull! (read all about the restoration from Bryan and Bleeding Skull! founder Joseph Ziemba here). Lufkin native Bryan and star Heidi Ahn will be in attendance for this rare and remarkable show, and the director took the time to talk to the Chronicle about his co-creator and regular artistic collaborator Renee Harmon, making a living as a jobbing filmmaker in Hollywood's straight-to-video heyday, and the birth of VHS porn...."

One in a Crowd: Jungle Trap
VHS madness needs a little help to get on tape
DAILY Screens  February 27, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...He churned out 11 homemade crazies between 1980 and 1987 alone, with psychoslasher Don't Go in the Woods and gonzo beat-’em-up Lady Street Fighter still holding a special place in many hearts. Yet even he could not evade the end of the mom-and-pop video store, and so his final project, Jungle Trap, was left incomplete..."

A Trap Escapes
Alamo Drafthouse's Video Vortex unleashes Jungle Trap
Screens Story  July 20, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...There are lost films, and then there is madcap 1990 sleaze-supernatural-shocker Jungle Trap. When the Alamo Drafthouse screens the exploitation oddity this Sunday, it will be a magical moment for Joseph Ziemba, who has shepherded its restoration..."

Fantastic Fest First Wave Announced
Miss Peregrine, Phantasm: Ravager, and more
DAILY Screens  August 2, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...FF has always provided a home base for friends and family, so also in this first round is a return to Austin for Jim Hosking's truly gonzo The Greasy Strangler (produced by Drafthouse Films, natch). Plus there is a special screening of Jungle Trap, one of the most bizarre VHS oddities to never make it to VHS, but now restored with the help of Bleeding Skull (aka Terror Tuesday host Joseph A..."

Austin Filmmakers Return to Horror
Karen Skloss, Owen Egerton, and Don Swaynos talk terror
Screens Story  June 29, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...The impact these projects will have on the local artistic and financial atmospheres is anyone's guess, but groundbreaking work continues to surface. Egerton chortles at his own productivity, saying, "I'm scheduled to shoot two horror films by the end of the year, which makes me sound incredibly successful." Michael Tully's anticipated Don't Leave Home, newly picture-wrapped, is also sure to terrify and entice; and James Bryan's Jungle Trap will screen in Austin next month, 26 years after it first began production, thanks to recovery work by Bleeding Skull (and Swaynos)..."

A Whole Lotta Lava Going On
Winter/Spring Movie Sneaks
Screens Story  February 14, 1997, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...CIA master spy Donald Sutherland and Israeli agent Ben Kingsley devise a trap to catch the notorious international terrorist Carlos "The Jackal" -- a plot dependent on the grudging involvement of Jackal lookalike Aidan Quinn...."

Eight Legged Freaks
Giant spiders invade a small town in this fun B-movie throwback.
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Film Review  July 19, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...When a vat of toxic waste topples from the back of a truck (that swerved to avoid a bunny) outside the inappropriately named town of Prosperity, Arizona, the local “spider farmer” finds his collection of arachnids growing to inordinate sizes. In short order, the various species -- desert tarantulas, jumping spiders, trap-door spiders, et cetera -- begin feasting on the locals and take up residence in the town's abandoned mine shafts, which, conveniently, run like an underground latticework beneath the entire town..."

100 Local SXSW Music Acts
A-Z list of 100 Austin acts showcasing at the Fest
Music Story  March 16, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...15, 512, 8:45pm Like the legendary Dirty South pairings of UGK and Outkast, Country Cousins K-Paul and Pimpin Pen spit classic Lone Star raps with contrasting but perfectly complementary styles. The duo, whose mothers are sisters, enlist Freddie Gibbs on "Trap House Jumpin" and blow endo and sip lean on latest single "Up 2 Somethin." – Thomas Fawcett Curved Light..."

Blessed Deliverance
The Borderland, Bud Shrake's Latest Tall Tale
Books Story  March 31, 2000, by Dick Holland
"...By the last third of the book, after Caldwell and Doc Swift visit the Comanche cave, the stage is set for the period's two notable Indian battles. The first is the betrayal of the Comanche leaders at the Council House in San Antonio, where the chiefs, trusting Caldwell and thinking they were to discuss a peaceful future with the Texans, are instead led into a trap and slaughtered..."

Page Two
We celebrate the opening of Jonathan Demme's complex and moving The Agronomist and cherish the sensibilities of horror-film art director Robert Burns, who passed away this week
Columns  June 4, 2004, by Louis Black
"...Robert Burns was an art director and production/set designer. Burns' twisted, dark imagination created the demented human butcher house and bone furniture of the Sawyer family in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; the otherworldly, bone-littered, spirit-haunted landscape in The Hills Have Eyes; the demented ballet and haunting imagery of the mannequins in Tourist Trap; the hidden, dark world lurking right beneath the one we know in The Howling; the twisted, modern-appliance-as-execution-chamber humor of Microwave Massacre; and the blood-soaked laboratory of Re-Animator..."

Smooth Ride
When Lana Dieterich is acting, nothing seems calculated or forced, no step is false. Her performances are smooth as glass, as silk, as a ride on the bike that she pedals regularly around her Hyde Park neighborhood.
Arts Story  September 20, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...When she's been able to break free of maternal parts, Dieterich has proven herself capable of playing damn near anything, be it flirtatious barfly or Shakespearean wench, literary wit Dorothy Parker or a scheming, murderous man-trap, as she did in The Artificial Jungle, Charles Ludlam's send-up of James M. Cain-type noir thrillers..."

The Luv Doc: Contemplating Depilating
The youth of today: with their hairless privates … and their interwebs … and their kombucha
Columns  July 19, 2013, by The Luv Doc
"...However, a true gentleman never speaks about his lady’s happy valley other than to say he’s enjoyed his time there. You should let him know that if he wishes to make a return visit, he should shut his trap about your nap..."

SXSW Friday Picks & Sleepers
Friday night blurbage of SXSW
Music Story  March 18, 2011
"...The band's 2008 Douchemaster debut, Introducing Gentleman Jesse & His Men, pulled equally from early Beatles and Nick Lowe – bright, clean, and difficult to forget. A new single, "She's a Trap" b/w "I Won't Say Goodbye," teases the band's long-awaited follow-up..."

The Jungle Rockers
Music Review  July 11, 2008, by Doug Freeman
"..."Devil in My Head" unloads a primal pulse behind equally sexual howls, and "Big Mouth" picks up speed with full-throttle licks. Instrumental "Guts" and the grooving "Love Trap" ride surf rhythms, but "Lies" surprises with a smooth lilt that leans as much toward chiming doo-wop as greaser punk..."

Jesus Gonna Be Here
Johnny Toxic
Music Story  March 25, 1999
"...It has often been said that rock & amp; roll is a rather transparent metaphor for extreme sexual frustration. If this is indeed the case, a porn star should be the last person on earth with anything to gain by strapping on a guitar or grabbing a microphone..."

Film
Recommended
  July 7, 1995
"...Troisi plays the uncertain postman Mario with endearing, burning awkwardness. His body language is vaguely reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's: With soulful gazes and expressive hands he conveys the frustration and desire trapped within his head and heart..."

Film
Recommended
  June 30, 1995
"...Produced by prolific fantasy auteur Tsui Hark (Chinese Ghost Story), this latest film from gritty actionmeister Lam (Full Contact) applies his hard edge to the usually lighthearted period kung fu film, making for a unique entry into the genre. The plot follows the adventures of legendary Chinese heroes Fong Sai Yuk and Hung Sei Kwan, imprisoned in a brutal, trap-laden, underground temple following their capture during the destruction of the famed Shaolin Temple..."

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