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TUGM Proudly Presents the World Premiere Online Release of “Sisters of No Mercy”!

It’s finally here! After nearly three years and two hundred dollars, The Underground Multiplex presents the wild, avant-garde nunsploitation comedy Sisters of No Mercy: The Real 3D Midnight Movie Xperience. Combining exploitation, comedy, classic roadshow reels, politics, music and live performance, SONM is the completion of the first collaboration between Joseph R. Lewis and me.

This came about first as a 4-minute parody trailer for a then fake nunsploitation feature. With the help of some great talented friends, we408 were able to pull off this bit in three weeks, just before I was to give a lecture on nunsploitation at Facets Night School.

The trailer debuted on YouTube in October 2010 and gained an unexpected positive response in February 2011 from the French version of  Slate Magazine, which hyperlinked the short and called it a successful parody (if the Google translation is correct). Emboldened by the responses, I casually mentioned to Joe that perhaps the nuns should go to Madison, WI during the height of protests against Governor Scott Walker and exorcise the Koch-funded “demon” from the state capitol.

The resulting short film was The Wisconsin Exorsisters, which brought back Sisters Amy and Angela, Mother Superior and the evil Father Neal from first trailer. That short went public in March 2011.

409When June rolled around, we had decided to extended Sisters of No Mercy into a feature. To accomplish this, the film needed extra footage, which was provided by recording the third portion of the film live before a midnight movie audience attending each screening of Session 8 of Facets Night School. Each chapter was filmed in 5 minute pieces before that evening’s lecture and screening. The resulting portions were then uploaded weekly online.

On September 30, 2011, TUGM debuted Sisters of No Mercy 3D at Facets Night School in an edited version that included a live interactive experience with the audience. They were treated to live music, a theatrical performance, juggling and dancing for a unique approach in film entertainment. This version has not been duplicated since.

Which brings us finally to today– almost three years since the inception of the nunsploitation parody. The final product we hope you’ll find funny, informative and entertaining. It could not be done without the help of the following wonderful people:

Amy J. Boyd, Angela Yonke, Adrianna Montiel, Kenzie Kl, Bruce Neal, Joe Rubin, Jason Coffman, Jason Loeffler, Jonathan Leaf, Douglas Grew, Brian Kirst, Lielie Kaehn-Jarvis, Brian Jarvis, Chris Brake, Christa Koch, Nathan Boecker, Susan Doll, Phil Morehart, all the presenters of Facets Night School and, of course, the twisted genius of Joe Lewis.

Legendary Lew Ojeda

Turkish Cinema Craziness in Chicago Tomorrow Night

Indie Turkish filmmakers came up with wild movies and characters to match. One of the most popular from earlier days is the character “Kilink” (Killing), a super criminal out to conquer the world. Get more info on movies like this during my lecture, The Outta-Mind Empire: The Crazy World of Seytan and Turkish Exploitation, coming up tomorrow night at midnight at Facets Multi-Media. If you haven’t seen The Turkish Exorcist, you haven’t lived. Tell your friends!

I’ll be presenting the lecture and screening at:
Facets Multimedia
1517 W Fullerton
Chicago, IL
Saturday night   9/29/2012   at midnight
Admission: $5, FREE  for Facets members

Learn how you can be a member here.


Tonight’s the Night! Sisters of No Mercy Opens Facets Fright School!

Be there or be damned! Reception begins at 11pm.


TUGM on The Curious Sophisticate Sunday 12:30pm on Radio DePaul

Joe Lewis and I will be interviewed by Dominick Mayer on Radio DePaul’s “The Curious Sophisticate” program shortly after 12:30pm tomorrow (9/25). We’ll be talking about the upcoming “Sisters of No Mercy Premiere Party in Purgatory” , other programs/features from The Underground Multiplex and our communal arts philosophy.

Tune in by heading to radio.depaul.edu for live streaming. Also, check out this promo for the award-winning station.


Satan’s in a Giving Mood Sept. 30th Midnight at Facets Fright School

Come to this if you want to see more insanity. The entire schedule with the great trailer here.

Great Trailer for the Upcoming Facets Fright School Starting Sept. 30th!

Once again, Joseph Lewis does a fantastic job with this trailer for Facets Fright School running Sept. 30-Oct 29th at Facets Multimedia, 1517 W. Fullerton, Chicago IL 60614. Admission is only $5 and FREE if you’re a member. (Here’s how to become one).

We’ve got a great kick off: The Sisters of No Mercy Premiere Party in Purgatory! Be there Sept. 30th at 11pm for a goodies reception. Midnight for the lecture by me and Joe Lewis followed by the interactive fun!


TUGM’s Pals Polar Bear Club Set to Release New Album Sept 13th

Polar Bear Club, whose lead singer Jimmy Stadt was gracious enough to appear in the Facets Night School trailer, will be releasing their new album “Clash Battle Guilt Pride” on Sept. 13th. Here’s their cut “Screams in Caves:”

And here, Jimmy appears with his “inconsiderate date” Ashley (who’s talking on her cel phone) in our last Night School trailer: