Honestly, I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Butcher Brothers. In addition to having a name scheme I’ve felt pandered to a certain audience, I was never really that drawn to their films. Maybe I’m just not that into vamps and haven’t given ’em a fair shake. But I think that’s all about to change. Taking a look at the trailer for HOLY GHOST PEOPLE, I was blown away. But y’all know me. Anything “dirty south,” with backwoods carnage and insanity and I’m in like Flynn. Now, thanks to XLrator Media, those of us unlucky enough to have been in Austin to check out the film will finally get a chance to see it as they’ve just acquired the North American Rights to the film


LOS ANGELES – XLrator Media has acquired all North American rights to the Southern Gothic thriller, HOLY GHOST PEOPLE, following its world premiere last month at South by Southwest. The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri & Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers). XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced the deal today.

“Following our great experience working with the Butcher Brothers on the vampire epic The Thompsons, we’re thrilled to be releasing Mitchell’s extraordinary new film which created such a sensation at SXSW,” said Gordon.

HOLY GHOST PEOPLE was produced by Jeffrey Allard, Phil Flores & Mitchell Altieri and Joe Egender & Kevin Artigue and executive produced by L.C. Nussbeck. The deal was negotiated by Gordon and the Paradigm Finance Group on behalf of the filmmakers.


In the film, 19-year-old Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, “Shameless”) enlists the help of alcoholic ex-Marine Wayne (Brendan McCarthy) to find her estranged sister who has gone missing deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Their search leads them to the Church of One Accord and the enigmatic snake-handling preacher Brother Billy (Joe Egender), who’s devoted congregation of outcasts knowingly risk injury or death seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost. What Wayne and Charlotte uncover during their time on the mountain – about themselves and the nature of faith – will shake them to their core, as the mystery of Charlotte’s sister and her fate unravels. 



Posted on 30th September 2008 by aaron in Personal - Tags: , , , ,

Holy shit, you guys’ve GOT to check this guy out.  This is a series of YouTube bits from JACKVALEFILMS.  Thanks again to GROOVYMONSTER over on Twitter for pointing me in this direction.  This guy, Duane, reminds me a hell of a lot of some of the people from my home town…


Holy crap!  If a dvd documentary comes out about this guy (which seems probable), I’m totally getting it!

Review: WHITE LIGHTNING (1973)

Well, what can I say, I’m a sucker for pretty much any movie set in the great American South (my home).  Well, any movie that’s worth a damn that is.  I’m particularly fond of the “Southern Gothic” sort, or what I like to call the “Dirty South” style of moviemaking.  Any film that shows the other side of the idealized southern charm so often seen in so many shitty flicks.  Any film that portrays moonshinin’, runnin’ from the cops, crazy backwoods antics (Southern Comfort, Deliverance), and darker southern films like Slingblade.  These are movies I can really just sit down, have a beer, kick back, and enjoy.

White Lightning (one of the magnificent early works of a young Burt Reynolds) falls perfectly into that category of Dirty South.  Burt Reynolds plays Gator McKlusky, an Arkansas moonshiner serving some time in the pen for running bootleg whiskey.  While in jail, Gator finds out that his little brother was murdered by some small town asshole sheriff by the name of J.C. Connors (played beautifully by Ned Beatty who worked with Burt Reynolds in 1972’s Deliverance) because he was hangin’ around with some “damn dirty hippies.”  Enraged, ‘ol Gator tries at first to break out of prison, but he gets caught and put on the chain gang diggin’ ditches.  Exasperated, he does what no moonshiner should ever do, he makes a deal with the Feds (tantamount to sellin’ your soul to the devil for these boys).

He makes it clear to the Feds that he has no intention of takin’ down the good ‘ol boys out trying to make a living off of moonshine, but that he’s after Sheriff Connors who has been extorting money from just about everyone in town and running his police force like a gestapo unit.  If anyone crosses Sheriff Connors, they find themselves at the bottom of an old swamp, weighted down with cinder blocks.  Gator’s not going to be intimidated, however.  He’s out for revenge.  Once out of the slammer, he gets in good with a local moonshining outfit in order to work his way up and get some evidence against Sheriff Connors.  Along the way there’s plenty of Hard Drinkin’, Hard Fightin’, Hard Lovin’, and Hard Drivin’, with enough car chases and moonshine to make the Duke Boys proud.

This movie was one hell of a good time to watch.  The acting was actually believable (which seems to be a pretty hard thing to do, trying to convince a southerner like me).  Watching some of the characters on screen reminded me a lot of the characters I grew up around in Mt. Pleasant, NC (my home town).  The film also seemed to use real southern locations.  One thing that’s always annoyed the piss out of me is movies set in “the south” when you can tell it’s California.  The Dukes Of Hazzard, while being one of my favorite shows, suffered from this.  It was supposed to be set in the mountains of Georgia, and in the first few episodes of the first season, it was, but then you can tell, from the barren, dusty hills in the background, that the rest of the show is set in California doubling for Georgia.  But I digress.

This flick has it all: Fast Cars, Faster Women, Moonshining, Fighting, Shootouts, Car Chases.  I’m gonna head on over to Deep Discount DVD and buy a copy (as I got a copy for review from one of the last bastions of hope, a sort of hole in the wall video store that still carries a shit-ton of old VHS flicks you’d be hard pressed to find at any of the chain video rental places).  If you like this site, you’ll most definitely love WHITE LIGHTNING.  Check out the trailer below, along with the poster and a clip from the movie: