The Schlock Pit is the home of film critics Matty Budrewicz and Dave Wain who, for the past eight years, have parlayed their shared, lifelong obsession with horror, B-movies, and direct-to-video shenanigans into a writing career. At The Schlock Pit, you’ll find reviews, retrospectives, essays, musings, and a whole lot more.
Currently, every spare moment of Matty and Dave’s waking lives is spent penning their upcoming magnum opus, Schlock & Awe: 2,001 Forgotten Films of the ’90s Rental Realm. However, when they do break free from the sultry shackles of softcore Shannon Tweed flicks and PM action extravaganzas, they like nothing better than to chat straight-to-disc and made-for-cable creature features on their monthly podcast, Natural Selection.
They freelance for the home entertainment sector and are continually hard at work on a whole host of projects that they’re sworn to secrecy over — though it’s definitely worth checking out their weighty booklets for the Collector’s Edition boxsets of Hollow Man 1+2 and the Anaconda Quadrilogy. Additionally, you can swoon to their dulcet tones on the audio commentaries for the top-notch discs of slasher classic Terror Train (1980); Van Damme favourites Replicant (2001), Legionnaire (1998) and Universal Soldier: The Return (1999); Gary Graver and Fred Olen Ray’s oddball ’80s shocker Moon in Scorpio (1987); the much-maligned straight-to-DVD sequel, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006); Nico Mastorakis’ potent erotic thriller In the Cold of the Night (1990); and Mary Lambert’s Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), which they moderated alongside Lambert herself.
Lockdown 2020 was spent producing and directing their acclaimed feature-length documentary Transfixed by Light, which spends seventy-six minutes in the company of storied cinematographer Mike Southon as he discusses his fascinating career. Transfixed by Light can be found on 88 Films’ Blu-ray of Replicant.
Recently, Matty and Dave contributed a guest essay for Troy Howarth’s book, Assault on the System: The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter: a stunningly exhaustive text that was given the full JC seal of approval. And if you rewind a little bit, you can snag the Rondo-nominated It Came From the Video Aisle!: Inside Charles Band’s Full Moon Entertainment Studio: an excellent, doorstop-sized tome that features their meaty, interview-packed chapters on the Killjoy, Gingerdead Man, and Evil Bong franchises.
Matty and Dave have also edited the sadly now defunct Zombie Hamster dot com and are responsible for a host of written material for a bunch of sites and magazines they’d much prefer to forget about. But buy them a beer and they’ll happily dish all the dirt.