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, although never ones to shirk an insurmountable workload, they intend their biography of their mutual idol, Gary Graver, to surface first, sometime in 2022.
When they do break free from the sultry shackles of hardcore Robert McCallum flicks and Nu Image action extravaganzas, they like nothing better than to chat about the world of barely acknowledged movies on their Schlock & Awe podcast. Season One slithered through straight-to-disc and made-for-cable creature features under the title Natural Selection, while Season Two, Flesh Noir, is devoted to the sauce and smoulder the of the DTV erotic thriller
With seventeen audio commentaries under their belt for labels like Arrow Video and 88 Films, they’re regulars in the boutique Blu-ray business, 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 yack-tracks for the lavish editions of Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) and Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995); Tobe Hooper’s The Mangler (1995); 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, skin-laden 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.
Matty and Dave contributed a guest essay to 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 still 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.