Post by forlornjackalope on Jun 13, 2019 1:55:11 GMT
I've been at work prepping a zine about obscure and lost horror media, and while I was skimming the Wiki to see if there was anything I overlooked that I could add to my future reading log, Ax'Em caught my attention and I was interested to learn more. I saw the film, well half of it, years ago and I had no idea there was more to the mystery about this infamous "so bad, it's bad" SOV film. With all of this in mind, I'm very curious to know if any new findings have come up or if any fellow horror fans would be interested in starting a search to see if something comes up.
I haven't hear Michael Mfume's name come up in what feels like a decade, so I don't know if he just lives a private life or he has since passed away. Thus far, the most I've been able to see while I'm poking around is that York Entertainment has a LinkedIn page (whether or not it's legitimate) and rapper Willie D has a photo on his Facebook page from 2015 of him with Mfume, unless the name is a total coincidence. I intend on reaching out to Paul at VHSCollector to see if he or anyone from the site knows more about York Entertainment, Mfume's wherabouts, or the rumors about the original cut of the film. I don't expect to get a response back since I get the impression Paul is super busy with managing the site, but I can hope for the best.
Even if we ultimately reach a dead end with Mfume debunking the speculation, at least we'd be getting somewhere.
Post by forlornjackalope on Jun 24, 2019 18:30:42 GMT
So, this is only a small update to say that I'm still trying to ask around to see if anyone remembers the film or knows about the original cut of the film.
I took to the horror subreddit, and I did get a response from someone who said that the original cut more than likely exists, given that there's reviews on IMDb from those who claim to have seen it in the early 90s during its limited theatrical run in Baltimore. I talked to said person more, and that were both coming to the conclusion that the cuts made by York Entertainment were done for practical reasons, as they were probably so poor in quality that it was impossible to make out what happened; both visually and audibly.
With that said, I'm wondering if it's still worth trying to track down Michael Mfume or someone who worked with him on a project to see if he or anyone still has a copy of the film. I said before that my one fear is that he has since passed away, but it's looking more certain that he's still alive - given that a photo of him (or someone who resembles him) was in a photo with Willie D four years ago and he [Willie D] said Mfume directed some of his videos a few years ago.
The way I'm seeing things going if were going to unearth this is to reach out to Willie D to see if he has Mfume's contact information and go from there. LinkedIn wasn't worth the time, but it anyone utilizes the site a lot, you might have better luck than I have. I also haven't heard back from the VHS Collector team through e-mail, so I might have to try by way of Facebook. Worst case scenario is that Mfume doesn't answer. Bummer situation is that he does and says that the version genuinely doesn't exist or it does and he doesn't have his copy anymore.