Buy or rent it online at https://heartattack.vhx.tv
As some of you know, I used to write and direct a weekly show on Public Access TV in Seattle in the early '90s. It was a suspense anthology called Heart Attack Theatre. And I made a documentary about it called Heart Attack!
Heart Attack! has screened at:
London Analogue Festival
Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival
Thin Line Film Festival (Texas)
London Underground Film Festival
Reviews of Heart Attack!
"Just watching this documentary I laughed out loud in so many places it somehow made me feel dirty for enjoying it so much."
--Ginger Nuts of Horror
"HEART ATTACK! was fascinating, entertaining, and more than a little inspirational. This was truly one of the most special films I have seen in a long time."
--Flag on the Moon.
"It’s a feel we don’t seem to get as much with modern cinema because we’re too afraid to push those boundaries now."
--The Scream Review
"I sincerely adored this grimy treasure and all it had to offer: its friendly and intelligent crew members, its often believable gut-wrenching performances, its captivating yet dingy VHS recordings, its vile sense of humor, and most of all the balls and perseverance it took to make this shit."
--366 Weird Movies
"While you may have never heard the name Kelly Wayne Hughes, after you watch “Heart Attack!” you’ll find it hard to forget him. Or his films!"
"It's such a fitting document to a bygone era of no-holds-barred genre filmmaking."
--[re]Search my Trash
"The most disarming aspect of what Kelly shares in his video clips is the personal vision. A woman can give birth to a plushy stuffed snake and the actors sell the reality of it. (This is far less cheesy than it sounds). Kelly also manages to be inspired by David Lynch, but provides a genuine sincerity that Lynch sometimes misses. This is not just: 'Weird for the sake of Weird.'”
--Playground of Doom
"Hughes is the public access rejoinder to politically correct transvestism, Elsa Klench, and the National Football League."
"The joy of watching Kelly's films is for the pure over-the-top outrageousness of them, and the uncensored creativity that is so often in bad taste, but all the better for it."
--Film Panic Magazine
Keep an eye out for these two other upcoming documentaries I'll be profiled in...
Interviews w/Kelly Hughes
Review/Interview at Carolyn Manson blog
Summer's almost over.
But things are just starting to get hot!
1. New Interview
I had the pleasure (and privilege) of interviewing Chuck Rolando and Mary Shay of the Italo Disco band Passengers. From 1979 through the mid '80s, Passengers put out a string of influential hits that still sound fresh today. To get in the mood, listen to the Moby Mix of their dance classic Hot Leather. And to read the full interview, click the pic below:
2. VHS Swap
The VHS event at Scarecrow Video on August 1 was a hit. Vendors brought an amazing assortment of VHS rarities. And it was fun meeting all the collectors who showed up. A big "thank-you" to Scarecrow for hosting the event! [And a new swap is in the works, too.]
3. New Screening?
I've just been invited to screen my work at a new event. I'll share more details when we finalize the date. But I'll give you a few hints. It's not in WA state. It is in a college town. And I will be in attendance. (You know I can't pass up a lively Q&A session.)
I will do one final edit of the Heart Attack! doc for this event, adding the voice-over narration everyone has been asking me to do. And make this the official DVD release (as opposed to the streaming release from earlier this year.)
It's been amazing revisiting this older work. But once it's on DVD, I think I'll feel free to move on to some other projects. I've loved doing the festival circuit. But it's time to shake things up again.