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THE JAR (1984) - Devin_Kelly - 02-07-2010 02:01 PM
Well...where does one begin with a film like this? Obviously one I'm compelled to bring up, however, and get a discussion going about. You certainly couldn't discuss a flick like THE JAR (1984) with the closed-minded drones who post at a place such as the IMDB. Nope, they're havin' none of THE JAR over there. And that's what makes Cinema Nocturna special. We encourage it!
THE JAR is "experimental" to say the least. It's THE KINDRED on crack...somewhat. Directed by one Bruce Toscano (whom we've not seen hide nor hair of since), my girlfriend and I stumbled upon THE JAR one Summer afternoon; much like the central loner happens upon the title macabre giant jam mason nightmare in the film. I almost felt perplexed just holding the damn thing (a rarely seen pre-record on the Magnum Entertainment label).
Appropriately, coming courtesy of Nocturna International Limited Productions, THE JAR is for the most part a one man show - starring unknown Gary Wallace as central oddball, Paul. Unfortunately for him, a motor vehicle accident involving a delirious old timer carrying around a bulbous jar in a brown paper bag will be a random moment in time that becomes a literal mind-fuck of possession. Inside 'The Jar' lurks something not of this Earth. An almost parasitic alien possessor, immediately turning Paul's plain existence into a psychological attack coming straight out of the ghastly glass creature container itself and right into his psyche. Twisted hallucinations and unaccountable violence soon follow, as the visions forced into poor Paul and out for the viewers to see take us through most surreal depictions of war, sex, murder, unearthed decapitations, religious sacrifice and more unexplainable strangeness. THE JAR is a trip within a trip within a trip!
I'm definitely curious to see who else among the Nocturnites has seen this one? As I said, it was directed by Bruce Toscano, who didn't do anything following, leading one to believe that it quite possibly could have even been a student film.
However, leave it to yours truly to really dig deep into these obscurities and the wonderfully intriguing tales behind making them, as I intend to find out the answers to the above and more. I'm in the very early stages of planning something special surrounding THE JAR, in the possible form of another Devin Double Whammy EXCLUSIVE! I have vowed that 2010 WILL be the year of the exclusive here at Cinema Nocturna, and all eyes are focused from my end suddenly and happily on a hopefully soon to be, one of a kind piece profiling this Fellini-esque horror fantasy brain-spin - THE JAR.
In the meantime, as I work on tossing another iron into the red hot fire for the readers of CN, and to get those exclusive up close answers and inside looks we all enjoy - lets get some interesting conversation going here regarding the film itself. THE JAR is a picture, that if nothing else, evoked many things. From inevitable critical attack, to thought-provoking questions surrounding the ideas the film presents that some may be missing, and what it's all about; right through to the bizarre technical aesthetics, or lack thereof.
This is what Cinema Nocturna truly exemplifies; getting to the root of and at times entirely unearthing, uniquely one of a kind cinema like THE JAR and breathing new life into such films via discussion and behind the scenes investigation, as well as simply talking about what we did or didn't like about the viewing experiences themselves. I hope such will be the case with Bruce Toscano's THE JAR here.
RE: THE JAR (1984) - Devin_Kelly - 02-10-2010 10:48 AM
Well, as a follow-up here to my initial post that began this thread on the weekend concerning THE JAR (1984) (and one that will hopefully now generate some conversation here), I've got two pieces of exciting news I'd like to now inform everyone of.
As of yesterday, I have officially secured another exclusive for Cinema Nocturna, having just been in recent contact with the lead actor from THE JAR, Gary Wallace, regarding an interview. Mr. Wallace - who played central character Paul in the film - has graciously and happily accepted a first time ever full-length interview discussing this bizarre flick for the readers of Cinema Nocturna!
The second annoucement is that this will be the first installment of a second series I'm introducing here at CN, to be found in the Sideshow section of the site, officially known as 'OSTRACIZED OBSCURITIES'. It will shine the spotlight on many regional films and North American films in general over the decades that have all but vanished or been looked at unfairly (in my view, anyhow). My two part-special on THE JAR - featuring an introspective review and analysis of the film (and why I feel it is one of those wrongly ostracized), along with the exclusive Q&A with Gary Wallace, shall be the first.
I hope you'll all look forward to this for the March edition and will also take the time to see THE JAR if you haven't. Those who have - lets talk about it!
Only at CN, folks...only at CN!
RE: THE JAR (1984) - Devin_Kelly - 02-15-2010 05:58 PM
Just wanted to keep everyone posted:
My questions for lead actor of THE JAR, Gary Wallace, will be officially sent off to him tomorrow in preparation for my two-part special on the film, coming to you as the first installment of 'OSTRACIZED OBSCURITIES' (featuring analysis/interview combos on cast-aside regional horror and exploitation).
Also some more exciting news: Gary Wallace himself has joined The Nocturnal Forum under the name TheJar. Please help make him feel welcome, guys!
I sincerely hope everyone is at least intrigued by this. Who here has experienced THE JAR? Do your mind a favor if you haven't and seek it out. A truly hypnotic and warped oddity.
RE: THE JAR (1984) - ex-fandessixties - 02-25-2010 06:14 AM
Not seen it myself - sounds bizarre to say the least.
Why "Ostracized Obscurities", Devin, as a title - does this mean that they will return in 10 years time ?
RE: THE JAR (1984) - Devin_Kelly - 03-09-2010 11:53 AM
I know you were playing around here, Kit, but I actually have taken your comment into contructive consideration and have decided a different title would be best. I'll leave it a surprise for now, however
I know there are a few on here who have seen THE JAR. It sure would be nice to have some people behind me on this idea with support and a little bit of a chat about the film itself, or at least the concept of my new piece for Sideshow, before it officially is presented.
We're supposed to have each other's backs here with some praise or interest in what others are doing once in a while. Kind of hurts my feelings, to be very truthful. Where is the enthusiasm guys?! Far too much of a humdrum attitude around here lately.
Please, I'm really not sure I can take these negative vibes much longer.
RE: THE JAR (1984) - Devin_Kelly - 03-12-2010 03:08 PM
Just to let everyone know, after taking Kit's comment about the title of my new monthly SIDESHOW piece focusing on two-part installments covering very obscure, forgotten regional horror and the like (one part review/one part interview), I have since decided to go with a far better title for the column.
The concept will now be officially known as, 'NETHEREGIONAL ORIGINS'. This is a far more fitting title I feel as I am covering super-offbeat, very seldom seen or discussed REGIONAL horror and exploitation offerings (ie. filmed in places like Colorado, Wisconsin, Iowa, etc.) and going in-depth on the films themselves and their relatively unknown histories.
THE JAR (1984) will be covered extensively as planned, and my interview with lead performer from the film, Gary Wallace, is a first time Q&A discussing the film at length ANYWHERE. Please assist me in getting behind this exclusive CN scoop as I am quite proud of the idea and my motivations behind it.
*Also, writers, please check into the 'March Update' thread in the staff forum. We have an absolutely SET IN STONE time frame for how long you all have to hand in your March material (I am not accepting anything past this coming Sunday night) and the official launch date of March's edition of Cinema Nocturna has also been announced there. Please check in. Thanks guys!*