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Killer Klowns Review

Director Charles E Cullen’s Killer Klowns from Kansas on Krack treads the fine line between genius and insanity and is such an affront to cinematic convention that most people won’t make it through the first fifteen minutes. Shot on video and obviously edited in camera, the film defies any genre definition or classification — the closest thing I’ve seen to it is Crispin Glover’s What Is It? but even that film is more coherent. The soundtrack, which is repeated ad infinitum, consists of two bizarre folk/country songs that appear to have been playing on a CD during the filming, because they skip when the camera POV changes and they are often louder than the spoken dialogue. It is practically unwatchable and I loved every second of it.

Read the entire review by David Carter at: http://www.notcoming.com/screeninglog/2010/04/entries/2744/


Charles, I just rediscovered you on You tube! Dang, it has been a while since I first saw your television show on Cable Access from Roanoke, Virginia - where my Grandma lives. I still have your mariachi brothers on tape, along with the Mariachi Brother's Halloween Special; where Pee Pee was locked in the basement.

You should place a video about them on here.

Thanks for watching the show. You won't have to worry about not getting your Cullen fix. We are now showing past and present television shows. Stay tuned for more videos.



The South Shall Rise Again…
February 29, 2008

Being big on movies, especially those of the B ilk, I come across some real crazy stuff sometimes. So it was only a matter of time until I come to know of Charles E. Cullen. This guy is great – he writes, directs, produces, and stars in his own films. A regular Donald G. Jackson he is, producing such dandies with the titles of CURSE OF THE MUMMY CAT, and even a zombie flick entitled THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN. Spectacular stuff, decked out with the cheesiest special effects, perhaps worth the $12 he asks for them.

This is the guy B horror/action flick indie directors want to be. Starring in your films as a badass, riding horses, wearing long coats, and just generally acting like you’re a badass mouthing off one-liners that’d make Bruce Campbell proud.

It’s guy’s like Cullen, with that “grab the VHS camcorder and shoot” attitude, that I find to be the most inspirational filmmakers of all. Few will ever see their films, even fewer will ever take notice, but they keep on marching on with their self produced DVDs for sale. Kudos!

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I first saw your show in a hotel room in Atlanta. I have been a big fan ever since.

More Mr. Stitches, please. I love him! He sort of reminds me of my dad for some reason.


That's great! Thank you for being a fan. Cullen Studios will be uploading more and more of the television shows for fans like you. Oh and by the way Mr. Stitches will get you because that is what he does..........

Charles



Charles,

How are you doing? I posted a video of your mushrooms on my facebook! They're so funny! I loooove the mushroom puppets!

-Kortney

Kortney,

Thanks for posting that and I'm glad you like them so much. I hope you are doing well and keeping up with your dancing. The Space Monkey Odyssey DVD of The Jefferson Center show is in the works and I'll keep you posted!

-Charles

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Charles,

Yo- BTW- I dont think Ive mentioned to you yet how much I enjoyed Judgment House! From the freaking opening credits and such! Oy! To me...each room got better and better! Thanks for the ride!

-Pce

John

John,

Hmmm...yea, a lot of people didn't quite know how to take that film. I actually don't even know why I made it...Oh yea, wait a minute I do. Kenny Hicks had already shot the Buzz Brubaker chase scene with the sheriff. The hot rod was cool and it was a well shot chase scene. Then it just kind of sat in Kenny's archives. He wasn't sure what to do with the footage. I saw it one day while visiting him and said, "hand it over to me and I'll try to assemble it into a full length movie. If people are in the right frame of mind, it may even make sense".

-Charles

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Hello,

My name is Courtney and I have been trying to get info on what is going on at Thunder Valley? Thunder Valley's phone is just a recording and says there will be no haunted house this year. The newspaper says to visit your website but I cannot find it? I am most likly over looking it. Wondering when the Carnival was going on? I love you and would love to see what kind of haunted house you have made.

Thanks,

-Courtney

Hi Courtney,

The Haunted House at Thunder Valley was unfortunately cancelled. We had done some there a few years back which worked out quite well. It used to be constructed where the indoor racetrack is. This year the owner did not want to shut down the indoor track so we decided to construct the Haunted House inside two large circus tents. We got some advertising in place, had the tents ordered and the rooms planned and then Thunder Valley got a call from the Building Inspector. The owner then met with the Fire Marshall and the requirements to be met were a little more than he wanted to go through so he asked us to cancel it. Unfortunately some of the advertising still hit the streets. Oh well, maybe next year but thanks for your concern.

-Charles Cullen

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Charles,

I'm Madly in love with Tom Waits. Did you see him on the Glitter & Doom tour?

-Jenny Watkins

Jenny,

No , I didn't. A friend of mine , Suzanne Wright in North Carolina used to mail me his CDs years ago and got me started on him. She just saw him perform somewhere a few months ago. People have been mailing me his material ever since. Actually the man who runs my website www.charlescullen.com (check it out) just mailed me a 3 CD set of Tom Waits titled "Orphans" which are all outtakes! I was excited that you recognized the line!!! So I went home, poured some wine and played that song over and over. Janet Lubas, you will notice ,also posted a comment on that line. I used to sit in her dorm room, drink PBR and play "Who are you" over and over so many times that her roommate would yell at me! Anyhow, my favorites are: "Who Are You", "What's He Building In There", "My 'Ol 55, Jersey Girl", and "A House Where Nobody Lives".

Take care,

-Charles Cullen

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Hey Charles,

Got a question, you know the camera’s you use for your movies, where did you get it ( them) Logan is SOOOOO into this movie making that I thought if there was anyway I could get a used one or something he would LOVE that for Christmas but I don’t know where you get them.

-Holly Hinson

Hi Holly,

The movie Logan was a part of (The Dead Have Risen) was shot on a Sony VX 2000. I wouldn't suggest starting him out on a camera like that, you know in case another intersest comes along (like girls) and he loses interest in filmmaking. I would just start him out on a 300.00 to 400.00 dollar camcorder from Circuit

City or Best Buy. That should suffice for now. It all sounds great and tell him I'm proud of him and am honored that a future director first appeared in one of my films!!!!!

-Charles

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Mr. Cullen,

I live in Roanoke and have been watching your show for many years.

-Rob

Thanks Rob and "keep on tunin' in"

-Charles Cullen

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The Mysterious Charles Cullen!

Hi! It was good to finally meet you! I've been a fan for a very long time! I loved all the crazy dances that you used to do. I haven't seen any in a while. You're a cool dancer. I hope you like the picture we took at Blues BBQ. I think I might make it the wallpaper for my computer! It's too bad I have a boyfriend cause it does seem like we could have a lot of fun! I luz you!

-Sara


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Hi Sara,

Wow, what a great picture. Janet, (runs one of the websites) called and said you were trying to get a photo to me. My email is charlesecullen@yahoo.com. That picture is really cool...now, which one is you? Thanks for all the nice comments on the dances...You should have gone to the Jefferson Center Show we did August 2nd. I had choreographed a two minute dance routine for the end of the show after my "Young Gay Monkey on Rollerskates" song. It incorporated the moonwalk, the robot, some James Brown slides among other moves. It was caught on film and is quite disturbing to watch...we had some Jack Daniels backstage...sooooo...I will leave it to your imagination as to what the dance looked like... Thanks so much for the picture! Take care....also you may want to check out the new website at www.charlescullen.com. It was designed by a man in New York and boy is it fantastic...enjoy!

Sound as ever,

-Charles Cullen

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Charles,

Which one is me? You must have been drunk as a skunk. I thought you were playing ; ). Whatever, I get messy too. Hot drunks unite! I'm on the left. My friend is on the right. I will check out your website and will keep in touch! Are ya gonna sell the film of the Jefferson Center show? I would love to see a Jack Daniels inspired moonwalk!!!

Unsound as ever,

-Sara

Sara,

Yea sorry about that, I figured you were the one on the left. My girlfriend had got mad at me that night and left to go back home to DC...she was supposed to stay another day. I got sad. I found refuge in a bottle of Citadel French Gin...and some country tunes, then got the bright idea to call a cab...thus my behavior and appearance...anyhow,the film of the Jefferson Center show is in the process of being made into a double disc DVD set. The same man in New York who did my website is authoring the DVD, footage is now being labeled and sent to him (31 total tapes..YIKES!), but there is a lot of cool stuff and some funny behind the scenes and backstage footage. It is due out around Christmas, well maybe, probably a little later. I will send you one when it is done. If you get too impatient, let me know and I will run you a quick DVD of the dance routine. I will probably also air that dance routine on an upcoming TV episode. In case you didn't know, my show now airs on Cox channel 78 Mon. thru Thurs. at 11:00 P. M.

-Charles

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Charles,

I know its been a while since we chatted. I saw a band in Charlotte I think you may dig.

http://www.myspace.com/thewest

I left Anders Manga due to personality differences. I guess I'm too humble to be a Rockstar, lol. I'll be starting some drag king performances this month in Charlotte.

My brother is getting hitched and I'll be in Roanoke for that I'd like to try and see you while I'm in town. With costly gas prices it's been harder for me to make it up to VA more often.

Take care,

-Kelly

Hi Kelly,

Sorry your rock star career didn't work for right now, but don't worry maybe you will fit together better with another band. I still wear the bright red vinyl pants you gave me a few years back and people still rave about your performance in my film "Judgement House".

Take care and hope North Carolina is treating you well!

-Charles

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Dear Mr. Cullen,

I watch and review strange and obscure cinema, and recently enjoyed your movie Super Badass. My review of Super Badass is now linked at IMDB at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373343/externalreviews. I was wondering if you ever send out any screeners of your work for review? Since I specialize in strange and obscure stuff I'd be interested in reviewing some more of your movies. In any case, hope you are well, and thanks for Super Badass! You can check out my site at http://www.lurple.com if you're interested.

Thanks,

-Russell

Russell,

Thanks so much for the review, I hope it was a good one. Yes I do send out screeners for review, just let me know an address and which films you would like to cover.

-Charles

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Hey Charles,

I just was getting a little homesick and wanted to check you out on Atlanta's "People TV" but i cant find you on the listings chart. I'm a little distraught. I'd have called but i didnt know when a good time would be for you. Hope all is going well and hopefully i'll get back up to Roanoke before too long.

-Dyanna

Hi Dyanna,

Hope you are doing good. As far as I know, Atlanta's People TV airs my show in various time slots, I don't think they have given it a specific time slot yet. You could call the station and ask for Program Manager Danny Mattox or Micah Hicks and they could probably give you some airtimes!

Sound as ever,

-Dr. Charles E. Cullen

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Charles,

The Steve McQueen of cable access, Charles Cullen! Been a HUGE fan for goin on ten years now!

-Meredith

Meredith,

The Steve Mcqueen of cable access? Never heard that one before but I like it! I'm glad you enjoy the shows and thanks for watching for so long. So how did you arrive at Steve McQueen? I'm interested.

-Charles

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Be proud, chicken man,

He's my all-purpose beacon of comparison for excellence in general bad assery. Specially his early crap like 'Honky Tonk Bulesque' and 'Never Love a Stranger, lotsa late-50's exploitation goodness. Pure joy!

-Meredith

Meredith,

I'm very proud and quite flattered! I love the old photos of him on the motorcycle, I think it was some movie called "The Great Escape" or something like that. Also, the Rolling Stones sing about him in a song called "Star Star". So yes thank you.

-Charles Cullen

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Charles,

Hahaha I just listened to "Star Star". Even though I still have that inexplicable aversion to the Stones, I gotta love any jam that lays down the lines 'Star f-----! star f-----! Star f-----!' I love the Ali Mcgraw reference, too. I hear tell that woman had a bush so outta control you could probly hide a VCR in it!

-Meredith

Meredith,

Hmmmm.....I never picked up on the Ali Mcgraw reference, strange becuse I am quite a Stones listener and especially of that song...I'll relisten. I liked her in the movie Convoy with Kris Kristofferson ( Whom I am a big fan of) and got to watch him perform in Cleveland, Ohio one time. Was this bush she had in the front yard or the back yard of her home...and why did people hide VCRs in it?

-Charles Cullen

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Hey Charles,

Its been a long time. I was perusing your website and thought of a lot of the stuff we used to do at ODU. Hope things are well for you. I see from your site that you live near Poage’s Mill. That’s where my folks settled many generations ago. As you can see I am still doing the manufacturing thing here in Salem . Have worked here for 11 years. Me and Sherry have two teenagers. You ever get married? Kids?

I still tell stories from time to time about our old glory days at ODU. One of my favorites was the time we got kicked out of the frat party after you managed to get a knife pulled on you after making fun of a guys hair. Lots of folks I know have seen some of your shows so I get to repeat these stories. You, Charles, are my brush with fame. In case you have forgotten I will index other stories:

-Giving cops wrong directions to your house

-Walking down the street with an end table on each foot (cheap bourbon)

-“Camping” in the woods near your cousins house in Lynchburg (Mountain Recipe)

-Looking for a Christmas tree near my 1st house (you scared some girls pretty bad)

-Film footage involving firecrackers and ketchup packs in my back yard

-Recording the song “Like Wine from a Broken Glass” at least 30 times (I wish I still had a copy of that)

-Many Jeep rides to and from Roanoke listening to the Stanley Brothers (Train 45!) (I still have that Jeep and just refurbed it)

Holler back if you get a minute. Take care.

-Ben Grisso

Hey man,

Of course my first reply was to make you laugh. What a beautiful email, I enjoyed it immensely and couldn't hold back the laughter! I think of you quite often and remember those stories well. I still keep in touch with Chris Elliott and think of you often. Nothing has changed a lot with me or my behavior...my brain never progressed past 18 years old.The crazy story list has just became much larger. We should get together soon.

Sound as ever,

-Charles Cullen "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" It never got weird enough for me....HST

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John Colletti's new website review:

WOW! Truly an amazing website...wish I had that years ago! Everything you ever wanted to know about Charles Cullen in one place---looks great!

John,

Thanks for your review, I'm sure Bill is flattered. It is quite comprehensive, maybe now even I can figure out who I am!

-Charles

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Hey,

just wanted to send u some pics of my daughter. her name is luna. she was born on friday september 19, 2008. so when \r u having a baby??? they're the best gift from God that u could ever ask for...

hope to here from u soon.

love, -mollie

Hi Mollie,

I don't think men can have babies...or have they toyed with that area of nature now too???

-Charles

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Hey charles,

How've ya been. What's new out at the Cullen Studios Chicken Ranch ???

I was going through some old cassette tapes that I have with random recordings on it and came across one where I had recorded the radio wrov 96.3 one afternoon and you were on the radio in the studio singing "I wish I was a woman" and playing guitar. I think Buzz Kasey was the radio dj host. Well I got the song from the tape into my mac and made an mp3 of it for you with garageband. I am sending it to you in the attachment. it is in mp3 format. If you have a flash drive/thumb drive with you you can just put it on there and take it home and put it on your mac.

rock on !

-Jonathan

Jonathan,

Amazing,wow, what a find! Thank you.

-Charles

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Hello, I have a couple of questions about your films

1. Why do you make such movie as Killer Klowns from Kansas on Krack? Any messages you want to deliver?

2. How do u get financial aid? I guess you won't be able to make any benefits making such films.

-A very curious man from Republic of Korea.

Hmmm,

Well question #1, I'm not sure why I make movies like that. I always just produce what comes out of my head. And I didn't really have any message to deliver. Um, question #2, I fund them myself, the benefits are pretty good though, maybe not monetarily, but it was fun to ride that little donkey during making the film.

-Charles Cullen

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Hey there Charles.

Got a couple of things for ya:

1. I have presents for you. During our move, I found a couple of things that I think need to have at home with you.

2. Your tattoos are here. (Finally – I am such a slack ass)

3. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the new website

4. Wish I could find you on Cable Access… what happened? I try watching your show and end up with Susan Lucci trying to sell me Malibu Pilates…..

Ok. So call me when you get a minute.

Hugs and screams,

-Leisa

Hey there , how are you? Can't wait to see what ya got for me . And wow, I will finally have pin-up girl tattoos but can wash them off when needed. The website is fantastic and we have lots of big ideas for it so stay tuned. As far as the cable show, not sure on that one. Maybe they got a time slot mixed up. They should have hired me to sell Malibu Pilates!!!

-Charles

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Charles,

The shout out to us in your show was the bees knees! You've made me a very happy man! Also, dug the Young Gay Monkey video...would love to see how you did it!

-John C Colletti, PsyD

John,

No problem, thanks for sending in the Sun Studios T-shirt. The Young Gay Monkey Animation was done by Bill Miller using software called "3-D Me Now".

-Charles Cullen

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Charles,

I'd totally love to play "Where'd all the flies come from" with you on stage this summer when we play the gig at Longwood College...think that's a possibility?

-JC

JC,

Sounds good to me if I can remember the chords...lyrics too for that matter, also, it's not the best choice of song for an "all girl college"...but yea , let's try it!

-Charles Cullen

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Hi Charles!

Wow!!!! Thanks for the awesome delivery of Cullen contraband - there was so much stuff in that box it will take me a week to work it into the Cullen Corner - we've already watched several of the DVD's and hope to watch the rest within the next couple of weeks - it is truly amazing to see how much work you have done within the past 10 years -I should be finished with the basement Cullen Corner within the next couple of weeks so you will have to come over to check it out once it's done - we'll listen to some Alice Cooper, drink some PBR's and wonder what future works will end up proudly displayed on the shelves - thanks again!!!!!

-Stu

Stu,

No problem, I was honored to hear that you had actually established a "Charles Cullen Corner " in your basement. I normally would not have turned loose of the VHS copies of my first five movies (I only kept 5 copies each for myself) but sounds like you will give them a nice home and display. And yes, we will drink Blue Ribbon and listen to Alice Cooper soon!

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Charles,

Just a note to let you know that I received the latest program. I've added it to the November 27th schedule. Appropriate for the season, I'd scheduled last year's Thanksgiving program to air this coming Tuesday. As always, it's a pleasure to view and run your programs whenever I can. One of Huntington's few local producers compiled a special program for the Halloween season and was elated when I told him it would air immediately after "The Charles Cullen Show".

Best Regards,

-Richard Bartram

Richard,

Thanks for the nice email. I'll keep the shows coming your way...also, can you air 60 minute episodes?

-Charles

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Charles-

Great bumping into you today. I've been meaning to pop you out an email to you lately to see what's been up, so it was good timing.

I just wanted to let you know that as you were leaving (and me not too far behind you), I was amazed and amused by all the folks in and out of the store who know who you are and were saying things like "that's that guy on TV" or "he's the Chicken Man." (All of this being spoken by them in a very positive manner). I mean, we're talking all demographics and walks of life-housewives, moms, old folks, college kids, cashiers and clerks. Some rich, some not so rich, and mostly in between. I also saw you autograph that chick's arm-awesome! I'm sure by now you're used to being known-I just thought it interesting after our conversation today how broad a group of people you seem to appeal to.

I'll report back from Alaska!

-Jay

Jay,

They were probably in awe of the fact that my grocery cart was filled with only beer, champagne and wine!

-Charles Cullen

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hi my name is sarah i love mr stitches i also love the puritons and your songs my sister love young gay monkey on oller skates i love it to

-Sarah

Sarah,

Very good, thank you so much for watching and I'm glad you guys enjoy it! But keep a watch out for that rotten Mr. Stitches...

-Charles Cullen

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i watch your show all the time my dad loves your show

-Sarah

Sarah,

That's great, but tell him he shouldn't be staying up that late!

-Charles Cullen

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Charles,

As I stare at the beautiful can of Schlitz Malt Liquor sitting on my desk, along with the lovely goblet, I am reminded that there are indeed wonderful people in this world. This is indeed, truly, the finest gift I have ever received. The fact that you found the rare 24 oz can just shows what a tremendous human being you are.

You are, as they say, "The Man."

Thank you!

-Dave Hall

MVD Entertainment Group

Dave,

No problem, as soon as I got that call from a friend in Montevella, Alabama informing me that they had found my movie "Super Badass" at a gas station, (Chevron , I think it was) in Alabama,...well, I knew you needed a gift for being a great distributor. I always wanted my material to be available in truckstops one day...a gas station is only a step away!!!

Take care,

-Charles E. Cullen

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Thank you for posting some of this year's episode! I wish I was in Roanoke again... Every time I am in that area, I always look for your tv show - it never fails at making me laugh. Good work, and hope to see more soon!
It's great that you'll put the episodes on youtube from now on! I'll watch them every week! Probably more than once!

It seems like you are the only one who I have come across that shares my sense of humor - in the bizarre, creative sense. Everyone here, in GA doesn't really get it, but I like all of it! Keep it up! :)

Hello,
Thanks for all of your comments. We have started a new Youtube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/CharlesECullen

We also have a new facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cullen-Studios-Movies-Music-and-Artwork-by-Charles-Cullen/167294145287

Also Cullen Studios To Keep You Updated:

http://www.cullen-studios.com

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LOL. THIS IS GREAT! I live in roanoke. I saw Charles E. Cullens at the library the other day. well, i saw his car and him getting out.


Hello,
Yes I was getting the book Chicken Tales by Hen Squawker. Thanks for commenting.

Charles E Cullen


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