REVIEWS On TAUROBOLIUM


"Here it is, folks: the World Series, Super Bowl, Indy 500, and World Soccer raised to the highest power. Real people enjoying all the thrills, spills, and chills of good clean sports. The stars, the spectators, and the hard workers behind the scenes. All this, plus a great musical score. Too bad Larry Wessel wasn't around with his camera in Rome filming the Circus Maximus."
–Anton LaVey CHURCH OF SATAN

"Larry Wessel's current project is to resurrect worship of Mithraic deities. Because of his weight and stamina, he naturally feels connected to the bull. He spends every available weekend at Tijuana's bull rings, documenting the blood sport on video tape...He has shown me clips, featuring the sights and sounds of the bulling slaughterhouse. The horrifying scenes are reminiscent of the descriptions of sacrifices in ancient Aztec temples."
–Adam Parfrey APOCALYPSE CULTURE

"...A spellbinding visual account of the world's last great blood sport...Mr. Wessel has committed to video the definitive bullfight chronicle...raw...exciting...light years ahead of 'ARRUZA'."
–Nick Bougas DEATH SCENES

"Super job, one of the most exciting jobs on the subject I've seen. Enhorabuenas! Both Ears and Tail!"
–Barnaby Conrad MATADOR

"A must have film. Gripping, compelling, an amazing documentary that is not at all for the weak of heart!"
–Rev. Randall Tin-ear ANGRY THOREAUAN

"A Powerful Documentary!"
–Russ Kick PSYCHOTROPEDIA

"Fascinating!"
–David Kerekes KILLING FOR CULTURE

"Fascinating! Wessel's best work! You won't forget this video!"
–EYE

"Brilliant! OLE!"
–Dale Pierce WORLD OF FANDOM

"Well worth the money! An Exciting look at one of the most colorful arenas in the world!"
–Howard Seigel LOS AFICIONADOS DE LOS ANGELES

"This video should be in every aficionado's collection. Larry Wessel's TAUROBOLIUM is an extraordinary visual experience. It makes a wonderful gift. I've purchased 3 copies and I'm spreading the word to friends in California and Mexico."
–Rick Perry AFICIONADO

"A Powerful Documentary!"
–Scott Russo FILM THREAT

"Gruesome! Riveting! You can practically smell the dust, the blood and the beer! Larry Wessel's Taurobolium is, as is the bullfight, a true spectacle, and as a modern document of a centuries-old practice it deserves to be seen! Ole!"
****(Highest Rating) –Tom Crites, PANISCUS REVUE

"Beautiful! Intense! Inspirational! Artistic Editing! A Very Complex, Multi-Faceted Work! A Remarkable Achievement!"
–Lyn Sherwood TIJUANA BULLRING PHOTOGRAPHER


On ULTRAMEGALOPOLIS

"Wessel's camera plays Vergil to your Dante on a journey through all the circles of this contemporary Tartarus."
Peter H. Gilmore,
THE CHURCH OF SATAN


On TATTOO DELUXE

"Larry doesn't hesitate to catch their every flinch as the needle goes it's merry way"
David Kerekes,
HEADPRESS


"Excellent job of capturing a studio"
- Chris Pfouts,
INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ART


On SEX, DEATH & THE HOLLYWOOD MYSTIQUE

"This is absolutely one of my favorite films!"
Peter Sotos,
author of Total Abuse, Special, Tick, Index and Lazy


"A colourful warts and all view of what it's like to live in the shadow of the famous Hollywood Sign!"
David Kerekes, HEADPRESS

"Grisly! Sordid! This is the real story told by Hollywood's survivors!"
Steve Puchalski, SHOCK CINEMA

"Exciting! Genuinely Disturbing!"
FEMME FATALES

"Truly Captivating! A Killer Film!"
Angelo Madrigale, FRIGHT X

"Wessel's cinema–verite portrait of hopeful starlet/professional call girl Kelly Monroe is thoroughly engaging!" – Gerry Fialka, FLIPSIDE

*****(Highest Rating)
Tom Crites, PANISCUS REVUE

On SUGAR & SPICE

"An Outrageous Vision! You'll Love This!"
Lois Commondenominator,
DRAGAZINE


On CARNY TALK

"It's really a very intimate film, up close and personal in a way filmed interviews almost never are. If his paintings reach you, certainly his humor will too. Carny Talk is an essential piece of survival equipment!"
Chris Pfouts,
INTERNATIONAL TATTOO ART


"Overflowing with cool anecdotes, Carny Talk offers up a glimpse into late '50s delinquency. It's also particularly recommended if you're a fan of Williams' artwork, since this profile gives you an idea of the early incidents which became a foundation for his later creations. And in a refreshing change of pace from most current indie filmmakers, who put their own (usually underbaked) attitude at the forefront, Wessel prefers to find fascinating subjects and gives them the spotlight. It's a generous approach, and in this instance, it works to perfection!"
Steve Pulchalski,
SHOCK CINEMA


"A Drunken Friday Night Classic!"
JUXTAPOZbr>
"Repulsive, Amusing, and Amazing!"
ART ALTERNATIVES

"Downright Hilarious!"
Art Black, PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO

"Fascinating!"
Tom Crites,
PANISCUS REVUE