(Topic ID: 141610)

Deep Throat pinball - does it still exist?


By Law

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    So, I was watching the masterpiece of cinema that is Future Kill a couple days ago and go figure- there's a Deep Throat pinball machine featured pretty prominently. I'd never heard of such a thing despite the notable theme and of course there's no information on IPDB, RGP, or Pinside that I can find.

    Anyways, looks like it was featured in a couple B-grade movies in the early eighties, there's a pretty good clip available here but digging for more information has proved to be tough on the intarwebs. It looks like a playable game with art and plastics, at least.

    This isn't terribly explicit (it's on youtube, afterall), but might be NSFW so here's a butchered link:

    https://www.you tube.com/watch?v=qNMiJtRYFs4

    Re-theme or completely original? Is this still kicking around somewhere? O-din's dream come true?

    #2 3 years ago
    Quoted from Law:

    O-din's dream come true?

    Looks like a stripped down re-theme of a Bally Capersville or very similar game.

    #3 3 years ago

    Capersville is a pretty good guess based on the slings, looks like the right-hand layout is a bit different though.

    Future Kill didn't provide much of any kind of decent pictures, but the pop bumpers look to be on the top left, three red-dagged caps. I'm not convinced it's the same playfield that's shown in the Mongrel clip, though.

    Rock Maker looks like the best match from that era of Bally. Lower playfield matches up pretty much exactly.

    #4 3 years ago

    It is a Rockmakers. You beat me to the punch.

    #5 3 years ago

    But the real question ... where is it now?

    #6 3 years ago

    No idea. But it would have been a shame to re-theme a Capersville. I own one. Great game!

    #7 3 years ago

    It was also featured in the movie Mongrel (1982).

    Totally cheesecake, apparently the owner/creator Robbert Burns still has it in his graphic design office "The Rh Factor" in Austin TX.

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    #8 3 years ago

    Totally sucky song, but here is clip from the Mongrel movie:

    http://pinballbayarea.com/2011/11/24/deep-throat-pinball/

    2 years later
    #9 9 months ago

    The machine does indeed still exist. It was created by Robert A. Burns, the art director on the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I'm producing a documentary film about Burns called Rondo and Bob (rondoandbob.com). Burns was a creative genius who also did art direction on The Hills Have Eyes, Re-Animator and The Howling. Mongrel was a low-budget film Burns directed. He was also a concert poster artist in Austin, Texas, and had a graphic design business for years. He was obsessed with the actor Rondo Hatton, thus the doc's title.

    Gunnar Hansen talks in his autobiography about being interviewed by Bob for the role of Leatherface in TCM and seeing the pinball machine. We've recreated that scene for the doc.

    Bob committed suicide in 2004, but had years before sold the pinball machine to a friend who still has it. Said friend has informed me that he's willing to sell the machine with the proceeds going toward the completion of the documentary. I'm trying to gauge its value. Can anyone provide guidance on this? It's likely to end up in the hands of a TCM fan.

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    #10 9 months ago

    Nobody knows what something like that is worth. Impossible to gauge. Just start throwing numbers out there.

    It's a curio, an an oddity. Probably not for pinball people, maybe vintage porno collectors? Or fans of Bob's work? You'd probably do better asking around the film/sci fi community than the pinball community.

    #11 9 months ago

    Price is anyone's guess but if you put a # on it you will get feedback here for sure!

    #12 9 months ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Nobody knows what something like that is worth. Impossible to gauge. Just start throwing numbers out there.
    It's a curio, an an oddity. Probably not for pinball people, maybe vintage porno collectors? Or fans of Bob's work? You'd probably do better asking around the film/sci fi community than the pinball community.

    Thanks for the advice. Yeah, I kind of figure a Chain Saw fan since it has such a rabid fan base. Not sure I want to delve into the porn collecting community!

    #13 9 months ago
    Quoted from Pbpins:

    Price is anyone's guess but if you put a # on it you will get feedback here for sure!

    The pinball machine's owner just made this offer to me. I'm not sure what he'd even figure is the right number! I'll discuss more with him...

    #14 9 months ago

    Sean Clark manages a ton of celebrities for different conventions and autograph events. He is also a collector of horror movie props and DOES have a collection of pinball/video games. One of his favorite moves is TCM/TCM 2 so there may be interests there. If not, he may be a good POC for such an item. Its possible to contact him through his IMDB info or through Facebook.

    https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1977565/?ref_=tt_cl_t1
    https://www.facebook.com/malfuncsean

    7 months later
    #15 49 days ago

    I'm actively selling the Deep Throat pinball machine, which I now own outright. If there is any interest, let me know. Proceeds are going to my documentary Rondo and Bob.

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    #16 49 days ago

    Very cool. I’m interested to see what this brings.

    .. glws

    #17 48 days ago

    Not trying to downplay this at all, so please don't take it that way...my honest opinion is that:

    Pinball is in such a weird place right now, its hard to place an actual value. Some nut job out there could offer $10k in hopes to flip it for $20k.

    I'd personally never pay more than $500 for what appears to be a boring game, assuming it actually plays/works. However, that's from a player's perspective.

    Some hardcore collector (pun semi-intended) or cinema buff may have to absolutely have it...

    Realistically, I'm guessing this goes for roughly $3k from a collector who happens to be a big fan of TCM. Or some very campy individual.

    Good luck with the sale and finishing the documentary!

    The orgasm counter and penis shaped outlines around the score reels really tie the theme together, haha.

    #18 48 days ago
    Quoted from Grandnational007:

    Realistically, I'm guessing this goes for roughly $3k

    I'm thinking it's more than that.... but not much. Lots of people looking for the "novelty" of a pin.... and a screen used prop automatically increases the value.

    I'm thinking it's in the $4k-$5k value range for sale on Pinside.... and at the right specialty auction could bring $10k+ (maybe consign it to a movie memorabilia auction)

    #19 48 days ago

    Bring it to Texas Frightmare Weekend. . Futurekill fans will apy a fortune. That and Ed shows up every year and could sign it.

    -Jeff

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