Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's Junesploitation 2016!

Your eyeballs can't take it!

Happy #Junesploitation, everyone!

Throughout the month, this page will act as the central 'hub' for each themed day; that is, each of the days will be linked below as they happen so you can easily locate and click through to read the reviews for a given theme.

If you need a quick refresher on where to find titles or what each theme is, check out our handy Junesploitation primer.

We only do stuff like because we love these movies, so be sure to have fun! And contact your doctor if a rash develops. That's normal for Junesploitation.

1 - Sci-fi!
2 - ‘90s Action!
3 - Slashers!
4 - Kung Fu!
5 - Zombies!
6 - Scream Queens!
7 - Cars!
8 - Free Space!
9 - Animals!
10 - Sexploitation!
11 - Masters of Horror!
12 - Blaxploitation!
13 - New Horror!
14 - Nazis!
15 - Free Space!
16 - Monsters!
17 - '80s Action!
18 - Teensploitation!
19 - Italian Horror!
20 - Westerns!
21 - Eco Horror!
22 - Free Space!
23 - Prison!
24 - War!
25 - Bugs!
26 - Revenge!
27 - Apocalypse!
28 - '80s Horror!
29 - Free Space!
30 - Cops!


  1. Jeepers Creepers 2 (do we know that thing's not from another planet?)

    The ultimate in endings that only make sense in movies (sort of) - "'s a hitherto unknown species that has evidently lived for centuries and should be studied by scientists - or at least locked away somewhere where it can't hurt anybody - but you take it home and hang it on your wall and we'll just hope you won't let it kill anyone again"

    (And do you think Salva picked 23 years because he figured if he ever got caught....never mind)

    1. Of course you do!

      It's always an excellent plan that if you discover something that could potentially obliterate THE ENTIRE WORLD you don’t destroy it, just hide it somewhere. “Yeah, no one will ever find that, I’ll sleep safe tonight.”

  2. Day 1 - Sci-Fi

    The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951):
    Robert Wise took a crack at the themes which would soon get a definitive treatment in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). This would have been a far better movie if it was remade with 21st century CGI and the star power of someone like Keanu Reeves.

  3. Long time listener, first time poster. I've been wanting to do this for two years, and now I'm doin' it!

    1. Great stuff, me too.

      However, there is a separate page for each day - follow the links in the days topics above!!

      For Sci-Fi, the link is

  4. If you want to up the film snob factor and the pretentiousness, you can always tackle something like this:

    1) French New Wave
    2) New Hollywood
    3) German Expressionism
    4) Italian Neorealism
    4) Experimental Film / Avant-Garde
    6) Dogme 95
    7) New Korean Cinema
    8) Romanian New Wave
    9) Silent Film
    10) Screwball Comedy
    11) Czech New Wave
    12) Cinema of Africa
    13) Exploitation Film
    14) Cinema Novo
    15) New French Extremity
    16) Mumblecore
    17) Fifth Generation Chinese Cinema
    18) Polish Film School
    19) Romanian New Wave
    20) Film Noir
    21) CinemaScope / Technicolor
    22) Yugoslav Black Wave
    23) Pink Eiga
    24) Martial Arts / Wuxia
    25) Bollywood
    26) Iranian New Wave
    27) Musical
    28) New German Cinema
    29) Kitchen Sink Realism
    30) Cinema Verite / Essay Film / Documentary / Mockumentary
    31) New Queer Cinema

    No? Didn't think so, but worth a shot ;)

    1. Michael GiammarinoJune 4, 2016 at 11:37 AM

      I could really go for a month of this, without all the snobbery. But after Junesploitation. Way after.

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    3. These would be my choices:

      1) Mumblecore!
      2) Talking Animals!
      3) Bea Arthur!
      4) PG-13 Sex Comedies!
      5) Soviet Cinema!
      6) '20s Action!
      7) Modern Silent Films!
      8) Gripehouse Presents: Hostagesploitation!
      9) Hot Air Balloons!
      10) Curling!
      11) Transformers!
      12) Ealing!
      13) Poetrysploitation!
      14) Coming-Of-Agesploitation!
      15) '10s Adam Sandler!
      16) Courtroom Dramas!
      17) Gripehouse Presents: Birthsploitation!
      18) '80s CGI!
      19) Kindergartensploitation!
      20) French New Wave!
      21) Sad Clowns!
      22) Ennuisploitation!
      23) Werner Herzog Documentaries!
      24) Christmas!
      25) Thanksgiving!
      26) St. Patrick's Day!
      27) '30s Action!
      28) Krzysztof Kieslowski!
      29) World War I!
      30) 30-Year-Olds Playing Teens!
      31) Uwe Boll!

    4. Ennuisploitation! I like it.

  5. Does Andrew McCarthy count as a Scream Queen? I've got a strong urge to watch Mannequin.

    1. No, but surely Estelle Getty does?

    2. Queen is slang for gay if that helps....

  6. Linnea Quigley surely qualifies for day 6, correct? Feeling some Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.

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  8. Is anyone up for a "live" tweet of a chosen by Patrick title towards the end of the month?
    Maybe something for "Bugs" theme on Saturday 25th?

    Just a thought...

  9. OK, just some quick infos re: martial arts films...

    The quickest way to see a lot of footage from many of the best films is to find a DVD called The Deadliest Art. It's narrated by John Saxon from the Bruce Lee days and is basically a fight compilation with a lot of background info in between. It goes under several names and is quite scarce, so you might want to youtube first (prob terrible quality, though). It covers everything from early Shaw Bros to 80s HK heavy action.

    From the early Shaw Bros catalogue, you can find many newer remasters on DVD (and BD it seems?). You already know about some, so I'll just skip to Chang Cheh. He is known as the most gruesome Shaw Bros. director, often using an escalating array of disturbing/hilarious kills. His opus is Five Element Ninja (AKA Chinese Super Ninja), which released surprisingly late in the game. It's maybe THE single Shaw Bros film to own, especially in high quality if you can find it! It's got plenty of running time, tons of fights, and a massive amount of creativity in staging the fights. On top of that, you get bright red paintblood and slimy red entrails with great frequency. English dub is also great, but only if you can preserve the OAR and find it in HQ. This film has been butchered several times over the years, so only get the Celestial editions.

    Around this same time, samurai exploitation flicks were also being release, so check out The Razor, Baby Cart series, Lady Snowblood, etc..

    From the mid-80s, you need to check out John Woo's early stuff, Ringo Lam, JACKIE!!, etc.. Heroes Shed No Tears, Operation Condor, Dragons Forever (!!!!), Drunken Master II (original version), and lots more. Just keep your eyes out for Jackie, Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Richard Norton, Cynthia Rothrock, Donnie Yen, etc.. The famous trio is Jackie, Yuen, and Sammo, who shared training and, later, films.

    More modern Asian MA flicks are hit & miss IMO. Donnie Yen makes some killers still, check out Kill Zone, Flash Point, Ip Man, etc.. Also be sure to seek out other newer Asian action cinema like the Ong Bak series, Raging Phoenix, The Raid (!!), etc..

    Outside of the ever-present Asian scene, we also have some amazingly good indie-ish films being produced in Serbia and other cheap locations. The one to see is Undisputed III: Redemption. Instant classic of MA cinema, but it stays cheezy and funny at the same time. So quotable. If you track down the cast & crew's filmogs from Undisputed III, they will lead you to most of the modern stuff like the new Unisol movies.

    I'm sure I've forgotten a ton, but this is still a good, easy blueprint to get up to speed. Enjoy!!

  10. Any suggestion for tomorrow's theme - 'teensploitation'? I feel like I may have been thrown on an FBI watch list typing that in an Internet browser.

    1. You could go with anything from a John Hughes movie to a Beach Party movie from the '60s. I recommend one of the '80s knock-off teen movies like The Last American Virginor Screwballs or its sequel, Loose Screws.

    2. Ah! Should have watched Beach Party!! I remember you mentioning it on the 'comfort food' podcast and have been meaning to check that and Thin Man out. Thanks for the reply!

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  12. One of my childhood heroes, Bud Spencer, sadly passed away yesterday. In his honor, I'm gonna watch a Spencer/Hill movie tomorrow for Free Space! day. Who's with me?