Xtro (1982)Dennis, you magnificent bastard! This movie is amazing!I don't know where to start. We could start where every life starts...child birth. Or in this movie...man birth. There is a lot of weird shit going on. Some of them involve sucking. If I ever see a little person in clown make up, I will not let him extract things from me while I pupate. Maryam D'Abo is super hot and naked. The score is great. The effects were pretty fantastic. To me, this is a perfect sci-fi/horror movie.
Double feature of a Roger Corman specialty: no-budget flicks directed by up-and-comer women with something to say and not a lot of resources to make it come across on-screen. One succeeds, one fails.Feature #1: Barbara Peeters' BURY ME AN ANGEL (1972, 89 min.) in 35mm at NYC Film Forum's 'Genre is a Woman!' Retrospective for the first time.I watched this flick Tuesday night with the intention to save it for Revenge! later this month, but 'F' that. There's gotta be dozens of better revenge flicks than this obscure and underwhelming "Easy Rider" knockoff from the director fired from 1980's "Humanoids of the Deep" (which makes perfect sense now). A woman sees her bike-stealing brother get killed in front of her, spends a third of the movie reliving the nightmare (cute 'stuff floating around inside her mind' imagery), and the last third riding in motorcycles (including the one her bro stole for her) with a couple of useless pals looking for the killer to get revenge. Despite the movie being rated 'R' and showing lots of her own flesh and drug use, Dixie Peabody's only standout features are her height and inability to act. I'd say skip this one but it never made it out of the VHS era, which means we were spared. Nice to see it in 35mm even though the print was a wee bit on the pink side. Here's the poster, which naturally is a lot better than anything in the movie itself.
Holy fucking shit Brent you just made my day, I have been championing this film for ever, it is totally me, from the Amazingly done practical effects to the strange tone it reminds me of a Coscaralli movie in way you don't know where it will go and it feels from another world, my dream bluray, I keep saying it, someone make my dreams come true Cheers for having faith in me Brent, you will never forget that dwarf Clown with the knives Yoyo, the Action man, the Black Panther, the best birth scene ever, or naked Maryam, its got the lot
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Feature # 2: Kath Shea's DANCE OF THE DAMNED (1989, 82 min.) in 35mm at NYC Film Forum's 'Genre is a Woman!' Retrospective for the first time. Also available on YouTube [NSFW].Now this is more like it. Shot over a few grueling shooting days on leftover sets from other Corman productions, "Dance of the Damned" throws together a stripper with a heart of gold (Starr Andreeff, more gorgeous than a good actress but a hell of a lot better than Dixie Peabody) and a depressed vampire bored with his immortality (Cyril O'Reilly) over a long night of arguments, fits of anger, seduction and, eventually, understanding of what each of them need/want from the other. It's essentially a supernatural chamber drama that's reasonably well-written (#Chekhov'sBottleOpenersploitation) and acted to the standards of late 80's direct-to-video soft porn. You can tell a woman directed it (the stripper scenes at Cafe Paradise have a jokey sense of humor to go along with the obligatory boob shots), resulting in an odd and surreal bit of weirdness that's as close as Corman flicks got to avant-garde. Worth seeing if you can stand the fashions and music being so 80's it actually hurts to watch. :-)
Southern Comfort (1981)I'm becoming a massive Walter Hill fan and this movie just makes me love him even more. God it's so good. It's about an army squad on a training exercise who piss off some of the locals and it pretty much turns into an action packed Deliverance. The cast of soldiers is filled with great character actors. They all approach whats going on differently and it basically condenses what a real paranoid war situation would be like into a fucked up weekend in the swamps. Some go nuts and want revenge, some get power hungry, and some are level headed and try to gain back control of something uncontrollable. They are out of their element and it's scary to watch them get taken out and turn on eachother. I shouldve saved this for war day but I really wanted to watch it and it did not let me down. It's a great movie that has alot on its mind that I will be thinking about for awhile.
Excellent choice of an even more excellent flick. It's one of his finest.
That Island of Death trailer is incredible! Now I really wanna see it.
If you are a Shudder subscriber, it's on there. There's also an Arrow Blu-ray. The movie is bananas.
Ooops, I just watched the trailer at work. Now seeking employment.
Knightriders (1981)Not really an exploitation flick but it does tie into the Masters of Horror category from a few days back since it was directed by Romero (although it isn't a horror movie).I hadn't seen this before and I loved it. Just the basic concept of Ed Harris and Tom Savini among others doing a Ren Faire sorta thing with a motorcycle jousting tournament as the main attraction is the kind of thing that would never get made today, let alone at a runtime of 2 1/2 hours. It's a very bittersweet movie and tackles some subject matter I wasn't expecting as well. It's by no means perfect. At one point for instance there's a serious accident in the audience that you'd think would have more repercussions. I'm also sure it's not a movie for everyone, but I have a feeling it's a movie I'll be revisiting at some point.
Knightriders is so good! I really love the conviction both of Ed Harris' character and his performance. As you say this movie is really about something. A rare 2.5 hour movie that flies by.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)I am a ninny. For some odd reason I thought this movie was set in Britian during the second world war. Yeah no, this movie could not be more Victorian. But I loved it all the same. I wasn't going to really hate it, I am a big Sherlock Holmes girl. I even kinda like the 2009 movie with RDJ. Billy Wilder had this talent for writing human beings, not just characters or caricatures. There is a ton of Sherlock adaptions I haven't (there are a lot), but this movie might be the closest to making Sherlock and Watson people not just a collection of ticks and characteristics. In fact all that is done with in the opening credits. Just loved it.
Agree. I thought the characters were fun and absorbing despite the silly plot (am I wrong?). Best Watson, and Robert Stephens is my favorite Sherlock, he's such a broody dreamboat. He was such a good actor.
Oh, the plot is very very silly, even for a Sherlock story. Watson is awesome, I loved when he was dancing with the ballerinas. I loved the way Stephans and Blakely bounced off one another. But Stephens might be my new favourite as well, just because he is able to be larger than life and grounded at the same time.
Good description of Stephens. The whole thing (including the crazy makeup they put on him) is laughable, but he is definitely not. You should watch him in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite then-wife Maggie Smith. Dreamy.
I have Brodie sitting on my shelf - so now I have no excuse. I thought stephenson looked werid - that explains it
Tell me how you like it :)
Co-Ed Frenzy (1981)Another slasher film from the schlockmeisters at Independence Pictures. It’s a middling effort, although it is better than their previous films Blood Bath and Bordello Blood. There are some amusing scenes, such as the lingerie-clad ladies who obligingly dance in front of an open window (to facilitate peeping). And the killer looks more like your sweet uncle Ted than a deranged psychopath. I will say, however, that the woman in the shower has one terrific scream.
Death weekend aka The house by the lake (1976)Intense little home invasion thriller with a fine story, good performances, some brutal violence and a no-nonsense heroine played by the fine Brenda Vaccaro.Well-spent 90 minutes.
Wise Guys (1986, dir. Brian De Palma, on DVD) – First Time Viewing: Took a break from exploitation. Unfunny buddy “comedy” about two losers Danny Devito and Joe Piscopo who are on the low end of the mob totem pole. Aside from De Palma touches (slow-mo, fast-mo, and a couple cool shots) Danny Devito and Dan Hedaya are lone bright spots (1 out of 5 Griers).
For weeks after we first saw this, my wife and I used "Thank you, Mr. Acavedo!" As an all-purpose catch phrase.
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987)Watched Raiders yesterday, so why not ruin it by watching a cheap knock-off today?It has all the beats of an Indy movie, but unfortunately the script is clunky, the direction boring, Richard Chamberlain as the lead has zero charisma, him and Sharon Stone have zero chemistry together and Robert Donner in brownface as the "comical" sidekick is cringe-inducing.I didn't manage to laugh with it once, but I did laugh at it quite a bit.
Wanna go even deeper for knock-offs? Watch "The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck" with David Keith. Insanely bad.
I think I'm good.
The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) (first time viewing)After all the rave reviews, I checked this one out on Netflix. Believe the hype people! I loved this movie. It was just so much fun. The characters were all so unique and memorable. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Long Axe and Short Axe. They kind of reminded me of Legolas and Gimli in LOTR with their ongoing kill count. If you missed this one on Kung-Fu day, then I am going to join the list of people telling you to do yourself a favor and check this one out.
Pink Panther (1963)I was in the mood for another caper after Sherlock. It is an odd movie, the beginning at least wants to be this quaint quirky caper, but with Peter Sellers playing it to the hilt. Though as the movie embrased its silliness I enjoyed the movie more.
Nothing says "The Sixties" quite like the "Meglio Strasera" musical number that Blake Edwards shoehorns into the film... and it's filmed in one long take!
^^^ My favorite scene in the movie. Shake that money maker, Claudia Cardinale! :-)
I do love that scene. Though, my first reaction was, there's a muscial number in this movie? I love that it is in one take, and it has nothing to do with the rest of the movie. It adds a flavour to the movie that has many werid little flavours.
Prince of Darkness (1987)Shame on me for waiting so long to watch this.This is a HELL of an interesting movie (pun indended). I know what is considered scary is incredibly subjective, but for me, I think this is Carpenter's most effectively scary film. It's so high concept, and all the horror works on such a bizarre level. Michael Giammarino made comparisons to this with the works of Fulci on Masters of Horror day. I'm in full agreement. I wasn't expecting to love this, but I got so much more than I bargained for.Masterpiece.
I'm really glade you liked it. This was my first Carpenter. I was way too young for it, but those images stuck with me. It was one of those movies that influenced me without really knowing it, just in the things I leaned toward.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Daniel!
The Dissapearance of Alice Creed 2009 A smaller but really really well made film from Isle of Man films, This is a Kidnapping movie that is more than you think it will be, it is best to not know anymore, for anyone that likes British gritty Thrillers like Dead Mans Shoes then this is your bag, you will love it, a dark thriller with a dark sense of dread
I dug this flick! Plus you put Gemma Arterton in anything I'm watching it. This was remade in 2014 as Reckless. I've read Reckless is pretty much exactly the same and surprisingly just as good.
And she's Naked which is not a bad thing, I need to check out Reckless now, cool Ps I sure you've seen Dead mans Shoes?
Yes. I remember having to track it down because at the time and for a long time it was only released in the UK (maybe still?). I knew about the film early because I believe it was the first release from the record label Warp which I was a big fan of at the time.
Yeah, this is a really nice and interesting thriller. I liked that first few minutes without any dialogue and was pretty surprised by, let´s say the left turn it takes regarding the relationships of the three protagonists. Being gay, naked Martin Compston was a little more interesting to me than Gemma...Showing a lot of talent it´s too bad that director J Blakeson´s next movie was the pretty terrible The 5th wave.
Stone Cold (1991)At last I complete Craig R Baxley's trilogy of action! The movie is nuts and completely awesome. I have no illusions about Brian Bosworth's acting abilities, but I actually think he works for the part. Of course it could just be the hair. That hair has a presense. Still, if you don't like him, the film also has Lance Henrikson. Lance Henrikson makes every movie better.Baxley is the MAN. If you haven't listened to it yet, Patrick's episode on Nerds of Nostalgia talking about the master director is pretty great and well worth your time.
Send me your copy of this so I can watch it? That'd be great thanks.
Bro. I got this from the library. My library is hardcore.
That's not even a little bit fair
Yeah well, I don't have John Stone's hair. Life's just unfair all around.
Tex Montana Will Survive! (2015)Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella, Adam Cronheim, Elise Stella, Ryan Winford, and Kelly McQuade. That is a complete list (minus Kickstarter backers) of the entire cast and crew of this "found footage comedy" (as it is billed on the poster). It's not perfect, but it's breezy and fun and worth a watch.Gardner (of The Battery, easily the best zombie-related anything I've seen the last decade or so) is the whole show, starring as a phony survivalist who accepts a challenge to live alone in the wild for a stretch of time just to prove that he can do it, the movie is purely him and his camera. Suspension of disbelief is required (that camera has one hell of a battery, I imagine) but in all it's a worthwhile experiment with a few decent laughs along the way. Also worth noting: it's available legally for free on YouTube, which is great.
Killer Mermaid (2014) or Mamula or Nymph... i watched it..so you don't have to. Another missed opportunity..this low budget Serbian film..shot in English, is your by the book cabin in the woods story with all the requisite bits left in. It was not embarrassingly unwatchable at all, but it did drag while it was ticking off the shot list and would have been improved tremendously by an really good editor. That being said..it made marvelous use of drone footage of the abandoned fort on the island of Mamula..the locations are pretty gorgeous, instead of funding from chico's bailbonds, part of the funding for this film came from investors who would benefit from a little exposure..the speedboat rental services are actually on a title card above the line. the mermaid of the title has your basic syfy spfx but it makes clever use of folklore to show us a new monster, though her caretaker walked right out of an 80s slasher film. enjoy.
Future Cops (Chao ji xue xiao ba wang) (1993)A Hong Kong action-comedy, where an evil crime lord from the year 2043 sends his superpowered minions back through time to kill the judge that's going to sentence him, while the good guys, "Future Cops", also travel to 1993 to protect him. All the superpowered people are blatantly modeled after characters in the Street Fighter games, apparently without permission.Mixing slapsticky comedy with romance, a little fantasy martial arts and a couple of musical numbers, the movie is a dizzying hodge-podge, but at least you'll never be bored with it.Can be found on YouTube, but the English subtitles there were really clunky and at times it's hard to know exactly what people are saying. But I guess that just adds to the weird mix of things this movie is. I had fun!
Star Trek Season 2 Episode 25: The Omega Glory (1968)Watched it today, so why not list it here?This just might be the episode with the most ridiculous conceit in the of Star Trek. There's a planet whose culture has run on similar tracks as that of Earth. That's pretty standard for Trek. But here it's so similar (SPOILERS!) that the two cultures there are basically called Yanks and Commies, and the Yanks have a flag identical to the US flag and recite the American pledge of allegiance and the Constitution!
DON’T DELIVER US FROM EVIL (1971) Coming of age story about two troublemaking young girls who experiment with devil worship. It’s all a game at first, but of course things quickly spiral out of control. I was expecting an Exorcist ripoff, and instead I got a French arthouse flick.PLAN 9 (2015) The gimmick here is that they’ve taken Ed Wood’s original Plan 9 From Outer Space script and they’re going to turn it into a “real” movie this time. But they don’t, because it’s all jokey, self-aware, and tongue-in-cheek. Only a handful of movies have gotten the zombie-comedy thing right, and this is not one of them. GODS OF EGYPT (2016) What the crap is this crap?
Duel (1971)Wasn't able to get my grubby hands on this for "cars" day. Fantastic! Really well made. This Spielberg guy is going place.
I don't know I hear the next movie he's doing is about shark :). I need to get around to watching this
Really a shark? Sounds like garbage.
i found Xtro on youtube...wtf? is it me or is there a LOT of Alien dna in this film? i can see themes and parts lifted and inserted into Alien 1, 2 and 3...
I can see what you mean, I always think of Xtro as unique, it has scenes like no other film, I glad you watched it
Twisted Nightmare (1982/1987) Dir. Paul HuntI've been on a roll with slashes this Junesploitation and have a ton I've been meaning to get to so figured I would keep it rolling. This was a pretty great cliche filled movie. A group of friends head back to the old summer camp they attended a while back and they start getting killed off by some disfigured, zombie looking guy. There's also a Native American curse on the land and a back story where one of our leading ladies' brothers went into a barn back in the days and spontaneously combusted. The film was shot in '82 but not released until '87 and was also shot on the same set as Friday the 13th Pt. III which something for the Friday the 13th trivia buffs out there. A wacky ghost opening narrative, Jonathan Silverman and Andrew McCarthy lookalikes, great 80's slo-mo, decent bodycount, incredibly bad dialogue, an awful score and a couple really interesting shots made this a lot of fun. It adds nothing new, but it hits all of the right notes for the genre.
Sounds like my kind of movie. It's one pictured star on Imdb is a guy named Cleve and he looks creepy as hell.
I didn't want to ramble on too much so I left out the part where I mentioned ol' Cleve and his laundry list of what-is-what b-movie special effects and acting credits. It's really impressive! I also left out Rhonda Gray, one of our leading ladies, also starred in Monster High and F.A.R.T The Movie :)
Predator (1987): I thought I would go for this as it seemed a perfect fit for Junesploitation. Arnie going in the jungle with his buddies was really fun for me this time. Last time I tried this movie I had the flu, was miserable and fell asleep on the sofa in my pjs, a hoodie, a onesie and many bankets. I had a much better viewing this time, and I am glad I never thought it was the films fault my flu so I could revisit it happily.
Been travelling for work the past week, haven't had a lot of time for Junesploitation, but now I'm back at it! Used my free space day to catch up on a few that I've missed lately.The Rover (2014)Really great Aussie apocalypse flick. Guy Pearce is both sympathetic and menacing. Rob Pattinson shows some real range. I really dig this movie, yo.The Raid 2 (2014)I mean, what more can be said?We Are Still Here (2015)Larry Fessenden eats a sock, and that's not even the best part. I had this as my #3 movie last year, but the more I see it, the more I think it should be #1. What an excellent showing of atmosphere and tone. And that ending....
I really like The Rover and was positively surprised by Robert Pattinson´s performance. Isn´t this a movie that can only come from Australia?
The Chinese Boxer (aka The Hammer of God (1970, dir. Wang Yu)Holy shit. I've had very good luck with kung fu this Junesploitation and the streak continues with this one. A kung fu student has to fight off of a bunch of dickhead Japanese karate fighters. His every punch makes blood explode from everywhere. This is clearly a HUGE influence on the House of Blue Leaves/Crazy 88 fight from Kill Bill, and the last 30 minutes is one sustained action sequence. So good.
Gremlins (1984)Know it's supposed to be classic, but I'd never seen this one before today. Has a charm that really grabbed me. I like that it can be silly one moment and scary the next. That said, it takes some leaps in logic and makes some story changes that were strange. Still pretty enjoyable and entertaining. Curious to see how it holds up on revisits.
Haven't had many opportunities to watch anything really weird during Junesploitation, so I decided to use this one; I'm not sure if I'm glad I did or not at the moment, though. Everything I watched was short, but I feel like I'd had a long evening.The Flying Luna Clipper (1987, dir. Ikko Ono)"Everything is true in your dreams." Very recently unearthed laserdisc only release from Japan that's been making the rounds via Youtube. Limited animation using mostly computer generated 2D artwork strongly influenced by Neon Park's work with Little Feat: most of the characters are anthropomorphized fruits or animals, though the main character is a beret-wearing snowman. The plot is nominal, but has something to do with a corporate bird-man named Black Whale creating a sweepstakes where only the most devoted "dreamers" take a luxury flight to Tahiti. On the way, the characters watch educational films about Hawaiian myths, some video art (footage of high divers run backwards and so forth,) and when they get there, they see some singing volcanoes. At the end the snowman steals the plane after it turns into a giant pelican (I think.) All the voice acting is done by English-speakers, and the entire thing's subtitled in Japanese. It's only an hour long, but you'd better be sure you want to see it before you try watching it. Full Movie.I also watched a short video called Granny Love's Puppets in Don't Make That Trash! from 1995 and north Texas. They're ugly puppets, they sing, they rap, and there's a special appearance by "Trashy" the Trasherotop (a pink singing triceratops who's "A trashmasher.") It's awful, and I was lucky to see it.Cruel History of Women's Torture aka The Cruel History of Prisoners (1976, dir. Shinya Yamamoto)Argh, what I doing to myself? This is terrifying stuff, really brief and really potent. One hour, five stories where medieval Japanese women are unjustly put through horrible torture, usually involving rape and/or genital mutiliation. It's professionally shot, well acted, and pretty well written. When I said "unjust", I meant that that was the point; the characters are innocent and don't deserve to be put through what they're going through, but do anyway. Watching this kind of stuff makes me think about things I normally wouldn't; I wouldn't expect you guys to listen to what that stuff is, but I'm glad I do it, and these kinds of movies help. Couldn't find a trailer.
The Funhouse Massacre (2015)Horror/comedy is a profoundly difficult genre to do well. Funhouse Massacre proves exactly why in struggling to establish a consistent tone, resulting in jokes that often fail to land in between spatterings of gore.Englund's small roll stands out, providing his commitment to the genre. Despite a weakly written character, Englund clearly dedicates himself fully to the time he spends on screen.The general "murderers in a funhouse" thing has been done before - rarely well. I hold out hope that horror fans have an incredible film out of this idea at some point down the line. For now, I suppose you could do worse things with the $4.99 rental fee.
You're right on about the inconsistent tone. Still, I had a ton o fun watching this and laughed out loud many times. Still it's no The Funhouse. But what is?
The Conjuring 2 (2016)Finally saw this one in the theatres and it was a nice trip down to the English countryside where nothing can possibly go wrong (except for a super haunting and possession) This is a really solid horror movie which fell only a slight notch below the original (if only that was the issue with all sequels to great first movies). This was definitely one of the better installments in what I like to call the Cinematic Waniverse (horror films directed or produced by James Wan) I can't wait for the next movie when Lorraine and Ed have to team up with Lin Shaye from the Insidious franchise.
Hot Fuzz (2007) The fact that I watched this for free space day isn't the cool part. I've watched this great movie so many times.What is awesome is that I finally convinced my wife to watch it with me. She really enjoyed it!!!
Yes.... another is converted...
The Witch (2016)I feel like I live my life deliciously.The first time I watched this, I liked it but I didn't appreciate it. This time, I got it. Every shot is a beautiful picture. The score is terrific. The acting all around is tremendous. In the theater, I couldn't always understand what they were saying so it was nice to watch it with subtitles. When people look back, I think this will be considered one of the great horror films of the beginning of the 21st century.
Dust Devil: The Final Cut (1992/2006, dir. Richard Stanley) This movie could be my Blade Runner.
Coffy (1973)For a variety of reasons, I was unable to participate for the past few days, which were some of the greatest days! Because I watch horror all the time, I decided to catch up on this blaxploitation flick I have been meaning to watch for forever. I love the concept of this movie. Pam Grier, as Coffy--Coffin?--Coffy, decides to take out the pushers who got her sister addicted to heroin. It is definitely of its time, in the sense that all of the contemporary social issues are highlighted. Sid Haig is also in it, playing a henchman with an accent. Very enjoyable.
Carrie (1976)I'm WAY too tired to write a "full" review, but I liked this movie a lot. It wasn't as good as the book, it wasn't particularly scary, but I liked the style and I thought it did a pretty good job at what it was trying to accomplish.
JOHN WICK (2014)No words are necessary.
Across 110th Street (1972)A pretty good Blaxploitation crime movie starring Anthony Quinn and Yaphet Kotto trying to track down three criminals who stole money from the Mafia (while killing several gangsters and a couple cops) before the Mafia can track them down. Solid movie, and you typically can't go wrong with Yaphet Kotto. Also the title song would later get used in Jackie Brown.
Kung Pow: Enter the Fist - 2002Had to watch this for a film club thing i participate in and decided to do it on free space day, the film started off very promising in the opening, but after that i just didn't find it very funny, the joke about the bad dubbing was boring to me right when it started and there wasn't a Leslie Nelson to carry the film.
Jaws 2 (1978)I hadn't watched this since the tape-to-tape dub job (on ELP to get three of them on a tape) I practically wore out as a youngster so seeing this in HD (and in proper aspect ratio) for the first time was amazing. Great job on this blu-ray. As for the movie? Listen. LISTEN. As a follow-up to a pretty much perfect film, forget about it, it captures some of the tone and a lot of characters are back (and John Williams is back to score which helps a lot), but it is does not have that magic feeling that Jaws has. Right off the bat it's such a huge stretch just to have another shark back in the area killing people that you can't take it seriously. But if you remove it from that association and just look at it within the horror genre (and as argued at Birth.Movies.Death, specifically a Slasher which I totally agree with) it stands up to pretty much anything out there. It's better than all of the Ft13th franchise and pretty much all of the Halloween and NoES sequels at least. So just try to forget it's a "Jaws" movie and watch it as a solid-as-hell slasher and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)I started this last free space day, and gave up half way through. This time I started from the beginning and honestly it wasn't half bad....it wasn't half good either...I enjoyed myself which is the point. I'm only 2 movies away from completing the Alien series.Let's just not hope they come out with a remake of a perfect Alien movie....oh...fuck me...