by Patrick Bromley
In years past when several writers were contributing to this column, we were offering anywhere between four and six recommendations for each Junesploitation category. This year, I'm barely scraping by all on my own.
Teen Witch (1989, dir. Dorian Walker) Top that.
The Canal (2014, dir. Ivan Kavanagh) Netflix does not have a single Italian horror title. Nothing by Mario Bava. Nothing. Their entire horror section appears to have been gutted, actually, leaving fewer and fewer options every week. I'll suggest watching The Canal because it's the best I can do; it's newer and not Italian, but it has something of a Fulci vibe to it that can at least give you the feeling of Italian horror even when it's not the real thing. This is when you want to make sure you have signed up for Shudder, as they have a whole bunch of great Italian horror.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, dir. John Ford). If you're looking for something crazier and more outrageous, check out the wonderful Korean western The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008, dir. Kim Jee-woon). It's a little on the long side at over two hours, but the set pieces alone make it worth your time.
Big Ass Spider (2013, dir. Mike Mendez) count?
Everly (2015, dir. Joe Lynch) A terrific modern exploitation film, combining elements of '80s action, revenge, horror and some crazy Yakuza violence and torture. Joe Lynch makes movies made for Junesploitation.
Get the Gringo (2012, dir. Adrian Grunburg), in which Mel Gibson gets locked up in a Mexican prison and has to go into badass mode, but I hear it's very good and may check it out myself for this day. I have seen Maximum Conviction (2012, dir. Keoni Waxman) and it is not great, but for a recent DTV Steven Seagal movie it's not the worst, mostly because of Stone Cold Steve Austin as Seagal's partner in prison busting.
The Wild Geese (1978, dir. Andrew V. McLaglen) Like The Expendables for British actors in the '70s, The Wild Geese unites Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Roger Moore in a tale about mercenaries who travel to Africa on a rescue mission. Some good action scenes and a cast of heavy hitters give this a lot of mileage, even if it's more turgid and serious than one might be in the mood for today. Still, it's a pretty cool movie.