by Patrick Bromley
June 16 - Westerns!
The Ridiculous 6, so now we've dropped to under 20. Luckily, Amazon Prime Video has a shit ton of westerns, including a whole bunch of spaghetti westerns perfect for this month. There are still many I have not seen, so I'll go with Day of Anger (1967, dir. Tonino Valerii), which JB covered for the site a few years ago. The direction is outstanding, the score (by the great Riz Ortolani) kicks ass and Lee Van Cleef is at his coolest, which is really saying something. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video) If you're looking for something different, check out Boss (as it is sometimes referred to; 1975, dir. Jack Arnold), a great blaxploitation western from the director of Creature from the Black Lagoon and starring Fred Williamson, who also makes his debut as screenwriter on this one. He's awesome, as is D'Urville Martin as his deputy. The movie features one of the best last lines of any movie ever made. (Watch on Brown Sugar)
June 17 - Italian Horror!
Shudder) The slightly more adventurous can check out A Blade in the Dark (1982, dir. Lamberto Bava), an underrated giallo about a composer who's working on a movie score when a series of murders begin. The film gets crazier as it goes, leading to a climax that's truly bananas, but it's super well made and engaging. (Watch on Shudder) If you want to see Italian horror at it's most what-the-fuckiest, check out Burial Ground (1985, dir. Andrea Bianchi). There's bad pacing, terrible zombie makeup, boob trauma and Peter Bark. You have been warned/you're welcome. (Watch on Shudder)
June 18 - Code Red!
Howard the Duck. (Watch on Internet Archive) If slow and atmospheric aren't your bag, watch Truck Stop Women (1976, dir. Mark L. Lester), another of my favorite Code Red titles starring the incomparable Claudia Jennings and Lieux Dressler as a mother/daughter team of hustlers who rip off big rigs and get mixed up in prostitution and the mob. Mark L. Lester, maybe one of the most underrated genre filmmakers of the last 40 years, directs this one. It's wall-to-wall entertaining and fun. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
June 19 - Killer Kids!
Alice Sweet Alice (1975, dir. Alfred Sole) Brooke Shields plays the little sister of a killer kid (maybe?) in her movie debut. (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)
June 20 - Sci Fi!
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June 21 - Free Space!
Sociopathia (2015, dir. Ruby Larocca) Listen. I'll be totally straight here. I got to know Asta Paredes back when she was on the show for Return to Nuke 'Em High Vol. 1. She has been a friend to me and a friend to this site, so I'm recommending this movie because I think she's really good in it and it's a chance to see her in her biggest film role outside of Troma. I don't love everything about the movie, but it's worth watching for Asta. I hope to have her back on the podcast someday, as I expect we'll be seeing a lot more of her. (Watch free with ads on Vudu)
June 22 - Video Nasties!
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Island of Death (1974, dir. Niko Mastorakis) I'm not in favor of any movie being censored, but I get why this one got slapped with the "Nasty" label. It is nasty. It's about a brother and sister who travel to a Greek island and murder anyone they see as sinful. Meanwhile, they're having sex with each other and fucking the occasional goat, which they then have to murder for being impure. WHAT? That goat was just being a goat until you came along and had sex with it, you assholes. It's a crazy, crazy movie that wears out its welcome somewhat but so destroys the lines of good taste that of course I have to recommend it. (Watch on Shudder)