June 23 - Barbara Crampton!
Stuart Gordon) This is one of my favorite days of all #Junesploitation because we get to celebrate one of the best people alive. Stuart Gordon's debut movie is more or less perfect -- a brilliant blend of gross-out horror, comedy, demented sexuality and old-school mad scientist fun, brought to life with first-rate performances across the board. This is where our love affair with B-Cramps begins. (Watch on Shudder)
We Are Still Here (2015, dir. Ted Geoghegan) If you've already seen Re-Animator (and you should have) but haven't yet caught up with this one, it's another super solid choice for today. We are living through a Cramptonaissance, with the actor appearing in a number of high-profile indies in recent years and killing it every time she turns up. Her role as grieving mother Anne Sacchetti in first-time director Ted Geoghegan's love letter to late '70s/early '80s Italian horror is dramatic and heartbreaking; like in Re-Animator, she provides the emotional center amidst all the crazy shit going on. And one of the things I love about We Are Still Here -- my favorite horror movie of 2015, lest you forget -- is that in addition to the cold, creepy atmosphere, is that there is a lot of crazy shit in the climax. I love this movie. I love Barbara Crampton. (Watch on Netflix)
June 24 - Zombies!
The Beyond (1980, dir. Lucio Fulci) Watching a Fulci movie on Zombie day is almost a no-brainer, and this one remains my favorite (even though I also love City of the Living Dead and my recent rewatch of House by the Cemetery shot it way up the list). Seeing on a big screen last year -- and introducing it to Erika, previously uninitiated in the wonderful weirdness of Fulci -- was a highlight of my moviegoing life. After you watch this one, you can listen to our podcast on it featuring the great Jackson Stewart! (Watch on Shudder)
Instead, I'll guess I'll recommend some shit everyone has seen like License to Drive (1988, dir. Greg Beeman) because of Coreysploitation (Watch on Netflix) or Real Genius (1985, dir. Martha Coolidge) because of Kilmersploitation (Watch on Crackle) or Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985, dir. Alan Metter) because of Orbital Bebopsploitation (Watch on Hulu) or My Chauffeur (1986, dir. David Beaird) because of Foremansploitation. Sorry to let you all down this close to the finish line. (Watch with ads on Vudu)
June 26 - '90s Action!
Desperado still does. I think it might be Robert Rodriguez's best movie (I love From Dusk Till Dawn, but it's kind of a mess, albeit in a good way), probably because it's such a simple narrative, is so show off-y in its style and features two incredible, star-making performances from Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. Their chemistry is so hot, which I guess makes sense since they are two of the best looking people on the planet in this movie. You don't need any subscription to watch this one for free. (Watch on Crackle)
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994, dir. Chia-Liang Liu) I still haven't seen the original Drunken Master, which I feel terrible about (Twilight Time just put it out on a Blu-ray double feature with Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, which I absolutely have to get once I have $30 I don't need). But I really enjoy this '90s sequel, which finds Jackie in his very best put-upon state and ends with a sustained action sequence that I would put up against most of what the star has done. (Watch on Netflix)
June 27 - New Horror!
Italian Horror Party!) and whether or not he and I had become friendly, I would still love this movie. I know this because I loved it before any of that stuff had happened. I've talked about it enough on this site that hopefully most of you have seen it by now; if you haven't, please stop waiting. You may not love it like I do, which I understand. But I don't think there's any way you regret having seen it. (Watch on Netflix)
June 28 - '80s Comedy!
Amazon Prime Video)
June 29 - Free Space!
Shout! Factory TV)
Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007, dir. Jon Knautz) Here's a fun little low-budget throwback horror comedy about a plumber (Trevor Matthews) with rage issues who must fight off monsters when a supernatural entity takes over the body of his college professor (Robert Englund, having a blast). While the story and the script aren't always on point, there are practical makeup effects galore and enough of a sense of humor (its spiritual cousin being Army of Darkness) to be an entertaining 90 minutes. There are far worse ways to end #Junesploitation. (Watch on Shudder)