Friday, June 23, 2017

I Stream, You Stream Vol. 37

by Patrick Bromley
Here are your picks for the last week of #Junesploitation!

June 23 - Barbara Crampton!
Re-Animator (1985, dir. 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!
Wrymwood: Road of the Dead (2014, dir. Kiah Roache-Turner) Here's an incredibly entertaining Australian film that got more or less lost in the shuffle of zombie stories with which we've been inundated in the last five or six years. It's fast-paced and crazy -- the zombie movie filtered through George Miller -- and adds some fun new ideas to the genre and features one of the coolest characters of recent years in Bianca Bradey's Brooke. (Watch on Netflix)

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)

June 25 - Teenagers!
I had originally planned to recommend a movie called Blue Summer that I have never seen but which appears to fit the bill as a 1970s drive-in movie about two teenage girls that hitchhike across America and have various adventures. Then I watched about half of it on Amazon Prime and it's one of the most sexually graphic movies I've seen that doesn't qualify as porn. I'm not going to recommend it (it's barely a movie), but only bring it up because I'm wondering what happened to Amazon's new content policy where they remove titles for being too graphic? Harvest Lake gets pulled but this one doesn't? (For the record, I don't want the movie pulled; I don't want any movie pulled.)

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 (1995, dir. Robert Rodriguez) So many of the post-Tarantino movies of the 1990s don't hold up when watched today, but 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!
Beyond the Gates (2016, dir. Jackson Stewart) Was there ever any doubt? Whether or not writer/director Jackson Stewart came on the show a couple of times (most recently for our 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!
Joysticks (1983, dir. Greydon Clark) Keen eyes, quick hands, energize my soul again. Gonna see my name in lights, playing with my joystick. Wiggle left, jerk it right, zapping everything in sight. Shoot fast, shoot straight. Video to the max! One down, two to go, can't stop, on a roll. Video! Joystick. I need another quarter. Video! Joystick. Please let me have a quarter. Video! Joystick. I got to have a quarter. Totally awesome video games! (Watch on Amazon Prime Video)

June 29 - Free Space!
Vigilante (1983, dir. Bill Lustig) On one of the TWO podcasts we put out this week, guest Stephanie Crawford and I talked about how we both romanticize a certain kind of early '80s, 42nd Street sleaze even though neither of us was around to experience it. Movies like Vigilante are exactly what we're talking about. Robert Forster plays a blue collar worker whose family is murdered, sending him over the edge and into a group of vigilantes led by Fred Williamson. This is great, violent trash. (Watch on Brown Sugar)

June 30 - Monsters!
Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, dir. Larry Cohen) Here's a movie with a whole lot going for it: Larry Cohen's offbeat storytelling and sense of humor, Michael Moriarty's completely wacky performance, a super cool stop-motion monster, early '80s New York...I could go on and on. This might be one of my favorite giant monster movies of the last 40 years. If you don't already own the Scream Factory Blu-ray -- you should -- the movie is available to stream for free (with our without Larry Cohen commentary) on Shout! Factory TV. (Watch on 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)

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