Thursday, May 31, 2018

Your 2018 Junesploitation Primer

by Patrick Bromley
Everything you need for the most insane month of the year!

Tomorrow kicks off our sixth annual Junesploitation, our month-long celebration of exploitation and genre movies. I'm so excited I can barely sleep!
This year more than any other year, I'm going to have to work extra hard to get in as much Junesploitation viewing as I would like because it's a crazy month for a bunch of reasons. That means I'm depending on living vicariously through so many of you! My favorite part of this whole month is always getting to see what other people are watching for the first time and how it does or does not affect them. So if you're participating, please let us know what you're watching!

Many of you have already made your lists and even published them in some cases, which is awesome. The level of excitement we see online for this goofy made-up holiday is genuinely awesome and makes the whole thing so much more fun. If you aren't yet sure what you want to watch -- or you aren't sure what certain categories mean (there was some debate about "Heavy Metal," but it just means movies in which heavy metal music plays a role) -- this primer should hopefully help you explore the weird and wonderful world of exploitation movies.
As mentioned in the original Junesploitation announcement, there are a ton of streaming services from which to choose titles: Shudder, Full Moon Streaming, Exploitation.TV, Brown Sugar, Shout! Factory TV, plus free sites that have large libraries like TubiTV, as well as the usual Netflix (which is pretty worthless for anything but Netflix-produced content these days, though some newer horror films can be found there), Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video, a true GOLD MINE with hundreds of kung fu, horror and exploitation films available in their library. Also check out Shaw Brothers Universe, which is a great resource to tell you where hundreds of amazing kung fu films are available to stream. The Grindhouse Cinema Database offers hundreds of titles broken up by genre, so that one's good if you're ever feeling stuck on a certain category.

Probably the best place to look for recommendations (if you need them; again, many of you appear to already have your lists in place) is in the reviews posted during the last five Junesploitations, which can be found here, here, herehere and here.
As always, we're providing a collection of links (below) that will take you to some recommendations of titles from each day's category. If you're new to Junesploitation, please remember that you do not need to watch a movie off of any of these lists (except for the ones with a finite number of titles like Scream Factory or John Saxon). These are just here to give you some ideas, but you're free to pick any movie you want that you feel fits into a given category.

Remember, the whole point is it have an awesome time and watch a lot of movies, so be sure to make it fun for yourself and watch what you want to watch.

Friday, June 1 - Revenge!
Saturday, June 2 - Zombies!
Sunday, June 3 - Scream Factory!
Monday, June 4 - '80s Comedy!
Tuesday, June 5 - Blaxploitation!
Wednesday, June 6 - John Saxon!
Thursday, June 7 - Free Space!
Friday, June 8 - '80s Action!
Saturday, June 9 - Italian Horror!
Sunday, June 10 - Westerns!
Monday, June 11 - Cars!
Tuesday, June 12 - Beach!
Wednesday, June 13 - Empire Pictures!
Thursday, June 14 - Monsters!
Friday, June 15 - Free Space!
Saturday, June 16 - Kung fu!
Sunday, June 17 - Fulci! (Lucio Fulci Birthday Tribute)
Monday, June 18 - High School!
Tuesday, June 19 - Demons and Ghosts!
Wednesday, June 20 - Sci-Fi!
Thursday, June 21 - Free space!
Friday, June 22 - Slashers!
Saturday, June 23 - Cops!
Sunday, June 24 - Heavy Metal!
Monday, June 25 - Roger Corman!
Tuesday, June 26 - Lethal Ladies!
Wednesday, June 27 - Canuxploitation!
Thursday, June 28 - Free Space!
Friday, June 29 - Mosploitation! (Mustache-sploitation [Pure Cinema Tribute])
Saturday, June 30 - '80s Horror!


  1. Love these primers. Got a couple lined up for the weekend with some friends. Can't wait

  2. I hated that I missed out on F This Movie Fest this year. I'm not going to miss out on Junesploitation!

  3. I know there are some days this month (more than I wish) where I won't get to watch anything, but I'm trying to find movies that can knock out those days in one go. For example, "Massacre Time" (1966) can bang out Westerns!, Fulci! and Mosploitation! all in one!

  4. I'm in the middle of a close-to-getting-one job hunt, and I'm about to complete the inheritance from my rest-in-peace mother's estate (Tug-at-your-heart-sploitation! :-P). But damn it, Junesploitation! is the one time of the year I can't afford to miss. Bring on the movie mayhem, I'm ready!

  5. So pumped for this. It'll be my first Junesploitation and I have so many movies ready to go that I'm sure I won't get them all, the same as I never get everything watched for Scary Movie Month. Reading all of the reviews will be half the fun.

  6. Here's my list so far. I'd love suggestions for Beach and Heavy Metal day. I'm trying to do 30 new to me movies this month, and then throw in a few rewatches too.

    Friday, June 1 - Revenge! Death Rides a Horse

    Saturday, June 2 - Zombies! City of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Dead (Rewatch)

    Sunday, June 3 - Scream Factory! Motel Hell

    Monday, June 4 - '80s Comedy! The Toxic Avenger

    Tuesday, June 5 - Blaxploitation! Tattoo Connection

    Wednesday, June 6 - John Saxon! Prisoners of the Lost Universe

    Thursday, June 7 - Free Space! Sorcerer

    Friday, June 8 - '80s Action! Cyborg

    Saturday, June 9 - Italian Horror! Manhattan Baby, Death Walks at Midnight

    Sunday, June 10 - Westerns! Django

    Monday, June 11 - Cars! Gone in 60 Seconds

    Tuesday, June 12 - Beach!

    Wednesday, June 13 - Empire Pictures! Zone Troopers

    Thursday, June 14 - Monsters! Oily Maniac

    Friday, June 15 - Free Space!

    Saturday, June 16 - Kung fu! Kid With the Golden Arm, Crippled Avengers

    Sunday, June 17 -Fulci! (Lucio Fulci Birthday Tribute) New York Ripper

    Monday, June 18 - High School! Class of Nuke ‘Em High

    Tuesday, June 19 - Demons and Ghosts! Demon Wind

    Wednesday, June 20 - Sci-Fi! Westworld

    Thursday, June 21 - Free space! Cockfighter

    Friday, June 22 - Slashers! Nightmare

    Saturday, June 23 - Cops! Policewomen

    Sunday, June 24 - Heavy Metal! Green Room (Rewatch)

    Monday, June 25 - Roger Corman! House of Usher

    Tuesday, June 26 - Lethal Ladies! The Wasp Woman, Season of the Witch

    Wednesday, June 27 - Canuxploitation! Skip Tracer

    Thursday, June 28 - Free Space!

    Friday, June 29 - Mosploitation! White Fire, Street Law

    Saturday, June 30 - '80s Horror! The Final Terror, Pieces (Rewatch/my favorite)

    1. for beach, i suggested in the other thread Psycho Beach Party.

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    4. For Heavy Metal i would suggest This Is Spinal Tap, Detroit Rock City, The Devil's Candy or Trick Or Treat.

  7. i should get The Great Silence blu-ray just in time for western day

    director: Sergio Corbucci
    starring: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski

    1. That's a bleak one. Another good western I think that is severely underseen is Day of the Outlaw with Robert Ryan, a favorite western and noir actor of mine. It may not be schlocky enough for Junesploitation though.

    2. Looks interesting, but it is an american western. The theme is spaghetti western

    3. I believe the theme is just 'Westerns!'.

    4. You're right Daniel. My brain invented the spaghetti for some reasons

    5. You thought that because clearly Spaghetti Westerns is the correct way to spend the day. ;)

    6. The link Patrick posted takes you to a wiki for spaghetti westerns, I'm assuming because they're more campy. I can vouch for Day of the Outlaw though. A rare western that takes place in the snow.

    7. I'm planning on doing El Topo because it sounds ridiculous, Death Rides a Horse, and The Grand Duel because somehow I ended up listening to the Kill Bill soundtrack and I believe he used a song from it.

  8. Does the Corman section have to be a movie he directed or is one he produced suitable?

    1. He directed movies?

      Joking aside, it's whatever you want it to be. It could be Silence Of The Lamb, in which he made a cameo.

      A day's theme is not super strick. As Patrick said in is intro for the event last month, it's up to you to related whatever movie you watch to that day