Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Announcing Junesploitation 2021!

 by Patrick Bromley

It's here at last!

In just a few days, we'll kick off our 9th annual Junesploitation, our month-long celebration of exploitation and genre films! If social media is any indication, there are a lot of you who are excited about it this year. That's great! It's why we put these events on.

You know the drill: For those of you new to Junesploitation, here's how it works: each day of the month has its own theme, and you're supposed to watch a movie that ties into that theme. How you interpret the connection is entirely up to you, which means if you have no interest in exploitation or genre movies that's ok and you can still join in! Just watch whatever you like that you feel fits with the day's theme. This month is supposed to be fun -- an excuse to watch movies every day and talk about them with one another. There are no "right" movies to watch. It's participating that gets you in the spirit, not watching a bunch of cheap, violent sleaze. That stuff is just a bonus.
If you do like those kinds of movies, though, or if you're willing to give them a shot, it's super easy to participate in Junesploitation thanks to streaming services. Netflix isn't a ton of help, but Amazon Prime Video has a deep library of titles and there are a number of streaming platforms devoted to just these kinds of movies: Shudder, Full Moon Streaming, Night Flight, and Brown Sugar are some of the big ones. Free services like Vudu, Tubi.TV, and Vidmark (on Roku) also have a number of titles you might want to check out this month. And while I rarely advocate watching movies on YouTube, there's a lot of cool and obscure stuff to be found there if you're willing to look. Stay tuned for our annual Junesploitation Primer for help on where to find some good titles, though by now most of you know where to look.

Here is this year's schedule, featuring a few new categories and a bunch of returning favorites:

Thanks to @ACasualListener and Michael Scott for suggesting some of this year's new categories, and as always thanks to Doug Schultz for his talent in designing the calendar every year.

Bring on Junesploitation!


  1. Love this! As for me, I'll be leading off with the Commando Directors Cut! A great way to blow off some steam......

    1. Say what? Director's cut? How have i never heard of it? Where is it available?

    2. DC of "Commando" adds a few extra frames of gore to Arnie's bloody crusade. Not worth paying too much $$$ over the theatrical version, but if you can get it cheap... 😃👍

  2. I love Junesploitation so much! By my count, you could watch Cannonball Run II (1984) on TWELVE different days this year!

  3. It's the most wonderful time of the year.

  4. Absolutely subject to change but here is what I'm working with so far (around 80% first time watches):

    Pre-start Primer:
    All the Colors of Giallo (Tubi TV)
    Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (Netflix)
    In Search of Darkness II (Shudder)
    Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (digital rental)
    BaadAsssss Cinema – (Youtube)
    In Search of the Last Action Heroes (Prime)
    Screen Drafts podcast Cannon episode

    1. ‘80s Action! - Missing In Action (HBO Max), Midnight Run (HBO Max)
    2. Slashers! - The Slumberparty Massacre (blu-ray)
    3. Henry Silva! - Thirst (Amazon rental)
    4. Westerns! - Magnificent Seven (blu-ray)
    5. Revenge! - A Score to Settle (blu-ray), Xtreme (Netflix)
    6. Free Space! - The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (HBO Max)
    7. Sword and Sorcery! - The Magic Sword (Prime)
    8. Blaxploitation! - Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (Prime)
    9. Italian Horror! - Night Train Murders (Criterion Channel)
    10. Scott Adkins! - El Gringo (Prime), Close Range (Prime)
    11.Vigilantes! - Death Wish 2, 3, and 4 (blu-ray)
    12. Sci Fi! - Phase IV (Hulu)
    13. '80s Comedy! - I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (Prime)
    14. Kung Fu! - Knockabout (Prime)
    15. Sequels! - Return of the Magnificent Seven, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, The Magnificent Seven Ride
    16. Cannon! - Last American Virgin (blu-ray)
    17. Fulci! - New Gladiators (Prime)
    18. Free Space! - The Amusement Park (Shudder)
    19. Jackie Chan! - Drunken Master II, First Strike (blu-ray)
    20. Musicals! - In the Heights (HBO Max)
    21. Julie Strain! - Die Delta Die! (Tubi TV)
    22. Zombies! - Ojuju (kweliTV)
    23. ‘90s Action! - Captain America (1990), Mean Guns (blu-ray)
    24. Free Space! - DOA: Dead or Alive (blu-ray)
    25. Cars! - F9 (Theater)
    26. ‘80s Horror! - Pumpkinhead (blu-ray)
    27. Cops! - Sudden Impact (HBO Max)
    28. Free Space! - Leaving this open for now
    29. Gangsters! - The Public Enemy (HBO Max)
    30. Vampires! - Encounter of the Spooky Kind (If it arrives from Eureka by then)

    1. Oh Mean Guns is an absoutle blast! Great list

    2. Ross....your primer list and list of titles ROCKS!! Thanks for sharing! Several of the primer documentaries you list are personal favs..always find new titles to watch from them. Thanks for posting the list and title locations...looking forward to seeing your comments along the way!!

      Peace .n. Lights, Camera, Junesploitation!

    3. Wait, In The Heights is out already?

    4. Opens in theaters and HBO Max on June 11th

  5. Going to try real hard to participate every day this year

  6. Junesploitation is generally one of my favourite times of the year. This is a brilliant list Patrick- you might have out done yourself!

  7. So. Giddy.

    question: Do y'all post a daily category for it where people can share in the comments which movies they did (or will do) for that days theme? I have a feeling im gonna come away from this month with a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge list of movie suggestions. Wooo hooo!!!!

    PS: Suggestion....if you are doing daily comments, it would be great if people share the method of viewing as commenter Ross did above.

    PSS: Team F This Movie and its fans ROCK. As i skim the list of genres/themes for Junesploitation all i can think is "you guys get me! this site is my wheelhouse!"

    Peace .n. Lets watch some F'd up flicks!

    1. Yup! There will be a post every day for you to leave your title and review in the comments!

    2. Woot! Thanks Rob. I will be on that page daily...cant even imagine some of the f'd up stuff that will be reviewed n watched.....hazaaaa!

    3. A lot of people post about their watches on Twitter as well.

    4. Thanks "A Casual Listener"...ill be keepin an eye on Twitter as well.

  8. This will be my first time participating and the movies listed will all be first time watches!

    1. ‘80s Action! – Escape from New York [HBO MAX]
    2. Slashers! – Nightmare on Elm Street 2 [HBO MAX]
    3. Henry Silva! – Code of Silence [Prime]
    4. Westerns! – Cut-Throats Nine [Tubi]
    5. Revenge! – Carrie [Showtime]
    6. Free Space! – Zombieland Double Tap [Starz]
    7. Sword and Sorcery! – Dragonslayer [Prime]
    8. Blaxploitation! – Black Dynamite [HBO MAX]
    9. Italian Horror! – Suspiria [Tubi]
    10. Scott Adkins! – Avengement [Netflix]
    11.Vigilantes! – A History of Violence [Tubi]
    12. Sci Fi! – Ghost in the Shell [Plex]
    13. '80s Comedy! – The Night Before [Prime]
    14. Kung Fu! – Ip Man [Netflix]
    15. Sequels! – Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers [Showtime]
    16. Cannon! – Lifeforce [Prime]
    17. Fulci! – The Beyond [Plex]
    18. Free Space! – Bucktown [Tubi]
    19. Jackie Chan! – Police Story [HBO MAX]
    20. Musicals! – Earth Girls are Easy [HBO MAX]
    21. Julie Strain! – Enemy Gold [1994]
    22. Zombies! – Train to Busan [Hulu]
    23. ‘90s Action! – From Dusk Till Dawn [HBO MAX]
    24. Free Space! – Battle Royale [Plex]
    25. Cars! – The Fate of the Furious [Rent]
    26. ‘80s Horror! – Re-Animator [Showtime]
    27. Cops! – Timecop [Tubi]
    28. Free Space! – Death Proof [Prime]
    29. Gangsters! – Mobsters [Tubi]
    30. Vampires! – Vampires [Starz]

    What should I be most excited to watch for the first time?

    1. This is a great list. I think you're in for a particular treat with Escape from NY, Carrie, Suspiria, History of Violence, Lifeforce, Earth Girls are Easy, From Dusk to Dawn, and Re-Animator. I'm jealous that you get to watch these FOR THE FIRST TIME.

    2. AMAZING list. well played.

      First time for all entries!? whoo boy you're in for a good month. I could go on and on about most but ill focus on two:

      Escape From NY was, is, and forever shall be an amazing perfect movie. Its epic. Also a top 10 final scene movie.

      Black Dynamite: a movie ive suggested to friends above all other films ive seen in the past 15 years. One of the highest rankings i can give a film comes down to "rewatchability". this movie is endlessly rewatchable and hilarious. its brilliant

    3. In the words of Bruce Willis, "Welcome to the party, pal."

  9. Super excited for this as always! Also, advice wanted from my fellow F-heads: I’m not a big sword & sorcery guy, any suggestions for fun ones in that category would be extremely welcome. Thanks!

    1. Well, can't go wrong with Conan the Barbarian - it's the Citizen Kane of high fantasy shlock.

    2. Ha! That it is, I do like that one. Thanks!

    3. It's also fun to go back to previous Junesploitations for inspiration. For example, here's what people watched on Sword & Sorcery day last year.

    4. That is handy! Thanks Mikko!

  10. Another great Junesploitation list, Patrick. I am glad you found my suggestions helpful.

    The picks for certain days are already firmly set, but there are still many decisions to be made. The free days are turning out to be the hardest to decide on. Almost all of the films will be first-time watches from my collection.

    '80s Action! - The Killer (1989)
    Sword and Sorcery! - Ninja Wars (1982)
    Scott Adkins! - Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
    Vigilantes! - The Punisher (1989)
    Sci-Fi! - Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    1. I’m such a fan of the ‘78 Body Snatchers. So good!

    2. 78 Body Snatchers scared the living cr@p out of me when i snuck watched it at 10 years old. The final scene is still one of the freakiest scenes ive EVER seen.

    3. Body Snatchers '78 has been a Junesploitation candidate the past two years. This is the year to get around it to a watch. I am a fan of the original film, and the 1992 remake from Abel Ferrara was a pleasant surprise for Junesploitation 2019.

      There a few of other days I have planned now.

      '80s Comedy! - Private Resort (Another disc that has been sitting in my collection for a long time.)

      Jackie Chan! - First Strike

      Gangsters! - Triad Election (2007)

  11. very ready and excited for this this year. Made a list on Letterboxd of hopeful titles I'll get to

  12. I look forward to Julysploitation every year. Thanks Leonard Maltin!