Thursday, May 30, 2024

Your 2024 Junesploitation Primer

by Patrick Bromley
Look out! It's right around the corner!

This will be the 11th year we've run Junesploitation, and it has become an essential part of our annual calendar at F This Movie!. What started as an excuse to watch some trashy movies has expanded into a full-blown month-long party, and it's all because of your enthusiasm and participation. You all are the best.
Several of you have already made your Junesploitation viewing 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 -- 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, Night Flight, Shout! Factory TV, 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 Tubi, a true GOLD MINE with hundreds of kung fu, horror, and exploitation films available in their library (and it's FREE). 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.
As is our Junesploitation tradition, 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 know 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 Paul Naschy or Lucio Fulci or Barbara Steele). 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.
8 - Kaiju!
14 - Beach!
17 - Fulci!
21 - AIP!
22 - 2000s Action! (2000-2024)
24 - Cars!


  1. I'm happy about Sharsploitation day. Gives more people a chance to watch the masterpiece that is Dickshark.

    1. I'd be all in, but that 3h20m runtime is daunting. Especially for Junesploitation where I want to squeeze in as many movies as possible. Maybe if it had ninjas in it, then I would have to reevaluate.

  2. The New Horizons category is a toughie! I was looking at this list:

    I prefer horror/sci-fi to action or fantasy, think I might go with Chopping Mall if that's an option.

    1. Doing some research myself for the same category, I found a lot of love for the Carnosaur films, particularly the first one. That is definitely more in the horror category.

    2. Casual: Thanks for the suggestion! I'm tentatively finalizing my list today, so I will check that out!

  3. Looking through the AIP! filmography, I'm surprised I had never heard of them. There's lots of classics (and generally well known) and loads of unknown to me but would definitely watch. They seem like they should be the Junesploitation patron saint of production companies.

    1. Seeing the AIP logo appear at the beginning of a film has been an encouraging sight for a couple of decades. I have watched a lot of the company's output and would choose the AIP catalogue over any of the major studios from that time. Though the films are rarely art, I cannot think of many that failed to entertain me.

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    1. Sweet list! Thanks for posting, looking forward to reading about the flicks you watch.

    2. Hope you enjoy Clan of the White Lotus! I found it to be one of the more original in the Shaw Brothers catalogue. Mark Ahn wrote a nice review of it several years ago.
      Also, reminder that I need to add a Shaw Brothers movie to my list.

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  5. One more sleep until the most wonderful time of the year.

  6. Here's my tentative schedule for Junesploitation:

    1 - Roger Corman Tribute! – Piranha (1978)
    2- Zombies! –Wild Zero (1999)
    3 - Revenge! – Grotesque (1988)
    4 - Free Space!
    5 - ‘90s action! –Empire of the Dark (1990)
    6 - Paul Naschy! – Night of the Howling Beast (1975)
    7 - Buddy Cops! – Dead Heat (1988)
    8 - Kaiju! – Mighty Peking Man (1977)
    9 - Kung Fu! – Crippled Avengers (1978)
    10 - Sharksploitation! – Devil Fish (1984)
    11 - Italian Horror! – The Church (1989)
    12 - New World! – Cockfighter (1974)
    13 - Ozploitation! – Dead End Drive In (1986)
    14 - Beach! – Humanoids From The Deep (1980)
    15 - Free Space!
    16 - Brucesploitation! – The Dragon Lives Again (1977)
    17 - Fulci! – Cat in the Brain (1990)
    18 - Gangsters! – Gone with the Pope (2010)
    19 - ‘80s Horror! – The Funhouse (1981)
    20 - Blaxploitation! – Welcome Home, Brother Charles (1975)
    21 - AIP! – Abby (1974)
    22 - 2000s Action! – Battle Royale (2000)
    23 - Free Space!
    24 - Cars! – Pit Stop (1969)
    25 - Vigilantes! – Irreversible (2002)
    26 - Free Space!
    27 - Barbara Steele! – Caged Heat (1974)
    28 - Westerns! – Django Kill (1967)
    29 - New Horizons! – Carnosaur (1993)
    30 - Slashers! – The Love Butcher (1975) / In a Violent Nature (2024)

    FREE DAY POSSIBILITIES: Death Laid an Egg (1968) / Dog Soldiers (2002) / First Omen (2024) / Ghetto Freaks (1970) / Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) / Of Unknown Origin (1983) / Pets (1973)

  7. I am looking at the Brucesploitation options on Tubi. With the varying quality of the film sources, it looks like it could an interesting day.