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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Multi-movie DVD finds at Hastings

If you have a "Hastings" in your town, I suggest you peruse the cheap bins for DVDs that contain many horror/exploitation movies in one package. I was surprised to find so many good deals at my local store. They have many Midnight Horror Collection 4-packs and 8-packs with Full Moon and Brain Damage types of movies stocked, but there are rarer finds too.
There are loads of bigger collections like Drive-In Cult Classics 16-movie Set or Savage Cinema 12-movie Collection, loaded with 70s grindhouse sleaziness and camp.
Newer obscure independent films are packed by the truckload onto badly presented DVDs with little info, so be ready to do your own research after picking up a name or two.
I couldn't believe my eyes the other day when I found a collection I'd been meaning to get for a long time. I never wanted to shill out the money for something so stupid but it was only $5! It was the Andy Sidaris Collection: Girls, Guns & G-Strings. A 12-film set of the most Joe Bob Briggs-ready 90s films.
Now on to the documentaries. What better way to end your exploitation watching than with a documentary about said films?
Corman's World about Roger Corman. It interviews practically every titan in Hollywood who ever knew him. And get this: Jack Nicholson breaks down and cries in an interview near the end.
King of the B Movies about Bill Zebub. I haven't seen it but, c'mon, it's about king dirtbag so it's gotta be interesting. Visit his Youtube channel if you're unfamiliar with him.
Screaming in High Heels about 80s and 90s B-movies and their scream queens. Haven't seen it, but I've heard mixed reviews about it. Another one that can be found relatively cheap.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Exploitation Watching Update Sept 2012

Planet of the Vampire Women (2011)
This cheap cheap cheap flick had been receiving good word-of-mouth buzz and now it's out on a bare-bones DVD. I'm sad to report that Vampire Women doesn't work on any level. It relies too much on its intentionally bad special effects and its fuck-filled humor coming out of the mouths of terrible actresses. On the subject of the fanged fatales, they aren't as attractive as needed for the subject matter and random nudity. And as I always reiterate, if you are gonna hire loose actresses that can't act for shit, they might as well be the hottest idiots money can buy.

The Bunny Game (2012)
It might be the most controversial horror flick of the year because of the torture that everyone hears is real. I was so nervous about planning to watch it that I had a nightmare about the crucifixion and sexual brutality. Let me state for the record: there isn't any amazing torture to see here. The hardcore elements are limited to the main prostitute voluntarily giving a BJ at the beginning, her getting a symbol branded on her shoulders and another girl with a plastic bag over her head for several straight seconds. That's basically it. The story won't rope you in either. There's little to no character development and lots of fast back-and-forth editing to fill up the movie's 1:16 running time. So don't bother with The Bunny Game. It's not what it's slashed up to be.

Gabi on the Roof in July (2010)
Once you spot an appearance by a young Lena Dunham, you know this is a hipster movie. Luckily it's mostly hot hipsters in New York. The meandering plot starts with a painter that's on the verge of his breakout. His young sister shows up with a friend to spend the summer with him and to be a generally annoying hipster. She is unemployed and enjoys being obnoxious. There's tons of dialogue about how she's too good for any artsy job her brother tries to get her because she is too artsy and high-minded for anyone to appreciate. I wanted to strangle her, but that's kind of the point. The audience gets some much needed relief though by getting to see her walk around nude several times. Not a bad movie all in all. A bit pointless, but entertaining.