Videodrome (1983) - Criterion Collection Edition
One of the weirdest films of the 80's - a decade well-known for off-the-wall cinema - Videodrome is confounding, stimulating, repellent, enthralling and hilarious in equal measure. So many bizarre body-horror set-pieces, so many absurd-yet-quotable lines (Long live the new flesh!), and so much James Woods! Criterion's releases always break the bank, but in this case, it's clearly worth it.
Big Bad Mama/Big Bad Mama 2 (Roger Corman Cult Classics Collection)
Big Bad Mama II: Angie Dickinson returns to her role as Wilma Big Bad Mama McClatchie. She is out to steal a better life for her two teenage daughters. The sexy trio sets their gun sites on revenge against a crooked politician by taking down his banks and kidnapping his son. Also starring Danielle Brisebois and Playboy Playmate Julie McCullough.
Two of Corman's greatest hunks of cinematic trash together in one boner-popping, thrill-seeking package. Although they were shot 15 or so years apart, Angie Dickinson looks amazing in both films and she - and her lovely daughters - are frequently naked. Plus, both films are super-violent. Plus, Tom Skerrit! Plus, William Shatner! You can't go wrong with these.
Lady in Red/Crazy Mama (Roger Corman Cult Classics Collection)
Pamela Sue Martin stars in The Lady In Red as the infamous Lady in Red Polly Franklin, whose red dress serves as an identifying beacon for the FBIs murder of public enemy #1, John Dillinger (Robert Conrad). From sweatshop to dime-a-dance hall, from prison to house of prostitution, Pollys journey brings her even closer to the gang-run crime world of the 30s: until that fateful day she meets and falls in love with John Dillinger. Also starring Academy Award winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest) and Christopher Lloyd ( Back To The Future)
Fantastic casts full of soon-to-be stars or soon-to-be-has-beens and fast n' furious scripts make these two must-haves for fans of 70's b-cinema. Neither film offers up the casual sleaze of the Big Bad Mama flicks, but everything else - bloody mayhem, reckless stunts, zippy dialogue and tongue-in-cheek humor - is present and accounted for.
Corny and overwrought in the best possible way, this is a fun slice of ear-splitting Bakshi madness.
Schoolgirl Hitchhikers (1973)
You had me at "Schoolgirl Hitchikers". Plus it's a Jean Rollin film. Plus it was made in 1973, one of the greatest years for cinema. "Lesbian schoolgirls" actually feels like overkill at this point
Jess Franco's Stripped Dead
There's a slew of Franco sets being released by MVD this week - check their website for other titles - and I suggest you snatch 'em all up. While Franco almost never delivers on whatever sleazy premise his films are based on, he always rewards the viewers patience with something, be it wacked-out dubbing, hot naked Euro-chicks, a groovy soundtrack, splashes of dimestore gore, or just some powerful weirdness that pops up out of nowhere.
Two Big Boobs
Having been a breast-obsessed, well-intentioned bugler myself on many occasions, I can't help but to give this goofy attempt at recreating the fluttering, grainy sex-loops that drove grandpa to distraction.
Fistful of Brains
While I am understandably leery of any film with a premise that involves "magic elixir" , I like the pulpy, washed-out look of this horror-western mash-up. It's like Cutthroats Nine, only shot on a camcorder. And also with zombies.
- Ken McIntyre (plot descriptions courtesy Amazon and Netflix.)
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