Blaine McLaren
Bald and Beautiful / Exploitation Guru
Blaine McLaren was born in Texas, but has called Atlanta his home for over 20 years. He has spent a lifetime obsessed with cinematic oddities, with a soft spot for rubber monster flicks and gore soaked head scratchers. He is the lead writer and owner of mondomclaren.com and is a regular contributor for multiple sites and podcasts.
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Fantasia 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS is Good, but it Makes Blaine Feel Old

Ever since the beginning days of the internet, horror films have been trying to find an opportunity to utilize it in an interesting way. There results have been anywhere from terrible (Hellraiser: Hellworld, Feed) to the not great, but perfectly watchable range (Kairo, Unfriended). I was a little worried after seeing the trailer and started…

Fantasia 2017: KODOKU MEATBALL MACHINE Breaks Down, Leaving a Misshapen Meatwad

If you have ever seen a movie from Japanese filmmaker Yoshihiro Nishimura, then you know what to expect. Films like Tokyo Gore Police and Helldriver are over-the-top gore films that have little, to no concern about plot. This film is no exception and follows his “throw everything at the screen and see what sticks” attitude…

Fantasia 2017: ASSHOLES Shits the Bed

On paper, this should be my favorite movie of the year. A gross out comedy full of shit, demons, and a strong cast of young actors. What could go wrong, right? Wrong! It has been a while since I was so disappointed in a release that seemed to be made specifically for someone like me.…

Bold Decisions and Creative Camerawork Mark CRACKBABY BILLIONAIRE as Fucked Up Low-Budget Gem

John Miller has been a polarizing figure in the world of low budget horror. He burst onto the scene with a movie he co-directed with Chris Woods (of Sleaze Box) called Amerikan HoloKaust that was immediately met with love and disdain (equally). The movie was ugly, nihilistic filmmaking at its best. I saw the film…

Slow-Ass Chases Never Looked So Good: Arrow’s PSYCHOMANIA Special Edition Blu

There are very few movies with cooler ideas than Psychomania. Bikers back from the dead, raising hell in the English suburbs. It is the type of film that I have seen a few times, but only saw it under other names and awful prints. Fortunately for exploitation fans everywhere, Psychomania has received the Arrow Video…

“Mondo” Counts Down Year’s Best Exploitation Films

[Editor’s Note: This is one of a few new writers coming aboard in 2017. Blaine McLaren is a sleazy film guru who blogs at mondomclaren.com and I asked him what the best exploitation films of 2016 were. He gave me the following list. Welcome aboard Blaine!] 2016 was a great year in film that brought…