exploitation

PUFF 2017: Day 4 Focuses on the Local and the Exceptionally Weird (31 Days, Day 2)

[Editor’s Note: Garrett’s PUFF Day 4 and Best of the Fest posts (today and tomorrow) are also running as part of out 31 Days of Halloween, because there is sufficient Halloweenyness in PUFF to genuinely make it appropriate. Thanks to the folks from PUFF for letting us participate in said Halloweenyness for a second straight…

FANTASIA 2017: Our Very Own Lowlifes Review LOWLIFE, Part 2 – Doug’s Take

A colossal achievement in low-budget ingenuity and skill, Lowlife marks the arrival of a major new filmmaking talent in director Ryan Prows. Despite flashes of pop culture eccentricity and extreme violence, Prows breaks free of his Tarantino-esque trappings to deliver a beautifully structured, wonderfully acted and darkly comic thriller tinged with that most rare of…

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…

We Caught Up with Harry of GARAGEHOUSE and EXHUMED… He’s Pretty Awesome

You may have noticed me blab about releases coming out via a boutique releasing company called Garagehouse Pictures hailing from my home city of Philadelphia. If you haven’t keep watching, because they’ve got many more that interest me releasing in coming months. And, I’ll be reviewing their latest, a 1962 regional horror comedy called The…

Finding God at the Grindhouse: Predestination, Free Will, and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Over the past few weeks, I rewatched 2 films that have always hit me hard, one is considered a classic and the other is pretty well regarded by the horror community but not many beyond that specific demographic: the first being Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s landmark novel A Clockwork Orange and the latter…

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…

Not So Polite: 5 (Sorta) Canadian Slasher Film Killers

Being a Canadian can be a real hassle. Not only do we have to deal with a devilishly handsome Prime Minister, quality Tim Horton’s doughnuts and free healthcare, but we – tragically – have an international reputation as being just so damn nice. Really, it’s both sickening and unwarranted, as this massive tundra is as…

“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…

Lines from 2016 Films That Resulted in My Baffling Laughter

“Learrrrninnnng.” – Apocalypse from X-Men: Apocalypse, with his hand pressed against a tube-television, implying he’s learning the history of mankind via a singular Egyptian television station’s current programming. One hopes he got lucky enough for an anchor on that station to reference the internet so that he learns of its existence and make some real…

MEAT: It’s What’s For Dinner

Meat (aka Vlees, 2010) is a Netherlands film directed by Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth. Artsploitation Films has finally given Meat a US release, although I say “finally” a bit tongue in cheek – whether or not anyone was clamoring for a US release, I don’t know, but this isn’t like some underground classic that…

31 Days, Day 27: The Disturbing, the Demented, and the Depraved Takes on CANNIBAL Motherfucking HOLOCAUST

In the world of disturbing cinema, few films have the name value that Cannibal Holocaust carries. It’s not quite a household name, per se, but despite being a 1980s Italian exploitation horror film, it has broken out of its target niche to be something that runs at a far higher name recognition than you’d expect.…

Dreams of Sexless Sex: The Farsighted’s Introduction to MUBI

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s Stream a Little Stream is our first MUBI edition of recommendations. It also is a double feature entry into The Cinephile Files.] If you haven’t heard about Mubi, let me take the opportunity to recommend it. They have an interesting take on the streaming service model. Instead of offering you a…

Two of a Grind: Demons are Real!

Satanic rituals! Pregnancy! Death Cults! Rubber Suited monsters! This week on Two of a Grind we come to warn you: demons are real… or are they? These two films now streaming on The Grindhouse Channel feature a couple of satanic conspiracies, that may or may not exist only in the deteriorating minds of their protagonists.…

Grindhouse Film Misses the Mark But Shows Great Promise

Imagine, for a second, the idealistic throwback grindhouse slaughterfest: Sepia-toned desert? Check. The blown-off face of a man kissed against a car window? Check. A woman limping along while a white man with issues chases her? Check and check. Carnage Park, the fifth film from director Mickey Keating (Darling, POD), oozes aesthetic. From the way…

Derby, Demons, and Dinklage, Oh My!

This might be a first for me, I’m not sure – this isn’t necessarily a good movie but I really, really enjoyed it. This movie is about a Roller Derby Demon… I think? It’s not as concerned with a sensible plot as I would like, which is why I can’t even make the premise any…