AKA The Incredible Torture Show
DIRECTED BY: Joel Reed
FEATURING: Seamus O’Brien, Luis de Jesus
PLOT: A sadist who runs a Grand Guignol off-off-Broadway show as a cover for his white slavery ring kidnaps a theater critic and a ballerina to design his greatest production yet.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: I . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: BLOODSUCKING FREAKS (1976)
In a round table meeting with a couple of editors, I was discussing a proposed documentary (which we abandoned). As we were dialoguing, I mentioned a scene which would require green screen. One of the editors stopped me short and said: “This is a documentary. You do not do green screen shots in a documentary.” . . . → Read More: LET ME DIE A WOMAN (1978)
DIRECTED BY: Joseph Green
FEATURING: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Leslie Daniels
PLOT: Against her wishes, a surgeon keeps his fiancée’s severed head alive while he searches
for a new body for her. WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: The Brain that Wouldn’t Die bypasses the rational portion of the frontal cortex and directly stimulates . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (1962)
AKA Caged Virgins
DIRECTED BY: Jean Rollin
FEATURING: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent
PLOT: Two lesbian killers dressed as clowns flee the law and wind up in the hands of a vampire
who needs virgins to perpetuate his race.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: One of the problems with evaluating Jean Rollin’s fantastique . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: REQUIEM FOR A VAMPIRE (1973)
Something Weird Video offers up two of the most obscure, absurd, sexually depraved white trash soapers in this 1965 double feature. Day of the Nightmare was directed by John A. Bushelman. Bushelman’s directorial credits are few, but he was a prolific editor of low budget cult trash. Cat Women on the Moon (1953), Frankenstein 1970 . . . → Read More: DAY OF THE NIGHTMARE (1965)/SCREAM OF THE BUTTERFLY (1965)
“Elmer Gantry (1960) with a dose of The Intruder (1962) on a 75 cent budget.” There is the one-sentence synopsis for Shanty Tramp (1967), written and directed by Joseph P. Mawra. Mawra was a lesser-known director of numerous grindhouse films (such as 1964-1965′s Olga trilogy, produced by Glen or Glenda‘s George Weiss). Movies from this . . . → Read More: SHANTY TRAMP (1967)
Do not be alarmed! The loud thud you are getting ready to hear is merely the sound of your jaw dropping to the floor while watching Child Bride (1938). And before the credits roll, you will know that you have truly entered a twilight zone from the gutter cinema of yesteryear. Of course, in 1938 . . . → Read More: CHILD BRIDE (1938)
Common Law Wife (1963) is a hoot, as most period exploitation films are. This film, directed by the infamous schlockmeister Larry Buchanan and Eric Sayers, gets a lot of mileage out of the white trash melodrama genre.
Nasty old oil miser Uncle (love the name) Shugfoot Rainey (George Edgley) is bored with his worn out, . . . → Read More: COMMON LAW WIFE (1963)
*This is the first testament in our Ed Wood Gospel. The second, New Testament, will cover Wood’s late films, including his collaborations with A.C. Stephens. This month, Ed Wood‘s Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) sees its Blu-ray release; posthumously, Ed is thoroughly enjoying his last laugh. He can thank those smug, condescending, hopelessly unimaginative . . . → Read More: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO EDWARD D. WOOD, JR!
DIRECTED BY: Frankie Latina
FEATURING: Randy Russell, Danny Trejo
PLOT: The CIA convinces an alcoholic ex-agent to track down two stolen briefcases in return for
the name of the man who killed his wife. WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST:The post-Tarantino/Rodriguez fake-grindhouse movie is a sub-genre that’s less than a decade old, but already . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: MODUS OPERANDI (2009)