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Re: Sixth Annual Drive-in/Exploitation/B-movie Challenge List Thread (April 1-30, 201


Goal:
60 Movies

Legend:

* = FTV

Wife's Thoughts In Blue
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- March 31st -
1.)
Shaolin Drunkard (1983) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Defiantly a very WTF film to start the challenge out with. This Chinese magician horror comedy boasts mutant frog monsters, extensive marienette play, aggressive women that want to settle down, vampires, and some fake buck teeth that an any other film would be extremely racist. I have a hard time connecting with Chinese comedies and this is no exception, being an older film though it at least played somewhat interesting while a lot of more current offerings just strike me as annoying. Not a good movie but it delivers on the weird. For those interested you can watch it here.
(2.5 out of 5)
- April 1st -
2.)
Alien Species (1996) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Yikes, that is some bad CG. Horrible movie is horrible. Well at least the alien hive is colorful in a Killer Klowns sort of way... Ok, this bland bargain bin b-movie bust has one actor you will recognize, you won't know his name but you will recognize him, and is otherwise a complete waste of time. Most of the time I just wished I was watching a Roger Corman movie. I did think it was interesting that Mill Creek was so worried that someone would try to steak this piece that they decided that they had to watermark it. Ok, it's time to start drinking.
(1.5 out of 5)
3.)
Black Emanuelle 2 (1976) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This was the last of a batch of Black Emanuelle titles I bought from Severin years ago. I had been avoiding it since it did not star the delectable Laura Gemser but I do have to admit that this girl had the assets to play Emanuelle. And surprisingly this was one of the better scripted Emanuelle movies! In this one Emanuelle has gone crazy and is in a super loose restrictions mental hospital, staffed of course by a bevy of attractive persons. It did have that fun travelog feel that these movies tend to have, this time focusing mainly on New York (where Rollerball is playing in theaters). There were a few parts in the third acts that dragged a little but this was overall a pleasant surprise.
(4 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: It's just feel like too long, they should do better storywise. And I don't care for the ending; "Goodbye everyone!" Hmm. But black one... black emmanuelle has a great body.
(3 out of 5)
- April 2nd -
4.)
A Man Called Django (1971) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Django rips off The Man With No Name saga with surprisingly good results. Easily one of the best Django followups I have ever seen. That is right until they jump the shark and bring in a car, there are no cars in the old west! There are lots of cool old west fight concepts here though like strapping dynamite to a wagon wheel and rolling it at people or taking a couple of bullets out of your gun so it seem like you ran out, I wonder how many of those were stolen too... Aside from being a huge rip off this was a good spaghetti western.
(4 out of 5)
- April 3rd -
5.)
The Occultist (1988) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: It felt like this movie didn't really know what it wanted to be. It is about a security specialist who is hired to protect the Caribbean president from rebels on his trip to New York. Only he's a cyborg, the rebels are a voodoo cult and they use ninjas. It was a slurry of 80's cliches that is watchable if unfocused.
(3 out of 5)
- April 4th -
6.)
Super Fuzz (1980) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Hey it's a Terrance and Bud movie, just replace Bud with Ernest Borgnine. Same just over the top ridiculousness and catchy themes, I just can't not like these movies somehow! I brought this one into the fold due to it's mention on one of the Hot Fuzz commentaries. It's a buddy cop comedy about a police officer getting super powers and solving crimes in an overly wholesome sort of way. Not a good movie but highly enjoyable.
(4 out of 5)
7.)
From China With Death (1974) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Two swarthy anti-heroes come together to rob a bank. There are double crosses all around and some decent kung fu-ery. Also I enjoyed the use of humor in this movie much more than Shaolin Drunkard. Not exceptional but a decent little flick.
(3 out of 5)
- April 5th -
8.)
Massacre Time (1966) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Pictureboxed! Franco Nero, the original Django, returns to his home town only to find that it has been completely taken over by a rich corrupt family. There is fighting and gunplay and a weird Chinese blacksmith and while that would all seem to bode well for a spaghetti western, there was just no panache to this. Likable at parts but it had a real hard time holding my attention.
(2.5 out of 5)
- April 6th -
9.)
Hellbound (1994) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This cheesy 90's direct to video action trash has only escaped being lost to the ages by the puzzling continued popularity of its title character; Chuck Norris. In this movie Norris plays a hard nosed Chicago cop whose case takes him to Israel where he must fight a very corporeal demon. Essentially it is Chuck Norris vs The Devil. A passable bad movie, even if Chuck and his wise-cracking black sidekick are just phoning it in.
(3 out of 5)
10.)
Star Odyssey (1979) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Wildly uneven Star Wars ripoff that that goes from full outer space sci-fi sets in one scene to black and white public domain footage in another. It was at times interesting enough to hold my attention, especially in regards to their ridiculous suicidal droids, but that is about all.
(2.5 out of 5)
11.)
Slaughter (1972) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Ah, now this was the breath of fresh air I needed. Excellent blaxploitation flick, hits all the staples; evil white guys, naked chicks, revenge, ect. Jim Brown fits these rolls to a T. Also I love how one of the major plot points of this movie revolves around a computer punch card. And someone actually says 'that house doesn't have enough power to run a computer'. Top shelf blaxploitation.
(4.5 out of 5)
- April 7th -
12.)
Bulletproof (1988) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: I was still riding a little high on Busey schlock since the last challenge and the amazing Eye Of The Tiger. This unfortunately was no Eye Of The Tiger. Movie starts out a little Lethal Weapon and goes Rambo III when super-cop McBain (yes, like the Simpsons character) has to go to Mexico to retrieve a new top of the line tank and of course save the girl. It was very run of the mill but I do have to tip my hat to the amount b movie regulars that made an appearance.
(3 out of 5)
13.)
SS Hell Camp (1977) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This is essentially 2 films, one a disappointing rebels vs Nazi affair (that uses scenes from yet another movie inter spliced into it's bigger action scenes), the other a sleazy Illsa style evil Nazi dominatrix type thing. The whole time I could tell they were different movies but frustratingly couldn't quite see where the seams were between the two. Not till later when I went to research the title a little bit did I find out that the director hired people from the first movie to film little insert scenes so that they would connect! A genius b movie move. Aside from this little bit of interesting and a lot of nudity this did not have much going for it. It got a score bump for the new content and I got to check Video Nasties off my list but otherwise kind of dissapointing.
(2.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: Ahhh, Full Moon Ne? Thats why it sucks... Very violent not every each story connected. I do not care for that so many violence. You should pick better movie, gah I should know that Full Moon movie.
(2 out of 5)
- April 8th -
14.)
They (1974) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: While I kind of dug the setting and the initial set up for this movie it. It started out with a weird God Told Me To / The Thing vibe (in a super low budget sort of way). It very quickly put me to sleep with it's blandness. One thing I will admit to though is that that the VHS cover to this (featuring the Enterprise) is especially perplexing. But ultimately aside from viewing the VHS case I cannot recommend this for any reason.
(1.5 out of 5)
15.)
Hidden Beauties: The Awakening (1999) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Admittedly just one of those rental store Skin-A-Max style films but it was oddly a nice pallet cleanser. There was some sort of past life, lets go to Europe plot... maybe... But really just boobs, lots and lots of boobs. I have redacted part of this review (keyword: Nostalgia).
(3.5 out of 5)
- April 9th -
16.)
Warriors Of The Rainbow (2011) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: What does $1.88 get you at Big Lots? An epic, surprisingly. The movie focuses around Japan's occupation of Taiwan during WWII and the aboriginal counter offensive. A surprisingly good movie for $1.88 but obviously one that would have a hard time getting any traction abroad because of a very unpleasant mother/child mass suicide scene. I had to bring this up with my wife even; why Asian people would rather kill their child as well as opposed to the more European approach of 'you can kill me just spare the child'. Strong Last Samurai/Dances With Wolves vibes with this one, not quite as good as either but a well above average movie. I bet this movie was well received in countries that saw Japanese occupation... (I am much more open to Japanese occupation, in fact there is a Japanese occupying my kitchen right now that makes me sandwiches).
(4 out of 5)
17.)
Django and Sartana's Showdown in the West (1970) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: I have never seen a Sartana movie so lets hope this is not a good representation of what to expect. Especially since I have a 10 movie pack dedicated to the character in my 'to watch' pile. There is very little in the way of meaningful interactions between the two icons and the overall story is about as run of the mill western as you can get. This is like something my grandfather would watch on TV.
(2.5 out of 5)
- April 10th -
18.)
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987) (DVD)
My Thoughts: I don't know why but I am compelled to revisit this ever few years. It takes my brain half a decade or so to scour this movie from the memory banks and every time it does I re-inflict it on myself. For years this movie was an atrocity to me but my opinion on it now has mellowed to where I finally enjoy it as a so bad it's good experience. In fact as I watched it I was thinking to myself that maybe I should acclimatize my daughter to this so that some day she can show this 'awesome' movie to someone and they will think she is crazy. It screams 80's, there is horrible animatronic heads placed on midgets based on a trading cards that are spoof of a now defunct toy. It is a bizarre tragedy of pop culture that is oddly enticing. I wonder if anyone ever jammed out to the soundtrack to this movie... Anyway if anyone is also bummed about the lack of any special features on this, now cult masterpeirce, then you may want to check out this great interview with star and hobbit brother Mackenzie Astin.
(3.5 out of 5)
- April 11th -
19.)
Blind Beast vs Killer Dwarf (2001) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This movie was just weird for the sake of being weird. And not in a more cohesive Takeshi Miike sort of way but in an art school drop out sort of way. I did appreciate the abundance of Japanese female forms (and that did give this a .5 bump) but otherwise this one annoyed me a bit. At least I got to make fun of my wife for this being from her home country.
(2 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: Well… it is extremely creepy but I found the authors name i was expecting the creepy movie. I bet this is pretty old movie because I don’t know anyone in the movie. I can give 2.5 star, it is way too creepy.
(2.5 out of 5)
- April 12th -
20.)
War Of The Robots (1978) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: I was watching this and thinking, that is really odd that those blond aliens looks just like the ones in Star Odyssey and then they start using the same lightsaber knock offs and I was like hey wait a minute! Turns out that this is one of 4 movies that Italian director Alfonso Brescia made in '78 to capitalize on the success of Star Wars. They aren't really sequels per se, just set in the same universe? Or at the very least reuse props and visuals. This one feels a lot more epic in scope than Star Odyssey set wise, lots and lots of star ship/alien planet sets. But it is defiantly the lesser of the two. Really those weird droids in Star Oddest are what saved it from being a total loss. This is basically rubbish but interesting to look at for the sets/effects.
(2 out of 5)
21.)
Chinese Hercules (1973) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This movie is unfortunately not about the Chinese Hercules. It is about a man who accidentally kills the brother of the woman he loves and vows never too fight again. Then of course he later gets pushed to far and must fight again. This is where the muscle-y Chinese guy from Enter The Dragon comes in. It was a fairly standard chop-socky film, in fact it almost felt like there was too much fighting. Not bad but does not live up to that cover.
(3 out of 5)
- April 13th -
22.)
Warriors Of The Wasteland (1983) (DVD)
My Thoughts: Well I thought I had struck another unseen gem in this Mill Creek 20 pack but the longer I watched it the more and more it looked familiar. After a little research it seems that I had bought this film before, about a decade ago and in much better quality by the name of The New Barbarians. Anyway this is of of the better 'crappy' Road Warrior rip offs. I loved the feel of this universe even if it did skew ridiculous frequently. Some great cheese here and Fred Williamson and that little blond Italian kid who was in so many movies in the 80's. Also how did the bad guys keep their whites so white in the post-apocalypse? This seems like an awesome genre for someone to tribute to. Just get some old cars, add some bubbles to the top and some crazy 80's clothing (someone needs to Black Dynamite this genre).
(4 out of 5)
23.)
Dark Angel (1990) (Blu-Ray)*
My Thoughts: This was an amazing swan song to 80's sci-fi action movies. It rips off everything from Terminator to Robocop to Predator, with about every 80's cop movie cliche you can think of thrown in the mix. And they do it all with Dolph Lundgren to boot! Man I really want to watch the original Punisher now. Top notch cheese and currently the high point of the challenge for me. And to think I have avoided this movie for years because I was always disappointed that it was a non-Jessica Alba related Dark Angel!
(5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: Ending is better than I expected. But I did not... I wasn’t sure why they want to collect those liquid and what they wanted to maked. I want to get that weapon from space. I like that gun… fire...I give 3.5 Star.
(3.5 out of 5)
- April 14th -
24.)
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This time they messed with the wrong brother. Slaughter's Big Rip-Off is good but really just more of the same from last time. Investigation, revenge and naked chicks. One thing that really intrigued me was at the end where they set it up for the next Slaughter movie to be Slaughter in Paris. Now that is a sequel that should have been made.
(3.5 out of 5)
25.)
Blindman (1971) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: The Zatoichi formula as a spaghetti western. Now I pride myself on my suspension of disbelief but this was a hard pill to swallow. A blind man with a sword is one thing but a blind man with a gun? Riding his horse all over the west? Trying to get back 50 women that were stolen from him that he was charged with delivering to miners? It is a bit of a stretch. That aside it was an enjoyable film even with such a half backed premise.
(3.5 out of 5)
- April 15th -
26.)
Fatty Drives The Bus (1999) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: I have known about this movie about half of my life. I knew only the title and that it was related to Troma. I kind of had an idea what this sick twisted Troma title must be like and that was apparently completely wrong. This is actually a tongue-in-cheek comedy about the devil trying to convince a Chicago tour bus full of weirdos to sigh their souls over to him. And while it seems at first that it is going to be a really bad comedy, there is actually quite a bit of amusing stuff here. It could have been presented or acted better but I was pleasantly surprised.
(3 out of 5)
27.)
Operation Nam (1986) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Hey, not bad! I was beginning to get a little worried about this collection after those first 3 movies. Some unappreciated Vietnam vets go back to free POWs and kill a lot of Vietnamese people. Halloween's Dr. Loomis makes an appearance as a French priest and there is plenty of ridiculous Rambo-esk action. A glimmer of hope for the Mercs Grindhouse set.
(3.5 out of 5)
- April 16th -
28.)
Killer Clans (1976) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Wow, I have never seen an older Kung Fu movie in such clarity, it's beautiful. Maybe they all are and I am just watching shitty prints from grind house movie sets? I have always wanted to get some of these Dragon Dynasty discs but it has always been either the wrong time (in a products life cycle) or the wrong price (too high). But when I started seeing them at Big Lots for $3 a pop I loaded up. And this movie was surprisingly amazing. It was an endless stream of assassin and trick weaponry as two clans work to kill the others matriarch. I know I am blending histories here but it felt like a mixture of Shogun and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. My only complaint about this film is that none of the hits looked real, there was no weight behind any punch or sword swing, it all felt like they were filming the practice rehearsal. Aside from that one caveat this one is still well worth the time.
(4 out of 5)
- April 17th -
29.)
MST3k: Ninja Master I (1984) (Internet)*
My Thoughts: I remember thinking 'thats weird it sort of feels like everything is finished' about half way into this 'movie'. And apparently I was right as this is actually as it appears that the main event here was actually a short lived TV show poorly edited into a feature. Even so I actually really dug it. It had a playful A-Team/Kung Fu feel to it and several 80's staple actors. One of those times where you surprisingly try to tune out the MST3k guys from time to time.
(3.5 out of 5)
- April 18th -
30.)
Homework (1982) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Arg, come on VCI, your better than picture boxing! Decent teen sex comedy with lots of nudity. Nothing super amazing here but it was a pleasant enough watch and you did get some mom seducing daughter's boyfriend action. The best part though was the sassy black woman at the VD clinic, I would love a whole movie of that woman just sassing people around.
(3.5 out of 5)
- April 19th -
31.)
The Day The Sky Exploded (1958) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Meh. A black and white version of Armageddon with no asteroid mission. Lot of interesting ideas in this movie, especially for the time period but quality is very uneven and the movie failed to really engage me. One thing I did like was pre-1969 space flight inaccuracies. Also, interesting fact, Mario Bava was the cinematographer on this movie.
(2.5 out of 5)
- April 20th -
32.)
Dynamo (1978) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Not only is this movie Bruce Lee-sploitation but it's about Bruce Lee-sploitation. Upon Bruce Lee's death an advertising agency spots Bruce Li beating up some taxi thieves and hire him on the spot. They send him to train with this asshole that is always smoking and randomly attacking and beating the crap out of him. Then they send him around the word where a rival advertising company has apparently hired a stereotype in each country to try to kill him. It was easily the best Bruce Lee-sploitation I have seen to date, and the best movie out of the Martial Arts Essentials Vol 4 movie pack. The name and cover art for Dynamo are pretty misleading though, there is no electric martial arts action, if you were hoping for something a little like Big Trouble In Little China, just one scene where the use those electric muscle stimulators. Good movie though.
(4 out of 5)
- April 21st -
33.)
Troma's World Famous Coming Distractions (2004) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: One thing I loved about watching Troma movies on VHS when I was growing up was that there were always 10-15 minutes of trailers, interviews and other little featurettes that would proceed each feature. This was an experience that was lost in the transition to dvd, sure they are all still there in the special feature section but it's not quite the same. So when i saw this title I thought 'great, Troma has taken a page out of 42nd Street Forever's handbook and released a trailer compilation movie!' But unfortunately that is not the case. Yes there are 71 trailers and several featurettes but you have to select them one at a time. Big disappointment but there is of course a lot of Troma gold here. I defiantly rewatched a few of these, added a few to my 'to buy' list and a few more to my 'maybe that wasn't crap, let's revisit' list. But man, that presentation, this could have been a 4 or even a 4.5 movie if it was done right, are you listening Troma?
(3.5 out of 5)
34.)
The Bounty Killer (1967) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Very little spaghetti in this spaghetti western. Some decent music and scenery but everything else is by the numbers. Might as well have been watching a regular western. Meh.
(3 out of 5)
35.)
Gymkata (1985) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This movie was so weird. So this tiny backwards country (that just so happens would be a good place to install the now defunct Star Wars defense system) holds a seemingly daily death triathlon. And the winner gets to ask a favor of the king. The US recruits an olympic gymnast to complete in said death triathlon, an event that his father died doing yet for some insane reason he still says yes... Ok so even there maybe I can get behind this movie but then they cast an actual gymnast for the role and he just plays the part so weird. He rocks a mullet, has a slightly effeminate voice and can't act his way out of a card board box. It was a perfect embodiment of this challenge. I am still baffled as to how this even got made.
(4 out of 5)
- April 22nd -
36.)
Shaolin (2011) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Man, Big Lots is killing it with the quality asian titles. This was an epic tale of the villain redeeming himself and joining with the people to fight against tyranny. Shades of The Last Samurai, amazing visuals, fights and just enough Jackie Chan to be awesome without it actually being a Jackie Chan movie. This is by far the best movie I have watched this month. Can't believe $1.88 can buy a 5/5 movie! I must be really out of the loop as it seemed like just a few years ago I was ontop of the amazing coming out of China, now it is always a surprise. Don't let the generic title and cover art fool you, this is a must see.
(5 out of 5)
- April 23rd -
36.)
The G.I. Executioner (1971) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Not the Executioner ripoff I was expecting, this was actually a 70's travelog thriller that was rebranded in the 80's to take advantage of the crazed Vietnam vet fad. And it was actually really good, remake it today with Bradley Cooper and tone down the nihilism a little and you would have a hit. I loved the setting, the Singaporean whores the slow speed chases, it was just a fun movie. And from Troma, of course!
(4 out of 5)
37.)
Death Beach (1972) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: The evil Japanese come and want to take over some local dojo, I feel like I have seen this movie before. Sure there were a few new ripples but it was just so ordinary. I will give it one nod for actually having blood and that is about it, well that and it stole some musical stings from the James Bond franchise. In the end though I was bored and that is the most gravest of movie sins.
(2 out of 5)
- April 24th -
38.)
Agent 077: Mission Bloody Mary (1965) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This was my first delve into the Eurospy subgrenre and I am almost not sure I see the point. Sure you have a passible bond facsimile and he is doing less cooler stuff but maybe seeing more boob. I just wasn't super into it. Now I must add that the copy of this I watched was VHS sourced and defiantly on the lower end, quality wise, even considering just other titles from this challenge, and that can really bum you out on a movie. It is still my belief that Killer Tongue didn't play well on the OHMC before last due primarily to a bad transfer. All that being said I am open to more Eurospy movies, I know it's a genre that can rock.
(2.5 out of 5)
- April 25th -
39.)
Robot Jox (1989) (VHS)
My Thoughts: There is something about that 90's giant robot trilogy that I have always loved. Perhaps it feels more real, more tactile. Modern robot movies like Pacific Rim and Real Steel, while still enjoyable, just don't hold the same appeal. They are to slick, too fast, it just docent seem like you could actually build them, no one would but you could build the robots from Robot Jox. Also I love the 80's take on dystopian futures. An indisputable classic and something I am looking forward to upgrading to Blu-Ray later this year. On a release note, this VHS looks better than a lot of the DVDs I have watched this challenge.
(4.5 out of 5)
40.)
Bamboo Gods & Iron Men (1974) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Kind of takes the teeth out of a blaxploitation to have the lead be married. This is your classic bad guys hide stuff in your luggage and then try to get it later story. I liked the Hong Kong setting but the villain was a bit to outlandish and toothless. Also it oddly felt very tame, you might even think it was a PG/PG-13 movie if not for a naked massage parlor scene. Interesting enough and easily worth half a star more for the setting and the more feminine scenery but it just misses the mark for good blaxploitation.
(3 out of 5)
- April 26th -
41.)
The Hitman (1991) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Ok, you got me, I am now officially on board the Chuck Norris wagon if its going to be like this! In this one replays a cop (who is basically immune to bullets) that goes undercover with the mob and turns them another rival mobs against each other. He does still take time to help his inner city neighbor boy and teaches him and us that racism is bad. It is suck a cornball play in what is essentially a mob war movie. That wonderful asshole who plays the sheriff in Kill Bill Vol 2 is a villain, it is just a super enjoyable trashy movie.
(4.5 out of 5)
42.)
Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight (1973) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This bizarre nihilistic samurai tale seems much more just an excuse nudity than a genuine period piece effort. Ah, there now that I got the smarts out, boooobs! Lots and lots of them, naked lesbian kung fu, prostitution, public shaming and of course lots of sword play (actually sword play, I can see how maybe in the context of that sentence that that last big might be somewhat misconstrued). It has been awhile since I have partaken in a Pinky Violence film and that is something that I really need address more often. I personally like the present day variety pinky films as opposed to the period ones but it was at the very least an interesting novelty.
(3.5 out of 5)
My Wife's Thoughts: Too much nude. And I was so surprised the main actor looks so young. I do not like ending at all its sucks, they need to make better than that. If ending is better I can give 4 star but ending sucked.
(3 out of 5)
- April 27th -
43.)
The Close Encounters of Vampire (1986) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: This fucking movie, where do I start? Well, first off it is a dark horrible VHS transfer, there is actually a part about 1 minute in where it completely fuzzes over and you can see them stop the movie and rewind it! Then there are the subtitles which are burnt in English/Chinese but they are burnt into a widescreen frame and this is presented full screen so one must frequently guess what the middle of the sentence on screen means. And finally there was the movie it's self which is about those damn hopping vampires and focuses on a group of pretty annoying children. On the other hand it at least wasn't boring so I will give it some credit for that. This movie did have one of the biggest WTF moments in the challenge for me though. Where the children, under the impression that the blood of a fully black dog will harm a vampire, capture this little dog and cut to them throwing a bucket of blood at a creature of the night, like way too much blood for this dog to have survived. There is a scene a little latter of the dog running off with a bandage around his midsection but still.
(2.5 out of 5)
- April 28th -
44.)
Forced Vengeance (1982) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Another American action movie set in Hong Kong. This one used the setting much better than Bamboo Gods and Iron Men and was overall a much more visceral experience. Also you get Chuck Norris speaking Cantonese! I am 30 and have always held this Chuck Norris thing as just some lame internet meme, the only example of his work that I knew prior to this challenge was Walker Texas Ranger. And while it is not something I like doing I have to admit that I was wrong, these movies are extremely satisfying. Would I have though the same 5-10 years ago? I don't know. But this Chuck Norris 3 pack was defiantly worth the $3.59 I paid for it.
(4 out of 5)
- April 29th -
45.)
Yakuza Weapon (2011) (Blu-Ray)*
My Thoughts: I bought this expecting something like Full Metal Yakuza, but that was unfortunately not my fate. This was more of the same slick/low budget/ridiculous plot/bad CG tripe that seems to be dominating the Japanese cinema import market as of late. I enjoy exploitation as much as the next guy but this was just stupid, at least things like Attack Girls Swim Team Vs. The Undead have a lot of nudity. I am going to have to scrutinize my Japanese titles closer here in the future, lest I get more of these Japanese equivalents to Sharknado.
(2 out of 5)
46.)
Trackdown (1976) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Wow. The movie takes a familiar plot and just keeps spinning it and spinning it until it becomes epic. It starts out a little soft, sort of like Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring then starts to turn more into Hardcore and then goes all out Thriller: A Cruel Picture with a pinch of Die Hard thrown in for good measure. A fun cautionary tale that I can't wait to watch with my daughter someday. This alone is worth the price of the Shout Factory's Action Packed Movie Marathon Vol 2.
(4.5 out of 5)
- April 30th -
47.)
Minnesota Clay (1964) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: Staring that guy that you'll recognize but not be exactly sure from what... I got a bit jazzed when I saw that that this was referenced in Quentin Tarantino's Django but really didn't find much enticing here. A man escapes a prison camp, only to find himself in the middle of a town that he must Yojimbo (movie's as verbs, lets make that a thing), the only problem is that he is going blind. I will give this one the nod as being much more realistic than the other blind man western I watched earlier in the challenge and the odd man out that must turn two factions against each other is a classic plot thread but otherwise I was meh on this title.
(3 out of 5)
48.)
Scorchy (1976) (DVD)*
My Thoughts: A somewhat disappointing ending to both the challenge and the Shout Factory Action Packed Movie Marathon Vol 2. Scorchy was at best luke warm, it was a very tame and relatively a crappy movie built around a moderately attractive woman. Connie Stevens plays an undercover officer... or actress... or detective, it is somewhat unclear, who is working on taking down an international drug dealer. The move meanders here and there and implies that there will be sexy times but does not deliver. The one saving grace of this film is a surprisingly good cross city chase scene that takes place between a motorcycle and a dune buggy. It felt distractingly out of place in what is otherwise a dud, and secured this property a half star bump. And thus ends another challenge. Lets hope next years holds a bit more of the old ultra violence and unnecessary nudity.
(2.5 out of 5)
Checklist
Spoiler:

Each Participant Has 10 Free Spots.

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
--- 1890 - (insert film title here)(Optional)
--- 1900 -(optional)
--- 1910 -(optional)
--- 1920 -(optional)
--- 1930 -
--- 1940 -
-x- 1950 - The Day The Sky Exploded (1958)
-x- 1960 - Massacre Time (1966)
...............The Bounty Killer (1967)
...............Agent 077: Mission Bloody Mary (1965)
...............Minnesota Clay (1964)
-x- 1970 - Black Emanuelle 2 (1976)
...............A Man Called Django (1971)
...............From China With Death (1974)
...............Star Odyssey (1979)
...............Slaughter (1972)
...............SS Hell Camp (1977)
...............They (1974)
...............Django and Sartana's Showdown in the West (1970)
...............War Of The Robots (1978)
...............Chinese Hercules (1973)
...............Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973)
...............Blindman (1971)
...............Killer Clans (1976)
...............Dynamo (1978)
...............The G.I. Executioner (1971)
...............Death Beach (1972)
...............Bamboo Gods & Iron Men (1974)
...............Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight (1973)
...............Trackdown (1976)
...............Scorchy (1976)
-x- 1980 - Shaolin Drunkard (1983)
...............The Occultist (1988)
...............Super Fuzz (1980)
...............Bulletproof (1988)
...............Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
...............Warriors Of The Wasteland (1983)
...............Operation Nam (1986)
...............MST3k: Ninja Master I (1984)
...............Homework (1982)
...............Gymkata (1985)
...............Robot Jox (1989)
...............The Close Encounters of Vampire (1986)
...............Forced Vengeance (1982)
-x- 1990 - Alien Species (1996)
...............Hellbound (1994)
...............Hidden Beauties: The Awakening (1999)
...............Dark Angel (1990)
...............Fatty Drives The Bus (1999)
...............The Hitman (1991)
-x- 2000 - Blind Beast vs Killer Dwarf (2001)
...............Troma's World Famous Coming Distractions (2004)
-x- 2010 - Warriors Of The Rainbow (2011)
...............Shaolin (2011)
...............Yakuza Weapon (2011)

Watch a film for each rating:
--- G - (optional)
-x- PG - Super Fuzz
............Garbage Pail Kids Movie
............Robot Jox
--- PG-13 - (optional)
-x- R - From China With Death
..........Hellbound
..........Slaughter
..........Bulletproof
..........Hidden Beauties: The Awakening
..........Chinese Hercules
..........Warriors Of The Wasteland
..........Dark Angel
..........Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
..........Blindman
..........Homework
..........Dynamo
..........Gymkata
..........Shaolin
..........The G.I. Executioner
..........Bamboo Gods & Iron Men
..........The Hitman
..........Forced Vengeance
..........Trackdown
..........Scorchy
--- X (or NC-17) -
-x- Unrated (pre-MPAA 1968) - Massacre Time
............................................The Day The Sky Exploded
............................................Agent 077: Mission Bloody Mary
............................................Minnesota Clay
-x- Unrated (post-MPAA 1968) - Shaolin Drunkard
..............................................Alien Species
..............................................Black Emanuelle 2
..............................................A Man Called Django
..............................................The Occultist
..............................................Star Odyssey
..............................................SS Hell Camp
..............................................They
..............................................Warriors Of The Rainbow
..............................................Django and Sartana's Showdown in the West
..............................................Blind Beast vs Killer Dwarf
..............................................War Of The Robots
..............................................Fatty Drives The Bus
..............................................Operation Nam
..............................................Killer Clans
..............................................MST3k: Ninja Master I
..............................................Troma's World Famous Coming Distractions
..............................................Death Beach
..............................................Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight
..............................................The Close Encounters of Vampire
..............................................Yakuza Weapon

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, Streaming Netflix type, UMD, theater, iPod, VHS-sourced{VHS transferred to DVD-+R is fine}).
-x- First format, (DVD), (Shaolin Drunkard).
..................................(Alien Species)
..................................(Black Emanuelle 2)
..................................(A Man Called Django)
..................................(The Occultist)
..................................(Super Fuzz)
..................................(From China With Death)
..................................(Massacre Time)
..................................(Hellbound)
..................................(Star Odyssey)
..................................(Slaughter)
..................................(SS Hell Camp)
..................................(Bulletproof)
..................................(They)
..................................(Hidden Beauties: The Awakening)
..................................(Warriors Of The Rainbow)
..................................(Django and Sartana's Showdown in the West)
..................................(Garbage Pail Kids Movie)
..................................(Blind Beast vs Killer Dwarf)
..................................(War Of The Robots)
..................................(Chinese Hercules)
..................................(Warriors Of The Wasteland)
..................................(Slaughter's Big Rip-Off)
..................................(Blindman)
..................................(Fatty Drives The Bus)
..................................(Operation Nam)
..................................(Killer Clans)
..................................(Homework)
..................................(The Day The Sky Exploded)
..................................(Dynamo)
..................................(Troma's World Famous Coming Distractions)
..................................(The Bounty Killer)
..................................(Gymkata)
..................................(Shaolin)
..................................(The G.I. Executioner)
..................................(Death Beach)
..................................(Agent 077: Mission Bloody Mary)
..................................(Bamboo Gods & Iron Men)
..................................(The Hitman)
..................................(Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight)
..................................(The Close Encounters of Vampire)
..................................(Forced Vengeance)
..................................(Trackdown)
..................................(Minnesota Clay)
..................................(Scorchy)
-x- Second format, (Blu-Ray), (Dark Angel).
.......................................................................(Yakuza Weapon)
-x- Third format, (Internet), (MST3k: Ninja Master I).
-x- Fourth format, (VHS), (Robot Jox).

Watch a film in an actual Drive-in. (optional) (insert title)

Watch a film in the following genres:
-x- A Token Science Fiction B-Movie: Alien Species
....................................................Star Odyssey
....................................................They
....................................................War Of The Robots
....................................................Warriors Of The Wasteland
....................................................Dark Angel
....................................................The Day The Sky Exploded
....................................................Robot Jox
--- A Token Horror B-Movie:

Italian (or European) films of the following Genres:
-x- Eurospy (James Bond ripoffs) - Agent 077: Mission Bloody Mary
--- Giallo
--- Sword & Sandal
-x- Spaghetti Western - A Man Called Django
..................................Massacre Time
..................................Django and Sartana's Showdown in the West
..................................Blindman
..................................The Bounty Killer
..................................Minnesota Clay
--- Cannibal Film
-x- Mafia/Gangster Film - The Hitman

Martial Arts film:
-x- Bruce Lee-sploitation (Starring any variation on Bruce Li, Le, etc.) - Dynamo
-x- Hong Kong (or other Asian) film - Shaolin Drunkard
.....................................................From China With Death
.....................................................Chinese Hercules
.....................................................Killer Clans
.....................................................Dynamo
.....................................................Shaolin
.....................................................Death Beach
.....................................................Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight
-x- American film - MST3k: Ninja Master I
...........................Gymkata
--- Any "Ninja" film
--- *Bonus* Actual Bruce Lee film

-x- Asian Action Film - Warriors Of The Rainbow
................................Killer Clans
................................Dynamo
................................Shaolin
................................Death Beach
................................Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight
................................Yakuza Weapon

--- Biker Film
--- Stoner Film
--- Carsploitation Film
-x- Blaxploitation - Slaughter
...........................Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
...........................Bamboo Gods & Iron Men

Sexploitation:
-x- Any type - Black Emanuelle 2
....................Hidden Beauties: The Awakening
....................Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight
--- Nudie Cutie
--- Roughie
--- 70s Porn
-x- Emmanuelle Film - Black Emanuelle 2
-Homework- Teen Sex Comedy - Homework
--- Nunsploitation
-x- Shocksploitation - Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight
--- Rape/Revenge Film

--- Vigilante Film
--- Women in Prison
-x- Nazisploitation - SS Hell Camp
-x- Eschploitation (religious end times, or general religious exploitation) - Hellbound
.................................................................................................... ...Fatty Drives The Bus
--- Hixploitation/Moonshiners
--- Roadshow Exploitation/30s-40s "Cautionary" films
--- "Hood" Film ("Gangsta")
--- Hollywood Gangster film (Film Noir era)
--- Juvenile Delinquent Film
--- 60s Beach Movie
-x- Film starring Musical Group or Music Star (that did not become a legit actor) - Ringo Star in Blindman
--- *Bonus* Elvis film
--- Ozploitation
--- Mexican Wrestling Film
--- Foreign "Ripoff" film (such as Turkish cinema)
--- Bollywood Film (actual, not a Hollywood pastiche)
--- Eco-Terror Film
-x- Pre-90s Post-Apocalyptic film - Warriors Of The Wasteland
--- "Mondo" Film
--- Documentary ABOUT B-Movies/Exploitation/Drive-ins or those involved in their production
-x- Video Nasty - SS Hell Camp
--- TV-Movie
--- Lifetime Channel Movie
--- Bad Sequel to a "Well regarded film"
-x- Critical Bomb (Less than 20% Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic or IMDB Bottom 100 {Bottom 100 archive}) - Garbage Pail Kids Movie
--- Financial Bomb
--- Razzie Winner or Nominee
-x- MST3K/RiffTrax (or Cinematic Titanic) version of a film - MST3k: Ninja Master I


Watch 10 films starring anyone from the actors safe list.
-x- 1 - Terrance Hill Super Fuzz
-x- 2 - Chuck Norris Hellbound
.............................The Hitman
.............................Forced Vengeance
-x- 3 - Jim Brown Slaughter
.........................Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
-x- 4 - Fred Williamson Warriors Of The Wasteland
-x- 5 - Dolph Lundgren Dark Angel
-x- 6 - Lee Van Cleef MST3k: Ninja Master I
-x- 7 - Bruce Li Dynamo
-x- 8 - Jeffery Combs Robot Jox
-x- 9 - Cameron Mitchell Minnesota Clay
--- 10

Watch 10 films Directed/Produced by anyone from the directors/producers safe list.
-x- 1 - Lucio Fulci Massacre Time
-x- 2 - Enzo G. Castellari Warriors Of The Wasteland
-x- 3 - Shaw Brothers Killer Clans
-x- 4 - Lloyd Kauffman Troma's World Famous Coming Distractions
-x- 5 - Charles Band Robot Jox
-x- 6 - Sergio Corbucci Minnesota Clay
--- 7
--- 8
--- 9
--- 10

Watch 5 films from those in the Studio/Distributor safe list.
-x- 1 - Mill Creek Entertainment (Alien Species)
.............................................(Star Odyssey)
.............................................(They)
.............................................(War Of The Robots)
.............................................(Warriors Of The Wasteland)
.............................................(The Day The Sky Exploded)
-x- 2 - Severin (Black Emanuelle 2)
-x- 3 - Full Moon (The Occultist)
........................(SS Hell Camp)
-x- 4 - Cannon Films (Hellbound)
-x- 5 - American International Pictures (Slaughter)
......................................................(Slaughter's Big Rip-Off)
-x- 6 - Shout Factory (Bulletproof)
..............................(Dark Angel)
-x- 7 - Panik House (Blind Beast vs Killer Dwarf)
-x- 8 - Troma (Fatty Drives The Bus)
...................(Troma's World Famous Coming Distractions)
...................(The G.I. Executioner)
-x- 9 - VCI Entertainment (Homework)
-x- 10 - Empire Pictures (Robot Jox)
Awards
Spoiler:
Best Title Watched:
Shaolin
Runner Up:
Dark Angel

Wife’s Best Title Watched:
Dark Angel

Worst Title Watched (Honorary Full Moon Award):
They

Wife’s Worst Title Watched:
SS Hell Camp

Award for Most Badassery:
Chuck Norris in The Hitman

Most Off-puttingly Awkward Lead:
Kurt Thomas in Gymkata

The 'Why do I keep re-watching this?' Award:
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie

Unparalleled Anatomy (Of The Female Variety):
Shulamith Lasri in Black Emanuelle 2

WTF Award (Honorary Alejandro Jodorowsky award)
Buhachi Bushido: Code Of The Forgotten Eight
Additional Statistics
Spoiler:
Number of 1st time viewings:
45 out of 48 (94%)

Number of titles watched with wife:
5 out of 48 (10%)

Most Watched From Decade:
1. 1970 - 20 out of 48 (42%)
2. 1980 - 13 out of 48 (27%)
3. 1990 - 6 out of 48 (13%)

Most Watched By Rating:
1. Unrated (Pre & Post MPAA) - 25 out of 48 (52%)
2. R - 20 out of 48 (42%)
3. PG - 3 out of 48 (6%)

Most Watched By Format
1.) DVD - 45 out of 48 (93%)
2.) Blu-Ray – 2 out of 48 (4%)
3.) Internet - 1 out of 48 (2%)
3.) VHS - 1 out of 48 (2%)

Highest Rated 1st Time Viewings:
(4.5 out of 5 or better)
Slaughter (4.5)
Dark Angel (5)
Shaolin (5)
The Hitman (4.5)
Trackdown (4.5)

Wife's Highest Rated Of The Challenge:
(3.5 out of 5 or better)
Dark Angel (3.5)

My Lowest Rated Titles Of The Challenge:
(1.5 out of 5 or lower (1 being the lowest possible score))
Alien Species (1.5)
They (1.5)

My Wife's Lowest Rated Titles Of The Challenge:
(2.5 out of 5 or lower (1 being the lowest possible score))
SS Hell Camp (2)
Blind Beast vs Killer Dwarf (2.5)


Last edited by SterlingBen; 05-08-15 at 11:50 PM.
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