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


Goals for the Challenge
1) Beat last year's 39 films total ACHIEVED AT 2:14pm on APRIL 28
2) Minimum of one film per day (mostly FTW)
3) attempting as much as I can from the CHECKLIST
Last year's stats: 39 total films (39 first-time watches)
Movies are graded on a scale of 1 to 10. Grades are more applied to entertainment value than for artistic merit.
T&A denotes tits and ass. The film features nudity to some degree.
I will indicate whether it's MILD (standard T&A; boobs & butt shots), HOT (sex scenes, copious T&A, full frontal), or X-TRA SPICY (full frontal and lots of sexy stuff)
I'll indicate if something is a REPEAT VIEWING and I'll review COMMENTARY tracks if I listen to any.

April 1
01. The Gunman (Pierre Morel, 2015) NO T&A Cineplex Charlottetown Auditorium 7
Sean Penn recruits the director ofTaken in what appears to be a shameless attempt to reinvent himself in the Liam Neeson or Denzel Washington action mold. Penn is excessively buffed and some of the action is solid, but his navel-gazing self seriousness is both tiresome and laughable. He's seldom been the kind of actor to invite audience identification, but I think he overestimated his appeal a bit this time. Penn's not above making interesting films, though, as This Must Be the Place recently proved. 5.4/10

April 2
02. Grindhouse Universe (Various, 2008) MILD T&A The Horror Charnel
Decent trailer compilation from the UK that had enough unusual titles and sleazy gems to get me excited for the overall challenge. Should have marked down a few more titles as I watched this. 7.4/10

April 3
03. Killer Fish (AKA: Deadly Treasure of the Piranha; Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson), 1979) MILD T&A Blu-ray
Decent genre cast in an entertaining heist flick with some deadly piranhas. There's only the briefest female nudity as Lee Majors tosses Margaux Hemingway into a pool, but it's such a killer wet-blouse shot that I had to mention it. Too bad that's all we get because Karen Black and Marisa Berenson were also looking good. 6.5/10

04. Screwball Hotel (Rafal Zielinski, 1988) MILD T&A Pass the Popcorn
Rafal Zielinski is the unsung Godfather of the softcore screwball comedies of the eighties. Not up (or down) to the level of the previous Screwballs flicks, which are quite a nice pair indeed. However, there's enough T&A to check-in for a quickie. 5.8/10

05. Nanny Cam (AKA: Sitter Cam; Nancy Leopardi, 2014) NO T&A Pass the Popcorn
India Eisley pours on her bad babysitter charms in another glorious Lifetime original. Despite not having any language or onscreen nudity this manages to feel trashier than most R-rated films these days, and that's a recommendation! 6.4/10

06. Action Jackson (Craig R. Baxley, 1988) MILD T&A Hollywood Suite On Demand
I don't think Vanity really deserved her Razzie nomination for Worst Actress. I mean it's Vanity, and she gets topless. Joel Silver knew what he was looking for in action films of the eighties. This one didn't leave the same lasting impression as most of those, but it still delivers with its absurdly gratuitous action sequences. 6.7/10

April 4
07. Laserblast (Michael Rae, 1978) NO T&A Cinemageddon
I kind of love the IMDb bottom 100; I swear it's got more hidden gems than the top 250. The laser blast destruction scenes are impressive and I think the f/x hold up, including the charming dinosaur aliens. There's also Eddie Deezen playing against type. He's involved in an attempted rape! 5.8/10

08. Deadly Weapon (Michael Miner, 1989) NO T&A Cinemageddon
From one of the writers of Robocop we get this sort of sequel to Laserblast that isn't nearly as fun. Another kid finds an alien ray gun and wreaks havoc. The flick is all over the place and characters come and go with random ineffectiveness. Animal activists won't appreciate the sight of a dog getting clubbed to death, but it was one of the film's only noteworthy shocks. 2.9/10

April 5
09. Monster (AKA: Humanoids From the Deep; Barbara Peeters-Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited), 1980) MILD T&A Blu-ray
Thankfully, second unit director Jimmy Murakami was hired to add in more effective monster rapes and nudity. At its best this plays like a pervy remake of The Creature From the Black Lagoon with some of the slimiest rubber suit monsters ever, courtesy of Rob Bottin. 6.6/10

10. The Big Bird Cage (AKA: Women's Penitentiary II; Jack Hill, 1972) MILD T&A Blu-ray
An early Roger Corman production shot in the Philippines with some of the most familiar names in exploitation. There's some good nudity from the attractive female cast, but the film is pretty flat and slow-moving otherwise and Hill doesn't show much flair for cinematic action. 3.2/10

11. Scavenger Hunt (Michael Schultz, 1979) NO T&A REPEAT VIEWING Cinemageddon
I remembered my parents taking me to this when I nine and what I remembered was that Dirk Benedict was in it and there were some people wearing paper bags on their heads a la "the Unknown Comic". Glad I saw this again because it's the big screen debut of my guilty pleasure star Willie Aames. It was also a decently dumb treasure hunt flick with some Easter eggs in the form of celebrity cameos. 6.1/10

April 6
12. Santa Claus (René Cardona, 1959) NO T&A RIFFTRAX: LIVE Kickass Torrents
The "Sugar & Spice" craft-making short is priceless stuff and there's a good deal of brilliant riffing through the feature, but the boys lose their sugar rush toward the end. 6.4/10

13. Babes in Toyland (Clive Donner, 1986) NO T&A MGM Channel
Not sure why I was in the mood for Christmas themed movies today, but I sure as hell paid for it. With all the walking and preening stuffed animals in Toyland, this dreadful musical version of the classic family story must be like hardcore porn for "furries". Give me Toontown instead. It only goes to show that I'll watch anything with Jill Schoelen...once. 2.2/10

14. Body Count (AKA: Camping del terrore; Ruggero Deodato, 1987) MILD T&A Pass the Popcorn
A late-cycle entry to the backwoods slasher genre from the director of Cannibal Holocaust. It wastes little time getting down and dirty with a showcase of impressively gruesome kills, and that's exactly what the audience wants from this kind of flick. 7.4/10

April 7
15. Babyface (Alex DeRenzy, 1977) X-TRA SPICY T&A Cinemageddon
A boundary pushing feature from porn's glory days. Lots of perversion is lovingly on display, but I wish the plot had revolved more around Priscilla's exploits. The opening scene where she teases her teacher is never really paid off, and many of the sex scenes are as random and trivial as latter day porn. I expected more from this one based on its reputation among blue film connoisseurs. 4.2/10

April 8
16. Gutshot Straight (Justin Steele, 2014) MILD T&A YTS
Low key Vegas neo noir flick would benefit from a punchier script and, I'm sorry, but shooting digitally just makes everything look so damn cheap. Take any mediocre DTV thriller from the nineties and will have more mood and atmosphere just because it was shot on film. CSI's George Eads doesn't fair too well as the lead; he's upstaged by nearly every co-star including Ted Levine and Steven Seagal. Tia Carrere is still looking good in her brief cameo as a jilted stripper. 5.5/10

April 9
17. Of Unknown Origin (George P. Cosmatos, 1983) NO T&A Pass the Popcorn
Rats have proven to be formidably talented screen villains. I love Stephen King's Graveyard Shift and Deadly Eyes and had been hearing great things about this one for years. Peter Weller is hilarious as a man who wages war with a greasy, toothy little home invader. 7.9/10

April 10
18. The Mechanic (Michael Winner, 1972) NO T&A AXN Movies
Michael Winner has always been good to me during these challenges. As far as I'm concerned, the man can't make a boring film. This is one of his best collaborations with Bronson. The Statham remake was an okay flick, but it lacks the craftsmanship on display here. No dialogue necessary during the tense and unforgettable opening sequence where we see Bronson's character work his trade magic. That's film-making. 9.3/10

April 11
19. A Million Ways to Die in the West (Seth MacFarlane, 2014) NO T&A AXN Movies
Seth MacFarlane is gunning to be the next Mel Brooks and I'm rootin' for him. There are wildly outrageous dirty jokes and some unexpectedly cool cameos. With its scenic western landscapes, it's also one of the most impressively photographed comedies in recent memory. 6.8/10

20. Playing God (Andy Wilson, 1997) NO T&A REPEAT VIEWING Blu-ray
David Duchovny is a shamed former LA surgeon with some inherent vices that lead him into temptations from bad influence Timothy Hutton. Director Andy Wilson offers some diverting (and distracting) pulp flourishes with his penchant for distorted images and rapid cuts. Angelina Jolie's lips are featured in a supporting role, but John Hawkes steals more attention as a tempered, trigger-happy surfer. 6.4/10

April 12
21. Dream Lover (Alan J. Pakula, 1986) NO T&A Cinemageddon
Alan J. Pakula assembled a good team including cinematographer Sven Nykvist for this piece of pseudo science fiction. This material would have probably been stronger in the hands of dark art masters Brian DePalma or Wes Craven, as Pakula eschews the sleazy elements that would made for a more memorable film. Still, he manages some unsettling atmosphere and a few creepy dream sequences and Kristy McNichol reminded me of Natalie Portman at times. 5.7/10

22. Careful What You Wish For (Elizabeth Allen, 2015) HOT T&A YTS
It's risky business when wild thing and former Decepticon Isabel Lucas seduces a gullible boy toy into doing bad things. A character references Skinemax early on and this thriller cheekily flaunts its inspirations. If you're a fan of the nineties erotic cable thriller, you'll have some some fun with this. Looks like Paul Sorvino has been hitting the pasta buffets heavy as his waistline threatens to expand beyond the frame. 7.3/10

April 13
23. The Big Bang (Tony Krantz, 2011) MILD T&A Blu-ray
It's style over substance in that noir cool aesthetic that critics seem to loathe, but I'm a sucker for. Sam Elliot is hilarious explaining his "big bang theory". 6.4/10

April 14
24. Dolan's Cadillac (Jeff Beesley, 2009) NO T&A Blu-ray
Weak and uninspired direction hurt this adaptation of Stephen King's popular short story. I'm not sure who thought that a director of the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas was the right man for the job. Nevertheless, Christian Slater is fun to watch. Was there a moment inspired by the famous late night call that Stanley Kubrick made to King when he asked the writer if he believed in God? 5.6/10

April 15
25. Jaws 3-D (Joe Alves, 1983) NO T&A REPEAT VIEWING AMC
A veritable smorgasbord of shark-jumping. Will Jurassic World be as much fun for the family as Sea World? 5.7/10

April 16
26. The Boy Next Door (Rob Cohen, 2015) MILD T&A YTS
Jenny from the block gets taken by some younger cock as Razzie hopeful Ryan Guzman steps up to tap that booty. There's a lot of J-Lo ass grabbing, but the only genuine T&A comes from another actress. Ripe for riffing on all fronts, but I can't deny the appeal of this surfeit of tastelessness. 5.9/10

April 17
27. The Search for Weng Weng (Andrew Leavold, 2014) NO T&A The Horror Charnel
Andrew Leavold's love letter to Weng Weng is a personal journey to learn more about the tragically exploited Filipino legend. I've only seen Weng Weng's most famous 007 spoof and after watching the clips I desperately must seek out those westerns. 9.2/10

April 18
28. Texas Lightning (Gary Graver, 1981) MILD T&A Cinemageddon
This redneck hixsploitation film starts out as a lightly comedic affair with a group of ignorant lowlifes heading out for a road trip of rabbit hunting and sexual debauchery. Cameron Mitchell is determined for his (real life) son to become a man and not to end up a "pansy". After an inspired wet t-shirt contest at a famed Texas Tavern, the boys get drunker and things go way south from there. 8.1/10

April 19
29. Hollywood Dreams (Rafe M. Portilo (as Ralph Portillo), 1994) HOT T&A The Horror Charnel
Hardbodies and softcore are like a head massage (pun unintended) and just what I needed for a Sunday afternoon. 4.8/10

30. The Midnight Meat Train (Ryűhei Kitamura, 2008) MILD T&A Blu-ray
Curious only for seeing Bradley Cooper in an early starring role. This seemed much cooler when it was just an unseen horror title sitting on my shelf. Horribly dated effects and that ugly green filtering that trended so heavily in the Saw zeitgeist. 2.6/10

April 20
31. Troll (John Carl Buechler, 1986) NO T&A AXN Movies
So Troll 2 is one of those rare sequels that's superior to the original. Sonny Bono's character would have had more fun in Nilbog, too. 2.8/10

April 21
32. Rushlights (Antoni Stutz, 2013) NO T&A Blu-ray
Another middling film soleil with some beautiful locations that suffers from routine plot twists and an overly pat ending. Not much of a rush, but it's cool to see Beau Bridges and Aidan Quinn stealing scenes from the younger, blander leads. 5/10

April 22
33. Pretty Maids All in a Row (Roger Vadim, 1971) MILD T&A Cinemageddon
Rock Hudson is a high school guidance counselor enjoying the perks of the student body. Vadim populates the film with a plethora of nubile young skin. There's also a sexy turn by Angie Dickinson as a seductive substitute teacher. The film is an unsung prototype for the high school slasher and horror comedies that would become so popular a decade later. 8.7/10

April 23
34. Secret Sins (AKA: Melissa; Steve Binder, 1995) MILD T&A Cinemageddon
Nicole Eggert is one hot tomato, but she cannot dance to save her life and this flick asks her to do it a lot. Surprisingly, she delivers an effective dramatic monologue later in the film that redeems her performance somewhat. A very young Michelle Trachtenberg appears briefly before she became "almost famous". 4.4/10

April 24
35. Vigilante (William Lustig, 1995) MILD T&A Blu-ray
William Lustig offers up the kind of arthouse exploitation that the earlier Abel Ferrara films did; stylishly capturing the gritty urban decay and injustices of the Big Apple in unfriendlier times. 8.6/10

April 25
36. Out of Bounds (Richard Tuggle, 1986) NO T&A Cinemageddon
Not as dark and moody as Richard Tuggle's Eastwood thriller Tightrope, and this overlooked gem was severely maligned upon its release. Audiences weren't ready to see Anthony Michael Hall in a serious role, but I found him goofily charming especially in his romantic moments with Jenny Wright. 7.4/10

April 26
37. Unfriended (AKA: Cybernatural, 2015) NO T&A WILD CARD Cineplex Charlottetown Auditorium 1
This might be considered among to be the web generation's answer to Carrie or Prom Night. It succeeds in terms of innovation. The bullying and voyeuristic potential of YouTube and Skype is scarier than the supernatural ramifications threatening the characters. I need to sit down and finish Open Windows which employed a similar stylistic technique. 6.8/10

April 27
38. Flowers in the Attic (Deborah Chow, 2014) NO T&A Pass the Popcorn
I'm sort of stunned that Ellen Burstyn got an Emmy nomination for this. The better performance came from Kiernan Shipka. This is apparently a more faithful adaptation of the V.C. Andrews megaseller, but I found it pretty boring and anticlimactic. It's clearly just the first installment and the ending didn't satisfy as a standalone. Damn, I usually have a lot more fun with Lifetime Originals. 4.3/10

April 28
39. Relentless (William Lustig, 1989) MILD T&A Pass the Popcorn
Judd Nelson is the second Breakfast Club alumni that I'm seeing in a grittier eighties thriller, following Anthony Michael Hall in Out of Bounds. William Lustig transfers to LA for this directorial effort and he seems equally inspired by the seediness in the California sunshine. Great stuff. 8.3/10

40. Dead On: Relentless 2 (Michael Schroeder, 1992) NO T&A Pass the Popcorn
Direct-to-video sequel isn't as good as the first, but there's some decent suspense and Leo Rossi is a good fit for the headstrong detective Deitz demonstrating continuity within the character arc that is too often neglected in sequels. 5.8/10

41. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Andy Fickman, 2015) NO T&A Cineplex Charlottetown Auditorium 3
What's most impressive about Kevin James is his ability to use his size to his advantage; he's a physical comedian capable of grace and swagger. This Vegas vacation is a decent goof, but I'd actually like to see Bart back on his own turf. With retail shopping in trouble, malls are on the decline and it would be interesting for the next sequel to address Blart's position in that fading atmosphere. 5.6/10

April 29
42. Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life (Tom McLoughlin, 2005) NO T&A Pass the Popcorn
A cautionary tale about porn addiction; Lifetime delivers a film that feels like an ABC Afterschool Special for the internet generation. And that's a good thing, because I loved those shows as a kid. Jeremy Sumpter is an engaging young talent and deserved the recognition he got for this one. 7.8/10

April 30
43. Furious Seven (AKA:Furious 7 James Wan, 2015) NO T&A WILD CARD Cineplex Charlottetown Auditorium 4
The car carnage could fuel J.G. Ballard's wet dreams, but the focus on the dull central characters their trivial relationships continues to kill any momentum. Director James Wan fails to steer this in any new directions. 4.9/10


If a category is listed as "Optional", it does not need to be
filled to "complete" the checklist. There are 10 free spots you may apply to non-Optional categories.
As with other checklists, titles can count for multiple categories.

Some of these categories are so obscure we're giving 10 free spots of your choosing to fill in the list.

Watch one film from every decade of film history.
* 1890 - (insert film title here)(Optional)
* 1900 -(optional)
* 1910 -(optional)
* 1920 -(optional)
* 1930 -
* 1940 -
* 1950 - Santa Claus
* 1960 -
* 1970 - Killer Fish
* 1980 - Screwball Hotel
* 1990 - Playing God
* 2000 -
* 2010 - The Gunman
Watch a film for each rating:
* G - (optional) Babes in Toyland
* PG -
* PG-13 - (optional) Deadly Weapon
* R -
* X (or NC-17) - Babyface
* Unrated (post-MPAA 1968) -

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}).
* First format, Blu-ray, Killer Fish
* Second format, (insert format), (insert title).
* Third format, (insert format), (insert title).

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

Watch a film in the following genres:
A Token Science Fiction B-Movie: Laserblast
A Token Horror B-Movie: Monster
Italian (or European) films of the following Genres:
* Eurospy (James Bond ripoffs)
* Giallo
* Sword & Sandal
* Spaghetti Western
* Cannibal Film
* Mafia/Gangster Film
Martial Arts film:
* Bruce Lee-sploitation (Starring any variation on Bruce Li, Le, etc.)
* Hong Kong (or other Asian) film
* American film
* Any "Ninja" film
* Bonus* Actual Bruce Lee film
Asian Action Film
Biker Film
Stoner Film
Carsploitation Film
* Any type: Screwball Hotel
* Nudie Cutie
* Roughie
* 70s Porn Babyface
* Emmanuelle Film
* Teen Sex Comedy
Rape/Revenge Film
Vigilante Film Vigilante
Women in Prison The Big Bird Cage
Eschploitation (religious end times, or general religious exploitation)
Hixploitation/Moonshiners Texas Lightning
Roadshow Exploitation/30s-40s "Cautionary" films
"Hood" Film ("Gangsta")
Hollywood Gangster film (Film Noir era)
Juvenile Delinquent Film
60s Beach Movie
Film starring Musical Group or Music Star (that did not become a legit actor)
* *Bonus* Elvis film
Mexican Wrestling Film
Foreign "Ripoff" film (such as Turkish cinema)
Bollywood Film (actual, not a Hollywood pastiche)
Eco-Terror Film
Pre-90s Post-Apocalyptic film
"Mondo" Film
Documentary ABOUT B-Movies/Exploitation/Drive-ins or those involved in their production
Video Nasty
TV-Movie Babes in Toyland
* Lifetime Channel Movie Nanny Cam
Bad Sequel to a "Well regarded film"
Critical Bomb (Less than 20% Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic: The Gunman or IMDB Bottom 100 Laserblast {Bottom 100 archive})
Financial Bomb
Razzie Winner or nominees Vanity - Action Jackson
MST3K/RiffTrax (or Cinematic Titanic) version of a film Santa Claus

Watch 10 films starring anyone from the actors safe list.
* 1 David Hess, Body Count
* 2 Pam Grier, The Big Bird Cage
* 3 Steven Seagal, Gutshot Straight
* 4 Shannon Tweed, Of Unknown Origin
* 5 Jan-Michael Vincent, The Mechanic
* 6 Eddie Deezen, Laserblast
* 7 Cameron Mitchell, Texas Lightning
* 8 Fred Williamson, Vigilante
* 9
* 10

Watch 10 films Directed/Produced by anyone from the directors/producers safe list.
* 1
* 2
* 3
* 4
* 5
* 6
* 7
* 8
* 9
* 10
Watch 5 films from those in the Studio/Distributor safe list.
* 1
* 2
* 3
* 4
* 5


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