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Old 03-25-16, 03:41 PM   #15
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Re: Seventh Annual Drive-In/Exploitation Challenge LIST THREAD April 1-30, 2016


Goals for the Challenge
1) 30 films
2) to have fun
3) watch in multiple formats

Last year's stats: 43 total films
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 (softcore sex, copious T&A, full frontal), or X-TRA SPICY (hardcore 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.

March 31

01. The Seductress (Bob Chinn, 1981) X-TRA SPICY T&A
The film exploits a real life tragedy in a little twist during the finale as we get news footage from the Las Vegas Hilton arson fire of 1981. Who says you can't learn a little history from a porn flick? Actually, I find them a great resource, especially in terms of showcasing bygone locations of a cooler era. This one is kind of dark and dreary, but that contributes to its porn noir aspirations. There are some great boobs on display and some sexy lingerie, too. Lisa De Leeuw was the star of the first adult film I saw in a cinema and she's got all my fetishes wrapped up including freckles, pale skin, mammoth mams, and fiery red hair down there. 5.2/10

April 1

02. Tasty (Bud Lee, 1985) X-TRA SPICY T&A
MTV and WKRP are the influences for this smutty radio station sex comedy. Sexy ladies of the eighties get totally raunchy, but somehow it still feels like innocent fun. There's even a pretty good video parody of Pat Benatar's "Hit Me with Your Best Shot". But screwing on stacks of 8-Tracks seems crazy dated for 1985. 5.6/10

03. Hurricane Smith (Colin Budds, 1992) MILD T&A Pass the Popcorn
It's Blaxploitation meets Ozploitation in this overlooked action sleeper that sees Carl Weathers battling underworld pimps and drug smugglers in the land down under. 6.5/10

April 2

04. The Bees (Alfredo Zacharias, 1978) NO T&A Blu-ray
You want B-movie, this is bee movie! Ridiculous killer bees that try to communicate with the evil humans who are threatening the environment. This would make a great double-bill with M. Night's The Happening. 5.4/10

April 3

05. Body Slam (Hal Needham, 1986) NO T&A Pass the Popcorn
I was excited to see this because I'm a big fan of Hal Needham and Dirk Benedict and decided that a wrestling film was in order before I watched Wrestlemania 32. Sadly, the coolest thing was a reference to Captain Chaos from The Cannonball Run. Tanya Roberts is hot, but no fun with her clothes one. 2.2/10

April 4

06. Pretty Peaches 2 (Alex DeRenzy, 1987) X-TRA SPICY T&A
Tracey Adams is a porn goddess. She's a MILF before that was a thing. Her best scene is the hostile seduction of her daughter's suitor, a young Peter North, who she finds standing blue-balled behind a curtain peeping at her. She forces him to strip at knifepoint while she verbally degrades him in a scene probably influenced by a similar moment in David Lynch's Blue Velvet, which came out a year earlier. The sex scenes are all pretty short and inspired in the beginning, but they get outright silly when Ron Jeremy gets involved. DeRenzy has great taste in sex scenarios and this is a decent sex romp from the popular porn artist. 6.9/10

April 9

07. I Am Bruce Lee (Pete McCormack, 2012) NO T&A Hollywood Suite
A dry and disingenuous posthumous puff-piece which is what you'll get when it's a family estate production. The talking heads are ceaselessly in awe of Lee while the filmmakers gloss over critical questioning and just promote the simple legend. 3.4/10

08. Tokyo Strangler (Yutaka Ikejima, 2006) HOT T&A
Think Pink. This new wave of Japanese exploitation is heavy on sex crimes and the psychology behind them, which makes for exciting exploitative fare. This strangulation sequences are inspired by Hitchcock's necktie murderer in Frenzy. 6.7/10

April 10

09. God's Not Dead 2 (Harold Cronk, 2016) NO T&A Cineplex Charlottetown
So there was no post-credit sequence in Batman v Superman, but we get one in God's Not Dead 2? While it's hip to persecute the wave of Christian propaganda films that have been infiltrating the multiplexes, I've had fun with the ones I've seen. Ray Wise didn't get much chance to demonstrate Leland Palmer's legal prowess on Twin Peaks, so it's a hoot to see him practice his snaky charms in a courtroom setting. The Goldberg's Hayley Orrantia is the student who might have been wrongly swayed to the Christian faith by her teacher. I got to say, this girl's got a sexy, generous caboose that made me want to text "God's Not Dead" to every other ass man on the planet. 6.3/10

April 16

10. Party Line (William Webb, 1988) MILD T&A YouTube
Brilliant eighties exploitation has it all in terms of sleazy scenarios, including a murdering brother and sister team. It's an American flick, but giallo fans will appreciate the film's straight razor kills, clumsy police procedural tropes, and overall sleaze. The fad of sex hotlines always made for juicy stuff in the VHS era. Dial this one up and have yourself a good time. 8.2/10

11. The Hyena (Joe D'Amato, 1997) HOT T&A YouTube
A drop dead gorgeous European supermodel named Emy is held hostage and raped, and she quickly learns to like it. Before the home invasion, Emy amuses herself by dressing up in lingerie, grabbing a cocktail and watching Anthropophagus on the couch by herself. She is a true CG fantasy as played by hottie Cinzia Roccaforte, a graduate of the Tinto Brass school of talent; she pouts and bitches whenever she's not getting naked and fucked. It's a softcore Joe D'Amato joint from the nineties, so there's lots to love. 8.6/10

April 17

12. Blowback (Mark L. Lester, 2000) MILD T&A Cinemageddon
James Remar is devilishly fun as a born again death row victim. Crazy good time for the whole family with nail gun crucifixions, mulitple throat slashings, and hot women posed naked on crosses. All this from the director of Arnie's Commando. Mario van Peebles is a detective who dresses like Seal and has conveniently memorized the Bible. It's basically an exploitation version of Se7en that amps up the action and passes on the redemption. 8.4/10

April 18

13. Sweet 16 (Jim Sotos, 1983) MILD T&A The Horror Charnel
This is an overlooked gem with a smoky southern flavoring. The rural Texas setting is utilized well and there are some racially charged scenes when local Indians become slasher suspects. Dana Kimmel plays Bo Hopkins suspicious daughter, and was the final girl from Friday the 13th Part III which this reminded me of; especially the scenes around a lake where the desirable young nymph Mellissa (comely Aleisha Shirley who is definitely not sixteen) goes for a naked night swim, despite the threat of a killer on the loose. It's always nice to see another early eighties slasher that I've been putting off. 7.8/10

April 19

14. Lust for Freedom (Eric Louzil, 1987) HOT T&A
A tawdry Troma trashfest that doesn't get too out there, and wisely sticks to the best tropes of the women-in-prison flick. These sexy inmates might not brush their teeth, but they keep their bushes nicely trimmed. 8.5/10

April 21

15. Highway to Hell (Ate de Jong, 1992) NO T&A Kickass Torrents
From the director of Drop Dead Fred and the writer of L.A. Confidential comes an odd mix of horror and comedy. If you're to buy into this flick's conception of hell, it should be a long time before there's no room down there and the dead will walk the Earth. Hell is basically a mostly barren post-apocalyptic Nevada desert with some really badass road stops along the way. High energy goofball entertainment with some decent action and multiple bad puns about the Devil's playground. 7.3/10

April 22

16. Destroyer (Robert Kirk, 1988) MILD T&A Blu-ray
I'm amazed that this came before Wes Craven's Shocker. There must have been a real fear that the death penalty wasn't going to be foolproof. A fun genre mash-up with Anthony Perkins hamming it up as an abusive film director that might have been inspired by Michael Winner. The movie-within-the-movie is a classless WIP sleazefest, and Perkins gets final cut of his shower scene. 7.9/10

17. Miracle Beach (Skott Snider, 1992) HOT T&A Blu-ray
A dumb eighties sex comedy that has decent T&A on its side. Oscar nominee Pat Morita really phones in his small role. Dean Cameron has the most prominent fucking eyebrows I've ever seen and the guy is truly a product of his time. Ami Dolenz and Monique Gabrielle are bloody teases, and they leave the copious nudity to the stunt tits. This director has a real eye for the male voyeur; he ended up shooting some vids for Playboy. 5.7/10

18. Hexed (Alan Spencer, 1993) MILD T&A DVD
And I go from Dean Cameron to Arye Gross. I don't even know if that's up or down, and I don't care. Part of a small wave of thriller parodies from the nineties that I've kind of ignored before now. This one clearly inspired by both Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. I enjoyed it enough to put the others on my to-watch list. 6.2/10

April 30

19. Dangerous Men (John S. Rad, 2005) MILD T&A Pass the Popcorn
And to close off this year's challenge, here is my first time viewing of nother recent midnight cult sensation to rival The Room and Birdemic. I found it more entertaining than both. John Rad puts on a one-man show as the creator of this exploitation oddity, that is basically a rape/murder revenge flick at its core. Rad's is the only name to appear in the main titles, and it's there several times. He even does the flick's bizarrely hypnotic score. Get ready for bikers, babes, and ball-breaking. The turd that took 26 years to polish is finally in HD. 5.4/10


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 -
* 1960 -
* 1970 -
* 1980 - Tasty
* 1990 - Hurricane Smith
* 2000 -
* 2010 -
Watch a film for each rating:
* G - (optional)
* PG -
* PG-13 - (optional)
* R -
* X (or NC-17) - Tasty
* 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, (streaming), (Tasty).
* Second format, (blu-ray), (The Bees).
* 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: The Bees
A Token Horror B-Movie:
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
* Nudie Cutie
* Roughie
* 70s Porn
* Emmanuelle Film
* Teen Sex Comedy
Rape/Revenge Film
Vigilante Film
Women in Prison
Eschploitation (religious end times, or general religious exploitation)
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
* Lifetime Channel Movie
Bad Sequel to a "Well regarded film"
Critical Bomb (Less than 20% Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic or IMDB Bottom 100 {Bottom 100 archive})
Financial Bomb
Razzie Winner or Nominee
MST3K/RiffTrax (or Cinematic Titanic) version of a film

Watch 10 films starring anyone from the actors safe list.
* 1 John Saxon, The Bees
* 2
* 3
* 4
* 5
* 6
* 7
* 8
* 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


Last edited by indiephantom; 05-13-16 at 10:42 AM.
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