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Personal Goal: 50 films...or less.
I use North American release dates.

1. Hollywood Man AKA: Stoker (Jack Starret, 1976)(DVD)

2. Mad Max (George Miller, 1980)
Tagline: When the Gangs Take Over the Highways...Remember He's on Your Side. (MPix On Demand)

3. Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (Roger Christian, 2000)
Tagline: On May 12, We Fight Back. (Action)

"Psychlos" in Love (John Travolta and Forest Whitaker in Battlefield Earth)

4. April Fool's Day (Fred Walton, 1986)
Tagline: A Cut Above the Rest. (Showcase Diva)

5. Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (Ed Neumeier, 2008)
Tagline: Do You Have What It Takes to be a Citizen? (Super Channel On Demand)

Rico Suave (Van Dien in Marauder

6. Witchery AKA:Witchraft AKA: Evil Encounters, etc. (Fabrizio Laurenti or Joe D'Amato, credited onscreen as Martin Newland, 1988) (DVD)

7. Palm Springs Weekend (Norman Taurog, 1963)
Tagline: IT'S WHERE THE BOYS ARE AND THE GIRLS ARE...that swingin' vacation weekend when American youth descends on America's swankiest playground! (TCM)

8. Zombie Girl: The Movie (Aaron Marshall, Justin Johnson, Erik Mauck, 2009) (MExcess)

9. Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (Christopher Guest, 1993)
Tagline: People Always Called Nancy the Little Woman... They'll Never Do That Again. (HBO Canada)

10. Bitch Slap (Rick Jacobson, 2010)
Tagline: Prepare to Get Slapped (Mayfair Theatre)

11. The Mack (Michael Campus, 1973)
Tagline: They're Doing the Job the Cops Can't! (DVD)

The Mack is about much more than a handful.

12. Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (Lee Demarbe, 2002)
Tagline: The Power of Christ Impales You. (Blu-ray)

13. Leonard Part 6 (Paul Weiland, 1987)
Tagline: Our World is in Safe Hands. (Morepix)

14. Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (Jon Knautz, 2008)
Tagline: All Work and No RAGE Makes Jack a Dull Boy (Super Channel On Demand)

15. Never Cry Werewolf (Brenton Spencer, 2008)
Tagline: An Immortal Battle for Survival (Mayfair Theatre)

16. Caddyshack II (Allan Arkush, 1988)
Tagline: The Shack is Back! (Mpix On Demand)

17. The Allnighter (Tamar Simon Hoffs, 1987)
Tagline: Who Says You Can't Do It All in One Night? (VHS)

Hoffs' stuff in The Allnighter.

18. Clash of the Titans (Louis Leterrier, 2010) (Wild Card #1)
Tagline: The Clash Begins in 3D (South Keys Cinema)

19. Conan the Barbarian (John Milius, 1982)
Tagline: He Conquered an Empire with His Sword. She Conquered HIM with Her Bare Hands. (Mayfair Theatre)

20. Conan the Destroyer (Richard Fleischer, 1984)
Tagline: The Darkest Side of Magic. The Strongest Side of Man. (Mayfair Theatre)

21. Picasso Trigger (Andy Sidaris, 1988)
Tagline: They Take Their Art Seriously. They Kill. (Mayfair Theatre)

22. The Serpent and the Rainbow (Wes Craven, 1988)
Tagline: Don't Bury Me! I'm Not Dead! (Mayfair Theatre)

23. Emanuelle Around the World (Joe D'Amato, 1980)
Tagline: Emanuelle's back to take you places you've never been before! (Mayfair Theatre)

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**********ALL are first time viewing *****************

April 2nd
1. Contraband (1980, Fulci)
2. Supervixens (1975, Meyer)
3. Long Weekend (1978, Eggleston)
4. Hellbenders (1967, Corbucci)
5. El Sadico de Notre Dame (1979, Franco)

April 3rd
6. The Big Racket (1976, Castellari)
7. Hardware (1990, Stanley)
8. Karaoke Terror (2003, Shinohara)
9. Ong Bak 2 (2008, Jaa)

April 4th
10. Eagles Over London (1969, Castellari)
11. Flavia the Heretic (1974, Mingozzi)
12. Mad Max (1979, Miller)

April 5th
13. Mondo Topless (1966, Meyer)
14. What Have You Done To Solange? (1972, Dallamano)

April 6th
15. New Barbarians (1984, Castellari)
16. The Big Gundown (1966, Sollima)
17. Torso (1973, Martino)
18. Jack the Ripper (1976, Franco)

April 9th
19. What have they done to your daughters? (1974, Dallamano)

April 10th
20. Yakuza Law (1969, Ishii)
21. His Pistols Smoked... They Call Him Cemetery (1971, Carnimeo)
22. Lorelei's Grasp (1974, Ossorio)

April 11th
23. Night Train Murders (1975, Lado)

April 12th
24. They Call Me Hallelujah (1971, Carnimeo)
25. Who Saw Her Die? (1972, Lado)
26. Chain Gang Women (1971, Frost)

April 13th
27. Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You're Under Arrest (1971, Klimovsky)

April 14th
28. Z.P.G. Zero Population Growth (1971, Campus)

April 16th
29. Girl From Rio (1969, Franco)

April 17th
30. Grand Slam (1967, Montaldo)
31. Wandering Ginza Butterfly (1971, Yamaguchi)
32. Wandering Ginza Butterfly (1972, Yamaguchi)
33. Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971, Lado)

April 18th
34. Human Cobras (1971, Albertini)
35. Tarkan versus the Vikings (1971, Aslan)
36. Cuanto Cobra Un Espia? (1984, Franco)

April 19th
37. The Deathless Devil (1973, Atadeniz)

April 20th
38. The Church (1989, Soavi)
39. The Streetfighter (1974, Osawa)
40. The Return of the Streetfighter (1974, Osawa)

April 23rd
41. The Streetfighter's Last Revenge (1974, Osawa)

April 24th
42. Case of the Bloody Iris (1972, Carnimeo)
43. 3 Dev Adam (1973, Ucak)
44. Ceremonia Sangrienta (1973, Grau)

April 25th
45. Giovannona Long-Thigh (1973, Martino)

April 26th
46. Napoli serenata calibro 9 (1978, Brescia)

April 29th
47. Milano calibro 9 (1972, Di Leo)

May 1st
48. Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheik (1976, Edmonds)
49. La Noche del Ejecutor (1992, Naschy)
50. Misterios de ultratumba (1959, Mendez)
51. La mansión de los muertos vivientes (1985, Franco)

*************** List is final****************************

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April 01 -
1. Batman - 1943 Serial Collection(Chapters 1-3)
April 02 -
2. Batman - 1943 Serial Collection(Chapters 4-7)
3. Invasion of the Girl Snatchers
4. Ding Dong
April 03 -
5. Merry Maids of the Gay Way
6. Supersonic Saucer
7. The Monster of Highgate Ponds
8. The Monsters' Christmas
9. The Fogbrook Thing
10. Midnight Intruders
11. In Search of the Great White Tiger
12. Dreamland Capers
13. Thank You Mask Man *wildcard
14. Dream Follies
15. Dance Hall Racket
April 04 -
16. Johnny Firecloud
17. Bummer
18. Perils of Paradise
19. The Fiend of Dope Island
April 05 -
20. Batman - 1943 Serial Collection(Chapters 8-10)
21. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
22. Pagan Island
23. Virgins of Bali
April 06 -
24. Batman - 1943 Serial Collection(Chapters 11-14)
25. Psycho A-Go-Go
26. Rawhide Terror
April 07 -
27. Batman - 1943 Serial Collection(Chapter 15) / Batman and Robin - 1949 Serial Collection(Chapters 1-2)
28. CHUD II: Bud the Chud
April 08 -
April 09 -
29. Batman and Robin - 1949 Serial Collection(Chapters 3-6)
30. Black Dynamite
31. The Curious Dr. Humpp
April 10 -
32. The God Makers
33. The God Makers 2
34. Snatched
35. Bowanga Bowanga
36. Virgin Sacrifice
37. UFO Cults
38. The Wild Women Of Wongo
April 11 -
39. How To Be A Man
40. How To Be A Woman
April 12 -
41. Batman and Robin - 1949 Serial Collection(Chapters 7-9)
42. The Forbidden
43. I Want More
44. Free Love Confidential!
45. The Wife Swappers
46. For Single Swingers Only
April 13 -
47. Batman and Robin - 1949 Serial Collection(Chapters 10-13)
48. ECCO
April 14 -
49. Batman and Robin - 1949 Serial Collection(Chapters 14-15)
50. Eye of the Tiger
April 15 -
51. The Champions of Justice
52. Transmorphers
53. Shocking Videos Trailer Collection Vol. 1
April 16 -
54. Mystery In Bermuda
55. The Devil In Miss Jones
April 17 -
56. Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard
57. Rampage(Turkish Rambo)
58. Honeymoon of Terror
59. Something Weird Video Screener
April 18 -
60. Angel's Revenge
61. Forces Occultes
62. The Magic Land of Mother Goose
April 19 -
63. Escape From The Brothel
April 20 -
64. Hercules
65. Dark Night of the Scarecrow
April 21 -
66. Rolling Thunder
67. Campy Classroom Classics Volume 4
April 22 -
68. Blazing Magnum
April 23 -
69. The Adventures of Hercules
70. Three Men to Kill
April 24 -
71. Slime City
72. SWV Roughie Trailers and Shorts
73. Go Kill And Come Back
April 25 -
74. Her Majestys Top Gun
75. Raw Force
76. The Violent Professionals
77. Return of the Tiger
April 26 -
78. Ninja Terminator
79. Carry on Emmannuelle
80. Satanico Pandemonium
April 27 -
81. Puppet Master (uncut)
82. House of 1000 Corpses
April 28 -
83. Tortured Angels
84. Puppet Master 2
April 29 -
85. Puppet Master 3
86. MST3K - Warrior of the Lost World
April 30 -
87. Puppet Master 4
88. Fireball 500
89. Test Tube Babies
90. Hell Is A Place Called Hollywood (wildcard 2)
May 1 -
91. Delinquent Parents
92. Child Bride
93. Jimmy, The Boy Wonder
94. Enter the Devil
95. Sex Madness
96. Untitled Sex Madness bonus film
97. Damaged Lives
98. The Innocent Party (wildcard 3)
99. Gaslight
100. Gambling With Souls


Watch one film from every decade of film history.
1890 - (insert film title here)(Optional)
1900 - (optional)
1910 - (optional)
1920 - (optional)
1930 - The Rawhide Terror
1940 - Batman - 1943 Serial Collection
1950 - Ding Dong
1960 - The Monster of Highgate Ponds
1970 - Invasion of the Girl Snatchers
1980 - The Monster's Christmas
1990 - Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard
2000 - In Search of the Great White Tiger

Watch a film for each rating:
Unrated (pre-MPAA 1968) - Batman - 1943 Serial Collection
G - (optional)
PG - Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
PG-13 - (optional)
R - Johnny Firecloud
X (or NC-17) - The Devil In Miss Jones
Unrated (post-MPAA 1968) - Invasion of the Girl Snatchers

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, VHS-sourced{VHS transferred to DVD-+R is fine}).
First format, DVD, Batman - 1943 Serial Collection
Second format, VHS, Invasion of the Girl Snatchers
Third format, Netflix Streaming, Transmorphers

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

Watch a film in the following genres:
A Token Science Fiction B-Movie: - Supersonic Saucer
A Token Horror B-Movie: Invasion of the Girl Snatchers
Italian (or European) films of the following Genres:
Eurospy (James Bond ripoffs) - Her Majestys Top Gun
Giallo - Blazing Magnum
Sword & Sandal - Hercules
Spaghetti Western - Go Kill And Come Back
Cannibal Film - Raw Force
Mafia/Gangster Film - The Violent Professionals
Martial Arts film:
Bruce Lee-sploitation (Starring any variation on Bruce Li, Le, etc.) - Return of the Tiger
Hong Kong (or other Asian) film - Escape From Brothel
American film - Black Dynamite
Any "Ninja" film - Ninja Terminator
Biker Film - Invasion of the Girl Snatchers
Stoner Film - I Want More
Carsploitation Film - Blazing Magnum
Blaxploitation - Black Dynamite
Any type - Ding Dong
Nudie Cutie - Ding Dong
Roughie - Midnight Intruders
70s Porn - Midnight Intruders
Emmanuelle Film - Carry on Emmannuelle
Nunsploitation - Satanico Pandemonium
Shocksploitation - House of 1000 Corpses
Rape/Revenge Film - Midnight Intruders
Vigilante Film - Johnny Firecloud
Women in Prison - Tortured Angels
Nazisploitation - The Forbidden
Eschploitation (religious end times, or general religious exploitation) - In Search of the Great White Tiger
Hixploitation/Moonshiners - Fireball 500
Roadshow Exploitation/30s-40s "Cautionary" films - Test Tube Babies
Mildred Pierce/Douglas Sirk melodrama type "Women's Pictures" from the 40s-60s - Gaslight
"Race" Film (optional-since most are "lost")(early films made specifically for the African-American market pre-1950)
Film dealing with "Race" (pre-1965) - FREE SPACE
"Hood" Film ("Gangsta") - FREE SPACE
Gangster film - Psycho A Go-Go
Juvenile Delinquent Film - How To Be A Man
60s Beach Movie - FREE SPACE
Elvis film (starring Elvis, not about Elvis) - FREE SPACE
Film starring Musical Group or Music Star (that did not become a legit actor) - Bummer
Mexican Wrestling Film - The Champions of Justice
Foreign "Ripoff" film (such as Turkish cinema) - Rampage(Turkish Rambo)
Bollywood Film (actual, not a Hollywood pastiche) - FREE SPACE
Eco-Terror Film - The Fogbrook Thing
"Mondo" Film - The Forbidden
Documentary ABOUT B-Movies/Exploitation/Drive-ins or those involved in their production - FREE SPACE
Bio-pic - FREE SPACE
Lifetime Channel Movie - FREE SPACE
Bad Sequel to a "Well regarded film" - CHUD II - Bud the Chud
"Condemned" by the Catholic National Legion of Decency - Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
Critical Bomb (Less than 20% Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic or IMDB Bottom 100 {Bottom 100 archive}) - Puppet Master
Financial Bomb - FREE SPACE
MST3K (or Cinematic Titanic) version of a film - Warrior of the Lost World
Non-MST3K version of a film featured on MST3K (or CT) - The Wild Women Of Wongo

Watch 10 films starring anyone from the actors safe list.
1 Snatched - John Saxon
2 Eye of the Tiger - William Smith
3 The Champions of Justice - Blue Demon
4 Mystery In Bermuda - Santo
5 Angel's Revenge - Jack Palance
6 Blazing Magnum - John Saxon
7 Hercules - Lou Ferrigno
8 Return of the Tiger - Bruce Li
9 Ninja Terminator - Richard Harrison
10 House of 1000 Corpses - Sid Haig

Watch 10 films Directed/Produced by anyone from the directors/producers safe list.
1 Johnny Mysto: Boy Wizard - Charles Band
2 Angel's Revenge - Greydon Clark
3 The Magic Land of Mother Goose - Herschell Gordon Lewis
4 Ninja Terminator - Godfrey Ho
5 Puppet Master - Charles Band
6 House of 1000 Corpses - Rob Zombie
7 Puppet Master 2 - Charles Band
8 Puppet Master 3 - Charles Band
9 Puppet Master 4 - Charles Band
10 Jimmy, The Boy Wonder - Herschell Gordon Lewis

Watch 5 films from those in the Studio/Distributor safe list.
1 Ding Dong - Something Weird Video
2 Merry Maids of the Gay Way - Something Weird Video
3 Dreamland Capers - Something Weird Video
4 Thank You Mask Man - Something Weird Video
5 Dream Follies - Something Weird Video

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I'm in. Good opportunity to go through my Something Weird discs.
April 1
1. The Defilers-Early 60s sadism/sexploitation flick.
2. Scum of the Earth--H.G. Lewis trades in blood for boobs in this Refer Madness-like "expose" of the dangers of smut.

April 2
3. The Green Slime-More remembered for its groovy 60s funk theme song, The Green Slime still manages to entertain.

April 16
4.The Magic Christian-I guess this was supposed to be shocking back in the day, but I enjoy it for the Badfinger soundtrack.
5.Vampire Circus: An unjustly neglected Hammer film.

April 17
6. Scars of Dracula. One of the better Hammer Dracula films with Christopher Lee.

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*Indicates 1st time viewing

April 1
1. Endgame*- (1983) Fun post-apoc action 6/10
2. Black Belt Jones*- (1974) Highly entertaining martial arts blaxploitation. Watch out for those bo-guards. 7.5/10
3. TNT Jackson*- (1974) Bland action coupled with lame execution of the story 4.5/10
4. Velvet Smooth*- (1976) Ugh... this was just awful. Bad soundtrack, bad fight choreography, non-existant plot. 2/10

April 2
5. Black Fist*- (1975) Starts off slow but the last 30 minutes are great. 6.5/10
6. Aswang*- (1994) Very cool subject matter that was done a fair amount of justice. I would have liked a little more of the mythos covered but still a nasty little movie. 7/10
7. Final Comedown*- (1972) This was more than just another boobs and fighting blaxploitation movie. There was some commentary on a lot of things that still ring true. Pretty good stuff. 6/10
8. Zombie Holocaust- (1980) Still an enjoyable cannibal/zombie movie (emphasis on cannibal). If you're looking into the genre and want one free of animal killings this would be a good place to start. 6/10

April 3
9. Troll 2 I'm pretty sure this is the most sober I've ever been to watch it (6 beers down) and its still awesome. lol/10
10. Mean Johnny Barrows*- (1976) I dig it. Enough action and story to entertain. I wish it picked up a little quicker and wasn't so rushed to move along when it eventually got going through. 6/10
11. The Baron*- (1977) So painfully boring that I needed a nap to get through it. The little that happens is spread so thin and so bad that you couldn't care less. 1.5/10

April 4
12. Maneater*- (2007) I'll watch anyting with Gary Busey at least once just to see if he has some crazy moment that was captured on film (Gingerdead Man!). Unfortunately this was uneventful. 3/10
13. Repo! The Genetic Opera*- (2008) Catchy songs and great visuals really aided a mediocre (though fairly original) story. Bill Moseley was hilarious in his role. 7/10

April 5
14. Day Of The Dead- (2008) I don't know why I sat through this knowing how bad it is. It was something to do while I was waiting to fall asleep I guess. 3/10

April 6
15. Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers- (1988) A highly enjoyable sequel in the series. Always fun to watch. 8/10
16. Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers- (1989) This is the film that took the series in a strange direction (that I didn't mind). Still a fun watch. 7/10

April 9
17. Demons 3: The Ogre- (1988) A repeat viewing on a movie that I don't know how to totally feel about. I like the gothic feel it has, but it gets too silly for its own good. It has some great scenes but they're outnumbered by bad ones. Either way, I'm a fan of Lamberto Bava 5/10

April 11
18. Thriller: A Cruel Picture*- (1974) This my first time seeing it uncut. I liked the movie before, but its pure exploitation gold with all of the sex restored. Not a nice movie in any way but its pretty good and really entertaining. 8.5/10

April 12
19. Jess Franco's Count Dracula*- (1970) Decent take on the classic story. The cast was the best part. 6/10
20. The Children*- (2008) This was so by the numbers and ripped off so many other movies that it was almost painful. It wasn't bad really, just bland in every way and uninspired. 5/10

April 13
21. A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die*- (1968) A solid Spaghetti western that is much grittier than the lame DVD cover will lead you to believe. 7/10

April 15
22. Black Casesar*- (1973) You gotta love Larry Cohen. He's a fantastic writer/director and proves it again here. 8/10

April 19
23. Bad Biology*- (2008) Henenlotter is back in full force! Over the top and hilarious. My only complaint is that it took a little too long to get going and felt rushed by that time. 7.5/10

April 20
24. Bruiser*- (2000) A mixed bag in this Romero horror/thriller. While it had some good parts it dragged too much for me. Watchable, but not great. 5.5/10
25. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul*- (1964) Thick atmosphere and a great central character really made this eerie and weird horror film a success. I can't wait to check out the rest of the series. 8/10
26. Seventh Moon*- (2008) The movie itself was bad, but the transfer was god awful. It was so dark I couldn't see anything going on through the vast majority of the movie. 3/10

April 24
27. Supervixens*- (1975) Whats not to love about this movie? Beautiful women, tons of laughs, action, Russ Meyer? Yep. Its gold. 8/10
28. Vixen!*- (1968) This gets about a 9.5 on the sleaze-o-meter. Trashy but with substance. I enjoyed it quite a bit. 8/10

April 25
29. Beneath The Valley Of The Ultra-Vixens*- (1979) This reminded me of a Troma movie. It was pretty funny but I'd prefer a Troma flick most days. 6/10

April 26
30. Mondo Topless*- (1966) A pseudo-documentary about topless dancers. Its basically an hour of beautiful women dancing topless with some narration and clips of interviews from the women over top. Not great, but you can't complain too much about beautiful women. 5/10
31. Dagon* Very entertaining HP Lovecraft adaptation from Stuart Gordon. Great atmosphere, set pieces and locations. 8/10

April 27
32. Up!*- (1976) A hilarious and trashy comedy/thriller from Russ Meyer involving the usual nude beauties and Hitler. 8/10

April 30
33. Offspring*- (2009) Jack Ketchum adaptation that reminded me a lot of The Hills Have Eyes, but not as good. Some definite exploitation in there though... cannibalism, baby violence, sex violence... 4/10

May 1

If a category is listed as "Optional", it does not need to be filled to "complete" the checklist.
As with other checklists, titles can count for multiple categories.

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 - Vixen! 1968
1970 - Black Belt Jones 1974
1980 - Endgame 1983
1990 - Aswang 1994
2000 - Maneater 2007

Watch a film for each rating:
Unrated (pre-MPAA 1968) - (insert film title here)
G - (optional)
PG -
PG-13 -
R - Black Belt Jones
X (or NC-17) - Vixen!
Unrated (post-MPAA 1968) - Endgame

Watch films in at least three formats (DVD, BD, HD DVD, Laserdisc, TV, online, UMD, theater, iPod, VHS-sourced{VHS transferred to DVD-+R is fine}).
First format, VHS, Endgame
Second format, DVD, TNT Jackson
Third format, TV, Maneater

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

Watch a film in the following genres:
A Token Science Fiction B-Movie:
A Token Horror B-Movie: Aswang
Italian (or European) films of the following Genres:
Eurospy (James Bond ripoffs)
Sword & Sandal
Spaghetti Western A Minute To Pray, A Second To Die
Cannibal Film Zombie Holocaust
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
Biker Film
Stoner Film
Carsploitation Film
Blaxploitation- Black Belt Jones
Any type Vixen!
Nudie Cutie Supervixens
70s Porn
Emmanuelle Film
Rape/Revenge Film Thriller: A Cruel Picture
Vigilante Film
Women in Prison
Eschploitation (religious end times, or general religious exploitation)
Roadshow Exploitation/30s-40s "Cautionary" films
Mildred Pierce/Douglas Sirk melodrama type "Women's Pictures" from the 40s-60s
"Race" Film (optional-since most are "lost")(early films made specifically for the African-American market pre-1950)
Film dealing with "Race" (pre-1965)
"Hood" Film ("Gangsta")
Gangster film
Juvenile Delinquent Film
60s Beach Movie
Elvis film (starring Elvis, not about Elvis)
Film starring Musical Group or Music Star (that did not become a legit actor)
Mexican Wrestling Film
Foreign "Ripoff" film (such as Turkish cinema)
Bollywood Film (actual, not a Hollywood pastiche)
Eco-Terror Film
"Mondo" Film Mondo Topless
Documentary ABOUT B-Movies/Exploitation/Drive-ins or those involved in their production
Lifetime Channel Movie
Bad Sequel to a "Well regarded film"
"Condemned" by the Catholic National Legion of Decency
Critical Bomb (Less than 20% Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic or IMDB Bottom 100 {Bottom 100 archive}) Day Of The Dead (remake)
Financial Bomb
MST3K (or Cinematic Titanic) version of a film
Non-MST3K version of a film featured on MST3K (or CT)

Watch 10 films starring anyone from the actors safe list.
1. Fred Williamson (Mean Johnny Barrows)
2 Roddy McDowall (Mean Johnny Barrows)
3 Christopher Lee (Count Dracula)

Watch 10 films Directed/Produced by anyone from the directors/producers safe list.
1 Joe D'amato (Endgame)
2 Jess Franco (Count Dracula)
3 Larry Cohen (Black Caesar)
4 Frank Henenlotter (Bad Biology)
5 George Romero (Bruiser)
6 Jose Mohica Marins (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul)
7 Russ Meyer (Supervixens)

Watch 5 films from those in the Studio/Distributor safe list.
1 Mondo Macabro (Aswang)
2 Code Red (Mean Johnny Barrows)
3 Dark Sky Films (Count Dracula)
4 Shriek Show (Demons 3: The Ogre)
5 A.I.P. (Black Caesar)

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I might as well join in. Can't say I'm going to dedicate the entire month to it though.
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I like watching these sorts of films anyway in place of network-approved reality-TV. I'll give it a shot. Will rate on scale of 1 (worst) to 4 (best) Calvert Drive-in Cheeseburgers.

4-1: 1. Lightning Bolt (1966): Euro OO7 ripoff where villain destroys moon rockets with beer trucks - 2 CDCs; 2. Snowbeast (1977): Peter Benchley should have sued over this made-for-TV ripoff of "Jaws" starring a Yeti. Seriously - 1 CDC; 3. Red Dragon (1965): No Hannibal Lecter, just Stewart Granger Bond-ing his way through China. Nice locations but typical plot - 2 CDCs.
4-2: 4. Just for the Hell of it (1968): Nothing resembling a plot, just "kids" vandalizing whatever they can - 2 CDCs; 5. Blast-Off Girls (1967): Teeny-bopper rock gets abused by their manager. This Kentuckian loved the Colonel Sanders cameo - 3 CDCs.
4-3: 6. The Ghost (1963): Doctor and his lover kill her husband and the house seems to turn on them. Great twists in the ending - 3 CDCs; 7. Destination Space (1959): Meteor hits Earth-orbiting space station and it has to be fixed with the cheesiest-looking equipment. Then again, that's part of the charm - 4 CDCs; Saw these next two at the Calvert Drive-in in Calvert City, KY - 8. Valentine's Day (2010): So many characters, so many stars, so little of interest - 1 CDC; 9. Sherlock Holmes (2009): Robert Downey Jr. makes for a quirky but interesting Holmes - 3 CDCs.
4-4: 10. Goliath and the Dragon (1960): Goliath battles some ridiculous-looking creatures and an evil king played by a slumming Broderick Crawford. Pure fun in spite of itself - 4 CDCs; 11. Fury of Achilles (1962): Lots of battles but little else of interest - 1 CDC.
4-5: 12. War Gods of the Deep (1965): Wonderful effects (for their time) and solid performances from Vincent Price, Tab Hunter and David Tomlinson make this tale fun for all - 4 CDCs; 13. At the Earth's Core (1976): The only thing stranger than the monsters and the scenery in this underground world is Peter Cushing playing a genteel British scientist - 2 CDCs; 14. Jive Turkey (1974): Harlem gangster thinks someone in his gang is working for the Italians. It's supposed to be 1956, but one kid sports an L.A. Dodgers cap two years before the move! - 2 CDCs.
4-6: 15. Swamp Girl (1971): Terrific tale of girl raised in a swamp who avenges the murder of her "Pa". Country singer Ferlin Husky is good as the ranger who introduces her to the outside world. Wonderfully stunning ending! - 4 CDCs; 16. Swamp Country (1966): It's "The Fugitive" in the marshlands with Lyle Waggoner as a deputy. Solid if not spectacular - 2 CDCs.
4-7: 17. T.N.T. Jackson (1974): Diana's brother is killed in Hong Kong, so she goes there for revenge. Standard plot bolstered by great fighting from Jeanne Bell and Pat Anderson - 3 CDCs; 18. Prime Time (1977): Unknown forces turn TV upside-down in this "Groove Tube" clone. Some tasteless stuff that has not aged well but also plenty that is laugh-out-loud hilarious - 3 CDCs.
4-8: 19. Slave of the Cannibal God (1978): Original Bond girl Ursula Andress goes into the New Guinea jungle looking for her husband, among other things. Heavily edited version leaves plenty to be desired - 1 CDC; 20. Legend of Big Foot (1976): As a nature travelogue, it's a decent enough time-killer. As proof positive of Sasquatch's existance, the blind can see through this one - 3 CDCs.
4-9: 21. Superchick (1973): Joyce Jillson, Nancy Reagan's astrologer, is a stewardess with a man in every city and karate skills that can put any man in their place. Only-in-the-70s kind of fun - 4 CDCs; 22. Policewomen (1974): Sondra Curris is a cop who holds her own against a female crime gang and male police officers - 2 CDCs.
4-10: 23. The Last Man on Earth (1964): Vincent Price blazes the trail for Charlton Heston and Will Smith as a scientist struggling to cure a plague that has wiped out most of humanity. Some of Price's strongest work - 3 CDCs; Saw these next two at the Calvert Drive-in: 24. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010): Kid discovers he's the son of Poseidon and goes on a quest to Hades to save his mom and return Zeus's top weapon. Way more fun than I thought it was going to be - 4 CDCs; 25. Tooth Fairy (2010): Dwayne Johnson is a dream-killing hockey player forced into servitude in the title role. Hard to swallow with few sympathetic or relatable characters - 1 CDC.
4-11: 26. The Defilers (1965): Two rich punks kidnap the new girl in town to have their way with her. Perhaps the best spanking scene in movie history! - 4 CDCs; 27. Scum of the Earth (1963): Girl gets blackmailed into posing for naughty pictures. No nudity whatsoever; what gives? - 1 CDC.
4-12: 28. Chain Gang Women (1971): Alas, not a women-in-prison flick. Two cons escape a work detail and hang out with a couple of women and that's pretty much it - 1 CDC; 29. Malibu High (1979): Teen girl turns to prostitution and mob hits for money and good grades? The climactic chase with the "People's Court" theme in the background is an absolute hoot! - 3 CDCs.
4-13: 30. Devil's Nightmare (1971): Seven tourists, each representing a deadly sin, fight for their lives in a spooky mansion. Pretty scary stuff - 3 CDCs; 31. Werewolf of Washington (1973): Dean Stockwell gets attacked in Eastern Europe and returns to the White House with the pentagram. Great political satire and the fun keeps going during the closing credits - 3 CDCs.
4-14: 32. Nabonga (1944): Buster Crabbe goes into a jungle to find stolen gems and finds a real treasure in 'white witch' Julie London. Man in gorilla suit as fake as ever but the natives are treated decently - 3 CDCs; 33. Moon of the Wolf (1972): Original Fugitive David Janssen is a sheriff investigating a local girl's murder and learns a werewolf is involved. Nice early character development undermined by weak payoff - 1 CDC; 34. Legacy of Blood (1971): Rich man's family must spend a week at his estate or the staff gets everything. Nobody to root for here - 1 CDC.
4-15: 35. The Pink Angels (1971): A gang of gay bikers head west for a drag show. Tons of hilarious fun until the ultimate downer of an ending - 2 CDCs; 36. Bloodlust! (1961): This take on "The Most Dangerous Game" has a scientist targeting Mr. Brady himself, Robert Reed. Nice quick ride - 3 CDCs.
4-16: 37. Black Candles (1982): While visiting England, Carol tries to keep her boyfriend away from a Satanic cult. The scene with a naked woman and a goat is quite disturbing - 3 CDCs; 38. Blood Song (1982): Frankie Avalon goes psycho when he hears a flute. Yes, that Frankie Avalon - 2 CDCs.
4-17: 39. Devil Times Five (1974): A group of "lost" children are taken in by squabbling adults who learn the truth a little too late. Leif Garrett has never been more warped, even in his present state - 3 CDCs; 40. Alley Tramp (1968): Daughter takes after her mother and sleeps around. All the good nudity's in the trailer. Made by Herschell Gordon Lewis and company under French pseudonyms - 2 CDCs.
4-18: 41. Guru the Mad Monk (1970): The title character and a witch deal out their own brand of justice at the expense of a pair of star-crossed lovers. Executions are clumsily staged but at least it's over in under an hour - 2 CDCs; 42. The Strange Vengeance of Rosalie (1972): Bonnie Bedelia tricks Ken Howard into going to her shack, where she forces herself onto him. I felt his pain - 1 CDC.
4-19: 43. The Hearse (1980): Trish Van Devere leaves San Francisco for her late aunt's house out in the country. A few Satanic mentions here and there but not much more from this PG affair - 1 CDC; 44. Malibu Beach (1978): Teens have all sorts of fun along the title area, but a dog has better luck getting women topless. Nice but not too exciting - 2 CDCs.
4-20: 45. The Magnetic Monster (1953): Scientists must find a way to stop a radioactive element from destroying the Earth. Real edge-of-your-seat stuff, seriously - 4 CDCs. 46. Teenage Strangler (1964): JD study quickly turns into Scooby-Doo style whodunnit complete with bad but peppy song 'Yipe Stripes' - 2 CDCs.
4-21: 47. Bowanga Bowanga (1951): Three men go big game hunting and find the White Sirens of Africa, who are willing to fight them and each other. Stock footage puts owls and moose in the jungle. Not as much fun as it could have been - 2 CDCs; 48. Wild Women of Wongo (1958): This is more like it! When tribes feautring mixes of the beautiful and ugly meet, all hell breaks loose. The battle between Omoo and an alligator is smokin' hot! - 4 CDCs.
4-22: 49. Country Cuzzins (1970): Big-city relative of hick family proves she belongs then invites the gang uptown for some look-and-touch. Plenty of flesh and foolishness - 2 CDCs; 50. Midnight Plowboy (1971): Small-town boy gets a job driving hookers around then gets a piece of the action - 2 CDCs.
4-23: 51. Hercules and the Princess of Troy (1965): The strongest Greek of them all fights to keep a princess from being sacrificed to a sea monster. Made-for-TV but more compelling than most big screen versions - 3 CDCs; 52. Chinese Hercules (1973): Bolo Yeung shows up late in the title role as it's mainly about a man fighting for his honor amid bad dubbing - 1 CDC.
4-24: 53. Dr. Orloff's Invisible Horror (1971): The title creature threatens all who gets in his way, especially naked women. Doctor goes too far in seeking revenge against his daughter's grave robbers - 2 CDCs; 54. Scream of the Demon Lover (1970): Female scientist travels to male counterpart's castle and gets to his experiments and his odd brother. Ho-hum - 1 CDC; 55. The Beach Girls (1982): A shy girl lets her two best friends party at her uncle's beach house for a couple of summer days. Some hot bodies controlled by the smallest brains. Features the gayest Coast Guard unit ever put on screen - 2 CDCs.
4-25: 56. Chained Girls (1965): "Documentary" about mid-'60s lesbianism. If you believe everything Fox News tells you, you'll be nodding in agreement all the way. Otherwise, you'll be laughing all the way. Great B&W footage of New York - 2 CDCs; 57. A Sweet Sickness (1968): Naive would-be actress learns what it takes to make it in Hollywood. Plenty of naked female flesh; all awkwardly staged - 1 CDC.
4-26: 58. Superman IV, The Quest for Peace (1987): With horrible special effects and a sloppily edited storyline, this is the ultimate bad sequel to a classic film - 1 CDC; 59. Batman and Robin (1997): Talk about a fall from grace! The dark brilliance of the first two films gave way to the foolishness and nipple-suits of the next two with this being the nadir - 1 CDC. With 4s such as these, perhaps it's best Sam Raimi not make a Spider-Man 4.
4-27: 60. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978): You know you're in for it when the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton cover several Beatles tunes and Steve Martin does the best with "Maxwell's Silver Hammer". Some silly stuff between the songs, but the music's still good - 3 CDCs; 61. Grease 2 (1982): Looking back on this film decades after its box office failure, it's easy to see why Michelle Pfeiffer made it and Maxwell Caulfield didn't. "Cool Rider" still rocks after all this time - 3 CDCs.
4-28: 62. Catwomen of the Moon (1953): The title babes try to escape their confinement by taking over a manned mission. A moon rocket with rolling chairs and a giant spider in a cave provide some kitsch but the rest of this 3-D affair is a real snoozer - 1 CDC; 63. Friday the 13th, Part III (1982): Probably better known for debut of the hockey mask than the 3-D effects. Some cool kills of some king-sized jerks make this more than bearable - 3 CDCs.
4-29: 64. Xanadu (1980): Box-office disappointment whose mix of roller disco and 40s styling may have been ahead of its time. Silly story only exists to string together some very cool numbers - 4 CDCs; 65. Dune (1984): Legendary box office failure has become much better with the passage of time. Story is actually fairly straight-forward with great performances by Kyle MacLachlan, Patrick Stewart and Kenneth McMillan - 4 CDCs.
4-30: 66. Planet Terror (2007): A whole town turns zombie with blood and guts splattering all over the place until Rose McGowan and her "armed" leg save the day. Fun film made even better by audience reaction track on the DVD - 3 CDCs; 67. Death Proof (2007): Kurt Russell is an old stuntman using his special car to kill some very talkative ladies. He meets his match with Zoe Bell, a Dodge Charger and the roads of Tennessee. A bit of a drag until that final chase and then BOOM! - 2 CDCs. Seeing these two films on separate DVDs is OK, but I still want that Grindhouse BD with the original theatrical cuts and all those cool fake trailers!
5-1: 68. Bikini Drive-in (1995): Girl inherits dead grandfather's drive-in theater and throws a big movie party complete with car dances to pay the back taxes. Nice enough, but my DVD version cuts away from the naughty bits so that lowers my rating a bit - 2 CDCs; 69. Drive-in (1976): The greatest movie ever made about ozoners and the only VHS I still watch. Great day-in-the-life story of a small Texas town where everything and everyone intersects nicely. "Disaster '76", the movie within the movie, is a terrific genre spoof - 4 CDCs.

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I'm a brand new poster but a long time lurker. I just have to give this challenge a try.

* first time viewing

01. Swamp Country (1966)* (SWV Drive-In Classics Collection)
Nora Cox can't decide who she loves more, penniless singer Baker Knight or middle aged Sheriff Jim who is leading a manhunt in the nearby swamp in search of a suspected murderer. This movie becomes tedious after a while and although things happen (a couple of fist fights, a bog sucking, a bear attack,a wildcat/panther attack, a rattlesnake attack and some random gator kicking) I began to experience flashes of impatience. Part of the problem may be the five (or more, I lost count) songs that Baker gets to sing. They're not bad songs but often just throw the movie off. There are also a couple of subplots that end up going nowhere and only muddle things up. I was surprised to discover this movie clocked in at just over 90 minutes. It seemed longer.
The acting was not hilariously bad but it wasn't good either, mostly flat and bland. Former 50's western star Rex Allen as Sheriff Jim and Lyle Waggoner (Wonder Woman) as a deputy were OK but the rest of the folks were mostly dull. Also, the romance aspect just didn't work that well especially the scenes with Sheriff Jim.
I'm a fan of bad movies but this one comes close to being boring. 3/10

02. Swamp Girl (1971)* (SWV Drive-In Classics Collection)
I liked this movie. Its not a great movie but it was entertaining and compared to Swamp Country it was brilliantly paced. For one thing there's only one song in the movie, the Swamp Girl song, sung by star Ferlin Huskey. For another thing it has one of those cool air boats, the kind with the big fan in the back. I think those things are great!

Basically this is one of those white goddess jungle movies moved to the swamp. Janeen, our Swamp Girl, was saved from being sold into child slavery by Nat, who raised her in a cabin located deep in the swamp and she is now a local legend as the mysterious Swamp Girl. The Swamp Ranger (Huskey) makes contact with Janeen when investigating the death of a poacher. A female convict escapes from a prison camp with the help of her boy friend and they are forced to flee into the swamp. Of course they come upon the long hidden cabin, kill Nat for no reason at all, and force Janeen to guide them to the Florida border. Meanwhile the convict's parents hire three locals to help them find their daughter. The locals' plan is to find the mysterious Swamp Girl and have her locate the convict. Good plan. The Swamp Ranger and the Sheriff decide to cruise around in the cool air boat until they run into something. Good plan. Swamp Girl leads the convict and bf around for a while until boy friend gets sucked down by quicksand or whatever. Then there's a MUD WRESTLING match between Swamp Girl and the convict. MUD WRESTLING! Finally, the three locals and the parents, Swamp Girl and the convict, and Swamp Ranger and the Sheriff bump into each other just in time for the movie's climax. Yes, its as good as it sounds.

Except for the Swamp Ranger and the Sheriff the acting is pretty good and there is some nice swamp nature photography but its not overdone. There is also an ironic surprise ending. At least it took me by surprise but I think my mind was still on the mud wrestling. 6/10


03. The Speed Lovers (1968)* (SWV Drive-In Classics Collection)
Fun movie about Scott, the cocky would-be-playboy son of a race car mechanic, who wants to become a stock car driver. He ends up getting involved with the beautiful sponsor of a rival racing team and gangster Pinky Bently. There aren't too many plot surprises and the acting is no great shakes but there are lots of girls in bikinis and plenty of go-go action giving a nice 60's vibe. I thought the real racing footage, with a strong emphasis on mishaps and crashes, was quite exciting, especially the Atlanta 500. The ending was a bit hokey. 6/10

04. Thunder in Dixie (1964)* (SWV in Drive-In Classics Collection)
Stock car racers and the women who love them. Stock car racer Micky, just out of the hospital, faces his former partner Ticker in the big race. Ticker blames Micky for the death of Ticker's fiancee and has spent the last three months waiting for a chance for revenge. This is a pretty intense movie with a great sleazy feel to it partly due to a good jazz/early rock and roll score. Snappily directed and decently acted it ends with an exciting race, once again in Atlanta. 7/10

05. Hercules vs the Sons of the Sun (1964)* (Trimark The Adventures of Hercules)
A so-so Hercules movie. A shipwrecked Hercules (Mark Forest) finds himself in the land of the Incas where he helps to restore the rightful ruler to the throne. Along the way he introduces the wheel, siege towers and catapults to the Incas. There are some good sets and very elaborate and colorful Inca type costumes (with feathers, lots and lots of feathers) which are highlighted in a couple of dance numbers. Herc doesn't perform many feats of strength, only moving a couple of boulders and bringing down a tunnel roof. Of course he excels in battle but there aren't any cheesy monsters to fight. The final battle is OK but nothing special. The English dialog is more inane than usual in spots and and the movie drags a bit in the middle. 4/10

06. Hercules Against Moloch (1963)* (Trimark The Adventures of Hercules)
aka The Conquest of Mycenae A more action packed Hercules movie except, uh, Hercules isn't really in it. The powerful city of Mycenae, whose leaders worship the living god Moloch, has conquered all of its neighbors except the city of Tiryns. Glauco (Gordon Scott), the prince of Tiryns enters Mycenae as part of a group of hostages using the name Hercules in an attempt to start a rebellion while his father gathers an army. Moloch is a pretty good monster, first seen wearing an animal head mask, and is a sadistic hater of beauty. The battle scenes are good and there is some nice use of colored lighting especially in Moloch's caverns. 5/10

07. The Alligator People (1959)
An old favorite. Medical experiments go bad and turn patients into alligator people. The story is standard 1950's monster stuff but the acting is pretty good, especially Beverly Garland who plays a gutsier, more determined female lead than is typical. This movie also has one of my favorite Lon Chaney Jr. performances not to mention a cool boat/car and a ray machine that comes down from the ceiling. There are some good looking sets and nice moody photography which often results in an appropriate swampy feel along with interesting use of real alligators. The makeup for the ultimate alligator person is a bit silly and awkward but I still kind of like it. 7/10

08. Danger: Diabolik (1968)*
The master criminal Diabolik and his girlfriend Eva pull off three capers while being pursued by the persistent Inspector Ginko. For some reason I had trouble getting into this movie right away. I was tired and it seemed campy and silly but by the end of the first caper I was entranced by the visuals -- colors, shapes, and textures were all put to good use -- and convinced by the story. I want and need to see this again before I give a final rating but for now it gets 6/10.

09. The Fear Chamber (1968)*
Scientists find a living rock by following electronic signals but in order to keep it alive they must feed it a chemical produced by human beings who are feeling pure fear ... or by strippers. Low budget but it works well overall. There is a nice sequence that shows how pure fear is instilled in young women. Karloff as always is good in what he does but Yerye Beirute playing Roland, the handyman of the scientist group, gives a standout over-the-top performance. The monster does look a bit cheesy, a cross between the Horta from Star Trek and a canvas bag but the camera never lingers on it too long. There are several "What the Heck!" moments but most are actually explained by the script, maybe not well, but explained. Except for the stripper. I guess she's just a bonus. 6/10

10. The Fear Chamber with commentary by writer and co-director Jack Hill
This is not a great commentary due to the many pauses and frequent repetition but it did give me a good idea about how the four Mexican Karloff movies were made which is why I ran it. Hill wrote the four original scripts and directed all of the scenes with Boris Karloff (four movies worth in four weeks) and also with the Mexican actors if they needed to use the American sets. The results were sent to Mexico where footage shot there was added. Hill said that many changes were made to his scripts by the Mexican director, including the addition of the stripper to this movie. He also talked a bit about working with Roger Corman.

11. Pick-Up (1980)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics)
Another swamp movie?? Two hitchhikers, Carol (hyperactive floozy) and Maureen (sullenly spiritual) get a ride from Chuck (an Aries) who's driving a motor home that looks like a bus. Due to a storm and random detours they end up stuck in the middle of the cleanest swamp I've ever seen. Things begin to happen, some of which are quite odd and most of which involve frolicking naked in the swamp. Carol and Chuck get together in some unusual places while Maureen gets to know several imaginary friends. Suddenly disaster strikes and
the movie starts all over again! I hate it when that happens!
I kept watching mostly due to the hope that this would eventually make sense. 4/10

12. This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971)* (SWV Drive-In Classics Collection)
Reverend Boone has a moonshine business which is successful only because anyone who opposes him has the brains and backbone of a slug. Boy, this one was tough to get through. Boone (Jeffery Allen) and his really, really long Bible quoting rants becomes very annoying very quickly. There is a plot involving the Feds trying to smash the moonshiners and a mysterious religious themed killer but whether this is supposed to be a satire, an outright comedy, a crime drama or what totally escaped me and I just didn't care. The resolution was dull until the laugh out loud fate of the mystery killer. Spaghetti anyone? 2/10

13. The Year of the Yahoo! (1972)* (SWV in Drive-In Classics Collection)
Prophetic movie about the marketing of a political candidate. Claude King (the sheriff in Swamp Girl) is OK as the country singer tapped by marketeers for a U.S. Senate race. His popularity grows but only as he abandons more and more of what he truly believes in. Very watchable social satire (a type of movie I usually find heavy handed) which even got a few chuckles along the way. Jeffery Allen was fine as the good old boy governor. 5/10

14. Two Thousand Maniacs (1964)* (SWV in Drive-In Classics Collection)
Six travelers become the guests of honor at a centennial celebration -- but the centennial of what? This was saved by the last 15 minutes or so. Up to then it was just been annoying. The major problem was that two of the three main villains weren't sinister at all, just silly and stupid as was the humor for the most part. The third baddie, Jeffery Allen as the mayor, at least occasionally displayed a harder edge. I think this is one of the more popular HGL movies but I've seen others that I liked more. Maybe I'm just not in tune with his sense of humor or hillbilly humor. I never did like Hee Haw. The two leads were pleasant enough. 4/10

Today I start a survey of Don Dohler's movies.
15. The Alien Factor (1977)
Alien creatures cause trouble in a small town in Don Dohler's first film. Now this is why I love b-movies! Its low budget, the acting isn't all that good and the movie drags in spots but the story, which has some nice twists, is right out of the Strange Adventures comic books I read as a kid and still like today. The creature suits look good with some nice creative touches. The crash site scene is especially impressive with a good sense of scale. Overall, very entertaining. 7/10

16. Fiend (1980)*
An evil spirit reanimates a dead body and terrorizes suburbia. Don Dohler's second movie features some of the same cast as Alien Factor with a slight improvement in acting. Don Leifert is good as the fiend and Richard Nelson and Elaine White as the curious neighbors show some chemistry. The pacing is still slow and the murders aren't particularly scary or gruesome. The last 15 minutes or so are excellent, generating a good deal of suspense. The monster makeup works and the special effect when energy is absorbed - a red glow - could be considered cheesy but I think its fine since it gets the job done. The synth score which was OK in Alien Factor seems a little obtrusive here. 6/10 (but 8/10 for the last 15 min.)

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 1 "The Monstrous Plot" (28'33")
Three circus daredevils, Gene (high diver), Tiny (strongman), and Burt (escape artist) take on the evil 39013, an escaped convict who is out to destroy Granville Enterprises. The next target is the Granville undersea tunnel.

17. Tarkan vs. The Vikings (1971)*
Tarkan the Barbarian roams the steppes with his faithful dog Kurt and Kurt's son Kurt. Kurt/Dad is killed in a Viking Raid so Tarkan and Kurt/Son vow to kill every Viking they meet until they get the one who killed Kurt/Dad. And thats just what they do. This Turkish movie is a lot like a Hercules movie except the mass sword fights are better done here. The plot is thin and the last third of the movie is fight, get captured, escape, repeat. Ursala the Viking princess who dresses in pink furs is a standout and gives our heroes the royal wave at the end as they sail off into the sunset. 6/10

18. The Cocaine Fiends (1936)* (Mill Creek Cult Classics 20 Movie Pack)
How racketeers get nice kids hooked on drugs using cocaine disguised as "headache powder". The story of siblings Eddie and Jane and how their lives are ruined by dope. The acting is OK for its time but the story is pretty heavy handed and the ending is implausible. We know Jane's fate but we never really find out what becomes of Eddie. Poor quality print. 5/10

19. Chained for Life (1951)* (Mill Creek Cult Classics 20 Movie Pack)
One of a pair of siamese twin sisters is on trial for murdering the man who jilted her sister. Interesting story told in flashbacks during courtroom testimony. The twins are in vaudeville so the movie is full of acts including at least three songs by the twins, a dish juggler, bicycle tricks, an accordion player, and a sharp shooter. 5/10

20. Nightbeast (1982)*
Don Dohler's third movie. The town from Alien Factor has monster problems again; there's just one this time but its really, really mean. The events of AF are never mentioned but you have some of the same actors playing the same characters. This one seems slicker than the first two with better special effects (although they would still be considered lacking by many), more gore, more boobs and more action. The directing is better, especially in the building of suspense. The plot is very basic, mainly a series of chases and killings or attempted killings. There is a subplot about a crazed biker that doesn't really add much except padding. The beast is well done but perhaps not quite as creative as in AF. A fun movie but missing just a little something. 5/10

21. The Galaxy Invader (1985)
Don Dohler's fourth. A bunch of rednecks hunt a visitor from the stars and that means trouble. Maybe the best paced Dohler film so far. The acting is still not top notch but the story is a bit more complex, involving a dysfunctional family with the Invader almost secondary at times. The Invader is not hostile; its the humans who are the beasts. The monster suit is kind of generic, not nearly as impressive as some of the others. No boobs and less gore than Nightbeast. Ability to build suspense continues to improve. 6/10

22. Blood Massacre (1987)* (Pendulum Pictures presents Serial Psychos)
The fifth film by Don Dohler. Four criminals, escaping after a holdup, take a family hostage. A very good horror movie that starts out as a tense crime drama. Nice camera work adds atmosphere and there's good pacing and lots of suspense. There is also an undercurrent of very dark humor. The script has some nice twists and the dialog is solid although the acting is somewhat flat. Poor picture. 7/10

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 2 "The Mysterious Island" (16'45")
The Granville tunnel is damaged but not destroyed thanks to Gene's quick work. The boys manage to capture some of those responsible. 39013 sets a trap at the Granville Chemical Plant. The DD's escape the trap but in the ensuing fight Gene is knocked into a pool of burning sludge!

23. Return of the Sister Street Fighter (1975)* (BCI The Sister Street Fighter Collection)
The third and final official Sister Street Fighter movie. Etsuko Shihomi as Koryu searches for a friend who has been kidnapped by the shadow leader of Chinatown in Yokohama. Its been quite a while since I watched the first two SSF movies but I'm pretty sure they were both better than this. Key elements from the previous movies reappear -- in particular opponents who use different types of martial arts. The enemy fighters are less colorful in this movie and most of the one-on-one fights are short and perfunctory. The final melee is good but once again the Big Boss goes down pretty fast. Not terrible but not all that great either. 5/10

24. Sister Street Fighter:Fifth Level Fist (1976)* (BCI The Sister Street Fighter Collection)
Same actress, different director, character and plot. Abandoning much of the formula of the other SSF movies this is more of a crime drama with martial art than a martial arts movie. No colorful opponents and not that many fights. The final melee is fairly satisfying but the movie ends too abruptly. I have no idea what the title is referring to. 6/10.

25. Alien Rampage (2001)* aka Alien Factor 2: The Alien Rampage
Don Dohler's sixth and best movie so far. An alien cyborg terrorizes a small isolated town. While the plot is similar to his other sf monster movies there are enough differences to make this one stand out. The directing is very good -- the film never drags, there's some nice atmosphere, solid action scenes and good build up of tension in places. The acting is still not quite up to par but it does seem to be improving (or I might just be getting used to it) and there are many new faces in this one. The creature suit looks great in low light but too much like cheap plastic when well lit. The makeup for the female alien is fine. The space scenes still need a lot of work. A very entertaining picture. 8/10

26. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 3 "Execution" (16'49")
Gene is saved by his high diving skills and the quick thinking of Tiny and Burt. The DDs become suspicious of Granville's private secretary who is later found dead in the garage, an apparent suicide. As the boys investigate, the door suddenly slams shut and the garage begins to fill with poison gas!

27. Santo vs. Frankenstein's Daughter (1972)* (Santo and the Monsters Box Set)
Dr. Freda Frankenstein needs the regenerative element from Santo's blood to keep her and her band of henchmen alive. The few Santo movies I had seen before were kind of boring with too much ring action, long uninteresting fights outside the arena and plots that made no sense (which might have been due to the English scripts used for the dub). This one was a nice surprise. Only two wrestling matches, at the beginning and end of the movie, OK fisticuffs outside the ring and not one but two monsters for Santo to fight. One monster was a half man half ape thing and the other was basically the Frankenstein monster put together by Freda. Some nice atmospheric sets and a cool (if cheaply done) lab-in-a-cave add to the enjoyment. While not outstanding the plot makes movie sense. There is even some pure gruesomeness. At one point Dr. F. threatens to gouge out the eyes of Santo's girlfriend and pour acid into the empty sockets! Yeow! 6/10

28. The Harvesters (2000)* (Brentwood Power of Evil 4 Movie Set)
Don Dohler fans BEWARE! What I was expecting (and what is listed on the back of the box) was Don Dohler's seventh movie Harvesters (2001) directed by Joe Ripple. What I got was this Tom Moore directed film, about illegal organ procurement. This movie actually had a budget and actors a cut above the usual DD crew and all in all was a pretty good thriller although somewhat predictable. Enjoyable even if it was pretty tame compared to the usual Dohler magic. 7/10

29. Vampire Stakes (2002)* aka Stakes (Brentwood Vamps 4 Movie Set)
Vampire hunters Don Dohler style. Three vamps from a parallel Earth come to our world pursued by three vampire hunters. Directed by Joe Ripple, this is more polished than earlier Dohler efforts with decent effects, some neat ideas in the script, good action sequences and lots of tension. There is also increased gore and a creepy vampire sex scene. The acting may also be a bit better. The obvious "surprise" ending gets a nice twist. 7/10

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 4 "Sabotage" (16'30")
Gene's quick thinking saves the day. The DDs find the poison gas tanks and trace them to the Tri-City Gas Plant. The boys are falsely accused of trying to sabotage the plant while the real crooks set the boilers to explode to get rid of the DDs. Gene attempts to stop the explosion by opening a safety valve when ....

30. Glen or Glenda? (1953) (Image The Ed Wood Box Set)
This is much stranger than I remembered. Very bizarre sequence in the middle with lots of women perhaps supposed to show Glen's torment? Some of Lugosi's lines are kind of chilling and in several scenes he's shot in such a way that he looks frightening. Compelling at times and laughable at others its tough to rate a movie like this. 6/10?

31. Escort Girl (1941)* (Mill Creek Cult Classics 20 Movie Pack)
The head of an "escort service" (uh huh) tries to hide her line or work from her daughter Escort girls are ... flexible. OK crime story with Robert Kellard as a special investigator for the DA hunting the head of the service. His big break comes when he beats up the manager and he spills the beans. Sly. Print is clean but so many splices that dialog is unintelligible in places. 5/10

32. Test Tube Babies (1948)* (Mill Creek Cult Classics 20 Movie Pack)
A dull husband and the most naive wife in the world are having marital problems. The solution -- make babies! Lot's of sleazy goodness wrapped in a tasty scientific coating. There's a great party scene that includes drunks, card trick, lots of leg, and a great cat fight with all the guys cheering on the contestants. After a careful examination of the wife (which includes a brief fully nude side shot) and the husband (which consists of an old guy looking through a microscope) the couple is forced to try artificial insemination. This, as we are told by the opening text, produces children "free from all taint of heredity" but who amazingly will "even resemble the parents"! Make that sleaze wrapped in BAD science. The acting is mostly lame and the movie can drag. As a movie 4/10 but the entertainment value far exceeds the rating. I think this movie was severely cut. It clocked in at 52.5 min. but the back of the box lists 83 min. and imdb has a recut version at 70 min.

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 5 "The Ray of Death" (16'38")
Gene escapes. 39013 plans to kill the DA by turning the really cool looking machine for his Gamma Ray treatment into a death ray. Gene arrives in time to push the DA to safety but falls under the deadly ray himself!

33. The Triumph of Hercules (1964)* (Trimark The Adventures of Hercules)
The king of Mycenea is killed by his nephew Milo whose mother, a powerful witch, gives Milo a magic dagger with which he can summon and control seven unbeatable golden warriors. The people call on Hercules (Dan Vadis) for help. Above average Hercules movie with many feats of strength including two fights with the gold guys, bringing down a tunnel, and the complete destruction of an entire village. Fast moving. 6/10

34. Country Blue (1973)* (Mill Creek Drive In Movie Classics 50 Movie Pack)
A loser ex-con thinks robbing a bank will turn his life around. It doesn't. Instead he keeps losing more and more of what he cares about. The main character is a whiney dick but that may be the point. There's a shoot out and some repetitious car chases and lots and lots of trees. His girlfriend is very attractive and there's some blood near the end. A few unintentional laughs. Probably cut about 10 min. 4/10

35. Mad Dog (1977)* (Mill Creek Drive In Movie Classics 50 Movie Pack)
Italian crime drama about the Mad Dog Murderer who escapes from prison and seeks revenge on all who betrayed him. OK, but nothing special. Mad Dog is just a bit overplayed. The shootouts, car chases etc. were all effective. Needed widescreen. 5/10

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 6 "Thirty Seconds to Live" (16'30")
Gene escapes. The boys are sent to investigate Prof. Sheldon who they think was part of the plot against the DA. 39013 sends men to take care of the DDs and Sheldon. A time bomb is triggered during a fight in Sheldon's lab. The DDs find the bomb seconds before it explodes!

36. Vampire Sisters (2004)* (Pendulum Pictures presents Brutal Bloodsuckers)
Three female vampires run an internet porn site with live treats for special customers. Don Dohler's ninth movie (directed by Joe Ripple) has more boobs and more blood but its a one trick film and that trick is played far too often. It begins to drag although the end pick up a bit. Iggy, the thing locked in the garage, is a blast. Disappointing. 4/10

37. Jail Bait (1954) (Image The Ed Wood Box)
Slow moving crime drama with a gratuitous vaudeville act in the middle. Not terrible but the acting is flat. The story has a few interesting aspects like the plastic surgery angle. There are some unintentionally funny moments but the movie just plods along much of the time. 4/10

38. Kill or Be Killed (1967)*
A wandering violinist gets involved in a feud between two families. A pretty average spaghetti western that often seems like an American western. You get the feeling you've seen this all before. Robert Marks is likeable as the lead but lacks a little something -- maybe an edge. A few of the other characters are a bit quirky -- my favorite is the black clad killer with the maniacal smile -- but nothing special. Decent fist fights and gun battles. 5/10

39. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 7 "The Flooded Mine" (16'33")
The boys escape the explosion but the professor dies. Things get overly complicated but 39013 attempts to kill Granville's granddaughter by trapping her in a flooding radium mine. Gene is fixing a power line so they can get the water pump restarted when the thugs who have taken over the powerhouse turn on the juice. There is a shower of sparks and Gene goes hurling off the power pole!

40. Erik the Conqueror (1961)*
Viking brothers are separated when children. One becomes king of the Vikings, the other becomes a duke in England. Initially enemies, they unite to return the English queen to her throne. The story is predictable but it is so well done, this is a great movie directed my Mario Bava. There are wonderful, imaginative sets, bold colors, beautiful camera work and well done action scenes including several large scale melees. There is a true epic feel. 8/10

41. The Viking Queen (1966)*
First a complaint. There is not one damn viking in this entire movie! Instead this Hammer production is a slow moving story about the love between a queen of the Britons and a Roman governor general. When the queen puts on some armor and leads the people against the Roman occupation she becomes a "Viking Queen". She's pushed into this by some Zeus worshipping Druids. Yeah, I didn't know they did that either. The film does pick up a bit at the end, once the "Viking Queen" appears but then, after a battle, it just kind of stops. The End. It would have really helped this movie if there had been at least one real Viking in it but then I don't think they even existed in the first century AD. 4/10

42. From the Orient with Fury (1965)* aka Fury on the Bosphorus
Prof. Kurtz, inventor of the deadly Beta Ray gun, is kidnapped by international arms dealers. Agent 077 is called in to rescue him. An OK spy thriller with Ken Clark starring. Clark has an interesting face, not super handsome and he has this bemused look most of the time. The plot is one long search for one thing or another. The four main heavies are pretty dumb. Fights are not particularly well done and there are a few silly gadgets, mostly built into 077's clothes. It begin to drag a bit but once the Beta Ray Gun goes into action things pick up. Watchable. that's all. 5/10

43. Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)* (Anchor Bay The Giallo Collection)
In this unusual giallo the corpse of an American reporter working in Prague tells the tale of his search for the lover who disappeared without a trace one night. Excellent film, well paced with slowly building tension and an increasing sense of something bigger going on, of larger forces at play. Fine acting, good camera work, and a dissonant Morricone score add a lot. 8/10

A William Castle triple feature to celebrate the great showman's birthday!
44. 13 Frightened Girls (1963)* (Sony The William Castle Film Collection)
Silly stuff about the daughter of an American diplomat who becomes a master spy by betraying the trust of her friends. Seems to be made for the Hayley Mills crowd except for the murders and minor blood. Its pretty tough going at times. The lead could be very annoying in a cute teen kind of way. I found myself rooting for the Red Chinese. 4/10

45. Zotz! (1962)* (Sony The William Castle Film Collection)
A mild mannered professor of ancient languages obtains an old coin that gives him strange powers. A pleasant surprise! I enjoyed this film even though I've never been a Tom Poston fan. Only a few outright laughs its still a fun movie that takes a turn toward the stupid at the end but never quite gets there. 6/10

46. Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story (2007) (Sony The William Castle Film Collection)
Informative, interesting, very entertaining documentary about the life of William Castle. Warning: there are spoilers for some of his movies, especially Homicidal and Strait-Jacket. A must see. 9/10

For the rest of the weekend, a challenge within a challenge! All movies received the dreaded skull at badmovies.org. How much can I take?

47. Mutant (1984)*
Two brothers on vacation run into mutant trouble in a small town full of rednecks. OK, they're called mutants but they're really zombies except you can shoot them anywhere and they die. The lead is unappealing and kind of stupid but many of the good guys are clueless and stupid. There's a lot or running back and forth looking for various people. The mutants look OK. The end is only fair. Pretty bland. 3/10

48. Leeches (2007)*
Steroid crazed leeches terrorize the hunks on a collegiate male swim team. Now this is a bad movie -- noisy grating sound track, repetitious, stupid and unaware characters, and a totally wtf end. Its not worthless, there's some unintentional humor. For instance did you know that eating a steroid crazed leech give you the strength of the Incredible Hulk? Or that swim team members always take showers with their speedos on? This movie is jaw-droppingly bad and gets a 2/10 just for the laughs.

49. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)*
A bunch of disgusting creatures are released from a magical garbage can and cause trouble, make friends, design clothes and ultimately teach young Dodger an important lesson. Maybe because it came right after Leeches this wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Its a kids movie, a little too long and kind of stupid but it managed to make me laugh at fart jokes. 4/10

50. Alien Dead (1980)*
All the gators disappeared months ago; now people are starting to go missing. More low budget swampy goodness, this time from Fred Olen Ray. Acting is flat but sometime shows some life. Buster Crabbe is fine as the constantly po'ed old sheriff -- he's got a good southern accent. This time most of the silly swamp humor worked for me. The makeup for the beasties was pretty good on a few but lame on others. Lots of blood drooling out of lots of mouths. Totally gratuitous nude scene. I didn't quite get the end. 5/10

51. The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)* (Ventura Billy Jack DVD Collection)
The massive fist of oppression attempts to crush freedom loving people everywhere. The third Billy Jack movie is very long (almost three hours), heavy handed, pretentious, obviously manipulative, tedious and not a very good movie at all. While I don't dispute that the issues raised are important its tough to think at all after being jackhammered by a continuing series of oppressive incidents only some of which kind of come together at the end. This movie hits so many of the points that the awful second Billy Jack movie hit that it could be a remake only much much longer. And as if to twist the knife by the time you get to the end, things are pretty much like they were at the beginning! My greatest challenge yet and it beat me. 1/10.

52. G.I. Samurai (1979)*
Some modern day Japanese soldiers are somehow transported back in time to the warring era. One eventually convinces the rest to take over the country with the help of a powerful warlord. Very long battle sequence is amazing but somewhat mind numbing especially following three hours of Billy Jack. Interesting movie but too long (140min) and none of the characters are terribly sympathetic. It takes a while to get the main plot going because there are too many side stories in the first part of the film. 4/10 might have been higher if I hadn't just spent 3hrs with BJ.

53. Battle Queen 2020 (1999)*
After an asteroid strike Earth is covered in ice and snow. Most live underground, only the elite live on the surface but the entire city is threatened by an encroaching glacier. Cheap, cheesy and mercifully short there are more breasts than plot but still somewhat entertaining. And short. 3/10

Seven, I could only do seven. The one that broke me was the almost three hour long Billy Jack movie. Brutal. I staggered on after that but my mind was mush.

54. Emergency Squad (1974)*
An Interpol agent is on the trail of the man who caused his wife's death five years ago. Interesting Italian crime drama is pretty standard stuff but is well done. Not a lot of action but just enough to keep things moving along. 6/10

55. 5 Dolls for an August Moon (1970)*
Ten people are trapped on a island and they start getting murdered. A strange mystery/suspense film with lots of Bava touches. The reason for the murders is a bit vague and for me anyway the end came right out of left field. Fun to watch though. 5/10

56 The Teacher (1974)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics)
A high school teacher seduces one of her students and both are stalked by a creepy guy who's hot for the teacher and blames the student for the death of his brother. Some skin, lots of stupidity. The acting is sub par except for the creepy guy and the student who are OK. The movie drags a lot in the middle but there are some unintentional laughs near the end. 3/10

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 8 "S.O.S." (16'40")
Gene has a lucky escape. 39013 now targets Granville's gas works, sending thugs to sabotage the oil field. The boys get wind of the plan and race to the oil wells where they run into the crooks and a fight breaks out. The DDs find themselves trapped in a burning shack. Suddenly, an oil derrick, also ablaze, collapses crushing the shack beneath it!

57. Dead Hunt (2007)*
A group of people, trapped in a warehouse, are being killed off one by one by a mysterious killer. In Don Dohler's last film he is director of photography and co-director and also contributed to the story. As with many movies of this type it relies too much on the stupidity of the participants. For instance most of the time they wander around only with flashlights when there is an entire warehouse full of stuff they could fashion weapons from and as usual the killer is way too omniscient. Its still pretty well done for the type. 5/10

58. Blood Boobs and Beast (2007)*
Very good documentary about film maker Don Dohler. A lot of time is spent on the making of Dead Hunt which like many if not all of his films was done only on weekends. It also covers his life from his teen years up to his death. Excellent insight into what it means to be an independent film maker. 8/10

59. Ninja in the Deadly Trap (1984)*
Ninjas are sent to assassinate a Chinese general who is successfully defending the Chinese coast from Japanese raiders. The general's son enlists the aid of the three students of a Kung Fu master to help protect his father. Features three of the five Venoms. Straight forward plot, nice fights, cool ninja tricks. Also, the ninjas wear colors appropriate to where they want to hide, like green in a forest, and only wear black at night. Nice. Silly dubbing though. 6/10

60. The Lion of Thebes (1964)* (Trimark The Adventures of Hercules)
After the destruction of Troy, Helen and muscleman Arion (Mark Forest) are shipwrecked and find their way to the Egyptian city of Thebes, ruled by Ramses who falls in love with Helen. Nice setting. Not too many feats of strength -- some bar bending and a few fights. Arion is no Hercules. Even without a monster, the court intrigue keeps things interesting. Drags just a little and the final battle is not that well done. 5/10

61. I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? (1976)* (Mill Creek Drive In Movie Classics 50 Movie Pack)
A man hires someone to kill his wife but changes his mind. When he tries to stop the killer he finds out the job has been subcontracted out, over and over again to a series of odd characters. Stupid stupid stupid unfunny comedy full of actors who seem to be from canceled sitcoms although only one or two look familiar. Just awful. A very few chuckles from accumulated stupidity. 1/10

62. Best Friends (1975)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics)
Two old friends go on a road trip with their girls after the younger gets out of the service. They soon discover their lives are going in different directions and the younger can't accept that. Not bad at all, it gets pretty intense at the end. The acting is good with the widening gulf between the two friends well done. 7/10

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 9 "Ladder of Peril" (16'41")
The boys escape the burning oil well but have to shut down the pipeline to the city gas plant. In order to keep the plant going trucks start delivering oil and the boys are charged with inspecting the trucks. Thanks to Gene, they escape another attempt on their lives. Chasing one of those responsible, Gene climbs a large storage take but just as he gets to the top, the thug pushes over the ladder that Genes is on!

63. Trip With the Teacher (1975)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics)
Two bikers terrorize five women on a camping trip. Brutal but suspenseful. Zalman King is very good as the psycho-biker but all the actors do a good job. Well done fights and stunts. 7/10

64. The Trojan Horse (1961)* (Trimark The Adventures of Hercules)
OK telling of the final days of the Trojan War with Steve Reeves. Generally interesting with more plot than action through much of the movie. It runs too long and the end especially drags. Some OK battle scenes. 5/10

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 10 "The Infernal Machine' (16'39")
Gene lucks out. 39013 is exposed and the DDs find the real Granville just as his cell room is filling with deadly gas but 39013 manages to trap the boys along with Granville and his granddaughter in the room!

65. A Pistol for Ringo (1965)*
Baby faced and smooth talking gunfighter Ringo works undercover to free hostages from a gang of bank robbers. Solid, enjoyable spaghetti western with some sly humor. Its funny but not too silly. Lots of deaths but no gore, just a little brutality. Overall kind of lighthearted with good action sequences. Dubbing is not the best, distracting especially at first. 6/10

66. Don't Answer the Phone (1990) (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
Engrossing story of a serial killer/rapist and the cops tracking him down. Nicholas Ward is great as the psycho. I don't get the title though. Previously saw cut version. 7/10

67. The Young Graduates (1971)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
Stunningly tedious movie about Mindy, a perky, flighty teen bimbo and the end of her senior year of high school. Mindy has an affair with a teacher, goes to the drag races, thinks she might be pregnant, and runs into bikers, rednecks, and a drug dealing guru while hitching to Big Sur. But its all good in the end. Features the lamest psycho-biker ever. Lots and lots of aerial shots of people driving and even more lovely scenery. It could be vacation slides. The movie briefly picks up when it turns to stupid comedy. Ugh. 2/10

xx. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 11 "The Red Circle Speaks" (16'42")
Tiny saves the day and everyone escapes but 39013 is still at large. After some scenes from Chap. 1 and 2 Gene asks if the Red Circle knows of any secret passages. Suddenly the lights go out and there is a scream!

68. Death Machines (1976)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
A mysterious figure we never see again heads an organization that uses drugs to turn three martial artists into unstoppable assassins -- death machines! Starts out kind of promising but then takes a turn into dull romance and has kind of a lame finish. The fights are well done but the acting is poor with the actress who plays the "dragon lady" particularly bad. 4/10

69. Brain Twister (1991)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
A scientist is experimenting with emotional control using abstract visual stimulation but things get out of hand. Solid SF movie with acceptable acting and a good plot. The tension builds nicely up to an interesting finish. 6/10

70. Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) Chap. 12 "Flight to Doom" (16'38")
Granville's granddaughter is take by 39013 using a secret passage. The DDs find the passage and rescue Blanche but 39013 escapes with two of his henchmen. After an exciting car chase and a good fight 39013 meets his end.

Daredevils of the Red Circle is from the period, 1938-1941, considered by many to be the golden age of Republic serials due to the co-direction of William Witney and John English. Three of the four Dick Tracey serials were done by this team as well as some personal favorites like The Adventures of Captain Marvel and The Mysterious Dr. Satan. When I first saw Daredevils around 15 or 20 years ago I though it was one of the greatest ever made. Watching it today I don't think its quite that good but its still top notch. The biggest problem is that some of the cliffhangers and escapes are just plain lame. Also the fights are still more like brawls than the carefully choreographed mayhem that was soon to follow. What makes this serial a standout though are Gene, Burt and Tiny -- the Daredevils themselves. It is unusual to have three men share the heroics. In later Republics the typical setup is a bland hero, possibly with a bland sidekick but that's all. The Daredevils are anything but bland. Each has a unique if broadly drawn personality. Gene, played by Charles Quigley, is obviously the leader and the brains (although neither Burt nor Tiny is particularly stupid) and is involved in most of the cliffhangers. Burt, played by the excellent stuntman David Sharpe, is the agile escape artist. He often uses acrobatics in a fight and never uses a car door or the last few steps of a stairway if he can help it. Instead he leaps into the back seat or over the railing. Finally there's Tiny, played by former Tarzan Herman Brix aka Bruce Bennet, the strongman of the group. He often uses his strength to advantage in fights and is always the one to bust down the door or stop the sliding panel. Early on he even holds up the back of a car a la Superman to stop a getaway. I don't think Republic ever made their heroes as distinctive as they did here.

Other factors are important to the success of this serial. Most of the outdoor scenes were filmed on location at factories, plants etc. This is true of many of the Witney/English serials although it was done less as time went on. Also the basic setup is much more complicated than the chapter summaries indicate. 39013, played by the great Charles Middleton, wants to destroy Horace Granville and has imprisoned him in the basement of Granville's own mansion. 39013 is impersonating Granville using a clever lifelike mask. Once the Daredevils begin their investigation, they are aided by messages provided by someone known only as The Red Circle who seems to have advanced knowledge about 39013's evil plans. Finally there's the breakneck pace of the serial. The chapters flew by and always left me wanting more. 9/10

71. The Van (1977)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
A not terrible movie about the adventures of Bobby and his brand new van -- the life, loves and adventures of a typical teen. The lead looks like Alfred E. Newman especially when he smiles and he smiles a lot. 5/10

72. Wild Riders (1971)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
Intense and brutal story of psycho-biker and superpsycho-biker who terrorize two women in a semi-isolated house. Quite a bit of carnage. Well acted. 7/10

73. The Specialist (1975)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
A bad lawyer plants a professional seductress on a jury to entrap another lawyer and get him disbarred. Lighthearted at times turns serious in an unexpected ending. 5/10

74. Chain Gang Women (1971)* (BCI Drive-In Cult Classics Vol. 4)
Its not what you think. No women on this chain gang, only sweaty guys. There is a jail break though and the movie follows two of the prisoners as they try to make their way out of the state. Along the way they meet and abuse a couple of women. Good ending. 6/10

End of the list.

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Re: First Annual B-Movie/Exploitation/Drive-in Movie Challenge ***Lists Go Here***

All films are DVD format unless otherwise noted.
Bold = first-time viewing
* = wildcard selection
  1. The Crater Lake Monster (1977) - VHS. A meteor falls into Crater Lake, causing a dormant, fertilized plesiosaur egg to hatch. It doesn't take long for the dinosaur to develop a taste for cattle, sightseers and fugitives. Only the courage of the town sheriff (along with the noble sacrifice of a local yokel) proves powerful enough to stop the creature. Stop-motion sequences by David W. Allen momentarily increase the film's production values by eleventy percent, but the sequences only comprise five or ten minutes of the film's total runtime.
  2. Monster (A.K.A., "Monstroid") (1979) - Allegedly, this film is inspired by a true story-- so true that the filmmakers proclaim its truthiness twice before the opening credits even finish. I couldn't say what elements of the film were based on fact. You would think that people today would still talk about a giant, reptilian creature that devoured people in Colombia back in 1971, but that oddly seems not to be the case. Jim Mitchum (son of Robert) is sent to South America by a U.S. cement company to find out what's been terrorizing a small lakeside village. John Carradine appears as the village priest.
  3. Lady Whirlwind (1972) - This film was distributed in the United States as "Deep Thrust"-- no doubt an attempt by the distributors to cash in on the notoriety of Deep Throat, which was released the same year. Ling Shih Hao (played by Chang Yi) is recuperating with the aid of a country girl so that he can get his revenge on the Japanese thugs that nearly beat him to death. Enter Tien Li Chun (played by Angela Mao), who is seeking vengeance against Ling for jilting her recently deceased sister. Ling asks Tien to postpone her vendetta until he can defeat the Japanese crooks that beat him (including one played by Sammo Hung in an early role). The problem is that his fighting technique blows, and it's up to Tien to save his worthless hide. Fights are poorly choreographed and surprisingly bloody. Both Angela Mao and Sammo Hung would make appearances the following year in Enter the Dragon.
  4. Sister Street Fighter (1974) - Although it features players from the Street Fighter series, Sister Street Fighter owes much to the previous year's Enter the Dragon. When her brother goes missing during an undercover investigation of a drug smuggling ring, Tina Long (Sue Shihomi) travels to Japan to find him. An international cadre of martial artists stands in between Tina and the drug lord imprisoning her brother. Helping Tina along the way is karate champion Sonny Hibachi (Sonny Chiba). Messy fight-staging punctuated with startlingly violent shots culminates in a final showdown where Tina and the drug kingpin are visibly being assisted with wires. Sue Shihomi went on to do much more superior films, but there's still some whacked-out charm to this one.
  5. Lady Street Fighter (1985) - According to IMDb, this film was originally shot as "Deadly Games" in 1975 and was later changed to its current title to appeal to kung-fu movie fans. It certainly looks like a product of the '70s. Renee Harmon plays Linda Allen, a German woman who comes to America when her twin sister(?) is killed for knowing too much. To be honest, I don't really know what was going on most of the time. The movie runs for 72 minutes, and it was still padded out with recycled footage. Shoddy in all aspects.
  6. Lady Snowblood (1973) - Born in a prison, Yuki is raised with only one goal in her life: hunt down the criminals that destroyed her family! I'm a little hesitant to put this film on my list, because it really is a good film with high production values and inventive direction by Toshiya Fujita. The number of arterial jets of blood borders on the comical, but the action is handled well. Quentin Tarantino appropriates the film's theme song and certain visual motifs in Kill Bill, Volume 1, but Lucy Liu is no Meiko Kaji.
  7. Ninjas and Dragons (1984) - Junya Takagi plays Hayate, a ninja who comes to China to help protect one half of a royal jade seal. However, if there's one ninja around, then there's bound to be more just out of sight. This turns out to be the case, and both halves of the seal are soon in the possession of an evil Mongol general aided by two awfully mannish women and a freaky midget. It's up to Hayate and his new friend Lin to defeat the general, avenge Hayate's father's death and rescue Lin's fiancee. Phew! The martial arts sequences are competently staged, and there are some novel setpieces.
  8. Ninja Terminator (1985) - One would think that ninjas and Terminators would be two great tastes that go great together, but hackmeister Godfrey Ho proves that this is not the case. Three ninjas steal the three parts of the Ninja Empire's Golden Ninja Warrior idol. Two years later, the Ninja Empire tracks down and kills one of the ninjas in Hong Kong. The remaining two ninjas go after the dead ninja's sister (I think), believing that she knows the location of the third piece of the idol. It's pretty clear that the silly ninja footage is intercut with footage from a kung-fu detective movie, and the story is stitched together through dialogue looping. The worst offense is that the titular Ninja Terminator is never seen onscreen-- we only hear his nasal voice over a montage of ninja footage on a videocasette!

    Some ninja facts learned from this film:
    • Eyeliner is an integral part of the ninja uniform.
    • Ninjas love Garfield.
    • Ninjas eat watermelon with a fork and knife.
    • Ninjas prefer to deliver threats via crappy motorized toys.
  9. Bionic Ninja (1986) - Oh, man. Godfrey Ho is back at it again-- this time as "Tim Ashby." The film begins with a mysterious parcel being stolen from somebody. Shortly afterwards, the CIA sends an agent to Hong Kong to recover a secret film. It's revealed that ninjas are transporting secrets for the KGB. The CIA agent learns secret ninjitsu techniques from a manual given to him by a Japanese wise man. The final showdown takes place in a shipyard. The rest of the movie is cobbled from at least three different sources. All the ninjas do in this film is crouch behind objects and look around like perverts at a playground, or they get beat up in some of the worst fights committed to film. One non-ninja fight is set to the theme from Miami Vice! The worst offense of this film is that there isn't a single bionic ninja in the entire picture. Not even entertaining on a camp level, this film should take a note from the ninja of the film's title and remain unseen.
  10. Ninja in the Killing Field (1984) - The ninjas go to Thailand where they set up a drug trafficking ring. The DEA sends their top man stop them. The finale pits the Thai military against the ninjas, then good ninja versus evil ninja. Godfrey Ho (under the name "York Lam") splices more ninja goofiness with two or three Thai actioners for slightly-less-inept-than-usual results.
  11. The Ninja Strikes Back (1982) - After a stint in an Italian jail, Bruce (played by Bruce Lee-alike Bruce Le) resolves to reform his ways and follow the straight-and-narrow. However, his former employer has other plans for Bruce and attempts multiple times to force him to return to the fold. The police ask for Bruce's help when his ex-boss kidnaps the daughter of an ambassador, and Bruce sets off on a globetrotting adventure from Rome, to Paris, to Hong Kong and ending in a fight back at the Roman Coliseum. It's in Hong Kong that he encounters the deadly ninja, led by Harold Sakata ("Oddjob" from Goldfinger). There's very little in this film that's remotely original-- even the lead actor's only real claim to fame is vaguely resembling Bruce Lee-- but it's all still somehow entertaining.
  12. Ninja III: The Domination (1984) - VHS. A foxy female linesworker and part-time aerobics instructor (played by Lucinda Dickey) is possessed by the spirit of an evil ninja. Her task: murder the police officers that double-killed the evil ninja-- perhaps including her new cop boyfriend. Enter Yamada (played by Sho Kosugi), the one ninja that knows how to lift the curse. Many ninja films play up the supernatural aspects of ninja folklore, but this film practically transforms the ninja into an inhuman slasher movie killer. Although the obvious point of comparison would be with The Exorcist, the supernatural effects come straight from a low-rent version of Ghostbusters.
  13. Five Element Ninjas (1982) - After a Japanese fighter loses a martial arts contest, the winning martial arts school incurs the wrath of a ninja clan and their "Five Elements" style-- devious attacks incorporating wood, water, fire, earth and metal. One student of the ensuing massacre manages to escape, and he learns the secrets of the ninja from an old farmer. With new skills, a new weapon and three new brothers, the student faces off against the ninja for a final time. Loosely based on historical records, this is perhaps the most accurate portrayal of ninja that I've seen all week (which is to say, probably not accurate at all). Director Chang Cheh brings the goods with tightly-paced fight sequences and some grisly death scenes.
  14. Ninja Wars* (1982) - I find it hard to believe that this movie was made in the same year as Five Element Ninjas. The production values for the two movies are as different as night and day. A sorcerer proclaims that whoever weds beautiful Lady Ukyo will rule the world, so an evil lord schemes to steal her away with the help of five evil monks. Little does Ukyo know that she has a twin sister named Kagaribi (Noriko Watanabe in a dual role), a ninja who is in love with fellow ninja Jotaro (Hiroyuki Sanada). Kagaribi is kidnapped by the monks as part of the evil lord's plan, and Jotaro sets off to rescue her. With the help of a mysterious masked samurai (Sonny Chiba), Jotaro attempts to bring the evil lord's plan to light and eventually save Ukyo from peril. The direction by Kosei Saito felt a little too stage-y for my tastes, and the action is hard to follow. However, there is a fairy-tale quality to the story that's relatively effective. It bears restating that the film boasts some incredibly high production values. If it was a Hollywood production, it probably wouldn't qualify for this challenge.
  15. Revenge of the Ninja (1983) - When Cho (Sho Kosugi) practically loses his entire family to the deadly ninja, his friend Braden suggests that he open a gallery in America. Six years later, Cho is preparing to open a doll exhibition while teaching his son Kane (Sho's real-life son, Kane Kosugi) the traditions of the ninja. When Braden gets stiffed by the mob on a heroin deal, he decides to get even the ninja way! The mob strikes back by stealing Cho's dolls and leaving him for dead. Meanwhile, Kane witnesses his ninja granny's death at the hands of Braden. In order to save his son, Cho must once again don the black hood of the ninja. The movie ends with a climactic rooftop battle where both ninjas nearly showcase the complete catalog of ninja gags and gimmicks. Sam Firstenberg does an adequate job behind the camera, but I would have preferred less kid antics.
  16. Heroes of the East (A.K.A., "Shaolin Challenges Ninja") (1979) - Chinese Ah To (Gordon Liu) is married to Japanese Yumiko/Kung Zi (Yuka Mizuno) in order to strengthen the business relationship between their two families. When neither spouse will acknowledge the superiority of the other's native martial arts, a contest begins in the household for bragging rights. However, Kung Zi refuses to admit defeat to her husband and returns to Japan. Ah To sends a challenge letter to Kung Zi in an attempt to get her back, which is misinterpreted by ninjitsu master Takeno (Yasuaki Kurata) as a challenge to all Japanese martial artists. He and six other masters of Japanese martial arts travel to China to fight Ah To in a series of contests. The stakes are high, but the tone of the movie is considerably light with very little bloodshed. It's like a Howard Hawks domestic comedy with weapons and hand-to-hand combat.
  17. Shaolin Vs. Ninja (1983) - Apparently, there was more than one Shaolin temple in China. I didn't know that. Anyway, a Shaolin temple in Taiwan refuses to sign over their land to wicked Japanese overlords. so the dastardly ninja attempt to frame the Shaolin monks in a series of crimes. This leads to the murder of the head abbot of the Japanese Buddhist sect. The Japanese Buddhists travel to Taiwan to exact revenge for their abbot's murder, and a contest is arranged to somehow prove the Shaolin monks' innocence. The fights are frequent and acrobatic, but the plot is unnecessarily complicated and puzzling.
  18. The Image of Bruce Lee (1978) - The film begins with the chief of the Hong Kong Police's "Special Squad" (played by Bruce Lee impersonator Bruce Li in a yellow track suit, a la Game of Death) failing to prevent a man from jumping from the top of a high-rise building. It turns out the suicide is connected to a counterfeiting ring making bogus U.S. dollars. The key to busting the ring wide open rests on the beautiful Donna, who may or may not be what she seems. The film is a disappointingly by-the-book buddy cop actioner with some rather lackluster and perfunctory fight scenes.
  19. The Flying Guillotine (1975) - In the time of the Qing Dynasty, a Manchu emperor commissions the construction of a weapon that will allow him to secretly assassinate outspoken imperial officials. Inspired by street performers, one of the emperor's servants devises one of the most memorable weapons of martial arts film history: the flying guillotine! Kuan Tai Chen plays Ma Teng, one of a twelve-man imperial hit squad trained to use the flying guillotine. When the numerous beheadings begin to take a toll on him and his squadmates, Ma Teng escapes from the imperial palace. While on the run, Ma Teng meets a lovely street musician. The two try to begin a new life in the countryside, but his former squad is not far behind and out for his head. A martial arts classic with slasher/horror movie elements.
  20. The Prodigal Boxer (1973) - Fei Meng plays Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-Yuk. Impulsive Fong Sai-Yuk would rather play with his friends than train with his mother, a martial arts master. When Fong unintentionally kills a student of a local martial arts school, two teachers from the school (one played by Yasuaki Kurata) seek retribution for the student's death and kill Fong's father. Fong and his mother flee to the countryside, where he trains to avenge his father's death. Along the way, he learns a little about humility and begins a gentle courtship with an orphaned girl that the Fongs take into their household. There's nothing groundbreaking about the story, but it's not necessary to reinvent the wheel when making a crowdpleaser.
  21. King Boxer (A.K.A., "Five Fingers of Death") (1972) - Chih-Hao (played by Lo Lieh) is sent by his teacher to further his learning at another martial arts school. It's there that he learns the lethal "Iron Palm" technique. Meanwhile, the rival school hires some Japanese thugs to take out the competition before the big martial arts tournament. Chih-Hao recovers from an ambush by the Japanese in time to compete in the tournament, but it comes at the cost of both his teachers' lives. It's up to him to exact revenge against the rival school and the Japanese. Director Cheng Chang Ho employs some inventive use of lighting and crafts one particularly suspenseful sequence shot in near-darkness. This film is regarded as the film to have started the kung-fu movie craze of the '70s.
  22. The Shadow Whip (1971) - For a movie with such notable names as Lo Wei and Cheng Pei-Pei attached to it, the whole film has an air of inconsequence to it. Yun (Cheng Pei-Pei) runs a mountainside inn with her uncle. Her skill with a whip draws the attention of three groups of strangers, and each group is searching for the fugitive martial arts master known as the "Shadow Whip." Fight sequences are plentiful and competent, but the problem is the story. The core mystery doesn't make much sense. It's the first Shaw Brothers movie I've seen that's been entirely shot in snow, which was a nice change of pace.
  23. Heroes Two (1974) - When a movie begins with the destruction of the Shaolin Temple, you know you're in for some serious kung-fu action. Chen Kuan Tai plays Han rebel and Shaolin disciple Hung Hsi-Kwan. Alexander Fu Sheng plays Chinese folk hero Fong Sai-Yuk. Impulsive as always, Fong unknowingly assists the wicked Manchus capture compatriot Hung. However, Fong finds redemption by tunneling to the cellar where Hung is imprisoned. The screen turns literally turns red in the violent finale as Hung and Fong team up to defeat the evil Manchu general and his Tibetan Lama fighters. A solid outing for Chang Cheh and his stars.
  24. The Last Dragon (1985) - I'm a little hesitant to list this one, because it is a studio picture (Tri-Star). Also, I remember it doing pretty well in terms of box office during its initial release. Still, it's hard to deny the film's inherent cheesiness. Time definitely has not been kind to it. Taimak plays Leroy Green, a young man in Harlem who loves Asian culture to the point that he can't relate to his peers and family. He idolizes Bruce Lee, walks the streets in silk pajamas, eats with chopsticks-- you get the picture. His only rival is Sho' Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem. One night, he saves video jockey Laura Charles (Vanity) from the thugs of evil video game baron Eddie Arcadian. The thugs keep coming after Laura, and Sho' Nuff keeps coming after Leroy. Will Leroy find the mysterious "Master" in time to save Laura? Not exactly a love letter to kung-fu movies of the '70s, the film plays like some sort of misguided, neon-lit attempt to give Blaxploitation a touch of "class." Your film is in trouble when the best parts are footage of Bruce Lee.

    Before they were famous: William H. Macy as "J.J.", Chazz Palminteri as an unnamed thug and Keisha Knight Pulliam as Leroy's baby sister
  25. Black Belt Jones (1974) - After the success of Enter the Dragon, Jim Kelly was given the opportunity to shine in a martial arts movie of his own. Kelly plays Bill "Black Belt" Jones, a cop whose body is a lethal weapon. When his old karate teacher Pops (played by Scatman Crothers!) gets hassled by neighborhood kingpin Pinky, Jones steps in to try and persuade the thugs to leave the karate school alone. However, the criminals don't get the hint and do the old man anyway. It turns out the school actually belongs to Sydney (Gloria Hendry), Pops' foxy daughter. Jones and Sydney discover that the school happens to be on some valuable land, which is why the mob was so hot for Pops to sign it over. Jones and Sydney plan some payback, and the crooks get everything that's coming to them! An instantly recognizable theme song by Dennis Coffey. Robert Clouse isn't a very good director. Taimak wishes he was Jim Kelly.
  26. Slaughter (1972) - Jim Brown plays the titular hero, an ex-Green Beret looking to avenge the death of his parents in a car bombing. When his personal vendetta crosses paths with an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Treasury, they coerce Slaughter into traveling to Mexico and bringing down a mob boss and his wild lieutenant (played by Rip Torn). When he's not kicking ass, Slaughter romances a sexy gangster moll (the chest-acular Stella Stevens). Then it's all back to business. Jim Brown may not have a wide dramatic range, but he uses what he has to its full effect in this film. The theme song was recently used by Quentin Tarantino as Hugo Stiglitz' intro cue in Inglourious Basterds.
  27. Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) - Shaft had his "Big Score," so it would make sense that Slaughter would get a "Big Rip-Off." When Slaughter's friends are gunned down in a fly-by shooting, Slaughter goes looking for justice. It seems that the mob is still sore at him for busting up their Mexican operation. A police detective coerces Slaughter into stealing a list of officials on the take from a gangster named Duncan (played by Ed McMahon). Slaughter recruits the help of a safecracking pimp (Richard Williams) to pull off the heist. The mob takes Slaughter's girl (Gloria Hendry in a rather thankless role) hostage, and that's when he decides to get dead serious! The globetrotting, smooth-operating Slaughter of the first film is replaced by a more street-wise, less suave hero in the sequel, and it doesn't really work to the film's benefit. Also starring Scatman Crothers. Score by the James Brown.
  28. Foxy Brown (1974) - For some odd reason, I keep wanting to type the title of this movie as C-O-F-F-Y. Originally envisioned as a sequel to Coffy, Pam Grier stars as a tough-yet-tender woman who takes on the local drug syndicate after her undercover agent boyfriend is killed. Brown's quest for vengeance is chock-full of sleazy scenarios bordering on the grotesque, but Grier manages to remain above the tawdriness of it all. It's notable that the film's "Mr. Big" character is also a woman.
  29. In Too Deep (1999) - Omar Epps gives a remarkable performance as Jeff Cole, a cop who goes deep undercover to take down a Cincinnati drug lord nicknamed "God" (played by LL Cool J). On its surface, the film is another (allegedly) true story of an undercover cop infiltrating a criminal syndicate. However, director Michael Rymer still finds a little room to add a few stylistic touches. Pam Grier has a supporting role in the film as a police detective. Also starring Stanley Tucci.
  30. Shaft (1971) - Private eye John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) is hired by Harlem crime boss Bumpy Jonas to find his kidnapped daugther. The police want some answers. The mob wants him dead. Unfortunately for them, Shaft's "the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about." Despite a somewhat abrupt ending, director Gordon Parks delivers a mostly-solid film. Roundtree gives the defining performance of his career.
  31. Three the Hard Way (1974) - Jim Brown, Fred Williamson and Jim Kelly play three friends on a personal mission to stop a white supremacist from spiking the water supplies of D.C., Detroit and Los Angeles with a toxin that will only kill black people. Gordon Parks, Jr. gets three Blaxploitation icons together in front of the camera, but they aren't together for very long before the plot has them splitting up. Hal Needham and his crew supply some effective stuntwork, but I guess I was hoping for something a bit more substantial from this one.

    Before they were famous: Corbin Bernsen as "Boy"
  32. Black Mama, White Mama (1973) - Pam Grier plays Lee Daniels, a tough-talking hooker working for a powerful pimp in the Philippines. Margaret Markov plays Linda Brent, a young woman who has forsaken her wealthy upbringing to live as a revolutionary. They're cuffed together for transport to a maximum security prison when the convoy is ambushed. Amid the chaos, Daniels and Brent go on the run. Based in part on a story co-credited to future Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme, the film showcases plenty of exposed breasts, less-than-subtle lesbianism and other scenes of sexual debauchery. Sid Haig gives a particularly manic performance as bounty hunter Ruben.
  33. Hustler Squad (1976) - Set during World War II, an Army major (John Ericson) and the leader of the Filipino resistance hatch a scheme to assassinate four Japanese military leaders at a heavily-fortified island resort. Their plan: train four women to seduce and kill the targets. The movie plays out like a female "Dirty Third-Dozen." There is some nudity, but the film is somewhat chaste considering the lurid plot. The battle scenes are clumsily shot. Surprisingly, the filmmakers actually portray the Japanese with a little sympathy (or at least ambiguity). It's a poorly made film, but there's still some charm to be found in it.
  34. War Goddess (1973) - Okay, so the Amazons hold a contest every four years to select a new queen. It comes down to two warriors: the blond Antiope (Alena Johnson) and the dark-haired Oreitheia (Sabine Sun). The two engage in a topless oil wrestling match, and Antiope is named the new queen. The Amazons then meet with a group of Greek soldiers in order to, uh, increase their numbers. Traveling incognito among the Greek soldiers is King Theseus (Angelo Infanti). Based on a story co-credited to I, Claudius author Robert Graves, the battles and contests seem to exist to justify the nudity and oil wrestling in the film. Part of the problem is that the film is a tonal mess, veering from sex comedy to melodrama to historical epic between scenes.
  35. Amazons and Supermen (1975) - Another series of competitions are held to once again determine the leader of the Amazons. The new leader immediately orders her soldiers to learn the "secret of the sacred fire" from the "immortal" Dharma, a masked vigilante that watches over people like an ancient Zorro. Dharma and his fellow Asian and African "supermen" take on the Amazons and find time to fall in love with some good looking gals in between battles. This movie is an interminable bore. The hand-to-hand fights are clumsy and amateurish. The musical score is irritating. The comic relief falls flat. The final battle drags on for far too long. Finally, the Amazons never get nude at any point in the story. Amazons: historical cockteases.
  36. Switchblade Sisters (A.K.A., "The Jezebels") (1975) - Jack Hill mines Shakespearean drama from a story of troubled youth. After a stint in juvenile detention, new girl Maggie (Joanne Nail) joins up with the Dagger Debs-- sort of a women's auxiliary to the Silver Daggers gang. The Debs are led by pipsqueak terror Lace (Robbie Lee). Maggie's new friendship with Lace threatens Patch (Monica Gayle). What follows is loosely (loosely!) based on William Shakespeare's Othello. The story's not terribly well-acted, and the portrayal of teen gangs must have felt anachronistic even to '70s audiences. Still, I suppose that's part of its whacked-out charm.

    Before they were famous: Future sitcom dad Don Stark as "Hook"
  37. Long Weekend (1978) - Viewed in observance of Earth Day. A couple travels to a remote beach in an attempt to save their faltering marriage. They wind up disrespecting nature along the way, and nature strikes back. The film is interesting in that it's not one type of fauna or flora that antagonizes the humans; but it's the entirety of nature that seemingly wants the couple dead. It's never made explicitly clear for whom to cheer. Perhaps that's the point the filmmakers are attempting to make. We're all animals, but is it truly possible for humans to identify with nature?
  38. Savage Streets (1984) - When Brenda (Linda Blair) and her girl gang take the Scars' classic convertible for a joyride, the Scars get her back by brutally assaulting Brenda's deaf-mute sister. The violence escalates until Brenda decides to take the law into her own hands. Highly entertaining performances from Blair, Linnea Quigley as Brenda's sister Heather, John Vernon as the no-bull high school principal and Johnny Venocur as the newest Scar, Vince. It still blows my mind that it would only be a year later that Linnea Quigley would go from playing the virginal Heather to being Trash in Return of the Living Dead. The film also boasts a totally radical '80s music soundtrack.
  39. The Violent Years (1956) - Four spoiled rich girls go on a crime spree and exhibit quasi-lesbian behavior. The premise is ripe for exploitation, but the movie is hampered by far too much empty moralizing about the necessity for attentive parenting. Poor direction, wooden acting and horrible dialogue. IMDb and the case attribute the script to Ed Wood, but the writing credit is curiously missing in the print that I viewed.
  40. Class of 1984 (1982) - Perry King plays Andrew Norris, the idealistic new music teacher at Lincoln High School. He soon runs afoul of Peter Stegman (Timothy Van Patten) and Stegman's gang. Aggresions between the gang and the teacher escalate until they face off inside the school with the life of Norris' wife on the line. Director Mark L. Lester capably delivers sleazy scene after scene. Roddy McDowall gives an amazing performance as an unhinged Biology teacher.

    Before they were famous: Michael J. Fox (credited as "Michael Fox") as "Arthur"
  41. Teenage Graffiti (1977) - Josh is the adopted son of a farming family. His two brothers grow jealous of him when their parents give Josh a convertible as a high school graduation present. An uncomfortable encounter with a wealthy couple forces Josh to consider leaving town before he begins college. When one of his brothers overhears his father offer Josh the farm in a desperate attempt to prevent him from leaving, the pair conspire to murder Josh. I had read a few reviews complaining about the film's pacing, but I rather liked the gradual, off-the-cuff way the story unfolds. Maybe it was the North Carolina setting, but it reminded me a little like a less proficiently-made David Gordon Green movie.

    Before they were famous: Future sitcom high school teacher Jeannetta Arnette makes her on-camera debut as Josh's girlfriend "Annie"
  42. The Wild Ride (1960) - Johnny Varran leads a pack of teenage thrillseekers. They play chicken on the roads with motorcycle cops, buy beer without showing I.D. and race cars at the local dirt track. Then human wet blanket Nancy threatens to disrupt the status quo by luring Johnny's best friend Dave away from the gang with her responsibility and concern with safety. The slang-laden dialogue in the movie is just too far out, Dad.

    Before they were famous: Jack Nicholson in his first leading role(?) as "Johnny Varran"
  43. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) - A shaggy-haired stock car driver and his mechanic (Peter Fonda and Adam Roarke, respectively) take a supermarket manager's family hostage for the market's daily bankroll. They pick up freewheeling groupie Mary Coombs (Susan George) during the getaway. The trio spends the rest of the film evading the police, led by the equally crafty Captain Franklin (Vic Morrow). The film showcases some incredible car stunts coordinated by Al Wyatt, Sr. and his crew. The "Charger vs. Chopper" sequence alone is worth the price of admission. An uncredited Roddy McDowall plays the supermarket manager. Susan George and the abrupt ending are really the two sourest notes that the film hits, but the rest of it is solid entertainment.
  44. Roadracers*(1994) - VHS. Part of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series, director Robert Rodriguez presents an anachronistic, oddball homage to the "juvenile delinquency" movies of the '50s. David Arquette plays Dude Delaney, a no-good punk so tough that he spits at his own reflection in the mirror. The only things keeping him from ditching the small border town he lives in are his friend Nixer (John Hawkes) and his straight-laced girlfriend Donna. The local police chief (William Sadler) and his son would rather run him out of town on a rail. Dude gets the opportunity to join a touring rockabilly band, but will it be his ticket out of town? Stellar performances from John Hawkes and O'Neal Compton as a sagacious diner cook. Special appearance by Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). I personally think this is Rodriguez's second best film aside from El Mariachi.

    Before they were famous: Salma Hayek (as Dude's girlfriend "Donna") would star in Desperado the following year
  45. Village of the Giants (1965) - A group of hard-partying teenagers invade Hainesville, where the local child prodigy (played by future Academy Award winner Ron "Ronny" Howard) has recently created a mysterious chemical substance that causes anything that ingests it to grow to gargantuan proportions. The teenagers steal the substance and give the "goo" a taste. That's when the real fun starts! Special effects auteur Bert I. Gordon very, very loosely adapts H.G. Wells' Food of the Gods to create a zany mashup of the "beach party" and "giant monster" genres. Quentin Tarantino recently used Jack Nitzsche's "The Last Ride"-- the movie's main theme-- as the opening theme in Death Proof.

    Before they were famous: Beau Bridges as "Fred" and Toni Basil as "Red"
  46. The Mighty Peking Man (1977) - Wealthy businessman Lu Tiem hires game hunter Johnny (Danny Lee) to track down the Peking Man, a giant primate that stalks the jungles of India. When their expedition turns deadly, Lu Tiem abandons Johnny in the middle of the night. Johnny encounters the lithe and nimble Samantha (the incredible Evelyne Kraft), an orphaned girl raised from an early age in the jungle by Peking Man. Johnny convinces Samantha to bring Peking Man (or "Utam" as Samantha calls him) back to Hong Kong with them. Utam and Samantha do not acclimate well to their new environs; and Utam, well, he goes apeshit crazy. Director Ho Meng Hua (The Flying Guillotine) delivers a giant monster movie that's decidedly earthier and more tragic than its Japanese counterparts (unless there's a Godzilla movie that includes attempted rape), but it comes up short in the effects department. Also starring the most docile jungle cats ever filmed.
  47. Konga (1961) - The Brits try their hands at making a "giant monster" movie with Konga, but they utimately wind up reaffirming Japan's supremacy within the genre. Michael Gough (Alfred from the Burton and Schumacher Batman movies) plays Dr. Charles Decker, a botanist who was believed to have died in a plane crash in Africa. He returns to the Isles a year later with exotic floral specimens and a chimpanzee companion named Konga. Dr. Decker develops a serum from the plants that causes Konga to go from a baby chimp, to an older chimp, to a man in a gorilla suit. Konga is sent out multiple times to dispatch all who would stand in the way of Dr. Decker's desires. When his doormat of a lab assistant realizes that she's being replaced by a younger woman, she gives Konga a final dose of serum that finally transforms him into a giant in a gorilla suit.

    The following are but only a few reasons why this film is terrible. First, Konga doesn't turn into a giant ape until the final act. Second, Konga doesn't really do much of anything as a giant ape except walk through the streets of London. Konga doesn't even climb Big Ben. He merely stands next to Big Ben. I get that the filmmakers were trying to give the audience a sense of scale, but have your giant gorilla do something besides stand by a monument and get shot by the army. Finally, there is absolutely nobody to root for in this movie. The characters are either underdeveloped or unlikeable. Maybe I was still drunk from the transcendant glory that is Mighty Peking Man, but I actually felt a little angry after watching this movie.
  48. King Kong Escapes (1967) - Dr. Who (no relation to the time traveler) and spy Madame X attempt to mine the powerful "Element X" from the Arctic Circle using a robotic version of King Kong. However, the radiation from Element X proves too powerful and fries Mechani-Kong's circuitry. They decide that their only other option is to capture the real Kong and force him to mine for Element X. Meanwhile, a UN super-submarine conveniently breaks down by the Pacific island of Mondo, where Kong resides. Commander Carl Nelson and his two subordinate officers befriend the giant ape, but they are unable to save him from Dr. Who. Kong is able to escape from Who's clutches and naturally heads for Japan. King Kong faces Mechani-Kong on top of Tokyo Tower, and only one will survive! Directed by the legendary Ishiro Honda, with special effects supervised by Eiji Tsuburaya and music by Akira Ifukube, the movie delivers on all fronts. Partly based on Rankin-Bass' own King Kong cartoon program.
  49. Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977) - Erratic meteorological phenomena across Japan awaken a dormant plesiosaur in Lake Sai as the locals prepare for the annual "Dragon Festival." A geologist looking to restore his family's honor travels to Lake Sai after seeing a television news report about the possible discovery of a dinosaur egg in an ice cave. The egg does hatch, and a rhamphorhynchus emerges from the shell. Despite what my synopsis may suggest, the plot actually bears a striking resemblance to Jaws. The film is a Toei production and has a more mature sensibility than your standard Toho creature feature. Effects-wise, it doesn't fare as well.
  50. Death Machine (The UK Cut) (1994) - Being on the executive board of Chaank Armaments can be an occupational hazard. Already in the midst of a public relations disaster due to the failure of one of their prototype projects, executive Hayden Cale (Ely Pouget) begins snooping around the other projects of Chaank's psychotic genius Jack Dante (Brad Dourif). When Cale terminates Dante's employment, Dante responds by terminating executives with his "Warbeast" - a robotic killer that seeks out its victims by keying in on their fear. Things are further complicated by a trio of humanitarian terrorists who break into Chaank to take the corporation down. The remaining executives and the terrorists have to join forces in order to survive Dante's killer robot. The UK cut includes a subplot surrounding a past trauma in Cale's life and smaller bits that drive home the fact that the film is essentially a dark sci-fi comedy. This is a film for genre fans, clearly made by a genre fan (Blade director Stephen Norrington).
  51. DNA (1997) - Dr. Carl Wessenger (Jurgen Prochnow) locates discredited medical researcher Dr. Ash Mattley (Mark Dacascos) working as a doctor in Borneo. Dr. Wessenger offers Dr. Mattley the key to validating his research, but Mattley must first produce Wessenger the rare beetle that Mattley had proposed would be the key to curing many of humanity's diseases. Once the beetle is in possession of Wessenger, he double-crosses Mattley. Instead of using the beetle for what would seem like easy money in pharmaceuticals, Wessenger instead uses it to revive a 2,000 year-old alien creature. Two years later, a CIA agent travels to Borneo to recruit Mattley to find Wessenger and stop his project. Longtime visual effects supervisor William Mesa sits in the director's chair and gratuitously swipes from Jurassic Park, the Alien films and Predator. It's kind of fascinating to watch the movie unfold and wonder at the filmmakers' sheer audacity (or perhaps their naivete).
  52. Fifty/Fifty (1992) - The CIA hires two wisecracking mercenaries (Peter Weller and Robert Hays) to arm and train a small band of rebels to overthrow the dictator of the fictional island nation of Tengara. When they are sold out by their CIA handler, the pair decide to overthrow the dictator themselves. Take away the squibs, explosions and profanities, and what you have is a Hope/Crosby "Road" movie with Hays in the Hope role and Weller in the Crosby role. It's almost a shame that the duo never does break into song or that Weller doesn't serenade the female lead. Competently directed by Charles Martin Smith.
  53. The Terminator* (1984) - Back in 1984, a young director named James Cameron followed up his unremarkable work on Piranha Part II: The Spawning with a largely unseen movie called The Terminator. The movie also starred a fresh-faced talent from the world of bodybuilding named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Little is known about what happened to the two after completion of the film. One can only wonder how high their stars would have risen if only the film had found a following with audiences.

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the B-movie challenge is on, personal goal of 30 films.

list goes here:
1. April 1st:Streets of Fire 1984,PG,DVD,Financial Bomb
"a rock & roll fable" directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors) in which a rifle weilding mercenary goes after is ex-girlfriend who has been kidnapped by a flyfishbooted motorcycle gang-leader played by Willem Dafoe.
never have i seen a film with so much pant height. Streets of Fire currently holds the award for the lengthiest amount of time actors remain wet after a rain soaked kiss, most neon on film, worst missing tooth makeup (Bill Paxton), and best dueling weapons: pick hammers.
rating:2.5 B's

2. April 2nd:Baby Geniuses 1999,PG,Netflix Streaming, IMDB bottom 100 #75, Metacritic bottom 100 #9
"Think innocent. Think helpless. Think again. Naps are history" directed by Bob Clark (A Christmas story) a group of hyper intelligent babies stage a breakout form their evil corporate captors played by Kathleen Turner and Christopher Loyd, the toddlers crib boss finds out he has a twin brother who's adoptive dad has learned to understand the secret language of babies in hopes of uncovering the secrets of life.
once baby genius language code is cracked we quickly find out the kids mostly talk about their diarrhea. somehow there's a motorcycle on the roof of Babyco during the helicopter escape? a big thank you goes out to whoever got Dom Deluise in this and a big shame on you for whoever cast Oscar nominee Ruby Dee.
rating:1 B

3. April 6th:Bronson Lee, Champion 1978,PG,Netflix Streaming,Martial Arts (Bruce Lee-sploitation)
no tagline found. Japanese-American Bronson Lee leaves his grandma and Ohio behind to compete in a Budo tournament in Tokyo in hopes of raising 50 grand to save his grandmas farm.
Bronson Lee looks exactly like a Bruce Lee and Charles Bronson mash-up, he dresses head to toe in white denim, talks like a cowboy and once in Japan adds the surname Yamashita, i guess "Bronson lee Yamashita, Champion" doesn't just roll off the tongue. for our heros final fight he seems to crawl out the window of a tokyo hospital and into a gigantic rock quarry for a spectacularly noisy and blindfolded sword, fist and leg fight. it should be noted that Bronson Lee makes more noises while fighting than seems humanly possible.
rating:2 B's

4. April 8th:Star Slammer: The Escape AKA Prison Ship 1984, R, Netflix Streaming, Fred Olen Ray (Director 1.), Women In (space) Prison,
"Untamed. Uncaged. Unleashed In Space." Two women unjustly sent to space prison fight lesbian guards, space rats and a cleavaged warden in the hopes of escaping their environs.
i'm almost 95 percent positive that the alien from The Deadly Spawn makes a cameo in this, still i wouldn't recommend watching it. there isn't enough nudity or violence to keep anyone interested in this for more than 10 seconds. during their escape one of our heroines trys to stab a guard with her laser pistol only to later remember it shoots lasers and kills him with it. also of note is a captivating scene where our lead actress enters a room, in hopes of saving an inmate held captive, realizes its empty quickly catches her breath takes off her shirt and puts a different yet identical shirt back on.
rating:0.5 B's

5. April 12th:Hercules And The Captive Women AKA Hercules And The conquest Of Atlantis 1963, Unrated, Netflix Streaming, Italian (Sword & Sandal)
"The Might! The Muscle! The Splendour!" Heroic Hercules washes up on the shore of Atlantis after freeing a beauty from a rock prison
with a shape shifting lizard warden and finds a master race of Atlantians out to conquer the world.
"The blood of Uranus can never be destroyed" Hercules has to be the sleepiest hero, if he isn't lifting or throwing something heavy he's napping on the beach or catching a few Z's on the bow of a rocky boat. The worlds most powerful son of a god can swim to a boat and be completely dry once he climbs on deck.
rating: 3 B's

6. April 13th:The Octagon 1980, R, Netflix Streaming, Martial Arts (Ninja), Chuck Norris (Actor 1.)
"In a world of choices, for one man there is no choice...he must face THE OCTAGON." Ex martial artist Scott James (Norris) is forced to infiltrate and destroy a ninja training camp run by his brother, the evil Seikura.
Fantastic use of whispering narration by Chuck's conscience to tell the audience his thought process and spidey senses as he face rakes and neck brakes his way to the center of the octagon. We also get an interesting cameo by non other than Tadashi Yamashida (Bronson Lee of Bronson Lee, Champion fame) as the evil octagon creator Seikura. Be on the lookout for a cleverly placed bumper sticker "Have you hugged your rifle today?"
rating: 3.5 B's

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I'm in, my personal goal is 50 films.

April 1: 1. Desert of Blood (2008) - A Mexican vampire film, weird way to start. Movie turned out to be pretty routine.
April 2: 2. Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) - Chuck Norris movie co-starring Barbara Carrera, David Carradine, Robert Beltran, Leon Isaac Kennedy and L.Q. Jones. The story is pretty hokey but with all of the co-stars it had to be really good.
April 3: 3. Code of Silence (1985) - Another Chuck Norris movie co-starring nobody worthwhile but I still found the movie to be really enjoyable.
April 4: 4. My Name is Bruce (2007) - I must have been in the wrong mood because I thought this movie was horrible and Bruce Campbell is one of my favorites.
April 5: 5. Convoy (1978) - I think I liked this when it first came out but it sure stunk today.
April 5: 6. Terror By Night (1946) - Very unimpressive.
April 6: 7. Penitentiary (1979)
April 6: 8. Red Sun (1971) - Very good Charles Bronson Spaghetti Western.
April 7: 9. Sabata (1969) - Lee Van Cleef Spaghetti Western.
April 8: 10. Slaughter (1972) - Jim Brown Blaxpoitation.
April 9: 11.
April 10:12. Cherry 2000
April 11:13. Vigilante Force (1976) - Movie had to be good with the great Dick Miller in it.

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OK I'll play.

* First Time Viewing

001. Grizzly (1976) *

002. Terror In The Aisles (1984)
003. Devil Dog The Hound Of Hell (1978) *
004. Hatchet (2006) *

005. The Monitors (1969) * (not really first time viewing, but first time I made it all the way through)
006. Nashville Girl (1976)
007. Gator Bait (1974)
008. Cinderella (1977)
009. Killers Three (1968)

XXX. Tenspeed And Brown Shoe (1980)
010. Chatterbox (1977)
011. Gorp (1980)
012. Weekend With The Babysitter (1970) *
013. The Pink Angels (1971) *
014. Single Room Furnished (1968) *

015. Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes! (1978)
016. Cheerleader's Wild Weekend (1978)
017. Oz (1976) *
018. Dr. Caligari (1989) *
019. The Touchables (1968)

020. Island Of Terror (1966)
021. Weekend Pass (1984) *
022. Jocks (1986) *

023. Orphan (2009) *
024. Gone In 60 Seconds (1974) *
025. Cindy And Donna (1970) *
026. Best Friends (1975) *
027. Americathon (1979)

028. The Choppers (1961)
029. Eegah (1962)
030. Wild Guitar (1962)
031. The Sadist (1963)
032. The Nasty Rabbit (1964)
033. Deadwood '76 (1965)

034. Midnight Movie (2008)
035. The Pirate Movie (1982)
036. Danger: Diabolik (1968) *
037. Barbarella (1968)
038. Angel Of H.E.A.T. (1983)

039. Man With The Screaming Brain (2004) *
040. Confessions From A Holiday Camp (1977)
041. Convessions Of A Pop Performer (1975) *
042. Massacre At Central High (1976)
043. Matilda (1978)
044. Mega Piranha (2010) *

045. Adventures Of A Taxi Driver (1975) *
046. Adventures Of A Private Eye (1977) *
047. Adventures Of A Plumber's Mate (1978) *
048. Sample People (2000) *
049. Deadly Blessing (1981)
050. Zombie (1979)

051. Angel With The Iron Fists (1966) *
052. Switchblade Sisters (1975) *

053. Demon Seed (1977)
054. Dead & Breakfast (2004)
055. Pandemonium (1982)
056. Wacko (1982)
057. The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald (1964) *
058. The Other Side Of Bonnie & Clyde (1968) *

059. Neon City (1991) *
060. Tokkaekko (2002)
061. Mini Moni ja Movie: Okashi na Daibouken (2002)
062. The Hired Hand (1971) *
063. Bite Me! (2004) *
064. Who Killed Doc Robbin (1948) *
065. Mr. Wong Detective (1938) *

066. War-Gods Of The Deep (1965) *
067. Thriller A Cruel Picture (1974) *
068. Tanya's Island (1980) *
069. Blindman (1971) *

070. Skeeter (1993)
071. The Last Remake Of Beau Geste (1977)
072. The Brute Man (1946) on MST3K (1996) with The Chicken Of Tomorrow (1948) *
073. Secrets Of The Mountain (2010) *
074. The House Next Door (2002) *

075. The Ghoul (1934) *
076. Gas Pump Girls (1979) *
077. CQ (2001) *
078. Soggy Bottom U.S.A. (1980) *
079. The Mystery Of Mr. Wong (1939) *

080. Twists Of Terror (1996) *
081. Savage Island (1985) *
082. In God We Tru$t (1980)
083. Dirty Work (1998) *
084. My Tutor (1983)
085. My Chauffeur (1986)
086. Tomboy (1985)

087. Moon (2009) *
088. Rolling Thunder (1977) *
089. Vigilante Force (1976) *
090. 10 To Midnight (1983)
091. The Screaming Skull (1958) "
092. The Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Woman (1971) *

093. Murders In The Rue Morgue (1971) *
094. The Chicken Chronicles (1977)
095. The Pyx (1973) *

096. Sinthia - The Devil's Doll (1970) *
097. Satanis - The Devil's Mass (1970) *

098. The Saga Of The Viking Women And Their Voyage To The Waters Of The Great Sea Serpent (1957) *
099. Dragstrip Girl (1957) *
100. Over The Edge (1979)
101. Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)

102. What A Carve Up (1961) *
103. Don't Deliver Us From Evil (1971) *
104. Detroit 9000 (1973)
105. C.C. & Company (1970) *
106. High Risk (1981)

107. Cry Of The Banshee (1970) *
108. The Brain From Planet Arous (1957)
109. The Best Of Trailers From Hell! Volume One (2010) *
110. Rana: The Legend Of Shadow Lake (1975) *
111. Curse Of The Cannibal Confederates (1982) *
112. Mothman (2010) *

113. Dead Dudes In The House (1991) *
114. Deadly Daphne's Revenge (1987) *
115. The Legend Of The Lone Ranger (1981)
116. Demented Death Farm Massacre (1986) *
117. Breeders (1986) *

118. Galaxina (1980)
119. Mars Needs Women (1967)
120. Farewell, My Lovely (1975) *
121. Spooks Run Wild (1941)

122. The Old Dark House (1963) *
123. Miracle Mile (1988)

124. The Cassandra Crossing (1976) *
125. Fertilize The Blaspheming Bombshell (1990) *

126. The Black Cat (1941) *
127. The Unholy Rollers (1972)
128. When The Boys Meet The Girls (1965)
129. Hold On! (1966)
130. Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter (1968)

131. Day Of The Animals (1977)
132. Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon (2006)
133. Beyond Evil (1980) *
134. Play Dead (1986) *

135. Cheerleader's Wild Weekend (1978) 016 again with Kristine DeBell audio commentary
136. CQ (2001) 077 again with audio commentary
137. Universal Horror (1998) *

Ten Best First Timers
CQ (2001)
Don't Deliver Us From Evil (1971)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
The Old Dark House (1963)
Rolling Thunder (1977)
Sample People (2000)
Soggy Bottom U.S.A. (1980)
Switchblade Sisters (1975)
Vigilante Force (1976)
What A Carve Up (1961)

Ten Worst First Timers
Beyond Evil (1980)
Curse Of The Cannibal Confederates (1982)
Dr. Caligari (1989)
Hatchet (2006)
Mega Piranha (2010)
Mothman (2010)
Single Room Furnished (1968)
Sinthia - The Devil's Doll (1970)
Twists Of Terror (1996)
The Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Woman (1971)

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April 3rd:

1. Menace II Society: Hood Films
2. The Crazies (1973)

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I doubt I will watch more then a few, but I like participating in these challenges to watch movies I never would have even thought/heard of.

First time viewing

April 4th
1. Return/Way of the Dragon- I turned on my tv and G4's "Movies That Don't Suck" was on, and this movie was playing. I've never seen this type of movie, so thought I would watch a few minutes of it, ended up watching it all. I don't know if it was the dubbing or what, but pretty hilarious, which I'm not entirely sure is what I was supposed to take from it.

April 8th
2. Beach Party

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my target is 31 and i'm glad to have hit it i wasn't planning on watching Bollywood movies for the whole challenge but i guess that was how it turned out to be

April 1

1. Kanthaswamy (2009) Bollywood

Vikram dons 2 roles - CBI officer and Superhero who robs the rich and gives to the poor while dressed like a rooster. Its about money laundering and how Vikram and his friends nabs the criminals to help the downtrodden.

you gotta see the trailer to believe this...

April 2

2. Sholay (1975) Bollywood

After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture him.


April 3

3. Sakalakala Vallavan (1982) Bollywood

Prime example of a Tamil 'Masala' movie well known for one of the most erotic songs in Tamil cinema

April 4

4. Asal (2010) Bollywood

A legit-weapons dealer has 3 sons. Shiva is one of them who is subdued by his brothers. He rescues his kidnapped brother only to find himself shot by them. Then he uncovers the mystery of his father's death and takes revenge.


April 5

5. Thoongathey Thambi Thoongathey (1983) Bollywood

Cheesy 80s Masala Tamil movie - check out this amusing fight scene

April 6

6. Per Sollum Pillai (1987) Bollywood

Another cheesy tamil Masala movie - this song is pretty gd with some nifty dance moves

April 7

7. Uyarntha Ullam (1985) Bollywood

The movie may be contrived but the song and dance still hold up pretty well

April 8

8. Resident Evil (2002)

loud, violent, formulaic, and cheesy.

April 9

9. Kutty (2010) Bollywood

Quirky love story of a guy who decides to woo a girl who already has a bf.


April 10

10. Arundhati (2009) Bollywood

supernatural horror-thriller about the eternal fight between Good and Evil.


April 11

11. Eeram (2009) Bollywood

supernatural thriller about murders that occur in an apartment complex, investigated by a cop who has a connection to one of the victims.


April 12

12. Murattu Kaalai (1980) Bollywood

back to another cheesy 80s masala flick with one of the most iconic songs of that period.

April 13

13. Pokkiri Raja (1982) Bollywood

this as from the days when every other flick would feature the hero donning double roles - this one has a great title song

April 14

14. Kaakki Sattai (1985) Bollywood

damn this one brings back memories...

April 15

15. Netri Kann (1981) Bollywood

one of the last roles to feature Rajini as a baddie - and it's also one of his best roles to date as he simply tears up the screen as he plays the womanizing father and also doubles up as the straight laced son. great song

April 16

16. Thayai Katha Thanayan (1962) Bollywood

MGR throws down with a tiger in this one and also of course features one of the evergreen songs

April 17

17. Pattikada Pattanama (1972) Bollywood

i love this song!

April 18

18. Thyagam (1978) Bollywood

great song

April 19

19. Peranmai (2009) Bollywood

A forest guide and a group of teenage girls take on a bunch of western mercenaries; think Rambo, Indian style Trailer

April 20

20. Mullum Malarum (1978) Bollywood

this is a classic song to get drunk to

April 21

21. Thiruvannamalai (2008) Bollywood


April 22

22. Veer-Zaara Bollywood

this song is nice

April 23

23. Theerpu (1982) Bollywood

April 24

24. Aadhavan (2009) Bollywood


April 25

25. Thimiru (2006) Bollywood

Shreya Reddy should definitely be making more movies.

April 26

26. Gambeeram (2004) Bollywood

stupid song but nice dance

April 27

27. Aalayamani (1962) Bollywood

the last song in the move that is also the best song - please ignore the ridiculous english translation of the lyrics

April 28

28. Ther Thiruvizha (1968) Bollywood

April 29

29. Thamizh Padam (2010) Bollywood

Hilarious trailer

April 30

30. Johnny (1980) Bollywood

Another great song to get drunk to

May 01

31. Tik Tik Tik (1981) Bollywood

i love this song

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Technically Tamil language films are Kollywood.
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Saturday, April 10, 2010
1. The House of the Devil* [2009, DVD]
Just... awesome

Saturday, April 10, 2010
2. Troll [1986, DVR (Encore WAM)]
I didn't realize that I had actually seen this before.

Saturday, April 28, 2010
3. Enter the Ninja* [1981, VHS]

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Damn, can't believe I missed this thread. I'll have to make up for lost time.


1.Joysticks DVD ****/5

Greydon Clark made some wonderful films (Black Shampoo, Satan's Cheerleaders, Without Warning) but Joysticks has to be my favorite. Growing up in the 80's (born in 1975) I loved my video games. This film, both watching it as a teen and seeing it again today, reaffirms my love for video games, tits, and great b-films. Joe Don Baker, Jon Gries, and John Diehl all appear in this cult classic. Glad to have the film on DVD even if it isn't the best quality. Great times all around.

2.Brain Damage DVD *****/5

Comments coming soon!


3.Frankenhooker DVD *****/5

Comments coming soon!


4.*Turkey Shoot DVD ****/5

I have owned this for years. Amazingly it took this long for me to get around to watch this. I've seen a few Brian Trenchard-Smith films (Dead-End Drive-In, BMX Bandits) and have enjoyed all the ones I have seen. So, why did I wait this long? Who the hell knows! This was quite the fun film. Explosions galore, a few sets of breasts, and a creepy circus freak. I would have liked a heavier sleeze factor, especially since the film stars the ever lovely Olivia Hussey, who does expose her large assets. Ending felt a bit abrupt but over than that this was a nice slice of exploitation.


5.Love Me Deadly DVD ****/5

6.Wedlock DVD ****/5



7.Deathrow Gameshow VHS & DVD ***/5

8.The Alcove DVD ***/5


9.Erotic Nights Of The Living Dead DVD ***/5

10.*Mausoleum DVD ***/5

11.Basket Case 3 LD ***/5


12.*The Collector Blu-ray ****/5

I wasn't expecting too much here. Casual fan of the Saw films, definitely like certain entries more than others. This turned out quite well. I really dug some of the death scenes and there was a certain amount of tension created. I also liked the ending. I want to keep this as spoiler free as possible, so I won't elaborate too much further. Overall, nice gore and a pair of very nice breasts.



14.Truck Turner

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1. Violent Midnight * (1964) 92 min.
2. The Horror of Party Beach * (1964) 77 min.
3. The Curse of the Living Corpse * (1964) 84 min.
4. Dogora * (1964) 81 min.
5. Creature with the Atom Brain (1955) 69 min.
6. The Flesh and the Fiends (1960) 93 min.
7. Devil Doll * (1964) 81 min.
8. Shaft (1971) 100 min.
9. Shaft’s Big Score! * (1972) 105 min.
10. Alucarda * (1978) 78 min.
11. The Candy Snatchers * (1973) 94 min.
12. The She-Beast * (1966) 79 min.
13. Them! (1954) 92 min.
14. Death Line * (a/k/a Raw Meat) (1972) 87 min.
15. Dead and Buried (1981) 94 min.
16. Halloween (1978) 91 min.
17. The Fog (1980) 90 min.
18. Big Bad Mama * (1974) 84 min.
19. Escape From New York (1981) 99 min.
20. Bone * (1972) 95 min.

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Be sure to number your lists. Thanks.

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