And Then There Were Six More…

I recently came to the realization that my destiny is to list and share 666 of my favorite grindhouse and exploitation film trailers.  Previously, I’ve shared 12.  Here’s 6 more.

Part One and Part Two of my trailer survey can be found here.

1) Liquid Sky — Have you seen Liquid Sky and if the answer is no, why not?  Liquid Sky is one of the great underground films of the early 80s, an epic about drugs, aliens, bisexuality, and performance art.  Quite simply put, you must see this movie.

2) BlaculaWhen I first saw this trailer, my first thought was, “Oh, that is sooooo wrong.”  But, the movie actually isn’t that bad.  William Marshall is wonderfully dignified and haunted as the tragic title character.

3) Bio-Zombie I haven’t actually seen this movie but I love this energetic trailer (and the Hello Kitty reference, as well).

4) Martin — This trailer for George Romero’s vampire movie features the film’s star, John Amplas, speaking to the audience in character.  Martin is one of the unacknowledged great vampire movies.  Supposedly, there’s a remake in the works which, needless to say, is not necessary in the least.  The original is more than good enough.

5) Near DarkSpeaking of vampire movies, here’s Near Dark.  Before Kathryn Bigelow won an Oscar for The Hurt Locker, she made her debut with Near Dark.  Of the two, Near Dark is the better film.

6) RabidThis is an early David Cronenberg film and probably one of his first stabs at being a “commercial” filmmaker (I would have to ask R-Lee for sure on this as he’s the resident Cronenberg expert).  The late Marilyn Chambers plays a young woman who gets infected with rabies and proceeds to spread the disease throughout Montreal.  As you might expect with a Cronenberg film, the Canadian government quickly turns fascist and a lot of Canadians die as a result.  The movie’s not totally succesful but the trailer is.  As a sidenote: in 2004, Marilyn Chambers Taylor was the vice-presidential candidate of the Personal Choice Party.  I cast my first vote ever for her.

2 responses to “And Then There Were Six More…

  1. Well, Rabid could only be considered mainstream if one looked at it in regards to Marilyn Chambers. This was a mainstream project for her considering she was pretty much doing mostly adult films at the time.

    I won’t consider this as being a mainstream film for Cronenberg. I think that particular honor would have to go to Scanners. But then again there’s really nothing mainstream about his film even those that have been financed by major studios.

    I don’t think Cronenberg knows how to make a mainstream film if his life depended on it. He’ll always find a way to inject his own personal brand of independent filmmaking into the mix.

    Just look at A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. Two of his most recent films which I’d say had mainstream success. Both play like traditional mob thrillers, but looking closer it’s very Cronenbergian with themes of identity being amorphous and the use of the body both as a destructive and a corrupting agent. Rabid definitely falls under the latter.

    As for Near Dark. I’d say it was Bigelow’s most fun work still, but I’d put The Hurt Locker as her more mature work.


  2. I guess with Rabid what I meant is that it was the first of his films to made after other started to think, “Oh wow, we could market Cronenberg.” I think you’re right in that Cronenberg, himself, has never been one to put commercial possibilities before getting his vision onto screen.

    As for Hurt Locker, I thought it was the 2nd most overrated movie of 2009, the most overrated being Avatar. I felt, with the exception of Jeremy Renner’s performance, the whole thing was a predictable cliche. Sitting throughout the film, I was just like, “Okay, there’s the private security force and we’ve had the whole who-is-a-terrorist-who-is-not scene so now, we just need some friendly fire injury of some sort and we’ll have covered all the bases…” and bang, wouldn’t you know it? The sensitive guy ends up getting shot in the leg by Renner. The Hurt Locker beat us over its head with its “integrity” until it essentially didn’t have any integrity left.

    The third most overrated movie was Precious and I know what you’re wondering — Goddamn, didn’t Lisa like anything last season? lol.

    Well, for the record, here’s my top ten of 2009:

    1) An Education
    2) A Serious Man
    3) Up in the Air
    4) District 9
    5) Inglorious Basterds
    6) Where the Wild Things Are
    7) Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
    8) Adventureland
    9) The Informant!
    10) The Girlfriend Experience


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