“This is my happening, and it freaks me out!” Welcome back to B-Movie Enema’s Russ Meyer Month. We’ve finally gotten to the back end of the month and his 70s features. It also brings us… More
The name usually conjures up images of sleazy things happening with buxom beauties and just about everything that someone might call “exploitation” when it comes to 60s and 70s cinema. While it may seem like his movies are full of that sleaze, many note that his films were important in terms of female empowerment and showing women who aren’t just sexually free, but generally more powerful than the men in his films. That said, he would also place his female characters in ordeals that they would have to prove their strength and their ability to overcome the obstacles that they face in his movies. It’s probably true that his films were subversive in many ways that would eventually strike at the heart of a rising feminist movement.
All that and more will be discussed over the course of the next five weeks as B-Movie Enema tackles Russ Meyer Month! We begin with 1965’s Mudhoney… Continue reading “Mudhoney (1965)”
Not that long ago, I covered the movie The Single Girls which starred Claudia Jennings. Our lovely leading lady is back in a fun little action/exploitation/heist movie this week!
The Great Texas Dynamite Chase comes to us from director Michael Pressman. Pressman is hardly a schlock auteur. He would go on to make the cult classic Boulevard Nights which has been selected to be preserved by the Library of Congress as well as working with comedy heavyweights like Dan Aykroyd (Doctor Detroit) and Richard Pryor (Some Kind of Hero). He’s more recently gone into television directing having done episodes of some Law and Order shows, Blue Bloods, and winning Emmys for Picket Fences.
My point is, this is hardly a flash in the pan kind of filmmaker. And of course, The Great Texas Dynamite Chase would also be released by Roger Corman’s New World Pictures. However, it should be of note that this is an exploitation movie that comes with fairly decent reviews. This was praised for being exciting and sexy enough for the drive-in crowd while still being tongue-in-cheek with its comedy to attract the older audiences. I suspect it played better to the Texas and southwest crowd, but found an audience over the years and is truly an exploitation gem.
David DeCoteau is back under one of his many pseudonyms, Ellen Cabot. One year after Cabot/DeCoteau made the epic Beach Babes from Beyond, he teamed up again with Full Moon Features’ sexier production company subsidiary, Torchlight Entertainment, for another sex comedy. That’s the topic of this week’s B-Movie Enema – Virgin Hunters!
Now, the title Virgin Hunters was the original name of the movie, however, there was a bit of an issue with the explicit nature of the title. So, in order for Full Moon’s usual home video partner, Paramount Pictures, to release the film, the title would be changed to the more tongue-in-cheek Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 and slightly less provocative poster and box art was utilized.
Interestingly, Virgin Hunters is now a franchise. A second film was released in 2016 and a third in 2017. You best fuckin’ believe I have those as well and will endeavor to complete the trilogy for you fine Enemaniacs here on the blog. Continue reading “Virgin Hunters (aka Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000, 1994)”
Oh, and you thought I was done with Severin Films releases that are connected in some way to the French book/movie/character Emmanuelle…
Well, we’re not. This week’s feature, Felicity, features a young girl, played by the lovely Glory Annen, who is a sheltered Catholic school girl who indulges in erotic novels… as well as a lesbian love affair. You might remember Annen in another late 70s film in which she was indulging in a lesbian affair that I’ve already covered – Norman J. Warren’s Prey. In that, she was the kept orphan of her parents’ housekeeper who ran afoul of an alien who was more fox than man.
I find Annen particularly interesting. If you check out that previous article on Prey, I touch upon her involvement with a man who was possibly involved in some pretty deep criminal shit in the horse racing industry. Since her death in 2017, her various notes and documents compiled about her relationship with Ivan Allan have begun the editing process to create exposés and a series of books detailing that alleged criminality of Allan. Continue reading “Felicity (1978)”
Oh boy… That Emanuelle girl is back, and guess what, Enemaniacs… She’s more erotic and exotic than ever!
That’s how they advertised Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals on posters and various other ads. That does beg the question of exactly how erotic she can be if there are cannibals and shit running about. Trust me, folks, I have seen some Italian cannibal flicks and they tend not to be especially sexy. In fact, they tend to be, like, super duper gross.
So leave it to Joe D’Amato to come in and see what he can do. First thing’s first, he brings Laura Gemser along as a photojournalist who finds a woman in a loony bin who isn’t just a cannibal herself, but has Amazonian tattoos all over her skin. That’s a plus… Not the tatted up cannibal broad, but Laura Gemser. She’s always welcome here at B-Movie Enema. Continue reading “Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)”
When you have a blog that discusses movies or possibly cultural turning points in the form of celluloid, eventually, it becomes an absolute truth of your life that you will discuss something like what I have this week – Sexsquatch.
I’m not entirely sure what to say about this movie. Obviously, there is a Wikipedia page for it. It’s widely known that the Sexsquatch Wikipedia page is largest and most extensive page in the history of Wikipedia. However, I do also believe that the less you know about the biggest moneymaker in the history of film, grossing $47 billion against a $350 million budget, the better.
Now, of course any time a film breaks through and makes a cultural impact the size of Sexsquatch has, there will be haters. There will be those who are detractors. There will be contrarians. There will be those who will try to be elitist in saying that your love of such a mainstream film makes you a farthead. Possibly even a monkeydick. They’ll even call you a fuckqueef. Continue reading “Sexsquatch (2013)”
I have something to admit… Originally, I had Attack of the Killer Tomatoes slated for this week’s B-Movie Enema. About 20 minutes into that movie, I quickly realized, there’s no way to do that movie in the fine tradition of this blog. The reason was that everything about that movie that made it what it was, was in the jokes.
You had parodies of Jaws, Superman and Lois Lane, Japanese science fiction, bad dubbing on a Japanese character, tiny oneliners, lots and lots of visual jokes, a black man who was the master of disguise and often dressed as white guys convincing others he really was the person he was disguised as, and incompetency from government types and what have you. It’s impossible to write about because it is entirely made up of those little moments that turned out to be greater than the whole.
So I made an executive decision to change to the sequel, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, and George Clooney’s magnificent mullet. Continue reading “Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)”
It’s been a bit since I did an anthology movie. In fact, I’ve only ever done one in the past. So let’s make up for that with a giant, nearly two full hours of kooky b-movie stories rolled into the horror comedy Chillerama from 2011!
The four segments contained within Chillerama are framed by a connecting story at a drive-in theater that is playing monster movies. Then, each of those four segments is a parody and homage to a particular genre and style. Additionally, each segment is directed by a different person – Adam Rifkin who directed mostly a split between family fare and boner comedies/thrillers, Tim Sullivan who was mostly known for producing movies like Detroit Rock City before making 2001 Maniacs with Robert Englund, Adam Green who made his mark with the Hatchet series of horror films, and Joe Lynch who is most recently known for directing Mayhem starring Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving.
Chillerama was the brainchild of Rifkin and Sullivan who met on Detroit Rock City and spitballed an idea for an anthology called Famous Monsters of Filmland – a title based on the Forrest J. Ackerman magazine that they grew up reading. Continue reading “Chillerama (2011)”