We’re getting back to some good old blaxploitation with this week’s B-Movie Enema. Penitentiary was written, produced, and directed by Jamaa Fanaka.
Fanaka was part of the L.A. Rebellion from the late 60s and into the late 80s. This was a movement of black filmmakers whose whole intent was to make films that offered an alternative to what most deemed “classical” Hollywood films. This was mostly influenced by Latin American and Italian cinema, but also from an emerging African cinema.
You see, the 1960s was a particularly turbulent time. After a series of events like the Civil Rights Act, Affirmative Action, and the Watts Riots, society shifted and evolved very quickly. Affirmative Action allowed for many more black students to attend colleges – and particularly at UCLA which got urged to create an ethnographic studies program to allow black filmmakers to tell more of their story and stories that would expose their struggles. Continue reading “Penitentiary (1979)”
Let’s get back into the depths of Full Moon Features!
In the 90s, Full Moon was killing it. They were pumping out movie after movie after movie thanks to the boom of video stores and cable television. You could make a handful of movies very inexpensively and, instead of the promotional costs to get the word out about a featured film in theaters, processing prints, making the deals with theaters to show the movie, etc., all you had to do is mass produce VHS tapes. It would also be easy to sell your movie to HBO and Showtime as well. The profit margin was much higher and you could turn that money right around into more movies for video stores and cable TV.
And, hey, and if you add a little sexy shenanigans with a pretty lead actress – even better! That’s certainly what we have for you this week. Another direct-to-video Full Moon selection with a little bit of sexy and a little bit of demon. It’s 1994’s Dark Angel: The Ascent! Continue reading “Dark Angel: The Ascent (1994)”
I love Jess Franco. I do. He started off in the 60s with films like The Awful Dr. Orloff and The Diabolical Dr. Z, the latter being a film I covered on this blog before. These were black and white flicks that were beautiful and moody and incredibly artistic in style. Once the later part of 60s came along, he transitioned into much more erotic fare. He started doing things like Vampyros Lesbos as well as many full on X-rated type stuff with his muse and second wife Lina Romay.
Guess what… I love that stuff too. He’s just got a great flair to his movies that register as both incredibly artistic and deeply sensual. Of course, the aforementioned The Diabolical Dr. Z is one of the finer films ever covered on this blog as it is incredibly well shot. He also directed my favorite Ilsa film too – Ilsa, The Wicked Warden. Now, yeah, you can say that isn’t fair because it wasn’t meant to be part of the series, but I’m counting it goddammit. He also did one of the worst movies on this blog – Oasis of the Zombies. I won’t get too hung up on that, though.
No, this week’s new B-Movie Enema will intersect his 70s eroticism with his muse Lina Romay. This week, I’m watching Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties. Continue reading “Two Female Spies with Flowered Panties (1978)”
Last week, Russ Meyer Month started at B-Movie Enema with Mudhoney, a nice little tawdry tale in the American Plains during the Depression. This week, we pick up a movie that is one of Meyer’s best known – Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
As I mused there, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a fairly well known movie. There are two movies in Meyer’s filmography that probably get the most attention in terms of being trivia answers, but for different reasons. There’s this one that we’re talking about this week for its fun title. The other will be covered in two weeks because of who wrote it.
Curiously, though, as popular as Pussycat is, it was an unusual box office dud for Meyer. Most of his films did fairly well. There was a built-in audience at drive-ins full of horny guys wanting to see big breasted chicks. You’d think none of these movies would fail, but this one did. It wasn’t until later that it gained a cult status. Continue reading “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (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.
Continue reading “The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1976)”
Oh baby do we have lots to talk about today, my dear Enemaniacs!
This week’s B-Movie Enema is Caged Heat. It might, at first, come off as just a run of the mill, women-in-prison flick from the mid-70s. It might even come off as some of that sleaze Roger Corman was trading in during the 70s as well. To a very minor degree, I’d say you’re right about both things.
But… there’s a twist. You see, Corman wasn’t happy with the women-in-prison flicks previously released by his New World Pictures. He thought they were maybe missing something, something important, something fresh and new. So he tapped a producer at the studio to see what life can be breathed into this subgenre of exploitation. Enter Jonathan Demme. He had produced a previous Corman women-in-prison release, The Hot Box. This time, though, Demme wasn’t going to settle as a writer or producer. He wanted to direct. Continue reading “Caged Heat (1974)”
Holy shit, guys and gals. It’s my 200th B-Movie Enema.
I’ll get to the more serious shit at the end of my look at this movie to try to sum up how it feels to be 200 enemas old. But I can say this – it doesn’t hurt nearly as much as you might think. In fact, I think I’m starting to like it.
So this week’s piece (of shit) is all about Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance. Frankly, I almost have to talk about this movie. Everyone in the world, for the past several years, have talked about Samurai Cop. It’s an infamous bad movie. However, if you come here each week to read about these goddamn movies, you know all about Samurai Cop. If nothing else, you’re aware of it or have seen clips from it. It’s Ed Wood famous. It’s mind-boggling in its structure and the way it plays out.
It’s simply glorious. Continue reading “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015)”
It’s time to check back in with ol’ Brett Piper.
Many of you may remember that just earlier this year, his They Bite was my 150th B-Movie Enema article. It had much fanfare surrounding that momentous occasion. I had balloons. I had ice cream cake. It was good times. No one celebrated with me and I just sat there covered in balloons eating a giant ice cream cake all by myself, but, nonetheless, it was a grand time. Just sitting there. Contemplating my life. Crying into my DQ cake.
Good times. Continue reading “Battle for the Lost Planet (1985)”