Oh boy, do we have a LOT to talk about in this new B-Movie Enema. article. Oddly, the movie itself, Joel M. Reed’s controversial Bloodsucking Freaks from 1976, doesn’t really have a lot to discuss in terms of what is seen on the screen (don’t worry, I will be calling play-by-play nonetheless). No, there are two topics in particular to discuss in much greater detail.
I’m not entirely sure where to start with this, so let’s start with the director, Joel M. Reed. He unfortunately passed away in a care facility in New York City just earlier this year. He’s one of the many unfortunate casualties due to the global pandemic that is COVID-19. He’s likely known best for making this movie, which drew the ire of many, many people when it was released. The release of the movie also had a couple alternate titles like The Incredible Torture Show and Sardu: Master of the Screaming Virgins. However, almost everyone knows this movie by the title Bloodsucking Freaks. That’s the name applied to it by Lloyd Kaufman when Troma came along to take over the distribution of the movie.
That began a long relationship with Kaufman that lasted up until Reed’s passing. Continue reading “Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)”
Happy Halloween, Enemaniacs!
There are a handful of traditions on this website. The first has always been the October theme month of horror or monster films. That started with the very first five posts way back in 2014. When the blog returned from a lengthy hiatus in 2016, I continued the idea for October, but started a new, second tradition – the Halloween special post. However, to say that was started in 2016 isn’t exactly true either as October 31, 2014 was the original release date of my first Jess Franco review, the really bad Oasis of the Zombies.
Another tradition on this blog is to often mention the influence of the old Roku channel Bizarre TV. I talk about it a lot. It was, without a doubt, the primary influence for me to get off my duff after a somewhat crappy time in my life filled with loneliness and despair to get back to my one true love – writing this blog. Not only that, but it led to one last tradition on this blog. That last tradition was to celebrate the final six films that ran on Bizarre TV for months at a time before the channel finally going off the air forever. We’ve reached the final entry of those final days of one of the finest channels on the history of Roku. This year’s Halloween Special Post goes to The Slumber Party Massacre. Continue reading “The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)”
We’re back for another round of Exorcist Rip-Off Month here at B-Movie Enema, and, this time, this movie had a brief period in time in which it was closely related to a previous entry.
For this week, we go over to Germany for a combo rip-off of The Exorcist/exploitation/sexploitation thriller. Released as Magdalena, vom Tueful besessen in 1974 in West German, and under the title In der Gewalt des Bösen in Austria, we received an edited version here in the States as Magdalena, Possessed By the Devil in 1976. As I just mentioned, what we got here was just over 80 minutes in length and there are some pretty mature situations that I’ll be talking about in this article. If that was the case, and it was edited to be shown here, I wonder what few minutes or so that would left on the cutting room floor that was from the original German language film?
Oh, never mind trying to figure it out because the original cuts in Europe were TWO HOURS LONG. Again, some of the stuff in this movie gets pretty naughty. What had to be lost from those to get played over here? Presumably, when it was imported, it wasn’t so much the content as it was the length since this probably went straight to X-rated theaters along 42nd Street style grindhouses, but still… I have to imagine somewhere there’s some real saucy Dagmar Hedrich stuff out there because there is some real saucy Dagmar Hedrich stuff still in the American cut. Continue reading “Magdalena, Possessed By the Devil (1974)”
Welcome back to B-Movie Enema and my Exorcist Rip-Off Month!
Say! Remember last week when I said that I couldn’t just write about The Exorcist because I’d probably be run out of town for having a blog called B-Movie Enema and doing movies that aren’t just A movies in money, but also in quality? Yeah, well fuck that. I found a way to do it.
For this week’s movie, I’ll be digging right into the shitty bowels of 1974’s Seytan from Turkey. Seytan is pretty much a direct copy of William Friedkin’s masterpiece The Exorcist in just about every way it possibly can be. It’s a little shorter, but I remember the first time I ever saw Seytan, I kept looking at the screen and thinking… “Is the audio just fucked on this movie, or what?” Continue reading “Seytan (The Turkish Exorcist, 1974)”
Welcome back for another round of B-Movie Enema goodness.
This week’s movie, The Working Girls, has a lot of interesting things going for it. First, it’s yet another exploitation film. It’s about a group of liberated women living together in a Los Angeles apartment. They all have different types of jobs and start dating different types of guys. However, the girls each start to have issues in which they are endangered by the men in their lives.
Second, the director, Stephanie Rothman, is quite a figure in exploitation film in the 60s and 70s. She worked with Roger Corman as an associated producer shortly after she finished college. She got the opportunity to make a couple movies under Corman’s tutelage. She did eventually venture out on her own and made another film I’ve written about before – The Velvet Vampire.
What’s most interesting about Rothman, though, is that she never liked being linked to the exploitation subgenre. After making a couple films with Corman, she learned that label was given to her movies. It horrified her. However, after learning more about what that meant, how it worked in film, and what she might be able to do with that, she thought, “Fine, I’ll do the best exploitation movies I could.” It didn’t go unnoticed. Continue reading “The Working Girls (1974)”
Yay! Roger Corman! If he can’t do it, nobody can!
So, yeah, at some point B-Movie Enema was going to come back around to a movie with direct production involvement from Roger Corman. And with a title like Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader? Oh you bet. I’m on board.
This movie got premiered at none other than Comic Con International in 2012 about a month before showing to the masses on Epix (a lovely little-known cable network). Yet another month later, it played at the 3D Film Festival. Oh yeah… This movie was originally made as a 3D feature. If you want to know something utterly fascinating too, then know this:
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader is the first 3D film ever produced by Roger Corman.
For real. The guy who produced like 40 gabillion movies for the last 70 years never produced a 3D feature before this film. All those drive-in movies he made. All those creature features. Not a single one beyond the second dimension. Continue reading “Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012)”
It’s a new B-Movie Enema and, this time, Don’t Answer the Phone!
By 1980, there was a weird feeling in the country. The 70s were pretty tumultuous with the Vietnam War and President Nixon leading to many feeling they can’t trust the federal government. The entire decade felt as though the counter culture was putting their stamp on the new Hollywood, but that was about to come crashing down. Indie exploitation was about to be scrubbed away by the religiously-charged, great white hope of the Reagan era.
One of the things that would play out for the next 20-25 years after the conclusion of the Vietnam War would be the psychological damage of the vets that returned home. Whether it was by way of dramatic films like Coming Home and The Deer Hunter, or action films like the Rambo series, Vietnam vets played a huge part in many films. But there was also a darker side to it as well… Continue reading “Don’t Answer the Phone! (1980)”
I like to think of this subgenre, particularly in the 1980s, an American tradition. Certainly it was nothing new to either the United States or other countries before the decade or even to this very day, but there was something pretty special about the American landscape of both horror and comedy in the 1980s. It was the decade of slashers and Porky’s ripoffs. But, maybe more important, it all falls back onto an idea I’ve discussed numerous times before – you had to stock video store shelves and late night cable TV time slots.
That brings us to director Rick Sloane and this week’s screwball comedy, Vice Academy.
Sloane is probably best known for his sci-fi throwback/boner comedy/creature feature Hobgoblins. I’ve covered that over at Film Seizure on an episode of my weekly Monster Mondays show. That was a movie I’ve seen a few times when it first made its way to cable, and several times when it was literally eviscerated by the crew of the Satellite of Love on Mystery Science Theater 3000. While I love that particular episode of MST3K, I’ve always enjoyed the quaint attempt at a Gremlins clone as well as the general quirkiness of the mixture of a lot of 80s tropes that are at play in the movie. Continue reading “Vice Academy (1989)”