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Cult/Drive-In/Grindhouse Challenge; Official - May 2018
Topic Started: Apr 28 2018, 12:36:14 AM (4,175 Views)
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Cult/Grindhouse/Drive-In Challenge


Goal:
Watch as many Cult/Drive-In/Grindhouse films as possible during May 2018

What counts for this challenge?:

What is a "Cult" film?
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A cult film is any film that has a cult following, although the term is not easily defined and can be applied to a wide variety of films. Some definitions exclude films that have been released by major studios or have big budgets, that try specifically to become cult films, or become accepted by mainstream audiences and critics. Cult films are defined by audience reaction as much as by their content. This may take the form of elaborate and ritualized audience participation, film festivals, or cosplay. Over time, the definition has become more vague and inclusive as it drifts away from earlier, stricter views. Increasing use of the term by mainstream publications has resulted in controversy, as cinephiles argue that the term has become meaningless or "elastic, a catchall for anything slightly maverick or strange". Academic Mark Shiel has criticized the term itself as being a weak concept, reliant on subjectivity; different groups can interpret films in their own terms. According to feminist scholar Joanne Hollows, this subjectivity causes films with large female cult followings to be perceived as too mainstream and not transgressive enough to qualify as a cult film. Academic Mike Chopra‑Gant says that cult films become decontextualized when studied as a group, and Shiel criticizes this recontextualization as cultural commodification. - source

What is a "Drive-In" (i.e., B movie) film?
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A B movie or B film is a low-budget commercial movie, but not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature (akin to B-sides for recorded music). Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie continues to be used in its broader sense to this day. In its post-Golden Age usage, there is ambiguity on both sides of the definition: on the one hand, the primary interest of many inexpensive exploitation films is prurient; on the other, many B movies display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity. - source

What is a "Grindhouse" film?
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A grindhouse is an American term for a theater that mainly showed exploitation films. It is also a term used to describe the genre of films that played in such theatres. Grindhouse films are also referred to as "exploitation films." Grindhouses were known for non-stop programs of B movies, usually consisting of a double feature where two films were shown back to back. Many of these inner-city theatres formerly featured burlesque shows which included "bump and grind" dancing, leading to the term "grindhouse." Beginning in the late 1960s and especially during the 1970s, the subject matter of grindhouse films was dominated by explicit sex, violence, bizarre or perverse plot points, and other taboo content. Many grindhouses were exclusively pornographic. - source

So here's how I think of this - You have the option to watch a particular film with one of three family members:
1. Your sweet grandmother who just got home from church and loves her adorable innocent grandchild dearly
2. Your intellectual cousin who appreciates being challenged artistically
3. Your weird uncle who has beer stains on his shirt and a penchant for saying REALLY inappropriate things

If you picked #3 to watch the film with, it will probably count for this challenge.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series (40 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minutes rule applies.
- Rewatches are welcome

Stats & Formatting:
- Title (year) is the preferred format
- For TV episodes, please use "Series Title: Episode Title (year)"
- New posts are preferred over edited posts
- I'm not going to be able to do weekly stats this month (sorry).

Challenge runs from 1 May 2018 to 31 May 2018

Official Lists:
The Deuce Top 20
Badmovies.org Best B-Movies
The New Cult Canon
500 Essential Cult Movies
Spaghetti Westerns

Unofficial Lists:
Danny Peary's Cult Movies
Hammer Film Productions
J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum's Midnight Movies
Ronny's Top 99 Arthouse Films
Video Nasties Deuce Guide
Blaxploitation.com's Top Thirty Classic Blaxploitation Films
A Guide to Pinky Violence
Pink Films
Giallo Checklist
CineMassacre's Monster Madness
Psychotronic
Furious Cinema's 50 Furious Films of The 1970s
American Grindhouse
Tim Dirks' The History of Sex in Cinema
Sound on Sight's Greatest Giallo Films
Cult Film Podcasts
50 Craziest B-Movies (Shortlist Magazine)
Final Girl Shocktoberfest Poll
Rue Morgue's 200 Alternative Horror Films
Paste Magazine's The 100 Best “B Movies” of All Time
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Feature Films
io9's 30 Cult Movies That Absolutely Everybody Must See
Gritty crime flicks of the 60s, 70s and 80s
The Gentlemen's Guide To Midnite Cinema
The Canadian Cult
Action-comedy-cool-cult-fridaynight-fun-gangster-hardboiled-horror-scifi-teen-trashy movies
The Rough Guide to Cult Movies
500+ Essential Cult Movies
Skype Crew Watch Bad Movies
Sleazoid Express: A Mind Twisting Tour Through the Grindhouse Cinema of Time Square
VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics
Nazisploitation
Filmmagasinets Kultsider
An Exploitation Independent Checklist
The Complete Video Nasties List
Swedish Sensationsfilms 2011
Exploitation TV
Chicks in Chains and Mean Muthers
Blaxploitation

Shout Out:
To Daviddoes, whose post last year I shamelessly borrowed.

Participants
Participants
RankParticipantNumber of Watches
1 flavo5000 120
2 jdidaco 100
3 Simba63 74
4 psychotronicbeatnik 73
5 frbrown 67
6 Daviddoes 40
7 72allinncallme 39
8 maxwelldeux 29
8 vortexsurfer 29
10 sol 28
11 hurluberlu 22
12 morrison-dylan-fan 20
13 OldAle1 19
13 ChrisReynolds 19
15 peeptoad 16
15 3eyes 16
15 allisoncm 16
18 insomnius 15
18 India Istanbul 15
20 shugs 12
20 jeroeno 12
22 Mate_cosido 11
23 cinephage 9
24 nimimerkillinen 6
24 Knaldskalle 6
26 jvv 4
26 VincentPrice 4
26 te18 4
29 weirdboy 2
29 Hippiemans 2
31 sebby 1
31 blocho 1
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"Heineken? Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon! That's what you'll drink tonight!"

:cheers:
Edited by psychotronicbeatnik, Apr 28 2018, 06:37:25 PM.
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Thanks, Max, even I can live with that. In (tho I might watch some vintage swashbucklers)

Just found this list:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/skype+crew+watch+bad+movies/nopros/
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Apr 28 2018, 08:52:27 PM
Thanks, Max, even I can live with that. In (tho I might watch some vintage swashbucklers)

Just found this list:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/skype+crew+watch+bad+movies/nopros/
Thanks! Added the list to the OP.
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Obviously 100% in
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I’m 25% in.
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In. I'll be watching some exploitation and related things.
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I'll join in.
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maxwelldeux
Apr 28 2018, 12:36:14 AM

3. Your weird uncle who has beer stains on his shirt and a penchant for saying REALLY inappropriate things

If you picked #3 to watch the film with, it will probably count for this challenge.

yo, uncle Pete! :cheers:
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I'm in
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I'm in. Will line up a bunch of gialli.
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I'm in. Also this list is pretty much made for this challenge:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/sleazoid+express+a+mind+twisting+tour+through+the+grindhouse+cinema+of+time+square/flavo5000/
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In. Thanks for hosting, max!
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Just found another list (focused on VHS):

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/videohounds+cult+flicks+and+trash+pics/nuclearplanet/
Edited by 3eyes, Apr 30 2018, 07:31:29 PM.
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Thanks - added both those lists to the OP
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Thanks maxwelldeux for running the challenge this year, it's always one of my favorites and it will be nice to participate without having to referee what counts.
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1. Cop Killers-1973: 8/10
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1. Followed Home (2010) 1/10
D.O.A. indie slasher lacking any of the elements of suspense, craft, gore or humour required to make a slasher palatable. A relatively scant 74 minutes so dull that it feels like 100.

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A few more lists to consider:

https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/nazisploitation/manwithpetgull/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/filmmagasinets+kultsider/runar/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/an+exploitation+independent+checklist/vincentprice/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/the+complete+video+nasties+list+section+12+and+3/peacefulanarchy/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/swedish+sensationsfilms+2011/apu/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/exploitation.tv/phibes/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/chicks+in+chains+and+mean+muthers+women+in+prison+films/joachimt/
https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/blaxploitation/c_kewley/

For the record, I don't see why some lists are included in the OP. The Parker Tyler list, for example, is essentially a list of experimental cinema. Sure, it could be argued the Warhol films and maybe Jack Smith's have garnered a cult following, but I wouldn't include most from that list. Not sure if the straight horror lists should be there either, except maybe for the Hammer list (=cult). Just my two cents.
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1. Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)

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A mutant sheep movie that isn't really about the mutant sheep. The plot sounds kooky enough as a mad scientist finds a mutated sheep embryo on a ranch and decides to incubate it to birth, and the creature itself is pretty wack, however, it only shows up in the second half of the movie as more than half the film is spent on a romance and a businessman's attempts to buy out a small outback Nevada town, plus the residents' attempts to scare him off by making him think he killed a prize dog.
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I guess if people want to watch movies that count for all three challenges, this month is an easy one. Just do the Spaghetti Westerns list.
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2. Night Train Murders (1975)

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I'm weary of revealing too much and possibly ruining a fresh experience of this nifty Italian thriller (and it is best not to view the iCM page either) but suffice it to say that when a film opens with its antagonists assaulting a man in a Santa's Claus outfit in broad daylight, you know that you are in for a grisly and decidedly offbeat affair -- and not your average bit of Xmas cheer.
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1. The Cave of the Silken Web (1967)
2. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
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1. Carny (1980) 5/10

2. Deathstalker (1983) 4/10
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1. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)
2. Greaser’s Palace (1972)
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May 1 2018, 09:59:41 AM
For the record, I don't see why some lists are included in the OP. The Parker Tyler list, for example, is essentially a list of experimental cinema. Sure, it could be argued the Warhol films and maybe Jack Smith's have garnered a cult following, but I wouldn't include most from that list. Not sure if the straight horror lists should be there either, except maybe for the Hammer list (=cult). Just my two cents.
Thanks for the lists and for pointing that out - I've updated the OP to include your lists and prune out some of the odder ones.
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Starting with a peplum and a spaghetti from Freda and S. Corbucci,

1. Spartaco (Sins of Rome, Story of Spartacus, Riccardo Freda, 1953) 9/10
2. La morte non conta I dollari (Death at Owell Rock, Riccardo Freda, 1967) 7/10

A big thanks to peplumtv.com for this wonderful gif from Freda's 'Spartaco' - Massimo Girotti in the arena against the lions,

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3. Il figlio di Spartacus (The Slave: The Son of Spartacus, Sergio Corbucci, 1962) 8/10
4. Minnesota Clay (Sergio Corbucci, 1964) 7/10

Widescreen magnificence, Egyptian locations, and the best of Steve Reeves,

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1. Quién sabe? / A bullet for the general (67) [Triple]
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1. Milano calibro 9 (Caliber 9) - 1972 - Fernando Di Leo
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This is a mafia crime thriller, centered around bullet-headed Ugo Piazza, just released from prison and being accosted by "Americano" (the American mafia boss) for stealing $300k in an incident prior to his incarceration. Rather than killing him straight out, Americano re-hires him so he can keep his eye on Ugo in the hopes he'll get the money that was stolen. Ugo has a dancer girlfriend Nelly Bordon (pictured above) whose primary role in Ugo's life is to look good and provide a place for him to hang out while he's not being beat up by mafioso, questioned by police, or involved in some crazy shoot out with people intent on killing him.

This is a very "Italian" movie. The style of shooting is reminiscent of any giallo you're likely to see, although this does not reach giallo levels of bloodshed. The plot is not very internally consistent, and to be honest it's easier to just go with the flow than try to untangle all the motivations, loyalties and betrayals. At one point in the movie, he is picked up by police while trying to escape the scene of a bloody and violent shootout in a villa, while carrying a duffel bag full of money. He literally is sitting in a bench in the police station with the duffel bag where everyone is being questioned about the shootout, and no police think to ask what's in the bag. Thankfully, movies like this do not need to make much sense to be entertaining!

Before I forget, I should mention that the soundtrack on this movie gets big props--it probably wouldn't have been nearly as engaging if it had different music.
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Let's get this show on the road!

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1. The Love Butcher (1975)
This weirdo Psycho-esque grindhouse pastiche is a great way to start off the challenge. A creepy gardener has a suave ladies' man split personality that likes the lassies a little too much, resulting in a series of murders. Very poorly made but offbeat and engaging enough that it rarely gets boring, which is high praise for this kind of flick.

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2. The Loved One (1965)
I quite liked this strange, morbid British film about a poet who falls for a girl in the mortuary business. It has a very quirky, dry sense of humor that I enjoyed a good deal.

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3. Joshua (1976)
The last of Fred Williamson's grndhouse oaters, he also wrote the screenplay for this one. The results are a very lean, straight forward revenge story of a guy who returns from the Civil War to seek revenge on the men who murdered his mother. It's very languidly paced in places, often featuring Williamson riding through the brush on horseback wordlessly. If not for the shrill, beyond irritating old man, the movie would have more to recommend it.

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4. Bloody Mama (1970)
Roger Corman adapts the no-frills story of gangster Ma Barker and her boys as they steal and kill as gangsters do. He even splices in documentary footage at times to give it a sense of grounding in reality. It ends up pretty decent with a young De Niro, Bruce Dern and Shelly Winters chewing scenery like there's no tomorrow.

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5. The Resurrected (1991)
Dan O' Bannon loosely adapts Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, a story in typical Lovecraft style of a scientist conducting unnatural experiments that unleash unspeakable horrors. While it starts off a little slow the second half picks up quite a bit with some good atmosphere and some nice special effects. Despite that, it's not hard to imagine an alternate universe where this is starring Jeffrey Combs as Ward with Stuart Gordon at the helm instead of O' Bannon.

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6. MST3K: The Creeping Terror
This was a pretty good early Mike episode with a really awful movie they get a lot of mileage out of. The interminable dance scene offers a great skit of Mike just blasting the bland, repetitive music for like five minutes, offering some great wordless physical comedy feigning entertainment. The monster itself ('Check out those gams!' as it eats a woman who's legs are hanging out its mouth hole) looks like an abortion of a parade float and moves like molasses.

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1. Cannibal Ferox (1981) 7*
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3. Road House (1989)

A stranger arrives in a lawless town ruled by an evil rich man, and cleans up the place. Maybe I could also count this for the Western Challenge :lol:

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01. La casa sperduta nel parco, by Ruggero Deodato (1980) 7/10

A sadistic thriller... Highly unlikely, but good exploitation...
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3. Diabolik (1968) 7.5/10

4. I Drink Your Blood (1970) 7/10

5. Deathrow Gameshow (1987) 3/10

6. Hollywood Man (1976) 3/10

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3. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)

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A zombie movie with a difference, this Italian offering taps into fears of radiation and environmental concerns as an experimental new form of pesticide (see above) that aggravates insects causes the undead to rise from their graves. Oddball touches include a doctor who wants the male protagonist to donate his body to science and babies born with zombie-like tendencies. The reliable Arthur Kennedy is also on hand as a grumpy cop.
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Human Growth: Second Edition 19min

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1. Il pistolero dell'Ave Maria (1969) - 6/10
2. Une corde... un Colt... (1969) - 6/10
3. Il grande silenzio (1968) - 8/10
4. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (1971) - 6/10
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4. Top Model (1988)

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5. Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942)

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Olsen's Krimi/Eurocrime double-bill & a couple of DEFA's Indianerfilme,

5. Das Rasthaus der grausamen Puppen (Inn of the Gruesome Dolls, Rolf Olsen, 1967) 8/10
6. Blutiger Freitag (Bloody Friday, Rolf Olsen, 1972) 7/10

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7. Apachen (Apaches, Gottfried Kolditz, 1973) 7/10
8. Blauvogel (Blue Bird, Ulrich Weiß, 1979) 9.5/10 (l)

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