Friday, June 22, 2018

The Muthers (1976)

Aw shit yeah, Enamaniacs.  I have a very good feeling about this week's B-Movie Enema.

Looking back on Black Friday 2017, I excitedly took advantage of a massive sale on the Vinegar Syndrome website.  One of the movies I was excited to pick up was The Muthers.  The reasons were plentiful.

For one, it looked like a pretty sweet action movie with ladies takin' over boats and blowing shit up and stuff.  I felt it was likely going to have a blaxploitation slant, and I think you all know how I feel about that sub-genre.  It also was starring some pretty hot ladies.  I think you all know how I feel about that topic too.  That's not all, I think almost all these chicks have been in Playboy.  So, there's that too.  It's also a "women in prison" flick that was pretty popular in the 70s and into the 80s.  But it allowed me to cross another thing off the ol' checklist - Filipino sleaze.

Yes, this was directed by the anointed "Master of Filipino Sleaze" Cirio Santiago.  He made a shit ton of movies in his lifetime.  One of which, TNT Jackson, was mentioned in my Policewomen article as it stars the lovely Jeannie Bell who is also in this movie.  He also made the 1980s Expendables movie that I've seen featured here and there on various other sites and YouTube shows.  He also did another movie I will be eventually getting to - a little shitty ditty called Vampire Hookers.

This isn't just a sleazy Filipino movie (and I hope only the first of many many Filipino movies I'm gonna do on this blog).  It isn't just a seemingly sexy lady action movie.  It doesn't just cross some lines into blaxploitation.  It's also a pirate movie.  That's right.  This movie features lady pirates fuckin' up some slave trades in the jungle.

Well, holy shit, what am I waiting for?  It's time to get balls-deep into this business.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Screwballs (1983)

After last week's Malibu High, a movie that is not at all as fun and lighthearted as the poster looked, I decided it's time for me to actually go for something that is exactly what it appears.

Screwballs - "The nuts who always score!"  I mean just look at that poster.  The simple composition of a girl in her underwear running away from a dude in his boxers while he pulls the strap to her bra tells you exactly everything you need to know about this movie.  Mainly that there will likely be lots and lots of sexual misconduct.  And I'm gonna see boobs.  But mostly the sexual misconduct.  But even more mostly that I'm gonna see boobs.

Back in the late 70s, National Lampoon's Animal House hit theaters and set the stage for a comedic renaissance that would sprout into what I can best describe as a few distinct sub-genres of comedy.  The first was, of course, the college comedy.  It usually would have characters who were in college, or college aged and served as a sort of coming-of-age type of flick.  That's what Animal House was and it would later include the Rodney Dangerfield classic Back to School.

Next was the shenanigans sub-genre.  The best example of this would be Caddyshack.  Usually, this included people (mostly guys) behaving poorly, or at least immaturely.  It might serve to stick it to the man or feature some sort of likable jerk who annoyed, or set out to directly opposed, another person.  Sometimes it was a group of friends trying to help a main character win a girl or win some sort of other contrived situation.

Finally, you had the sex romp.  The popularity of this sub-genre was launched into the stratosphere by Porky's.  It pretty much entirely focused on a set of guys whose main goal was to get laid, but also tended to wear the disguise of the coming-of-age type of story - but with lots of sex.  Typically, these characters were high school, or recently graduated, characters.  They were almost always immature in their use of low brow comedy, but every now and then, you'd get a super well done, mature, and, at times, touching movie like Fast Times at Ridgemont High that could utilize the drive young men have to lose their virginity with the girl they have a huge crush on to great affect, but not completely lower the standard of comedy or characterizations.

While many comedies of the 80s could utilize a venn diagram contraption to marry multiple sub-genres together, Screwballs is absolutely most directly influenced by Porky's.

I'm not going to give you a synopsis because, instead, I've got a pull quote from a website review.  "4 STARS! HALL OF FAME NUDITY! The essential epic of horny high school kids!"  Where did that quote come from, you ask?  Mr. Skin - the website devoted to giving you the exact time stamps for nudity in film.  Bravo!

Let's just dive right in, shall we?

Friday, June 8, 2018

Malibu High (1979)

Hooray!  I'm gonna watch more exploitation from the 70s!  This makes me very happy.  And why shouldn't I feel that way?  Look at the poster to the left for this week's feature, Malibu High.  Look at the comely lady sunbathing toplessly with that smile that almost says, "Look what I got myself into this time...  I'm such a fun gal!"

And what did she get herself into?  Well, it looks like a bunch of various types of guys in the background are looking on.  Because they are drawn in caricature while she is drawn in photo realism, I'm guessing these guys are gonna be a bunch of rapscallions that will be either scolding our luscious leading lady Kim (played by Jill Lansing), or they will be chasing after her like sex-crazed juveniles hoping she'll spend a night with them in the ol' sack.

Let's take a look at the synopsis on Wikipedia.  "High school student Kim Bentley (Lansing) is having a tough time of things at the moment, she has been dumped by her boyfriend Kevin (Stuart Taylor) for rich girl Annette (Tammy Taylor), her grades are slipping and she has no money, and all her mother (Phyllis Benson) seems to care about is cleaning. Kim tells her best friend Lucy (Katie Johnson) that the nonsense ends today."

Well that fits right in line with how jaunty and fun the poster looks!

Wait...  There's more: "Kim's been feeling sorry for herself ever since her father hanged himself."

Oh... Oh that's dark. And it goes on:

"She begins working for Tony the pimp (Alex Mann) and things start to look good for her, new clothes, new car and good grades. Annette begins to hate Kim even more and Kevin becomes jealous. Kim then meets Lance (Garth Howard) who frees her from turning tricks in a beat up old van which leads her to better clothes and nicer cars. Prostitution isn't the worst of it as Kim is forced to kill a man in self-defense when he tries to have his way with her being tied up. Kim becomes a hit woman and after murdering several people, she herself..." 

I have to stop there.  I... I don't want to ruin the end. The dark, downer, depressing end to this poor girl's story.

But the poster!  The poster looks so fun!  Sigh.  I guess we should get started and try to piece together if this movie is fun and lots of laughs or if it's moody, dark, and disturbing.

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)

"GIT BACK JACK - GIVE HIM NO JIVE... HE IS THE BAAAD'EST CAT IN '75"

Here's a perfect example of spectacular marketing at work.  I mean...  You've got a rhyme that uses the word "jive".  Not to mentioned "bad" has two extra A's for effect.  And this fella is a cat.  I like cats.

Also, this is a fuckin' for real 1970s blaxploitation action flick with crime and racists cops and a fuckin' pimp.

The Candy Tangerine Man is a favorite of the genre for Quentin Tarantino (becauseofcourseitis) and Samuel L. Jackson (because he's a bad motherfucker).  The former stating that the director, Matt Cimber, made some of his more favorite films.  I think it is also extremely important to discuss Mr. Cimber.

Matt Cimber is pretty well noted for making not only The Candy Tangerine Man, but also the film that accompanied it on the Vinegar Syndrom Blu-Ray/DVD release, Lady Cocoa.  However, Cimber made some other movies of note.  In the early 70s, he made some exploitation movies of a different kind - sex education films.  Most notably of these are Black is Beautiful (aka Africanus Sexualis) and The Sexually Liberated Female.  In the mid-70s, he made his more action-oriented blaxploitation flicks (which this week's feature is a part of), but in the 80s, he was a part of a couple other interesting projects.

In 1982, he made the movie Butterfly starring Pia Zadora.  The movie was nominated for three Golden Globes, two of which were for acting.  Zadora for a best newcomer category and Orson Motherfuckin' Welles for Best Support Actor.  The film, though, would also get nominated for a shit ton of Razzies, the bad movie equivalent of the Oscars, probably because the movie got nominated for the Golden Globes before anyone had actually seen it.  This was a relatively interesting award show controversy that might just be more interesting than the 2016 Oscars ending with the wrong movie being named Best Picture.  Simply put, Zadora's husband flew a bunch of the Hollywood Foreign Press, the committee that awards the Globes, to Las Vegas to see her sing -when she won an award for a movie that no one had yet seen, it raised some eyebrows that it was bought by her husband.

The other thing Cimber did in the 80s of note was as creator and director of  a bunch of episodes of GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.  Which now makes me wonder exactly how much inspiration Marc Maron took from Cimber in the Netflix series GLOW.  Did Matt Cimber ask people about cunt-punches?

I sure hope so.
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