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Introducing: The Deuce


omg haha, i just found out that next month




will both be shown on german PayTV (in english!)

i´ll watch them both and if they are worthy (and I predict that they are), i´ll review them.


Finished my Day Of The Dead review…

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Next on the list: Lucio Fulci’s Zombie – the gorehound classic with the voodoo based zombies - I’ll have it by the weekend.


Kilgore, thanks for the review, I appreciate it BUT the only problem is, thats not a Grindhouse flick. :frowning:

Also its past 85’

Deliverance Review:

Genre: Hixploitation

Tagline: This is the weekend they didn’t play golf

Director: John Boorman


Deliverance takes place in Georgia where a group of friends go canoeing and camping on the weekend when something terrible happens along the way that changes their lifes forever. With an all-star cast of Burt Reynolds,Jon Voight,Ned Beatty, and Ronny Cox you know your in for one hell of a ride. The song played while they stop to get some gas is “Dueling Banjo’s” which is a lovely song that sets you up for the movie but also gets stuck in your head throughout the rest of the movie. Even before you see Lewis(Burt Reynolds) touch water you can tell that he is a wild one. After getting a good night sleep they all get right back into canoeing but Lewis doesn’t want to take Bobby or what he calls him “Chubby” with him so Bobby and Ed go together. While riding Bobby and Ed think they see Lewis and Drew stopped in the woods so they stop as well but are badly mistaken when they meet two hillbillies. They rape Bobby while Ed is tied to a tree by a belt and the other hillbilly is about rape Ed but then Lewis kills him with an arrow to the chest.

Deliverance has to have one of the most realistic scenes involving murder that I have ever seen. The way the rapist is kneeling on the ground dying slowly with an arrow sticking out of his chest is still shocking and powerful as it was when it was made. When you see Louis struggle to pull out the arrow it just gives me shivers down my back. The four talk about what has happen and come to an decision to bury the rapist and never speak of it ever again. The way this scene is directed makes this scene even more chilling and scary. They carry the body to an different location and bury the body there then the four get on their canoes and leave. After the three get back it would be four but Drew actually dies so the three actually by accident kill someone thinking it was the other hillbilly rapist but later they find out that it wasn’t him which leaves the other rapist running into the woods.

What makes Deliverance so scary is you could see this really happening or reading about it happening in the newspaper. It mainly feels so real and is so shocking because it is directed in documentary style. Once you watch Deliverance you’ll never think about riding in a canoe or going camping ever again.

Posters:(use either which one for the poster section)

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Here is the mothers day video review I will write a little blurb for the sleep away comp one in a little while.

Good job puttin’ this together. I blind-bought the VHS of this back in ‘95 but it got stolen a year later. Never seen the movie since. But this clip you made has got me dyin’ to re-watch it again.

“I’ll go get the Kodak”


(Time to drop a review for the Surreal/Experimental section)



Released in 1973

Distributed by Allen & Betty Klein and Company (ABKCO)

Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Starring Horácio Salinas and Alejandro Jodorowsky

In case you didn’t know, Alejandro Jodorowsky often makes religious films. But not the type of religious films you might expect. What he does is throw in the likes of Zen, Astrology, Catholicism, Taoism, Judaism, Buddhism, and various mystic beliefs into a blender and the result is an unforgettable motion picture like this.

The film begins showing the time of “The Thief” (Horácio Salinas) and his experiences on earth. And since he resembles Jesus Christ, perhaps it’s just a metaphor of the life and times of the son of God (Afterall, we see him “Crucified, destroying a temple, and gaining followers”)

Soon, The Theif is baited (Literally) after his lust for gold and taken into the realm of Morpheu…I mean, The Alchemist! Here, The Alchemist (Played by Jodorowsky) re-awakens The Thief and grants him new life to take place in gaining immortality. The Alchemist’s plan is to recruit members from the 9 planets and overthrow the immortals who reside in “The Holy Mountain”. Among the recruits:

Venus-Producer of beauty products

Uranus-Computer Technician (And this was 30 years before the internet)

Mars-Lesbian who’s a creator of religious weaponry

Mercury-Nubian/Type who only wears nothing but the tattooed symbols of Earth’s religions (The symbol of Mercury on her earrings could be the giveaway)

Jupiter-Millionaire artist

Saturn-Inhabitor (Or perhaps, deciever?) of better places for children and the elderly

Neptune-Mohawked Warlord Fascist

Pluto-Architect (And possible pedophile)

In order for his plan to be successful, The Alchemist must unite all the participants and undergo inner and physical testing to become one collective being and one step closer to immortality. Will it work?

As with Jodorowsky’s movies, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN succeeds in becoming another astonishing visual treat. The voiceover on his trailers often say that you’ll be both revolted and enchanted by the imagery of what’s put on display in his movies and this manages to be another great example. Many of the “Testing” scenes towards the final act can’t help but to grab your attention since sequences like this just aren’t seen in hundreds of other movies you’ll come across. And even though some might consider the “Twist ending” to be a cheat, In my eyes, Jodorowsky managed to “awaken” me both in a spiritual way and for the love of artistic cinema.



Thanks guys!


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Posters will be up soon too.


I just had to be the one to review this movie. :slight_smile:

The Return of the Living Dead

Released in 1985

Distributed by Orion Pictures Corporation

Directed by Dan O’ Bannon

Starring Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, Linnea Quigley

Before Edgar Wright successfully blended horror with comedy to give us a memorable zombie movie called Shaun of the Dead in 2004, there was this little gem from Dan O’Bannon that used the exact same formula twenty years earlier. Saying that Return of The Living Dead is a good zombie movie is a huge understatement. Personally speaking, it is my favorite zombie movie of all time. I have the most divine respect for Romero’s and Fulci’s golden contribution to the zombie sub-genre, but ROTL is the movie that entertains me the most. The reason is quite simple – it has everything you look forward to in a grindhouse type of film. Gore? Check. Gratuitous nudity? Check. A killer soundtrack? Check. Cool zombies? Check. Sure, it may be missing some sort of message or social commentary George Romero loved to include in his work. But ROTL was not filmed to give us some deeper meaning of life. It was filmed for the purpose of knocking our socks off. And in that respect, it succeeds with flying colors.

The movie begins with Freddie’s first working day at a medical supply warehouse while he is being lectured by Frank, his new work colleague, on how to do many interesting jobs like packing skeletons in a wooden box. Before you know it, Frank is telling Freddie about a canister found in the warehouse’s basement which had previously belonged to the military and which contained a harmful, toxic gas capable of bringing the dead to life. Freddie becomes totally fascinated by the whole thing, and both of them rush to the basement in no time to take a look at the canister. Unfortunately for them, they unwittingly release the toxic gas in the air and total chaos shortly ensues. To make things worse, the warehouse has a fresh cadaver just ready to be re-animated in the storage room. To make things even worse, the warehouse is also located near an abandoned cemetery where Freddie’s punk friends happen to be drinking, partying, stripping and basically having a good time. It is up to them to fight the undead and save the world from zombie domination.

I can list a hundred reasons why everybody should watch this movie at least once in his life. However, one reason is above all the rest – Linnea Quigley’s body needs to be appreciated by every heterosexual male on the face of the planet. The character she plays is called Trash, and she spends approximately half a minute of her screen-time clothed. All the other scenes featuring her make you feel grateful that there are pause and rewind buttons on your remote, because you won’t ever get enough of her. Despite her supporting role in the film, it is safe to say that she steals the whole show.

It should also be noted that before the remake of Dawn of the Dead, it was ROTL that was mainly responsible in promoting the idea of running zombies to the general public. Some may argue that Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City was the first movie to introduce this notion, but it’s important to clarify the factthat in that case the infected were not dead corpses to begin with, much like the virus explanation in 28 Days Later. In the case of ROTL, the running undead were resurrected from a graveyard, which was a relatively fresh take on the genre at the time. And the zombies being able to run worked tremendously well in this case, as it made them both creepier and funnier (watch out for the classic scene with the midget zombie running after one of our heroes).

Perhaps the biggest compliment that could be given to this movie is that it succeeds tremendously well in mixing horror with comedy; something which very few movies manage to do. When a movie manages to be both funny and scary in all the right doses, you know that you are witnessing something special. Many movies tried to copy the exact same formula after ROTL came out (including its much inferior sequel), and they all ended up being lame and unfunny. Not in this case. Dan O’Bannon knew perfectly well what he was aiming for before the shooting, and he passed the test with flying colors. In a way, he can be compared to a chemist mixing doses of different potions in a test tube with the hope of obtaining something fresh and unique.

ROTL truly is a must for all horror movie aficionados. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re not even worthy to be called a horror fan. Rush to your nearest retail store and get a copy of this little gem from the eighties.

Reviewed by Dolan Debattista - 09/22/2007


Link to tha trailer:




Awesome Scar!

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Is Return of the Killer Tomatoes a Exploitation film? I have it and shall watch it if it’s needed and if it’s an ex film.


Id say those Tomatoes films are more cult-comedy than Grindhouse. From now on, I would like to steer clear of those and try to keep it more about the traditional pre-80s exploitation films. Old school kung fu, giallo, hixploitation, blaxploitation (we need lots of those reviews) etc.


Yeah, it should be just 60s-70s. It’s GRINDHOUSE

Those 80s cut-n-paste Ninja films don’t count either, right?


Its really the 60s to early-mid 80s. Anything after 84-85 doesnt qualify. The only genre we’re covering that goes beyond 85 is Ozsploitation.

If people want to write a list of films they arent sure of. That would be easier to look over and pick which ones qualify as Grindhouse.

Theres a ton of review pages that arent filled yet, so if you can rent any of those films and review them. That would be cool.


Yeah, well, too bad I can’t rent any of that stuff over here… They’re also hard to find and download


Where do you live? UK?


No, Latvia, Eastern Europe.

Anyway, was just thinking, John Carpenter’s Christine qualifies for The Deuce? And if it does, what category? Carsploitation or horror? I love that goddamn movie, I’ll write a review


Here’s an thought:

I realize there are tons of Grindhouse movies from 60s-80’s to be reviewed, but why limit the Deuce to mid-80’s cinema?

Why not (maybe in the future) add a section called “The Beyond”, which contains all the later exploitation and B-films that just never happened to be screened at any real Grindhouse cinema.

just think of all that 80’s horror, trash, and the Cannon movies (which were as exploitive as it could get) Many movies countain the Grindhouse spirit that were made after they closed them down.


Bleach: Christine Id put under Horror/Thrillers. I dont really think of it as Grindhouse though. Im sure it played in some Grindhouses but its almost too mainstream to me. What about a review of Escape From New York? That would be more Grindhouse I think. (I could also add some music to the review).

Crazy H: Ill think about that. But Id like to actually fill up the genuine grindhouse sections before moving onto post grindhouse. Ya know what I mean? The Deuce is supposed to be just the real shit, not stuff thats sorta kinda grindhouse. Thats all.



Grindhouse? No. Exploitation? Yes.

Horror films are more or less exploitation by default.


Mike: Very true, thats a good point. Im trying to decide whether or not to add it. I kinda dont feel like its a true grindhouse film. Whereas I do think Friday the 13ths 1-5 are, even though Paramount released them. Weird.

But, lets ask ourselves this question: Do we think Christine may have played on The Deuce in a double feature with another horror film? It most likely did at one time or another.


Crazy H: Ill think about that. But Id like to actually fill up the genuine grindhouse sections before moving onto post grindhouse. Ya know what I mean? The Deuce is supposed to be just the real shit, not stuff thats sorta kinda grindhouse. Thats all.

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking: Fill up all the sections, then maybe sometime in the future move on to post-Grindhouse.


Is the Sentinel a grindhouse flick?

Here is a scene I found on youtube if no one knows what it is:

Here is a tv spot also: