Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Friday, June 7, 2019
The Imaginary Artsploitation Films Catalog: # 1 - Pink Flamingos (1972, Director: John Waters)
There is no better film for my first acquisition in the Imaginary Artsploitation Films Catalog than John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. This no-budget classic has all the elements of what makes a movie an artsploitation classic.
It has Controversy: An evil couple kidnaps young women, impregnates them with the sperm of a gay butler, then sells the babies to lesbian couples, and then uses the proceeds to peddle pornography and drugs to school children. There is Edie (Edith Massey), the undies-wearing, overweight, learning-disabled gal, who lives in a playpen and longs for gifts from the Egg Man. And of course, there is Divine gobbling up the warm fresh feces from a little doggie on the streets of Baltimore.
It has Violence: There is a mock trial lorded over by the vengeful transvestite Babs Johnson (Divine), which ends in the bloody executions of Raymond (David Lochary) and Connie Marble (Mink Stole), and along the way there is castration, house-burning and furniture-licking.
There is Weird Sex: Divine blows her own son Crackers (Danny Mills) — “Do my balls Mamma!” Crackers has sex with a woman and an unwilling chicken, and the chicken pays the ultimate price.
But most of all it has Art: The film was a bracing antidote to the naïve peace-and-love world of the ‘60s. It displays a different America, one of depravity and moral turpitude, and is a strangely accurate prediction of today’s current Trumpian world. The film should be screened to all high school students — hell, grade school students.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
RONDO comes out on DVD from Artsploitation Films on June 4th but you can Pre-Order Today on Amazon Prime for the Guaranteed Pre-Order Sale Price of Only $7.99
Twisted, kinky and violent, Rondo is a highly stylized pulp noir revenge/murder melodrama that relishes in the dark underbelly of civility. Troubled war vet Paul (Luke Sorge) is told by a psychiatrist that sex may be the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. She sends him to an apartment where he is to release his tensions by having sex with a beautiful young woman, all under the encouraging eyes of the woman’s husband. But deception is the name of the game as Paul and eventually his sister, are sucked into a bizarre criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot. Part black comedy, part slasher and part homage to the seedy films of 1970s grindhouse cinema, writer/director Drew Barnhardt has created a wholly unique American Indie.
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