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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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Argentinean Gonzalo Calzada directs a visually explosive film where religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil spectacularly collide. Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of mystical plant. There, instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and for the nun herself, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Philadelphia’s Own Distribution Company,
Artsploitation Films Offers Best In Foreign Movies
The Philadelphia based movie distribution company ARTSPLOITATION FILMS is doing amazing things! You wouldn’t think much of this little building on North Hancock, but they are offering the BEST foreign movies in the world right now.
Unlike most film distribution companies, the name of our company describes the kinds of films we are looking to distribute. Artsploitation connotes – to me anyway – that perfect blend of genre/exploitation films with traditional art cinema. We are far from a horror film distributor – that’s too easy! We look for odd, challenging, fun, even difficult films – some are more art than genre and others are just genre fun but they all share in common an approach to filmmaking that we love.
So be they international thrillers, blood-spurting horror, art house dramas or just plain weird and wonderful, they are all part of the Artsploitation Films family. You may not like all of what we present but we hope you’ll be at least be intrigued into watching one of our offerings.– Raymond Murray, President
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Artsploitation on PINTEREST had just updated it's Gallery with Exclusive Pictures from CHRISTMAS BLOOD and SNOWFLAKE.
“Snowflake takes all the Grimm Fairy Tales familiar elements and turns them on their head. Without a doubt, this film’s strongest asset is its inventive premise. Characters destinies are constantly being altered by an author who is composing a screenplay as the story unfolds. And this gives the film an anything can happen vibe that greatly works to its advantage. From a production standpoint, there is not an area where this film does not deliver and then some. The well-constructed narrative moves along at a brisk moment and there is rarely a moment to your breath. The characters are well-defined and their motivations are never in doubt. Performance wise the cast are all very good in their respective roles. Ultimately, Snowflake is a modern-day return to Fairy Tales with a more sinister tone.” – 10kbullets
“In the tonal vein of Guy Ritchie or Quentin Tarantino, Germany’s Snowflake brings an ensemble of insanity to the viewer. It channels multiple plotlines in a hyper-stylish what-the-fuck of filmmaking. It does a little reality bending, too, going meta with the first oddball story it introduces. Both crime and horror violence share screen time with the film’s sense of humor, the blood and chuckles frequently overlapping, The eclectic ensemble of plots and people and textures is an embarrassment of riches. Snowflake knows how to navigate around its maze of meta mind-fuckery. It ably keeps the viewer on its toes and in suspense rather than confused and befuddled. – FilmPhreak
“A genre-bending, boundary-pushing mash-up that is as unique and totally original a movie you’ll see this year and maybe this decade. This is the kind of movie that Quentin Tarantino would love. The performances are solid throughout. The humor here is biting and sometimes jarring and even whimsical and the action is well-staged. This is easily one of the best films of the year and one I would recommend to any film lover anywhere.” – Cinema365
“Christmas Blood feels like Se7en, Halloween, and Black Christmas had a love child that was raised in the bleakest region of Norway. The movie feels like a cold snowy night and that is perfect. There is plenty to like about this movie. …would I recommend this movie? You bet your jingle bells I would! – TennesseeHorror