PSYCHOTRONIC NETFLIX VOL. 7
HEY BASTARDS. Welcome to another edition of PSYCHOTRONIC NETFLIX! This week we’ve got ten flicks available to you lucky Netflix subscribers, at least a couple of which should be worth sitting through!
10. American Raspberry (1977)
The R-rated sketch comedy film has become a lost genre over the past couple of decades (save for enigmas like THE ONION MOVIE), but you can sample the field with this compilation of sketches spoofing ‘70s era television with loads of nudity and general bad taste. With Joanna Cassidy, Stephen Furst, Harry Shearer, Harris Yulin and Warren Oates among the large cast, also released as PRIME TIME.
9. The Unnamable (1988)
The “Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft” is tenuous, but JeanPaul Ouellette’s pic about a pair of college students who seek out the title monster in a vault and release it to wreak havoc is an entertaining late-‘80s horror entry. With DR. CALIGARI’s Laura Albert.
8. Monkey Hu$tle (1976)
The same year as previous recommendation J.D.’s REVENGE, Arthur Marks directed this enjoyably goofy ensemble comedy in the CAR WASH mold featuring scams, block parties, Yaphet Kotto and a great soundtrack. With Rudy Ray Moore, Thomas Carter and Rosiland Cash, it’s more an enjoyably light neighborhood portrait than the blaxploitation flick it’s often noted as.
7. The Evictors (1979)
THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK’s Charles B. Pierce shot this eerie crime tale about a young couple (Jessica Harper and Michael Parks) who move into a house in a small village who eye them suspiciously, and then odd things start to happen. A low-key thriller than often gets classified as a horror film, it’s still worth a look, featuring Vic Morrow and Sue Ann Langdon.
6. Tam Lin (1970)
The sole feature film directed by Roddy McDowall, TAM LIN is a real oddity, starring Ava Gardner as an older, wealthy woman who uses sorcery to convince her young lover (Ian McShane) of her eternal youth until a young girl (Stephanie Beacham) enters the mix. Also released as THE DEVIL’S WIDOW and featuring Cyril Cusack, Joanna Lumley and Bruce Robinson, this has yet to be released on DVD in the States.
5. Cropsey (2009)
Based on the urban legend that also formed the basis for THE BURNING, this documentary delves into the origins of the tales of missing children in New York and revisits the locales where the truths may have come from. At its’ most interesting, it’s a great profile of the American justice system, even if it does get sidetracked by some of the modern day footage.
4. Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976)
Ruggerto Deodato’s Eurocrime thriller about two sadistic motorcycle cops isn’t as tough a watch as his notorious CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, but it’s still a fascistic, sexist ride that borders on satire and never bores.
3. The Lickerish Quartet (1970)
Radley Metzger was one of the most artistically-inclined of the adult filmmakers of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and this tale of a wealthy couple and their son, who all become obsessed with the star of a porn film they watch and take a lookalike into their home is one of his best. Clever, tense, and gorgeously shot in a castle, this is the loft to which all softcore film should aspire.
2. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
A few years before they won Oscars for THE ARTIST, director Michael Hazanavicius and actor Jean Dujardin teamed up for this hilarious screwball homage to the ‘60s Eurospy films popular overseas. It’s the BLACK DYNAMITE of ‘60s spy films, and the sequel, while not as good, is also available on streaming.
1. The Final Countdown (1980)
An American nuclear aircraft carrier and its crew are caught in a classic dilemma when a supernatural storm sends them back in time just before the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. An enjoyable sci-fi flick with a big-name cast: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farantino, Ron O’Neal, Charles Durning and Lloyd Kaufman (!) are all along for the ride.
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