Post-apocalyptic madness, hookers,
The Princess of Punk, and script from
John Carpenter, this week on the wall!
Hey Bastards. It’s a slow week on the wall this go-around which is good for me since I am dusting off the post Devil’s Night cobwebs (see: hungover). The release schedules are going to pick up from here on out so get ready for some good shit coming down the pike. Don’t forget to click on the cover art to buy the flicks on the list from Amazon and help support The Wall.
DG PICK OF THE WEEK
I saw NO BLADE OF GRASS (1970) back in the early ‘90’s on a grainy VHS tape that was being passed around my geek community of acne covered, mullet wearing film freaks (I paint a picture of a good looking crew). It was one of those copies that had been played so often the auto-tracking clicked on about every 20 minutes in search of a clearer picture. The director of the film was Cornel Wilde. Though NO BLADE OF GRASS would make a significant impression on me, Wilde fell off my radar until earlier this year when I saw NAKED PREY (1966) and since then I have been on a search for a copy of NO BLADE with no luck.
This film has been called the exploitation film with a message. It touches on themes of global warming (which was way ahead of its time) and a society spinning out of control. This is a smart, violent film with a very strong narrative that is unique to the exploitation genre. I wish this thing was on Blu-ray and wish it had some special features but Warner Archives doesn’t roll like that. Instead we get standard def and I don’t know about you, but I am just a happy bastard to even have this on my shelf. Dig it.
After Roger Corman sold New World Pictures, the new owners decided to class up the joint with a production about a “high school honor roll student by day, hooker by night!” This is straight-up, full-on sleaze… and I dig the hell out of it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first sequel but ANGEL III: THE FINAL CHAPTER features Richard Roundtree so of course we are going to dig it.
Mark Hartley, the director of NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, is back to explore B-movie feasts from the far east and while it’s not nearly as good as NQH, it’s still worth the coin. I just wish he had spent more time on one subject instead of jumping around so much. You are guaranteed to walk away with some new titles to check out though.
This is jam-packed with all kinds of tough. John Carpenter produced, Tommy Lee Jones and Linda Hamilton star, Bubba Smith co-stars, and Robert Vaughn is the villain. That’s enough to slap your momma. Film number two on the list that I wish we could have on Blu.
I actually haven’t seen this version but I know Poe is a huge fan. Anxious to check this out.
Outside of Barbara Crampton getting naked, FRATERNITY VACATION is really a mediocre 80’s sex comedy. The real reason to pick this up is to grab REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS. Sure, you get a dose of Sybil Danning, but you also get a fistful of Wendy O. Williams being one of the best badasses in the WIP genre. There were a few WIP films that lived up to their name, REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS is one of them.
THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK BASTARDS!
Next week we’re back with BLUE VELVET (Blu-ray), DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (Blu-ray), ONE EYED JACKS (Blu-ray), THE CANNONBALL RUN (Blu-ray), and more.
HERE’S TO GOOD WATCHING THIS WEEK,
SEE YOU ON FORTY DEUCE,
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