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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Underrated '88 - Steve Q

Though he prefers good films, Steve Q has reviewed over 1500 films you might not want to watch, if you knew they existed, on the blog "Down Among the 'Z' Movies." You can also find him on Twitter at @Amy_Surplice.

The Wizard of Speed and Time
Ray Harryhausen and Nick Park have all the fame, but the best stop-motion animator is Mike Jittlov, who expanded his short film from a decade earlier to feature length here. While not a great writer, director or actor, the things he does with animation are astounding and this film should be better known.
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Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers and Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
These are not exactly feminist classics, but they are surprisingly entertaining. "Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers" is one of the few films by Fred Olen Ray (he's directed over 150) that lives up to its title and features a dance by Linnea Quigley that may be the scream queen's finest moment. "Sorority Babes" is one of maybe two directed by David DeCoteau worth seeing (he's directed nearly 150); it's about a demonic imp in a bowling trophy and it too stars Linnea Quigley.
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Hell Comes to Frogtown
The only good film directed by Donald G. Jackson, this is a post-apocalyptic film where Rowdy Roddy Piper is one of the last fertile men in a world where mutant frogs and women vie to rule. It's cheesy as can be, but is better than a million more serious films of its genre.
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1988 was the year that everyone with a camcorder made their own film, generally with disastrous results, but this video is one of the rare exceptions. It's a splatter film, with a killer who comes back every five years, kills in the fifth month and for five consecutive days. At least five members of the cast are also members of the director's family and the budget might have been in the hundreds of dollars, but, for fans of cheap gore, this is a find. It is decidedly not for others.
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Crossing Delancey and Dominick and Eugene
These are two excellent films that I think tend to still be under-rated, or at least under-watched. "Crossing Delancey" is my favorite romantic comedy of the 1980's, starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert and probably the best performances in their respective careers. "Dominick and Eugene" is the story of two brothers, man-child Tom Hulce and medical student Ray Liotta and, if you can get through it without tearing up, you're tougher than I am.
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