Anyone with even the slightest interest in home entertainment recognises the importance of VHS. The marketing and promotion from the independent distribution companies elevated the medium to such an extent that collectors today now happily pay significant amounts of money for a VHS tape; not for the movie itself, but for the incredible artwork/design featured on the cover.
“Prepare yourself for the darkest day of horror the world has ever known!”
Set in Vancouver Dead Hooker in a Trunk is a unrelenting road movie; a exploitative wet dream where the audience are expected to expect the unexpected. The energy that extrudes from the screen is matched only by the Soska Sisters’ dark humour. An ambitious debut that deserves to be welcomed with open arms by any self-confessed consumer of violent cinema.
“The whore in the boot was the least of their worries…”
After the death of his father and the inheritance of his estate Jonathan Graves, with his girlfriend Rebecca, decide to move into the family mansion and throw a party to celebrate the occasion. During the party Jonathan suggests that he and his friends perform a ritual in the basement of the mansion. The attempt to conjure up a spirit proves initially unsuccessful, but Rebecca soon discovers creatures that have taken up residence…
“They’ll get you in the end.”
Developed by Exidy and released for the Arcade in 1986, Chiller was banned outright in the United Kingdom for being gratuitously violent with no redeeming features and only received a limited release in the United States because, according to writer Steven L. Kent “nobody would buy the damn thing.”
“Now playing on the coin-op amusement video screen!”
The 1970′s were considered a golden age for exploitation in cinema, with a plethora of releases reaching drive-in’s, grindhouses, and even the mainstream. Exploitation films are more relevant to the development of cinema than any other genre, because they persisted to push the boundaries of creativity (and good taste). So now, without further ado, I present 5 Essential Exploitation Films of 1978.
“Their cult was death… Their lust was for blood!”