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The Grindbin is a weekly podcast about the world of exploitation and Grindhouse films. Each week we cover a new film, discuss the history behind it, and have some laughs as we run down the plot.
DEATH SMILES has everything you'd want in a gothic/giallo hybrid. The 1906 Austria setting means the scenery and costuming are beautifully lavish, but at the same time you get all of the weird angles, quick zooms and in-your-face brutality that give 70s Italian horror its distinct voice. Sorta like if Downton Abbey had eye trauma.
Cameron Mitchell gives a performance that simply can’t be missed in this generic action film from Crown International Pictures.
The uncomfortable, misguided but powerful film, COONSKIN, opens with Scatman Crothers singing his heart out while attacking a defenseless ukulele. At first listen this song sounds…well, racist. It is racist. It’s a minstrel song. The more I listen to it, the more I realize that the lyrics are 1) smarter than they appear and 2) tell the story of the African-American experience, more specifically the way blacks are represented in film. Bakshi did his research, he wrote a true red, white, and blue 19th century minstrel song, or parody of a minstrel song in this case.
Karate Kill is the new film that will have its US release July 18th and is the newest film from director/writer Kurando Mitsukake. If you've browsed netflix in the last few years you may have seen another one of his films, Gun Woman.
Nude Nuns with Big Guns is a 2010 film directed by Joseph Guzman and it is everything you think it is.
One of Lucio Fulci's earlier films, 1972's Don't Torture a Duckling is an interesting example of early 70's Italian filmmaking and the Giallo genre.
I love a good shoot out movie. I have always loved them and very few are as iconic and legendary as The Wild Bunch.
Take a look at one of the lesser entries on the infamous Video Nasty list!
I'm going to do something slightly more than a film review this time. I hope my slight change is tolerated by readers and maybe even introduces you to some very cool stuff you may not have known about otherwise.
Every one knows about the the infamous ED Wood film Plan 9. Even if you have not seen the film itself, you may have seen a fictionalized story about the making of it in the film Ed Wood. Yes its regarded as awful and one of the "so bad it's good" films that people still talk about. Irrespective of its quality and merit, it does have sticking around power and nothing proves that more than a remake.