• Ryder P.I.

    Ryder P.I.

    Over 60 comedians... not a single chuckle. By the time Frances Raines appears, I had already written off this train wreck as a dud. And still, not even one of my biggest '80s B-movie crushes could add a shred of enjoyment here. Kind of a miserable experience. I gave it a very generous hour of my time before hitting STOP. What's sad is that I actually sought out this flick. Ugh.

  • Inspector Ike

    Inspector Ike

    ★★★½

    Resembles a feature-length skit more so than a real film (or even a TV movie), and as such it could've used more laughs, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thoroughly amused. Inspector Ike is such a lovable character and the whole thing is a feel-good joy. The pacing can be slow and some of the comedy falls flat, yet it all kind of works out in the end. Glad I gave it a shot. 🥂

  • Goof on the Loose

    Goof on the Loose

    A darling homage to 1920s slapstick comedies from Steckler. If this had been any longer than 10 minutes, it might have fried my brain with its tomfoolery. But that's not to say it wouldn't be worth the risk.

  • Slashed

    Slashed

    ★★★½

    Slashed... is a composite of footage from previously released Ray Dennis Steckler films, Red Heat being the predominant one, and is presented as a "silent" short that follows various criminals and sex workers around Sin City. Basically just something to have on in the background as there's no dialogue or plot. But if you're looking for some scuzzy ambience for your living room, then you just might've found the grindhouse version of the Yule log channel at Christmas time.

    An alternate mashup, titled Face of Evil, also exists.

  • Face of Evil

    Face of Evil

    ★★★★

    Face of Evil is a half-hour "silent" serial killer flick by Ray Dennis Steckler that is assembled entirely from recycled footage of several of his previously released adult films, most recognizably Fire Down Below, although it leaves out the hardcore sex. It's basically just an ambient piece. No dialogue, no plot, just library music and sleazeball '70s crime vibes. If you want to get the most out of this film, I bet it'd look great projected onto a wall at your next grindhouse-themed party.

    A second version, titled Slashed..., also exists.

  • Julia

    Julia

    ★★★

    Julia tells the story of Patrick, a boarding schooler vacationing for the summer at his screwball family's lakeside home, and his horny misadventures with childhood playmate Julia and father's girlfriend Yvonne. Patrick's not exactly a good person, as evidence by his accidental killing of his best friend and attempted rape of a maid, but I think the film wants us to sympathize with him as an awkward teenager.

    I couldn't really tell if this was supposed to be erotica, absurdist…

  • Talking Walls

    Talking Walls

    ★★½

    This almost forgotten '80s sex comedy/romance was just okay. I assumed the premise of a grad student falling in love while living at a seedy motel and filming couples screw for his thesis couldn't miss, but its otherwise interesting mockumentary approach didn't leave much room for storytelling. The whole thing had a kind of Better Off Dead feel to it, and while I love that movie, Talking Walls didn't bring enough laughs or heart to the screen. The number of…

  • Death Brings Roses

    Death Brings Roses

    ★★★

    A story about Chuck, an errand boy for a legally grey entertainment agency in the French Quarter, and his upward trajectory in the crime-riddled business.

    This ain't exactly The Godfather, nor is it up to snuff with the sleazier side of B-grade cinema, but Death Brings Roses has a kind of professionalism about it that made me take it more seriously than I otherwise would have. It's a quiet little gangster flick as well as an interesting time capsule of 1970s New Orleans and its music. Fans of William Grefé might find something to like here.

  • Make-Out with Violence

    Make-Out with Violence

    ★★★★★

    Probably tied with The House of the Devil as my most watched film of the 2010s, Make-Out with Violence is such a winner for me. A hybrid of horror and coming-of-age teen dramedy, but it never really lets the horror elements take full control of the story. Because of its extended production schedule (years in the making) and the collective of very talented artists behind and in front of the camera, the film is, I think, flawlessly crafted and features…

  • Girl on a Chain Gang

    Girl on a Chain Gang

    ★★★½

    Girl on a Chain Gang belongs to that subcategory of hicksploitation we could call the "racist small town sheriff thriller" and was inspired by the same true events that Murder in Mississippi (also a Something Weird Video title) had been, which beat Girl to the punch by premiering one year earlier. William Watson is masterful as the sheriff in question, and the film's tension doesn't let up for a moment until the slightly more comedic and dry courtroom scenes in…

  • C.B. Hustlers

    C.B. Hustlers

    ★★★

    First shot of the movie: the reflection of the camera operator's feet in the chrome bumpers of parked semi trucks.

    The cast and crew of Drive-In Massacre are behind the wheel again in this story of a shaggin' wagon escort service that caters to horny truckers and attracts the attention of two bickering reporters and the sheriff.

    While exploitation character actors abound (my favorite always being Bruce Kimball), Uschi Digard steals the show. She really doesn't make it fair for…

  • Six Pack Annie

    Six Pack Annie

    ★★★½

    "What'll it be, miss?"
    "Give me a beer in the can."
    "I can't take it to you in the can, you'll have to drink it here."

    Sixpack Annie is a drinkin' and drivin' floozy whose aunt owes the bank $5,641.87 and risks the foreclosure of her diner. Annie has it in her head to find herself a sugar daddy to pay off the debt, and I'm sitting here thinking Shoot, I can afford that!

    "I got screwed!"
    "I knew you…