Motion Picture Purgatory: THE FLY II (1989)


Aside from the upcoming RABID redo, Cronenberg has proven to be relatively immune to remakes. Unnecessary sequels, on the other hand, have been fair game, from SCANNERS III and SCANNER COP to the subject of Rick Trembles‘ latest Motion Picture Purgatory, THE FLY II. Featuring almost entirely different personnel both behind and in front of the camera, this Vancouver-shot follow up didn’t create quite the same buzz as the original (sorry). Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: American Nightmare (1983)


Perhaps the sleaziest slasher ever filmed in the grimy Toronto streets, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE is a strange tax shelter film from Don McBrearty, who had clearly come along from his roots at the NFB. Rick Trembles is back with another Motion Picture Purgatory that looks at the film’s endless parade of nudity and depravity, involving switchblades, sex blackmail and seedy stripper joints. Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE REPORTER (1990)


It’s hard to make heads or tails of the Toronto-shot REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE REPORTER, a rarely seen Canadian horror-comedy about a killer mutant newsman that sits somewhere between DARKMAN and THE TOXIC AVENGER, while not being as notable as either. For his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles explains why a quick skinny dip in toxic waste may be preferable to a viewing. Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: LEFT FOR DEAD (1978)


One of a pair of obscure “ripped-from-the-headlines” tax shelter thrillers by Murray Markowitz, the Toronto-shot LEFT FOR DEAD (aka DROP DEAD DEAREST, aka I MISS YOU HUGS AND KISSES) tackles the real murder of model Christine Demeter, which caused ripples in the late 1970s across Mississauga and in the Ontario Courts. Rick Trembles lays out the suspects in this true whodunnit for his latest Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: GLADIATOR COP (1995)


One of three(!) ’90s Canadian action flicks about dudes fighting in underground duels with Alexander the Great’s stolen sword, GLADIATOR COP is one of a handful of Lorenzo Lamas vehicles excreted out of the Great White North during the decade. Rick Trembles clangs steel with this HIGHLANDER-esque post tax-shelter effort in his latest Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez:


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