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Motion Picture Purgatory: TRAPPED (1982)

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Yee-haw! In Canada’s short-lived rural revenge fad of the 1980s, few films surpassed Bill Fruet’s twisted country tale TRAPPED (1982). Starring American character actor Henry Silva as a rough ‘n’ nasty varmint who takes a disliking to some city boys sniffing around his moonshining operation, the film was penned by slasher horror specialist John Beaird and often feels like a horror movie at times. Rick Trembles takes on this Canadian backwoods B-classic for his latest edition of Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: NIGHT OF THE DRIBBLER (1990)

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In the race to the bottom for the title of “Canada’s worst slasher” there are a depressingly high number of contestants, including the subject of the latest Motion Picture Purgatory from contributor Rick Trembles. It’s hard to argue that NIGHT OF THE DRIBBLER (1990) doesn’t take the dubious prize–this pitifully budgeted horror film from producer/director Jack Bravman, the former porn impresario also behind tax shelter mayhem like ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE and VOODOO DOLLS, has perhaps the dumbest villain, worst jokes and a general cash-strapped atmosphere that kills more fun than hapless high school students. Rick sez:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: SKULLDUGGERY (1979)

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An early entry in Canada’s WTF cannon of weird and wonderful genre films, SKULLDUGGERY was made by Czech-born photographer Ota Richter during a stopover in Canada at the tail end of the 1970s. Borrowing from both the slasher fad and Satanic Panic fears about RPG games that were rampant at the time, Richter crafted this nonsensical and occasionally surreal horror film about the fine line between reality and fantasy. One of the first films to feature Manitoba-born actress and Canuxploitation mainstay Wendy Crewson (THE MARK OF CAIN), the film’s confusing story and off-kilter take on the horror genre has won it a few fans over the years. Now, it’s Rick Trembles‘ turn to roll some D12s on the film for his latest Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: THE FLY II (1989)

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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:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: American Nightmare (1983)

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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:

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