Motion Picture Purgatory: BREAKING ALL THE RULES (1985)

Diamond thievery spices up the 1980s teen sex comedy formula in BREAKING ALL THE RULES, a breezy romp based on a story co-authored by SCREWBALLS director Rafal Zielinski. Unlike Zielinski’s other efforts, this somewhat milder tale is a favourite 1980s time capsule thanks to fine use of its Montreal amusement park setting, and repeated showings on USA Up All Night. Rick Trembles takes a trip back to his childhood in his latest Motion Picture Purgatory on the film. Rick sez:


Motion Picture Purgatory: XTRO II (1990)

Back in the 1990s, once the last of the tax shelter money dried up, Canadian genre film went through a lean period largely focused on straight-to-video shlock and sequels to American straight-to-video shlock. One of the more interesting efforts was XTRO II: THE SECOND ENCOUNTER, a followup to the bizarre 1982 sci-fi effort that tries to do what ALIENS did for the previous entry in the franchise–namely, reimagine it as a tough guy action romp. This entry spearheaded by Canuck producers Lloyd A. Simandl and Michael Mazo (of EMPIRE OF ASH fame) saw UK director Harry Bromley Davenport revisiting the property he created, which he did again five years later for 1995’s American conclusion XTRO 3: WATCH THE SKIES. Rick Trembles abducted a copy of this sleazier Canadian second entry for his latest Motion Picture Purgatory Rick sez:


Motion Picture Purgatory: THUNDERGROUND (1989)

Sleaze-action specialists Shapiro-Glickenhaus┬áEntertainment briefly dipped their toes in the frozen north during the late 1980s, and one of the films they ended up distributing was THUNDERGROUND, an underground fighting period piece from veteran Canuxploitation purveyors Damian Lee and David Mitchell. Following in the footsteps of Hollywood efforts like HARD TIMES (1975) and THE HITTER (1979), only with feisty hobos, this effort sets up a last reel bareknuckle brawl between star Paul Coufos and Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who re-teamed with Lee and Mitchell soon after for the cult hit ABRAXAS, GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE. Rick Trembles delves into this curious road movie/romance/boxing flick in his latest Motion Picture Purgatory Rick sez:


Motion Picture Purgatory: THE KILLING MACHINE (1994)

One of the stars of seminal Canadian ’80s TV series NIGHT HEAT, Toronto-born Jeff Wincott continued to build his profile as a tough character actor throughout the 1990s by deploying some martial arts skills in flicks for PM Entertainment and others, including a handful for Toronto filmmakers Damian Lee and David Mitchell. Rick Trembles kicks off a new year of Motion Picture Purgatory with a look at one of his more notable Canadian actioners he made in his hometown, a dark conspiracy film with a slight sci-fi twist. Rick sez:


Motion Picture Purgatory: KINGS & DESPERATE MEN (1981)

Nothing says season’s greetings like a holiday hostage thriller, which is exactly what the obscure tax shelter co-production KINGS & DESPERATE MEN provides. In fact, the film’s director Alexis Kanner–who had previously co-starred on UK TV show THE PRISONER alongside Patrick McGoohan, who headlines here–later alleged that DIE HARD ripped off his earlier effort. A court of law didn’t agree. Rick Trembles takes a swig of egg nog and checks out this largely forgotten entry for his latest installment of Motion Picture Purgatory. Rick sez:

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