Motion Picture Purgatory: CURTAINS (1983)

The tax shelters and dumb slasher horror go together like stubbies and snowmobiles, but one of the most curious Canadian entries of the fabled ’80s-era boom tried to elevate the trend with post-modern touches and a distinctly adult tone. Rick Trembles‘ MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY is back with the meta-horror entry CURTAINS, a notoriously troubled horror production that features an impressive level of Canadian talent, including Samantha Eggar, John Vernon, Mauiry Chaykin, Lesleh Donaldson, Lynne Griffin, and an exceptionally creepy doll. Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: CATHY’S CURSE (1977)

With Quebec’s deep Catholic roots, it’s almost impossible to conceive that there wouldn’t be a French-Canadian twist on The Exorcist made in the tax shelter era. True enough, this edition of MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY by Rick Trembles focuses on the Cinepix-produced CATHY’S CURSE (aka CAUCHEMARES), a half-baked France co-production featuring haunted dolls and maggot-infested food directed by the Marseille-born Eddy Matalon, who went on to make the much better BLACKOUT (1978). Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: THE GATE (1987)

Forget those little yellow suppositories, MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY by Rick Trembles is back with a look at the only movie minions worth caring about–the heavy-metal spawned homunculi that crawled up from The Gate (1987). Tibor Takács’ wonderfully weird children’s/horror/fantasy film is a full-on Toronto-shot VHS classic that turns on black magic rituals, dangerous rock bands and coming to terms with the finality of death. Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: SEX ISN’T SIN (1970)

This month’s MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY by Rick Trembles is another foray into the brief “maple syrup porn” boom that warmed up the frozen north in the 1970s. Montreal-based Cinepix pretty much dominated the scene at the time and while their 1970 flick SEX ISN’T SIN (AKA LOVE IN A 4 LETTER WORLD) (1970) doesn’t emphasize comedy as much as the trend’s most popular efforts, this tale of a sexual awakening of an entire family still delivers the goods. Rick sez:



Motion Picture Purgatory: TWO WOMEN IN GOLD (1970)

The Montreal-led “maple syrup porn” trend of the 1970s is one of the most curious sexploitation offshoots of Canadian film history, and its biggest hit was Claude Fournier’s TWO WOMEN IN GOLD (1970), a film about horny housewives and their cheatin’ husbands reportedly viewed by more than two million Canadian during its theatrical run. Rick Trembles looks at the film’s celebration of the then-dwindling sexual revolution for this month’s MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY. Rick sez:


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