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:



Motion Picture Purgatory: THE PARK IS MINE (1985)

Tommy Lee Jones storms central park in the post-‘Nam thriller THE PARK IS MINE, a made-for-cable TV thriller that became an HBO and First Choice staple back in the day. Ultimately, more words fly than bullets under the eye of veteran Canadian director Steven Hilliard Stern, but as Rick Trembles explores in his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, the film’s questionable message seems to champion individual empowerment by violent seizure of public land. Rick sez:


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