Deep in the tax shelter era, Canada churned out some top notch backwoods thrillers. SUDDEN FURY, the latest title tackled by MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY’s Rick Trembles, is perhaps one of the best. Director Brian Damude’s only feature is a minimalist effort that plays out against a rural Ontario backdrop, as a psychotic husband tries to stage the death of his wife after an unfortunate accident leaves her pinned in her car.
Canadian B-film usually favours pastiche over straight-ahead punk, but not when it comes to TERMINAL CITY RICOCHET (1990), the weird west-coast rock movie from one of Canuxploitation’s favourite homegrown directors Zale Dalen. Rick Trembles returns with another site-exclusive MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY in which he pours over the film’s strange dystopian sci-fi mediascape and pumps his fist for featured punk legends D.O.A. and Jello Biafra.
Rick Trembles returns with a site-exclusive MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY on one the strangest films to ever come out of Canada, the 1973 fever dream GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN (1973). Bloody dream sequences, hippie philosophy, kidnappings, Vietnam angst and allegories galore collide in this relatively genre-free genre film. Don’t forget: if you liked Trembles’ previous work for our site, he’s gathered all previous strips from 2012 to 2013 in a cool new mini-comic, MINI MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY!
Talk about purgatory–if you’ve been to your local multiplex lately, you may have noticed we’re in the midst of superhero cinema overload, with dozens upon dozens of franchise-building entries set to be meted over the next decade, each more hyped than the last. But though Marvel and DC now dominate, it wasn’t so long ago that superhero cinema was far more quaint, stocked with knock-off brands and substandard powers. For example, how’s about a Canadian superhero film that not only boasts dominatrices, sex toys and incestuous overtones, but also happens to star the wife of a famous rock star? Rick Trembles is back with another site-exclusive MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY, ready to don his cape and cowl and go head-to-toe with the very bizarre ELECTRA (1996),
And don’t forget: if you liked Trembles’ previous work for our site, he’s gathered all previous strips from 2012 to 2013 in a cool new mini-comic, MINI MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY!
It’s a new year with new boutique DVD and Blu-ray labels sprouting up to take over where the big studios left off. For home video fans, that’s good news, as it means many offbeat Canadian films may still have a chance to hit DVD over the next year, including some of those noted below. Remember that clicking through these links helps support our efforts is rediscovering classic Canadian cult film, and that the Amazon links on the sidebar are always updated with the latest new release announcements for your viewing pleasure.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone / Krull DVD (Mill Creek)
Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Cinepix’s 3-D space opera is back on this new release with the like-minded Hollywood hit KRULL. This was released on DVD many years ago, so nice to see a budget release for those that missed it.
The new Saskatchewan-shot B-movie homage WOLFCOP hits both formats this winter from Anchor Bay.
Jonathan Kaplan’s Canadian co-production isn’t particularly Canadian but does have some solid truckin’ action. This is its first proper release, having only been available via Sony’s burn-on-demand DVD program.
Be part of the future! High school exploitation classic CLASS OF 1984 gets the redux treatment from Shout Factory’s Scream Factory sub label. This season’s must-have release.