Back again with another Canuxploitation-exclusive edition of Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles looks at one of the strangest films from Canada’s 3-D craze. SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE is a tax shelter sci-fi epic from the masters at Cinepix that offers viewers the chance to see Molly Ringwald chew her lip in three fabulous dimensions, among other moderately distracting sights.
Our toques are off to the London, U.K.-based The Duke Mitchell Film Club for this amazing compilation of trailers, commercials and more crazy Canadian ephemera created for their recent screening of CURTAINS:
Nude nautical naughtiness abounds in HAVE FIGURE WILL TRAVEL, Canada’s rarely seen 1963 contribution to the nudist colony film craze of the ’60s. For his latest Canuxploitation-exclusive edition of Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles rides the high seas with the film’s trio of barely clothed Toronto girls who head down to the United States for a little R&R by visiting the local sights, including some of the biggest “nature camps” south of the border!
In anticipation of tomorrow’s SEXCULA screening in Toronto at the Big Picture Cinema – Gerrard on April 6, 2013, we present the full, unedited DVD liner notes written by porn archaeologist Dimitrios Otis for the upcoming home video release. Join Dimitrios and Canuxploitation’s Paul Corupe at the screening, as well as a just-announced special pre-show entertainment provided by The Canadian Romantic!
SEXCULA is not only a legendary and long lost Canadian sex-horror movie — it’s the only hardcore film ever made in Canada during the Golden Age of Adult Film.
Shot in 1973 but never released in any form before now, Sexcula delivers the nudie and sex goods virtually nonstop in a campy satire on classic horror movies (Countess Sexcula teams up with a full-figured Dr. Fellatingstein) that toys with the genre but doesn’t tease the viewer; every strange development has a sex twist. We get a girl-and-gorilla mutual ravishment that combines burlesque with a curious anticipation of the bestiality art movie The Beast (1975), a female sex robot that puts the historic conceit of the plot into time warp, and an extended wedding orgy that takes us behind the scenes of an adult film shoot. Odd only begins to describe this movie.
Of mythical status in Canada despite never being seen — the 1986 movie Overnight blatantly spoofed Sexcula based on notorious production incidents — adult movie fans can finally get a look at a Canuck skin flick (yes, there’s a lumberjack.)
No jaded stag loop actresses or stoned hippies here! This Vancouver–shot porno gives us fresh babes a’plenty — and for those who’ve had expectations frustrated before by a hot female onscreen who remains under wraps: note that every actress who appears in Sexcula gets naked! This includes an enthusiastic Marilyn Chambers lookalike as Countess Sexcula, a buxom cutie who has no qualms about lying nude on a table for the entire movie (with occasional humpings by a hunchback), and a horny bride who can’t wait for the ring. This genuinely aroused actress sure puts the lie to all those fake-orgasmic emoters down south, eh?
Mainstream director Bob Hollowich never helmed another sex movie — too bad, he had the right instinct for it: let the sex scenes rule, don’t make the audience wait too long for the action to start, and above all don’t have a lot of boring filler. Hollowich weaves in just the right amount of setting and plot (and even those are sprinkled with skin) to keep things flowing. The result is a real “Canadian beaver” sex romp that entertains without distracting from the erotic factor — and has alot of fun with uninhibited Canadian gals in the process!
The final year of the tax shelters, 1988 saw the wildest burst of Canadian genre films hit theatres and VHS, an anything-goes last gasp from which all manner of strange and wonderful B-films emerged. For his latest Canuxploitation-exclusive edition of Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles tackles what may be the weirdest entry of the era, Ed Hunt’s Canuck camp classic THE BRAIN, in which a giant sentient brain eats anyone who’s resistant to his mind-control techniques.