Vagrancy Films, Canada’s filthiest purveyors of cinematic crud have scoured their film vault for their newest release, COLOUR CORRECT MY COCK, a unique trailer compilation that represents one of their most to ambitious releases to date. James Bialkowski and Jacob Windatt have assembled a wealth of weird trailers, crazy concession ads, snippets of vintage porn, PSAs and other bizarre bits that will delight B-movie fiends. But there’s an extra treat in there for Canuxploitation fans too, as the Vagrancy guys have made this a truly Canadian release by sprinkling in some excellent vintage material from the Great White North. It’s all been tossed together into a (purposely) splicy, scratchy,yellowing presentation meant to replicate the grimy attraction of seeing these clips at a drive-in or hardtop fleapit for the first time.
Maple leaf-waving highlights of COLOUR CORRECT MY COCK include an advertisement for the CBC airing of the 1977 Canadian Film Awards, featuring OUTRAGEOUS!, WHY SHOOT THE TEACHER?, J.A. MARTIN PHOTGRAPHE and WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND that makes it look like most of our films are tedious Prairie dramas. There’s also a fun, lengthy ad/trailer by the National Film Board for its Children’s Film Festival, a feature-length program of shorts “for the whole family” that debuted in 1968 and features clips from TI-JEAN GOES LUMBERING, Norm McLaren’s CHRISTMAS CRACKER, PADDLE-TO-THE-SEA, THE STORY OF CINDERELLA, DIMENSIONS and THE BEAR AND THE MOUSE.
Other nostalgia-provoking Canadian clips include Famous Players gift certificate ads (offered in “gay envelopes”), a Saskatchewan-produced anti-drunk driving spot, and a pre-show Cineplex Odeon promo with “$2.50 Tuesdays” emblazoned above their logo. But perhaps most painfully dry is a 1981 spot from Statistics Canada encouraging people to complete their census forms. Do it today!
While there aren’t any Canadian trailers on the disc, there’s still plenty of fascinating finds for cult film buffs. Heavy on the sex film trailers (including some straight-up hardcore porn–you’ve been warned) and ads for Italian genre films, highlights of the disc include the infamous Swedish sex romp DAGMAR’S HOT PANTS INC (1971), a couple Corbucci classics (DEATH ON THE RUN (1967) and SONNY AND JED (1972)), and the virtually unheard of Italian mafia pic GODMOTHER II (1973). DESTROYER (1988) with a re-animated death row inmate played by Lyle Alzado looks like lots of fun and, as expected, there’s also a trailer for Connie Stevens-starring SCORCHY (1976), a perennial favourite usually screened at Vagrancy’s events.
All in all, COLOUR CORRECT MY COCK (whose odd title is explained in a brief prologue) is a great and greasy little package of B-movie madness that scored some extra points with us because of the cool Canadian content included. But even seasoned trailer disc fans will want to check out Vagrancy’s down ‘n’ dirty presentation and commitment to unseen oddities that puts this particular compilation in a class by itself.
Tune your weapons for the latest exclusive mini-Motion Picture Purgatory by Rick Trembles, who keeps the dogs at bay with another exclusive Motion Picture Purgatory review of the brilliantly bad horrorshow ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NIGHTMARE (1986). Vancouver rock legend Thor stars in this surreal VHS staple featuring the finest cocktail of monsters, mammaries and metal to ever emerge from a rundown farmhouse in Mississauga.
Last year, when we talked to Shivers Film Society co-director Vince D’Amato, he noted his plans to bring Shivers’ U.K.-based Canadian cult film screening series back to his Vancouver hometown. Well, he’s made good on his word and Shivers’ new series, Canadadrome, a monthly spotlight on Canadian genre shorts and features, is set to debut at the Pacific Cinematheque on January 27, 2012. This all-day event will feature beer and wine for sale and local filmmakers in attendance for Q&As, providing some much-needed Canuxploitation love on the west coast.
So far two Canadadrome programs have been announced:
January 27, 2013 @ 1pm:
- The Familiar (short, D: Kody Zimmermann)
- Hike (short, D: Jennifer Campbell)
- Bong of the Dead (D: Thomas Newman)
- Cube (D: Vincenzo Natali)
February 24, 2013 @ 1pm:
- Jack (short, D: Krishan Randel)
- Madame Soliel’s Tea Party (short, D: Nadine L’Esperancel)
- The Hard Cut Double/Feature (D: Creepy Six Films)
- Pontypool (D: Bruce McDonald)
The classic Canadian shockers continue to hit DVD, with several very big rumoured releases planned for 2013. Until then, there’s still a few notable releases hitting shelves in the first quarter of 2013.
Originally released by Elite Entertainment, Scorpion has grabbed the rights to this icky demonic rape thriller by John Hough. Apparently it’s the same transfer and Hough declined to participate, but if you don’t have the old disc now’s a great time to pick up this intriguing Canadian horror entry.
THE JITTERS (Retromedia)
Release Date: March 19
Here’s one we haven’t seen yet–after director John Fasano made ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE and ROCK N ROLL NIGHTMARE he went an entirely different route with this variation on the Chinese hopping vampire films, shot up north.
Here we are in 2013, which means that its time to look back at some of our favourite films and releases from 2012. We saw a lot more love for Canadian cult classics on DVD this year, with lots of indie filmmakers scrambling to cook up the next sensation like HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN.
Things were happening here at Canuxploitation.com too–we delivered our “Echoes from the Sleep Room” course again at the The Black Museum, began publishing an exclusive Canadian film edition of the Motion Picture Purgatory comic strip and a TV column. We also help rediscover some “lost” Canadian films–the pioneering X-rated SEXCULA and cottage cult classic PSYCHO PIKE, along with some 1980s VHS obscurities during our “Summer of VHS” series. And beyond the site some related events popped up too from the Blood in the Snow Canadian horror film festival and the If They Came From Within speculative art show. All in all, It’s been a good year to be a Canuxploitation fan, so let’s take an entirely unscientific look back at the year that was.
BEST FEATURE OF 2012
Have we arrived in the post-grindhouse revival period? Probably not, but this year Brandon Cronenberg gave us a glimpse of where Canadian horror might be headed with this surprisingly accomplished sci-fi horror movie that draws on the imagery and mutated biology of his famous father’s films while still carving out a unique feel all its own. More than almost all recent genre films, it feels the most like a real tax shelter throwback with visiting Hollywood guest stars, high concept storytelling and that undeniable, gritty Canuck atmosphere that we love, far exceeding our expectations. Flawed? Perhaps, but its still our pick and for favourite film of the year.