Motion Picture Purgatory: Mondo Nude

We’re pleased to offer the first post in a new ongoing series by legendary Montreal cartoonist Rick Trembles exclusive to Canuxploitation! Twice a month we’ll be featuring an all new strip/movie review by Rick focusing on Canadian exploitation and B-films done in his usual unique style.

For this debut instalment, Rick looks at the Anthony Kramreither-backed feast of flesh, the always sleazy doc MONDO NUDE.


CanFilm Five: Black Museum Curator Andrea Subissati

“CanFilm Five” is the Canuxploitation blog’s ongoing guest column, which brings together prominent filmmakers, bloggers, critics and programmers to discuss their most loved offbeat Canadian films.

Along with Canuxploitation.com founder Paul Corupe,  Andrea “ Lady Hellbat” Subissati is a curator for The Black Museum, a limited engagement of horror lectures and screenings based out of Toronto’s Projection Booth East theatre. Taking place throughout the fall, this event offers the chance for horror professionals of all kinds to share their experience, knowledge and love of the genre in a casual and interactive atmosphere.

Andrea is also a sociologist and writer on cultural studies and the horror film genre. In 2010, her first book on the social impact of zombie cinema was published under the title When There’s No More Room In Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead. The book has been reviewed in Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, and Lady Hellbat has become a voice in horror journalism thanks to her well-received guest spots on the Rue Morgue podcast. She has also appeared on Lianne Spiderbaby‘s Fright Bytes webcast series, as featured on the Fangoria site.

In preparation for her  upcoming Black Museum lecture, “Unearthed: A Cultural History of the Zombie,” (get tickets now!) Andrea offers something a little different from our usual CanFilm Five lists — the top five reasons Toronto is a great place to live for horror fans.

Filming destination
Toronto is now home to horror royalty George A. Romero, and sightings of genre directors Eli Roth, Paul WS Anderson and Guillermo Del Toro are not uncommon. In fact, Mr. Del Toro has such a soft spot for the big smoke that he treated the city to a four-course master class on a selection of Hitchcock films last year and he even hinted that he’d love to do it again. Lucky us!

The Toronto Zombie Walk
Toronto did it first, and 2012 marks the TZW’s 10th anniversary. With special guests John A. Russo and Russ Streiner in attendance, this year’s march of the undead is sure to be the biggest and the best one yet.

Rue Morgue Magazine
The home office of the most established and respected genre publication is located in the West end of the city. Formerly a funeral home, the office kept the chapel to use as a screening room and the whole place is so cool they should really charge admission for tours… but they do it for free. Another perk of Rue Morgue being in the ‘hood is Cinemacabre (the Rue’s monthly horror screenings) and the best Halloween party around.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival
TAD is only seven years old but you wouldn’t know it to see the lineups encircling local cinemas every October. What started as four days of screenings has since expanded to “Nine Nights of Cinematic Mayhem”, where the indie and international horror, sci-fi and cult films receive red carpet treatment, with an added emphasis on integrating the local horror community. Great movies, guaranteed.

The Black Museum
OK, so we’re not as big as Rue Morgue or TAD (yet) and, if you’ve been paying close attention, maybe the writer of this list is a wee bit biased. But you’ve got to admit, The Black Museum is a worthy addition to the pantheon of horror events and institutions listed above. For the price of a night at the movies, Black Museum guests take a tour into the blood and guts of movies with courses led by some of the biggest names in the biz.


Canuxploitation on DVD: Fall 2012 Preview

Halloween means horror and that means it’s the perfect time for DVD companies to finally get around to releasing some of those creepy Canadian masterpieces they’ve kept under wraps for months. This year is no different, as we see another handful of titles hitting shelves including more releases hitting Blu-ray than ever before.

TERROR TRAIN (Shout Factory)
Release Date: October 16
Read Our Review

Fox didn’t do much with the original barebones DVD release of the seminal CanSlasher TERROR TRAIN, and even though it’s not a personal favourite around these parts, it’s hard to deny its rightful place in the tax shelter boom. If you missed it the first time, now’s your opportunity to get all abroad for Shout Factory’s bang up special edition DVD/Blu-ray.

DEATH SHIP (Scorpion) + Blu-ray
Release Date: November 6

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This classic, underrated Canadian shocker makes its R1 DVD (and Blu-ray!) debut courtesy of Scorpion–it’s definitely our pick if you’re looking to grab a Canadian cult film to curl up with on Halloween. Creepy boats, Saul Rubinek, George Kennedy going nuts–this one really has it all.

Release Date: November 6
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Scorpion continues to impress with a release of this tax shelter obscurity. Though the company has cautioned that the DVD was sourced from a video master–apparently all that was avaialble–they’ve made it available for a decent price. Either way it’s great to have this rarity back in circulation.

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