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Motion Picture Purgatory: BELLS (1982)

Another Canuxploitation-exclusive edition of Motion Picture Purgatory has come a-calling. This time Rick Trembles dials into the sleazy tax shelter classic BELLS (1982), aka MURDER BY PHONE. Is Canada’s biggest phone company deep into a sinister plan that involve electrocuting customers via killer calls? Only Richard Chamberlain’s beard knows for sure. Here’s Rick’s take:

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Motion Picture Purgatory: RABID (1977)

Get your vampire armpits ready for another Canuxploitation-exclusive edition of Rick Trembles’ Motion Picture Purgatory. This time, Rick probes the deep, dark orifices of David Cronenberg’s sophomore scare flick RABID (1977), in which ex-porn queen Marilyn Chambers unleashes a deadly disease that threatens to overtake Montreal.

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Motion Picture Purgatory: APRES-SKI (1971)

We’re back with another Canuxploitation-exclusive edition of Motion Picture Purgatory. This time Rick Trembles gets his skis shined up and grabs a cup of gratuitous bare flesh for a personal look at Cinepix’s naughty winter comedy APRES SKI (1971). This cornerstone of the Quebecois “maple syrup porn” era features a  fun soundtrack and lots of the eyebrow-raising humour that helped define the era before tax shelter cinema really took hold.

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Motion Picture Purgatory: YETI: GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY (1977)

“It’s kinda like the 1976 KING KONG remake but with Bigfoot instead of an ape, and the CN Tower instead of the Empire State Building” was surely the elevator pitch for the weird Toronto-lensed ’70s monster movie YETI: GIANT OF THE 20TH CENTURY, a film that pits the cryptozoological phenomenon against unscrupulous scientists and the confused citizens of Canada’s most populous city. In this Canuxploitation-exclusive edition of Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles looks at the filmed misadventures of Canada’s biggest contribution to Bigfoot cinema and one of Ontario’s hairiest tourists.

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Motion Picture Purgatory: SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE (1983)

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.

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