Santa Sangre (1989)

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This was my first Alejandro Jodorowsky experience so… not a terrible place to start. It isn’t his best film but absolutely worth a look if you’re unfamiliar. Hyper, surreal, funny, violent, and poetic. If you enjoy this, please see El Topo (1970), The Holy Mountain (1973), Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013), The Dance of Reality (2013), and Endless Poetry (2016).

Bonus: If you’d like to learn a bit more about Jodorowsky check out the documentary The Jodorowsky Constellation (1994) on Amazon prime. It isn’t in HD but that’s forgivable.

Available on Blu-ray from Severin.

Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)

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It’s pretty amazing it took me this long to recommend a Lucio Fulci film. Sadly there aren’t many available via streaming services. This is one of my favorite movies by the man dubbed The Godfather of Gore. It’s not one of his goriest ones either. In fact, some scenes feel more like an art film.

Ok look… this movie is a fantastic horror thriller, but the end features a very clumsy FX prop death scene. You’ll know it when you see it. It looked crappy when I first saw this in the ‘90s and it looks even more ridiculous now. What’s weird is that Fulci liked it so much he used the same scene in another later film. WTF Lucio? Great film though. Truly great.

Available on Blu-ray from Arrow.

Nightmare (1981)

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Aka Nightmares in a Damaged Brain this is a seriously gritty, dark, and bloody ’80s horror film. Aspects look a bit dated and cheap but honestly this is an excellent movie. There are some amazing scenes from the heyday of Times Square shot in real peep show locations that are all gone now thanks to Trump’s lawyer. I was fortunate enough to see a 35mm print of this AND Maniac at an old school one-screen movie house in New Jersey around 2005. If you ever get the opportunity to see a classic movie projected on celluloid do not pass it up. It’s a magical experience and has become my favorite pastime.

Available on import Blu-ray from 88 Films.

Phase IV (1974)

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This might just be my favorite PG rated movie. A group of ants achieve group intelligence and launch sophisticated attacks on humans. That sounds pretty lame but trust me, this movie is trippy as hell and rewarding on many levels. It also happens to be directed by Saul Bass. Yes, THAT guy. The greatest graphic designer of all time. A man of many talents, Bass helmed one of the weirdest SF films in history too. What a stud.

Available on Blu-ray from Olive Films.

Turkey Shoot (1982)

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Aka Escape 2000 this is a futuristic prison film where baddies hunt humans. This is a personal all-time favorite exploitation movie. It’s got everything: action, drama, sleaze and a belligerent mutant wolf man. Turkey Shoot may be the most bizarre of all the 80’s Australian exploitation films and is a blast from start to finish.

Available on Blu-ray from Severin.

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

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A doctor’s wife is decapitated in an accident but he manages to keep her head alive while he hunts for a new body. This is might just be my favorite “so bad it’s good” movie. I’m pretty sure the 80’s classic Re-Animator was heavily influenced by The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. I’d recommend watching this with a few drinks, or whathaveyou, to loosen up. Maybe invite some friends. It’s quite a ride. The film is public domain so there are tons of shitty versions out there. Look for the one on Amazon Prime that is widescreen and 1080p.

Available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory.