Under the Skin (2013)

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I enjoyed this when it first came out. Slow but beautifully shot SF / horror, worth a watch for sure. A few years later I read the book, which is extremely different. The novel is excellent and would have made a much better film. Unfortunately it would have been too graphic to do any justice to. I think that may explain the director’s more minimal / artsy approach. If you liked the movie, DEFINITELY read the book. I would not recommend the reverse situation.

Available on Blu-ray from Lion’s Gate.

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.