My Grindhouse movie picks. Not necessarily the best, but the ones that come to mind.
I watch a fair amount of terrible movies, but the terrible movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s are just so much better. The lack of CGI is probably a big part of it.
Picks 1 & 2
The One-Armed Boxer and Master of the Flying Guillotine. Both are written, directed and star Jimmy Wang Yu. The Flying Guillotine is the sequel. The One-Armed boxer explains well, how he got to be the One-Armed Boxer and also sets the stage for the revenge rampage of the Master of The Flying Guillotine.
Directed by Lucio Fulci, this movie is probably most known for it’s zombie versus shark scene. Which is fine by me, because it’s awesome. Also features a very uncomfortable eye-gouging scene.
See also City of the Living Dead
Directed by Dario Argento and perhaps notable because it’s stars Jennifer Connelly before she was in the Labyrinth. Also there is a chimp. And music by Iron Maiden and Motorhead during the most inappropriate of scenes.
Also directed by Dario Argento and probably his more well-known movie. Once you get through the first somewhat silly, and rather graphic murder sequence, the movie actually plays out quite well.
See also; Inferno, Tenebrae, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso), Terror at the Opera (aka Opera)
Just in time for Tarantino’s take on the Western, the original Django is definitely worth a watch. Also the thing he’s carry in the coffin is pretty badass.
7. Lady Snowblood (1 & 2)
What appears to be one of the bigger influences for Kill Bill, this is a classic revenge tale.
8. Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People
Not sure what to say about this one. It’s a weird one. A boat is shipwrecked on a island where there is no food except for mushrooms. Don’t eat the mushrooms. Obviously.
9. Female Prisoner #701 Scorpion
A slightly absurd title, this is Japanese Prison Exploitation or “Women in Prison” exploitation.
10. Thriller – A Cruel Picture
Swedish exploitation starring Christina Lindberg. Source of inspiration for the character Elle Driver’s eye-patch in Kill Bill. Notable for excessive use of slow-motion for some of the action sequences and an actual cadaver being stabbed in the eye.