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5/13/18 Episode 101: Frankenhooker (1990)



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Frankenhooker (1990) tries very hard to bring the grindhouse experience to your VCR. In fact, according to The Psychotronic Video Guide, the original videocassette box had a button, that, when pressed, says "Wanna date?", a line the Frankenhooker herself (Patty Mullen) says outside a Time Square movie theater. I never rented Frankenhooker because it comes across desperately to be a cult film, one that would fit snugly between Tapeheads (1988) and Troma's War (1988) on the Midnight Movie shelf at Naked Tongue Video. On this podcast, I ask: Was I too harsh dismissing Frankenhooker?

Jersey boy Dr. Franken (James Lorinz) "goes over the river" to bring a gaggle of New York City prostitutes back to his place.  The working girls frolic in their lingerie while Doc checks off with a Sharpie the parts of their bodies he like. He gives them homemade drugs which makes them explode into unsoiled body parts, which he sorts and puts in garbage cans. From there, he picks the right appendage to use to reanimate his decapitated finance. It's a sharp satire of sexism (I think), as women literally turn into consumable objects.

Also, according to Psychotronic, one of the actresses, Heather Hunter later appeared in a porn called "Frankenhunter"(1990), but that's for a different podcast.

5/6/18 Episode 100: National Lampoon's Adam & Eve (2005)



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Present-day college students Adam and Eve meet cute but they're total opposites. Eve took a virginity pledge while Adam pledged a fraternity. The film takes both pledges very seriously, especially Adam's. National Lampoon's Adam and Eve (2005) clings to its franchise's Animal House-Van Wilder legacy with a ratty house on a hill where Adam's fraternity brothers (like Munch and Ferguson) throw parties. Even director Jeff Kanew knows about the Frat Life as he directed Revenge of the Nerds (1984). This film's way lower budget than Nerds. Scenes are shot in murky natural lighting where you can't see shit. I do see every window is covered up to prevent outside light from coming in the shot.

Good chance to see a leading performance from Cameron Douglas ("Hollywood's royalty's next generation" as the trailer unfortunately pegs him) before he became Page Six fodder. Warning, he does sing and play guitar in a coffee house like it's the '90s. The end credits lists the songs two at a time and, let me tell you, the end credits go on forever.

4/29/18 Episode 99: Dance Hall Racket (1953)



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The legacy of comedian Lenny Bruce has shaped future generations, but what about the past generations that influenced Bruce? As co-writer (and actor) of Dance Hall Racket (1953), Bruce presents an aspect of his past - the dance hall - where men buy tickets to dance with sexy ladies. One patron hoards tickets so he can have all the girls to himself. A dancer steals money and that's the plot, I think.

Lenny's not the comic relief, he gives himself a tough guy role. The humor, and again, it feels like the humor that influenced Bruce, comes from Punchy, a drunk whose lengthy bar bets gains him free drinks. Rounding out the cast is Bruce's real-life outspoken mother and his burlesque dancer wife.

Any nudity got sniped out of the print. Probably a projectionist from 1953 has the footage in his bedroom.

4/22/18 Episode 98: I, The Jury (1953)



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Move over Christian Grey, here comes Mike Hammer, pop culture's first white knight. Mike Hammer - a detective as subtle as his last name!

For a detective so single-minded and blunt as Mike Hammer, his big screen adventures are filled with gimmicks. Kiss Me Deadly (1955) has reverse scrolling credits and a glowing suitcase. In The Girl Hunters (1963), creator and author Mickey Spillane plays the role of Hammer. And, in I, the Jury (1953), the first Mike Hammer movie, it's in 3D. You get to see a one-armed man crawl to the cameras. That man was a friend of Hammer's and was murdered, so Hammer solves the crime as a fave to the widow. It's a good movie, and anyone who saw The Color of Night (1994) knows the psychiatrist did it.

During the broadcast, I clearly believed Lady in The Lake (1946) was a Mike Hammer film, it is not. It is a Phillip Marlowe picture. My apologies.

After the break, Spillane hocks beer.