As the curator of the each day workers picks on AllMovie, it’s been onerous to not flood the queue with among the charmingly-deranged B-movies I’ve been gleefully devouring on Prime Video through the pandemic. So for all of our sakes, however particularly for these on a wavelength just like mine, right here’s a rundown of among the endearingly-trashy (and admittedly extraordinarily dated and problematic) lowlights of the Prime catalog.
Amir Shervan’s 1989 film units the trashy bar extraordinarily excessive with its helpfully-descriptive title and for its use of the late Robert Z’Dar, a person whose face is actually not possible to overlook. The unrestrained, police-sanctioned violence makes this one a little bit of a more durable capsule to swallow than among the others, however clearly nobody in Samurai Cop is taking part in by the principles of our actuality. (Also obtainable on Tubi)
Gas Pump Girls
Two rival fuel stations go to battle—one using gangsters whereas the opposite enlists a bevy of babes—in a battle for octane supremacy. The ladies are extra intelligent than their Playmate of the Month names would point out, and find yourself flipping the biker gang that’s been employed to intimidate them, though their strategies stay doubtful at greatest. Of course, Gas Pump Girls was distributed by Cannon, the kings of trash.
Perhaps my favourite discovery of this deep dive, Unholy Rollers stars the irrepressible Claudia Jennings as a fed-up manufacturing facility employee who quits her awful job and dives headfirst into the chaotic world of curler derby. She takes completely no shit from anybody and kicks ass all the way in which to the highest of the league, leaving petty, jealous weaklings in a heap at her skate-clad ft.
Truck Stop Women
Jennings additionally stars in Truck Stop Women, directed by Mark L. Lester of Commando and Firestarter fame. The truck cease in query additionally serves as a brothel for truckers, however when the mafia begins to make in-roads on the mother-daughter operation, heads will roll and vans will collide. (Also obtainable on Tubi)
Much like Charles Laughton earlier than him, Patrick Wright directed just one movie, 1976’s Hollywood High. Light on plot and lighter on clothes, the opus follows 4 highschool ladies who want a non-public house for alone time with their boyfriends, and encounter a light movie star whose mansion may simply be their answer.
Six Pack Annie
One of the wilder additions to this checklist is Six Pack Annie, the nonstop abundance of which incorporates in depth informal drunk driving, a personality who communicates solely by way of drunken screaming, and one of many higher roadhouse brawls you’ll see in a film. Annie is a widely known native hellcat who appears to be the only real focus of the police division, however she doesn’t have any time for his or her nonsense as a result of she has to save lots of her household’s struggling restaurant by discovering herself a sugar daddy within the metropolis.
Also launched underneath the spectacular title Aerobicide, Killer Workout is the one outright horror film on the checklist. It’s one in every of just a few films the place a tanning mattress accident is the inciting incident, and definitely the one one wherein an enormous security pin is the killer’s signature weapon. Shlockmeister director David A. Prior’s filmography is definitely value additional examination for the intrigued.
One of the one films right here to function respectable actors, Vigilante tells a well-worn story a couple of man let down by the system who takes issues into his personal fingers. The late Robert Forster (of the traditional Medium Cool and, extra not too long ago, Breaking Bad fame) stars because the vengeance-seeking everyman, and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson seems because the chief of a crew that teaches Forster find out how to clear up the streets. Director William Lustig is greatest recognized for Maniac and the whole Maniac Cop franchise, which is ready to be rebooted as a TV collection by Nicolas Winding Refn. (Also on Vudu Free and Tubi)