Chris and Mike are joined by Randal from the Grawlix podcast to re-discuss the first movie ever covered on this podcast (and referenced in every episode since) 1977's The Van. When a ginger boy graduates from high school and buys that Van he's always wanted he wreaks terror on the unsuspecting women of Los Angeles and commits every sex crime possible. This movie is meant to be a comedy. Also, Danny Devito is in it for 7 minutes.
Welcome to the first part of the one year Vanniversary for the Grindbin podcast! On this episode Chris and Mike discuss the unofficial sequel to the first movie they ever covered on this podcast, 1977's The Van. Hastily produced after the "success" of The Van, Malibu Beach is an interesting effort from Crown International Pictures.
Chris and Mike dive into the dark sub-genre of killer kid movies from the 1990's with Mikey (1992). While horror films were experiencing a lack of creativity and major franchises fell under the weight of bad sequels and dwindling interest, Mikey arose as one of the most depraved and horrific offerings the early 1990's had to offer. This kid has more balls than Schwarzenegger, more one-liners than Stallone, and a colder heart than Bronson.
Crown International returns to the Grindbin in spectacular fashion. Jocks (1986) is a late entry in the cannon of Crown films but it's just as bad and memorable as their earlier entries. Featuring Christopher Lee, Richard Roundtree and a young Mariska Hargitay.
Welcome to the Grindbin Holiday Spectacular where Chris and Mike break down the 1989 classic Elves starring the one and only Dan "Grizzly Adams" Haggerty. When young woman finds she is the target of an evil Nazi plot to create the master race through selective breeding she turns to the only man who can help her; Santa.
Chris and Mike pull up to Joe's Super Duper to fill up their tanks in a movie brimming with gas-related puns in 1979's Gas Pump Girls. When June's Uncle Joe suffers a heart attack she decides to get her friends together to save his service station the only way she knows how - which doesn't leave much to the imagination. This movie has everything: a musical number, time traveling greasers, every sex pun you can think of, and more!
Welcome to the first week of Blairvember, five whole weeks of Linda Blair movies on the Grindbin. In our first episode we start with the 1970's "classic" Roller Boogie. Molly Osborne joins Chris and Mike to discuss a movie which decides to literally change it's mind and start again about half way through. Rollerpocalypses, attempted sexual assaults, characters named Bobby, this movie has it all; and more!
Chris and Mike uncover a real hidden gem from the late 80's. A legless woman, an ET-equse sexual assault, a demon cat, a father daughter love triangle and it's all wrapped within a giant commercial for Diet Coke. It's 1988's The Kiss.
Chris and Mike dive into a listener request this week with 1982's The Last American Virgin. A movie that starts as a sex romp and ends with a hard slap in the face of reality. Gary has an unhealthy obsession with Karen (the new girl in town). Will his stalker ways get her to finally love him or will he simply hang himself in his parent's garage? All this and more on this episode of the Grindbin. Thanks to Kevin who rated and reviewed this show on Itunes - which means he got his movie request to the top of the list.
Chris and Mike stumble upon a movie that features the work of two Academy Award winners at arguably the lowest moments of their careers. You probably have never heard of Catch The Heat and while I'm sure some people involved in the production would rather it remained that way, this is a movie that has an incredibly weird and interesting backstory. Everything goes wrong when an FBI agent has to go undercover as a Tango dancer with a terribly racist Chinese accent to catch a drug kingpin. If that sounds insane it's because it is.
Chris and Mike attempt to decipher one of the craziest movies ever made. Is it a sex comedy? Is it a slasher movie? Is it a love story? Is it a movie? The Roommates is truly a one-of-a-kind film and a real special oddity in the world of exploitation film. Five young ladies decide to spend their summer vacation in Lake Arrowhead and their lives will never be the same - or maybe they will; we simply don't know.
Chris and Mike are back in the old Crown International trash bin to uncover a real hidden gem, 1974's Policewomen. It has everything you could ever want and expect from a Crown film: a bad sex scene, karate, a woman doing a job men think she's unqualified for, and of course lots and lots of back.
Chris and Mike delve into a movie that has connections to a number of past episodes. On this show we are dubbing the "grindbin all stars" a slew of actors from other movies we've covered converge to create one steaming pile of terribleness. Is it really that bad? You'll have to listen to find out.
Mike is joined once again by Chris Hughes for one last show until Chris Mann returns to the show to discuss a "classic" Crown International Picture: Tomboy. Tommy is a woman who has a gift for cars - fixing them, driving them, and even building them - but everyone around her thinks that perm stands in the way of her success and she'd be better off putting on an apron. How does Crown handle a situation like this? Listen and find out.
Mike is joined by a special guest co-host Chris Hughes to break down one of the greatest - if not the greatest - Blaxploitation films of all time, Dolemite (1975). Rudy Ray Moore stars as Dolemite, a pimp who is released from jail to stop a rival gang leader Willie Green from selling guns drugs to the neighborhood kids. This film features everything: comedy, music, horribly choreographed fight scenes; it's got it all.
Chris and Mike are joined by Corey G of the 1980's Movie Graveyard Podcast to discuss one of the most racist and offensive movies of all time, Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects. Charles Bronson stars in a movie only a War World II vet could sympathize with as he wreaks havoc on the Japanese community of Los Angeles in the late 80's. A true hidden classic among the later Bronson films and the last pairing with his favorite director J. Lee Thompson, Kinjite is a very special type of bad film.
Chris and Mike take a request for this week's episode from a great friend of the show all the way from Australia - David. Lunch Wagon (1981) is less about three girls owning a lunch truck and more about an hour and a half fight over a parking spot. Delving into personal stories about Dom Deluise, Prince Fielder, Dennis Hopper and much more Chris and Mike nearly lose their minds in the most bizarre episode of Grindbin yet as they try and make sense of a movie that shouldn't be as complicated as it is. Did we mention that someone involved in this film won an Oscar?
Chris and Mike delve into one of the most classic 1980's films, Thrashin'. This gem has avoided falling into complete obscurity because it stars Josh Brolin and features a cameo by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's a true 80s film in every sense of the word: the clothing, the music, the dialogue; it's amazing. While it might not fit directly into the world of Grindhouse or Exploitation cinema it's a treat and we think you will agree.
It's Wednesday, and you know what that means, it's cruise night over on Van Nuys Blvd. In this episode Chris and Mike return to the cannon of Crown International Pictures to discuss one of their more pointless entries.
Bobby arrives home at his trailer where his topless girlfriend hands him a beer. He turns on the TV and finds a local news report discussing Van Nuys Blvd. It's at this moment where he decides to leave his old life and go cruise the blvd. What happens next is about an hour and a half commercial for Six Flags Magic Mountain (That's not a joke).
What makes this movie special is that is comes with a commentary by the director of the film, William Sachs. Mike and Chris discuss his comments and gain some much needed insight into how a Crown International Picture is born.
This week Chris and Mike try and explain one of the most bizarre films ever made, Supervixens; directed by Russ Meyer - king of the sexploitation genre.
Clint Ramsey is forced to leave his dream job at a gas station when his wife is murdered by a psycho cop, Harry Sledge. From here things only get weirder as Clint is continually accosted by busty women who force themselves onto him until he is reunited with his one true love, a new job at a gas station.
Chris and Mike also try their hands at internet dating with Kim Bentley from Malibu High (1979).
Chris and Mike delve into another Crown International classic. And this one really is a classic. The Beach Girls (1982) is pretty much the perfect guilty pleasure - a movie that features two beach parties and pretty much nothing else.
School just got out for the summer and Sarah has invited her two friends Ducky and Ginger to spend the weekend with her at her Uncle Carl's beach house. What ensues is two beach parties for the ages.
Mike and Chris uncover some interesting information about the writer of this movie as well as what happened to some of the stars of the film. Crown was really firing on all cylinders with this film.
Chris and Mike delve into Crown International's most successful film, the teen sexploitation classic, My Tutor (1983).
From the IMDB synopsis: A rich father hires a tutor for his son. The son is a horny teenager and the tutor is a gorgeous blonde. Complications ensue.
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Today Chris and Mike discuss the long forgotten movie about a woman with a talking... box. You know you're in trouble when the title for the movie contains an exclamation point. Chatterbox! is one of those movies that really fancies itself more of a statement piece than it really is.
Penelope finds herself with a unique problem; a problem that only Hollywood can cure as her lady region takes on a life of itself. Virginia - the talking box - becomes a singing sensation and is quickly put on the fast track to stardom; much to the chagrin of her female host.
On this episode of The Grindbin we cover an exploitation movie that might have been dropped off from another dimension. One in which sultry gangs of cheerleaders prey on unsuspecting men and suck the life out of them. They operate under the guise of rooting for sports teams and prancing around in mini skirts but these "cheerleaders" are spreading much more than school spirit. The Cheerleaders (1973) is a true classic of grindhouse cinema that is worth your attention.
In other news, please check out our kickstarter project: 5,4,3,2,1 a short film direct by Jesse Michaels (the singer of Operation Ivy).