Xtro (1982)

Xtro is a grim little sci-fi horror which proves infinitely more interesting than it ever had the right to be.

Produced by New Line Cinema and a pre-Nightmare on Elm Street Robert Shaye, it is a low-budget affair with some relatively inspired special effects that have the propensity to leave you feeling rather queasy. The movie is a British production which has the grainy filter and gauche editing of a terrestrial episodic horror show, and it is devastatingly bleak, without a hint of the self-awareness or reflexive humour usually found in exploitation films of its kind…

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Greatest Movie Posters of the 80s Part Three

Back in the 1980s a trip to the video store was an experience in itself.

In a era before widespread graphic design, movie production companies relied on a more traditional art form in order to promote their pictures, employing canvas artists to turn their predominantly low budget VHS Vehicles into the kind of visual spectacular that would leap off the shelves amidst an oversaturated market…

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Basket Case (1982)

Basket Case is a gloriously depraved little effort that puts the majority of exploitation schlock to shame.

Cult Director Frank Henenlotter’s other notable works are just as smutty and bizarrely realised, and each film exhibits a surprising level of depth in spite of its paper thin characters, second rate acting and degradation of just about every marginalised member of modern society you can dare to imagine. Later efforts Brain Damage and Frankenhooker took a rusted scalpel to drug abuse and prostitution respectively, and with Basket Case that kind of slapdash social surgery takes on a far more literal form.

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Greatest Movie Posters of the 80s Part Two

Back in the 1980s a trip to the video store was an experience in itself.

In a era before widespread graphic design, movie production companies relied on a more traditional art form in order to promote their pictures, employing canvas artists to turn their predominantly low budget VHS Vehicles into the kind of visual spectacular that would leap off the shelves amidst an oversaturated market…

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