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Motion Picture Purgatory: Stigma

Director David E. Durston is best known for a little exploitation flick called I Drink Your Blood, which he followed up in 1972 with Stigma, starring "Miami Vice"'s Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) in his first movie. In honor of the recently passed Valentine's Day, Stigma gets the Trembles treatment! Synopsis:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Evil Dead II

The debate still rages to this day among horror fans whether Evil Dead II is better than its predecessor, Evil Dead, but no one can deny the sequel/remake is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre.

Motion Picture Purgatory: Solar Anus Cinema

You have to hand it to Trembles. Week in and week out he provides us with the lowdown on films both well known and obscure in a way that no one else does. On tap today we have a member of the obscure category: Usama Alshaibi's Solar Anus Cinema. Synopsis:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Troll 2

Ever since the release of Michael Stephenson's documentary Best Worst Movie, interest in the 1990 film Troll 2 increased exponentially. So much so that Trembles elected to pick it as his first Motion Picture Purgatory of 2011. Synopsis:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Black Swan

It's been a long time since we've seen a genre film garner the type of praise that's being heaped upon Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, especially in terms of awards and nominations, and we couldn't be happier about it. But does Trembles agree? Synopsis:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Death in Small Doses

Before he started plying his trade on the popular TV series "Twilight Zone" and "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", back in 1957 director Joseph M. Newman cast macho men Peter Graves and Chuck Connors in a little known (nowadays anyway) exploitation type flick entitled Death in Small Doses. Leave it to Trembles to put it on our radar! Synopsis:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Shock Corridor

Before he became known as Nick Barkley on TV's "The Big Valley", actor Peter Breck starred in Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor, co-starring the lovely singer/actress Constance Towers. Not familiar with the film? Then read on for the details and Trembles' take on it. The flick is being re-released as a Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray this January 18, 2011, and its synopsis follows:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Machete Maidens Unleashed!

Mark Hartley's documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed!, the first detailed examination and celebration of Filipino genre filmmaking, got a very warm reception when it played at this year's Fantastic Fest. Was that crazy Canuck Trembles equally impressed? Read on for his take on the film. Synopsis:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Monsters

Some folks are raving about Monsters, Gareth Edwards' take on the alien invasion angle, while others are less enthusiastic. As our regular readers know, however, no film is every fully reviewed until Trembles has gotten his hands on it. Synopsis

Motion Picture Purgatory: I Spit on Your Grave (Remake)

While we wait for Steven R. Monroe's unrated I Spit on Your Grave remake to hit home video, Trembles has weighed in with his take on the flick following its limited theatrical release.

Motion Picture Purgatory: Bad Ronald

Ah, the Seventies. Horror was alive and well not just in theatres, but especially on television thanks to made-for-TV movies that ran weekly on ABC like 1974's Bad Ronald, directed by Buzz Kulik and starring Scott Jacoby, who pretty much personifies the era. Read on for Trembles' take on the film, whose synopsis follows:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Lady Frankenstein

Halloween may now be associated with the likes of Michael Myers and other hack-and-slash types, but for those of us of a certain age, at this time of year our thoughts return to the granddaddies of them all: Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster.

Motion Picture Purgatory: Buried

It didn't make much of a dent at the box office, but for those who did see it (critics and fans alike), Buried provided an intense tour de force performance from star Ryan Reynolds. Now it's Trembles' turn to weigh in on the film with his Motion Picture Purgatory review. Synopsis:

Motion Picture Purgatory: Machete

You may have thought you'd heard the last from us about Robert Rodriguez's Machete until its DVD release, but nope. Our resident crazy Canuck Trembles has just weighed in with his thoughts on the film.

Motion Picture Purgatory: Death Game

Back in 1977 Sondra Locke and Colleen Camp appeared together in a film as two young girls who appear on a happily married man's doorstep while his family is away. Obviously mayhem ensues if we're discussing it here, especially since Trembles is involved. Check out this week's Motion Picture Purgatory: Peter S. Traynor's Death Game.