ICC #82 – What Makes The Best Bad Movies?

ICC #82 – What Makes The Best Bad Movies?

The Room. Troll 2. Fateful Findings. Birdemic. Why are they bad movie legends? Plus, a special appearance from Midnight Madness Programmer Peter Kuplowsky. We have a PATREON and we’re having a CONTEST! Three prizes to be won! But you have to get in on it now! Join for five dollars a month and get a brand new exclusive episode of ICC every week and a chance to win. WWW.PATREON.COM/THEIMPORTANTCINEMACLUB Justin Decloux Justin Decloux is a writer and filmmaker who lives in Toronto, Ontario. He loves long walks to the movie…

The Unofficial History of Midnight Madness

The Unofficial History of Midnight Madness

I am a Midnight Madness obsessive and have bought a ten ticket pass every year since 2008 (100$ as a student back in the day! R.I.P pass). My favorite movie going memories are the ones I made waiting in line for hours with friends (rain or shine), reacting as one with an audience when a film works like gangbusters, and the long discussions we’d have afterwards at 2 AM over pizza at the Big Slice around the corner of the Ryerson Cinema (R.I.P Big Slice. We loved you so.) Below, you’ll…

The Top Five: Little Rubber Monsters Movies

The Top Five: Little Rubber Monsters Movies

No GREMLINS ALLOWED. #5 – THE GARBAGE PAIL KIDS (1987)  Urgh. Argh. Eeeeeeeeek! Based on the the hit gross out novelty cards, this is movie equivalent of swimming around in trash and being punctured by a bunch of dirty needs. It’s existence alone warrants itself a place on this list. Do not watch with people you love, for they will not love you anymore when it ends. #4 – CRITTERS 2 (1988)  The most fun CRITTERS film. Directed with flair by Mick Garris (of every other Stephen King adaptation fame). It features…

It’s time to ace ‘GHOULIES III: GHOULIES GO TO COLLEGE’

It’s time to ace ‘GHOULIES III: GHOULIES GO TO COLLEGE’

Why do I love little rubber monsters so much? Is it the fact that the monsters represent the unleashed ID of my child self? Or that the monsters reflect the beast that I feel stir inside me on a daily basis, the one that struggles to escape, the one that is the true me? I think I’m thinking too hard about this. As the bald ghoulie rocking a wicked six pack would say: PARRRRTYYYYYYYYYYYY TIMMMMME! Directed by special effects maestro John Carl Buechler (of original TROLL fame) GHOULIES 3: GHOULIES…

The Most Dangerous Running Man in ‘The Million Game’

The Most Dangerous Running Man in ‘The Million Game’

A disheveled man wakes up in a hotel room. His television has his face plastered all over  it. The announcer calmly announces that it’s the last day of the game. The hunters will soon find the man and attempt to kill him. If the man survives, he will get a million dollars. He makes a break for it. We cut to a commercial. It’s about a drink that will make your sex life perfect. You are watching THE MILLION GAME (A.K.A  DAS MILLIONENSPIEL) The Most Dangerous Game for the public’s enjoyment, most famously…

#1 Cheerleader Camp – Beneath the Bottom of the Barrel

#1 Cheerleader Camp – Beneath the Bottom of the Barrel

Let’s talk about the “Late Night Comedy.” This term encompasses the type of film you would find on during the darkest hours of late night television. Movies created for the sole reason of being watched behind closed curtains after your kids, wife, neighbors, and dog have gone to sleep. A good film of this type has its merits. Although on the cruder side, they normally try to push the boundaries of comedy, but mostly end up pushing the boundaries of good taste. The odd one will even sneak in some…

THE BEGUILED (1971) vs THE BEGUILED (2017)

THE BEGUILED (1971) vs THE BEGUILED (2017)

Don Siegel’s THE BEGUILED is a mean sweaty movie lathered in southern Gothic thrills. The director of such macho fist pumpers as DIRTY HAIRY and THE KILLERS directs a crippled yankee Clint Eastwood into the hands of a group of women that live in a large southern mansion smack dab in the middle of the civil war. Clint the Actor comes pre-packaged with his own set of traits: Cool, a ladies man, and ready to kick ass when the time comes, but here they’re filtered through the lens of him being…

Fear to be “ALONE IN THE T-SHIRT ZONE” (1986)

Fear to be “ALONE IN THE T-SHIRT ZONE” (1986)

I’m a sucker for a film that’s so odd, so singular in its vision, and so personal that it doesn’t matter much if it ‘works’ or not. Such is the case with ALONE IN THE T-SHIRT zone, a slice of forgotten 80’s VHS detritus whose mild notoriety comes from the fact that its director Mike B. Anderson would go to be the supervising director on the The Simpsons in its golden years. There is nothing like The Simpsons to be found in the T-Shirt Zone. Instead, it’s a thrift store ERASERHEAD…

NEMESIS (1992) -Cyberpunk Heroic Bloodshed Noir

NEMESIS (1992) -Cyberpunk Heroic Bloodshed Noir

“I love you” said the sexy digital woman on the portable computer. Our hero doesn’t respond. “Are you crying?” she asks. We can’t see his eyes because his entire head is wrapped in bandages. He was scalped.  Only his mouth peaks out. “Get me the hell out of here” the cyborg whispers. *** Lost in the rows of the ACTION section at your local video store, I’ve always been baffled that NEMESIS doesn’t get talked about more. I can only assume it’s scattershot tone, cyberpunk inspired narrative, and silly existential musings on the…

SPECIES (1995) – A Man Faces his Fears

SPECIES (1995) – A Man Faces his Fears

As a kid SPECIES was the ultimate example of “This is for adults.” It was advertised heavily on the back covers of all the comic books I read and you could almost see a boob! The VHS box said it was about a sexy female alien that slept with men and killed them! My little mind couldn’t wrap its head around the mixture of the two big taboos in civilized society finally smashing together into a piece of art that would undoubtedly scar me forever. As time went on, and I…