Seeing as how we've been showcasing so many films from films-like-nothing-else restoration heroes Vinegar Syndrome, we thought it was high time we had them scour our vaults and put together a collection of their favourite films on ARROW. So, here is Vinegar Syndrome co-founder Joe Rubin with a half-dozen of his top picks - all now showing on ARROW. Take it away, Joe!
"From the bounty of riches offered here, I’ve selected a few favorites. Each of these films is not only a standout in its genre but a masterful piece of exploitation/horror filmmaking."
DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING
My favorite giallo. Fulci has never been more cynical or angry, while still loading each scene with astutely executed nuance and subtext, amounting to a powerful indictment of rural Italian superstition and blind faith. This film blows me away each time I watch it.
THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
Of all the quintessentially 70s psycho-thrillers, few are more poignant than this one. A great deal of thanks is due to the icy scope photography by master lensmen Ken Gibb, aided by a young Dean Cundey, and Millie Perkins' absolutely haunting starring performance.
I love no-budget regional horror. THE CHILD is much more than a straight zombie film; rather a borderline surreal waking nightmare. The not-quite-on dubbing, weird camera angles, and sweeping score all enhance the out-there mood.
TOYS ARE NOT FOR CHILDREN
This one is hard to describe without giving too much away, but suffice it to say, there are few exploitation films out there with a more perverse premise or horrifying payoff.
A film which somehow makes its off-the-wall concept completely believable while building believable and complex characters. Although structured almost as a filmed play, THE BABY remains highly cinematic and suspenseful.
KILLER NUN (USA and Canada only)
An exceptional (easy top ten) giallo, laced with pervasive and wholly relatable sadness that makes its twists and revelations all the more effective. Although often dismissed as a salacious shock pic, there’s actually a lot to chew on.