EXPLOITATION ALLEY: DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK!!!

Hello everyone, welcome to another EXPLOITATION ALLEY! As any of you who have read the previous E.A. entries can attest to, I usually tend to explore various genre films of the past here, everything from the Bronson revenge films to slasher greats like THE BURNING, I like to keep it old school. Well, this week I thought it would be cool to tell y’all about a more recent genre film that I dig and why it works so well for me.

The thing about genre films that focus on a concept or gimmick, is that once they’re released and gather a decent fan base, you eventually end up seeing about a gazillion clones, all trying to cash in on the gimmick. It happened with BLACK CHRISTMAS and HALLOWEEN and all of the holiday slasher clones that followed those two. It happened with SAW and HOSTEL and the torture-filled films that followed those. With the release of the 2007 Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez directed double feature GRINDHOUSE, we ended up getting bombarded with countless knockoffs filled with a lack of the fun and heart that their films had. Out of those though, some really good exploitation-inspired movies came out as well, so this week we’ll be taking a look at one of them: DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. So grab your baseball bats, watch out for pimps riding on horses and read on!
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DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK follows two twins, Geek and Badass (their names pretty much sum up their characters, Geek goes to church and Badass goes to punk shows and is the type that would kick anyone’s ass for looking at her wrong), who along with Geek’s church group friend Goody Two-Shoes and Badass’s friend Junkie (again, all in the names folks) discover a..well…dead hooker in their trunk. That’s basically the setup, and the rest of the film follows their exploits of not only trying to get rid of the body but their attempt to find out what happened.
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What’s great about the movie is that it’s pretty much balls out the whole time. It’s both hilarious and downright odd at times, and it works well for the film. In order to secure a free motel room to wash off, the gang lets the motel clerk have sex with the dead hooker, making him think she’s just asleep and into it and when a couple of cops eventually show up in the film, badass makes them think she’s going to sleep with them, but beats their asses instead. A cowboy-looking pimp shows up on a horse later on and lassos Badass but ends up getting dealt with, with what looks like a pretty painful midair kick and a neck break. It’s definitely one of the strangest, WTF-filled movies that I’ve seen in a good while, but I mean that in a completely complimentary way, with its odd series of events and characters that seem like they’re right out of a cool ‘70s or early ‘80s b-movie (again, in a good way), and an ending/bad guy reveal/explanation that made me laugh pretty hard when it happened.
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Another great thing about DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, is that like another newer grindhouse/exploitation inspired film, Jason Eisener’s hilarious and colorfully ambitious HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, this film wears its love for fun filmmaking on its ballsy sleeve. Whatever the Soska sisters lacked in budget, they made up with what is clearly a love for the movie that they’re making, and it’s obvious throughout that whole film that they didn’t make it just to cash in on the trend that followed GRINDHOUSE, but because they wanted to tell a fun, sometimes insane story. The film, though silly and pretty odd at times, has a lot of heart, which is something that definitely carried over into their most recent film, AMERICAN MARY.

Until next week, have a good one Fright readers!