So, keeping it simple, I've whittled my choices down to four at the moment, but as always, recommendations are warmly encouraged. Here are my intended four:
Driller (Joyce James, 1984)
This X-rated spoof of Michael Jackson's/John Landis' Thriller seems appropriate, not only to celebrate Halloween, but also to mourn the passing of the King of Pop. What better way to pour out a 40 than to watch what one Imdb-er describes as "like no film you will ever see."Add to that a lead performance by Taija Rae, and reports that the special effects are comparable to those in the original video, and I think we're on to a winner (even if it does indeed turn out to be a terrible film, as the consensus seems to be). We shall see...
The Hole (Dir. Wash West, 2003)
I've been wanting to see a Wash West movie for a while, ever since reading Franklin Melendez's essay, "Video Pornography, Visual Pleasure, and the Return of the Sublime," where he analyzes West's Naked Highway (2000) as a postmodern text. The Hole is a parody of The Ring, with a twist. As the tagline says, "You see a videotape. You get a menacing phone call in the night...and seven days later you're GAY!"
Hardgore (Dir. Michael Hugo, 1974)
Hardgore has been recommended to me by a number of people, and it feels like the right time to finally watch it. From what I can tell, this film involves satanic worship, and features blood, masks, and some levitating penises. It's hard to say no to levitating penises, regardless of the quality of the film itself. Roll on Hardgore.
This one might be seen as cheating, seeing as it's softcore, but I wanted to add something from a recent project I did on Dracula in porn. There were a number of films to choose from, but Love Bites was one that critics seem to think is a cut above the rest. A vampire killer travels out to Hollywood to slay Dracula, but they unexpectedly fall in love. Apparently it's funny, clever, and well-made for a low budget film. I've also read that it's fairly subversive in its attempts to give this classic tale of demonic queer sexuality a happy ending. Sweet!
* NB. Halloweenie is pretty weird in its own way, as is Texas Vibrator, I guess. They're just not that good, and I've seen them already anyway.