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Bad Boy Bubby


It’s not exactly Ozploitation, but director Rolf de Heer’s outrageous “experiment” (his words) packs in as much violent mayhem, weird sex and  non-P.C. material as any exploitation film you can think of. Its unusual deployment of 31 different directors of photography guarantees a variety of looks as our shut-in hero makes his first grimly comic foray into the outside world. Has some similarities to Paul Bartel’s last film, the similarly obscure Shelf Life. Unreleased theatrically in the US, it came out on DVD in 2005. NSFW Here are a few more thoughts on Bad Boy Bubby at ACMI.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.