#1: Redneck Zombies (1989; horror comedy production of Troma Studios)
"They're Tobacco Chewin', Gut Chompin', Cannibal Kinfolk from Hell!"
That is what the poster explains about this movie. In 1989, a group of friends produced a horror comedy film called Redneck Zombies that costed only $10,000 to make, meaning that it was made with almost no budget at all! The film was directed by Pericles Lewnes and was released by Troma Studios, an indie film company known for its wacky no-budget horror comedies (the studio would gain widespread popularity through their 1980s sci-fi black comedy The Toxic Avenger). I've never seen the movie itself, but I'm kinda interested in checking it out. According to IMDb, the plot goes like this: a group of rednecks accidentally confuse barrels of toxic waste for moonshine, and when they drink it, they turn into zombies. The movie was shot on cheap video recording equipment (similar to that to the 2003 Nigerian Titanic knock-off Masoyiyata Titanic), and its soundtrack was composed by Tolken Protein, along with a few others. Redneck Zombies is so far the only Troma film that I would find to be at least watchable, because most of their films don't interest me that much.
Girl with a Gun (1982; Taiwanese remakesploitation film based off of Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45)
In 1981, filmmaker Abel Ferrara unleashed the cult classic rape-and-revenge film Ms. 45. That film itself was made with almost no budget, as it costed $62,000 to make. Ms. 45 wasn't likely to have an international remake until a year later in 1982, when a filmmaker in Taiwan named Yao-Chi Chen had made his own, more self-censored remake of the movie. The film was known as Girl with a Gun. After an innocent mute and deaf girl gets violated by some criminals, she vows to get revenge on them using a pistol. The film is almost a shot-for-shot remake of the original Ms. 45, but Girl with a Gun is not that much of a rape-and-revenge film; rather, it was a "social realist" film. The social realist genre was a popular film movement that emerged in Taiwan back in the mid-to-late 1970's. These films mostly involve crime and they convey a sociopolitical message. In a country whose film industry has rather big censorship laws (like that of mainland China), director Yao-Chi Chen decides to censor the violent and bloody sequences by inverting the colors on these scenes, thus looking like a film negative. Notably, the color format in this movie looks like it was bordering on the grey and dull side, but that makes it look at least good. Unlike the original, the main protagonist of this movie also gets committed to a mental institution because of the high rise of mental insanity in Hong Kong, where the movie takes place in. The reason why Girl with a Gun was shot in Hong Kong was because Mr. Chen thought that its hustle-and-bustle cityscapes would be a perfect setting for his movie. Mr. Chen's technique of self-censorship is very artistic like the genre it's a part of. I wouldn't want to see the original Ms. 45 because it's rated X according to IMDb (it was originally rated R when released in 1981), but I would rather see Girl with a Gun because of its artistic self-censorship.
Aç Kartallar (Starving Eagles) (1986; Turkish Bruceploitation film)
Çetin İnanç was a Turkish cult filmmaker known in the 1970s and 1980s for producing wacky no-budget action films, some of them were knock-offs of popular Hollywood blockbusters. In 1986, Mr. İnanç decided to cash-in on the death of martial arts movie legend Bruce Lee, who died in 1973, by producing his own Bruceploitation film. The Bruceploitation genre consisted of martial films profiting from Mr. Lee's passing. These films were popular in Hong Kong. This movie was released in 1986, known as Aç Kartallar, whose name means Starving Eagles in Turkish. The film starred an actual Turkish Bruce Lee look-a-like named Nihat Yiğit. Nihat was a professional martial artist who began travelling to many martial arts competitions throughout much of Europe, and he won several prizes for his acheivements. Çetin İnanç thought that Nihat would be the perfect specimen for his Bruceploitation project. I remember seeing about the first 15 minutes or so of this movie on YouTube, and what's notable in what I saw was that Nihat's character was training in such a way that he could have easily been the next Bruce Lee. I also saw what looks like a martial arts competition between martial artists from Turkey and Japan. The film quality looks really grainy, and the background music can be a little warped at times, but that's because Aç Kartallar was a no-budget film. Bruce Lee fans and fans of Turkish action movies will definitely get a kick out of this movie!
İntikamcı (The Avenger) (1986; Turkish knock-off of the 1981 Mad Max sequel The Road Warrior)
I wrote an article about this movie a while back, but I decided to include it to this list of wonderful no-budget films. İntikamcı, or The Avenger, was another film made in 1986 by Çetin İnanç. The movie starred a muscle-bound dude named Serdar, who had starred in other Çetin İnanç projects. According to the Blogspot film blog Films from the Far Reaches, İntikamcı was a Turkish knock-off of The Road Warrior, the 1981 sequel to the Mad Max film. Unlike The Road Warrior, however, İntikamcı was not a post-apocalyptic sci-fi film. It was called the "Turkish Road Warrior" because of its machine gun and motor vehicle-filled action and Serdar's character's similarities to the Mad Max character. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the full movie on YouTube, but I did manage to find the film's original theatrical trailer, which you can view here.