Movies Courtesy of Nicolas Winding Refn

bynwrSpeaking of Drive, its director, Nicolas Winding Refn, is making available curated selections of classic indie and exploitation films – some restored under Refn’s personal supervision – free to view at his website byNWR.com. Themes include “Regional Renegades” featuring Bert Williams’s moonshiner drama The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds (thought lost after a vault fire destroyed the negative and Bert’s personal print was stolen from his storage unit, but a print was discovered in an abandoned theater in New York), Dale Berry’s Hot Thrills and Warm Chills (starring Lorna Maitland and “Bubbles” Cash), and Joseph G. Prieto’s Shanty Tramp. “Missing Links” features Dennis Hopper in Curtis Harrington’s dreamy Night Tide, Ron Ormond’s fire-and-brimstone-and-Commies scare flick If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? and J.L. Anderson’s Canton, Ohio indie Spring Night, Summer Night. “Hillbillies, Hustlers and Fallen Idols” features Larry Jackson’s Cottonpickin’ Chickenpickers (sadly, the cinematic swan song for Sonny Tufts, Tommy Noonan, Greta Thiessen and Lila Lee) and Ray Dennis Steckler’s Wild Guitar. Announced as future additions: House on Bare Mountain, Chained Girls, Satan in High Heels and The Maidens of Fetish Street. There’s plenty of accompanying material so all serious students of obscure exploitation film history should take note.