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Sleazemania! (1985)

Video  -  Documentary  -  1985 (USA)
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A compilation of scenes from and trailers for horror and exploitation films from the '30s through the '70s.


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A psychoanalyst suggests that the audience use hypnovista and watch these 19 movie previews, shown more or less in chronological order. The trailers from the 30s and 50s rely on a mix of male voice-overs touting shocking but true revelations, block-letter texts proclaiming unleashed passion and shackled love, and black and white scenes of assault and bare flesh. By the 60s, the previews are in color, block letters are gone, and the themes either explore the sexual revolution or take us up close to a dangerous world. The tales are no longer cautionary of girls gone astray; instead, we're warned to watch out. A few ads and penny-arcade loops are thrown in for diversion. Written by <>

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Hats off to Rhino for this fantastically entertaining compilation of, well, sleaze
26 July 2008 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Back in the days before it sold out, Rhino Video put out some truly entertaining stuff no other company could compile (whether by choice or lack of resources). "Sleazemania" is one of the most legendary videos and has become nearly as much a cult classic as any of the films previewed in it. Heres to Johnny Legend (truly a legend in my book) for his extensive knowledge of sleazy exploitation films. Most of the clips here are for the vintage roadshow style of exploitation film-making, such as Dwain Esper or George Weiss productions. In recent years, Something Weird Video has released many of these films for home viewing, but at the time they were nearly impossible to find. There's also a good amount of striptease footage, which will possibly bore novices, but being the die-hard sleaze fan I am, I enjoyed them thoroughly. Rounding off the package is a classic drive-in intermission, with a particularly hilarious "Monsters Do Have Their Place" anti-cable TV public service announcement. The only flaw with the tape is the inclusion of several modern day exploitation film trailers towards the end, which seem rather out of place with all the classic sleaze. Still, this is a terrific party tape for your next trashy movie festival. (7/10)

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