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You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM.  But there is another Hollywood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Combination of archival footage and interviews with key figures makes it into an ideal introduction See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
F.X. Feeney ... Himself

Vampira ... Herself (as Maila Nurmi)
Michael Copner ... Himself

Samuel Z. Arkoff ... Himself
James H. Nicholson ... Himself (archive footage)

Dick Miller ... Himself

Roger Corman ... Himself
Forrest J Ackerman ... Himself
Joseph McBride ... Himself (as Joseph P. McBride)
David F. Friedman ... Himself
Michael J. Bowen ... Himself (as Michael Bowen)
Doris Wishman ... Herself
Harry H. Novak ... Himself (as Harry Novak)
Kroger Babb ... Himself (archive footage)
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)

Russ Meyer ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Corman ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Barrington ... Herself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Boris Karloff ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Benito Mussolini ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Nicholson ... Himself (archive footage)
Lee Harvey Oswald ... Himself (archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Ray Greene 
 
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Ray Greene 

Produced by
Daniel Hsu Accomando .... associate producer
Ray Greene .... producer
Wade Major .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny English 
 
Cinematography by
Sean Peacock 
 
Film Editing by
Ray Greene 
 
Sound Department
Michael Payne .... supervising sound editor
Andy Peach .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Other crew
Daniel Hsu Accomando .... researcher
David Wisehart .... production assistant
 

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References Blow-Up (1966)See more »
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Combination of archival footage and interviews with key figures makes it into an ideal introduction, 4 November 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

For longtime exploitation buffs, "Schlock" may not tell you anything you weren't already aware of, but its highly entertaining nonetheless. The interviews with many legends in the field will be interesting. For novices interested in the cult genre, it is highly recommended. By covering the basics, "Schlock" provides everything you need to know to become interested in the topic of vintage exploitation films.

The main reason why this documentary works so well is ts explanation of just why these films are so important to American cinema and pop culture. While viewed as simple exploitation, they often reflect the more morbid fascinations of America and broke new ground in discussing taboo subject matter before Hollywood would even dare. The release of "Easy Rider" in 1969 proved that these films could be more than just exploitation. The interviews with Michael Bowen explains this.

Some may complain that this documentary only skims the surface. It is true that there is much more to the topic than is documented in this film. Scanning through the video catalog of Something Weird will prove this. However, its combination of archival footage and interviews with key figures makes it into an ideal introduction. (8/10)

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