American Grindhouse (2010)

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A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Eric Schaefer ...
Himself - Film Historian
Eddie Muller ...
Himself - Film Historian
Himself - Director, Animal House
Herself - Film Historian
Himself - Director, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
Herself - Director, Mi Vida Loca
Himself - Director, Gremlins
Herschell Gordon Lewis ...
Himself - Director, Scum of the Earth
Himself - Director, Wizard of Gore
William Lustig ...
Himself - Director, Maniac Cop
Himself - Director, Cujo
Himself - Actor, The Last House on the Left
Himself - Actor, Foxy Brown
Himself - Director, Coffy & Foxy Brown


This documentary explores the hidden history of the American Exploitation Film. The movie digs deep into this often overlooked category of U.S. cinema and unearths the shameless and occasionally shocking origins of this popular entertainment. Written by Anonymous

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Giving Audiences What They Want Since the Dawn of Motion Pictures.




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The Only Film History Lesson You'll Ever Need
26 March 2010 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Just saw "American Grindhouse" at The Boston Underground Film Festival and loved it. Very insightful, very fast and very funny. I enjoyed that they have a couple of witty female interviewees, as well. I thought I knew a lot of movies - particularly grindhouse a.k.a. exploitation films, but this movie puts it all into perspective for me.

I thought that this documentary would mainly focus on the exploitation most of us think of from the 60's on to present day. I am glad to say that is has a much more interesting approach then just that obvious plot. It starts at the turn of the 18th century at the dawn of cinema, all and while amusing classic clips. It progresses decade by decade comparing more contemporary films to pre code Hollywood. These are things most exploitation fans would never really think of...'Where did the 70s exploit films come from, and what inspired them?' I personally welcome this lesson, and don't worry you get the schlock and gore too! My point? Even if your a 'know it all' go see it, it's academic with a punch line. Now if I can only find all of these amazing movies they talked about.

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