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American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 March 2010 (USA)
A documentary about the history of exploitation movies, from the silent movie era to the 1970s.

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Eddie Muller ...
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Himself - Director, Animal House
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Himself - Director, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
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Himself - Director, Gremlins
Herschell Gordon Lewis ...
Himself - Director, Scum of the Earth
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Himself - Director, Wizard of Gore
William Lustig ...
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Himself - Director, Cujo
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Himself - Actor, The Last House on the Left
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Himself - Actor, Foxy Brown
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Himself - Director, Coffy & Foxy Brown
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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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John Amero, Pam Grier, and Harry H. Novak were all approached to be interviewed in this documentary, but turned said offers down. See more »

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Open-Ended Interviews Quickly Lose Sight of Their Original Subject
9 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, FL) – See all my reviews

About as interesting as a loosely-related series of sparse conversations with cult-favorite directors is likely to get. The goal seems to have been the assembly of a "straight from the horse's mouth" oral history of exploitation at large in cinema, but none of the subjects could really nail down the outer limits of what the term meant. So, instead, it became a crash-course history of underground film, decorated at all corners with vaguely familiar old men reminiscing about their glory days. The narrative jumps all over the place, sometimes floating from the '20s to the '90s over the course of a single sentence - that's OK, though, because the sheer breadth of knowledge and a shared recollection of the crazy promotional stunts each film undertook to get noticed makes the journey worthwhile. It's also one hell of a Netflix recommendation engine.


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