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

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Himself - Film Historian
Eddie Muller ...
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Himself - Director, Animal House
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Herself - Film Historian
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Himself - Director, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
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Herself - Director, Mi Vida Loca
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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 ...
Himself - Director, Maniac Cop
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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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$986 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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$4,584 (USA) (4 February 2011)
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Joseph Ellison and Ray Dennis Steckler were both also interviewed for this documentary, but neither interview was used in the final finished version of the film. However, both interviews are featured as extras on the DVD. See more »

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Features Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) See more »

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Needs to be far longer! PLEASE!!!
16 January 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I really, really enjoyed this. At the same time, though entertaining and informative, it leaves one yearning for so much more. The clips from the films shown are usually VERY short, and quite often, they are not directly discussed by the commentators. Instead, they are used to "illustrate" a more general discussion of one of the sub-genres covered her (ie: pre-code; nudist camp, nudie cuties, etc). I look forward to someone expanding upon this introduction to provide us with a film exploring each of the sub-genres in more depth.

Finally, I was pleased to hear John Landis refer to PASSION OF THE Christ as an Exploitation film, as that's exactly how I viewed it... with total delight, I must say. In fact, given it and APOCALYPTO, an argument could be made for Mel Gibson as the greatest Exploitation film director of the past decade... even if he does not exactly see his own films in that light.


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