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American Grindhouse (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 March 2010 (USA)
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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
Himself - Director, Scum of the Earth
Himself - Director, Wizard of Gore
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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13 March 2010 (USA)  »

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Американский грайндхаус  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$986, 4 February 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,529, 6 February 2011
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Enjoyable, Fast, and Informative
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American Grindhouse explores the exploitation genres from their inception with Thomas Edison all the way to now(though very briefly). Along the way we get candid, short interviews(more like blurbs) from the likes of John Landis, Joe Dante, Ted V. Mikels, and Herschell Gordon Lewis - just to mention a few. I found the approach, the interviews, and the clips to be very interesting though not much was given to any particular subject. Many faces that should have been on here are notably absent like Roger Corman and Quentin Tarrantino, but that in and of itself should not diminish this look at something that really only lately has received a bit more respect than it is generally accorded. I saw clips of films that I had no knowledge of and will now seek some of those titles out. This is a breezy look at the history of a side of film that gets ignored for having a reputation that the films are garbage. Some without a doubt are,but some are gems. I wish more time had been given to those films. Exploitation films when it is all said and done(can I lace any more clichés through this review?) have stood the test of time better than many, many "mainstream" films.

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