Welcome To The Grindhouse Cinema

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The Wide, Filthy, Fascinating, Pulpy World of Exploitation Films. Bikers, Blaxploitation, Carsploitation, Chambara, Drugsploitation, Eco-Terror, Euro-Crime, Giallo, Hixploitation, Horror, Macaroni Combat, Martial Arts, Mondo, Nazisploitation, Nunsploitation, Ozploitation, Pinky Violence, Poliziotteschi, Post-Apocalyptic, Roman Porno, Sexploitation, Shocksploitation, Slasher, Teensploitation, Toonsploitation, Witchploitation, Women In Prison, Zombies etc. (to be continued)...

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1. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross

Votes: 100,668 | Gross: $5.10M

(Zombies)

When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

2. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 316,528 | Gross: $13.78M

(Horror/ Sci-Fi)

The ultimate in alien terror.

3. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure

The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 5,679

(Chambara) [Part 1-6]

Part 2: Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx Part 3: Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades Part 4: Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril Part 5: Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons Part 6: Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell

4. Escape from New York (1981)

R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 107,523 | Gross: $25.24M

(Post-Apocalyptic) Part 1 of 2

Part 2: Escape from L.A.

1997. New York City is now a maximum security prison. Breaking out is impossible. Breaking in is insane.

5. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

89 Metascore

An unlikely partnership between a Highway Patrol Officer, two criminals and a station secretary is formed to defend a defunct Los Angeles precinct office against a siege by a bloodthirsty street gang.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Laurie Zimmer, Martin West

Votes: 37,491

(Crime)

A cop with a war on his hands. His enemy... an army of street killers. His only ally... a convicted murderer.

6. The Italian Connection (1972)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When a shipment of heroin disappears between Italy and New York, a small-time pimp in Milan is framed for the theft. Two professional hitmen are dispatched from New York to find him, but ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Di Leo | Stars: Mario Adorf, Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 1,618

(Poliziottesco/ Crime)

The Contracts are out... The Hit Men gather. All Hell explodes in the Underworld!

7. Possession (1981)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror

A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister.

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Margit Carstensen, Heinz Bennent

Votes: 18,783 | Gross: $1.11M

(Horror)

She created a monster as her secret lover!

8. Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973)

104 min | Action, Thriller

A young woman, muted after a sexual assault as a child, is trained to seek violent revenge on those who have wronged her after being kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute.

Director: Bo Arne Vibenius | Stars: Christina Lindberg, Heinz Hopf, Despina Tomazani, Per-Axel Arosenius

Votes: 6,037

(Rape&Revenge/ Shocksploitation)

First they took her speech...then her sight...When they were finished she used what was left of her for her own frightening kind of REVENGE!

9. Phenomena (1985)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento

Votes: 19,472

(Giallo)

Jennifer Has A Few Million Close Friends. She Is Going To Need Them ALL.

11. Rabid Dogs (1974)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla, Don Backy

Votes: 3,528

(Crime)

12. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 171,791 | Gross: $8.75M

(Ozploitation/ Post-Apocalypse) Part 1 of 3

Part 2: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior Part 3: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

The last law in a world gone out of control. Pray that he's out there somewhere.

13. Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô (1973)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

During the Meiji era, a gambler called Ocho takes revenge on three gangsters who killed her father, shelters a wanted anarchist and confronts a British spy.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Reiko Ike, Akemi Negishi, Ryôko Ema, Yôko Hori

Votes: 2,745

(Pinky Violence) Part 1 of 2

Part 2: Yasagure anego den: sôkatsu rinchi

The Biography of the Woman Boss of Bad Girls...

14. Deep Red (1975)

R | 127 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

After witnessing a brutal murder, a pianist is unsuspectingly pulled into a complex web of mystery.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 25,768

(Giallo)

Flesh Ripped clean to the Bone... And the Blood runs Red...

15. The Big Doll House (1971)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Beautiful women prisoners are abused in a Philippine prison, until 5 of them plot an escape by taking the evil female warden hostage with the reluctant help of 2 male fruit vendors.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Roberta Collins, Pam Grier, Judith Brown, Brooke Mills

Votes: 1,822 | Gross: $10.00M

(Women In Cages/ Sexploitation)

Their bodies were caged, but not their desires. They would do anything for a man - or to him.

16. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

R | 81 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Manuel Gil

Votes: 3,000

(Giallo)

Heaven help whoever is... NEXT!

17. The Designated Victim (1971)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A wealthy, decadent count convinces a disillusioned playboy that they shall murder one another's relatives, to get away with the perfect crime. The count murders the playboy's unpleasant ... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Lucidi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Pierre Clémenti, Katia Christine, Luigi Casellato

Votes: 445

(Giallo)

Just how perfect is your plan?

18. Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

The two stoners and their friends go through another series of crazy, drug-influenced misadventures.

Director: Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Evelyn Guerrero, Betty Kennedy

Votes: 10,517 | Gross: $41.68M

(Drugsploitation) Part 2 of 5

Part 1: Up in Smoke Part 3: Nice Dreams Part 4: Things Are Tough All Over Part 5: Still Smokin

Just what we all need! A really good hit!

19. The Psychic (1977)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A clairvoyant woman discovers a skeleton in a wall in her husband's house, and seeks to find the truth about what happened to the victim.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marc Porel, Gianni Garko

Votes: 3,171

(Giallo)

Suddenly she could see into the future... and saw her own murder...

20. Dark Star (1974)

G | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm

Votes: 19,479

(Sci-Fi)

What Do You Say To A Talking Bomb? All Systems Snafu!!!

21. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

Votes: 14,685

(Giallo)

All the screaming in the world won't help!

22. Coffy (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A black nurse takes vigilante justice against inner-city drug dealers after her sister becomes their latest victim.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott

Votes: 8,067

(Blaxploitation)

She's the "GODMOTHER" of them all... The Baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad that ever hit town!

23. La polizia chiede aiuto (1974)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Police investigate apparent suicide of teen girl and uncover details of a teenage prostitution racket. They go on the hunt for a motorcycle riding killer.

Director: Massimo Dallamano | Stars: Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi

Votes: 1,313

(Poliziottesco/ Giallo)

What Have They Done to Your Daughters?

24. Lady Snowblood (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 10,017

(Chambara) Part 1 of 2

Part 2: Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance

Blizzard from the Netherworld

25. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 59,689

(Horror)

The Only Thing More Terrifying Than The Last 12 Minutes Of This Film Are The First 92.

26. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

70 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 163,803 | Gross: $2.40M

(Horror) Part 1 of 3

Part 2: Evil Dead II Part 3: Army of Darkness

The Ultimate Experience In Grueling Terror

27. Zombie (1979)

R | 91 min | Horror

Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

Votes: 22,455

(Zombies) Part 1 of 2

Part 2: Zombi 3

When the earth spits out the dead, they will rise to suck the blood of the living!

28. The Wild Angels (1966)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The "Angles", a San Pedro motorcycle gang, parties in the Coachella Valley's Palm Springs Indian Canyons, California, and wreaks havoc with the local police.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd

Votes: 2,174 | Gross: $6.50M

(Bikers)

Their credo is violence...Their God is hate...and they call themselves 'The Wild Angels'

29. The House of the Laughing Windows (1976)

110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Stefano, a young restorer, is commissioned to save a controversial mural located in the church of a small, isolated village.

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Lino Capolicchio, Francesca Marciano, Gianni Cavina, Giulio Pizzirani

Votes: 3,967

(Giallo)

30. The New York Ripper (1982)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A burned-out New York police detective teams up with a college psychoanalyst to track down a vicious serial killer randomly stalking and killing various young women around the city.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Jack Hedley, Almanta Suska, Howard Ross, Andrea Occhipinti

Votes: 7,794

(Giallo/ Slasher)

Slashing Up Women Was His Pleasure!

31. Super Fly (1972)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The daily routine of cocaine dealer Priest who wants to score one more super deal and retire.

Director: Gordon Parks Jr. | Stars: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris

Votes: 5,417

(Blaxploitation)

Never a dude like this one! He's got a plan to stick it to The Man!

32. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black male prostitute goes on the run from "the man" with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

Director: Melvin Van Peebles | Stars: Melvin Van Peebles, Simon Chuckster, Hubert Scales, John Dullaghan

Votes: 3,954 | Gross: $15.18M

(Blaxploitation)

Dedicated to all the Brothers and Sisters who have had enough of the Man

33. Black Snake (1973)

R | 82 min | Thriller

Story of a slave revolt on a 19th-century Caribbean island.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Anouska Hempel, David Warbeck, Percy Herbert, Thomas Baptiste

Votes: 487

(Sexploitation)

Russ Meyer's Sweet Suzy... she ain't no lady!

34. Deadlock (1970)

85 min | Thriller, Western

In a deserted mining town at the end of nowhere three desperate men fight over a suitcase full of cash.

Director: Roland Klick | Stars: Mario Adorf, Marquard Bohm, Anthony Dawson, Mascha Rabben

Votes: 604

(Crime)

35. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 6,422

(Giallo)

36. Tenebre (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 17,068

(Giallo)

Terror Beyond Belief

37. Deliverance (1972)

R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Votes: 88,294

(Shocksploitation)

This is the weekend they didn’t play golf

38. Tutti i colori del buio (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte

Votes: 2,229

(Giallo)

They exist. They bear the mark of the devil inside them. They may be your neighbors. They may be your wife, husband, sweetheart. They may even be your children. Their time has come.

39. Up in Smoke (1978)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Music

57 Metascore

Two stoners unknowingly smuggle a van - made entirely of marijuana - from Mexico to L.A., with incompetent Sgt. Stedenko on their trail.

Directors: Lou Adler, Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Strother Martin, Edie Adams

Votes: 32,484 | Gross: $44.36M

(Drugsploitation) Part 1 of 5

Part 2: Cheech & Chong's Next Movie Part 3: Nice Dreams Part 4: Things Are Tough All Over Part 5: Still Smokin

DON'T go straight to see this film!

40. Across 110th Street (1972)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two New York City cops go after amateur crooks who are trying to rip off the Mafia and start a gang war.

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Frank Adu

Votes: 4,150

(Crime)

If you steal $300,000 from the mob, it's not robbery. It's suicide.

41. Almost Human (1974)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A small-time homicidal maniac kidnaps the daughter of a rich man, prompting a hardened detective to work outside the law to pursue him.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Tomas Milian, Henry Silva, Laura Belli, Gino Santercole

Votes: 1,699

(Poliziottesco)

42. The Candy Snatchers (1973)

R | 94 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

Abused mute autistic boy is the only one who can help a teenage heiress kidnapped, tortured, raped and buried alive by three young psychopathic criminals who want to extort some diamonds from her rich scummy stepfather.

Director: Guerdon Trueblood | Stars: Tiffany Bolling, Ben Piazza, Susan Sennett, Brad David

Votes: 959

(Crime)

It started as such a simple crime. For 16 year old Candy, dying would have been easier! Was a piece of Candy worth a fortune in diamonds?

43. Still Smokin (1983)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Music

4 Metascore

Cheech & Chong are invited to a celebrity party/festival in Amsterdam. When they get there, however, it turns out that the guy who invited them has taken off with all the money, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Hans Man in 't Veld, Carol van Herwijnen

Votes: 6,657 | Gross: $14.75M

(Drugsploitation)

You can always smell the excitement in the air.

44. Nice Dreams (1981)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime

54 Metascore

Disguised as ice cream vendors, Cheech and Chong make--and subsequently lose--millions of dollars selling a batch of marijuana with an unusual side effect.

Director: Tommy Chong | Stars: Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, Benita Barrie, Sandra Bernhard

Votes: 6,283 | Gross: $33.98M

(Drugsploitation)

The High Life Never Tasted So Good!

45. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

88 Metascore

There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 101,353 | Gross: $0.09M

(Zombies)

They keep coming back in a bloodthirsty lust for HUMAN FLESH!... Pits the dead against the living in a struggle for survival!

46. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 2,588

(Pinky Violence) Part 1 of 4

Part 2: Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41 Part 3: Joshuu sasori: Kemono-beya Part 4: Sasori - Grudge Song

47. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror

75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 115,695 | Gross: $30.86M

(Slasher/ Hixploitation) Part 1 of 2

Part 2: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Before Halloween.... Before Friday The 13th.... Before Scream.... There Was The Saw.

48. Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)

Not Rated | 78 min | Mystery, Thriller

A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross

Votes: 2,180

(Giallo)

49. The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972)

Not Rated | 94 min | Mystery, Thriller