The Exploitation list

by mrbilk | created - 13 Oct 2013 | updated - 13 Oct 2013 | Public

Exploitation films that should be watched at some point in time.

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1. Horror Hospital (1973)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror

Jason, a member of a 1960's pop group, decides he needs a break at a country retreat. On the train he meets Judy, niece of Aunt Harris who owns the place with her husband Dr Storm and who ... See full summary »

Director: Antony Balch | Stars: Michael Gough, Robin Askwith, Vanessa Shaw, Ellen Pollock

Votes: 1,003

2. The Groove Tube (1974)

R | 75 min | Comedy

A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer.

Director: Ken Shapiro | Stars: Ken Shapiro, Richard Belzer, Chevy Chase, Buzzy Linhart

Votes: 1,747 | Gross: $20.45M

3. What Waits Below (1984)

PG | 88 min | Action, Horror

The U.S. government has been using deep caves in Central America as bases for a special type of radio transmitter used for communicating with submaries. When the signal from one of these ... See full summary »

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Robert Powell, Timothy Bottoms, Lisa Blount, Richard Johnson

Votes: 375

4. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

58 Metascore

Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 19,379 | Gross: $11.00M

5. I Eat Your Skin (1971)

GP | 92 min | Horror

A cancer researcher on a remote Caribbean island discovers that by treating the natives with snake venom he can turn them into bug-eyed zombies. Uninterested in this information, the ... See full summary »

Director: Del Tenney | Stars: William Joyce, Heather Hewitt, Walter Coy, Dan Stapleton

Votes: 1,033

6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 43,605

7. 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: 21,899

8. Carmilla, the Lesbian Vampire (2004 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror

Vampires fighting zombies.

Director: Vince D'Amato | Stars: Bonny Giroux, C.S. Munro, Maritama Carlson, Brinke Stevens

Votes: 980

9. 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012 Video)

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

Survivors escape to a deserted atoll, after their boat during a Semester at Sea ship is sunk by a mutated two-headed shark. But when the atoll starts flooding, no one is safe from the double jaws of the monster.

Director: Christopher Ray | Stars: Carmen Electra, Charlie O'Connell, Brooke Hogan, Christina Bach

Votes: 5,710

10. Sharknado (2013 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.

Director: Anthony C. Ferrante | Stars: Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassandra Scerbo

Votes: 40,222

11. Gojira (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 22,249 | Gross: $2.42M

12. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 6,362 | Gross: $2.73M

13. Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Ilsa is an evil Nazi warden at a death camp that conducts "medical experiments". Ilsa's goal is to prove that women can withstand more pain and suffering than men and therefore should be allowed to fight on the front lines.

Director: Don Edmonds | Stars: Dyanne Thorne, Gregory Knoph, Tony Mumolo, Maria Marx

Votes: 6,259

14. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 180,164 | Gross: $47.00M

15. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

After his parents are murdered, a tormented teenager goes on a murderous rampage dressed as Santa, due to his stay at an orphanage where he was abused by the Mother Superior.

Director: Charles E. Sellier Jr. | Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Gilmer McCormick, Toni Nero, Robert Brian Wilson

Votes: 10,902 | Gross: $2.49M

16. The Big Boss (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu | Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista

Votes: 20,752

17. The Chinese Connection (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 21,022

18. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 26,487

19. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 84,325 | Gross: $25.00M

20. Game of Death (1978)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A martial arts movie star must fake his death to find the people who are trying to kill him.

Directors: Robert Clouse, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Colleen Camp, Dean Jagger

Votes: 14,015

21. The King of Kung Fu (1978)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Drama

It's approaching World War 2, China is suspecting an invasion from Germany and Japan. Mr. Ang is hired by a Chinese group after a secret document on the top floor of a tower, Mr. Ang must ... See full summary »

Directors: Joseph Kong, Kuo-Hsiang Lin | Stars: Bruce Le, Bolo Yeung, Chi Ling Chiu, Michael B. Christy

Votes: 198

22. Hallucination Generation (1966)

90 min | Drama

A juvenile is mad at his mom so he leaves his home in San Francisco to join a charismatic LSD guru's cult in Spain and turns on, tunes in, and drops out. He also gets involved in murder.

Director: Edward Mann | Stars: George Montgomery, Danny Steinmann, Tom Baker, Marianne Kanter

Votes: 33

23. The Love-Ins (1967)

Approved | 91 min | Drama

A college professor resigns in protest to the dismissal of student underground newspaper workers and later joins their "hippie movement" and becomes their "Messiah."

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Richard Todd, James MacArthur, Susan Oliver, Mark Goddard

Votes: 176

24. I Drink Your Blood (1970)

R | 83 min | Horror

A group of hippies wreak havoc on a small town and a young boy, whose grandfather and sister were attacked by them, decides to get even, with deadly results.

Director: David E. Durston | Stars: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Jadin Wong, Rhonda Fultz, George Patterson

Votes: 2,622

25. Wong Fei Hung (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 15,157

26. Police Story (1985)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam

Votes: 22,226

27. Police Story 2 (1988)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The Hong Kong super-cop must stop a group of blackmailing bombers at the same time that the villains of the first Police Story are out for revenge.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Kwok-Hung Lam, Bill Tung

Votes: 13,511

28. Cung on zo (1993)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A special agent assigned to protect a wealthy business magnate. However, when the businessman is kidnapped in a daring ambush, he teams up with a seasoned detective to crack the case. But soon he discovers the case isn't that simple.

Directors: Kirk Wong, Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kent Cheng, Kar-Ying Law, Pui-San Auyeung

Votes: 4,775 | Gross: $0.19M

29. Lung hing foo dai (1986)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Jackie Chan and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang | Stars: Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Rosamund Kwan, Lola Forner

Votes: 14,538

30. El Mariachi (1992)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A traveling mariachi is mistaken for a murderous criminal and must hide from a gang bent on killing him.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Carlos Gallardo, Consuelo Gómez, Jaime de Hoyos, Peter Marquardt

Votes: 56,496 | Gross: $2.04M

31. 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: 31,692 | Gross: $44.36M

32. Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps, among others, as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner

Votes: 3,679

33. 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: 1,751 | Gross: $10.00M

34. The Last House on the Left (1972)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped and brutalized by a gang of psychotic convicts.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln

Votes: 27,873 | Gross: $3.10M

35. The Street Fighter (1974)

X | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Etsuko Shiomi, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 3,962

36. Satsujin ken 2 (1974)

X | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Takuma "Terry" Tsurugi returns. In this sequel, he sets out to bust up a phony charity put together by the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Claude Gagnon, Masafumi Suzuki, Yôko Ichiji

Votes: 1,547

37. Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)

R | 87 min | Horror

When a scientist develops a formula to regenerate dying liver cells, it accidentally turns him into an albino vampire with a taste for prostitutes.

Director: William Crain | Stars: Bernie Casey, Rosalind Cash, Marie O'Henry, Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Votes: 325

38. Requiem for a Vampire (1971)

R | 65 min | Horror

Two girls on the run get lost in the French countryside, and wind up in a haunted chateau occupied by an ailing vampire and his servants.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent, Philippe Gasté, Dominique

Votes: 1,339

39. I Drink Your Blood (1970)

R | 83 min | Horror

A group of hippies wreak havoc on a small town and a young boy, whose grandfather and sister were attacked by them, decides to get even, with deadly results.

Director: David E. Durston | Stars: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Jadin Wong, Rhonda Fultz, George Patterson

Votes: 2,622

40. Death Ship (1980)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: George Kennedy, Richard Crenna, Nick Mancuso, Sally Ann Howes

Votes: 2,860

41. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

R | 81 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

57 Metascore

After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

Director: Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin, Chung-Erh Lung

Votes: 3,630

42. The Thing with Two Heads (1972)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Doctors are forced to transplant the head of a dying, racist surgeon onto the body of a black death row inmate.

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Roosevelt Grier, Ray Milland, Don Marshall, Roger Perry

Votes: 1,986

43. The Photographer (1974)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A murder story with a comedic twist. A famous photographer uses his models for more than taking pictures. He needs them as victims to satisfy his blood-lust. Each murder becomes more bizarre than the next.

Director: William Byron Hillman | Stars: Michael Callan, Barbara Nichols, Harold J. Stone, Edward Andrews

Votes: 41

44. Pieces (1982)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Young co-eds are being dismembered by a mysterious murderer on a college campus. The killer is attempting to put together a human jigsaw puzzle made from body parts.

Director: Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Frank Braña, Edmund Purdom

Votes: 6,387 | Gross: $2.03M

45. A Cat in the Brain (1990)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

A horror film director is stalked by a mad psychiatrist/serial killer bent on killing people to model the killings after the director's gory death scenes from his movies.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Lucio Fulci, Brett Halsey, Ria De Simone, David L. Thompson

Votes: 2,463

46. Hit! (1973)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama

A Federal Agent, whose daughter dies of a heroin overdose, is determined to destroy the drug ring that supplied her. He recruits various people whose lives have been torn apart by the drug ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton, Gwen Welles

Votes: 353

47. Disco Godfather (1979)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A retired cop becomes a DJ/celebrity at the Blueberry Hill disco-- he's the "Disco Godfather!" All is well until his nephew flips out on a strange new drug that's sweeping the streets, ... See full summary »

Director: J. Robert Wagoner | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed, Jimmy Lynch, Jerry Jones

Votes: 912

48. Shaft (1971)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter.

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cioffi, Christopher St. John

Votes: 13,494

49. Jailbait Babysitter (1977)

R | 74 min | Drama, Romance

Vicki is seventeen and her older friends call her Jailbait. Her boyfriend Robert is frustrated because Vicki doesn't want to do the wild thing, but he's willing to wait. After a party gets ... See full summary »

Director: John Hayes | Stars: Therese Pare, Roscoe Born, Lydia Wagner, David J. Partington

Votes: 136

50. Cop Killers (1973)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama

Two hippies on their way to a cocaine deal get stopped by the police at a roadblock, resulting in a shootout where they kill the cops. They then go on a crime spree of robbery and murder.

Director: Walter R. Cichy | Stars: Jason Williams, Bill Osco, Diane Keller, Michael D. White

Votes: 154