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Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)

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A look at several legendary 'exploitation' film-makers from the golden days of drive-in movies, and how they had a lasting effect on the movie landscape in general.


Ray Greene


Ray Greene


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Cast overview, first billed only:
F.X. Feeney F.X. Feeney ... Self
Maila Nurmi ... Self
Michael Copner Michael Copner ... Self
Samuel Z. Arkoff ... Self
James H. Nicholson James H. Nicholson ... Self (archive footage)
Dick Miller ... Self
Roger Corman ... Self
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Self
Joseph McBride ... Self (as Joseph P. McBride)
David F. Friedman David F. Friedman ... Self
Michael J. Bowen Michael J. Bowen ... Self (as Michael Bowen)
Doris Wishman Doris Wishman ... Self
Harry H. Novak Harry H. Novak ... Self (as Harry Novak)
Kroger Babb Kroger Babb ... Self (archive footage)
Herschell Gordon Lewis ... Self (archive footage)


You've heard of Hollywood, a town of tinsel and glamour, the town of Paramount, Columbia and MGM. But there is another Hollywood, a place where maverick independent EXPLOITATION FILMMAKERS went toe to toe with the big guys and came out on top! "SCHLOCK! THE SECRET HISTORY OF AMERICAN MOVIES" takes you behind the scenes with the legendary EXPLOITATION and SEXPLOITATION filmmakers of those golden "DRIVE-IN" MOVIE days. It's sexy! It's strange! And every word is true! Written by Ray Greene (director of the film)

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The cover illustration used for Schlock! was influenced by Agony of Love (1966). See more »


References Why Must I Die? (1960) See more »


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Arranged and Produced by Johnny English
Words and Music by Ray Greene
Greene/Protagonist Productions
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High weirdness about movies you never knew existed
5 December 2003 | by machineartSee all my reviews

An amazing movie! If you think you know the history of American cult and exploitation movies you don't unless you've watched this picture. Chronicles the whole history and development of exploitation and sexploitation flicks from the silent film days all the way to the end of the "golden era" in the early 1970s. Tons of fascinating and ultra-rare clips, everything from sexploitation cuties to cheesy but hilarious monsters from Mars. Loads of interviews with the famed (Roger Corman, Peter Bogdanovich, Forrie Ackerman, Vampira) to the notorious (Doris Wishman, Dave Friedman). I thought this movie was lots of fun and very informative, and the DVD has about four hours of really excellent extras too. An A - or maybe even an A picture about the world of B-movies.

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La historia secreta del cine estadounidense See more »

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