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En route to screens new you soon are offerings like Faster starring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton which features a lot of the critical elements of exploitation cinema in guns, cars, violence and ladies in little to no clothing. It would be quite easy to imagine Jack Hill's signature on this title as it's a pure copy of exploitation, but with a Hollywood budget and carefully crafted marketing strategy. Add to that the release of Hobo with a Shotgun later in the year which sees Rutger Hauer starring as the Hobo in possession of a shotgun and you have exactly what it says on the tin. Like Snakes on a Plane from five years ago or Werewolves on Wheels from forty years back it promises to be a fun and honest offering of a classic exploitation narrative.
The only issue with this, and before I'd like to quantify how much I'm looking forward to watching both Faster and Hobo, is it all seems to be in contradiction to everything that exploitation cinema stands for. Exploitation cinema was made almost locally, every film felt like it belonged to the people who were viewing it. The grindhouse cinemas in New York would have a completely different feel in programming than that of a similar cinema in Los Angeles and that in turn different to those in Chicago. Like the residents of Comber would gather to star in and watch the latest offerings from Roy and Noel Spence, those in the streets of L.A would be thrilled by the latest early offerings from Rudy Ray Moore or Jack Hill. These films would not need marketing, which is a good thing as they could never afford them, the audience would be drawn to them either because of opportunity through screening times, locale and thematic trends.
|Robbie in The Switchblade Sisters|
I will watch Hollywood's exploitation offerings and will, for the most part, enjoy them but they will most likely never find their way into my heart in the way that The Switchblade Sisters or Torso did. Robby Lee, I love the fact that in your head you're an excellent actress and not dumbing down for profit.