The A to Z of Exploitation Cinema

A is for...
A Climax of Blue Powder
Like it or loathe it this film will leave you talking.  Mixing sex and violence before David(s) Cronenberg and Lynch were on the scene.

B is for...
Basket Case
The ever brilliant Frank Henenlotter simply hasn't made enough films to satisfy the fans out there but what he has made is pure gold.  When twins are separated by an expert surgeon the last thing the Doctor expects is for them to seek revenge.


C is for...
Chained Heat
It is the ultimate "chicks in chains" film where white hot desire melts cold prison steel.  Linda Blair and Sybil Danning with Tamara Dobson (as Duchess) in a world of crooked wardens and drug peddling rapist lesbian inmates.


D is for...
Dead Hooker in a Trunk
The Sisters Soska (Jen and Sylvia) have put together a team of like minded individuals and on a budget of relatively nothing fashioned an exploitation film that the legendary Jack Hill would be proud of.


E is for...
The Exterminator
It's actually quite heart warming to see this level of bromance in an action movie.  When John Eastland's best friend is killed he turns the mean streets of New York into a war zone in an effort to extract revenge.


F is for...
Fleshburn
Sonny Landham (as Calvin Duggai) is an ex soldier on a mission for revenge against the four psychiatrists who testified against him.  Kidnapping them and taking them to the desert they begin a game of cat and mouse that'll leave them changed forever...and also more than a little tanned.


G is for...
The Gestapo's Last Orgy
There's non more difficult a sub genre within the exploitation movement to stomach than Naziploitation and of the "worst" this is the worst.  Not only was it banned in the UK but everything about it is, at the very least, distasteful.  Director Cesare Canevari made one further film after the release of TGLO.


H is for...
Horror High
Nerdlinger high schooler turns his guinea pig into a giant mutated flesh eating beast.  This would never happen at Grange Hill let alone Sweet Valley High.

I is for...
I, Monster
Amicus are a name that's, sadly, long been forgotten by the modern horror audience.  Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in this adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde.


J is for...
Jungle Hell
An indigenous tribe in an Indian jungle is laid siege to by flying saucers and seemingly radioactive boulders.  This is probably the closest thing to cinematic Marmite that there's every likely to be.

K is for...
Kung Fu Cannibals
Also known as Raw Force, Kung Fu Cannibals is not only one of the greatest examples of the Filipino exploitation movement but is also something of an endangered species.  The only existing copy available on DVD is copied from a battered and bruised VHS.  It's worth it and to be honest the VHS' blemishes add a little something to the viewing.


L is for...
The Last House on Dead End Street
There are few films that are more exploitation than this.  When social rebel Terry is released from prison he decides that the best way to right the wrongs inflicted on him through incarceration is by making snuff movies. It's not quite Flowers of Flesh and Blood but it is something of an exam as to your exploitation credentials.


M is for...
Machete Maidens Unleashed
M could stand for so many exploitation titles but this documentary focuses a light on a part of the movement that has long been forgotten.  The Filipino exploitation movement was one of the most inventive, adventurous, dangerous and enjoyable out there.  This crazed love of film making is apparent in every single shot.


N is for...
Nude Nuns with Big Guns
Ok so Nunsploitation might be the most acquired of acquired tastes in the sub genres existing under the heading of exploitation but you don't have to be an avid fan of Behind Convent Walls to consider this exploitive release of 2010.


O is for...
Oasis of Fear
Dick and Ingrid fund their gap year travels by selling saucy nude pics of Ingrid in this exploitation flick that's been absent from the home entertainment market for years.  If you're aware of Umberto Lenzi's oeuvre then imagine watching the most graphic exploitation he's directed that you've seen, picture your parents sitting beside you and you're at how uncomfortable most people find it.


P is for..
Panzer Chocolate
You know that exploitation cinema is alive and very well when the market is open to new Naziploitation.  The SS are melting down Jewish POW's to make chocolate bars.  This film was first encountered on the excellent film site Twitch and is one of many Naziploitation titles to be expected next year.

Q is for...
Queen of the Amazons
One of Roger Merton's five classic screenplays and an example of what would be considered the cuddly face of exploitation as an Amazonian tribe of ladies hold a man hostage with his wife hot on his trail in an effort to bring him home.

R is for...
Ratman
Back to the slightly wrong with Ratman - "He's the critter from the shitter".  It's all kind of brilliant, it's all kind of wrong and it typifies what's truly brilliant about the Italian directors of exploitation.


S is for...
Superfly
It's the classic idea of one last score and then out of the game but done Blaxploitation style as Superfly's realisation that either the big house or the grave awaits him triggers his efforts to get out while he's ahead.  Anyone who's ever tried to retire from the mob will know how easy the rest of this film is.


T is for...
They Saved Hitler's Brain
It's the post death status of Walt Disney too (allegedly).  Nazi scientists freeze Hitler's brain until such time they can bring him back and reinstate the order of the Third Reich.  You might not think it but David Bradley's Naziploitation film is due a remake.


U is for...
The Untold Story
Danny Lee and Herman Yau's 1993 crime drama has the added benefit of being based on actual police records of real events.


V is for...
Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women
Astronauts land on Venus to discover a land of prehistoric women.  Essentially they've taken the notion of Planet of the Apes and made it a lot more sexy.


W is for...
Womens Camp 119
The war has seen a lot of dead German soldiers, one Nazi doctor has a theory that naked female prisoners rubbing themselves up against the corpses will bring his fallen buddies back from beyond.  This is just one of the experiments he creates and is probably the most tasteful.

X is for...
Xanadu
Ideally X would be for Roger Corman's The Man with the X-Ray Eyes but those who've graduated from Sesame Street know why it can't be.  Instead X is for Robert Greenwald's mash-up of 50's and 80's that's even more ridiculous than the prospect of a Greek Muse inspiring anyone to build a roller rink.


Y is for...
Young People Fucking

It's Larry Clark without the Larry Clark in this 2007 Canadian drama in a tale of five couples and their fun filled and charged Tuesday nights.  It's the kind of movie a modern day Christina Lindberg or Marilyn Chambers would pop up in.


and finally

Z is for...
Zoom In : Bókó Danchi
Saeko is convinced the man, a piano turner, living on her floor is the same man who raped her some time earlier. She becomes fixated when witnessing him commit another attack.  A lot of the Japanese Pink Movies are especially difficult to watch.  Zoom In is no different.  I haven't been able to pull a trailer, the DVD will be available through the excellent Asian site DDDHouse.

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