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Classic Exploitation Movies

Exploitation films are usually films that exploit a certain part of for instance popular culture and everyday life such as ethnicity, zombies, bikers or even sex. These types of films were especially common in the 1960s and 1970s, screened at drive-ins and grind houses and by a few years later often gaining a cult reputation and a horde of followers.

The plot in these movies won’t win any Academy® awards and in some cases probably neither the acting — instead they offer a zany and bonky trip into another world, a world of retro kitschyness and cool awkwardness — often set to very memorable funky grooves and beats. Directors, such as Quentin Tarantino have revived the genre lately with modern classics such as Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, Kill Bill etc.

So turn off the lights, fetch the popcorn and let the exploitation begin!

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Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain. Read more articles by me

Comments for this article

  • http://martinklasch.blogspot.com/ p-e fronning

    Vanishing Point skulle jag faktiskt inte kalla för en exploitation film utan snarare ett action-drama med dragning åt tragik. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang har jag inte sett men den tycks vara en agentfilmsparodi helt enkelt – men den kanske innehåller en massa sex, vad vet jag. :)

  • http://www.ultraswank.net Chris

    I disagree. Vanishing Point is what you simply call 'carexploitation'. Even Quentin's Death Proof is considered a homage to the grind house movies. But it's hard to put a label on every movie, I guess that it all comes down to opinion in the end.

  • http://martinklasch.blogspot.com/ p-e fronning

    Well, if one wants to label it somethingsomethingexploitation it would be carexploitation. You are right about that. :)

  • Guest

    That Coffy chick sure looks like she's really pissed off.