The Forbidden World of 'Adults Only' Cinema"
by Eddie Muller and Daniel Faris
St. Martin's Griffin, 1996
is one of those things that people shy away from for several reasons. Some
argue the films are poorly made. Others argue the subject matter
is against whatever moral code they have. Still others feel that all the
products of exploitation cinema are throw-away movies meant only for teenagers
and perverts. Grindhouse shows the history of how exploitation
cinema started as a way of giving Mr & Mrs. Ordinary, Law-abiding,
God-fearing America a good cheap thrill and became an endearing part
of world cinema. Tracing backroom movies from the 30's through the 70's,
explains how these movies tapped into the trends of the times and evolved.
From reefer films, to nudie-cuties, to ghoulies, to porn chic, Grindhouse
talks about trends in general and films in specific. The whole book is
crammed with amazing movie posters and stills, but the text makes this
much more than a coffee table book. The most fascinating aspect that
explores is how exploitation cinema effected and, many times, changed the
direction of mainstream films. This book is a wonderful historical narrative
on the films that have been overlooked by Hollywood, but will always be
remembered by any Bachelor worth his salt.
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