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Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents

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From Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill) to Eli Roth (Hostel), the young guns of modern Hollywood just can't get enough of that exploitation film high. That's because, between 1970 and 1985, American Exploitation movies went berserk. With censorship relaxed, and the gate to excess wide open, horror - the Exploitation genre par excellence - offered a vibrant alternative to the ma ...more
Paperback, 527 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by FAB Press (first published July 24th 2007)
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Jesse Hebert
Apr 11, 2009 Jesse Hebert rated it liked it
Shelves: film
It's like this, see... I don't have the fortitude necessary for sitting and watching these films but I do want to know them better. And while this guy flirts with exploitation cinema activism -- holding forth against the morality police and insipid, larger-scale exploitation of the Hollywood establishment -- I'm glad for his opinions and his passion. He also dredges the collectors' hideaways for all manner of rare photographs, stills, and posters (always a treat with this kind of material).

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Henry Moulder
Feb 02, 2015 Henry Moulder rated it it was amazing
One of the best history, critique, and reference books on the subject of Exploitation Cinema, focused on those produced in the United States. Packed full of information on the production companies, prominent directors and actors, as well as the films themselves. A wonderful book that is reasonable in price and quite well researched. I absolutely adore it.
May 22, 2016 Hank rated it it was amazing
Head-spinningly good. This is not my favorite genre, by a mile. It doesn't matter. This is intelligent, articulate film writing of the kind I thought died out long ago.
Aug 20, 2012 Sillyhuron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: exploitation
It's heavy (crushes my chest in bed). It's obscure (I Drink Your Blood? Oh yeah, on last week). And it's WONDERFUL! Like all good pop culture books, it's really a love letter - to the ultra cheapo horror films of the 70's & 80's, pre VHS. Fascinating interviews (even if you haven't seen the movie), a glorious collection of posters and stills, and what has to be THE authoritative index of U.S. independent horror schlock. (Don Dohler, anybody?) If you're a fan, highly recommended.
Horace Derwent
Jun 02, 2016 Horace Derwent rated it it was amazing
one of those bibles for me
May 06, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinema, movies
An incredible collection of essays about exploitation movies in the US (roughly covering a period from 1970 through the early 80s). The author has a knack for presenting an interesting look at how low-budget, exploitation films are made and why they have worth as reflections of both their creators and of America's culture.

Highly recommended for any film buff.
Bryan Schuessler
This book is fucking incredible! It is a mammoth of an undertaking to read but an exhaustive amount of information on American indie horror and exploitation films. A total must-read for any film buff. Stephen Thrower is genius! Anxiously awaiting that sequel that has been promised. Where is that Stephen?
Nov 06, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Simply the book about Independent American Horror, 1970-1985, which just happens to be my favorite period in the genre. A massive, dense brick of a book and worth every cent.
Jan 11, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
The soul and essence of films without mercy or boundaries,
May 01, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it
Comprehensive is an understatement.
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