Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents
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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
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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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.
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?
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.
Comprehensive is an understatement.
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