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For One Week Only by Ric Meyers
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Sep 20, 2011

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bookshelves: library-thing, non-fiction, horror
Read from September 12 to 18, 2011

For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films by Ric Meyers is a wonderful history of exploitation films. Meyers divides the films into three categories: Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'N' Roll, Violence, and Horror. He then proceeds to alphabetically describe significant exploitation movies in each categories. Note that he describes "significant" movies, not "best" movies. This is not a top ten list of exploitation movies, but a tribute to the actors and filmmakers who made these movies. Meyers also does a magnificent job introducing each of the three categories, and sprinkled throughout the book are his biographies of some of the most influential exploitation filmmakers.

As Myers states in the postface "To be honest, most of the movies made during this convulsive era were far better to read or hear about than actually see (you're welcome)." Having seen a number of the movies described in this book, I wholeheartedly agree with that statement.

This book is an excellent introduction to exploitation movies, and may actually serve to cause you to add to your Netflix queue. (However, no matter how much you're tempted, please stay away from the Ilsa movies. Really.)

Thanks to LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program for a chance to read this wonderful book.

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