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For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films

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"I Dismember Mama ... Snuff ... Night of a Thousand Cats .".. these and many more like-titled examples of cinematic dementia delighted dozens in the grindhouse movie theaters of the sixties, seventies, and eighties. Now, for the second time ever, "For One Week Only" reveals the incredible truth behind the most manic movies ever made. Filled with interviews and rare illustr ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by New Century Publishers
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The appeal of this book lies almost entirely in its subject matter. I love cheesy, and not so cheesy, exploitation movies and reading a bunch of reviews of these films is bound to bring back fond memories or give one good suggestions for future viewing.

But Ric Meyers doesn't bring much to the table. He gives a lot of plot summaries, which, in some cases, will take away a good deal of the potential fun if you do decide to watch the film. Why give such a detailed blow-by-blow account of the actio
Les Gehman
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 al ...more
I'm not really a fan of the exploitation film genre but I find them and their culture fascinating so I always find books about them at least interesting.
Overall this book is pretty slight in any significantly detailed coverage of what makes up exploitation films but it does cover a large variety of films and I did find the descriptions of each at least intriguing and I did enjoy how he made some connections between such different topics as actors, writers, producers and themes with each movie an
M. Fenn
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For One Week Only: The world of exploitation films by Ric Meyers was originally published in 1983, and now it's back, updated for the 21st century. Meyers has expanded things to include more recent history of some of the directors he talks about and perhaps a little more closure to the death of the exploitation era.

I'm a fan of B-movies and exploitation films, as well, so I enjoyed the read. While it's nothing fancy--really just an encyclopedic listing of films with some directorial essays scatt
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While Meyers obviously knows quite a bit about exploitation movies, you'd think that a guy who would write an entire book about the subject would like them a little more. This is a collection of plot synopses (the best part) and Meyers' dashed off personal opinions (the worst part) of a random collection of horror, sexploitation, and blaxsploitation movies of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. While nicely indexed, the book would have done better if it had more illustrations and a more appreciative author. ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Though I was already interested in the genre, this is the book that truly set me on my path as an enthusiast for exploitation movies. Highly recommended, though you should get your hands on the original edition if you can find it. The recent version does not include any of the pictures and ads found in the original.
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Author of more than 70 novels and nonfiction books (under a variety of names, including multiple variations of his own); writer of hundreds of magazine articles, reviews, and DVD blurbs; screenwriter for selected comic books, television, films, and documentaries; consultant at several studios and networks; performer at Medieval Times and the North Pole; teacher of kung fu at universities and semin ...more