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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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Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Probably the best book on US made cult and exploitation movies. Great reference material.
Jesse Hebert
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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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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Aug 20, 2012 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.
Henry Moulder
Feb 02, 2015 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.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Feb 27, 2008 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.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This absolutely massive book is certainly the most devotedly in-depth exploration of American exploitation cinema, and is worth owning for anyone interested in the genre if only for its garish and appropriately lurid visual material.
Horace Derwent
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
one of those bibles for me
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Comprehensive is an understatement.
Nathan Meadows
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This thing is like The Bible for exploitation filmmaking. Very well researched, huge and full of awesome pictures. A must for any grindhouse buff.
Nov 06, 2008 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.
May 22, 2016 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.
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