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Welcome to NYC Grindhouse - the only group on that deals specifically with the Exploitation Film Genre. We'll be watching old classics such as Russ Meyers 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!' and Jack Hill's 'Coffy', the film that launched sexy Pam Grier into the spotlight, as well as new Grindies like the Awesome Rodriguez/Tarantino 2007 Planet Terror/Death Proof double-feature and my recent favorite, 'Hobo with a Shotgun'.

When summer comes we'll be taking weekend road-trips to check out some of the few remaining DRIVE-INs in and around New York - the closest being less than a 2 hour drive from Midtown, Madhattan!

Our favorite is the MAHONING DRIVE-IN in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Yeah, that's right. It's in PA. Under a 2.5 hour drive from Times Square. Why? Because they only show 35 mm prints and you can camp overnight at the drive-in!! How AWESOME IS THAT?!

In the cooler months I'll be hosting special double-features at my dirty dungeon disco basement in Hell's Kitchen once a month.

This short interview was taken by Douglas MacKrell at our Hell's Kitchen Humpday GRIND. I look like a raving lunatic - so he did good... Got questions? Call or text me at (347) 523-3937.

We'll also be checking out special Midnight Screenings @ the famous Sunshine theatre on East Houston Street, as well as other exploitation screenings in and around Badhattan.

FINALLY, as the original 'Grindhouses' were named after the now defunct burlesque theaters located on 42nd Street in New York City, where 'bump n' grind' dancing and striptease were featured, we'll visit some of the remaining burlesque and vaudeville venues in NYC for a bit of naughtiness. . .

So what's an Exploitation Film?

It's a type of film promoted by "exploiting" often lurid subject matter. The term "exploitation" is common in film marketing, used for all types of films to mean promotion or advertising. These films then need something to exploit, such as a big star, special effects, sex, violence, romance, etc. An exploitation film, however, relies heavily on sensationalist advertising and broad and lurid overstatement of the issues depicted, regardless of the intrinsic quality of the film. Very often, exploitation films are of low quality in every sense. Even so, exploitation films sometimes attract critical attention and cult followings.

The 1960s and 1970s mark the golden age of the Independent B-Movie, made outside of Hollywood's major film studios. As censorship pressures lifted in the early 60s, the low-budget end of the American motion picture industry increasingly incorporated the sort of sexual and violent elements long associated with so-called exploitation films. The death of the Production Code in 1968 and the major success of the exploitation-style Easy Rider the following year fueled the trend through the subsequent decade. The success of the B-studio exploitation movement had a significant effect on the strategies of the major studios during the 1970s.

OK, then what the hell is a Grindhouse?

Grindhouse is an American term for a theatre that mainly showed exploitation films. It's named after the now defunct burlesque theatres, on old 42nd Street, where 'bump n' grind' dancing and striptease used to be on the bill. In the 1960s, these theatres were put to new use as venues for exploitation films.

As the drive-in movie theater began to decline in the 1960s and 1970s, theater owners began to look for ways to bring in patrons. One solution was to book exploitation films. In fact, some producers in the 1970s would make films directly for the drive-in market. Many of them were violent action films which some would refer to as 'drive-in' films.

There are many subgenres in Grindhouse exploitation cinema, some of which are listed below:

1930s and 1940s Cautionary films (Marihuana, Reefer Madness, Mom and Dad)

Biker films (The Wild One, The Wild Angels, Satan's Sadists)

Blakploitation (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, Black Caesar, Foxy Brown)

Cannibal Films (Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, The Man From Deep River)

Carsploitation (Vanishing Point, Death Proof, Cannonball)

Chambara films (Sex and Fury, Shogun Assassin, Kill Bill)

Eco-terror films (Them!, Godzilla, Tarantula, Night of the Lepus, Frogs)

Giallo films (The Girl Who Knew Too Much, The Cat o' Nine Tails, Blood and Black Lace)

Mockbusters (The Day the Earth Stopped, The Monster of Piedras Blancas, Starcrash, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam)

Mondo films (Mondo Cane [A Dog's World], Shocking Asia, Faces of Death)

Nazisploitation (Love Camp 7, La Bestia in Calore, Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS)

Nudist films (The Immoral Mr. Teas, Garden of Eden)

Ozploitation (Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!, Turkey Shoot, Alvin Purple, Patrick)

Rape / Revenge films (I Spit on Your Grave [or Day of the Woman], The Last House on the Left, Deliverance)

Sexploitation [my favorite!] (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Supervixens, Caligula, Showgirls)

Shocksploitation (Blood Sucking Freaks, Vase de Noces [The Pig Fucking Movie], Nekromantik, Pink Flamingos)

Slasher films (Psycho, Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Toolbox Murders, The Driller Killer)

Spaghette Westerns (Death Rides a Horse, Django, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)

Splatter films (Blood Feast, The Gruesome Twosome, The Wizard of Gore, Evil Dead, Bad Taste)

Women in prison films (Women in Cages, The Big Doll House, Reform School Girls, Caged Heat)

and all the other smaller sub-genres, including Britsploitation, Bruceploitation, Eschploitation, Hixploitation, Mexploitation, Nunsploitation, Pornochanchada, & Teensploitation.

Hey Joe Bob. What are the elements that make for a great B-movie?

"I can't believe you asked me that question.
Why, any child of the eighties knows the answer!
It's the three B's:
Blood, Breasts, & BREASTS!


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