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Well, this documentary more or less does that. It's basically Grindhouse For Beginners. Lots of history, name dropping, movie clips and interviews. It moves at a very frantic pace, never staying on one particular film or topic for very long, but runs through tons of brief film clips throughout. It covers the very beginnings with some of Thomas Edison's first films, all the way through the classic years of 42nd Street.
Some fans are gonna be disappointed at the lack of specific films and directors being mentioned, and this is understandable, but this isn't meant to be an in depth history, but more of an intro. The director said in an interview I read that this film was to be kind of a glorified DVD extra. In the same interview he said that certain names and films were left out intentionally, though he gave no concrete reason why. Personally I think it's a flat out crime to have not mentioned Roger Corman once. But this documentary originally started out as a documentary on director Jack Hill, and then just kinda grew from there, which might explain the rushed and incomplete feel.
So why the four stars? Well, I enjoyed it. We Grindhouse weirdos are the type to have already obsessively researched the films, directors and history, so there isn't much information here we didn't know already(though some of the very early history of the 20s and 30s was enlightening for me).Read more ›
This documentary takes you through the history of the genre (if you can call it that) with input from various directors and film historians. It starts at the very beginning (which might have been minutes after the first movie camera was invented) and on through all the factions, decades, directors, subject matter and what-not up into the 80s. You get trailers and scenes from some of the high(?) points along with a bit of behind-the-scenes input from the stars and directors. It's a wild ride in all its sordid glory.
As a true movie whore I loved every minute of this. It was great getting such a comprehensive overview of something that I knew only in bits and pieces. At a mere 80 minutes I could have used a bit more. For instance: They note Russ Meyer only for his having been one of the first (if not THE first) film maker to infuse 'nudie cuties' with plotlines, when he actually had a huge impact on developing the entire soft core porn genre. But this is a minor quibble. For anyone interested in Grindhouse Cinema, or if you lived through some portion of it, this will bring back fond memories and give you a good dose of film history to boot.
This was a thouroughly enjoyable movie for this film buff. Grindhouse movies are exploitation movies. As the film explains, almost anything can be exploited but usually it's sex, violence, or any combination of the two.
The most enjoyable aspect of this movie is the hundreds of great film clips from films most people have never heard of. I plan to go back with pen and paper in hand, and write down all the movies mentioned. There isn't one movie here that I wouldn't love to see, or have already seen. One that was mentioned that I recently saw was Russ Meyer's "Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill!"
These movies are pure schlock. They feed the most base instincts. And this movie tells the history of the Grindhouse genre in very well researched detail, and how it evolved and changed through time. It even points out that the first person who ever made a movie, Thomas Edison, made a couple of exploitation films.
There have been a few recent film clip collections that are terrible. They are cheaply made and don't have any information at all on the history of grindhouse film. In contrast, this one has the huge quantity of films mentioned, plus all the clips from each, plus the quality of material and history, and the complete details of the subject. To fit all the many movie clips into a watchable timeframe, unfortunately the clips are very short and leave one wanting to see more.
A few of the films talked about are Freaks, Last House, Blood Feast, Jaws, and Shewolf of the SS.
We see some of the directors of these films, such as H.G. Lewis, and Don Edmonds, talking candidly about making these movies, and the importance of making money out of any movie made.Read more ›
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Worth watching. I enjoyed it. Well done with expert historians and great narration. Lot's of good clips on the different the subjects they were talking about. Read morePublished 3 days ago by genxer36
I enjoyed this well-presented backgrounder. I added a number of films to my must-see list and was reminded of many fond movie watching memories.Published 1 month ago by CarlEd
I thought it was good. I'm a fan of documentaries and this was one of the better ones I've seen.Published 1 month ago by MzWeet
It was very interesting finding out about the origin of grind house cinema.Published 4 months ago by Larry