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American Grindhouse (2010)




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Dive into the sordid history of American exploitation films in this documentary narrated by Academy Award-nominee Robert Forster, and featuring interviews with John Landis, William Lustig, Larry Cohen, Jack Hill, and Herschell Gordon Lewis. This is the story of the movies that kept audiences coming back to the cinema for more, and the filmmakers who helped turn bad taste into fine art.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television
Directed By:
Written By: Elijah Drenner, Calum Waddell
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On DVD: Jul 26, 2011
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Critic Reviews for American Grindhouse

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

In its academic approach, American Grindhouse is like sex ed: the lecture gets tedious, but it's worth sitting through for the pictures.

Full Review… | February 4, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Nitpicky enough to please film-history nerds but lively in a way that should tickle the merely curious.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

Traces the history, excesses, and glory of unsavory cinema, providing a magnificent education in the process, communicating the nuances and traditions of a brand often disregarded as forgettable schlock.

Full Review… | August 4, 2011

Highly recommended viewing not only for grindhouse fans but for anyone with an interest in film history.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Creative Loafing

American Grindhouse is a little vanilla in its presentation, but it's a pretty fascinating story nonetheless.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011

American Grindhouse seems to miss the irony of what the recent proliferation of faux-exploitation films actually partially represents.

Full Review… | February 7, 2011
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for American Grindhouse

Informative, entertaining and unforgettable, American Grindhouse it's a great study about exploration movies, U.S. modern pictures inspirations, the fight to adapt "cinema fashion" and win money. A trip into remarkable and 'bad taste' films. Criative and inspired, dispite doesn't mention some important people in underground low budget industry cinema. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This follow-up of sorts to NIGHTMARES IN RED, WHITE AND BLUE provides a history of (non-horror) exploitation films in the U.S. Compared to NIGHTMARES, this shorter documentary covers its shallower subject in greater depth (if that makes sense).

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Not perfect. Skips over some important figures such as Roger Corman. However, a pretty excellent primer on one of the most notorious and misunderstood genres in cinema history.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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