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.

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Critic Reviews for American Grindhouse

All Critics (7) | 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.

Feb 4, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Feb 1, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 4, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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

Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Feb 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Feb 7, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

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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
Greg S

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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
Reid Volk

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½

A pretty interesting and very entertaining look at the low class exploitation films of the past. What makes the documentary good is that John Landis and Joe Dante are involved. They are two very interesting directors who have made good movies. They love movies and it really shows in American Grindhouse. When they are talking it feels like an extended Trailers From Hell episode. Landis says probably the most important quote for people who are looking at getting into grindhouse films. "Most of them are shit, but every once in awhile you'll find a good one."

Melvin White
Melvin White

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