Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies Reviews

  • Nov 23, 2010

    Serves a pretty decent introduction to exploitation and sexploitation cinema. Fans of the genre will find little new information here, but it's interesting and accessible nevertheless.

    Serves a pretty decent introduction to exploitation and sexploitation cinema. Fans of the genre will find little new information here, but it's interesting and accessible nevertheless.

  • Aug 22, 2010

    Exploitation films are supposed to be sensational, exciting, and lurid. You would think a documentary on such a topic would have at least some of the subject matter's fun, but this documentary is just dry and lifeless. For a documentary on exploitation films that does retain the fun of it's source material, watch "Not Quite Hollywood" about Australian exploitation films.

    Exploitation films are supposed to be sensational, exciting, and lurid. You would think a documentary on such a topic would have at least some of the subject matter's fun, but this documentary is just dry and lifeless. For a documentary on exploitation films that does retain the fun of it's source material, watch "Not Quite Hollywood" about Australian exploitation films.

  • Aug 18, 2010

    Fascinating look at how B movies and exploitation films influenced the American movie industry.

    Fascinating look at how B movies and exploitation films influenced the American movie industry.

  • Jun 24, 2010

    very cool documentary!

    very cool documentary!

  • Apr 06, 2010

    A basic history of films termed as exploitation aswell as a debate on whatg consititutes as exploitation. Very well made and informative documentary that takes its information from the source and guides you through the history and importance of some of the films and film makers. Compelling stuff.

    A basic history of films termed as exploitation aswell as a debate on whatg consititutes as exploitation. Very well made and informative documentary that takes its information from the source and guides you through the history and importance of some of the films and film makers. Compelling stuff.

  • Jul 29, 2009

    Decent documentary about the exploitation films of the 50s and 60s.

    Decent documentary about the exploitation films of the 50s and 60s.

  • Patrick D Super Reviewer
    Apr 23, 2009

    You can tell the filmmaker here is well informed and gets great interviews with the people he is actually talking about, so you have a great perspective on the time. On problem is that this film will appeal to fans of this genre and as a result won't deliver too much new information that the viewer won't already be aware of. Of course, you get the perspective of the filmmakers who made the films, which is great. He also links the trends of exploitation cinema to American history which is a great context for the documentary.

    You can tell the filmmaker here is well informed and gets great interviews with the people he is actually talking about, so you have a great perspective on the time. On problem is that this film will appeal to fans of this genre and as a result won't deliver too much new information that the viewer won't already be aware of. Of course, you get the perspective of the filmmakers who made the films, which is great. He also links the trends of exploitation cinema to American history which is a great context for the documentary.

  • Mar 12, 2009

    Enjoyable look at a dark side to film

    Enjoyable look at a dark side to film

  • Jan 25, 2009

    An interesting look into the history of the movies that weren't afraid to hide what they were. The skin flicks of yesteryear are given a proper treatment in this doc.

    An interesting look into the history of the movies that weren't afraid to hide what they were. The skin flicks of yesteryear are given a proper treatment in this doc.

  • Oct 11, 2008

    Good overview with some superficial interviews with the greats.

    Good overview with some superficial interviews with the greats.