I’ve made it relatively clear that I am a fan of genre films, up to and including exploitation films. I grew up on these movies and they have helped shape my future movie watching habits, so I have enjoyed quite a bit the recent bit of mainstream love for grindhouse films.
Now, coming on the heels of the outstanding Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood, comes a film devoted to the American exploitation films of the same time. Now the film does not look to have quite the same level of frenzied adoration as its Australian counterpart, but with its massive cast of interviewees it should prove to be a fascinating look at one of my favorite parts of cinema history.
Title: American Grindhouse
Director: Elijah Drenner
Starring: Allison Anders, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, Don Edmonds, Robert Forster, Jack Hill, John Landis, Herschell Gordon Lewis, William Lustig, Bob Minor, Kim Morgan, Fred Olen Ray, Lewis Teague, Fred Williamson
Release Date: March 2010 (SXSW Film Festival)
Special thanks to The Documentary Blog for the heads up on this film.