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The Style of Sleaze

The American Exploitation Film, 1959 - 1977

Calum Waddell

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Examines the American exploitation film – blaxploitation, exploitation-horror and sexploitation – between 1959 and 1977

What is an exploitation film? The Style of Sleaze reasons that the aesthetic and thematic approach of the key texts within three distinct exploitation demarcations – blaxploitation, horror and sexploitation – indicate a concurrent evolution of filmmaking that could be seen as an identifiable cinematic movement. Offering a fresh perspective on studies of marginal cinema, The Style of Sleaze maintains that defining exploitation cinema as a vaguely attributed 'excess' is unhelpful, and instead concludes that this period in American film history produced a number of the most transgressive, and yet morally complex, motion pictures ever made.




Chapter One: Not Quite Hollywood

Chapter Two: Emerging From Another Era - Narrative And Style in Modern Exploitation Cinema

Chapter Three: Can We Call It Sexploitation?

Chapter Four: Sex Morality Plays: Character in Adult Cinema

Chapter Five: The Body Is Everything: Sexploitation Spectacle

Chapter Six: Exploitation-Horror Cinema

Chapter Seven: Cannibalising Tradition: Romero’s Zombies and A Blood Feast

Chapter Eight: Slash and Burn: The Exploitation-Horror Film in Transition

Chapter Nine: Blaxploitation Cinema: Race and Rebellion

Chapter Ten: Sex, Violence and Urban Escape: Blaxploitation Tropes and Tales

Chapter Eleven: The Blaxploitation Female

Chapter Twelve: Exploitation as a Movement

About the Author

Calum Waddell gained his PhD at the University of Aberdeen. His published works include Jack Hill: The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, and RoboCop: The Definitive History and Cannibal Holocaust. He has also written extensively for newsstand publications that include SFX, Sci-Fi Now, Total Film and Dazed. His work as a documentary director include 42nd Street Memories and Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever.


In its focus on the taboo-breaking and transgressive elements of 1970s exploitation cinema, The Style of Sleaze is set to be as important a publication in this area as Eric Schaefer's Bold! Daring! Shocking! True! A recognition to the importance of further study into the wonderful world of American "trash" cinema.

- Mikel J. Koven, University of Worcester

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