American Grindhouse (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 16, 2011

49. American Grindhouse (Available to stream on Netflix, available to watch on Hulu, not available digitally on Amazon)

Here is the trailer for American Grindhouse.

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American Grindhouse is a documentary discussing the origins and development of exploitation films in the United States. It’s a great story about what was happening in cinema that was not coming from the major Hollywood studios, especially in the 40s and 50s.

John Landis is one of the interviewees of American Grindhouse.

There are great interviews in this documentary, from people like John Landis who are famous filmmakers to the lesser-known people who were involved in the development and distribution of some of the exploitation films.  My favorite part was seeing some of the early “gore” films, which were pretty disgusting and graphic.  This documentary showed 2 seconds of someone’s hand being cut with a saw from Hostel, and that was really gross, but another image of someone’s tongue being pulled out in a movie from the 60s was just as messed up!

This documentary is not rated, but there is quite a bit of nudity in the clips from the films being discussed, so you should take that into account if it bothers you or is inappropriate for the company that you’re in.

American Grindhouse is available on DVD from Amazon for $17.99.

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