History Main / ExploitationFilm

25th Aug '16 5:23:12 PM darkchiefy
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A film which focuses on morbid elements a lot, the type of morbid elements that fascinate or excite people. For example, a crime movie which focuses more on the details of committing the crime or its effects on the victim, rather than the efforts to solve it. Or a movie that's excessively violent for no real reason. In fact, that - excessive violence or sexuality - seems to be the main definition of an exploitation film. "Raw" is the name of the game. Bonus points if the production has that "low-budget" feel to it, thought it isn't strictly necessary.

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A film which focuses on morbid elements a lot, the type of morbid elements that fascinate or excite people. For example, a crime movie which focuses more on the details of committing the crime or its effects on the victim, rather than the efforts to solve it. Or a movie that's excessively violent for no real reason. In fact, that - excessive violence or sexuality - seems to be the main definition of an exploitation film. "Raw" is the name of the game. Bonus points if the production has that "low-budget" feel to it, thought though it isn't strictly necessary.
24th Jul '16 2:30:44 AM surgoshan
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It's sometimes debatable as to whether a given film is an Exploitation Film or not. If there's a heavy emphasis on plot and background detail, yet at the same time the visceral elements are emphasized and played up in detail, then people will disagree on whether or not it fits this category. For example, ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' goes into a ton of detail in watching {{Jesus}} be tortured. Yet, many churches were turning out in droves to see it, despite it being a film that consists of two hours of torture followed by the death of the lead character. Due to the movie's theme and background material, most argue that it isn't exploitation at all, since Jesus's torture was not intended for the audience's excitement.

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It's sometimes debatable as to whether a given film is an Exploitation Film or not. If there's a heavy emphasis on plot and background detail, yet at the same time the visceral elements are emphasized and played up in detail, then people will disagree on whether or not it fits this category. For example, ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'' goes into a ton of detail in watching {{Jesus}} be tortured. Yet, many churches were turning out in droves to see it, despite it being a film that consists of two hours of torture followed by the death of the lead character. Due to the movie's theme and background material, most some argue that it isn't exploitation at all, since Jesus's torture was not intended for the audience's excitement.
excitement, while others argue precisely the contrary.
29th Jun '16 9:06:42 PM TheJayman49
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* ''Film/{{Caligula}}'' (1979): This infamous adaptation of the life of Roman Emperor Caligula is rather odd for an exploitation film, as it had a relatively large budget and featured A-List actors (including Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, and Helen Mirren). However, it also featured enough controversial imagery, including strong violence and ''extremely'' hardcore sex, to make it a definitive example of this.

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* ''Film/{{Caligula}}'' (1979): This infamous adaptation of the life of Roman Emperor Caligula is rather odd for an exploitation film, as it had a relatively large budget and featured A-List actors (including Malcolm McDowell, [=McDowell=], Peter O'Toole, and Helen Mirren). However, it also featured enough controversial imagery, including strong violence and ''extremely'' hardcore sex, to make it a definitive example of this.this trope.
29th Jun '16 9:02:42 PM TheJayman49
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* ''Film/{{Caligula}}'' (1979): Infamous adaptation of the life of Roman Emperor Caligula in big budget Hollywood style with A-List actors, yet enough controversial imagery, including hardcore violence and sex, to make it a definitive example of an exploitation movie.

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* ''Film/{{Caligula}}'' (1979): Infamous This infamous adaptation of the life of Roman Emperor Caligula in big is rather odd for an exploitation film, as it had a relatively large budget Hollywood style with and featured A-List actors, yet actors (including Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, and Helen Mirren). However, it also featured enough controversial imagery, including hardcore strong violence and ''extremely'' hardcore sex, to make it a definitive example of an exploitation movie.this.
6th Jun '16 5:59:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Many of TheAsylum's movies, especially the horror rip-offs, would fit right in here, to the point that they wouldn't seem ''that'' out of place playing in a 70's Grindhouse theater. This is largely due to them being direct to [=DVD=], and therefore able to get away with a lot more sex and violence than [[TheMockbuster the movies they're ripping off.]]

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* Many of TheAsylum's Creator/TheAsylum's movies, especially the horror rip-offs, would fit right in here, to the point that they wouldn't seem ''that'' out of place playing in a 70's Grindhouse theater. This is largely due to them being direct to [=DVD=], and therefore able to get away with a lot more sex and violence than [[TheMockbuster the movies they're ripping off.]]
6th Jan '16 8:12:42 PM jormis29
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** ''Film/AnAmericanCrime'' (2007 film, as there's ALSO another film with the same name!) is based on the case more directly, but goes out of its way to humanize the characters and go into detail about other things, leaving most of the tortures implied rather than shown. Yet, ironically, perhaps because it's directly based on the real life torture case and not simply being inspired by it, some reviewers accused ''this'' movie of being exploitative, even though it held back in the portrayals of violence.

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** ''Film/AnAmericanCrime'' (2007 film, as there's ALSO there is another film with the same name!) is based on the case more directly, but goes out of its way to humanize the characters and go into detail about other things, leaving most of the tortures implied rather than shown. Yet, ironically, perhaps because it's directly based on the real life torture case and not simply being inspired by it, some reviewers accused ''this'' movie of being exploitative, even though it held back in the portrayals of violence.
6th Jan '16 8:12:14 PM jormis29
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That's part of the dividing line. Is the violence or sexuality contained within a movie gratuitous, meant largely for entertainment? Or is it used to enhance the plot or theme? Since ''The Girl Next Door'' is a fictionalized story based on a true crime involving a real girl who was systematically abused by her family, what is it? Is it exploitation because the story itself is fictionalized and involves made-up characters instead of literally retelling the story of the crime? And even if it did retell the story of actual crime, would it still be exploitation?

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That's part of the dividing line. Is the violence or sexuality contained within a movie gratuitous, meant largely for entertainment? Or is it used to enhance the plot or theme? Since ''The Girl Next Door'' ''Literature/TheGirlNextDoor'' is a fictionalized story based on a true crime involving a real girl who was systematically abused by her family, what is it? Is it exploitation because the story itself is fictionalized and involves made-up characters instead of literally retelling the story of the crime? And even if it did retell the story of actual crime, would it still be exploitation?



* ''The Girl Next Door'' (2007 film, as there are multiple films with that name) is about a teenage girl who is held captive and horribly mistreated by her adoptive family. It's based on a novel which in turn is inspired by a similar horrible real life case.

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* ''The Girl Next Door'' (2007 film, as there are multiple films with that name) ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor2007'' is about a teenage girl who is held captive and horribly mistreated by her adoptive family. It's based on a novel which in turn is inspired by a similar horrible real life case.
2nd Jan '16 3:33:44 AM mitcher
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** Related to above, Hentai OVA adaptations of gorn-tastic {{Eroge}} tends to head into this way. The original source materials are no better.

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** Related to above, Hentai OVA adaptations of gorn-tastic PornWithoutPlot {{Eroge}} tends to head into this way. The original source materials are no better.
31st Dec '15 6:06:38 PM mitcher
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** Related to above, Hentai OVA adaptations of gorn-tastic {{Eroge}} tends to head into this way. The original source materials are no better.
25th Dec '15 4:19:30 PM nombretomado
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In TheSixties and TheSeventies, these films reached something of a Golden Age--perhaps in response to the "arty" mainstream films of the [[NewHollywood Hollywood Renaissance]]. This was the era of drive-in "grindhouse" double-features and limited releases touring around the country with crackly prints and at times missing reels. It was also the era of {{Blaxploitation}}.

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In TheSixties and TheSeventies, these films reached something of a Golden Age--perhaps in response to the "arty" mainstream films of the [[NewHollywood [[UsefulNotes/NewHollywood Hollywood Renaissance]]. This was the era of drive-in "grindhouse" double-features and limited releases touring around the country with crackly prints and at times missing reels. It was also the era of {{Blaxploitation}}.
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