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Missing Reel is a 2014 six-episode Web Video series on YouTube that explores the histories of different Exploitation Film genres. It is available here.


  • Episode 1: Blaxploitation
  • Episode 2: Zombies!
  • Episode 3: Women in Prison
  • Episode 4: Nature Gone Wild
  • Episode 5: Car Chase Movies
  • Episode 6: Hong Kong Action

Missing Reel contains or discusses examples of the following tropes:

  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Episode 1, such as this line from Dolemite:
    "Dolemite is my name and [BLEEP]in' up mother[BLEEP]ers is my game!"
  • Content Warnings: Episode 2 starts with one:
    The following episode of Missing Reel contains graphic images from horror films that are realistic and may disturb sensitive viewers. CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED!
  • Eagleland: All the way in Episode 5, as the narrator talks about how American muscle cars such as the Dodge Challenger were the most common type in car chase movies and how it was the last era of Detroit's dominance of the auto industry.
  • Follow the Leader: invoked Discussed throughout the series, since, once one film succeeded, others tried to capitalize on its success.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: invoked Discussed in Episode 6, which talks about the impact Hong Kong cinema had on the movie industry and on moviegoers.
  • Rated M for Manly: The description for Episode 5 says that car-chase movies "might be the most testosterone-heavy genre in all of films."
  • Voodoo Zombie: Episode 2 notes that this was the way zombies were usually portrayed, until Night of the Living Dead (1968).