Down and Dirty: Hollywood's Exploitation Filmmakers and Their Movies

Overview

Taboo breakers and trendsetters, shameless hucksters and famous directors. Exploitation filmmaking has seen it all. Fred Olen Ray made his first movie for $298. In 1936 Marijuana-Weed with Roots in Hell showed drug use and nudity on screen in an effort to "educate the public." Kroger Babb, the man behind Mom and Dad, spliced color medical footage of a baby's birth into his black and white "classic."

Russ Meyer, John Waters, Andy Milligan, Doris Wishman, and many others are ...

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Overview

Taboo breakers and trendsetters, shameless hucksters and famous directors. Exploitation filmmaking has seen it all. Fred Olen Ray made his first movie for $298. In 1936 Marijuana-Weed with Roots in Hell showed drug use and nudity on screen in an effort to "educate the public." Kroger Babb, the man behind Mom and Dad, spliced color medical footage of a baby's birth into his black and white "classic."

Russ Meyer, John Waters, Andy Milligan, Doris Wishman, and many others are covered. "Classic" films such as The Immoral Mr. Teas, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Nude on the Moon are examined. Production techniques and innovations are also discussed.

Author Biography: Mike Quarles is a resident of Ellijay, Georgia.

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Editorial Reviews

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A useful introduction to the subject.
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Low-budget sex and violence on the screen, examined not only for the thrill, especially in revealing the humble beginnings of some later famous filmmakers and stars, but also to explore how renegade films have broken ground that proved fertile for more serious works. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411429
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Edition description: ALTERNATE
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Quarles lives in Ellijay, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

1 Ted V. Mikels, or How to Build a Corpse-Grinding Machine for $38 1
2 Ray Dennis Steckler: Genre Filmmaking in a Funhouse Mirror 11
3 Humble Origins: Big-timers with Skeletons in Their Closets 23
4 H. G. Lewis: More Than Gore 29
5 Russ Meyer: T and A and $ 41
6 Kroger Babb: Who Was America's Foremost Hygiene Commentator? 51
7 John Waters: They Used to Call Him "The Prince of Puke" 57
8 Trailers: Coming to This Theater 67
9 George Romero: On Pittsburgh Zombies and an Italian Subgenre 71
10 Fred Olen Ray: The Direct-to-Video King 79
11 Super 8: The New Medium of Choice 85
12 Tobe Hooper: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 99
13 Dwain Esper: Exposing a Nation's Shame and Getting Away with It 111
14 Andy Milligan: Period Dramas for Under $10,000 121
15 Larry Buchanan: Does Mars Need Women That Badly? 129
16 Doris Wishman: How Did a Nice Girl Like You Wind Up in a Book Like This? 139
17 David Friedman: The Promoter 151
18 Rogues' Gallery: A Cast of Dozens 175
Index 187
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