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Rounding Out “Exploitation Month” on SHOCK WAVES Episode 62!

Episode 62 now available! The whole gang, Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane, are back to close out “Exploitation Month” on SHOCK WAVES! First up, the latest horrors! Rob reports back from the surprise premiere of VICTOR CROWLEY, aka HATCHET 4, as well as RE-ANIMATOR: THE INTEGRAL VERSION, BEYOND THE DARKNESS, BEYOND […]

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We’re All About “Exploitation Preservation” on the New SHOCK WAVES!

Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane welcome very special guests Joseph Ziemba (Creator of Bleeding Skull, American Genre Film Archive) and Bret Berg (American Genre Film Archive), who share with us their favorite, obscure genre deep cuts! In the news, Rob reports back on THE DARK TOWER, and Blue Underground’s upcoming disc of AMSTERDAMNED; […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Cautionary Tale or Sick Exploitation? The Controversial MEGAN IS MISSING

[Warning: Some screenshots below are quite disturbing and not safe for work.] There are many movies, across all genres, that have historically generated controversy and public outcry for tackling topics that seem on the surface to be at cross-purposes with the filmmakers’ intent. Often it’s the same old “art or exploitation?” argument that’s hounded certain […]

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5 Classic American Sexploitation Films You Need to See

Some call it “smut”, but I call it “art”. Sexploitation films are a genre of low-budget features that have always enjoyed pushing boundaries. Born out of the 1960s, American sexploitation started popping up after the fall of the Hays code and just before the MPAA instituted a ratings system. Over the years, the American sexploitation […]

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The Bizarre Story Behind Sleazy Exploitation Oddity POOR PRETTY EDDIE

What is the consummate exploitation film? With the subgenre still enjoying a fantastic comeback, it’s a question begging to be answered; and while there may be several contenders for the definitive horror film, exploitation — with all its various subgenres, facets, and incarnations — presents an altogether unique problem: What criteria do we use? After all, […]

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Five 1970s Exploitation Films You May Have Missed

Exploitation cinema is a vast array of subgenres, some common knowledge and some you didn’t even know existed. With so many subgenres and films residing under the exploitation umbrella, its easy for a few titles to get lost. This especially true when you consider that most exploitations hype comes from word-of-mouth.  Therefore, it’s easy for […]

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Crime & Dismemberment: A Look Back at MANIAC COP

From the twisted minds of genre exploitation gurus Larry Cohen (Q THE WINGED SERPENT) and Bill Lustig (MANIAC) comes the most demented tale of law and disorder that ever ignited the caramel covered floors of ’80s grindhouse picture palaces. Shot on location in New York during the late 1980s than at the height of its […]

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The PURE CINEMA Podcast Focuses On The Most Insane, Bat-Sh*t Movies You Need To See!

Have you been listening to the Pure Cinema Podcast yet? It’s co-hosted by Shock Waves‘ own Elric Kane, along with Brian Saur, creator and curator of the great movie-centric blog, Rupert Pupkin Speaks. And their deep movie knowledge and discussions stretch way beyond the horror genre and into all facets of film. This week’s 8th episode, […]

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CINEMA IN EXTREMIS: Fire Up the VCR for “Lost” Splatter Epic HEADLESS [NSFW]

Welcome back, brave viewers and connoisseurs of outsider cinema! I hope you enjoyed our first journey into the darkest, dankest dimensions of the horror genre — because I’m just getting started. Rest assured, it’s going to get even weirder up in here. If you recall, in my list of recent extreme-horror titles you might have […]

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Slashback! Is 1978’s THE TOOLBOX MURDERS Based on a Real-Life Crime Spree?

[Warning: NSFW content ahead] Before we get into the seedy, grimy and straight-up deranged exercise that is Dennis Donnelly’s THE TOOLBOX MURDERS, let’s jump all the way to the film’s dubious one-paragraph epilogue (don’t worry, no serious spoilers here), which begins with the following statement: “The events dramatized in this film actually took place in […]

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The Exploitation Of Anthony Perkins’ PSYCHO Connection

In today’s modern age of moviemaking and celebrities, it doesn’t seem that typecasting is as big a worry for actors the way it used to be. Sure, if you’re someone like Elijah Wood, it’s fair to assume that someone on the street would probably recognize you as Frodo from the LORD OF THE RINGS movies since, […]

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Slashback! 1981’s BLOODY MOON Gives New Meaning to “Senseless Violence”

When Euro-horror fans remember the late, great Jesús “Jess” Franco, their minds likely go straight to the surreal and erotic imagery of his cult classics VAMPYROS LESBOS or FEMALE VAMPIRE. But as you may know, Spain’s gone-but-not-forgotten cinematic sleazemeister dabbled in just about every film genre that ever existed (and probably made up a few of […]

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Opium, Nuns, and Ample Flaying: The Tastefully Twisted FLAVIA THE HERETIC

“She Launched A River of BLOOD” The 1974 Italian film FLAVIA: THE HERETIC is by far one of the most extreme films of the nunploitation faire, featuring visual feats such as castration, nipple slicing, and excessive impalements…yet all quasi-tastefully woven into the tragic story of the world’s first feminist nun. FLAVIA has received attention among […]