Friday, December 10, 2010
SCHLOCK! THE SECRET HISTORY OF AMERICAN MOVIES (2001)
A look at the history of exploitation films that focuses on some of the big names like Roger Corman, Sam Arkoff, Dave Friedman, Harry Novack, Doris Wishman and a few others. The main focus is really AIP Pictures and stuff that you can find on Something Weird Video. It never really goes too deep and leaves out some important names. For example-How can you talk about the history of sexploitation movies and not even mention Russ Meyer? But besides a few glaring exceptions like that it's an entertaining overview of the flip-side of Hollywood and a look at the battles people had to fight back in the day to even get their controversial films shown. Of course if you actually went in-depth about everyone who had anything to do with B-movies from the 30's up until the 70's this film would be about 20 hours long so it's decent for what it is attempting to do and has all the expected cool clips and interview segments.