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The Style of Sleaze: The American Exploitation Film, 1959-1977

Calum Waddell


What is an exploitation film? The Style of Sleaze reasons that the aesthetic and thematic approach of the key texts within three distinct exploitation demarcations - blaxploitation, horror and sexploitation - indicate a concurrent evolution of filmmaking that could be seen as an identifiable cinematic movement. Offering a fresh perspective on studies of marginal cinema, The Style of Sleaze maintains that defining exploitation cinema as a vaguely attributed 'excess' is unhelpful, and instead concludes that this period in American film history produced a number of the most transgressive, and yet ... More

Keywords: Cult film, Exploitation film, Horror, Sexploitation, Blaxploitation, Paracinema, Hollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474409254
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409254.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Calum Waddell, author
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University