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The Style of SleazeThe American Exploitation Film, 1959-1977$
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Calum Waddell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474409254

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409254.001.0001

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Slash and Burn: The Exploitation-Horror film in Transition

Slash and Burn: The Exploitation-Horror film in Transition

(p.124) 8. Slash and Burn: The Exploitation-Horror film in Transition
The Style of Sleaze

Calum Waddell

Edinburgh University Press

This concluding chapter about exploitation-horror cinema focuses on how the form evolved in the 1970s before concluding when the advent of more ‘gruesome’ special effects wizardry prepared the wider genre from a period of change at the end of the decade. I ascertain that George Romero’s film ‘Martin’ was the prelude to this factor – with ‘Halloween’ predicting a new market for stylish productions that could compete against Hollywood’s biggest and best. As with hardcore sex films, horror films would develop into a VHS staple in the 1980s – arguably the true lineage of the gritty, confrontational horror of such classics as ‘The Last House on the Left’.

Keywords:   VHS, Paracinema, Horror, Schlock, Splatter, Slasher, Halloween

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