Cult Films, Exploitation Films, and Other Cinematic Sleaze:
A Selected Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley

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Albright, Brian
Wild beyond belief! : interviews with exploitation filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2008.
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 A43 2008

Boyreau, Jacques.
Trash : the graphic genius of Xploitation movie posters San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2002.
MAIN: PN1995.9.P5 B69 2002

Brottman, Mikita.
Offensive films : toward an anthropology of cinema vomitif Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 B67 1997

Church, David
"Freakery, Cult Films, and the Problem of Ambivalence." Journal of Film & Video; Spring2011, Vol. 63 Issue 1, p3-17, 15p
The article focuses on the ritual behavior and specific reading strategies of fans of cult films. It notes that social inequalities faced by people with disabilities are yet to be challenged by the use of disability as a metaphor for a perceived sense of rebellion. It mentions that the reception of abnormality as a socially deviant otherness is emphasized by the oppositional sense of subcultural difference which is championed by mainstream cinema.

Clark, Randall.
At a theater or drive-in near you : the history, culture, and politics of the American exploitation film New York : Garland Pub., 1995.
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 C63 1995
MOFF: PN1995.9.S284 C63 1995)

Cook, David A.
"Genres II: exploitation and allusion." In: Lost illusions : American cinema in the shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979 / David A. Cook. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2002.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U6 H55 1990 v.9
Media Resources Center PN1993.5.U6 H55 1990 v.9
Pacific Film Archive PN1993.5.U6 H6 1994 vol. 9

Cook, Pam
"The pleasures and perils of exploitation films." In: Screening the past : memory and nostalgia in cinema / Pam Cook. London ; New York : Routledge, 2005.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.N67 C66 2005

"Cult Cinema: A Critical Symposium." Cineaste; Winter2008, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p43-50, 8p
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"Cult Film: Undoing the "Time Warp."" Cineaste; Winter2008, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p6-6, 2/3p
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"A letter from the editor concerning the December 2008 issue of "Cineaste" is presented. Articles in the issue focus on cult films and filmmakers, with a contribution by Danny Peary, author of "Cult Movies: The Classics, The Sleepers, The Weird and The Wonderful," which is considered a seminal work about cult movies." [Ebsco]

Defining cult movies : the cultural politics of oppositional taste
Edited by Mark Jancovich ... [et al.]. Manchester, UK ; New York : Manchester University Press : Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 2003.
Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.D44 2003

Exploitation Movies: Bikers, Babes, and Slashers (via

Feaster, Felicia.
"The Woman on the Table: Moral and Medical Discourse in the Exploitation Cinema." Film History 1994 6(3): 340-354 15p
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Examines several exploitation films produced between 1934 and 1948 that sensationally present sexual themes and imagery under the guise of education and suggests that such films legitimated the presentation of the female body on film in these years by presenting women's bodies in medical terms, thereby associating women's sexuality with disease.

Freeland, Cynthia A.
"Realist horror." In: Philosophy and film / edited and with a introduction by Cynthia A. Freeland and Thomas E. Wartenberg. New York: Routledge, 1995.
Main Stack PN1995.P499 1995 Freeland, Cynthia A.

Goodall, Mark.
Sweet & savage : the world through the shockumentary film lens London : Headpress, 2006.
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 G66 2006

Gorfinkel, Elena
"Cult Film or Cinephilia by Any Other Name." Cineaste; Winter2008, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p33-38, 6p
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The article discusses cult films, which are defined as motion pictures that have small but fervent followings. The author examines the differences between cinephiles and cult cinema lovers, suggesting that the concept of cult film originated with film critics that had an unabashed love of motion pictures and their production.

Greene, Doyle
Mexploitation cinema : a critical history of Mexican vampire, wrestler, ape-man, and similar films, 1957-1977 Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2005.
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 G74 2005
BANC: PN1995.9.S284 G74 2005
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Havis, Allan.
Cult films : taboo and transgression : a select survey over 9 decades / Allan Havis. Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c2008.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.C84 H38 2008
Moffitt PN1995.9.C84 H38 2008

Hawkins, Joan.
Cutting edge : art-horror and the horrific avant-garde Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2000.
MAIN: PN1995.9.E96 H38 2000

Hawkins, Joan.
"Sleaze mania, Euro-trash, and high art." (cover story) Film Quarterly, Winter1999/2000, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p14, 16p
UC users only

Hentzi, Gary.
"Little cinema of horrors." Film Quarterly, Spring93, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p22, 6p
UC users only
Discusses psychotronic films. Aging horror movies; Juvenile delinquent and biker films; Drug films; Women-in-prison films; Mondo movies and pre-hard-core-era pornography; Films and directors profit as ultimate goal; Cult following; budget; Analysis of plots.

Jancovich, Mark.
"Cult Fictions: Cult Movies, Subcultural Capita and the Production of Cultural Distinctions." Cultural Studies, Mar2002, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p306-322, 17p
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Jankowiak, Steve
"Cult film and politically correct remakes." Film International ; 2009, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p28-35, 8p
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Johnson, Gary
"The Golden Age of Exploitation: Forbidden Fruit: An Interview with Felicia Feaster and Bret Wood." Images,
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Killing for culture
Written, edited and compiled by David Kerekes and David Slater]. London ; San Francisco : Creation Books, 1995.
MAIN: PN1995.9.D37 K47 1995
MOFF: PN1995.9.D37 K47 1995

Koven, Mikel J.
"'The Film You Are About to See Is Based on Documented Fact': Italian Nazi Sexploitation Cinema." In: Alternative Europe : eurotrash and exploitation cinema since 1945 / edited by Ernest Mathijs & Xavier Mendik ; [foreword by Jean Rollin]. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2004.
Main Stack PN1995.9.S284.A46 2004
PFA PN1995.9.S284.A46 2004

Landis, Bill.
Sleazoid express : a mind-twisting tour through the grindhouse cinema of Times Square New York ; London : Simon & Schuster, 2002.
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 L36 2002

Latsploitation, exploitation cinemas, and Latin America
Edited by Victoria Ruétalo and Dolores Tie New York : Routledge, 2009.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.S284 L38 2009

Martin, Adrian.
"What's Cult Got To Do With It?: In Defense of Cinephile Elitism" Cineaste, Winter2008, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p39-42, 4p
UC users only
"The article discusses conflicts between cult film and cinephile elitism. The author suggests that the mass media market is so oversaturated in the 2000s that everything can be considered a cult film, since it is easy to gain a niche audience for even the worst production. Differences between cult fans and cinephiles are examined." [Ebsco]

McCarty, John.
The sleaze merchants : adventures in exploitation filmmaking / New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1995.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .M42 1995

McDonagh, Maitland
"The exploitation generation, or how marginal movies came in from the cold." In: The last great American picture show : new Hollywood cinema in the 1970s / edited by Thomas Elsaesser, Alexander Horwath and Noel King. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, c2004.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.U65 L38 2004
Pacific Film Archives PN1993.5.U65 L38 2004

Quarles, Mike
Down and dirty : Hollywood's exploitation filmmakers and their movies / by Mike Quarles. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, c1993.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.2 .Q37 1993

Rayns, Tony
"Grindhouse nights." Sight & Sound; Jun2007, Vol. 17 Issue 6, p22-23, 2p
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The article looks at grindhouse cinema. According to the article, U.S.-style grindhouse could never have taken root in repressive 1960s Great Britain. The article discusses several motion pictures, including "Truck Stop Women," Herschell Gordon Lewis' "Blood Feast" and "Two Thousand Maniacs," and Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom."

Sargeant, Jack.
Deathtripping : [an illustrated history of the cinema of transgression London ; San Francisco : Creation, 1999.
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S27 1999

Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies
The wild no-holds barred independent American filmmakers of the '50s and '60s tell their own story in this critically acclaimed survey of exploitation and sexploitation filmmaking. 2000. 89 min. DVD 2212

Schaefer, Eric.
"Bold! Daring! Shocking! True!" : a history of exploitation films, 1919-1959
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S33 1999
PFA : PN1995.9.S284 S33 1999

Schaefer, Eric.
"The Obscene Seen: Spectacle and Transgression in Postwar Burlesque Films." Cinema Journal, Winter97, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p41, 26p
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Schaefer, Eric.
""Of Hygiene and Hollywood: Origins of the Exploitation Film." Velvet Light Trap: A Critical Journal of Film & Television 1992 (30): 34-47 14p.
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Schaefer, Eric.
"Resisting Refinement: The Exploitation Film and Self-Censorship." Film History 1994 6(3): 293-313 21p
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Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies [videorecording]
The wild no-holds barred independent American filmmakers of the '50s and '60s tell their own story in this critically acclaimed survey of exploitation and sexploitation filmmaking. Special features: Behind-the-scenes footage with sexploiteers Harry Novak, Doris Wishman, David F. Friedman ; nuclear propaganda short "The Atom and Eve" ; KPCC Radio interview with director Ray Greene ; exploitation art gallery ; cast and crew bios ; unreleased soundtrack music ; audio commentary with director Ray Greene and co-producer Wade Major. 2000. 89 min.
Media Resources Center DVD 2212

Sleaze artists : cinema at the margins of taste, style, and politics
Jeffrey Sconce, ed. Durham : Duke University Press, 2007.
MAIN: PN1995.9.S284 S64 2007
Contents via Google books

Some Nudity Required[video recording]
A documentary about the inside workings of Hollywood's B-movie industry, featuring film clips and rare interviews with the industry's exploitation vets. Gets to the heart of a widely felt and complex attraction to an exploitive world of filmmaking that specializes in the erotic/slasher/action genre. Interviewees: Roger Corman, Jim Wynorski, Maria Ford, Julie Strain. c1999. 82 min.
Media Resources Center Video/C 8347

Stenger, Josh
"Mapping the beach: beach movies, exploitation film and geographies of whiteness." In: The persistence of whiteness : race and contemporary Hollywood cinema / edited by Daniel Bernardi. London : New York : Routledge, 2008.
MAIN: PN1995.9.M56 P47 2008

Tohill, Cathal.
Immoral tales : European sex & horror movies 1956-1984 New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1995.
MAIN: PN1995.9.H6 T64 1995

Trash aesthetics : popular culture and its audience
Edited by Deborah Cartmell ... [et al.]. London ; Chicago : Pluto Press, 1997.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995 .T64 1997
Contents via Google books

Unruly pleasures : the cult film and its critics
Edited by Xavier Mendik and Graeme Harper. Guildford : FAB Press, 2000.
PFA PN1995.9.S284.U57 2000

Weldon, Michael.
The psychotronic encyclopedia of film New York : Ballantine Books, 1983.
PFA : PN1995.9.H6 W43 1983 ref

Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)

Burch, Noel.
"Embarrassing Showgirls." Film Quarterly, Spring2003, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p35, 2p
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Cortiel, Jeanne
"About Something Queer: Simulated Sexualities in Bound and Showgirls." In: Simulacrum America : the USA and the popular media / edited by Elisabeth Kraus and Carolin Auer. Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2000.
Main (Gardner) Stacks P92.U5 S55 2000

Lee, Nathan.
"The Agony and the Ecstasy: Paul Verhoeven's Carnal Knowledge." Film Comment, Mar/Apr2007, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p26-30, 5p
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Lippit, Akira Mizuta.
"Half-Star: Showgirls & Sexbombs." Film Quarterly, Spring2003, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p33, 2p
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Noriega, Chon.
"A Whisper of Satire." Film Quarterly; Spring2003, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p36, 3p
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Osterweil, Ara.
"A Fan's Notes on Camp, or How to Stop Worrying & Learn to Love Showgirls." Film Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 38-40, Spring 2003
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Roberts, Vaughan S.
"Too Much is not Enough: Paul Verhoeven, Rene Girard & the Femme (Fa)tale." Journal of Contemporary Religion, May2000, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p233, 13p
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Salvato, Nick.
"Tramp Sensibility and the Afterlife of "Showgirls."" Theatre Journal, Dec2006, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p633-648, 16p
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Sandler, Kevin S.
"The Naked Truth: Showgirls and the Fate of the X/NC-17 Rating." Cinema Journal, Spring2001, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p69, 25p
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Schaefer, Eric.
"Showgirls & the Limits of Sexploitation." Film Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 42-43, Spring 2003
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Sconce, Jeffrey.
"I Have Grown Weary Of Your Tiresome Cinema." Film Quarterly; Spring2003, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p44, 3p
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Williams, Linda.
"Showgirls & Sex Acts." Film Quarterly, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 40-41, Spring 2003
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Williams, Linda Ruth
"Nothing to Find." Sight and Sound, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 28-30, Jan 1996
UC users only

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