OK, that was just a come-on to get you excited about the post, which takes a look at the crazy world of low-budget, low-rent movies in the late 60′s and early 70′s. It was an era when rules were being broken, taboos shattered, and skin was in! Movies like this were everywhere!
Here is the Wikipedia definition of Sexploitation: a class of independently produced, low-budget feature films generally associated with the 1960 and serving largely as a vehicle for the exhibition of non-explicit sexual situations and gratuitous nudity. The genre is a subgenre of exploitation films.
Sexploitation films were generally exhibited in urban grindhouse theatres, the precursor to the adult movie theaters of the ’70s and ’80s that featured hardcore content. The term soft-core is often used to designate non-explicit sexploitation films after the general legalization of hardcore content.
OK, as you are no doubt aware, these movies are for guys. “Gratuitous nudity” is the key phrase here. These movies were for the rough trade, scuzzy downtown movie theaters where more was usually going on inside the theater than up on the screen.
Drive-ins were also a destination for these movies, where you could “experience” them in any way you wanted to in the privacy of your own car – with our without companionship.
Sexploitation films were also, however, the movies that led the charge in challenging the puritanical rules set by the movie code. These films pushed the envelope, took a lot of heat politically and legally, and ultimately opened the floodgates to an era when anything and everything was put on film.
Here is a link to some other wild sexploitation pics!
These movies also have ad campaigns that were usually much crazier than anything in the movie – the key was to get you in the door and get your money – the movie itself was an afterthought….mostly.
These ten movies listed here are shining examples of films that were actually pretty well done. Lots of gratuitous nudity, somewhat insanely over-hyped ad campaigns, and extreme violence and brutality. These movies depict a tough tough world where anything can happen, and it’s usually bad. Yes, I own them all. Let’s get to it!
10 – Aroused! 1966 – “There’s a maniac loose out there! He’s gonna kill again! He’s probably ripping some girl apart right now!” Thanks to Something Weird Video, this early sexploitation classic lives on…perhaps for all the wrong reasons! And the movie is part of a great 3-pack of grindhouse: Rent a Girl / Aroused / Help Wanted Female – I mean, how can you go wrong with movies like this?
Aroused! has a hilarious trailer warning you that the movie is only for the strong of mind…someone posted this description on IMDB: A sicko in a suit kills bad chicks, then has sex with them. A typically depressing b/w NY “roughie” has lots of no-sound segments with bad jazz, cool city locations, lots of long street-walkin’ scenes with hookers and (police) dicks, along with unusually well-drawn characters for a skid-row quickie, sleazy hostile johns, psychotic bartenders and hookers with heart.
Well, how can you argue with THAT?
But don’t forget, we weren’t he ONLY country having an exploitation craze!
Go Japan, Go!
As these scenes from the Japanese classic “Sex & Fury” show, they were making wild movies in the 70′s there as well!
Also, if you are interested, take a detour to check out these japanese sexploitation classics as well!
9 – The Candy Snatchers – 1973. “Money is the root of all happiness” – getting it, however, usually involves something much more brutal.
16-year old Candy Philips (Susan Sennet, wife of singer Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash) is brutally abducted and buried alive in the hills of Southern California by a trio of amateur criminals hoping for a hasty ransom exchange. When Candy’s father doesn’t show at their agreed rendezvous, the threesome — sultry blonde Jessie (Playboy Playmate and 70s B-movie queen star, Tiffany Bolling), her sadistic brother Alan (Brad David) and maladjusted Army vet Eddy (Vincent Martorano) — begin to grow anxious. Paranoia sets in; the kidnappers fear their meticulous plan is crumbling and begin a downward spiral into depravity, mutilation and cold-blooded murder — with Candy helplessly trapped in the middle.
Be warned: this is NOT a fun ride – this is a rough, depressing movie. But it is really well done thriller as well, and a perfect example of a tough-as-nails sexploitation classic.
8 – I Am Curious (Yellow). The original that broke ALL the rules! In 1966-67, Swedish director Vilgot Sjöman created a motion picture so controversial that it became two separate, overlapping movies released a year apart: I Am Curious(Yellow) and I Am Curious(Blue). Those are the colors of the Swedish flag, and Sjöman’s film tapped into the political, social, and psychosexual condition of his nation on the eve of worldwide cultural revolution. The most explicit film ever imported into the US at that time, it was held up in customs, faced obscenity charges, and became a sensation. The movie world was never the same after this…
Looking at it now, it’s not explicit at all – but in 1966, this was shocking stuff. The Criterion Collection has done a terrific job releasing both films with a ton of extra material, including a documentary about the obscenity battles the film faced when it showed up on America’s door.
7 – Torso. “One Day She Met A Man Who Loved Beautiful Women…BUT NOT ALL IN ONE PIECE!” Classic 1973 sexploitation promotion for a straightforward thriller about a series of sex murders that shock a college campus. 4 four beautiful young girlfriends head for the safety of an isolated country villa. But as they succumb to their own erotic desires, their weekend of pleasure becomes a vacation to dismember at the hands – and blade – of the lecherous maniac.
Euro-trash flooded the US in the early 70′s – and headed straight for the grindhouse. “Torso” was directed by Sergio Martino, who also directed the classic exploiter MOUNTAIN OF THE CANNIBAL GOD, and starred British sex kitten Suzy Kendall.
6 – The Centerfold Girls. “The most beautiful girls in the world… Some are for loving… Some are for killing!” Noticing a trend? Of course, sexploitation movies were always about women being terrorized – and naked.
A thin, geeky man wearing saddle shoes and an ill-fitting suit drags the nude body of a young woman along an otherwise empty beach. Soon a number of other beautiful women turn up dead. Nurses, students, stewardesses… what’s the common thread? All were centerfold models for a popular men’s magazine, prey to a bloodthirsty psychotic with a straight razor!
All of these films are on Amazon, and this one is presented in a special edition with a retrospective featurette…as movie lovers dig in to this era of film-making and examine what was going on here and how influential it actually was in the history of film…interesting to put this bloody stuff into perspective.
5 – The Cheerleaders- “they don’t ‘bring it on’, they take it off!” What a tagline!
When reluctant virgin Jeannie joins Amoroso High cheerleaders, she’s welcomed into their wild world of teenage teases, lesbian love, horny jocks and more. But now the fix is in on the season’s big game, and the sexy squad has a plan to suck out the energy of the entire opposing team. Can the girls help their school win the championship? Will Jeannie find someone to pluck the cherry from her sundae? And most of all, is anyone safe from the unleashed lust of THE CHEERLEADERS?
This is exactly what you expect: enough of a plot to give the girls plenty of opportunity to get naked. But this was a perfect drive-in movie for 1973 – it was party time, and this movie delivers!
4 – The Delinquent Schoolgirls. Amazon has this 1975 sexploitationer as part of a “psychotronica collection” of movies that all share the same idea: lots of crazy guys, pointless violence and sex, and girls taking their clothes off! In “Delinquent Schoolgirls”, escapees from an insane asylum stumble upon an all-girls school, and anti-social behavior with these students ensues, but with a twist – the busty babes know karate! This movie gives the girls a chance to turn the tables and kick some ass!
3 – Sinner: Diary Of A Nymphomaniac. “SINNER LOVES HER WORK, AND HER WORK IS LOVE…”This 1973 gem is directed by legendary softcore filmmaker Jess Franco. Linda comes to the big city in search of fun and excitement. What she finds is exploitation and abuse at the hands of a succession of sleazy guys. Searching for love, she enters into a lesbian relationship with a beautiful countess, discovers drugs and swingers’ parties and starts acting in porno movies. She also begins to write a secret diary…
With a cast of some of the most stunning Euro actresses of the period, wall-to-wall sex and nudity, pot parties, porno shoots and a psychedelic soundtrack, this is a gem of 1970s exploitation cinema.
2 – Violated!(1953) “THE DOCUMENTED PROOF ABOUT MALE AND FEMALE BEHAVIOR! ADULT! FRANK! HONEST!” Let’s go back in time, when movies really COULDN’T show anything, so the ad campaigns were always the dirtiest thing about the movie. Violated! promised a whole lot more than it could ever deliver, but that didn’t stop it from promising! These movies were only shown in the theaters that were located on the wrong side of the tracks – the adventure was to see if you could survive the experience…still, it was also a campy bit of movie fun!
Police are baffled by a series of hair-fetish murders in which the killer slays his victims and then gives them a haircut. A psychopathologist is brought in to give the police advice (much like in GLEN OR GLENDA). The suspects are a paunchy old man with a thing for young girls, and a sleazy photographer. What happens next is…oh, who cares? Just enjoy the black and white ride!
1 – Exposed! 1971. Christina Lindberg is the Marilyn Monroe of Swedish softcore. Here’s what wikipedia has to say about her: Lindberg has appeared or starred in 23 feature films, most of which are erotica, exploitation or softcore pictures. Her first movie was an American production (Maid in Sweden), filmed in Sweden with a Swedish cast. Her third film, “Exposed!”, was released with a lot of hype at the Cannes festival in 1971 and turned her into an international celebrity.
A long string of exploitation films followed, many of which were filmed in Germany and Japan. In Japan she played a major supporting role in Norifumi Suzuki’s Pink film classic “Sex & Fury”.
In 1972 she starred in the controversial film Thriller. Director Quentin Tarantino expressed his admiration for both the film and Lindberg’s performance which later served as an inspiration for Uma Thurman’s character in Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.
As softcore films got edgier, she left the business, but is an icon to anyone with a love for sexploitation films.
In “Explosed!”, Lena (Lindberg) is a young teen in need of excitement and sexual satisfaction. Torn between her meek and innocent boyfriend Jan and the sadistic party-goer Helge, Lena’s life turns upside-down when Helge takes some nude photographs of her. These photos can destroy her life and Lena must do anything to get them, even if that means having a sadomasochistic encounter with Helge to make him happy. Can she get the photos and hide all this from her family and friends, or will her exploits leave her “exposed”?
This is not a great movie, but it is a good one – and it is chock full of the full on nudity you expect from Sweden!
and it is fascinating to see the filmmaking style of early 70′s Swedish art house / erotica.
Check out ALL of Lindberg’s classic films by clicking on this link – you won’t regret it!
And please go to my home page – Johnrieber.com – and check out my latest post with MORE Sexploitation classics!
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