Shockers! : The '70s Cinema of Trash, Terror and Sexploitation

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Demonic teens, hillbilly horror, porno chic and rape-revenge: what spurred the radical, transgressive and often sadistic film of the '70s? Shockers! takes an unprecedented look at the mainstream and obscure films of this generation, from America and beyond, arguing that often disreputable genres and cycles best shed light on the turbulence of the decade. Cult film experts explain how contemporary fears of intergenerational conflict and criminality - as well as newly permissive attitudes towards sex on screen - allowed previously illicit filmic imagery to proliferate in American and British classics, such as The Exorcist and A Clockwork Orange, as well as films from Australia, East Asia, Latin America and Europe. Rich with cultural and political context, this book offers the first global perspective on the shocking cinema of the '70s.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 29mm | 661g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784530328
  • 9781784530327

Table of contents

Introduction Xavier Mendik and Julian Petley PART ONE: HOLLYWOOD ON THE EDGE 1. 1 Introduction Xavier Mendik 1.2 The Politics of Vengeance: The Vigilante Film Paul Cobley (London Metropolitan University) 1.3 Scum of the Earth: Exploiting White Trash Xavier Mendik (Brighton University) 1.4 Genre and the Garbage People: The Manson Movie as Terror Text Bill Osgerby (London Metropolitan University) 1.5 Celluloid Sex Crimes of the Seventies: Reconsidering the Seventies Rape-Revenge Film Laura Mee (De Montfort University) PART TWO: SHOCK AROUND THE GLOBE 2.1 Introduction Julian Petley 2.2 Beyond the Cultural Cringe: Ozploitation Cinema in the Seventies Catharine Lumby (University of New South Wales) 2.3 Roman Porno Jasper Sharp 2.4 Underground Brazil: Sex, Violence and the Garbage Aesthetics of 1970s Film-making in San Paolo Stephanie Dennison (University of Leeds) 2.5 The Shocking Cinema of the Spanish Transition Andy Willis (University of Salford) 2.6 For Your Height Only: Third World Seventies Pro-Disability Shockers Julian Savage (Brunel University) PART THREE: SHOCKING YOUTH 3.1 Introduction Julian Petley 3.2 The Monstrous Child Julian Petley (Brunel University) 3.3 The Devil Inside Her: Possessed Children in Italian Horror Xavier Mendik (Brighton University) 3.4 Wild in the Streets: Youth Gangs Bill Osgerby (London Metropolitan University) 3.5 Child's Play: Children Aborting Adults Susanne Kord (University College London) 3.6 Baby Doll: Transgressive Teendom in the Films of Linda Hayden Leon Hunt (Brunel University) PART FOUR: SEVENTIES SHOCKMEISTERS 4.1 Introduction Xavier Mendik 4.2 Alejandro Jodorowsky Josetxo Cerdan (Universidad Rovira i Virgili) and Miguel Fernandez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
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About Xavier Mendik

Xavier Mendik is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Brighton, where he is also Director of the Cult Film Archive. He is also a filmmaker and Director of the Cine-Excess International Film Festival. Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media at Brunel University, London, and Chair of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. He is a member of the editorial board of the British Journalism Review and of the advisory board to the Index on Censorship.
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