Exploitation. The very word is its own violence among vocabulary. Its sound is raw. Its definition; unrelenting. And in the art that is cinema, that force is often amplified. Films considered of the exploitation genre contain extreme violence, sex, nudity, language, and most importantly: power.
Damned by some. Praised by others. These films are the outsiders to what is considered conventional cinema. They are rebellious. Daring. Disturbingly energetic. Like a shot a pure adrenaline to the moral psyche. They test limits. Shatter boundaries. Soar far beyond any ethical code.
Almost like an enigma, these over the top, blatantly horrifying, meant-to-shock features became surprisingly popular over the years. Nearly to the point where, these days, they could almost be considered mainstream. Along with the rise of this notorious esteem it has seemed an increase in directors willing to respect, worship, emulate, and even parody the essence of these divine exploitation treasures.
For this list, I have compiled ten modern films that encompass the infectious force of the exploitation genre while not shying from referencing those that inspired them. These are the films that prove there is still something so satisfyingly ferocious to seeing a white plaster wall splattered with a gallon of sparkling red blood. And they’re not afraid to do so while paying homage to those provocateurs that came before.
(CAUTION: Not to be considered spoiler free!)
10. Nocturnal Animals
Fashion designer turned film director Tom Ford earned rave reviews for his 2009 debut drama “A Single Man”. A beautifully, almost poetically conceived film in which a gay college professor in the 60’s named George (Colin Firth) struggles to cope and find meaning after the death of his longtime partner Jim (Matthew Goode).
This is one of those rare films that reaches it’s smallest, most insignificant moments through the screen → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema