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Sleazoid Express: A Mind-Twisting Tour Through the Grindhouse Cinema of Times Square Paperback – Dec 3 2002
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From Library Journal
New York City's grindhouses (burlesque theaters gone to seed) are long gone, but sin-ema fans can relive the experience with this definitive study. Landis, founder of the eponymously titled cult classic periodical, and Clifford, his partner in grime, take readers on a tour of the Deuce, the psychosexual netherland on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Between the 1960s and 1980s, the area was home to numerous theaters before being razed and overlaid with family theme restaurants and chain stores in the 1990s. Organized by film genre ("Blood Horror," "Eurosleaze," etc.), the book covers the venues themselves as well as industry personnel, 42nd Street habitu s, and, of course, the deliciously offbeat and perverse films-Black Mama, White Mama; Women in Cages; and, this reviewer's personal favorite, Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. Like Jimmy McDonough's The Ghastly One, an excellent biography on sexploitation auteur Andy Milligan, this book moves the chains down the field in grindhouse cinema's march for respectability. Great fetish film fun for all popular culture and film collections.
Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Drawing upon their "full-scale magazine with a website" (gol-lee!) Sleazoid Express, which is dedicated to exploitation cinema, Landis and Clifford revel in old Times Square and the porno shops, dirty-movie theaters, and titty bars it hosted before Disney and its ilk made it safe for squeaky-clean consumerism. Yet they eschew the square's typical denizens for a whole chapter on the Rialto, which featured "the American blood horror genre" more than nudie-cutie flicks; Herschell Gordon Lewis and his magnum opus, Blood Feast, put in honored appearances here. A lesser name of no lesser glory that also pops up is Larry Buchanan, whose Mondo Exotica (aka Naughty Dallas) was a documentary about Jack Ruby's Carousel Club; it and other movies with mondo in the title were loosely patterned after the 1962 hit Italian "shockumentary" Mondo Cane, and, besides being surefire Times Square attractions, constitute a distinctive, often icky genre all of their own. Though not for every film buff, this book will draw vintage-sleaze fans from both sides of the culture-wars skirmish line. Mike Tribby
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Another great attribute is that there are descriptions for the more influencial films, telling you what the story is. Does it give the movie away? Well, maybe. But who can't guess how the typical exploitation movie is going to end? It's not like giving away the end of 'The Crying Game' or 'The Sixth Sense' :-)
I originally bought this, as I am a Dyanne Thorne fan, and this was the one book with anything more than a short blurb dedicated to her. There is a chapter on the Ilsa films, as well as some of the coat-tail riders from the period and a good little piece on Jes Franco, Lina Romay and Thorne during the filming of "Ilsa: The Wicked Warden".
The book will also point out lesser known films that are available (mainly through Something Weird video), but don't have the notoriety of others, such as the Ginger films, which appear to be great entries in the tough women line.
This one is a lot of fun, and my favorite book on the subject so far.
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Sleazoid Express is a good reference book that somehow let dangle what occur on the Deuce, then rapidly plugged in movies mostly available on Something Weird Video. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2013 by Loston42ndSt
Landis and Cifford have written an abosrbing reference guide that brings every aspect of the now-forgotten Times Square sleaze factory to life, and the authors' recollections,... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003