Ozploitation: Twelve Australian exploitation classics

deadend[1]As a lover of B horror and scifi flicks I had to pass on this great post from Curnblog. It includes such gems as “Howling III: The Marsupials”:

“I don’t know how Philippe Mora got his hands on the rights to make this travesty but he did. Most notable for an actual birth sequence involving a were-roo, this is abysmal. Don’t miss it!”


deadendSome might argue that it is paradoxical – perhaps even hypocritical – to follow a post lamenting the generally poor quality of horror cinema with one celebrating the schlocky oeuvre of Australia’s exploitation cinema during the 70s and 80s. I would suggest that an observation of this kind may well be absolutely correct, but such contradictory attitudes are a fundamental part of being human so I’m going to exercise my humanity by doing just that.

Ozploitation, for those who are not aware, is the name given to low-budget Australian exploitation films made after the country’s introduction of an R rating in 1971. Quentin Tarantino initially coined the term ‘Aussiesploitation’ to refer to these films, but it was shortened and popularised to ‘Ozploitation’ in the Tarantino supported documentary Not Quite Hollywood on the same topic in 2008.

These films were generally cheaply made, poorly acted and profoundly violent genre productions whose…

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