"For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films" presents a series of reviews of many exploitation films of the era, offering details of their so called plots, their bait and switch, and the many sub-genres such as sexploitation and blacksploitation
. Sex and violence were the names of the game, answering what people gutturally wanted, and Ric Meyers brings readers on a fun journey through the 1960s and 1970s.
These are "South African Blacksploitation
" by Russell Vandenbroucke, printed in Yale/Theatre 8.1 (1976), pp.
First coming to public attention as the multi-instrumentalist/turntablist/producer of the late 1990's Asian-American hip-hop crew, the Mountain Brothers, Chops (Scott Jung) quickly developed a reputation for a cinematic-keyboard and horn-driven production style that recalled "Blacksploitation
" era soundtracks and the work of Motown Records house producers Willie Hutch ("The Mack") and Norman Whitfield (The Temptations, Edwin Starr, Gladys Knight and The Pips).
Once we got done with the majority of the vocal material we weren't satisfied: it wasn't where we wanted to take it, so we said, "Let's think of a clever way." We started pulling in a lot of different things for inspiration, like a lot of Blacksploitation
flicks, things like that.
You can try out anything you want, turn up the heat until it crackles, until consumers come panting back for more - Hollywood's 'Blacksploitation
Films' are a baleful, if perfect example - and then export the captivating rubbish and milk it dry.
The funked up riff courtesy of the orchestra gave it the feel of the soundtrack of a 'Blacksploitation
' ' movie.
Mainstream cinema was eroding fast as Sexploitation, Blacksploitation
, and general exploitation films now came into full-scale production.
Until this, Pam Grier was simply the best-known black actress in those '70s "blacksploitation
" movies which made the careers of Richard Roundtree (who starred as tough guy Shaft) and Isaac Hayes (whose theme music was the most hummed of a generation).
* May 31, U bows the Blacksploitation
comedy "Undercover Brother."
The inter-racial relationship in Guess Who's Coming To Dinner had the movie banned in the American deep south as audiences took offence and during the 1970s the rise of the harder edged so-called 'blacksploitation
' heroes in films such as Shaft meant he also found himself at odds with black audiences.