Theme '70: Tackling the Beast They Call Exploitation Cinema by Mark J. BanvilleTheme '70: Tackling the Beast They Call Exploitation Cinema by Mark J. Banville

Theme '70: Tackling the Beast They Call Exploitation Cinema

byMark J. Banville

Paperback | December 15, 2014

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An exploitation movie explosion of grindhouse movie reviews, rare posters, stills, lobby cards and original fanzine pages.Theme'70 is the first British book solely rooted in the lurid territories of seventies exploitation cinema. Starting life as a fanzine back in 1992, Theme'70 the book is a mutation of new colour content and the raw, unfettered original pages ripped directly from the original (long out of print) fanzines. The result is a veritable exploitation explosion of rare movie posters, stills, movie reviews, pre-cert VHS reviews and retro ads. If you are seeking Bruce Lee rip-offs, Claudia 'Gator Bait' Jennings, Peter Fonda vs Satanists, bald lunatics, crown queen of blaxploitation Pam Grier, Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson, Jim 'Black Belt Jones' Kelly and John Saxon, alongside hard knuckle video reviews of Dynamite Brothers, Blue Sunshine, Tattoo Connection, Switchblade Sisters, Stacey, Black Heat, Death Dimension, Tattoo Connection and The Candy Tangerine Man… you've come to the right place.
Title:Theme '70: Tackling the Beast They Call Exploitation CinemaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.5 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:HeadpressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1909394173

ISBN - 13:9781909394179

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THEME '70: Moving back to your earlier work, I really enjoyed MEAN JOHHNY BARROWS. I heard somewhere that the name actually came from a character you played in an episode of THE ROOKIES where Barrows was a junkie. FRED WILLIAMSON: Well, not really. I was just looking for a name that sounded good. Johnny Barrows sounded good to me. I made some other movies as Jesse Crowder. You try to find a catchy name the fans can identify with. T'70: Yeh, yeh. Oh shit [knocking scotch and coke over table]. I loved THE BIG SCORE and ORIGINAL GANGSTERS, which both had Richard Roundtree. But what has become of Jim Kelly? FRED: I've looked for Jim to put him in a movie. T'70: [Interrupting] He's teaching tennis, isn't he? FRED: He's teaching tennis somewhere. I don't know where the hell he is, I couldn't find him. T'70: Are you still good friends with Jim Brown? I wondered if you hang out together. FRED: We're competitive golfers, we play with Roundtree and Ron O'Neal. T'70: Ron O'Neal-superb! Jim Brown commentates that really hardcore, no-holds barred bare knuckle boxing, doesn't he? FRED: Yeh, yeh. T'70: How do you explain the longevity of PO'Boy productions after 22 years?FRED: Smut, flat-ass smut, that's all. T'70: But apart from that! FRED: [Laughs] Well, I had a plan when I came to Hollywood. My plan was to let them make me a marketable commodity and they did that in two years. Once that happened I took the commodity away from them so now anyone who wants a Fred Williamson movie has to come to me. When they stopped making black action movies in the late seventies I already had my company and I'd already made movies like NO WAY BACK, MR. MEAN, DEATH JOURNEY and ADIOS AMIGO, so I didn't give a shit. T'70: Are you still making films in Italy with your wife? FRED: Yeh, I still do. The Italian market is kinda slow and dried up right now but I can still sell the films that I make to the Italian market. T'70: It would be great to see your entire back catalogue on video in the UK. Will that happen? FRED: Well, I think all of these movies and the music is gonna come back. It's the music that's getting people interested again in these movies. T'70: How did you get Elliott Gould for MEAN JOHNNY BARROWS? FRED: We became buddies from doing M*A*S*H back in 1970. I said what are you doing for a couple of weekends. I'll give you two blondes, a dozen roses and a limo for the day. T'70: He did it for free? FRED: He did it for two blondes, a limo and a dozen roses!