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Film Genres

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A short definition

A film designed by its producers to ‘exploit’, via clever marketing and promotion, the notoriety of certain sensational current events and trends and/or taboo subjects. The term was coined by Variety in 1946 and originally applied to US cinema. Exploitation films are usually low-budget and calculatedly commercial, venturing into parts of the market neglected by mainstream filmmaking. The term also implies an objective on the part of the producer to ‘exploit’ base audience desires to see more explicit descriptions of sex, violence, or drug abuse than are available in other films and media.

[Source: Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2020). exploitation film. In A Dictionary of Film Studies. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 Mar. 2021

Finding library resources for exploitation films

You can use the subject headings below to start your research.

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book title(s)

Other library resource(s)

Selected film titles

To find more exploitation films, search the library's online catalog.