It’s my favorite month of the year: for an entire month, the terrific Grindhouse Cinema Database website is showcasing “Deucember” – a month of classic Grindhouse films!
“The Scorching, Reckless Joy Rides Of Wild Girls Of The Road!”
As early as 1958, shrewd movie Producers figured out that women out on the road alone were great fodder for exploitation, especially when filmed in “naturama!”
By the 70’s, these hitch hiking tales were as graphic as you could imagine, with this being perhaps the best of them all!
European star Franco Nero and cult Actor David Hess starred alongside the Cult Movie Queen Corrine Clery in this terrific Grindhouse film, now being re-discovered thanks to DVD and blu-ray! Here is the trailer for this forgotten classic:
“Hitch Hike” is a psychological thriller that is a rough 70’s gem – and Corrine Clery bares all as the wife who won’t give up without a fight, after she and Nero make the big mistake of picking up a “hitch hiker”…
The couple is forced to take part in a perverse game, as David Hess, best known at the time for “The Last House On The Left”, puts the couple to the test!
Clery spends a fair amount of time nude as she fights to save her husband Franco Nero, leading to a reveal that is shocking!
Clery was also in “The Story Of O” and she was a “Bond girl” too!
See all of her credits in my “2020 Sex Kitten Countdown” by clicking on my story here:
Hitch hiking was certainly a wild subject for Grindhouse cinema!
“There Is No Such Thing As A Free Ride!”
As you can see, there is no such thing as a “safe ride”! In the 70’s, drive-in theaters were filled with wild exploitative films like this:
“It Was The Longest Ride Of Her Life!”
As you can see, the movie posters promised a film full of young women making bad decisions and paying the price – but these movies were more likely to involve lots of nudity AND revenge!
Perhaps the most iconic film dealing with the horror of hitchhiking is the 80’s classic “The Hitcher” with the late, great Rutger Hauer!
Take A Ride With “The Hitcher!”
This cult classic from 1986 tells a straightforward tale: a young man who escapes from a crazed hitch-hiker – then finds himself framed for the “hitchers” crimes!
As you can see, NOTHING good happens when you pick up a hitchhiker, no matter what these posters suggest!
This is just one category of exploitation film that is so much fun to watch – another classic of exploitation is this one:
Talk about having fun while flying! This genre got its start with the release of the bawdy novel “Coffee Tea or Me?” Read all about it here:
I said earlier that many of these films were actually about empowered females turning the tables on stupid guys…perhaps no more so than this genre:
“Tough as nails” biker chicks are always fun to watch, and you can see the best ones by clicking on my story here:
And finally, there was one genre that was so good that even David Hasselhoff got into it!
Yes, “The Hoff” starred in a cheerleader movie! Find out which one by clicking on my story here:
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I actually saw that Franco Nero film, at a cinema in London. His name was still big enough to attract viewers at the time. As for my favourite theme in any exploitation? Hard to choose. Anything with Lesbian Nuns or Vampires, Women’s prisons, and Russ Meyer’s ladies. I like most of them, as you know! 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
Pete, the Russ Meyer films are so “innocent” in many ways, an alternative universe created in the mind of one very mammary-obsessed Artist!
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They do seem very tame now. But I loved those ladies then, and still do! 🙂