I really like exploitation films and B-movies. I would say 90 percent of the stuff I watch for pleasure on my own time is one or the other. I find them to be more fun and interesting. Especially the ones from the 1970s and 1980s.
Of course, like all movies, watching them isn’t enough for me. I want to learn all about them. However there isn’t a lot of places to turn to when you want to learn about things like Women’s Prison Massacre. If you have ever asked yourself “How did they make that razor blade in the vagina look so real?” (and who hasn’t) then I have some good news!
Grindhouse Purgatory magazine is a publication that comes out a few times a year from Pete Chiarella, AKA 42nd Street Pete.
Pete lived and experienced that heyday of New York’s seedy, grimy, sleazy 42nd Street with its many grindhouse theaters. He actually saw most of these films as they came out and remembers those days very well. Pete and his team of writers review, discuss and recount these movies in the pages a few times a year.
Grindhouse Purgatory is up to issue 20 as of this month and you get a lot of content for not quite 10 bucks. I know Pete and have been buying these magazines for several years, and they are well worth it. If you like these kinds of films, that is. Horror, action, giallo, spaghetti westerns, cannibal films, it’s all in there.
You can even get the magazine in a cheaper Kindle edition if you are one of those zoomer kids that don’t believe in physical media.
And remember kids, if you are a Gen Z, overly sensitive type…
“Exploitation films may feature suggestive or explicit sex, sensational violence, drug use, nudity, gore, the bizarre, destruction, rebellion, and mayhem.”
What is not to like?