Book Review: ‘Sleazoid Express: A Mind-Twisting Tour Through the Grindhouse Cinema of Times Square’ by Bill Landis & Michelle Clifford

Sleazoid Express is written by the same team that created the old school newsletter of the same name, back in the day when these films were current, and later made a website dedicated to the art of grindhouse cinema.

This book is fantastic. Mainly because it is exhaustive in what it covers. It is like an encyclopedia for grindhouse films from multiple genres. The book is organized into several chapters, each dedicated to a specific genre for the movies that played in the dilapidated urban movie houses of the 1960s through 1980s.

Sleazoid Express gave me a huge list of movies to check out. Some I had heard of but most are so obscure or were so short lived in seedy theaters that only the people who were there even remember that they existed.

Some of the films covered are ones that have become legendary in certain cinematic circles. For instance, the book reinvigorated my interest in Last House On Dead End Street, which I have finally watched and recently reviewed.

This is a must have book for any film buff, especially for those into delving deep for some rare cinematic gems. Or those that want to torture themselves with some really awful or gross low budget schlock.

Rating: 8/10

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