25 Best Modern Exploitation Movies

From sex-and-violence revenge flicks to blaxploitation spaghetti Westerns, meet the new grindhouse classics

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8. 'Django Unchained' (2012)

Subgenres: Blaxploitation, Revengesploitation, Plantationsploitation
Set in American South a couple years before the Civil War, Quentin Tarantino's spaghetti Western/ slavery-revenge fantasy follows Jamie Foxx's freed hero and main Inglourious Basterd baddie Christoph Waltz as they set out to rescue a damsel in distress in service to Leonardo DiCaprio's comically despicable plantation owner. Django Unchained makes no qualms about depicting the antebellum South as a place of shameful, brutal atrocity, but don't call it a message movie; the fun you feel in watching our shameful history get a Shaft-style dose of payback channels the vintage exploitation epics that Tarantino cut his filmgoing teeth on. If you don't feel a twinge of giddy delight as Foxx blasts racists to oblivion, you are probably either a Confederate-flag flyer or dead from the brain down. KG

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