25 Best Modern Exploitation Movies

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

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3. 'Kids' (1995)

Subgenres: Teensploitation, Drugsploitation, Skateanddestroysploitation
Whether you think of photographer-turned-filmmaker Larry Clark as a sleazeball, a realist or a genius, he's inarguably an icon of modern-exploitation cinema. Every movie that the now-72-year-old has made wears its teensploitation bona fides on its tattered sleeve, (vengeful adolescents in Bully, horny youngsters in Ken Park, wild skaterats in Wassup Rockers), but none have had the resonance of Kids. Written by Harmony Korine when he was 19, this you-are-there chronicle of a drug-using, condom-hating, self-proclaimed "motherfuckin' virgin surgeon" and his posse sent the media, and by proxy American parents, into a tizzy about out-of-control youth. A bacchanal of narcotics, perversity and repressed feelings, it's depiction of young adulthood would make even Fellini blush. According to an Entertainment Weekly poll of real teens at the time, Clark came pretty close to how they think. "It was good to watch kids talking the way we talk," said one participant. If that doesn't frighten you, Mom and Dad.... KG

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