25 Best Modern Exploitation Movies

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

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4. 'Showgirls' (1995)

Subgenres: Vegasploitation, Strippersploitation, OMFGsploitation
Squint your eyes juuuust right, and Paul Verhoeven's tawdry Sin City tale is a fiendish satire of every star-is-born drama Hollywood ever churned out. But what makes this mondo trasho epic so deliciously watchable is that it's played straight, as the Robocop director indulges his fascination/revulsion for American excess via a tale of a dimwitted small-town gal (Elizabeth Berkley) who goes to Vegas with dreams of being a dancer. Add feeble backstage drama to NC-17 salaciousness and oh-dear-lord performances, and voila: You've created a brilliant monument to kitsch on steroids. Is Showgirls good-bad or just bad-bad? The fact that the movie drunkenly poledances such petty distinctions into oblivion is its greatest triumph. Grind on, Nomi. TG

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