25 Best Modern Exploitation Movies

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

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1. 'Spring Breakers' (2012)

Subgenres: Teesmploitation, T&Asploitation, Jamesfrancosploitation, Everythingsploitation
"Spriiing breeaaak...forreverr...." James Franco's lascivious whisper echoes throughout this bad-trip take on the beach movie, giving the film just enough over-the-top surreal fantasy to make it the quintessential girls-in-trouble movie. Nearly two decades after he revitalized the genre with his Kids screenplay, Harmony Korine pulled out all of the stops with this bonkers sun-and-fun romp: bikini-clad teens, drugs, sex, squirt guns, shotguns, male gun-shaft fellatio, EDM, GTA, jail, revenge, "Scarface on repeat," Florida, James Franco in cornrows and the greatest Britney Spears-scored balaclava-clad musical interlude ever. The fact that it pushed the envelope with starring roles by two would-be-squeaky-clean Disney starlets, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, made the film's sexist/feminist duality all the more enthralling. No less than the Pope of Trash himself, John Waters, called it the "best sexploitation film of the year." What else could a discerning filmgoer ask for? KG

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