25 Best Modern Exploitation Movies

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

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7. 'The Raid' (2011)

Subgenres: Siegesploitation, Gunsploitation, Chopsockysploitation
Welsh filmmaker travels to Indonesia, produces insane martial-arts extravaganza in the process. Admittedly, the story behind the making of this epic action flick — director Gareth Evans had been hired to helm a documentary in the Asian country when he became obsessed with the nation's pencak silat fighting style — is more nuanced than the premise, in which a loyal cop Rama (martial artist Iko Uwais) lays waste to different baddies inside a criminal kingpin's heavily guarded stronghold. But subtlety doesn't matter in a video-game movie like this; sheer mayhem does. And if nothing else, The Raid is an unapologetic orgy of kinetic kicking, punching, skull-crushing, firearm usage, blade handling and overall bodily harm. The 2014 sequel is arguably more off-the-hook, but in terms of catering to one's baser exploitation-movie instincts and cranking things to 11, you simply do not get better than this. TG

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