Jack Hill

The Exploitation and Blaxploitation Master, Film by Film


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About the Book

Jack Hill stands as one of the great B-movie directors and influenced an aspiring filmmaker named Quentin Tarantino. The director who gave the world Coffy, Foxy Brown, Spider Baby, Switchblade Sisters and other exploitation classics broke gender and racial barriers in his low-budget work. He launched the careers of Pam Grier, Ellen Burstyn and Sid Haig and worked with Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney in the twilight of their careers. This filmography covers all of Jack Hill’s works. Each entry offers alternate titles, cast, credits, a plot summary, extensive critical information, quotes, and an interview with Jack Hill about that particular film.

About the Author(s)

Calum Waddell is a free-lance journalist, film producer, and author. His work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Fangoria, Rue Morgue, SFX and VideoScope. He lives in Scotland.

Bibliographic Details

Calum Waddell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 31 photos, filmography, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3609-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5288-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Introduction      1

1. Beginnings      7

2. The First Films
Spider Baby (1964)      14
Track of the Vampire (1966)      27
Mondo Keyhole (1966)      33
Pit Stop (1967)      41

3. The Boris Karloff Films
Dance of Death (1968)      52
Isle of the Snake People (1968)      55
Incredible Invasion (1968)      59
Fear Chamber (1968)      63

4. Return to Corman
Ich, ein Groupie (1969)      76
The Big Doll House (1971)      87
The Big Bird Cage (1972)      104

5. The Blaxploitation Years
Coffy (1973)      114
Foxy Brown (1974)      132

6. From Cheerleaders to Sci-Fi
The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974)      144
Switchblade Sisters (1975)      156
The Scripts of Jack Hill      176
Sorceress (1982)      186

Appendix: The DVDs of Jack Hill      199
Chapter Notes      205
Bibliography      207
Index      209

Book Reviews & Awards

“incredible…wholeheartedly recommend…his criticism is topnotch and his interest in the films is infectious. He goes the extra mile to give good, solid information”—Classic Images; “this is the first monograph about Hill ever…it is superb”—Bright Lights Film Journal; “everything you ever wanted to know about Jack Hill but didn’t know where to begin to ask is answered in-depth in this compelling tome…fascinating”—VideoScope; “exhaustive…very readable guide”—totalscifionline.com.