After the mexploitation of 'Machete,' what's nextploitation?

machete-nursesImage Credit: Rico TorresTaco trucks, ponchos and machine guns fill Robert Rodriguez’s gonzo ode to all that’s loco and south of the border, as Danny Trejo slices and dices his way through scores of anti-immigration politicians and border vigilantes. It’s pretty much the ne plus ultra of the genre Rodriguez calls “mexploitation,” in which he has dabbled since his half-a-shoestring debut, 1992’s El Mariachi.

Machete originated as one of the fake trailers for Grindhouse, the Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino twofer that tried to bring back horror exploitation flicks. Pair the flick with the recently released Black Dynamite, which revisited blaxploitation, it makes you wonder what’s next. Canada-sploitation, with hardcore flannel and graphic politeness? Maybe go across the Atlantic to Europe for some czechsploitation? One genre that’s actually on the rise is hobo-sploitation, at least based off of the hilarious new trailer for the upcoming featureĀ Hobo With A Shotgun, also originally fromĀ Grindhouse, which stars Rutger Hauer as, well, a hobo with a shotgun. Check it out below, but watch out, it’s pretty NSFW.

Personally, 17 years after the release of Jurassic Park, I’m still aching for a resurgence in t-rexploitation. What do you think PopWatchers? What cheesy genre should be minted next?

Read more:
EW’s ‘Machete’ review
‘Machete,’ ‘The American,’ and ‘Going the Distance': Did you agree with me? And which one did you like best?
‘Machete’ and ‘The American’ neck and neck at Friday box office

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  • mike

    first and no i am not a loser

    • Dan

      What’s the point of being first if you have nothing to say?
      How about little people sploitation like “Under The Rainbow?”

  • Michael

    Both Machete and Piranah were crazy and hillarious. I say the more the better, keep’em comming!

    • Jeff Eastwood

      I totally agree, Michael. Haven’t seen Machete yet (aside from the trailer in Grindhouse)but I loved the new Piranha. Felt like I had been transported back to a theater in the 1970s.

  • Alicia

    17 years! Man, I feel old.

  • rj631

    I don’t know about exploitation, but I’d still love to see the “Don’t” trailer made into some over-the-top cheesy movie.

    • jackjack

      YES! that’s the edgar wright/simon pegg/nick frost one right? YES YES YES

      also: islander-ploitation? (aka pacific islands?) cannibal-xploitation? neanderthal-xploitation? i do like the canada one, maybe a little british countryside-xploitation?

  • Kevin

    How about “Plex-ploitation” where greedy film-studio execs and egotistical (and talentless) “auteurs” like James Cameron attempt to flood multiplexes with the silly 3D gimmick in an attempt to subvert the art of filmmaking for mere financial gain? Oh wait… that’s already been done, hasn’t it?

  • Sara

    How about Big-Mac-sploitation, in which a (Heath Ledger) Joker-like Ronald McDonald preys on the innocent-if-slightly-overweight? Or how about ax-sploitation, a genre involving murderous has-been guitar players who’ve become frustrated as they’ve aged past their 1980’s hair metal glory? Or how about elk-sploitation, about warfare among Alaskan wildlife?

  • johnnykagewins

    Exploit-Asian? Lets get some movies in with jokes about bad driving and hard-core math skills

  • Em

    Chex-ploitation: the gratuitous and disarming abuse of breakfast cereal.

  • Drabbler

    Geeksploitation. It’s the future of cinema.

  • John

    Gaysploitation. Gay hero goes to rescue prisoners at a fundamentalist christian ex-gay camp. The hero walks in with his guns at his side and before he starts blasting says “It’s time to gay up the place!”

    • Sheila

      NO! There are too many gay movies and shows as it is. Someone has to stand UP for the children.

    • Branton

      Are you sick in the head? There is nothing heroic about being gay.

      • Grubi

        Ignorant Bigots

      • Jeff Eastwood

        Branton knows he wants someone to play hide the salami with.

      • Branton

        Just because I’m Italian doesn’t mean I eat salami, jerk! Grow up.

      • Stephanie T.

        What he means is make it campy over the top and so ridiculous that it’s funny. Jon Waters did that with Pink Flamingos while it is funny at the same time it worked too well. Some people believe that over the top camp with regards to homosexuality is what all homosexuals do. I have a gay brother and he’s not Rip Taylor.

    • Knative

      Sheila could play the wife of Branton, the lead minister of the exgay ministry, who also, coincidently, has meth-fueled sex with rent boys every other weekend.

      Or didn’t you know Branton? Homophobia means that you’re actually secretly gay.

  • Cece

    How about Black Dynamite came out over a year ago so isn’t exactly “recently released”? Also, hilarious movie but didn’t get as much fanfare as “Machete.” (This is not a knock on “Machete”; I’m a huge Robert Rodriguez fan)

  • TT

    Canadians are not polite. Not ones from British Columbia at least. A very untrue stereotype. But not all Canadians are evil.

  • bootsycolumbia

    How about Betty White-sploitation, where Betty White appears in every possible TV commercial, sitcom, drama, movie…oh, wait…

  • muggitt

    Just saw Machete. LOVED IT! Hope they are making a sequel.

  • caljo

    The American was a big disapointment. It was nothing like the trailer portrays it.

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