Preserved for Posterity? Present Bias and the Status of Grindhouse Films in the “Home Cinema” Era

Jones, Steve (2018) Preserved for Posterity? Present Bias and the Status of Grindhouse Films in the “Home Cinema” Era. Journal of Film and Video, 70 (1). pp. 3-16. ISSN 0742-4671

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Abstract

Despite the closure of virtually all original grindhouse cinemas, ‘grindhouse’ lives on as a conceptual term. This article contends that the prevailing conceptualization of ‘grindhouse’ is problematized by a widening gap between the original grindhouse context (‘past’) and the DVD/home-viewing context (present). Despite fans’ and filmmakers’ desire to preserve this part of exploitation cinema history, the world of the grindhouse is now little more than a blurry set of tall-tales and faded phenomenal experiences, which are subject to present-bias. The continuing usefulness of grindhouse-qua-concept requires that one should pay heed to the contemporary contexts in which ‘grindhouse’ is evoked.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Movies, Motion picture industry, Film criticism, Film prints, Entertainment, Audiences, Nostalgia, Film editing
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 11:06
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 14:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33498

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