Hoodlum Movies: Seriality and the Outlaw Biker Film Cycle, 1966-1972

Hoodlum Movies: Seriality and the Outlaw Biker Film Cycle, 1966-1972

by Peter Stanfield


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From The Wild Angels in 1966 until its conclusion in 1972, the cycle of outlaw motorcycle films contained forty-odd formulaic examples. All but one were made by independent companies that specialized in producing exploitation movies for drive-ins, neighborhood theaters, and rundown inner city theaters. Despised by critics, but welcomed by exhibitors denied first-run films, these cheaply and quickly produced movies were made to appeal to audiences of mobile youths. The films are repetitive, formulaic, and eminently forgettable, but there is a story to tell about all of the above, and it is one worth hearing. Hoodlum Movies is not only about the films, its focus is on why and how these films were made, who they were made for, and how the cycle developed through the second half of the 1960s and came to a shuddering halt in 1972.   

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ISBN-13: 9780813599014
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 07/13/2018
Edition description: None
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

PETER STANFIELD is a professor in the department of film at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He is the author of several books, including The Cool and the Crazy: Pop Fifties Cinema (Rutgers University Press).

Table of Contents

Introduction: hoodlum poses and gestures
1          Strange Excitements: the topical and the sensational
2          Getting Out of Town: the cycle unfolds
3          After Easy Rider: modulations and curious combinations
4          Nazi Satanists, Viet Vets and M’cycle Mamas (and other such pulp delights)
Conclusion: buried in the sand forever

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