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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Film and Video
Volume70
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
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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.