Vansploitation: Freedom in an Enclosed Space

Film historian and regular TUGM contributor Jason Coffman has written the first part of a fascinating look into a rarely recognized subgenre of exploitation film. Vansploitation movies took to the screens for about six years in the mid-70’s, emphasizing the open (mostly Californian) roads, laid-back pot-enhanced rock music and the mystique of sexual play going on behind the sliding side door.

Read about it here.

Watch a clip from The Van, a classic example of the genre with its hit soundtrack from 1977, here:

Listen to a radio ad from another classic, Van Nuys Boulevard, here:


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