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The term "Ozploitation" is often credited to Mark Hartley's 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! - a blending of the words 'Australia' or 'Aussie' and 'exploitation'. It became notable of certain films of the Australian New Wave starting in the early 1970's and crossing over from broader classifications of Grindhouse, Exploitation, and Sexploitation. This is not dissimilar to similarly-themed sub-genre labeling such as 'Nunsploitation' (Behind Convent Walls, The Other Hell, Dark Waters), 'Nazispoitation' (Camp 7 The Ilsa series - Ilsa: The Wicked Warden, Ilsa: Harem Keeper for the Oil Shieks, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia) and 'Blaxspoitation' (Shaft, Black Dynamite, Sheba, Baby, Coffy, Blacula).

Frequently championed by director Quentin Tarantino, who used to call them "Aussiesploitation", this sub-genre is frequently characterized by modest budgeted productions usually with elements of horror, comedy, and action containing female nudity, graphic violence and exaggerated villain portrayals - often set in barren locations - typically the Outback. It is described as "sex, death and disaster". The genre is more relatable to Australian cultural conventions than to a specific directorial style and, hence, encapsulates a broader cycle. They were more easily defined and embraced after Australia's introduction of the 'R' (Restricted) rating in 1971 and the adoption of hefty tax incentives for film production offered by the Australian government.

 

There is plenty of Australian cinema that extends outside of the more campy Ozploitation sphere - excellent films such as Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout and Ted Kotcheff's Wake in Fright, both from 1971. They have been included on this page although they are not considered quintessential examples of the Ozploitation genre, as the Mad Max series would be recognized. There is a crossover with creature-features - notable in Razorback (Wild Boar), The Dark Age and Rogue (Alligator), The Howling III (marsupials), and The Pack (wild dogs) although it should be stated that Ozploitation does not simply include every film made in Australia.

 

Ozploitation movies have their own unique appeal encouraging a strong resurgence with more films embracing the subgenre since 2010 than in the 20 years previous (1990-2010) with new releases like 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road (the only Ozploitation title so far in 4K Ultra HD), plus a sequel to Wolf Creek, and a poor remake of the original Turkey Shoot also known as Elimination Game and the excellent psychological thriller Hounds of Love - as well as many other new entries leaning mostly to low budget horrors. Unfortunately, many feel that they aren't able of capturing the charisma and cache of the 70's and 80's Ozploitation fascination.

 

Not surprisingly, the leader in the output of Ozploitation on Blu-ray is Umbrella Entertainment out of Australia - much of it Region Free (playable worldwide.) There is Ozploitation support by other companies like Severin Films, Code Red, Synapse, Scorpion Entertainment, Vinegar Syndrome, even Arrow Video and Masters of Cinema as well as a 1/2 dozen, previously unreleased titles, by independent Blu-ray producers out of Germany. A great time to be a genre film fan!

 

We've added a large selection of Ozploitation on both Blu-ray and DVD as well as documentaries, trailer compilations, multi-film boxsets, books and a poster section. We hope to expand the listings as we come across more in the near future!

  

NOTE: These are select 'Ozploitation' films available on Blu-ray or DVD in chronological order.

-Gary Tooze

 

 'Ozploitation' on Blu-ray:

 

Walkabout

(1971)

Wake in Fright

(1971)

Stone

(1974)

The Man from Hong Kong

(1975)

The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith

(1978)

Long Weekend

(1978)

Patrick

(1978)

Felicity

(1979)

Thirst

(1979)

Snapshot

(1979)

Mad Max (1979)

Harlequin

(1980)

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

(1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr

(1981)

Road Games

(1981)

Strange Behavior aka "Dead Kids"

(1981)

The Survivor

(1981)

Attack Force Z

(1982)

Next of Kin

(1982)

Turkey Shoot

(1982)

BMX Bandits

(1983)

Savage Attraction

(1983)

Razorback

 (1984)

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

(1985)

Dead-End Drive-in 

(1986)

Fair Game

(1986)

Dark Age

(1987)

Body Melt

(1993)

Wolf Creek

(2005)

Rogue

(2007)

Dying Breed (2008)

Lake Mungo (2008)

The Loved Ones

(2009)

Animal Kingdom (2010)

Arctic Blast (2010)

Bad Behaviour (2010)

The Clinic (2010)

Primal

(2010)

The Reef

(2010)

Road Train

(2010)

Uninhabited aka Dark Beach

 (2010)

Bait 3D

(2012)

Wolf Creek 2

(2013)

Charlie's Farm (2014)

Kill Me Three Times

(2014)

The Rover

(2014)

Turkey Shoot

(2014)

Wyrmwood - Road Of The Dead

(2014)

Mad Max: Fury Road

(2015)

The  Pack 

(2015)

Hounds of Love 

(2016)

Killing Ground (2016)

Red Christmas

(2016)

Scare Campaign (2016)


 

and DVD:

 

Stork

(1971)

Alvin Purple

(1973)

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own

(1974)

The Cars That Ate Paris

(1974)

Petersen

(1974)

Australia After Dark (1975)

Night of Fear (1975)

Inn of the Damned

(1975)

Scobie Malone

(1975)

Deathcheaters

(1976)

End Play

(1976)

Fantasm

(1976)

Mad Dog Morgan

(1976)

Fantasm Comes Again

(1977)

The ABC of Love and Sex: Australia Style (1978)

Money Movers

(1978)

The Plumber

(1979)

The Chain Reaction

(1980)

Nightmares

(1980)

Dead Easy

(1982)

Running on Empty

(1982)

The Return of Captain Invincible

(1983)

Run Chrissie Run! 

(1986)

Cassandra

(1987)

Day of the Panther 

(1987)

The Howling III: The Marsupials 

(1987)

Hurricane Smith

(1992)

Monstro

(2010)

X: Night of Vengeance (2011)

Death Passage

(2015)

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl

(2015)

Sheborg Massacre (2016)

Bad Blood

(2017)



Documentary/ Trailers Disc:

 

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

(2008)

Ozploitation Trailer Explosion!

(2014)

 


DVD Boxsets:

 

OZ Ploitation - Volume 1 (The Adventures of Barry McKenzie / Turkey Shoot / Harlequin / The Naked Bunyip / Road Games / Night of Fear / Inn of the Damned)

OZ Ploitation - Volume 2 (Long Weekend / Razorback / World of Sexual Fantasy / Fantasm Comes Again / The Chain Reaction / Stone / The True Story of Eskimo Nell )

OZ Ploitation: Volume 3 (Barry McKenzie Holds His Own / Les Patterson Saves the World / Mad Dog Morgan / Felicity / Patrick / Australia After Dark / the ABC of Love...)

Oz Ploitation: Volume 4 (Alvin Purple / Alvin Rides Again / Stork / Number 96 / BMX Bandits / Dark Age)

 


Books:

 

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

Handbook

by Paul Harris

 

Outback Bites

by Kent Hill

Fear Is the Rider by Kenneth Cook

 


Poster Section

 

 



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