We have genre-loving filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to thank for bringing grindhouse cinema to the mainstream. Their collaborative double feature, Grindhouse, has since spawned two full-length films based on the fake trailers in the movie: Machete and Hobo with a Shotgun (and Eli Roth is still entertaining a Thanksgiving movie). This weekend, Rodriguez’s sequel to his Mexploitation action flick, Machete Kills — starring Danny Trejo as an ex-Federale, this time fighting crime for the U.S. government — opens in theaters. We’ve selected some of the greatest grindhouse features to get you in the mood for machine gun bras and eccentric billionaire terrorists (played by… Mel Gibson). Travel back in time to sleazy 42nd Street for a 15-film bill of grindhouse’s greatest.
Using the set of Hogan’s Heroes as its backdrop, Don Edmonds’ Nazi sexploitation favorite, Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, finds Dyanne Thorne’s evil commandant at a medical camp experimenting on prisoners in order to prove that women can endure more pain than men. When she’s not playing doctor, Ilsa likes to torture her workers and satisfy her kinky sexual appetite by any means necessary. Men that fail to please her wind up as half a man, to put it mildly. There’s gore, nudity, and twisted humor galore — but Ilsa’s idea of a good time isn’t for the faint of heart. For more of the sadistic Ilsa, grab a copy of Ilsa: The Wicked Warden, Ilsa: Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, and Ilsa: The Tigress of Siberia.