This book, written by Victor Matellano, enters the Spanish film subgenre with scenarios in which western Almeria acquires a relevant role
Exploitation The English term is translated into Castilian as explotación. This definition, applied to films, refers to a type of film that, in most cases, as noted by Victor Matellano in 'Spanish Exploitation' (T & B Editors), "Are defined by making maximum use, which squeezes to the last consequence, the elements of different genres at the lowest possible cost."
Exploitation films usually display, with a small budget, characteristics that differentiate them from other genres: "Violence, sex, gore, cruelty, bizarre, sensational, grotesque, yet for many they become true works of worship", Victor Matellano covers in his book.
We are talking about a cinematic phenomenon seldom studied, at least in its national contribution, which is boundless and varied, speaking of a repertoire of titles and topics which are very large and heterogeneous.
The Spanish exploitation cinema is as diverse as the breakout of comedy, pornography or movies rated with the famous and longed for 'S', with terror in general and its various tributaries such as the werewolf, zombies, vampires, serial killers, unclassifiable monsters ... not to mention in this a long list of superheroes, karate, historical skits, the Mediterranean Tarzans, war films and adventures in general along with the so-called spaghetti western, in this case paella western, they found that the landscapes in the province of Almería an ideal scenario.
Not only westerns
The European Western was born following the path marked by Sergio Leone and his trilogy starring Clint Eastwood, unleashed a wave of imitations, some successful, some real monsters, which had an outstanding Spanish contribution. The landscape of Tabernas, Cabo de Gata is transmitted into an unequivocal sign of identity of the emerging western homeland. Titles such as 'Antes llege la muerte" (Seven Guns from Texas), "El precio de un hombre" (The Ugly Ones)' or the parodic "Al este del Oeste" by Mariano Ozores, and the ineffable "Aqui llega Condemor..." (Here Comes Condemor) with Chiquito, are clear examples of the fruitful relationship of Almeria and the western both serious and bizarre.
Very often, especially in the 80's, many types of exploitation arose following the success of a particular film at the box office to which they immediately made wannabes who yearned to captivate the same audience and also become a 'pitch'.
Some of these were filmed in Almeria. At the dawn of "Conan the Barbarian", also filmed in the province, was followed by a singular feminine version titled "Hundred". Almería Exploitation met his particular version of the apocalyptic "Mad Max" with "The Highway Killer" in which we could see Eduardo Fajardo in a supporting role.
The Spanish exploitation cinema is a cinema to claim. 'Spanish exploitation', foreword by Alaska, is a magnificent and melancholic treatment that immerses us in a few movies that arouse the interest cinematic film buffs, you know, those people who enjoy equally good films and those not so big. Movies with heart and ingenuity, some are infamous but all have something in common, endearing character and a sincere outpouring of love and passion for film.