Missing Reel is a documentary-style series that examines the rich history and legacy of the Grindhouse era of motion pictures (1966-1985). Each episode profiles one specific genre of film - from Blaxploitation to Summer Camp Slashers - and traces its origins, its highlights, and the people who crafted the movies themselves. At the core of each story are the dynamic, often puzzling, but always captivating trailers for some of the most bizarre and shocking movies ever made. How did Bill Cosby change the face of American cinema? How did the undead go from voodoo puppets to brain-eating nightmares? Which classically trained stage actor went from black vampire to the King of Cartoons? The answers await in every episode of Missing Reel.
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Episode 1: "Blaxploitation"
From an independent feature about the struggle of the inner cities, to big budget action movies, Missing Reel explains the origins and icons of the Grindhouse era genre known as 'Blaxploitation'.
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Episode 6: Hong Kong Action!
From Shao-Lin assassins to blood and guts street fighting action, the action kung-fu cinema of Hong Kong re-wrote the book on action films around the world. In the final installment of Missing Reel, we take a look at the impact and characters that made Hong Kong action films among the most legendary of the grindhouse era.