Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979)
Directed by William A. Levy.
Starring Scott Baio, Patrick Swayze, Flip Wilson and Billy Barty.
"Famous" mostly for being Patrick Swayze's film debut, Skatetown U.S.A. fits the term "exploitation" perfectly, as it was created solely as a way to cash in on the roller disco craze with a paint-by-the-numbers script to make it widely accessible. Another film that did the same thing was Roller Boogie starring the one and only queen of exploitation, Linda Blair.
It's the Saturday Night Fever formula. Take a popular culture trend and insert a young man (or woman) defying all the odds to conquer the form and get the girl at the end.
That's what "exploitation" is all about.