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David F Friedman - the great Sleaze Merchant of American Exploitation - has died...

Warning there is one NSFW image below!


Some years ago, I was honored to have Producer David F. Friedman over to Geek Headquarters, where Father Geek and I spoke and shared stories with a man that brought the sleazy side of American cinema to full vitality.

In the years before PORN became PORN, there was a softcore side of things.   In some ways these films were so much sleazier than the fully graphic sexual films of the seventies.   

Friedman met a man by the name of Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore for you youngsters.   Before they made BLOOD FEAST and 2000 MANIACS and began to change the world of horror in a particularly graphic manner...  They were making little nudie cutie films.  Playing in sleazy drive-ins and Grindhouses - these films gave birth to the trenchcoated masturbators that went to see films like:







Films like SCUM OF THE EARTH and THE DEFILERS were roughies which brought in rape and violence to the "sexploitation" world.   

He did a crazy remake of FREAKS called SHE FREAK, that kinda has to be seen to be believed.   He made films dealing with drug culture like... THE ACID EATERS.   But in terms of Genre lovers - his BLOOD FEAST and TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! Well, they're the high water mark.  Personally, I love his films like JOHNNY FIRECLOUD.

But the world of PORN came in, and that just wasn't Friedman's style.   He wasn't interested in that.   Not really.   Outside of the roughies, there's just a weird kink and sense of humor to the films he produced.   A wink and a nudge.   

As a person, I found David and his wife to be amazing people.   When we sat out in our screening room looking at tons of their classic film posters, which is how I first came to know his work.   I mean, if you find posters for THE BIG SNATCH or THE LONG SWIFT SWORD OF SIEGFRIED - you will be laughing.   And I'm quite fond of his documentary, THAT'S SEXPLOITATION! Which came out on the heels of THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!

Friedman was a business man,and he did well.   His wife Carol died shortly after we met her, in 2001.   So in a way...  David's death was something that brought him back to her.   I personally can't imagine them without one another.  

For gore, for tits and for the sleazy side of exploitation...   Mr Friedman, may you rest in peace...

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  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

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    David F Friedman - the great Sleaze Merchant of American Exploitation - has died...

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Turd Furgeson

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10 a.m. CST


    by Fah-Cue

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Thanks for posting the obvious, Harry.

    by Fah-Cue

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Had this guy not been to Harry's house, would he have an obit here?

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    Magic 8 ball says, "fuck no".

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Too bad they don’t make good exploitation movies any more

    by Keats

    I appreciate the work this guy did. Harry, can we please stop with the redundant Zero Posts? What purpose do they serve?

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Had to update with the poster images


    Friedman's Posters were amazing!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST



    Absolutely he would have. I've been a fan of his brand of sleaze for ages. I had that EROTIC ADVENTURES OF ZORRO poster hanging on my wall in High School.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST



    they post the story to my twitter feed

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    untill the celtic tiger came

    by emeraldboy

    along playboy was banned in ireland. now you can get playboy, i think, nuts, loaded and zoo. i was more into film magazines like empire and total film.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    OK, Harry

    by Keats

    So long as there’s a reason. Now, can I please get my old "TV’s Frank" screen name back? Haven’t been able to log on with it since the site update.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Kenneth Mars and Betty Garrett

    by I Max U Mini

    While some might dismiss Betty Garrett by her later TV appearances on All in the Family and Laverne and Shirley, how can you forget her appearances in such MGM film classics as "Words and Music", "On the Town", "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", and "Neptune's Daughter"? As for Kenneth Mars, just the two words YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN should be enough to garner him a mention. Then there's the original "The Producers", "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid", "Yellowbeard" and "Fletch". Mars was 74. Garret was 91.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Those posters are spectacular; love them to death

    by WriteForTheEdit

    But, yeah, where the hell is the Kenneth Mars obit? If he'd done nothing but "Young Frankenstein," he'd still be a legend.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Just because you could market CRAP well...

    by impossibledreamers

    Doesn't make you a genius. Maybe you should make better crap first. Sorry, I won't miss guys like that. OR the guys who make all the crappy SyFy channel movies when they die - since they are filling valuable time slots with junk that could be better used.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Where's the NSFW pic?

    by Mr Lucas

    All that stuff looks pretty tame to me. What a swiz!

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    "Filmed in 1001 Colors"

    by MooseMalloy


  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I came here to see if Ken Mars got an obit

    by Chief Joseph


  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    i will miss seeing him at conventions

    by SonnyBonoWigDo

    he was a regular fixture at the Chiller Theatre conventions here in NJ. a very sweet man with some of the most outrageous, yet impossibly true stories of film and film making. thank you Mr. Friedman, for everything.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:57 p.m. CST

    The Big Grindhouse in the Sky

    by fearless_freep

    Friedman was a fascinating man and a true character, who said of his soft-core porn product that he owed his filmmaking fortune to the “lonely men” furtively watching his films in America’s grindhouses. I’ll take his style of crass over Michael Bay’s any day.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    I can't find any of these on Netflix.

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    The Golden Age of Film Promotion

    by Yaroh_Meringue

    RIP my DFF

  • Feb. 15, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST

    He was one of the greats!

    by Bob Cryptonight

    Lots of good memories watching his dopey films! Rest in peace...

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    BIG FAN!

    by 2for2true

    Ah, the drive-in...what wonderful memories I have of these magical lusty parking lots. One of the first jobs I had was at the Red Bank Drive-In in Chattanooga TN..I was responsible for telling people when the movie was over....always the same story..."We were looking for the car key" or "I lost a contact lens" answer was always the same - "I don't think you'll find it in her panties, but keep looking." Seriously, I've always loved Grindhouse films....Chained Heat, The Fly Me Girls, Slaughter Hotel, and my personal favorite - Arnold's Wrecking Crew. RIP Friedman, ya dirty old bastard....and save me a parking space in the back row....

  • Feb. 16, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Holy shit that A Smell of Honey, A Swallow of Brine poster is amazing.

    by Yeah I Wrote That

    Me buy. Me buy now.