Stage 32 Glossary

trash film

A trash film refers to second-run, low-budget films that are deliberately over-the-top, infantile, amateurish, sometimes excessively gory or raunchy which are intended to shock, disgust, and repel mainstream audiences, and appeal to non-traditional audiences. Sometimes, a trash film is described as a subcategory of exploitation and cult films, or called a "turkey film." Compare with "sexploitation," "B-films," and "Z-films."