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Wostry Ferenc
03-13-2005, 11:53 AM
Cut the crap. Just the best. Language don't matter. (also, if theres a way to buy them online, please provide links).

Christian Kessler: DAS WILDE AUGE (in german. italian horror overview, unfortunately out of print) + WILKOMMEN IN DER HÖLLE (same guy, about spaghetti westerns, also OOP)

BROKEN MIRRORS, BROKEN MINDS by Maitland McDonagh (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0806515147/qid=1110732640/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/002-9101151-3708838?v=glance&s=books)

John Waters' books ( SHOCK VALUE (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1560250925/qid=1110732782/sr=1-12/ref=sr_1_12/002-9101151-3708838?v=glance&s=books), CRACKPOT (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743246276/qid=1110732711/sr=2-2/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_2/002-9101151-3708838)) about his career.

William R.
03-13-2005, 12:10 PM
I haven't read many. A problem I hope to correct in the future, but of what I've read these were the stand-outs:

CRONENBERG ON CRONENBERG (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0571191371/qid=1110733450/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/002-7948706-3887204?v=glance&s=books&n=507846), unfortunately it's OOP, but it surfaces for a resonable price now and again on the net.

SLEAZOID EXPRESS (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743215834/qid%3D1110733557/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/002-7948706-3887204), this one can be found for a few bucks and change and is completely worth it.

IMMORAL TALES (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/031213519X/qid=1110733623/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-7948706-3887204), covers Euro horror and sex films and is a fun read.

Wostry Ferenc
03-13-2005, 01:08 PM
I forgot about Cronenberg On Cronenberg, it's excellent! The best in that series (maybe I find it the best because I regard C. very highly, while for example I don't much care for Lynch anymore...)

Damian P
03-13-2005, 04:43 PM
Aside from the books Will mentioned I respect:

Mondo Macabro : Weird & Wonderful Cinema Around the World by Pete Tombs

A Youth in Babylon: Confessions of a Trash-Film King by David Friedman

Step right up!: ... I'm gonna scare the pants off America by William Castle

Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste by John Waters

Deathtripping: Illustrated History of the Cinema of Transgression by Jack Sargeant

Killing for Culture: An Illustrated History of Death Film by David Kerekes, David Slater

Eros in Hell: Sex, Blood & Madness in Japanese Cinema by Jack Hunter

Something Like An Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa

Zane C.
03-13-2005, 04:51 PM
I haven't read many. A problem I hope to correct in the future, but of what I've read these were the stand-outs:

CRONENBERG ON CRONENBERG (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0571191371/qid=1110733450/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/002-7948706-3887204?v=glance&s=books&n=507846), unfortunately it's OOP, but it surfaces for a resonable price now and again on the net.

SLEAZOID EXPRESS (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743215834/qid%3D1110733557/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/002-7948706-3887204), this one can be found for a few bucks and change and is completely worth it.

IMMORAL TALES (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/031213519X/qid=1110733623/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/002-7948706-3887204), covers Euro horror and sex films and is a fun read.

Agreed on all counts! Another one that I recently picked up was FEAR WITHOUT FRONTIERS: HORROR CINEMA ACROSS THE GLOBE, by Steven Jay Schneider, and it was good. It had some good sections on Jose Mojica Marins, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Italian horror, Indonesian horror, and a few other things. It was informative reading, and worth the $$, I think.

Al Caterall and Simon Wells' book YOUR FACE HERE: BRITISH CULT MOVIES SINCE THE SIXTIES is also a good read as well. Recommended.

Anyone read Jay Slater's EATEN ALIVE? I was thinking of getting it, but if there's no new info. in it, I might not bother....

Scott W
03-13-2005, 09:20 PM
Some of my faves: (some repeats)

Immoral Tales
Mondo Macabro
Spaghetti Nightmares
The Overlook Series
Bizarre Sinema Series
Slimetime
The Video Watchdog Book
Re/Search: Incredibly Strange Fils
Danny Pearys "Cult Movies" series and "Guide for the Film Fanatic"
The Psychotronic Encyclopedias
Shock Value
Lost Highways: An Illustrated History of the Road Movie

Ian Miller
03-14-2005, 12:55 AM
Anyone read Jay Slater's EATEN ALIVE? I was thinking of getting it, but if there's no new info. in it, I might not bother....


There isn't, really, but it's probably the only book where you'll read an interview with dubber extraordinaire Nick Alexander (you know, THAT voice. Think Al Cliver in ZOMBIE). And the interview with Giovanni Lombardo Radice is entertaining as hell.

Chad Haden
03-14-2005, 01:06 AM
I'm a pretty big fan of the whole Creation Cinema collection

Troy Howarth
03-14-2005, 01:11 AM
FAB put out a really nice looking book on Mario Bava, in case you guys aren't familiar with it. The text isn't the greatest, but it's a lovingly produced book and looks spectacular, so you gotta take the good with the bad.

Steven Thrower's Beyond Terror, about Lucio Fulci and also produced by FAB, is even better.

Zane C.
03-14-2005, 01:47 AM
FAB put out a really nice looking book on Mario Bava, in case you guys aren't familiar with it. The text isn't the greatest, but it's a lovingly produced book and looks spectacular, so you gotta take the good with the bad.

Steven Thrower's Beyond Terror, about Lucio Fulci and also produced by FAB, is even better.

Hehehe! :D

I've been impressed with FAB press' work, Troy. FEAR WITHOUT FRONTIERS was great, and their other titles look good as well. And hey - I still have to buy YOUR book yet! I watched TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE a while back, then recently saw BLACK SUNDAY and was quite entertained, and I want to know more. I'm also really interested in seeing DANGER: DIABOLIK, but I've had no luck in tracking down a copy as of late; is it coming to DVD any time soon? Bava's stuff is interesting, but I'm just a newbie! BEYOND TERROR sounds good as well - I like Fulci's films, and it may be a purchase too!

Aaron G
03-14-2005, 05:07 AM
Off my shelf:

MIDNITE MOVIES - Hoberman/Rosenbaum (basically charting 'cult' movies of all stripes from Romero to Waters to Lynch to Jodorwosky, by two of america's truly best critics)

SPLATTER MOVIES - John McCarty. This book totally and utterly got me into splatter type horror films. It started here (his FEARMAKERS and SLEAZE MERCHANTS books are both great too!)

NEGATIVE SPACE - Manny Farber. Fantastic 'old-school' writing from the 50s -70s on hard-boiled and arthouse benchmark cinema from way back yonder. Might be a bit 'intellectual and 'cineaste-y' for some, but worth a shot for some great and creative writing about 'cinema'.


CRONENBERG on CRONENBERG
LYNCH on LYNCH
HERZOG on HERZOG
CASSAVETES on CASSAVETTES
and ALAN CLARKE - all those Faber and Faber books are fantastic

EYEBALL and FLESH and BLOOD COMPENDIUMS - fucken total godhead Euro Cult and horror conpendiums by those potty Poms @ FAB Press

DEATHTRIPPING and BABYLON BLUE on Creation

PYSCHOTRONIC VIDEO GUIDE - the 'Bible' as far as I'm concerned

SLIMETIME - great compilation of reviews by the guy who does ShockCinema

RAW TALENT - Jerry Butler - one of the first and greatest 'porn star' bios ever written, fuck all the bullshit ones that 'come out since, if you've ever spanked the pud to pr0n then this book is a must!

Richard C
03-14-2005, 10:53 AM
The 2 DVD Delirium books (FAB Press) helped me find my way amongst the cult or "weird" film titles. I've also picked up Lips, Hips, Tits, Power: The Films Of Russ Meyer (Persistence of Vision vol 4) - haven't actually read it yet but the pictures are nice.... Oh and the "The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Poster Art" by Jacques Boyreau is nice to look at as well.

Chad Haden
03-14-2005, 11:13 AM
FAB put out a really nice looking book on Mario Bava, in case you guys aren't familiar with it. The text isn't the greatest, but it's a lovingly produced book and looks spectacular, so you gotta take the good with the bad.


I've had that damn book since christmas of 2002 and I still can't decide if it's good or crap, I hear the author is some sort of sheep diddling pervert but he knows alot about Bava :D

The book makes me have a poopie face for some reason

KH Brown
03-14-2005, 11:46 AM
Here's a review of the Eaten Alive book I wrote last year:

Eaten Alive

Anyone with even a passing interest in the genre(s) will know that defining and isolating the Italian cannibal and zombie movie is a difficult task. For every clear-cut entry like Zombie Holocaust, the entry featuring both cannibals and zombies that gives Eaten Alive its lurid cover (its title coming from Umberto Lenzi's cannibals meet Jim Jones shocker) there are several littoral productions.

Author/editor Jay Slater has opted for a broad remit, such that any Italian production or (usually Spanish) co-production featuring cannibalism, including the likes of Pasolini's Pigsty, is included, along with any entry where the living dead exhibit zombie-style characteristics, even if a more conventional definition might see vampires, as with Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires and Ugaldo Ragona's adaptation of Richard Matheson's seminal I am Legend, The Last Man on Earth.

The result is that while the book is certainly comprehensive, some of the entries feel a touch dissociated from the sort of Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi and Ruggero Deodato product that immediately comes to mind when one thinks of the genre.

This feeling is compounded by the different approaches taken by Slater and his contributors. While all have clearly been given a remit of indicating why a given film counts as a zombie or cannibal entry should its credentials not be immediately apparent, the mix of fan and quasi-academic styles adopted by contributors as diverse as Royal College of Art Professor Christopher Frayling and Bloodsucking Freaks Joel M Reed doesn't always blend successfully, especially when interspersed with interviews with select genre figures like Ian McCulloch, Catriona MacColl and Giovanni Lombardo Radice. (And if you don't know those names, what the hell are you doing reading this?)

The fan pieces, such as Slater's own, are at their best at putting the films into their national and generic context, while the more academic entries tend to do better in exploring broader cultural issues. Theory raises its head on occasion, but mercifully most of the authors avoid the worst excesses of spurious intellectual bullshittery, even when the tendency to adapt a chunk of a thesis was clearly there.

The quality of the contributions is good overall. One exception, oddly, is the normally reliable Kim Newman. His contributions here fail to match his usual standards, with his piece on The Last Cannibal World being particularly pointless. Otherwise, there are plenty of times when I had an 'aha' moment at some revelation, or just plain laughed out loud at some opinion or anecdote.

Not perfect, then, but still a worthy addition to any genre fan's bookshelf to sit alongside Spaghetti Nightmares, Immoral Tales and the assorted FAB press director's series volumes.

Graham Smith
03-14-2005, 01:28 PM
THE NEW BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF FILM by David Thomson
SERGIO LEONE by Christopher Frayling
SAM PECKINPAH: IF THEY MOVE KILL 'EM by David Weddle
TIME OUT ANNUAL FILM GUIDE
SCHRADER ON SCHRADER

Troy Howarth
03-14-2005, 01:47 PM
Zane - Diabolik, which is a marvelous film, is coming to DVD later this year in a nice SE from Paramount. In addition to the titles you mentioned, I would seek out Lisa and the Devil, Blood and Black Lace, The Whip and the Body, Hatchet for the Honeymoon, Planet of the Vampires, Four Times That Night, Black Sabbath and Shock. You're in for a lot of fun! :)

Chad - that facial expression is typical of those who've been confronted with the book. The author's sheep diddling reputation, no doubt, does not help matters.

Kenton Sem
03-14-2005, 02:00 PM
I just picked up Steve Puchalski's 'Slimetime' movie review book. It's mostly culled from the old 'Slimetime' newsletter (which eventually evolved into 'Shock Cinema' magazine). I put off getting the book because I still have a lot of the old newsletters, but I was pleased to find that there is a LOT in there that I haven't seen before. Well worth picking up. It's excellent and just as invaluable as Weldon's 'Psychotronic' books.

As an added plus, Pulchalski's reviews are generally as hilarious as the are accurate.

Ritchie A
03-14-2005, 05:08 PM
The Zombies that Ate Pittsburgh (don't recall who wrote this one)
Last House on the Left: The Making of a Cult Classic (by David A. Szulkin)
Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of "Adults Only" Cinema (by Eddie Muller and Donald Faris)
Inside the Wicker Man (by Allan Brown)
The Essential Guide to Hong Kong Movies (by Rick Baker)
The Complete Night of the Living Dead Filmbook (by John Russo)

KH Brown
03-14-2005, 06:18 PM
The Zombies that Ate Pittsburgh (don't recall who wrote this one)


Paul R Gagne

Damian P
03-14-2005, 08:41 PM
Damn, how could I forget Kenneth Anger's juciy HOLLYWOOD BABYLON I & II. Great books.

Gregg K
03-18-2005, 10:43 AM
SPLATTER MOVIES - John McCarty. This book totally and utterly got me into splatter type horror films. It started here (his FEARMAKERS and SLEAZE MERCHANTS books are both great too!)

PYSCHOTRONIC VIDEO GUIDE - the 'Bible' as far as I'm concerned



I couldn't of said it better. Both Splatter Movies Vol. 1 and Psychtronic VG still get constant rotation from me. I haven't read Fearmakers or Sleaze Mechants tho. I will have to track those down.

I have to add PROFOUNDLY DISTURBING: THE SHOCKING MOVIES THAT CHANGED HISTORY by Joe Bob Briggs. For all of you that may think Joe Bob is just schtick, read this. Great read.