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Todd J
11-04-2008, 08:11 PM
I thought there was a thread on this but I can not find it (if it existed). I'd like to read some stuff on the trash cinema but am having trouble finding stuff in the library system in Maine. Can we get a list going of some good ones?

Justin Frank
11-04-2008, 08:18 PM
Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr. - Rudolph Grey

The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Miligan - Jimmy McDonough

Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies, 1956-1984 - Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs

Essentials, methinks.

Greg B.
11-04-2008, 08:32 PM
All 3 volumes of DVD Delirium (http://www.fabpress.com/vsearch.php?CO=FAB074) by Nathaniel Thompson and Nightmare U.S.A. (http://www.fabpress.com/vsearch.php?CO=FAB097) by Stephen Thrower

Terry Carpenter
11-04-2008, 08:32 PM
Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents by Stephen Thrower

Sleazoid Express: A Mind-Twisting Tour Through the Grindhouse Cinema of Times Square by Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford

Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film by Jimmy Mcdonough

Albert P
11-04-2008, 09:29 PM
Great recommendations all around. These are some others that have been enjoyable and/or helpful to me.

Re/Search #10: Incredibly Strange Films - Edited by V. Vale, A. Juno, J. Morton & B. Rice

Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film - M. Weldon

A Taste of Blood: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis - C. Curry

Fragments of Fear: An Illustrated History of British Horror Films - A. Boot

Film as a Subversive Art - A. Vogel & S. MacDonald

Eyeball: Compendium 1989-2003 - S. E. Thrower

The new BFI screen guide, 100 European Horror Films is kinda neat too.

Jack J
11-04-2008, 09:35 PM
Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film - M. Weldon

Both volumes! (although the first one is my favourite).

Steve R
11-04-2008, 10:23 PM
Step Right Up - William Castle
How I Made a Hundred Movies and Never Lost a Dime - Roger Corman
Sex and Zen and a Bullet In the Head - Stefan Hammond

John G
11-04-2008, 11:31 PM
Cinema Sewer!

Edmund Hill
11-04-2008, 11:57 PM
''Filmmakinging On The Fringe: The Good, The Bad, And The Deviant Directors'' By Maitland McDonagh, and ''Spaghetti Nightmares'' By Luca M. Palmerini and Gaetano Mistretta are both pretty boss as well. :)

Nick McBride
11-12-2008, 02:43 AM
The following books by Danny Peary are classics: Cult Movies Vol 1 - 3 (circa early '80s) and Cult Movie Stars (1991).
Another classic is ReSearch's Incredibly Strange Films(1986).

Tim Mayer
11-12-2008, 07:42 AM
What? No love for ONE WEEK ONLY?

Ryan O
11-12-2008, 01:36 PM
There are some good ones from Creation Books also. Killing for Culture, which is about cannibal and "snuff" films, and the one about erotic Japanese movies (can't recall the name offhand).

Neal C
11-13-2008, 12:37 AM
Immoral Tales: European Sex & Horror Movies, 1956-1984 - Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs

Incredible book.

Pete C
11-13-2008, 08:56 AM
Slimetime: A Guide to sleazy, mindless movies.

Lars Erik Holmquist
12-22-2008, 08:03 AM
Great topic - I collect cult movie books and recognize most of the titles mentioned so far.

Danny Peary's CULT MOVIES books are great, my favorite is #2, and I also recommend his GUIDE FOR THE FILM FANATIC.

In addition to the EYEBALL compendium, I also recommend getting the FLESH AND BLOOD magazine compendium, also from FAB Press (obviously).

Talking about FAB Press, I highly recommend TEN YEARS OF TERROR: BRITISH HORROR FILMS OF THE 1970s.

Pete Tombs' MONDO MACABRO - WEIRD AND WONDERFUL CINEMA AROUND THE WORLD is ace, too! Look for the Spanish-language edition with full-color illustrations throughout and a new section on Pakistani films.