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Cinema Sewer: The Adults Only Guide to History's Sickest and Sexiest Movies! Paperback – October 30, 2007
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An important word of warning: this book is for ADULTS ONLY! Some of the very detailed drawings are EXTREMELY graphic, and the language used is pretty graphic too. If you have a sensitive disposition, and are easily offended, DON'T by this book. However, if your into old 70's porn rarities, exploitation and horror films, and enjoy writing that will make you laugh and art that'll make you gasp, you owe it to yourself to check this book out. Have fun!
That said, I started to read this seedy work as I sat on the loo and found myself laughing out load at the sarcasm, wit and pointed musings of its author. It is rare that an author makes me laugh out load and if I have to name a few on my short list they would be Douglas Adams, Spike Milligan and some of Woody Allan's short essays. Robin Bougie definitely has a talent for writing his reviews and observations in a very amusing style.
I am now halfway through this informative rant and felt compelled to write a review because I am enjoying this book so much. I am almost happy that film stills do not accompany these reviews as Robin Bougie obviously has a stronger tolerance to on-screen obscenities than I could ever have. I could not watch most of the films reviewed without reaching for a sick-bowl and being permanently mentally scarred by the experience. So I am glad someone has done this for me and I am spared having to watch any of these twisted works.
"25 Cinematic Cliches I Never Wanna See Again" is a wonderful list (this idea should be turned into a book in its own right).
One coincidence that made this book worthy of purchase is that when I was young and impressionable a friend showed me a horrendous hardcore porn movie with a footless whore.Read more ›
It's obvious quite quickly that Cinema Sewer is not going to be a book for everyone. In fact, it's probably going to be a book for only a certain crowd, those who like either porn movies or really cheesy exploitation (particularly horror) films. I fit into that latter group.
A compilation of articles from the magazine of the same name, Cinema Sewer contains a lot of information about porn films, probably more than most people would ever want to know. These are not simply films of guy-and-girl (or guy-and-guy or girl-and-girl) sex: the reader gets reviews of films that deal with all sorts of sadism, masochism and some rather scatological things too. Much of which is illustrated by artist (and principal writer and editor) Robin Bougie (and lots of photos too, though generally not reproduced well).
It ain't all porn, however. There are also reviews of other exploitation films, such as the various "Mondo" and "Faces of Death" movies and lots of horror films too, often low-budget movies from the 1960s and 1970s, when exploitation/grindhouse films were at their peak. Beyond reviews, we get some biographies, especially of porn actresses, which make it readily apparent that the life of such actresses are rather sordid. There are also articles about various related material such as a history of the anti-porn movement and whether snuff films exist.
I'm not much of a pornography fan, and I think even many who are might be repelled by some of the material in this book. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book overall. Bougie and company have an obvious enthusiasm for this material, an appreciation for the trashy films that carries over to the reader. It will expose the daring reader to some unexplored areas of the cinema world (in particular, the cinema sewer).
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Robin Bougie is a treasure. If you ever want to know what it's like in the heads (and hearts) of horror, exploitation and smut fans- just crack open Bougie's Cinema Sewer and it's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Shawn Porter
It is a well-worn cliche that a particular book is "not for everyone". But what book is for everyone. O.K. Some might suggest the dictionary, The Bible or the phone book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Aussiescribbler
When I bought this book i had no idea what I was getting. Well the book blew my expectations away and left me sick, confused and wanting more. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Michael Hauss
When I bought this book I wasn't aware of just how dirty it would be, and I love it!! Gross, perverted, and violent articles chronicling underground and Hollywood sleaze. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by HANK
I like this book as much as the other two.Some of the movies I do not want to see,but I like reading about them.Published on January 26, 2013 by zeke
This book is awesome. Many of the movies detailed are ones I've never heard of, so I immediately had plenty of sick fodder to put on my Must-See list. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Hannah Barnhardt
I love movie review books, and have a good tolerance for what passes for humor, so I thought anything from FAB Press would probably be good or fun. However this leaves me cold. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by orvuus
I hadn't heard of Cinema Sewer before, and these compilations are sooo worth getting. Intelligent, articulate reviews of the cinema fringe, dosed with true fanboy flair, snark, and... Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Liliya K.
Interesting book. I thought I knew about a lot of the weird and bizarre movies but this book has shown me I was missing out on a lot. Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by Jeffrey D. Ryan