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Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film Paperback – November 1, 2008


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Tim Lucas is a renowned film critic, novelist, and publisher. He is the author of the vampire novel Throat Sprockets and the definitive critical reference on Italian film director Mario Bava, as well as the publisher and editor of the acclaimed Video Watchdog magazine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Centipede Press (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933618280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933618289
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,928,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Hall on August 15, 2008
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I figured it was about time for me to update this review. My last review was basically just letting those (like me) who were dying for this to come out. Basically in short, with it's few flaws, it was well worth the wait.

Obviously if you're not a fan of the film or Cronenberg this would probably be one long snooze, but the chances are those people are not buying it in the first place. Even still for those with only passing interest, the book's highlights include interviews with all the main characters including Cronenberg, Deborah Harry, James Woods, Sonja Smits, Les Carlson, and even Make Up guru Rick Baker.

There's great stuff on the early drafts and changes that the movie was going through even as production roled on. The book is also full of great color photographs including 4 full page ones. The photos are spread out through the text which I always prefer to a lame "Photo Section". The book is well put together (even noting the fact that it was printed in China - yuck!); the quality of paper and printing are excellent!

My favorite bit of trivia from the book in the category of "why didn't I know that" was that all of the promotional stills used by Universal were all from scenes cut from the film! I even owned this still set at one time and never figured it out!!

On the downside I was somehwat disappointed by the "technical" portions of the book that spend an exhaustive amount of time on the special effects (and terrific they were), this part just dragged for me. Not enough to downgrade my rating, and if you're into that stuff, it will probably be your favorite parts. It certainly contains great behind the scenes photographs.

Millipede and Centipede press are definately small presses worth paying attention to.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clark on December 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Both during the film's principal photography and after it had wrapped, writer Tim Lucas had unprecedented access to David Cronenberg and the actors and technicians making "Videodrome," which gives him a unique insight into the film's development. This book covers every aspect of that development from early script treatments to last-minute re-shoots and editing and everything in between.

Some of the material in the book has been adapted and expanded from magazine articles Lucas has written over the years about the experience of being on the set, but since those magazines are now hard to find, this is the perfect omnibus of his writing about the film. Incidentally, this is the first entry in a book series called "Studies in the Horror Film" -- and hopefully it won't be the last.
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