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4.0 out of 5 stars Art Imitating Life?, April 14, 2012
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This review is from: Apocalypse on the Set: Nine Disastrous Film Productions (Kindle Edition)
I confess that I'm fascinated by reviews of bad movies and behind-the-scenes accounts about productions where the moviemaking process goes awry. "Apocalypse on the Set" was recommended on a movie blog that I frequent, and I'm glad to say that it fits right into the best of the aforementioned categories.

Ben Taylor uncovers the disastrous and chaotic genesis of nine movies, ranging from easy targets like "Heaven's Gate" to more obscure flicks such as "Pulgasari." Uniquely, the author begins each saga with a real-life story that's independent of the profiled movie but is emblematic of its tribulations. From there, Mr. Taylor reveals how each movie's production spun out of control, whether by directorial hubris, harsh conditions, or terrible accident.

However, just because things went nuts during the filming process doesn't mean that the movies profiled here necessarily bombed. In fact, most of them managed to make a profit or are held in high regard. For example, "The Abyss" and "The Crow" made decent money and could be considered cult classics, while "Apocalypse Now" needs no defense as a cinematic milestone. It's simply that they experienced a greater degree of tribulation than most productions normally endure.

"Apocalypse on the Set" is a great addition to any film buff's library, especially if you're fascinated by the movie-making process and are a fan of the flicks profiled by Mr. Taylor. Recommended.
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