- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Second edition (December 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481865129
- ISBN-13: 978-1481865128
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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At last a horror reference guide that recognizes the importance of the films of Abel Ferrara and offers a wide coverage of the insane CAT3 movies from Hong Kong. We've got the nastiest, goriest, and plain old distasteful movies directed by artists who seem to want to do us harm... That's what I call entertainment! You can read the full story of the Charlie Sheen/Guinea Pig/FBI fiasco which also involved Adam Rifkin and Deep Red editor Chas Balum! Learn all kinds of interestying facts, like did you know that 19 people have died of heart attacks while watching Men Behind The Sun? Did you know the child actor who played Pixote was shot dead by Brazilian police in a bungled armed robbery, or that the bullets and explosives used for the making of Come And See were all real? Did you know that David Croneneberg was going through a nasty divorce and fighting for the custody of his children when he wrote and directed The Brood? Or that Faces of Death out-sold Star Wars at th Japanese box-office, and Cannibal Holocaust out-sold E.T.? Read about how the British censors regretted leaving Man Bites Dog uncut for video when it became a cult classic. Rape! 13th Hour caused such outrage it almost ruined the Nikkatsu Corporation, Japan's biggest film studio. Also learn about how the state censorship of Titicut Follies led to the deaths of many psychiatric patients in run-down, neglected institutions.
I came away from this book with an exciting list of films to look out for, including The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez, They Eat Scum, Beautiful Girl Hunter, Oxen Split Torturing, A Hole In My Heart, The Life And Death of A Porno Gang, Mosquito The Rapist, Flanders, and Splatter: Naked Blood. My favourite reviews were the ones on Gaspar Noe's Enter The Void and Roger Watkins' Last House On Dead End Street. My least favourite was I Saw The Devil simply because I think the film is garbage.
Author Phil Russell knows what he's talking about and he makes some excellent points near the end of the book when he complains about multiplexes taking over, and how censorship is nothing more than a sinister way of killing off independent films. I couldn't agree more. He also cements my opinion that Lucio Fulci's The Beyond is the greatest Italian horror movie ever made.
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