Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Moviethon Vlog Episode #1: Horror Movie Books


  1. Very cool vlog, liked it a whole lot!
    I've already ordered a cheap copy of that Hong Kong film book before all the CinSom followers snatch 'em all up! Spaghetti Nightmares, Blood & Black Lace,...seems like I have some reading to do. For anyone like me who has desperately been trying to get the Fulci book for less than $100: I sent FAB an e-mail a while ago and they plan to print it again. And I CANNOT WAIT for the Franco book. The fact that it's gonna be written by none other than Stephen Thrower himself is just too good to be true. I've been taking a very much needed break from ol' Jess for some time now, but when that one is gonna come out other films will have a hard time finding their way on my screen.
    And hooray for Immoral Tales!
    Great job on that video, looking forward to more!

  2. Blood and Black Lace is one of my all time favorite books. I need to find it in my box of books (and, yes, the binding SUCKS. Half tempted to pull the pages out and scrapbook them). La Dolce Morte is great, too. I referred to it a lot while writing Orchid.

    I'd also recommend Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds by Maitland McDonaugh (which just got a reprint) and Shock! Horror!, with box art of every Video Nasty.

  3. Personally, I find the 'Giallo Scrapbooks' simply to be restatements of existing giallo commentary (verging, perhaps, on plagiarism of 'Blood and Black Lace'). There is FAR better giallo criticism available on the Net (such as Richard's own Moviethons!).

    I also find 'La Dolce Morte' to be seriously deficient as a piece of film theory/criticism, and although Koven does provide a nice sketch of recurring motifs, etc., his central thesis regarding the 'vernacular audience' feels half-baked and entirely unsubstantiated (to me).

    As you note, Richard, 'Blood and Black Lace', 'Nightmare USA' and 'Beyond Terror' are superb - and I'd love to see a new edition of 'BBL', too.

    Note: Richard, have you read any old copies of 'European Trash Cinema'? There was a giallo review special in the early 90s that covered 100 titles (or so) and thus predates 'BBL' by a few years.