Sunday, November 12, 2006


This book will be THE exploitation film BIBLE, without a doubt! Looks like it will be available in January from Fab Press. Check their web site for all of the ordering info. This thing looks amazing....just read below what it has to offer. Obscure horror/gore/trash/exploitation/sleaze film fans, start drooling NOW!

Built on five years of research, Nightmare, USA explores the development of America's subterranean horror film industry, spotlighting some of the wildest films imaginable from an era unchecked by censorship or 'good taste.' Ranging from cult favourites like I Drink Your Blood to stylish mind-benders like Messiah of Evil and ultra-violent shockers like Don't Go in the House, Nightmare, USA goes where no other in-depth study has gone before, revealing the fascinating true stories behind classics and obscurities alike. Stephen Thrower, author of Beyond Terror, the definitive book on Italian gore maestro Lucio Fulci, has explored the attics and cellars of American cinema, delved beneath the floorboards, peered between the walls, searching for the strangest, most exotic cine-lifeforms... Nightmare, USA is the reader's guide to what lies beyond the mainstream of American horror, dispelling the shadows to meet the men and women behind fifteen years of screen terror: the Exploitation Independents!

This massive overview of the Horror genre's development through the 1970s and 1980s features:

In-depth EXCLUSIVE interviews with twenty-five cult filmmakers, many of whom are discussing their work for the first time ever in print, including David Durston (I Drink Your Blood), Robert Endelson (Fight for Your Life), Frederick Friedel (Axe), Don Jones (Schoolgirls in Chains); and Joseph Ellison (Don't Go in the House).

Over 175 individual films reviewed, with full cast and crew credits compiled by world-renowned cinema archivist Julian Grainger.

Vast quantities of previously unpublished stills, posters, press-books, plus behind-the-scenes photographs from the filmmakers' own collections.

Section One: The Exploitation IndependentsA 25,000 word essay charting the rise of Exploitation Horror: from Herschell Gordon Lewis and George Romero to the Slasher phenomenon of the 1980s

Section Two: Essays on Films and FilmmakersDirty Games in Hollywood - the career of James Bryan (Don't Go in the Woods)The Frozen Scream is a Clean Machine - Renee Harmon (Frozen Scream)The Fiend from Prime-Time - John Peyser on The Centerfold GirlsCarolina on my Mind - the films of Frederick Friedel (Axe, Kidnapped Coed)It Came from New Jersey! - Douglas McKeown on The Deadly SpawnLet's Play Nasty - the films of Don Jones (Schoolgirls in Chains, The Love Butcher, The Forest)Louisiana Screamin' - James L. Wilson on Screams of a Winter NightSatan Was an Acid-Head! - the films of David Durston (I Drink Your Blood, Stigma)Don't Make Me Do Anything Bad, Mother... - Joseph Ellison on Dont Go in the HouseIf You Go Down in the Caves Today - Mark Sawicki on The StrangenessThe Vigilante of 42nd Street - Robert Endelson on Fight for Your LifeThe Living Dead at the All-Night Mall - Willard Huyck on Messiah of EvilHollywood After Dark - the films of John Hayes (Grave of the Vampire, Dream No Evil, Garden of the Dead)What Really Happened to Tony Vorno's Victims? - Daniel DiSomma on VictimsIf At First You Don't Succeed... - the films of Tony Malanowski (Night of Horror, Curse of the Screaming Dead)Punished By the Sun - Marc B. Ray on Scream Bloody MurderGrowing Pains - John Ballard on Friday the 13th: The OrphanBlood Relations - the films of Irv & Wayne Berwick (Hitch Hike to Hell, Microwave Masaacre)Mind Before Matter - Robert Allen Schnitzer on The PremonitionSpawn of Venice Beach - Stephen Traxler on SlithisBeyond the Black Room - the films of Norman Thaddeus Vane (The Black Room, The Horror Star)Robert Voskanian & Robert Dadashian - Raising The ChildWho's the Ghostest with the Mostest? - the films of Fredric Hobbs (Alabama's Ghost, Godmonster of Indian Flats)To Sleep, Perchance to Scream - George Barry on Death Bed: The Bed That Eats--- supplemented in the text by a further twenty interviews with cast and crew members.

Section Three: Reviews of a further 120 films, with additional notes and commentaries on the reviews by Roger Watkins (director: Last House on Dead End Street), Walter Dallenbach (writer: Psychopath), Jeremy Hoenack (director: The Dark Ride), Christopher Speeth (director: Malatesta's Carnival of Blood), John Wintergate (director: Boardinghouse), Wayne Bell (composer: Death Trap), Michael Gornick (cinematographer: Martin), Don Leifert (star: Fiend)