Ian Watson is the author of the #1 bestseller Midnight Movie Madness, a 400+ page guide to such bizarre, campy and endearing classics as Reefer Madness, Attack of the 50ft Woman and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.
on May 02, 2014 :
Works of cinematic artistry are sometimes labours of love, the auteurs responsible for them feeling it their duty to provide benighted humanity with edification and inspiration. This volume in Ian Watson's on-going series of brief ebook collections of trash movie reviews deals with a different kind of artistry more akin to alchemy - the quest to turn excrement into gold.
From Dwain Esper's "Maniac", which claimed to be an educational film about mental illness and does indeed give the impression that it's maker had first hand experience of insanity, to Al Adamson's "Satan's Sadists", a biker film shamelessly passed off in some of its advertising as a film about the Manson killings because it was coincidentally partly filmed on Manson's Spahn Ranch. And then there is Godfather of Gore Herschell Gordon Lewis who, having got as much mileage as he could out of displaying the outsides of young women's bodies in his nudist camp films decided the only way forward was to expose the messy stuff inside them in "Blood Feast". And Jerry Warren whose horror and sci-fi films were promoted with sensational posters promising undreamed off thrills but in fact were so lifeless they made Andy Warhol look like Michael Bay.
Some of these movies you are going to want to rush out and watch or re-watch after reading the reviews. With others, it may be a case of Watson having watched them so you don't have to.
(review of free book)