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VideoHound's Complete Guide to Cult Flicks and Trash Pics [Paperback]

Carol A Schwartz
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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale (27 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787606162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787606169
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,429,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is a guide for alternative film fans, cult flick devotees, connoisseurs of trash and every movie buff with a twisted sense of humour. This book profiles 1000 really good "bad" movies, really bad "bad" movies and really good movies that were largely overlooked. It features alternative video from the misfits and the misunderstood: movies so bad they're good, like "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"; movies with heavy cult followings, like "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"; and the totally bizarre, tasteless or bewildering, like "Faster, Pussycat, Kill, Kill" and "Eraserhead".

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I can't recommend this book enough. If you're a fan of odd movies or downright terrible ones, this book is for you. While this book is not the most comprehensive one on "cult movies," it is wonderfully written by people with a good sense of what camp value is all about. The sidebars are insightful and the reviews are almost always dead on. It is done alphabetically and has many wonderful indexes so a William Castle fan can look up all of his movies or somebody with a vampire fetish can easily find any films of the genre. The only problems are that some reviews are rather short and uninformative and some very important movies are not included. However, in the foreward of the book they tell you that there might be a sequal and they encourage people to write to them and give their opinions. The book even lists other cult movie publications and websites, along with the distributors so one can track down a specific title. It is an invaluable tool for seeking out obscure films and an all around pleasure to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars zombie buff 24 Mar 2003
By julie
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if you love BAD,and i mean BAD movies this is the definitive reference guide.'Attack of the killer refridgerators' is just one of the weird & wonderful films included. So,if like me you love the camp classics of Ed Wood Jr and John Waters i can't recommend this enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun-filled trip through trash cinema 25 Feb 1998
By A Customer
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This book is a great and well made guide to the world of trash movies. Unlike the Psychotronic Guide, this book has a rating system and informative and interesting sidebars. The only problem is that it is not quite long enough and, consequently, many films that are truly trashy and noteworthy are left out. However, this doesn't significantly hurt a fun-filled little book that is one of the most dog-eared in my library.
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If like me you have no taste and will watch anything, then this book'll become a bible to you! From the gore drenched flick that is The Evil Dead ( personal favourite ) to the intelligent and thought-provoking movies of Troma, this book is an absolute must-have for connoisseurs of the absurd, cheap and all-round bad taste movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but padded and filled with mistakes 6 May 2003
By Bryce David - Published on Amazon.com
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I love books on Cult and Trash films. So, naturally, I bought VideoHound's Cult Flicks & Trash Pics. After perusing through it for a while, I thought that the book was good but it's woefully incomplete, padded and many reviews are filled with mistakes. The package is great and the inclusion of movie quotes is a great idea but those things aren't enough to compensate for the bad aspects of this hefty book.
The first obvious mistake is that it's incomplete. For example, there are only 6 William Castle movies listed in the book, such as I SAW WHAT YOU DID or HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, but it doesn't have HOMICIDAL, Mr SARDONICUS or PROJECT X. A lot of Russ Meyer films are listed but UP! is not. Also, there's a lot of obscure but well-known B-movies that are missing from the book. Titles like TERROR IN THE JUNGLE, SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT, THE BOOGEYMAN or even VISITING HOURS aren't listed. A major point of these types of Cult movie guides is to list the extremely obscure titles, titles that would never be listed in standard movie guides, so we can track them down with the provided information. And the fact that a wide range of titles that have a cult following, from big studio oddities like XANADU to low-budget obscurities like HORROR HIGH are missing from the bunch makes the book look seriously incomplete.
Second, many of the review I've checked from my first reading contain errors. The review for BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE says that the movie starts with a murder. It doesn't start with a murder but an attempted murder. If you know the movie, this is a significant detail to the story-line. The review for another Dario Argento film, SUSPIRIA, states that Udo Kier plays the blind man when in fact Udo plays a psychiatrist in a brief role. These mistakes are so obvious that I wonder if they actually saw the movies.
In another example of errorneous information, this time about the technical aspect of the film, the book says that ILSA SHE-WOLF OF THE SS is only 45 minutes long. Huh? The book points out that ILSA is available on DVD, which it is (distributed by Anchor Bay) but the version of ILSA on the DVD is 96 minutes long, not 45 minutes.
And third mistake, the 800+ pages book is remarkably padded. 40% of the book is just filled with a series of indexes. That's something like 300+ pages just for indexes. I could have used more reviews of missing titles than having such a voluminous index.
Still, the guide is good and some reviews are well written, even if I don't agree with all of them. It makes for a great starting point for those who are new to Cult movies. But if you want remarkable guides on B-movies and trash films, buy the two Psychotronic guides by Michael Weldon, which are much better and more complete than this and don't contain as many errors.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Midnite Trash 1 July 2000
By eclecticdude - Published on Amazon.com
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If your taste in movies run in the vein of the type that crop up during midnight showings at the theater, then this is the book for you. Whether you use it simply as a reference, or, as I did, read it from cover-to-cover, it is witty and interesting. Of course, until there is a revised edition, there will be some more recent offerings that don't show up in here, and I have trouble giving it the full five stars for leaving out "Big Trouble in Little China", but there are plent of entries here. If the movies here fit your tastes, I would venture that you'd be hard-pressed to find your favorites missing. You should take the time to read the sidebars that are interspersed throughout the book, as you will find tidbits of interesting information in them. There are no anime' enties here, curse the luck, but maybe Videohound will put out an anime' guide.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the cult bible, but an important publication. 18 Jan 2001
By Charles Kangas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Videohound, who are known for making books about films, release this book about cult films. Given, I am a cult film aficiato (clearly shown by the on-purpose misspelling), I can tell you that several entries are missing ("Star Worms II", "The First Turn-On", "Meet The Feebles", "Full Metal Jacket") and even some directors aren't even mentioned (Jim Larsen etc.).
But the biggest flaw about this publication is that the movies aren't reviewed in there complete uncut version. They even only reviewed Sgt. Kabukiman in it's PG-13 format !
Overall, it's a good read and a must for those new to the cult world. Just remember, never trust anyone who gets paid to review movies.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Film lover? You'll have a hard time putting this down. 2 Mar 2002
By Christopher C. Najewicz - Published on Amazon.com
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About 5 years ago, I stumbled upon the first edition of this 'Cult Bible' at a local booksellers and quickly snatched it up. At the time I was just getting into strange and bizarre cinema. I soon found this book to be a great resource in finding out about which film to see next.
Enter 2002, and the newly expanded and 'revised' edition of this fine bible. I found it one day at work and started thumbing through it. Although I was happy to see some more recent films added like: Memento and Happiness, I was a bit disappointed that none of the old reviews had been re-written or updated aside from the DVD availability.
I was also a bit peeved that there were some really important cult films missing still. I totally understand that you can't put *every* cult film in this book, but there were a few such as: Boggy Creek, Powaaqatsi & Nadja. Personaly gripes aside, this is a wonderful read if you are at all interested in obscure, strange or cult cinema. It is one of those books that you'll throw on your coffee table and when friends come over they'll pick it up and you'll have to shout at them before they put it back.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun-filled trip through trash cinema 25 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a great and well made guide to the world of trash movies. Unlike the Psychotronic Guide, this book has a rating system and informative and interesting sidebars. The only problem is that it is not quite long enough and, consequently, many films that are truly trashy and noteworthy are left out. However, this doesn't significantly hurt a fun-filled little book that is one of the most dog-eared in my library.
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