Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, joins forces with FAB Press, the fiercely independent one-stop-shop for cutting edge genre publications, to launch THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO EXPLOITATION MOVIES during the festival, which takes place at London’s Vue Shepherd’s Bush, Aug 25 – Aug 29.
The first in a planned series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur, to be published annually with FrightFest, the inaugural volume is an informative celebration of the grindhouse film industry in all its diverse sex, horror and violence glory.
Comprising an in-depth A-Z of the entire celluloid sleaze underworld, the book is a fast and furious zip through a once dismissed field now beloved by everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to Peter Jackson and James Wan.
From Blaxploitation and Nunsploitation to Godsploitation and Hixploitation, acclaimed critic, broadcaster, author, and FrightFest co-director, Alan Jones takes a wildly illustrated look at 200 of the most infamous, obscure and bizarre movies ever made, blasting the electrifying truth before your traumatized eyes about the shock and schlock movies tapping into the basest of desires. Plus there is a scene-setting introduction by 42nd Street habitué and controversial director Buddy Giovinazzo.,
Reach new heights in adult daring, thrill to throbbing dramas of shackled youth, scream in terror at appalling deaths and shy from shattering studies of the shameless sick sets. Vice Rackets, VD, Narcotics, Nudists, Hells Angels, Demonic Possessions, Perversion and Sadists populated this sordid sub-culture and it’s all covered here, lavishly illustrated in full colour with rare posters, lobby cards, ad mats and front of house stills to fully capture the spirit and essence of the ‘That’s Exploitation!’ era.
The official book launch is 25 to 29 August, 2016 at FrightFest, Vue Cinemas Shepherd’s Bush, London W12. The FrightFest exclusive hardcover will be on sale for just £20. The book’s international street date is Friday 16 September 2016.