Taboo breakers. Films that pushed boundaries, overstepped the line or simply went all out to shock. Whether through their advertising or their content these are the movies that used shock tactics to sell tickets.
Film critic and journalist Calum Waddell subjects 18 films to analysis and puts them into historical perspective, whilst discussing the films and their impact with those involved in their production. All of these movies, some good, some bad and some very, very bad indeed, carried with them a certain marketing savvy and air of controversy which ensures that they will stay in the mind long after the screen goes blank.
Films covered are: Blood Feast, Night of the Living Dead, Behind the Green Door, Fritz the Cat, Tenderness of Wolves, Coffy, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, Candy Tangerine Man, Halloween, Cannibal Holocaust, Maniac, Nightmares in a Damaged Brain, The Plague Dogs, Evil Dead, House of 1000 Corpses, Oldboy and Hostel.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Herschell Gordon Lewis, David Friedman, Connie Mason, George Romero, Judith O’Dea, Marilyn Chambers, Ralph Bakshi, Ulli Lommel, Jack Hill, Sid Haig, Ed Neil, Kim Henkel, Gunnar Hansen, Jeff Burr, Robert Burns, Don Edmonds,Howard Maurer, Dyanne Thorne, Matt Cimber, John Carpenter, P J Soles, Irwin Yablans, Ruggero Deotato, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Robert Kerman, William Lustig, Romano Scavolini, Baird Stafford, Martin Rosen, Tom Sullivan, Ellen Sandweiss, Rob Zombie, Bill Moseley, Park Chan-Wook, Eli Roth and Scott Spiegel.
295pp. Also has an 8pp full colour section. A5 paperback.
Published 21 August 2008
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Fife, Scotland, Calum Waddell made the silly mistake of believing his schoolteachers who told him that further education actually counts for something in the post-Thatcherism/New Labour UK. Thus he wasted five years in further education, gaining a BA (Hons) degree in English and a Masters in Broadcast and Film Studies – qualifications that he begrudgingly describes as “useless pieces of paper”.
When neither “award” got him anywhere except the unemployment line at his local Job Centre, he turned to freelance journalism and, after a long hard slog, managed to contribute towards a number of the world’s leading entertainment magazines including 360 Gamer, Bizarre, The Dark Side, Dreamwatch, DVD Review, DVD World, Fangoria, Filmfax, Geek, Rue Morgue, SFX, Shivers, Shock Cinema, Total Film and Videoscope. In addition, has edited the Asian film reviews section for NEO magazine and had a monthly “Asian Extreme” section in Impact – Britain’s “action entertainment” publication. Waddell’s film credits include 2003’s The Collingswood Story and 2007’s Brotherhood of Blood, both as Associate Producer. In addition, the author has written the film notes for numerous UK DVD releases, including Aragami, Dumplings, Intruder, Strange Behaviour and Three Extremes, appears as an interviewer on the UK DVD release of 2001 Maniacs and contributes a commentary track to the US and UK DVDs of Tobe Hooper’s The Toolbox Murders.
Waddell has also helped to programme such film festivals as the Fearless Tales event in San Francisco and Manchester’s annual Festival of Fantastic Films.
Prior to writing Taboo Breakers Waddell wrote Minds of Fear (Midnight Marquee, 2005), which was given a personal recommendation by Tony Timpone – the editor of Fangoria – in issue 249 of the magazine. It also achieved two award nominations: Independent Publisher Book Awards: Arts Category (2006) and Rondo Awards (2006).
Outside of writing, Waddell’s interests include politics, classic Disney movies, indie music and traveling. He remains in love with Los Angeles.