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INDIE HORRORS



Midnight Marquee<br/>INDIE HORRORS

 ...Welcome to the wonderful world of the independent, cut-price horror, science fiction and fantasy movie. Movies where the aliens are Alien rip-offs, where the leading men and women display all the emotion of cardboard cut-outs, where direction veers from the sublime to the ridiculous, where the special effects are often less than special and where the levels of nudity and gore have to be gawped at to be believed. But alongside the dross are a goodly number of guilty pleasures as well as many memorable (but still classed as independent) cult movies.

260 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.


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HAMMER STUDIO SERIES


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Midnight Marquee<br/>HAMMER STUDIO SERIES

With the re-emergence of Hammer and its recent releases, including the critically-acclaimed Let Me In (2010) and the blockbusting The Woman In Black (2012), starring Daniel Radcliffe, Midnight Marquee wanted to take a look back at the old faves and wallow in fond memories. The book is not a critical analysis of Hammer’s films or a chronological listing of its cinematic output, but a collection of appreciative articles from Midnight Marquee, as well as several new entries which Hammer fans everywhere will want to read and enjoy. There are sections on Vampires, Frankenstein, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mummies, Psychos, Hammer’s War movies and more.

252 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.


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ITALIAN HORROR: 1979-1994



Midnight Marquee<br/>ITALIAN HORROR: 1979-1994

Film writer Jim Harper provides a detailed A-Z guide on the popular Italian horror film. The book covers Italian horror films released between 1979 and 1994.
   Those years mark the release of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, the film that instigated the last great wave of Italian horror, and Michele Soavi’s Dellamorte dellamore, the last great Italian horror film. After the release of Soavi’s film, relatively few new Italian horrors were made; the trend had run its course and they were no longer commercially viable.
   The aim of this work is to guide the unfamiliar viewer to the best films of the period while hopefully steering him or her away from lesser efforts.
   The films featured include Zombie, Hitcher in the Dark, Aenigma, Amazonia, The Black Cat, Cannibal Holocaust and The Church by directors such as Lamberto Bava, Luigi Cozzi, Fabrizio De Angelis, Ruggero Deodato, Giuseppe Ferrante and Lucio Fulci.

252pp. Fully illustrated throughout.

 


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LIONEL ATWILL: An Exquisite Villain



Midnight Marquee<br/>LIONEL ATWILL: An Exquisite Villain
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Midnight Marquee<br/>BORIS KARLOFF

Midnight Marquee
BORIS KARLOFF

(Actors Series)

Boris Karloff! - In the 1930s and ’40s, the very utterance of his name struck terror into the hearts of cinemagoers across the globe. Karloff - real name William Henry Pratt - was a Londoner who went to Hollywood to find fame and fortune. After years spent in silent movies, he became best-known for his role as the Frankenstein monster, as well as any number of ‘mad’ scientists in horror thrillers from Universal Pictures and others. This revised volume in the Midnight Marquee Actors Series features in-depth analyses of thirty of the films which helped to create the legend that was Karloff, from The Bride of Frankenstein and other thirties’ terrors through The Body Snatcher in the forties to Frankenstein 1970 and Die, Monster, Die! in the 1950s and ’60s.

250 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.

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Midnight Marquee<br/>BELA LUGOSI

Midnight Marquee
BELA LUGOSI

(Actors Series)

The name Bela Lugosi is synonymous with that of Dracula, the immortal vampire whom he personified onscreen, and this entry in the Midnight Marquee Actors Series provides an in-depth analysis of over thirty of the films that helped create Lugosi’s cinematic persona and make him one of the great horror film stars. The included essays cover Lugosi’s career from his pre-Dracula early sound days, through his Universal and other 1930s’ classics, to his years on ‘poverty row’ with Monogram and PRC in the 1940s - ending with an examination of his much-derided final film work for Edward D Wood Jr in the 1950s. Some of the foremost horror film writers of today are among the contributors to this thorough-going study of Lugosi’s life and legend.

300 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.

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Midnight Marquee<br/>PETER LORRE

Midnight Marquee
PETER LORRE

(Actors Series)

Whether he was playing sinister oddballs or duplicitous henchmen, Peter Lorre epitomised the wily ‘foreigner’ in dozens of Hollywood movies. Lorre made his name in Fritz Lang’s M and followed it with other horror film appearances, but he was never really thought of as a horror star because he also played opposite the likes of Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Greenstreet, Kirk Douglas, Mickey Rooney and Bob Hope in numerous mainstream vehicles. Lorre was just as comfortable enacting supporting roles in A features as he was starring in the ‘B’s, and this edition of the Midnight Marquee Actors Series takes an in-depth look at the work of this versatile performer, with analyses of all the films which helped to make Peter Lorre a legend of the silver screen.

320 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.

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Midnight Marquee<br/>LON CHANEY

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LON CHANEY

(Actors Series)

Creighton Tull Chaney, who acted under the name of Lon Chaney Jr after that of his famous silent screen-star father, will be forever associated with the horror classic The Wolf Man. But Chaney was an actor whose versatility went beyond the horrors of Universal, from his memorable turn as Lennie in Of Mice and Men to playing in support of Gary Cooper in High Noon. Chaney’s career took in westerns, low-budget exploitation and numerous appearances on American television. Through the reflections of a number of commentators, as well as the remembrances of those who worked with him, this edition of the Midnight Marquee Actors Series offers the most complete portrait ever published of this underrated and sometimes unfairly-dismissed screen icon.

318 pages. Fully illustrated throughout.

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Midnight Marquee<br/>DO YOU WANT IT GOOD OR TUESDAY?

Midnight Marquee
DO YOU WANT IT GOOD OR TUESDAY?

From Hammer Films to Hollywood: A Life in the Movies Jimmy Sangster

In Do You Want It Good or Tuesday? Jimmy Sangster proves that the pen is mightier than the stake as he reflects upon his long and varied film career, from his early days in the British industry, through his time as a screenwriter for the Hammer House of Horror (and later producer and director), to a stint in Hollywood and American television. The wry humour that was often evident in his scripts for Hammer is deployed to recount his hilarious adventures in the screen trade, whether dealing with nude vampires, an over-amorous Bette Davis or even the Russian mafia.

‘Mr Sangster’s autobiography is written with the same flair that made him a successful and respected film writer, as he takes us on a witty, informative and honest ride from Hammer Horror to American network television’ - Tom Johnson,  author of Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography.

224pp. Fully illustrated throughout.

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Midnight Marquee<br/>MICHAEL RIPPER UNMASKED

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MICHAEL RIPPER UNMASKED

Derek Pykett

If you blinked, you might have missed his performance. Once he had poured the drinks, dug the graves, interrogated the suspects or delivered his fares to their destinations, he would often disappear from the screen. But whatever the size of the role, Michael Ripper made an indelible impression on cinema audiences with his charm and ready wit. His work in the British theatre, film and television industry was to make him a household name... but it was his performances in Hammer’s horrors which made him a legend to fantasy film fans everywhere.

From early black-and-white thrillers such as The Dark Road and The Adventures of PC49 to late entries like The Lost Continent and Scars of Dracula, no Hammer film could be considered complete without the anticipated appearance of Michael Ripper.

In MICHAEL RIPPER UNMASKED, Derek Pykett details the life and career of this versatile and much-loved character actor.

224pp. Fully illustrated throughout.

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Midnight Marquee<br/>THE UNHOLY 3

Midnight Marquee
THE UNHOLY 3

Screen Villains & English Gentlemen John Hamilton

Which British actor at the height of his fame was receiving more fan mail than Humphrey Bogart and went on to play Dracula, Frankenstein and Van Helsing? Whose films earned ‘Best Film’ Oscar nominations for three years in a row in the 1940s and three successive British Academy Award nominations in the 1950s? Which actor can claim to have worked with Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean and Stanley Kubrick? This book will give you the answers to these questions and more as you read about the lives and careers of Dennis Price, Andre Morell and George Coulouris.

But what is it that Price, Morell and Coulouris have in common? - In each of their long and remarkable screen careers, they essayed different but very memorable screen villains, and John Hamilton’s affectionate biography pays tribute to these quintessentially English and uniquely-gifted performers, whom he has christened ‘The Unholy Three’.

284pp. Fully illustrated throughout.

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Midnight Marquee<br/>DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN

Midnight Marquee
DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN

Her Autobiography Ingrid Pitt

It is open to debate whether the ‘reel’ adventures of horror movie icon Ingrid Pitt were stranger and more exciting, mysterious and terrifying than the real-life adventures of the daughter, wife, mother and grandmother who came to film celebrity the hard way...

Ingrid Pitt: Darkness Before Dawn will help to answer that conundrum as it recounts the amazing life of the sultry Ingrid - from her terror-filled years in a Nazi concentration camp, hardships after the war, her break into acting, being a wife and mother, international adventures in the movie trade, and her time spent writing and acting in the theatre. This fascinating memoir of a life filled with heartbreak and tears, and ultimately joy and laughter, paints an intimate portrait of the star which you will not soon forget.

 (Darkness Before Dawn is a revised and updated edition of Ingrid’s 1999 autobiography, Life’s A Scream.)

232pp. Fully illustrated throughout.

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