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Devil's Advocates: Black Sunday


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Despite its reputation as one of the greatest and most influential of all horror films, there is surprisingly little literature dedicated to Mario Bava’s Black Sunday (1960), and this contribution to the Devil’s Advocates series is the first single book devoted to it. Martyn Conterio places the film in the historical context and discusses the sometimes confusing history of a film known under many different titles which was first released in the UK in a heavily censored version after a ban of several years.


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Devil's Advocates: Carrie


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Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel Carrie is one of the defining films of the 1970s New Hollywood and a horror classic in its own right. The story of a socially outcast teenage girl who discovers she possesses latent psychic power, leading to her retribution against her peers, teachers and abusive mother, Carrie was an enormous commercial critical success and still stands as one of the finest screen versions of a King novel.


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Devil's Advocates: The Curse of Frankenstein


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Critics abhorred it, audiences loved it, and Hammer executives where thrilled with the box office returns: 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein was a big success and sent Hammer Films down a new and lucrative path.


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Amicus: The Friendly Face of Fear
By Allan Bryce

Amicus: The Friendly Face of Fear

Amicus – The Friendly Face of Fear tells the complete story of Amicus’s 20 year creative period, starting with 50s rock musicals and charting its rise through Dr Who movies, horror anthologies and prehistoric fantasies like The Land That Time Forgot. You will also learn of the behind-the-scenes troubles that eventually tore the company apart, leading to a bitter and extended legal battle between the two former partners. Profusely illustrated in full colour throughout, with never- before-published stills, posters, lobby cards, flyers, candid photographs and unused artwork, this lavish book is the definitive history of a major independent studio, and every horror fan’s dream. Large format, 164 pages.


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Unsung Horrors

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Unsung Horrors

From the team that brought you the mighty 70s Monster Memories, here’s another giant film book for genre fans and collectors alike. Covering more than 200 neglected, un-appreciated or forgotten horror and fantasy films from the silents to the 1970s, the book has everything from The Alligator People to Willard, from Tombs of the Blind Dead to The Black Zoo and from Grizzly to Frankenstein 1970. A true labour of love by Eric McNaughton and his team this large format paperback has 448 pages, is full colour throughout and packed with stills, posters and lobby cards. Foreword by Joe Dante.


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Devil's Advocates: Dead of Night

Devil's Advocates: Dead of Night

Released a matter of days after the end of the Second World War and a dozen years ahead of the first full-blooded Hammer horror, the Ealing Studios horror anthology film Dead of Night featured contributions from some of the finest directors, writers and technicians ever to work in British film. The book includes a selection of rarely seen pre-production illustrations for the film by its acclaimed production designer, Michael Relph.

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Devil's Advocates: The Descent

Devil's Advocates: The Descent

The story of an all-female caving expedition that goes seriously wrong, The Descent is arguably the best of the crop of mid-2000s horror entries that returned to the genre a verve and intensity it hadn t seen since its 1970s heyday. With scores of references to the film s antecedents, and a highly original discussion of its atavistic allure and of horror s rubber realities, Marriott s reading exposes themes that have until now remained generally under-explored in the genre.

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Devil's Advocates: The Silence of the Lambs

Devil's Advocates: The Silence of the Lambs

The 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’s bestseller, was a game-changer in the fields of both horror and crime cinema. Crime and horror authority Barry Forshaw closely examines the factors that contributed to the film’s impact, including the revelatory performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in the lead roles.

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Devil's Advocates: Susperia

Devil's Advocates: Susperia

As one of the most globally recognisable instances of twentieth century Eurohorror, Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1976) is poetic, chaotic and intriguing. The cult reputation of this baroque nightmare is reflected in the critical praise it continues to receive almost 40 years after its original release. This book considers the complex ways that Argento weaves together light, sound and cinema history to construct one of the most breathtaking horror movies of all time, a film as fascinating as it is ultimately unfathomable.

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Devil's Advocates: The Blair Witch Project

Devil's Advocates: The Blair Witch Project

Few films of any genre have had the influence and impact of The Blair Witch Project (1999). Its arrival was a horror cinema palette cleanser after a decade of serial killers. The book also explores the film's lasting impact on the horror genre with other found footage phenomena such as the Paranormal Activity series.

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Devil's Advocates: Studying Hammer Horror

Devil's Advocates: Studying Hammer Horror

These case studies include such seminal Hammer works as The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) and The Devil Rides Out (1968) and overlooked films such as The Stranglers of Bombay (1959).

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Devil's Advocates: Witchfinder General

Devil's Advocates: Witchfinder General

This in-depth study examines Witchfinder General as a horror film, a British film and an example of heritage cinema. There is also consideration given to the historical figure of Hopkins, the source novel by Ronald Bassett and the iconic persona of the film star, Vincent Price.

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Devil's Advocates: Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Devil's Advocates: Texas Chain Saw Massacre

As well as providing a summary of the making of the film, James Rose discusses the extraordinary censorship history of the film in the UK (essentially banned for two decades) and provides a detailed textual analysis of the film with particular reference to the concept of the Uncanny.

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Devil's Advocates: Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror

Devil's Advocates: Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror

Nosferatu A Symphony of Horror, directed by German director Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau in 1922, is not only regarded as one of the most intriguing and disquieting films to have been produced during the years of Weimar cinema but is also a key step in establishing the vampire as a cinematic figure and in shaping its connection with our subconscious fears and desires.

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Devil's Advocates: Let the Right One In

Devil's Advocates: Let the Right One In

Acclaimed film critic and horror novelist Anne Billson looks at how the story has drawn from, and wrung new twists on, such classics as Nosferatu (1922).

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Cannibal

Cannibal

The Most Sickening Consumer Guide Ever!

Presenting a glorious full-colour celebration of the cannibal movie - packed with gore-spattered stills, video nasty history and a full glossary of movies. Their continued obscurity means these films have remained woefully under-explored - until now. John Martin presents a romp through the world of the cannibal flick, detailing the history and ethos of this most extreme of extreme cinemas.

Softcover, 162pp with full colour illustrations throughout.

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Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

Hardback, illustrated;

The definitive biography of internationally-renowned film director Roman Polanski, famed for classics like Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, The Pianist and Oliver Twist. From his upbringing in war-torn Poland, through his entanglement in the notorious Hollywood slaying of his then wife, Sharon Tate, to his flight from American justice on a charge of child rape, Polanski’s life has been as colourful and controversial as his movies. In this illustrated 366-page book, best-selling author Denis Meikle sheds new light into the dark corners of Polanski’s life and career.

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Seduction of the Gullible

Seduction of the Gullible

The Truth Behind the Video Nasty Scandal!

The Video Nasties scare was one of the more memorable media sensations of the 1980s. John Martin details the whole scandal and categorises all of the 'Nasties', from Absurd! to Zombie Creeping Flesh.

Softcover, 160pp, with full colour illustrations throughout.

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On the Wings of an Angel: The Life and Career of Asia Argento

On the Wings of an Angel: The Life and Career of Asia Argento

By Darran Mann

The first ever book about Asia Argento, this is a passionate ode to Dario's talented daughter, from her solitary childhood in Rome, living in the shadow of her famous parents, through her difficult adolescence and finally into parenthood and marriage. Large format, 200pp, fully illustrated.

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