McFarland is a leading publisher that seems to be intent on making me go broke. While their editions tend to be on the pricy side, they still crank out some great volumes on a plethora of subjects within the horror film genre. We recently came across three upcoming titles that have sparked my interests and I know will be soon added to our library. Yeah, I know…horror reference book…duh? Anyway, read on to see if you might be needing to add these to your own library in the near future.
The first book is called Twisted Visions and is a collection of interviews.But not with just anybody in the film business. These directors are from around the world and have left us with films that made a niche in the horror and exploitation genre, that still makes an impact on viewers today.
Author Matthew Edwards has found and interviewed twenty-three directors that fit that bill. Some of the names are a little familiar, such as Jack Sholder (Alone in the Dark, The Hidden), Jörg Buttgereit (creator of the Nekromatik films), and Alfred Sole (Alice, Sweet, Alice), to a few names that don’t seem to be mentioned that often, such as David Paulsen (Savage Weekend, Schizoid), Romano Scavolini (Nightmares in a Damaged Brain), as well as a personal favorite of mine, Mariano Baino and his highly underrated film Dark Waters, plus many more.
I love the choices that Edwards has made and am looking forward to reading about these filmmakers and the films they created for us. These types of films are always in need of more attention, so kudos to Edwards for this alone. This book is due out March of next year, and has a retail price of $39.95.
The second book is called Vampire Films of the 1970s, by Gary A. Smith. The title is pretty self-explanatory and covers one of my favorite decades of film. Sure, that might have something to do with me growing up at that time, but it is also due to the fact that so many great movies came out in that decade, both in theaters as well as on the small screen. And while not all of these films might have been classics, they usually did provide the viewers with some high quality entertainment, even if they might have been a bit cheesy.
Hammer gave us the highly memorable Vampire Lovers while on the other side of the spectrum, there’s the all-star cast Al Adamson’s epic, Dracula vs Frankenstein. Even made-for-TV movies like Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of Stephen’s King’s ‘Salem’s Lot is covered here. And remember when Dracula went to the ghetto? Well we’ll learn more about Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream as well!
This book is due out by the end of this year, but since it is already November, might be early next year. The retail price is set at $35.
Our last title is on one of the great Italian directors, that seems to be overshadowed by a protégé of his, Mario Bava. The book is called Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker. This one will be coming out next spring, with a retail price of $45. But Freda worked in film for over four decades, creating some amazing pieces of cinema, several making a big impact in the horror genre, with titles like I Vampiri, The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock, and The Ghost.
Author Roberto Curti gives us a book that covers both Freda’s life and career, the first time in English, where he not only covers his filmography, but also has exclusive interviews with people he worked with, as well as his family.
For more information on these books, plus many more titles, head over to McFarland’s website HERE.