Back in 2008, when Mark Hartley’s incredible documentary Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation came out, I had no idea just how many horror and exploitation films had actually came from Australia. More and more titles that I had heard or seen, but never knowing they actually were made ‘down under’. Plus, it also put the spotlight on a few titles that I had never seen yet. No matter what though, it showed that country had definitely made its own mark on the genre.
More importantly, I’m not sure that I knew the Australian government had actually banned horror films, from making them to even importing and showing them, all due to religious communities and righteous watchdog groups. Now thanks to author Daniel Best, we’re going to have a chance to learn all about the history of the ban, the censorship, and getting past it, in his book Terror Down Under: A History of Horror Film in Australia, 1897 – 1973. For me, there is nothing more enjoyable than opening up a new world of information about the horror genre, giving one a new insight to the history of the genre that us here in the States (or other countries) might not have a clue of what was going on during certain times. At first, I thought this was a standard film guide for Australian horror films but after reading what the book was actually about, I am even more intrigued and interested in digging into it!
Priced at $39.95 and 204 pages, it set to come out from McFarland this October.