It Came from the 80s!

Interviews with 124 Cult Filmmakers

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About the Book

From their heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, B movies declined in popularity through the 1970s. As the big Hollywood studios began to make genre films with sky-high budgets, independent producers of low-budget movies could not compete in theaters. The sale of American International Pictures in 1979 and New World Pictures in 1983 marked the end of an era.
The emergence of home video in the 1980s marked the beginning of a new phase, as dozens of B movies were produced each year for the small screen, many becoming cult classics of science fiction, horror and fantasy. Through numerous interviews with producers, directors, photographers and actors, this book sheds light on an overlooked corner of film history with behind-the-scenes stories of 28 low-budget favorites from the 1980s.

About the Author(s)

Francesco Borseti is a film scholar whose continuous research pays particular attention to B movies. He lives in Rieti, Italy.

Bibliographic Details

Francesco Borseti
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 300
Bibliographic Info: 43 photos & illustrations, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6604-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2563-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Blood Frenzy (1987, U.S.A.) 3

Blue Monkey (1987, U.S.A./Canada) 20

The Carpenter (1987, Canada) 40

Cavegirl (1984, U.S.A.) 51

The Chilling (1989, U.S.A.) 58

Creepozoids (1987, U.S.A.) 72

Deadly Intruder (1984, U.S.A.) 81

Death House (1987, U.S.A.) 89

Edge of Sanity (1988, U.K.) 96

The Evil Below (1988, U.S.A./South Africa) 107

Ghost Town (1987, U.S.A.) 110

Ghost Warrior (1983, U.S.A.) 122

Hunk (1987, U.S.A.) 128

The Lamp, a.k.a. The Outing (1986, U.S.A.) 134

The Masque of the Red Death (1989, U.S.A./South Africa) 146

Munchies (1986, U.S.A.) 159

Never Cry Devil, a.k.a. Night Visitor (1988, U.S.A.) 168

The Oracle (1984, U.S.A.) 173

Parasite (1981, U.S.A.) 175

The Pink Chiquitas (1985, Canada) 189

The Rejuvenator (1987, U.S.A.) 195

School Spirit (1984, U.S.A.) 204

Shadowzone (1989, U.S.A.) 210

Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987, U.S.A.) 217

Sorority Babes in the Slimeball ­Bowl-O-Rama (1987, U.S.A.) 239

Terror Night (1987, U.S.A.) 251

Time Walker (1982, U.S.A.) 264

Transformations (1987, U.S.A.) 272

Index 285

Book Reviews & Awards

“those who love ‘B’ movies are going to have a field day…you are in for a treat”—SFCrowsnest; “best horror reference book of 2016…valuable…Borseti has written the definitive book on the era”—Killer Reviews; “a very thorough, interesting, revealing, and intelligent look at an area of cinema that deserves as much attention…highly recommended”—James L. Neibaur, writer.