Twisted Visions

Interviews with Cult Horror Filmmakers


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About the Book

Horror and exploitation films have played a pioneering role in both American and world cinema, with a number of controversial and surreal movies produced by renegade filmmakers. This collection of interviews sheds light on the work of 23 directors from across the globe who defied the conventions of Hollywood and commercial cinema. They include Alfred Sole (Alice, Sweet, Alice), Romano Scavolini (Nightmares in a Damaged Brain), Stu Segall (Drive-in Massacre), Joseph Ellison (Don’t Go in the House), David Paulsen (Savage Weekend, Schizoid), Jörg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Schramm), Jack Sholder (Alone in the Dark, The Hidden), Marinao Baino (Dark Waters), Yoshihiko Matsui (Noisy Requiem) and Jamil Dehlavi (Born of Fire). More than 90 photographs are included, with many rare behind-the-scenes images.

About the Author(s)

Matthew Edwards is a primary school teacher and freelance writer from Cirencester, England. He is the author or editor of numerous books on world cinema.

Bibliographic Details

Matthew Edwards
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 280
Bibliographic Info: 92 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6376-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2814-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

 1  A White Dress for Marialé and Nightmares in a Damaged Brain:

An Interview with Romano Scavolini 5

 2  Schalcken the Painter: An Interview with Leslie Megahey 17

 3  Alice, Sweet Alice: An Interview with Alfred Sole 28

 4  Savage Weekend and Schizoid: An Interview with David Paulsen 39

 5  Drive-In Massacre: An Interview with Stu Segall 54

 6  Don’t Go in the House: An Interview with Joseph Ellison 63

 7  Alone in the Dark and The Hidden: An Interview with Jack Sholder 82

 8  Sleepwalker: An Interview with Saxon Logan 99

 9  Gritty Streets: An Interview with Buddy Giovinazzo by Johannes Schönherr 106

10  The Death King: An Interview with Jörg Buttgereit 123

11  Born of Fire: An Interview with Jamil Dehlavi 137

12  Noisy Requiem: An Interview with Yoshihiko Matsui 142

13  Dark Waters: An Interview with Mariano Baino 153

14  Aswang: An Interview with Barry Poltermann 165

15  Uzumaki: An Interview with Higuchinsky 175

16  Late Bloomer: An Interview with Gō Shibata by Johannes Schönherr 180

17  Outside Peering In: An Interview with Dante Tomaselli 188

18  Horrific Offspring: An Interview with Andrew van den Houten 206

19  Jug Face: An Interview with Chad Crawford Kinkle 217

20  The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh: An Interview with Rodrigo Gudiño 228

21  Off the Beaten Path: An Interview with Scott Schirmer 236

22  Headless: An Interview with Arthur Cullipher 247

23  Visions of German Angst:

An Interview with Michal Kosakowski by Marcus Stiglegger 254

Index 267

Book Reviews & Awards

“Edwards not only knows the history of the subject being interviewed, but also really knows the films being discussed. You will learn a lot when reading this book. I can guarantee that by the time you finish reading this book, your Need-to See movie list will grow substantially”—Kitley’s Krypt

• “Another winner”—Flick Attack

• “The interviews are flat out fascinating.”—Little Shoppe of Horrors