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European Sex & Horror Movies 1956-1984

Written by Cathal Tohill and Pete Tombs.
Paperback Reprint edition (October 1995)
Published by St. Martin's Press

Book Description
During the 1960s and '70s, the European horror film went totally crazy. It began to go kinky -- creating a new type of cinema that blended eroticism and terror. "Immoral Tales" illuminates an entire world of sexy, gory, arty and sleazy films that are only now gaining recognition in the U.S.
Photos, many in color.

"I urge you: learn how to look at 'bad' films, they are so often sublime." This remark by Ado Kyrou heads up the introduction to "Immoral Tales", from which horror and exploitation film fans, especially Americans, can learn much indeed. Not so much a movie guide as an insightful critical overview of European sex/horror films (there is much overlap between the two genres), this book is elegantly organized into a sequence of essays proceeding from general themes (the history of horrific art, the surgical metaphor), to regional styles (Italian, German, French, Spanish), to individual directors (Jesus Franco, Jean Rollin, José Larraz, José Bénazéraf, Walerian Borowczyk, Alain Robbe-Grillet). The writing is intelligent, engaging, and packed with fascinating historical and technical details. The book includes plenty of photos and poster art (including many in color), a useful appendix covering miscellaneous actors and directors, an index, and a bibliography. "Immoral Tales" was a finalist for the 1995 Bram Stoker Award in Nonfiction.

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