Spinegrinder: The Movies Most Critics Won't Write About
First came video and more recently high definition home entertainment, through to the internet with its streaming videos and not strictly legal peer-to-peer capabilities.
With so many sources available, today’s fan of horror and exploitation movies isn’t necessarily educated on paths well-trodden ― Universal classics, 1950s monster movies, Hammer ― as once they were. They may not even be born and bred on DAWN OF THE DEAD. In fact, anyone with a bit of technical savvy (quickly becoming second nature for the born-clicking generation) may be viewing MYSTICS IN BALI and S.S. EXPERIMENT CAMP long before ever hearing of Bela Lugosi or watching a movie directed by Dario Argento. In this world, H.G. Lewis, so-called “godfather of gore,” carries the same stripes as Alfred Hitchcock, “master of suspense.”
SPINEGRINDER is one man’s ambitious, exhaustive and utterly obsessive attempt to make sense of over a century of exploitation and cult cinema, of a sort that most critics won’t care to write about. One opinion; 8,000 reviews (or thereabouts.
Author: Clive Davies
Page Count: 1,100pp
Size: 5 x 8 x 2
Notes: paperback, b/w
Date of Publication: April 26, 2015