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One of my favourite coffee-table film books of recent years, you can read my review of this new Paul Naschy book over at Cinema Retro, or by clicking the picture above.

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Here’s yet another horror movie book. Does it have anything new to offer? Click on the pic to read my review and find out!

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The internet is a very weird place, seemingly infested with porn and trolls. You can now add to that the conspiracy filmmakers, who will let nothing get in their way of telling the truth, including lack of talent or the ability to edit. Carter has watched hundreds of hours of these films so that you […]

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I recently reviewed this massive book from Taschen on Cinema Retro. If you’re a fan of Marilyn you’ll want this book.

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I loved Cabin in the Woods. Absolutely loved it. One of the wittiest films I’ve seen in a long time, and visually it was stunning. This book means you can look at the design in a lot more detail as some of that stuff is only on screen for a couple of seconds! Click the picture to […]

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Audrey Hepburn: Photographs 1953 - 1966

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Taschen have released the trade edition of their fantastic (and heavy) coffee-table book on Audrey Hepburn. This is a must-have for any classic film fan. Click on the picture to read my full review on Cinema Retro.

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Cannibal Holocaust: Blu Ray Premiere Photos

Friday, September 16th, 2011

A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to attend the screening of the newly restored print of Cannibal Holocaust (1980), attended by the director himself, Ruggero Deodato, one its stars, Francesca Ciardi, and another of his acting friends, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, who acted as interpreter. (Radice starred in The House on the Edge […]

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Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961 - 1967

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Published by Taschen 2011 

When Dennis Hopper died last year we lost one of the most interesting and controversial actors Hollywood has ever known. The stories of his exploits are legendary. He could be unpredictable and very difficult to work with at times but his performances were always fascinating to watch. In Apocalypse Now for instance, […]

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Anneke Wills on set 
This interview with Anneke Wills has been printed in Issue #22 of Cinema Retro, dated January 2012. I’ve taken it down from this blog. Please pick up a copy of the magazine if you want to read it!

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The British ‘B’ Film

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The British ‘B’ Film by Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane
Published by BFI/ palgrave macmillan 2009
356 pages
Whilst the fortunes of the British film industry have been told in much detail over the years, both the highs and the lows, one significant element has often been overlooked: the hundreds of low budget films churned out from small […]

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