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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

The Good and the Bad of WILD PALMS

A 1993 miniseries that was never as weird or revolutionary as the “psychedelic dossier filled with borrowed moonlight from a floating world” it purported to be

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CITY OF THE BROKEN DOLLS

A strange collection of grainy black and white photos, mostly of injured Japanese women

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PRISON BREAK

PRISON BREAK was directed by Kazuo Ikehiro in 1969, and is widely believed to be the best Yakuza-themed film he and actor Matsukata Hiroki ever made

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ABELARD–THE CASTRATION

From Germany, a failed attempt at artsploitation that was completed in 1975 but not released until two years later–and then promptly forgotten!

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Thoughts on TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN

By now TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN, the Showtime shepherded follow-up to 1990-91’s TWIN PEAKS, has been analyzed from every conceivable standpoint

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MAD MAX

It’s been said that George Miller was so impressed with this novelization of MAD MAX that he hired its writer to co-script THE ROAD WARRIOR

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BRANCHES

Mitch Cullin is best known for providing the source novel for Terry Gilliam’s “PSYCHO-meets-DAYS OF HEAVEN” reverie TIDELAND, and this earlier Cullin text is just as twisted

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ROUGH BEAST

Here’s an ambitious horror novel that appeared after the horror boom of the 1970s and 80s had been officially put to rest

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TOBE HOOPER: 1943-2017

Here we bid farewell to the brilliant, and frustratingly erratic, Tobe Hooper

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TOBE HOOPER’S SALEM’S LOT: STUDIES IN THE HORROR FILM

Another, and extremely good, entry in Centipede Press’s “Studies in the Horror Film” series

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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

This 1990 cheapie was supposed to be the late Tobe Hooper’s “comeback”–it wasnt!

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THE MANGLER

In light of the untimely August 26, 2017 death of director Tobe Hooper, here’s a look back at one of his late period films

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A GUIDE FOR THE UNDEHEMORRHOIDED

It’s an unfortunate fact that some of the most memorable books written by the late Charles Willeford also happen to be among the most elusive

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THE SUNS OF EASTER ISLAND

This ambitious French science fiction drama from 1972 can be viewed as the little-known forerunner of CLOSE ENOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

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LOFT

Like director Eckhart Schmidt’s earlier film TRANCE, LOFT is steeped in 1980s new wave culture, which can be taken as a good or bad thing depending on one’s point of view

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TV Flashback: THE NECESSARY MINUTE OF MONSIEUR CYCLOPEDE

Here we have what may well be the oddest TV show of all time: THE NECESSARY MINUTE OF MONSIEUR CYCLOPEDE

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EL HOMBRE SIN ROSTRO

This 1950 Mexican horror fest is notable for its similarities to PSYCHO, which it preceded by a decade

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GENERAL MASSACRE

A Belgian-American co-production from 1973 that makes a fumbled attempt at artsploitation in the guise of a hard-hitting anti-war statement

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70s MONSTER MEMORIES

Unquestionably one of the standout books of 2016, and also, unfortunately, one of the scarcest

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A “Monster Memory” of THE BLACK HOLE

I remember very little of the 70s or its movies, but for one isolated example: THE BLACK HOLE, a pivotal film in my life

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PRISON BREAK

PRISON BREAK was directed by Kazuo Ikehiro in 1969, and is widely believed to be the best Yakuza-themed film he and actor Matsukata Hiroki ever made

read more

ABELARD–THE CASTRATION

From Germany, a failed attempt at artsploitation that was completed in 1975 but not released until two years later–and then promptly forgotten!

read more

MAD MAX

It’s been said that George Miller was so impressed with this novelization of MAD MAX that he hired its writer to co-script THE ROAD WARRIOR

read more

BRANCHES

Mitch Cullin is best known for providing the source novel for Terry Gilliam’s “PSYCHO-meets-DAYS OF HEAVEN” reverie TIDELAND, and this earlier Cullin text is just as twisted

read more

ROUGH BEAST

Here’s an ambitious horror novel that appeared after the horror boom of the 1970s and 80s had been officially put to rest

read more