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Reviews & Commentary by Adam Groves

TV Flashback: HARLAN ELLISON’S WATCHING

HARLAN ELLISON’S WATCHING was initially broadcast as part of the Sci-Fi Channel’s SCI-FI BUZZ series during the years 1993 to ‘96

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A LIT FUSE: THE PROVOCATIVE LIFE OF HARLAN ELLISON

An excellent book about an individual who really should need no introduction

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JOHN SKIPP & CRAIG SPECTOR’S MALFORMED

An intriguing flashback to the indie comic scene of the 1990s, courtesy of the decade’s premiere splatterpunk duo John Skipp and Craig Spector

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NIGHT OF THE JUGGLER

This 1980 film has been called the “the sleaziest movie ever released by a major studio,” and I’ll have to concur

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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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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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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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LAST CALL

Here’s a novel that adequately displays both the strengths and weaknesses of Tim Powers’s unique brand of fantasy.

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RAIN

An unabashed throwback to the type of high-class, speculatively-charged porn lit that flourished in the late 1960s and early 70s

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OVER MY DEAD BODY

This heavily illustrated overview of “The Sensational Age of The American Paperback” is hardly the definitive book on the subject

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GEORGE A. ROMERO: 1940-2017

That George A. Romero, who died on July 16, 2017, was one of the most important horror moviemakers of his generation, and indeed of all time, goes without saying

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Comic-Con Questions and Claims

Comic-Con, held in July of every year, invariably captures the interest of every media outlet in the land, and it is, quite simply, the premiere event of its kind

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