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re­leased 16 sePtem­ber 240 pages | Hard­back/pa­per­back Au­thor alan Jones Pub­lisher Fab Press

The first in a se­ries, this lat­est ex­ten­sion of the hor­ror fes­ti­val brand feels like a throw­back to the days when re­view-com­pi­la­tions like the Psy­chotronic En­cy­clo­pe­dia Of Film – and the zines they sprang from – were a pop­u­lar way to gen up on trash cinema.

Af­ter a brief, terms-defin­ing A-Z, the lion’s share of this slim vol­ume con­sists of re­views of 200 films, dat­ing from 1930 to 1985. SF and hor­ror rub shoul­ders with biker movies, blax­ploita­tion and nud­ist films. The odd se­lec­tion stands out – did Ham­mer’s The Curse Of The Were­wolf re­ally play the 42nd Street fleapits? Gosh. But many are pleas­ingly ob­scure.

Fright­Fest co-founder Alan Jones has a cruel wit, and does a good job of high­light­ing in­ter­est­ing con­nec­tions. A love of al­lit­er­a­tion and corny rhymes means his prose has some­thing of the fair­ground barker about it. This seems fit­ting.

What re­ally sets it apart is the pre­sen­ta­tion: full colour, awash with lurid posters and dy­namic cutouts. The re­sult is a book that, though no es­sen­tial ref­er­ence work, is a plea­sure to dip in and out of. Calvin Bax­ter

In 1975, Alan Jones worked in Mal­colm McLaren and Vivi­enne West­wood’s shop SEX.

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