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The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror

Description: John Carpenter is a seminal figure in the history of horror and science fiction filmmaking. His work in these genres has been highly influential in their ongoing development. This book gives Carpenter's output the sustained critical treatment it deserves. It comprises essays that address the whole of Carpenter's work, as well as others which focus on a smaller number of key films. Some essays take on wide-ranging issues such as Carpenter's approach to remakes and the question of genre, while others are organized around a specific theme or technical aspect of Carpenter's film-making. The text's key strength is that it draws upon an international group of scholars offering a variety of expertise. Films discussed include Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978) and its subsequent sequels, Escape From New York (1981), Escape From L.A. (1996), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Village of the Damned (1995) and Ghosts of Mars (2001). The book also features an exclusive interview with John Carpenter.

Masculinity, Kurt Russell and the Escape Films By Robert Shail (Pages: 107-117)
From Elvis to L.A.: Reflections on the Carpenter-Russell Films By Tony Williams (Pages: 118-127)

Writers: Ian Conrich & David Woods
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Pages: 224

Release Date: May 11, 2005 (Hardcover/Paperback)


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Mad Movie Cars: The Art of Fireball Tim Lawrence

Description: Responsible for more than 400 of Hollywood's most famous movie cars, Fireball Tim's visions in vehicle design are unsurpassed. This Volume 2 reveals over 90 pages of cool sketches, renders and ideations for film. Mad Movie Cars is some of Fireball's best including concepts from Batman, Knight Rider, Monster Garage, Thor, Son of the Mask & Street Tuner Challenge. Beautifully rendered and truly unique visions.

Writer: Fireball Tim Lawrence
Publisher: Malibu Road Press
Pages: 92
Release Date: December 31, 2014 (Paperback)

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Rick Baker: Metamorphosis

Description: The definitive visual history of the thrilling make-up artistry of the legendary Rick Baker, a must-have for collectors and special effects afficionados.

From the gory zombies of Michael Jackson's Thriller to the staggeringly lifelike results of Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the groundbreaking effects in An American Werewolf in London, Baker's special effects, makeup, and prosthetics are some of Hollywood's most enduring legacies. This deluxe, two-volume set is replete with more than 1000 four-colour images and original sketches. It covers the makeup artist's 40-plus-year journey, from his early days as a young "monster maker", creating body parts in his parents' kitchen, to his more than 70 film and television credits -- that earned seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three BAFTAs, among numerous other awards.


Chapter 30: A Cabinet of Curious Cases: The Frighteners (1996)/Escape From L.A. (1996)/Batman & Robin (1997) (Pages: 86-93)

Writer: J. W. Rinzler
Publisher: Titan Books
Pages: 736
Release Date: October 22, 2019 (Hardcover)

Price:
£185.00

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Rick Baker: Metamorphosis

Description: The definitive visual history of the thrilling make-up artistry of the legendary Rick Baker, a must-have for collectors and special effects afficionados.

From the gory zombies of Michael Jackson's Thriller to the staggeringly lifelike results of Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the groundbreaking effects in An American Werewolf in London, Baker's special effects, makeup, and prosthetics are some of Hollywood's most enduring legacies. This deluxe, two-volume set is replete with more than 1000 four-color images and original sketches. It covers the makeup artist's 40-plus-year journey, from his early days as a young "monster maker", creating body parts in his parents' kitchen, to his more than 70 film and television credits -- that earned seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three BAFTAs, among numerous other awards.


Chapter 30: A Cabinet of Curious Cases: The Frighteners (1996)/Escape From L.A. (1996)/Batman & Robin (1997) (Pages: 86-93)

Writer: J. W. Rinzler
Publisher: Cameron Books
Pages: 736
Release Date: October 22, 2019 (Hardcover)

Price:
$250.00/CAN $313.00

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Assault on the System: The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter

Description: Like so many, Carpenter found a much-needed escape from reality at the movies - and his love of the medium inspired him to start up his own fanzines when he was just a kid. He initially aspired to make westerns, but fate had other ideas in mind. Sooner than resist being typecast as a horror filmmaker, Carpenter embraced the moniker of "master of horror," all the while dipping in and out of the genre as he tried his hand at everything from sci-fi romps like They Live (1988) to gritty action thrillers like Escape From New York (1981) and romantic fantasies like Starman (1984).

Carpenter's love of old school Hollywood, embodied in his passion for the films of Howard Hawks, inspired him to create a persona which eschews arthouse pretentions in favor of classical storytelling and craftsmanship. Working with budgets low and high, he always saw to it that his films looked and sounded as slick and professional as possible - and his use of anamorphic Panavision in virtually all of his theatrical features gives even the smallest of his films a larger-than-life pictorial allure. Carpenter doesn't specialize in real life: he specializes in movies-and all the artifice that entails.

Then there's the music - that distinctive minimalist approach to synthesizer scoring which gives his films an even more unmistakable personality. As the son of an accomplished musician and music historian, Carpenter brought his flair for music, as well as his sense of timing, to bear on a variety of subjects.

One of the constant themes running through Carpenter's work is a deep distrust of authority in its various forms. Early hopes of finding acceptance within the Hollywood system soon gave way to an understanding that he preferred being his own boss, working outside of the system in order to preserve the integrity of his vision.

Assault on the System - The Nonconformist Cinema of John Carpenter charts Carpenter's trajectory from screenwriter-for-hire to director of low-budget oddities like Dark Star (1974) to his meteoric rise and fall within the very system he came to distrust. All of Carpenter's films are analyzed in detail, including his forays into made-for-TV fare, and his various sideline projects as a writer, a composer, and a producer are also examined. Brand new interviews with Carpenter, his wife Sandy King-Carpenter, and actor Keith Gordon also help to provide a glimpse into the man, his methods, and what makes him tick. In addition, there are hundreds of eye-catching images, including theatrical posters, stills, behind the scenes shots, and more. The end result is a comprehensive celebration of one of America's great, yet oft-unsung auteurs, and a true independent spirit in his chosen medium. Guest essays by: Matty Budrewicz & Dave Wain, Lee Gambin, John Harrison, Randall D. Larson, Robert Russell LaVigne, Francesco Massaccesi, Paul Poet, and Nick Smith. Published by WK Books, publishers of Weng's Chop Cinema Megazine and Monster! Digest.

Bigger Isn't Always Better (Pages: 237-248)

Writer: Troy Howarth
Publisher: WK Books
Pages: 463
Release Date: September 20, 2020
(Color Edition/Paperback)/September 25, 2020 (Standard Edition/Paperback)
Price: $64.95/CAN $86.95/£51.95/€55.95

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Autobiographies




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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

Description: Okay, so at least you're interested enough to pick up this book and look inside. I think you and I are going to get along just fine. Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor. Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself. No, and that's exactly the point. Bookstores are chock full of household name actors and their high stakes shenanigans. I don't want to be a spoilsport, but we've all been down that road before. Case in point: look to your left - see that Judy Garland book? You don't need that, you know plenty about her already - great voice, crappy life. Now look to your right at the Charlton Heston book. You don't need to cough up hard-earned dough for that either. You know his story too - great voice, crappy toupee. The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune. If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood. Okay, so buy the damned book already and read like the wind!

Best,
Bruce Campbell

P.S. If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they're not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.


Writer: Bruce Campbell
Publisher: Aurum
Pages: 366
Release Date: May 21, 2009
(Paperback)

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If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor

Description: Here we are together in the digital universe. Somehow, you've clicked yourself to this page. If you came here of your own free will and desire, you and I are going to get along just fine. Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to download the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor. Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself. No - and that's exactly the point. You can download a terabyte of books about famous actors and their high-falootin' shenanigans. I don't want to be a spoilsport, but we've all been down that road before. Scroll down to that Judy Garland biography. You know plenty about her already-great voice, troubled life. Scroll down a little further to the Charlton Heston book. Same deal. You know his story too-great voice, troubled toupee. The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am - unless you watch cable very late at night-there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune. If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor documents my time in blue-collar Hollywood, where movies are cheap, the hours are long, and the filmmaking process can be very personal. To keep up with the times, I've digitized Chins. It was originally published in hardcover/analog fifteen years ago, which is a vast amount of time in the evolution of books and technology, and it was time to get current. The advance of technology is great for a book like this, which is jammed full of pictures. When it came out originally, the photographs all had to be black and white and moderately sized on the page. Now, any photo that was originally taken in color can strut its stuff. Overall, the resolution of the images is off-the-charts better than the first go-around. This is one "sequel" that I'm happy to be a part of, since we could make so many technical improvements. The process was very similar to restoring an old movie. Since I knew that it was going to be reissued, I also had a look at the story being told and decided to condense, move, or clarify some chapters, all or in part. I also tried to add a hint of historical context, since it has been a decade and a half since Chins first came out. I hope you enjoy it.

Regards,
Bruce Campbell


Writer: Bruce Campbell
Publisher: L.A. Weekly Books
Pages: 510
Release Date: October 01, 2015


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If Chins Could Kill: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor

Description: One of my dad's favorite jokes about getting older was: "I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!" I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a "mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood. This next book, an "Act II" if you will, could be considered my "maturing years" in show business, when I began to say "no" more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload. If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

- Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell


Writer: Bruce Campbell with Craig Sanborn
Publisher: Titan Books
Pages: 352
Release Date: August 28, 2017
(Hardcover)
Price: £19.99


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If Chins Could Kill: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor

Description: One of my dad's favorite jokes about getting older was: "I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!" I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a "mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood. This next book, an "Act II" if you will, could be considered my "maturing years" in show business, when I began to say "no" more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload. If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

- Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell


Writer: Bruce Campbell with Craig Sanborn
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Pages: 336
Release Date: August 15, 2017 (Hardcover)

Price: $27.99/CAN $38.99

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If Chins Could Kill: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor (Requiem for Ash Edition)

Description: One of my dad's favorite jokes about getting older was: "I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!" I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a "mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood. This next book, an "Act II" if you will, could be considered my "maturing years" in show business, when I began to say "no" more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload. If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

- Bruce "Don't Call Me Ash" Campbell


Writer: Bruce Campbell with Craig Sanborn
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 368
Release Date: September 17, 2019
(Paperback)
Price: $17.99/CAN $24.50

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Foxy: My Life in Three Acts


Description: Some may know her as hot, gutsy, gun-totin' Foxy Brown, Friday Foster, Coffy, and Jackie Brown. Others may know her from her role as Kit Porter on The L Word. But that only defines one part of the legend that is Pam Grier.

Foxy is Pam's testimony of her life, past and present. In it, she reveals her relationships with Richard Pryor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Freddie Prinze Sr., among others. She unveils her experiences as a backup singer and a blaxploitation star. In particularly candid and shocking chapters, she shares - for the first time - her view of those films and the persecution that blacks, especially women, needed to endure to make a name for themselves... including how it felt to be labeled one of the most beautiful women alive, yet not be permitted to try on clothes in a department store because of the color of her skin. And in words sure to inspire many, she tells the story of her ongoing battle with cancer.

From her disappointments to her triumphs, nothing is held back. With FOXY, Pam wishes to impart life lessons to her readers - and hopes to touch their hearts.


Writer: Pam Grier with Andrea Cagan
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 267
Release Date: April 28, 2010


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