What's your favourite slasher / horror film reference book?

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  1. Wayne Manor

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    "Psychotronic Encyclopedia" (both versions), Michael J. Weldon
    "Sleazoid Express"
    "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Companion", Stefan Jaworzyn
     
  2. Tuzotonic

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    I have a few that I often refer to but for me the best are still the Psychotronic Encyclopedias. Michael Weldon has included so many obscure movies that my mind is racing and anticipate the opportunity to see almost all of them. I also like his humor and his very honest remarks about each one. Has anyone heard anything about when a new addition is coming out?
     
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    Immoral Tales is good, and Profoundly Disturbing by Joe Bob Briggs.
     
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    --Sleazoid Express--

    Excellent read, it suceeds in taking you back to 42nd street.

    --Ten Years of Terror--

    Subtitled: "British Horror films of the 1970's". An excellent read as they review a bunch of titles.

    --DVD Delerium Volumes I & II--

    If you're a genre DVD fan and don't have these, you're buying blind. Excellent writing, informative reviews, and a scope that goes beyond my own tastes and therefore introduces me to new material.

    --The Monster Show--

    Excellent review of history.

    To name a few :)
     
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    Just picked up "Profoundly Disturbing" last night and was impressed by Briggs' insight on things like the Ilsa series, and "Reservoir Dogs". Previously I had just thought he was a gormless hick full of aw-shucks yuks and not much more.

    Weldon seems to get the short end when it comes to who gets credits vis-a-vis bringing obscure fantasy / horror films back into the public eye.
     
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    Same here, I love TCM so this was a really interesting book for me.
     
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    The Last House on the Left book is really good too.
     
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    Jaworzyn's a really interesting guy - he was in a group called Ascension in the 1990s (free improv guitar / drums skronk) and Whitehouse a bit earlier.
     
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    I read that in Tower Westwood near UCLA a few years back - I was reminded of it a bit more recently upon hearing about that "Friday the 13th" book coming out soon.
     
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    I found a great book yesterday containing information on nearly every giallo there is. It goes for 22.000 lire (about $13) and is only in Italian, but the filmography in the back and the posters for same are well worth it even if you don't understand Italian.

    "Profondo Tenebre: Il Cinema Thrilling Italiano 1962 - 1982", by Antonio Burschini and Antonio Tentori, published by Elettriche Ombre (ISBN 88-7248-039-6).
     
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    Of course, for Giallos, the brilliant "Blood and Black Lace" is a great book to get (and it's in English) ;)
     
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    Always a plus for those of us who really don't want to look up every word because we need to brush up on our Italian. I could always get a English/Italian translator program but with my luck the program would come with a audio component that makes the english sound like it was spoken by Bob from House By the Cemetary.
     
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    I thought Italian was a dead language and everyone was speaking English these days?

    j/k
     
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    I saw Spaghetti nightmares in a book store, but didn't buy it. The print is huge, as though it's for blind people. I reckon you could read that in a couple of hours.
     
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    Yes, and it looked like a small press had put it out. Loads of photos, though. Worth "picking up", at any rate.
     
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    I have a book called Horror Encylopedia, and it is over 400 pages of Horror Movies from the Silent Movie Era to about 1995. Big, thick hard cover book.
     
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    Eaten Alive! Italian Cannibal and Zombie movies by Jay Slater should be required reading for ANY horror fan, I have discovered so many great though obscure horror films thanks to Slater, an awesome reference guide.
     
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    Agreed about "Eaten Alive!"; Creation Books puts out a healthy series covering Hammer Horror, etc.
     
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    Damn straight. I ordered this through Borders about a year ago and I have read it cover to cover at least twice. Good stuff and great interviews.
     

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