As if all the excitement of shedloads of new horror movies at Frightfest wasn’t enough to look forward to, those devilish festival bods have only gone and put together a mightily-tasty looking book as well.

Penned by Frightfest head honcho Alan Jones, the book seeks to act as both an intro to the world of exploitation movies, while also offering up plenty for battle-hardened fans to savour.

Here’s the press release:

Horror Channel FrightFest, the UK’s biggest horror and fantasy film festival, joins forces with FAB Press, the fiercely independent one-stop-shop for cutting edge genre publications, to launch THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO EXPLOITATION MOVIES during the festival, which takes place at London’s Vue Shepherd’s Bush, Aug 25 – Aug 29.

The first in a planned series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur, to be published annually with FrightFest, the inaugural volume is an informative celebration of the grindhouse film industry in all its diverse sex, horror and violence glory. 

Comprising an in-depth A-Z of the entire celluloid sleaze underworld, the book is a fast and furious zip through a once dismissed field now beloved by everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to Peter Jackson and James Wan. 

From Blaxploitation and Nunsploitation to Godsploitation and Hixploitation, acclaimed critic, broadcaster, author, and FrightFest co-director, Alan Jones takes a wildly illustrated look at 200 of the most infamous, obscure and bizarre movies ever made, blasting the electrifying truth before your traumatized eyes about the shock and schlock movies tapping into the basest of desires. Plus there is a scene-setting introduction by 42nd Street habitué and controversial director Buddy Giovinazzo.

Reach new heights in adult daring, thrill to throbbing dramas of shackled youth, scream in terror at appalling deaths and shy from shattering studies of the shameless sick sets. Vice Rackets, VD, Narcotics, Nudists, Hells Angels, Demonic Possessions, Perversion and Sadists populated this sordid sub-culture and it’s all covered here, lavishly illustrated in full colour with rare posters, lobby cards, ad mats and front of house stills to fully capture the spirit and essence of the ‘That’s Exploitation!’ era. 

The official book launch is 25 to 29 August, 2016 at FrightFest, Vue Cinemas Shepherd’s Bush, London W12. The FrightFest exclusive hardcover will be on sale for just £20. The book’s international street date is Friday 16 September 2016.

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About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.