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Shock! Horror! (hardback)
Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era

Product Details

  • Author Marc Morris, Harvey Fenton & Francis Brewster
  • Cover Price Last copy £30.00
  • ISBN Code 978-1-903254-32-5
  • Manufacturer FAB Press
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The most awe-inspiring collection of British horror video artwork ever seen in print!

The place: Great Britain. The year: 1980. The dawn of the video age. With new video companies appearing on a weekly basis, competition for shelf space was fierce. Eye-catching video cover designs were essential to succeed in this saturated marketplace. Video was new, unregulated, and out of control. These were the outlaw years. As their malevolent influence spread across a previously innocent land, many of these videos were banned or otherwise suppressed by the Government of the day, terrified of the consequences of allowing the impressionable youth of the country to be exposed to the unimaginable horrors within...

The glory days of horror video cover design spanned barely five years, and the legal crackdown of 1984 swiftly removed the vast bulk of these crazy designs from rental shop shelves forever. Presented in this book are what we consider to be the most striking, outrageous, rare, valuable and highly sought-after cover designs from the halcyon days of horror! All covers are shown FULL SIZE and in FULL COLOUR. This important historical document will prove to be irresistible for horror fans everywhere.

What makes this book a truly essential item however, is the totally unique text, composed by the three authors through a combination of decades of personal experience as collectors, and backed up by unparalleled access to original archive material. Here you can read never-before revealed facts and figures about the whole pre-VRA era. Along the way the authors explode myths about banned videos, and provide the world's first ever complete and unexpurgated 'video nasty' timeline, charting which videos were seized and prosecuted, and exactly when these key events unfolded.

Here is just a small sample of the amazing collection of videos covered in this book:
Abducted, The Bell of Hell, Cataclysm, The Deadly Spawn, Evil Come Evil Go, Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks, Grave of the Undead, Headless Eyes, Insanity, Just Before Dawn, Killer's Moon, The Last Horror Film, Massacre Mansion, Night After Night After Night, Oasis of the Zombies, Poor White Trash, Rituals, Savage Intruder, Track of the Moonbeast, Vampyres, The Witchmaker, Zombie Creeping Flesh ...and many more!

About the Author

Marc Morris was employed for 8 years by the groundbreaking video company Redemption Films, who were responsible for the rediscovery of many euro/cult movies on DVD. He now co-runs Nucleus Films Ltd with Jake West, and has acquired a number of titles for UK DVD release in 2005. He also freelances as a movie consultant, has worked on the UK TV shows outTHERE and Shock Movie Massacre, and in his spare time likes to build and maintain web sites, among these being his own, Mondo Erotico and those of Anchor Bay UK, Frightfest and FAB Press. He still collects film-related memorabilia and movies on videotape and DVD. Most of the covers reproduced in this book have been sourced from Marc's remarkable personal collection.

Harvey Fenton is the Owner of FAB Press. He oversees the production of all FAB Press titles from acquisition through to printing. Co-writer and editor of the following FAB Press books: Flesh & Blood Book One, Cannibal Holocaust and the savage cinema of Ruggero Deodato, Ten Years of Terror, and Flesh & Blood Compendium.

Francis Brewster is employed by FAB Press in several capacities, but his database of pre-cert videos has been invaluable in the production of this book. He has also made extensive notes about the history of the 'video nasties', compiled the video nasty timeline, and compared many different versions of the films featured.

Technical Details

Size: 252mm x 192mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 256 pages, printed in colour throughout

ISBN: 978-1-903254-32-5

Publication Date: January 2005

Market: Cinema / Art

Weight: 1005g

Edition: First Edition

Cover Price: £19.99 (UK) / $34.95 (US)

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