FrightFest Guide: Mad Doctor Movies

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Limited Edition hardcover, exclusive to FAB Press!



FrightFest and FAB Press once again join forces to publish THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MAD DOCTOR MOVIES, which first went on sale during the FrightFest 2023 genre film festival, (Aug 24 – Aug 28, 2023 at Cineworld Leicester Square, London). Following the success of The FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, The FrightFest Guide to Monster Movies, The FrightFest Guide to Ghost Movies, The FrightFest Guide to Werewolf Movies, The FrightFest Guide to Grindhouse Movies, and The FrightFest Guide to Vampire Movies this is the seventh in an on-going series of wide appeal books for both the curious spectator and the cult connoisseur.



Mad medics... sinister surgeons... psychopathic psychiatrists. We put our trust in them. They say they want to help, to cure, to relieve pain and soothe suffering. But what happens when all that scientific and medical knowledge only results in the creation of unimaginable horror?

Ever since the dawn of cinema, filmmakers have depicted on screen the potential outcomes of medical madness and science gone sick. Now join surgeon, author, film critic and medical practitioner Doctor John Llewellyn Probert as he takes a detailed look at the history of this enduring cinema archetype, with an introductory overview of the genre followed by reviews of over 200 key mad doctor movies. In addition to critical appraisal, the author’s own medical background allows him to provide a unique insight into just how well the filmmakers have done their homework.

Who better to provide a foreword then notorious director Tom Six, who shocked filmgoers across the globe with his 100% medically accurate Human Centipede, and its sequels.

So, thrill to monsters and mutations, creatures and creations, horror hospitals, isolated mansions and underground laboratories as we enter a world of research gone rogue, of frightening philosophies and dread disease.


Hardcovers remain exclusive to FAB Press, but there is also a paperback version, available from all good bookstores.


THE AUTHOR — Dr. John Llewellyn Probert is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and currently works as a Consultant Urological Surgeon in the south west of England. Because one job just isn’t enough for him, John is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol, where surgery students get to enjoy his lectures once a week. Throughout his medical career John has maintained his lifelong love of horror movies, and has pursued a second career as a writer of horror fiction, in 2013 winning the British Fantasy Award for his novella The Nine Deaths of Dr. Valentine. John also has an online review site, House of Mortal Cinema – now into its second decade – where he gets to talk about the latest film releases and festival screenings.

FOREWORD — Tom Six started his career in television, being one of the pioneer directors for the original and highly successful reality TV show ‘Big Brother’ in the Netherlands. As directing consultant, he was responsible for the start of ‘Big Brother’ shows in the U.S., Germany, Denmark, Norway and South Africa. Tom Six also successfully pursued his true passion of filmmaking. He created three Dutch films before moving on to his first English spoken film: The Human Centipede. A concept so crazy it has become part of pop culture all over the world.


Technical Details

Size: 260mm x 190mm

Binding: Hardcover

Extent: 240 pages

ISBN: 9781913051310

Publication date: 24 August 2023

Market: Cinema

Weight: 1195g

Edition: First Edition

Cover Price: £25.00 (UK) / $35.00 (US)

Product CodeFFGuide-MadDoctors
ManufacturerFAB Press
Stock Level316

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