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Profoundly Disturbing: The Shocking Movies That Changed History

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Joe Bob is as irreverent as ever as he explores the films that, as the title implies, were received by critics and public alike as "profoundly disturbing." No matter which film he's talking about, Briggs successfully conveys to the reader the cultural zeitgeist surrounding its release and the continuing influence it has on contemporary filmmakers.
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Joe Bob is as irreverent as ever as he explores the films that, as the title implies, were received by critics and public alike as "profoundly disturbing." No matter which film he's talking about, Briggs successfully conveys to the reader the cultural zeitgeist surrounding its release and the continuing influence it has on contemporary filmmakers.
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What the critics are saying:

"Beyond the bounds of depravity!"–London Evening Standard

"Despicable . . . ugly and obscene . . . a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time." –The Los Angeles Times

"People are right to be shocked." –The New Yorker

From the murky depths can come the most extraordinary things. . . . Profoundly Disturbing examines the underground cult movies that have–unexpectedly and unintentionally–revolutionized the way that all movies would be made. Called "exploitation films" because they often exploit our most primal fears and desires, these overlooked movies pioneered new cinematographic techniques, subversive narrative structuring, and guerrilla marketing strategies that would eventually trickle up into mainstream cinema. In this book Joe Bob Briggs uncovers the most seminal cult movies of the twentieth century and reveals the fascinating untold stories behind their making.

Briggs is best known as the cowboy-hat wearing, Texas-drawling host of Joe Bob's Drive-in Theater and Monstervision, which ran for fourteen years on cable TV. His goofy, disarming take offers a refreshingly different perspective on movies and film making. He will make you laugh out loud but then surprise you with some truly insightful analysis. And, with more than three decades of immersion in the cult movie business, Briggs has a wealth of behind-the-scenes knowledge about the people who starred in, and made these movies. There is no one better qualified or more engaging to write about this subject.

All the subgenres in cult cinema are covered, with essays centering around twenty movies including Triumph of the Will (1938), Mudhoney (1965), Night of the Living Dead (1967), Deep Throat (1973), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Drunken Master (1978), and Crash (1996). Accompanying the text are dozens of capsule reviews providing ideas for related films to discover, as well as kitschy and fun archival film stills. An essential reference and guide to this overlooked side of cinema, Profoundly Disturbing should be in the home of every movie fan, especially those who think they've seen everything.

Review:

"The book merits attention from fans tired of high-minded essays about classics such as Citizen Kane, and explains why crass, tasteless pictures often make more impact than those released with the stamp of respectability." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Briggs' persona as an off-kilter yet knowledgeable cineast licenses him to be pithy and amusing. A must-have for those who consider Mike Weldon's Psychotronic film guides essential." Mike Tribby

Synopsis:

An entertaining illustrated romp through the history of "exploitation films" covers a wide range of films designed to poke viewers in their most sensitive places, with essays on tweny seminal films, including Mudhoney, Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Crash. Original..

Synopsis:

With essays centering around 20 exploitation films, the host of cable-TV's "Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater" uncovers the most seminal cult movies of the 20th century and reveals the fascinating untold stories behind their making. 50 tinted illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780789308443
Subtitle:
The Shocking Movies that Changed History
Introduction:
Corman, Roger
Author:
Briggs, Joe Bob
Author:
Corman, Roger
Publisher:
Universe
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Film - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Horror films
Subject:
Sex in motion pictures
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
Film & Video - Guides & Reviews
Subject:
Motion pictures -- History.
Subject:
General Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-781
Publication Date:
20030628
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 DUOTONE ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6.8 x .6 in 1.4375 lb

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Product details 256 pages Universe Publishing (NY) - English 9780789308443 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Joe Bob is as irreverent as ever as he explores the films that, as the title implies, were received by critics and public alike as "profoundly disturbing." No matter which film he's talking about, Briggs successfully conveys to the reader the cultural zeitgeist surrounding its release and the continuing influence it has on contemporary filmmakers.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Joe Bob is as irreverent as ever as he explores the films that, as the title implies, were received by critics and public alike as "profoundly disturbing." No matter which film he's talking about, Briggs successfully conveys to the reader the cultural zeitgeist surrounding its release and the continuing influence it has on contemporary filmmakers.

"Review" by , "The book merits attention from fans tired of high-minded essays about classics such as Citizen Kane, and explains why crass, tasteless pictures often make more impact than those released with the stamp of respectability."
"Review" by , "Briggs' persona as an off-kilter yet knowledgeable cineast licenses him to be pithy and amusing. A must-have for those who consider Mike Weldon's Psychotronic film guides essential."
"Synopsis" by , An entertaining illustrated romp through the history of "exploitation films" covers a wide range of films designed to poke viewers in their most sensitive places, with essays on tweny seminal films, including Mudhoney, Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Crash. Original..
"Synopsis" by , With essays centering around 20 exploitation films, the host of cable-TV's "Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater" uncovers the most seminal cult movies of the 20th century and reveals the fascinating untold stories behind their making. 50 tinted illustrations.
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