Beasts in the Cellar: The Exploitation Film Career of Tony Tenser

Beasts in the Cellar: The Exploitation Film Career of Tony Tenser



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Beasts in the Cellar: The Exploitation Film Career of Tony Tenser by John Hamilton

Tony Tenser has earned an unrivalled position as the godfather of low-budget British films. Amongst his many movies are the notorious 'nudie' Naked - As Nature Intended, Roman Polanski's ground-breaking Repulsion and Michael Reeves's classic Witchfinder General. He made movies in every genre, working with household names such as Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, Spike Milligan and Norman Wisdom.

Tenser's early career highlights include using strippers to picket central London cinemas and converting a Soho basement into Britain's most successful private cinema club. By the time he started producing films such as The Black Torme and The Pleasure Girls, Tenser's name was a byword for colourful titles, controversial themes and outrageous publicity stunts. He would enjoy mainstream success with the likes of Cul-de-Sac and Hannie Caulder but his company, Tigon, will remain synonymous with spectacular horror epics like The Sorcerers and Blood on Satan's Claw.

By drawing on exclusive interviews, original production files and private correspondence, John Hamilton pieces together the stories behind the movies that made Tenser the most admired and successful exploitation producer in British cinema. From battles with the censor to studio in-fighting, and from tantrums on set to post-production interference, the cut and thrust of British filmmaking on a budget is revived in glorious detail. Beasts in the Cellar is the definitive study of Britain's Greatest Exploitation Film Producer!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781903254271
Publisher: FAB Press
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Celluloid Goldmine7
Chapter 1'The Greatest, Nudest Film of All!' Pamela Green, Harrison Marks and the Compton Cinema Club9
Chapter 2'A Slice of Life in the Raw': Compton-Cameo, Robert Hartford-Davis and the Ford brothers21
Chapter 3'The Nightmare World of a Virgin's Dreams': East meets West. The Compton Group meet Roman Polanski, Sherlock Holmes and The Silver Bear49
Chapter 4'Horror of Horrors': The Compton partnership ends. Polanksi delivers Cul-de-Sac and leaves75
Chapter 5'Leave the Children at Home!' Rising Sun; Michael Reeves and new English Gothic91
Chapter 6'The King, Crown Prince and Queen of Suspense': Working for the Yankee Dollar. Deke Heyward and AIP119
Chapter 7'Far Out Sexploits in a Way Out Universe': Softcore and Sci-Fi, Zeta One and Monique143
Chapter 8'Behind Its Forbidden Doors an Evil Secret Hides': There is always a market for horror177
Chapter 9'There Was a Notch on Her Gun for Every Man She Got': International influence; Raquel Welch and the RSC205
Chapter 10'What Terrifying Craving Made Her Kill... and Kill... and Kill...?' Tigon's last films, and Tenser meets Pete Walker239
Appendix IFilms Produced by Tony Tenser259
Appendix IICensorship of Tony Tenser Productions: BBFC Cuts277
Appendix IIITony Tenser as a Film Distributor280
Appendix IVUnfilmed Projects291

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