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!
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Table of Contents
|Introduction: Celluloid Goldmine||7|
|Chapter 1||'The Greatest, Nudest Film of All!' Pamela Green, Harrison Marks and the Compton Cinema Club||9|
|Chapter 2||'A Slice of Life in the Raw': Compton-Cameo, Robert Hartford-Davis and the Ford brothers||21|
|Chapter 3||'The Nightmare World of a Virgin's Dreams': East meets West. The Compton Group meet Roman Polanski, Sherlock Holmes and The Silver Bear||49|
|Chapter 4||'Horror of Horrors': The Compton partnership ends. Polanksi delivers Cul-de-Sac and leaves||75|
|Chapter 5||'Leave the Children at Home!' Rising Sun; Michael Reeves and new English Gothic||91|
|Chapter 6||'The King, Crown Prince and Queen of Suspense': Working for the Yankee Dollar. Deke Heyward and AIP||119|
|Chapter 7||'Far Out Sexploits in a Way Out Universe': Softcore and Sci-Fi, Zeta One and Monique||143|
|Chapter 8||'Behind Its Forbidden Doors an Evil Secret Hides': There is always a market for horror||177|
|Chapter 9||'There Was a Notch on Her Gun for Every Man She Got': International influence; Raquel Welch and the RSC||205|
|Chapter 10||'What Terrifying Craving Made Her Kill... and Kill... and Kill...?' Tigon's last films, and Tenser meets Pete Walker||239|
|Appendix I||Films Produced by Tony Tenser||259|
|Appendix II||Censorship of Tony Tenser Productions: BBFC Cuts||277|
|Appendix III||Tony Tenser as a Film Distributor||280|
|Appendix IV||Unfilmed Projects||291|