Forgotten Horrors: The Original Volume -- Except More So

Forgotten Horrors: The Original Volume -- Except More So

by George E. Turner, Michael H. Price

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The publication in 1980 of "Forgotten Horrors: Early Talkie Chillers from Poverty Row" launched a new direction in film scholarship by subjecting the weirder movies of Old Hollywood's low-rent district to the scholarly and critical attention customarily reserved for acknowledged classics from the big studios. Authors George E. Turner and Michael H. Price staked out a distinctive territory while rediscovering little-seen favorites and identifying early work from important stars-to-be and emerging major directors.

"We intended the title, 'Forgotten Horrors,' to be a challenge-a self-denying prophecy," says Mike Price in announcing a new edition, revised and expanded. "With very few exceptions, such as 'White Zombie' and 'The Vampire Bat,' these Depression-era pictures had been popularly forgotten through neglect, careless archiving, and inconsistent copyright maintenance. We sought to make them less 'forgotten.'

"George and I covered more than 100 such films from 1929-1937 in the original edition, and within a few years of its publication many of these pictures started cropping up on the home-video market," adds Price. "One large-scale video dealer went so far as to publish a catalogue called 'Forgotten Horrors.' Mission accomplished."

The new edition, Forgotten Horrors: The Original Volume-Except More So, features many new chapters and an introduction by Mel Brooks-the filmmaker responsible for such horror pictures as "Young Frankenstein" and David Cronenberg's "The Fly." The expansion will serve both to unearth additional rarities and to restore much of the original manuscript. At the behest of the original publisher, the Tantivy Press of London, the authors had removed many chapters for the sake of brevity-including coverage of such significant independent films as Sam Goldwyn's "Bulldog Drummond" and Harold Lloyd's creepy comedy "Welcome Danger," both from 1929. These and others have been restored to the text, along with many photographs and advertising images previously unpublished.

A key new discovery is a lost film by acclaimed director Edgar G. Ulmer, "The Warning Shadow"-made shortly before Ulmer's big-time breakthrough with the Boris Karloff-Bela Lugosi starrer "The Black Cat" (1934). While "The Warning Shadow" remains a missing film, Price has traced its surviving footage to an unlikely location and reports accordingly on the find. More than 50 new chapters complete the package, ranging from weird Westerns to ghostly crime melodramas and offbeat comedies. The book's 370 pages cover the rise of such iconic stars as Boris Karloff, Ginger Rogers, and Gene Autry; the decline of many silent-era talents who stuck around through the arrival of talking pictures in the late 1920s; and significant relationships between such major studios as Columbia and Universal and low-budget companies including Tiffany, Majestic, Victory, and Monogram.

Michael H. Price and the late George Turner, longtime editor of "American Cinematographer" magazine, also are responsible for such books as "The Making of King Kong" ("Spawn of Skull Island") (1975-2002); "Forgotten Horrors Vol. 2" (2001); and "The Cinema of Adventure, Romance & Terror" (1989). Price also has delivered Vols. 3-5 of the "Forgotten Horrors" series in collaboration with genre historians John Wooley and Jan Alan Henderson. A collection of Price's film reviews for the New York Times News Service (1985-1998) is in preparation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477636718
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Michael H. Price has sustained the momentum of the "Forgotten Horrors" movie books through six sequels, one graphic novel, and additional volumes in preparation -- a sweeping history of horror films, weird mysteries, and unclassifiable oddities from the independent studios, from the 1920s into the 1980s. Price's "Comics from the Gone World" series spreads the "Forgotten Horrors" vibe into the comic-book industry of the last century.

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