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Immoral Tales: European Sex and Horror Movies 1956-1984 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 1995

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"I urge you: learn how to look at 'bad' films, they are so often sublime." This remark by Ado Kyrou heads up the introduction to Immoral Tales, from which horror and exploitation film fans, especially Americans, can learn much indeed. Not so much a movie guide as an insightful critical overview of European sex/horror films (there is much overlap between the two genres), this book is elegantly organized into a sequence of essays proceeding from general themes (the history of horrific art, the surgical metaphor), to regional styles (Italian, German, French, Spanish), to individual directors (Jesus Franco, Jean Rollin, José Larraz, José Bénazéraf, Walerian Borowczyk, Alain Robbe-Grillet). The writing is intelligent, engaging, and packed with fascinating historical and technical details. The book includes plenty of photos and poster art (including many in color), a useful appendix covering miscellaneous actors and directors, an index, and a bibliography. Immoral Tales was a finalist for the 1995 Bram Stoker Award in Nonfiction.

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"Very impressive!"--Psychotronic Video

"I was intrigued by the admittedly titillating subject matter....The Book is unfailing."--FilmFax

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This book - like the other of Pete Tombs about strange movies from all over the world - is not only full of information and trivia about European exploitation movies but also highly read- and enjoyable. Starting with an overview about the different national movie industries in the high time of exploitation, Immoral Tales centers on the oeuvre of the directors such as Jesus Franco, Jean Rollin and others. The only bad thing about it is, that it makes you really thirst to see the movies described in a movie-theatre, which is nearly impossible (imagine seeing Vampiros Lesbos in your local Cineplex) or at least on video, which is not so easy either. It also makes you a little bit sad that TV killed this (low budget) part of the film-industry, that offered so much freedom to outstanding talents and produced (sometimes) real gems of the bizzare.
P.S.:Do only Autrians read and comment this book?
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Von Ein Kunde am 5. April 1998
Format: Taschenbuch
There are lots of books on sex films and there are lots of books on horror films. This is the only book I know of that looks at the sex/horror hybrid. I cannot explain why, but on-screen titillation is that little bit more piquant when shown in the context of a horror film. This is a marvellous book, and it contains interesting information about my favourite film of all time, "Vampyros Lesbos". Buy this book and seek out the videos.
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HASH(0x9514df54) von 5 Sternen most interesting 5. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
There are lots of books on sex films and there are lots of books on horror films. This is the only book I know of that looks at the sex/horror hybrid. I cannot explain why, but on-screen titillation is that little bit more piquant when shown in the context of a horror film. This is a marvellous book, and it contains interesting information about my favourite film of all time, "Vampyros Lesbos". Buy this book and seek out the videos.
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HASH(0x951503d8) von 5 Sternen Essential for Euro-horror and sleaze freaks! 7. September 2005
Von Prelati - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
An instant classic, Messers Tohill and Tombs (and with a name like that you've got to go into horror or undertaking) lead the reader into the bizarre realms of European horror and sleaze cinema with verve and style. The movies they describe aren't for everybody, and neither is 'Immoral Tales', but if you enjoy poetically choreographed gore, naked chicks with too much mascara, and sheer oddball exotica, this volume's your unholy bible. The book's as slick, garish, sleazy, playfully pretentious, and exquisitely tasteless as its subject is apt to be (though not nearly as cheap-looking!). It's easy to forget in the age of the DVD how alien and obscure much of this was when 'Immoral Tales' was first published a decade ago, and its authors deserve kudos as authentic pioneers, just as you owe yourself a copy of this book you sick little cine-phile!
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HASH(0x951503fc) von 5 Sternen Essential, but does not cover all the ground 30. November 2001
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Living in Europe, I had the extreme pleasure and opportunity to see a lot of Euroflics in cinemas - one experience that drew me to J. Franco was seeing "Freiras Perversas" in a century-old ex-opera house on vacation in Portugal ... in the cellar with some raincoat locals who clearly thought I was mad showing up there. Anyway. This book contains a lot of essential information on some filmmakers, most notably Franco and Rollin, whose work really is explored further than in all other books there are. But... the book tends to concentrate on directors rather than countries which makes sense as a lot of directors worked euro-wide. But then, you can't have everything. I found this book much more attractive than Mondo Macabro.
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HASH(0x95150324) von 5 Sternen Invasion of the Eurotrash cinema babes! 11. August 2007
Von Joseph A. Admire - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Great overview of a genre much looked down upon by many "serious" cinephiles; the trashy, sexy, bloody sex-and-horror Euroflicks of the 1950's through the early 1980's. With the advent of DVD's, many of these classic (yes, I said "classic" and I mean it!) films can now be seen by the genre fan, especially if one happens to own a DVD player that can play Region 2 European-issue discs. The Euroexploitation movies of this period adumbrated the "slasher" flicks of 1970's and 1980's US cinema, and in many cases, IMHO, were better-assembled with sexier actresses and a more uninhibited approach toward the mixture of sex and horror. Lots of fine B&W pictures, but, I have to say, not a lot of color pictures (a 16-page insert). NOT a "safe for work" type of book (but then, neither are the movies reviewed herein!) Not for everyone, but recommended for fans of "trash" cinema, horror, and the beauties of classic Eurofilm.
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HASH(0x9515084c) von 5 Sternen Great Euro-Horror Book 14. September 2013
Von MacheteJason - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Immoral Tales is 272 pages and was originally published in 1995. This book fills a gap in the horror film book market that ignores many international horror films that Americans would love to see. Immoral Tales is well researched with plenty of interviews, critiques, and illustrations. The focus is on European Sex & Horror Movies from 1956-1984. There are plenty of black & white pictures and poster art (a 16-page color insert is also added). There is also an appendix covering miscellaneous actors and directors, an index, and a bibliography. The best part is that the authors are very enthusiastic about horror. Americans will appreciate this insightful critical overview of European sex/horror films though it doesn't function as a movie guide. There are a number of essays dealing with horror themes to to regional styles (Italian, German, French, Spanish) to individual directors (Jesus Franco, Jean Rollin, José Larraz, José Bénazéraf, Walerian Borowczyk, Alain Robbe-Grillet). The focus is mostly on directors as opposed to countries. Everything from economics, censorship, artistic expression and politics is discussed.

Buy this book. It is now out of print but has held its value well and it is worth tracking down a copy.
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