1 January 2019

My Cult Film Journey

Starcrash (1978)

I have been a cult film fan for as long as I can remember, but I can trace the start of my fascination to the day as a child I asked my father to rent Star Wars (1977) from the local video library for me - and he returned instead with a copy of Luigi Cozzi's fabulous Starcrash (1978).

Growing up in the early days of home video I gravitated towards anything I probably wasn't allowed to see - especially horror and science fiction movies (many of which unknown to me at the time originated as Italian cash-ins on successful Hollywood fayre); and of course the infamous Video Nasties.

Since then I have managed to get away writing about the Italian giallo film cycle when studying an MA in Modern English Literature (you can read Terrore Italiani - Classical Detective Fiction and the Giallo on this blog); helped found The Cult Film Archive; lecture (very occasionally) on cult film, and contribute to Necronomicon: The Journal of Horror and Erotic Cinema.

In my spare time I am currently co-director of Cine-Excess: The International Conference on Global Cult Film Traditions - through which I have been lucky enough to meet and spend time with a host of figures from the world of cult film including: Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red DeathThe Little Shop of HorrorsThe Intruder, The Wild AngelsBloody Mama), Dario Argento (Deep RedSuspiriaInferno), Joe Dante (The HowlingGremlins, The 'Burbs, The Hole), Enzo G. Castellari (KeomaThe Inglorious Bastards), Sergio Martino (TorsoAll the Colours of the Dark), Jeff Lieberman (SquirmBlue Sunshine), Norman J. Warren (Satan's Slave, Terror, Prey, Inseminoid) and Pete Walker (House of Whipcord, Frightmare and House of the Long Shadows).
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