For regional horror fans, Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Entertainment is one of those companies you have a love-hate relationship with. You love that the company released some of the most off-the-wall titles during the heyday of East Coast independent horror/sci-fi, but you hate the slapdash treatment most of those titles have had on the company's DVD releases (not to mention the sometimes deliberately awful films the company has produced over the past couple of decades).
Imagine my excitement (really) when I saw that the company had begun posting full-length features on its YouTube channel. I haven't had a chance to check the quality or presentation of the films, but at least you now have a chance to view most of the company's regional horror titles online, including several that went out of print on DVD, or were only available in multi-film sets (usually saddled with one or two inferior titles).
I've been fiddling around with my book on regional horror films for years, but we're finally in the home stretch -- and my publisher, McFarland, has unveiled the cover for the upcoming release (which you can see above).
Looks like the list price will be $45. You can find out more here.
I still haven't seen any proof sheets, so it's still early in the production phase, but it looks like the book will be released in the fall/winter. Amazon has it listed with a Dec. 31 date (although hopefully it can be out in time for Halloween).
I'll post more details as they emerge, but I'm happy to say that the McFarland website notes the book will include 145 photos, so there will be plenty of eye candy along with the most exhaustive list of regional horror and sci-fi titles ever assembled. Actually, as far as I know, it's the ONLY list of regional horror and sci-fi titles ever assembled.
The Dead Next Door is a blog about regional or "backyard" horror and science fiction films made from the late 1950s to the earlyl 1990s (and beyond). These films were released during the peak years of independent film production, created by a motley crew of seasoned pros, gifted amateurs, and enthusiastic genre fans, along with dozens of eccentric dreamers -- doctors, lawyers, insurance salesmen, publishers, commercial filmmakers, TV production crews and moonlighting pornographers -- all looking for their big break or a fast buck or both.