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From the murky depths can come the most extraordinary things...Profoundly Disturbing examines the startling and controversial movies that have unexpectedly and unintentionally revolutionised commercial cinema. From pseudo-educational roadshow movies to hardcore porn and horror exploitation, their subversive narratives and guerilla marketing strategies would eventually change the face of popular film. In this book Joe Bob Briggs uncovers the seminal cult movies of the twentieth century, and tells the fascinating stories behind their production and the impact they made. Briggs is best known as the cowboy-hat wearing, Texas-drawling host of Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater and Monstervision, which ran for fourteen years on cable TV. His goofy, disarming take offered a refreshingly different perspective that made movie fans either laugh out loud or surprised them with its insightful analysis. Now, with more than three decades of immersion in cult movies, Briggs swaps his Stetson for a film historian's hat. His wealth of knowledge about the most iconoclastic popular films offers the most profoundly engaging insight into profoundly disturbing movies.
From the Saturday matinee to the midnight movie, all of the most influential cult titles are covered. Fifteen in-depth essays cover the history and the influence of such films as Mom and Dad (1942), Blood Feast (1963), Deep Throat (1972), The Exorcist (1973), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Reservoir Dogs (1992), and Crash (1996). The text is complimented by introductions to related films and striking archive stills. An essential reference guide to cult cinema, Profoundly Disturbing should be in the home library of every movie fan - especially those who think they've seen everything.
JOE BOB BRIGGS began his career as a film critic for the Dallas Times-Herald and Texas Monthly. In 1986, he started Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater, the highest-rated show on The Movie Channel, which ran for ten years. Later he moved to create Monstervision on TNT, which ran for four years and had a viewership of two million. His cult books, Joe Bob Briggs Goes to the Drive-In and Iron Joe Bob, offer an hilarious look at the cultural life of a self-avowed redneck. A New York City resident, he is currently a columnist for UPI.