Three New Cult Film Books That’ll Melt Your Brain

The extreme. The odd. The transgressive. “Cult film” has a loose definition – any grouping that can include THE TOXIC AVENGER, Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM, and a $100 million adaptation of CATS sure has to be – but the energy and passions of the (usually) outsider artists making these films has influenced the past century of cinema.

The love of cult cinema lies at the heart of Mondo – hell, we share our very name with a subgenre. Our company grew up within Alamo Drafthouse’s film-loving culture, and has been shaped by our friends and collaborators at genre-focused film festival Fantastic Fest, the nonprofit American Genre Film Archive, and Austin video rental shops Vulcan Video (R.I.P.) and I ❤️ Video.

That’s why we’re psyched this week to offer three new books that cult devotees like us will devour – two from author Mike McPadden, Heavy Metal Movies and Teen Movie Hell, and one from writer Fred Van Lente and editor Nate Cosby called The Art of Troma

Each is available for purchase right now in our curated Mondo Books catalog.

Heavy Metal Movies

Like conjoined twins, heavy metal and high-thrill cinema have been joined together since before the band Black Sabbath adopted the name of a chilling Italian horror film. The unadulterated journey of Heavy Metal Movies spans concert movies and trippy midnight flicks, inspirational depictions of ancient times and future apocalypses, and raw handheld digital video obsessions.

As brash, irreverent, and visceral as both the music and the movies themselves, Heavy Metal Movies is the ultimate guidebook to the complete molten musical cinema experience.

Heavy Metal Movies. Written by Mike McPadden. 560 pages. Paperback. Expected to ship June 2020. Ships worldwide. $34.95.

Teen Movie Hell

All-seeing author Mike "McBeardo" McPadden passes righteous judgment over the entire genre, one boobs-and-boner opus at a time. In more than 350 reviews and dozens of bonus features, Teen Movie Hell lays the crucible of coming-of-age comedies bare, from party-hearty farces like THE POM-POM GIRLS, UP THE CREEK, and FRATERNITY VACATION to the extreme insanity exploding all over KING FRAT, SCREWBALLS, THE PARTY ANIMAL, and SURF II: THE END OF THE TRILOGY.

Teen Movie Hell. Written by Mike McPadden. Published by Bazillion Points. 360 pages. Paperback. Expected to ship in June 2020. Ships worldwide. $29.95.

The Art of Troma

A celebration of the longest-lasting independent film company that STILL hasn’t made a hit.

For over forty years, Troma Studios has blazed its own bloody, slime-covered trail, making movies their own damn way. From THE TOXIC AVENGER to THE CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH to POULTRYGEIST to TROMEO AND JULIET, Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman never compromised, waving his independent freak-flag freely, and along the way helped jumpstart the careers of filmmakers like James Gunn, Trey Parker, Eli Roth, Oliver Stone, and countless others. 

The Art of Troma. Written by Fred Van Lente. Packaged and edited by Nate Cosby. Published by Dynamite Entertainment. 256 pages. Hardcover. Expected to ship in June 2020. Ships worldwide. $34.99.

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