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Cult Crime Movies: Discover the 35 Best Dark, Dangerous, Thrilling, and…

by Danny Peary

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As Peary mentions in his introduction there are many ways for a movie to become a cult classic. The films included in this collection run the gamut from ones with which almost everyone is familiar, such as Taxi Driver or Laura, to the lesser known, such as The Great Texas Dynamite Chase or High School Confidential!. This will likely give most readers some additions to their to-view lists.

Each of the movies are presented through a synopsis, any historical context to help appreciate its place in history as well as any background related to the various aspects of production. This last aspect includes everything from perhaps the original novelist's opinion about the film adaptation to any controversy or interesting elements concerning actors, directors and studios. While for a general audience there is also attention given to the placement of a film within film history as well as the broader history as mentioned above.

This is a wonderful addition for anyone with an interest in cult films, crime films as well as film history and includes several photos for each entry.

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Kiss Me, Deadly to Nightmare Alley to The Honeymoon Killers to The American Friend-any fan of crime films will tell you there's a palpable excitement in living vicariously through the corrupt, seductive, and often downright evil characters that inhabit these shadowy worlds. In this collection of 35 essays drawn from his revered Cult Movies series, cult film specialist Danny Peary examines, dissects, defends, and exalts crime films from his unique and engaging perspective. His writing is a cornerstone of the cult film culture that continues to flourish today. New to this ebook series are Danny Peary's cult movie checklists for each genre. Every crime fan will walk away with newly discovered gems to watch, and a newfound appreciation of his or her favorites.… (more)

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