With grit, vision, little or no budget, physical ailments that manifested as plot points, leading ladies entangled with Texas financiers, and a whole lot of being in the right place at the right time. Not to mention plenty of raw talent and some original, boundary-breaking ideas.
It’s the story of those famous ’70′s filmmakers.
No not Coppola and Scorcese, I’m talking about Craven and Hooper and Carpenter et. al.
And the best book on how these mavericks worked their horrific magic is Jason Zinoman’s “Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.”
Yes, if that title were any longer it would come with its own index, but don’t let that dissuade you. This is a fantastic book about an era in film about which much has been written, but not about these filmmakers. And not about the horror genre.
Check out this fun conversation between yours truly and Jason Zinoman here. I can’t recommend the book highly enough.
If you ever want to know how important the urge to get laid is to the urge to make movies, look no further than this interview.
And go buy the book!