Bleeding Skull! A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey

I have a confession; I'm a total sucker for horror reference guides.  Yes, I know that a majority of that information can be obtained via the internet, but there's just something cool about digging into one of these books and discovering a new gem.  Take the SOV flick Zombies Invade Pittsburg for instance, a title I'd have likely never heard of if not for the following book.


I've got more than my fair share of reference guides pertaining to my favorite genre, but this book is different, it covers the niche of the niche.  The kind of stuff you'd find in the back of a video store located somewhere in the bowels hell.  Titles like Kiss Daddy Goodbye, Roctober Blood, and Tales from the Quadead Zone.  If it's shot on video, sleazy, and released sometime before 1990, than there's a good chance it's in here.


The book is a combined effort from Joseph Ziemba and Dan Budnik, two cool dudes that run www.bleedingskull.com.   While the list of films is set up like your run of the mill reference book (alphabetical order with an index in the back), this is no ordinary film guide.  No, the smut-filled black and white images mixed with the vulgar reviews is a lethal combo.  I dare a fan of trash cinema to look through this book and not find a number of films to hunt down.


Ever find your way into a bad part of town and "accidentally" stop at an adult store?  Maybe after "asking for directions" you grab one of those free newspapers on your way out.  That glorious adult news rag, looking through the pages of this book will give you a similar experience.  It's fun, insightful, and it's probably best if your significant other doesn't find it.


So in celebration of this book's release I've decided to pick ten titles reviewed in Bleeding Skull that I must now track down.

Bits and Pieces (1985)
Don't Panic (1989)
Hauntedween (1991)
The Hook of Woodland Heights (1988)
Khooni Murdaa (1989)
Las Vegas Serial Killer (1986)
Nightbeast (1982)
Rocktober Blood (1984)
Suffer, Little Children (1983)
Zombies Invade Pittsburg (1988)

Reading this book might not make you a better person, but it will put hair on your chest and make your shit stickier than Minnesota clay.  That's a fact, Jack.

If I didn't make it obvious enough, I loved the book and would recommend it to any fellow fan of trash and sleaze.

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