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Aesthetic Deviations Forbidden Planet NYC Signing

Forbidden Planet is excited to announce an in store signing with author Vincent Albarano for AESTHETIC DEVIATIONS, the newest drop from Headpress Books. AESTHETIC DEVIATIONS is the first serious critical writing on American Shot on Video Horror, so if you are an SOV super fan or if you want to learn more about the independent underground output of the first wave of backyard brutality you must join us on August 19th from 5PM to 7PM! 

About the book

Filmed with consumer-grade camcorders and other analog video formats, amateur SOV efforts are generally regarded as the lowest-common-denominator of genre films by fans and scholars of paracinema, if acknowledged at all. 

Long considered the dead-end of genre cinema, Shot-On-Video (SOV) horror finally gets its due as a serious filmmaking practice.

Using classic fanzines, promotional materials, and especially the theories of several important film scholars, Vincent Albarano brings SOV horror into critical focus for the first time in print. Prior to this moment, Video ViolenceTwisted IssuesAlien Beasts, and more have never been mentioned in the same breath as André Bazin and Siegfried Kracauer, despite their common ground.

AESTHETIC DEVIATIONS delves deep into several of the most famous SOV horror titles to give credit for their unique and singular contributions to independent genre cinema. Informed equally by a fan’s passion and the studied approaches of scholarly analysis, Albarano offers the first-ever detailed examination of the SOV horror cycle, proving that this strain of amateur filmmaking is deserving of proper appraisal. Sure to enlighten and provoke thought among fans and converts to the unique charms of SOV cinema, as well as inspire newcomers, Albarano’s book proves an invaluable resource for a neglected area of cinematic inquiry.

Location Info

Who: Author Vincent Albarano
What: Aesthetic Deviations: A Critical View of American Shot-on-Video Horror, 1984-1994 
When: Saturday August 19th 5PM to 7PM
Where: Forbidden Planet NYC 832 Broadway Manhattan NY
Facebook Event Page here⇒ 

You can order Aesthetic Deviations here⇒


Aug 19 2023


New York
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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