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Cult People

Tales from Hollywood's Exploitation A-list

Zombie auditions and former babysitters. Brain-popping anecdotal interviews with the leading stars of exploitation and cult cinema.


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Ted Raimi has appeared in Spider-Man. His former babysitter is Bruce Campbell. Bill McKinney was a redneck rapist in Deliverance. Anthony Taylor produced Incubus, the only horror film spoken in Esperanto. Lance Henriksen was in Aliens and Near Dark. Cool people. Cult People.

Cult People comprises 30 interviews with many of the world’s most fascinating and renowned stars of cult cinema, including the late David Carradine, the legendary Ken Russell and the lamentable Albert Pyun…

Nicanor Loreti’s knowledge and enthusiasm opens up his subjects on the unbelievable world of the alternative Hollywood as never before, and the book is studded with anecdotes which communicate the essence of this eccentric industry, including mass zombie auditions, crews and casts stranded in distant lands after funding vanishes, and downright dangerous attempts to make a low budget movie in the North Pole.

Cult People is a book for the budding director, actor, producer and cinematographer as much as it is the fan or fanatic, and promises to delight and inform all who read it.

Interviewees include:

  1. Albert Pyun (director: Dollman, Kickboxer 2 & 4, Captain America)
  2. Anthony Taylor (producer: Incubus)
  3. Bill McKinney (actor: Deliverance, First Blood, Looney Tunes Back In Action)
  4. Billy Drago (actor: The Untouchables, The Outfit, Charmed)
  5. Bruce Davison (actor: Willard, X-Men, Runaway Jury)
  6. Claudio Simonetti (composer: Suspiria, Profondo Rosso, Phenomena)
  7. Dan O’Bannon (screenwriter: Alien, Dark Star, The Return of the Living Dead)
  8. David Carradine (actor: Kill Bill, Kung Fu, Death Race 2000)
  9. Don Stroud (actor: Hawaii 5-0, Wild At Heart, The Amityville Horror)
  10. Enzo Casterelli (director: The Bronx Warriors, Great White, Keoma)
  11. HG Lewis (director: Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs, The Gore-Gore Girls)
  12. Irvin Kirshner (director: The Empire Strikes Back, Stakeout on Dope Street, Never Say Never Again)
  13. Jack Hill (director: Coffy, Foxy Brown, The Big Doll House)
  14. James Gunn (screenwriter: Tromeo & Juliet, Dawn of the Dead 2004, Scooby Doo 1 & 2)
  15. Ken Russell (director: The Devils, Altered States, Tommy)
  16. Lance Henriksen (actor: Aliens, Millennium, Near Dark)
  17. Lloyd Kaufman (producer: The Final Countdown, The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ’em High)
  18. Michael Ironside (actor: V, Total Recall, Starship Troopers)
  19. Michael Pare (actor: The Virgin Suicides, Streets of Fire, Eddie & The Cruisers)
  20. Michael Rooker (actor: JFK, Cliffhanger, Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer)
  21. Patrick Tatopoulos (production designer: Independence Day, I Robot, Pitch Black)
  22. Paul Naschy (actor: Human Beasts, The People Who Own the Dark, Hunchback of the Morgue)
  23. Richard Elfman (director: Forbidden Zone, Dismissed, Vampires)
  24. Shinya Tsukamoto (director: Tokyo Fist, Tetsuo, Bullet Ballet)
  25. Ted Raimi (actor: Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Xena: Warrior Princess)
  26. Wes Craven (director: Red Eye, The Last House on the Left, Scream 1, 2 & 3)
  27. William Sanderson (actor: Blade Runner, Fight For Your Life, Deadwood)
  28. Richard Stanley (director: Dust Devil, Hardware)
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Nicanor Loreti

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, NICANOR LORETI is a journalist and filmmaker. As a journalist, Nicanor has contributed to Fangoria, Shock Cinema and others, and is internationally known for his interviews and articles. He has also made several short films, among them the James Gunn produced El Kuervo and a documentary about the Argentinian cult rock band Hermetica. He was awarded the “Best Screenplay by a Newcomer” prize by Argentina’s Film Institute for Diablo. He lives in Buenos Aires with his girlfriend Guadalupe and their cat Agatha.


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