*Editor’s note: Our good buddy (and author of the newly released THE ARGENTO SYNDROME) Derek Botelho tackled this review of Hidden Horror for us, so after you read this, do yourselves a favor and visit his site here for info on everything he has going on. -Jerry 


When my review copy of Hidden Horror: A Celebration of 101 Underrated and Overlooked Fright Flicks arrived the first thing to come to mind was the time worn phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. In this case, I’m glad I did, because it’s as fun to look at, as it is to read. From Bill Lustig’s giddy foreword, to the final entry, an essay on X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES by Christianne Benedict, whether you’ve seen the films or not, you can’t put this thing down!

Some of the my favorite entries were on films I’d never seen, and in a few cases, never heard of! I pride myself on having seen a lot, and I mean, a lot of movies, so it’s nice to read about these buried treasures. Fangoria editor Chris Alexander’s entry on TATTOO grabbed my attention, as did Michelle Trudel’s on the British horror film, BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE, starring Sting and Denholm Elliot! As for the films I had seen, and in some cases loved, Kristy Jett’s piece on MAY and Icons of Fright’s own BJ Colangelo’s take on I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE are another pair of winners.

Horror Hound scribes Jon Kitley and Aaron Christensen a.k.a. Dr. AC, have gifted the horror community with a compendium of short but insightful essays about some of the genre’s lesser known entries. While some of the films chosen aren’t necessarily as “hidden” as the book’s title would suggest, THE CHANGELING springs to mind, the premise is solid, as the book has been compiled with an eye toward an audience with varying degrees of exposure. If you’re in the mood for a book that’s a quick, but informative read, this my friends is a must! Don’t let the idea of it being a “list” of obscure horror films turn you off, it’s more a celebration of the unknown that must now be known

-Derek Botehlo

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