UNTOLD OUTRAGEOUSLY TRUE STORY OF SHAPIRO GLICKENHAUS ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWED
“The Untold Outrageously True Story of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment” took me two reads. If you’re looking for a traditional interview narrative, that goes out of the window about 60 pages in. What you do get is a glamorous coffee table book about being a non mainstream production/distro house in the 80s and 90s. These guys got a few cult horror titles, but they also dealt in a ton of awful DTV releases. Some of the poster art for early Michelle Williams and later Robert Mitchum work are rather atrocious. But, that’s part of the fun.
Hell, I enjoyed seeing some of that vintage video store promo that studios used to pimp. SGE was big on getting video stores to buy VHS copies in exchange for rather neat looking phones. In terms of the interviews, my favorites were with William Lustig and Frank Henenlotter. They gave a lot of insight into the SGE machine and what it took to succeed. But, this Golden Age was a life time ago. Most of the people interviewed look back on this like it was the Golden Age of Cinema.
In a way…it was pretty damn special. If you miss your neighborhood video store and the sense of wonder….this book is for you. If you miss finding a random treasure starring a soon-to-be famous person, this is for you. Hell, if you just like VHS box art…you’ll find something here. Pick it up and give it a chance.
- 482 pages
- Editions Moustache
- Marco Seidelmann, Nadia Bruce-Rawlings, and Stephen A. Roberts
COMING TO KINDLE!
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!
The Plot Thus Far
This interview collection takes us back into the roaring 1980s, when the home video market changed the whole world of film making. For a short time, everything seemed possible, and in a way everything was possible. Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment was in the right place at the right time. Although SGE closed its doors in 1995, films like THE EXTERMINATOR, BLACK ROSES, SHAKEDOWN, MOONTRAP, RED SCORPION, NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER II, BASKET CASE II & III, FRANKENHOOKER, MANIAC COP and several others remain cult favorites today. Enlightening interviews with business legends and producers are combined with extended conversations with well-known genre filmmakers. On top of this are the voices of all the key people that marketed and sold the SGE movies to the world, managed the productions, or ran the office during this fast forward period of maverick film making. Neither Jim Glickenhaus nor Leonard Shapiro have ever opened up this much about their fantastic careers in the film industry. Includes a foreword by Charles Band.
Here’s a list of all Interviewees included in the book:
Leonard Shapiro, James Glickenhaus, Stephen A. Roberts, Nadia Bruce Rawlings, Lewis Horwitz, Ted Rosenblatt, Sonoko Sakai, John Alexander, William Lustig, Frank K. Isaac, Frank Henenlotter, Kevin Tent, Jefferson Richard, Cynthia Cirile, Andi Elliot, Christian Ingvordsen, Jalal Merhi, Jacqueline Palmiere, Cynthia Rothrock, Joseph Zito, Stephanie Denton, Bob Berney, Marilyn Moore, Robert Chapin