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Spectacular Optical announces a new book focused on the career of French fantasy and horror filmmaker Jean Rollin, ‘Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin‘, written by all women critics, scholars and film historians. The book will be released in the summer of 2017.

The collection of essays cover the wide range of Rollin’s career from 1968’s ‘Le Viol Du Vampire‘ through his swansong, ‘Le Masque De La Meduse‘, touching upon his horror, fantasy, crime and sex films – including many lesser seen titles. Through the book, we’ll closely see the core themes Rollin’s employs, including his constant and overwhelming use of female protagonists and exploitation tropes. How he uses the horror genre andĀ reinterprets fairy tales with influence of crime serials, Gothic literature and the occult.

This book makes the third in Spectacular Optical’s ongoing series of limited run film and pop culture books. The first two being ‘Kid Power‘ and ‘Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia In The 1980s‘ and precedes ‘Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror in Film and Television‘ which is set to release in the fall of 2017.

Curated and edited by Samm Deighan (‘Diabolique‘), contributors include some of the most important critical voices to emerge over the last decade of genre journalism: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (‘Senses of Cinema‘), Kat Ellinger (‘Diabolique‘), Virginie Selavy (‘Electric Sheep‘), Alison Nastasi (‘Satanic panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s‘), Marcelline Block (‘Art Decades‘), Rebecca Booth (‘Diabolique‘), Michelle Alexander (‘Cinemadrome‘), Lisa Cunningham (‘The laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film From Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland‘), Heather Drain (‘Dangerous Minds‘), Erin Miskell (‘That’s Not Current‘), Gianna D’Emilio (‘Diabolique‘) and more to be confirmed at a later date.

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