After the wild success of "Halloween" in 1978 and then 1980s ultra-gory "Friday the 13th," there was no denying the box office potential of low-budget slasher movies. Parents hated them, critics despised them, and teens flocked to them, making the biggest hits from minor productions. It was a perfect time to be a movie fan, as video cassettes entered the market and video stores blossomed on every street corner. Cable television also exploded into households across the country. For the first time, film fans had access to thousands and thousands of titles that were never available to them before, and slasher movies were everywhere. You could go to the theater or the drive-in to see them upon their initial release, catch them later on VHS or Betamax, or even wait and watch them on Commander USA's Groovie Movie or Elvira's Movie Macabre. Slasher movies were never more prevalent than in 1981 when dozens of them saw theatrical releases and all of them made money.
It Came From Hollywood Book 2 celebrates the slasher era with eight exclusive interviews with the people who made those films and a couple of 21st-century purveyors who keep that spirit alive: Bud ("The Mutilator," "Mutilator 2") Cooper, Lynne ("Black Christmas" ’74, "Curtains") Griffin, Richard ("Splatter University") Haines, Sandy ("Halloween" ’78) Johnson, Katherine ("Sleepaway Camp," "Silent Madness") Kamhi, David Howard ("Terrifier," "Terrifier 2") Thornton and Mitch (Knucklebones) Wilson. The Slasher Celebration continues with Slash-O-Rama: The Slasher Films of 1981, Uncle Dan’s 3-D slashers, The Cannon Group Slashers, Forgotten Slashers, Maniac ’80 vs. Maniac ’12, The Slasher City Jukebox, VHS Spotlight: Slasher Edition and Slasher Movie Novelizations. Also featuring Streets of Fire, Hollywood Bookshelf, I Infiltrated the Film Set of The Blues Brothers, Beyond the Screen: Blues Brothers edition, Live for Life: The Soundtrack, Home Grown Horrors Volume One, Jaws and a 21-page reprint of the complete My Bloody Valentine Press Kit. Contributing writers include Tim Ferrante, Robert Freese, Dave Fusaro, Paul Mcvay, Jim Rex, George Seminara, JE Smith and Scott Voisin.