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Profoundly Disturbing: The Shocking Movies that Changed History

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  211 ratings  ·  16 reviews
What the critics are saying:
"Beyond the bounds of depravity!"–London Evening Standard
"Despicable . . . ugly and obscene . . . a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time." –The Los Angeles Times
"People are right to be shocked." –The New Yorker

From the murky depths can come the most extraordinary things. . . . Profoundly Disturbing examines the underground cult movies th
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 28th 2003 by Universe (first published May 1st 2003)
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Rebecca Brock
I can't really review this book with any kind of unbiased opinion, because...I was Joe Bob's Researcher! (that sounded like it should be the title of a B-movie, so read it in your head as such).

Yep, 'tis true. Check out the thank you's at the bottom of the page and you'll see my name right there in black and white. It's funny, because no one ever thinks about the person who provides all the raw material for the author...and let me just tell you this, you have not worked your ass off until you've
Pat F.
Joe Bob Briggs has written a thoughtful, inside-baseball look at 15 movies that changed how we think of films. Here they are:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
Mom and Dad (1947)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
And God Created Woman (1956)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Blood Feast (1963)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Shaft (1971)
Deep Throat (1972)
The Exorcist (1973)
Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Drunken Master (1978)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Crash (1996)

The most valuable
Being mean about this book is like kicking a puppy. It is so obviously a work of true love of an ardent fanboy that it doesn't matter if the selections are VERY subjective and the prose hackneyed and repetitive; the sheer enthusiasm of Briggs while he is breathlessly telling you about these INCREDIBLY SHOCKING films is endearing.

Now I have seen nearly all of these films, and while Briggs makes a good case for any one of these films being shocking on its own, considered as a whole they fail to im
More Joe Bloom than Joe Bob (although he is there) in a thoughtful analysis of films that shook people up at the time of release. Primary sources are used as much as possible, punctuated with fine insights. Fantastic bibliography.

Good stuff, if you know what I mean (and I think you do).
Craig Williams
I've always had a passionate love of movies, made all the more so in my childhood by watching shows like Up All Night with Gilbert Godfrey and Monster Vision with Joe Bob Briggs. Sure, neither shows were in the habit of featuring Oscar worthy movies, but they did show movies with plenty of gore, violence, and busty, scantily clad women, which suited my adolescent tastes just fine.

Anyway, what I loved about Monster Vision was that it was hosted by a friendly, witty, salt-of-the-Earth dude named
Exquisitely researched and brilliantly written - this book is a win all the way around. I love Joe Bob Briggs as an author. However, I knocked off one full star for this egregious error that made my librarian brain melt. In regards to Quentin Tarantino's name: "Connie was reading The Sound and the Fury at the time, and named her son after Quentin Compson, Faulkner's deaf-and-dumb innocent whose sense of beauty can only be expressed to himself." Um no, Mr. Briggs - that would be Benjy. Quentin, f ...more
Mike Hunchback
One of the most essential books on film of the last 20 years. A staggering work, no one should call himself a true fan of cinema without it.
A terrific book detailing the stories behind several films that are/were socially disturbing. I really enjoyed that it detailed films that aren't normally covered by your traditional film history books. Briggs has done his research and he knows his stuff. He really goes all out to explain each choice and what makes that film so significant. If you want a film history book that makes you think and could even change your opinion on specific films or even whole genres, this is your book. For exampl ...more
Joe Bob Briggs reins in the redneck persona and exposes more of the film critic, John Bloom, in PROFOUNDLY DISTURBING... but then 'John Bloom' wouldn't have moved as many books as "Joe Bob Briggs". Here, he goes in for a more detailed look at the films that 'changed history', such as BLOOD FEAST, THE WILD BUNCH, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, DEEP THROAT, among others.

The persona and jokey tone of the previous collections of reviews are gone or sublimated, but the film buff knowledge comes right u
Bryce Wilson
There's probably a special place in cineaste hell reserved for me for the sin of enjoying Joe Bob Briggs much more then sacred cows like Pauline Kael and J. Hoberman. Brigg's conversational prose, and good ol' boy style belie a deep knowledge of film history, a thoughtful and deep method, and most importantly a genuine affection for what he writes about that's largely absent from the work of most of today's professional critics.

It's fantastic to read the likes of Hershel Gordan Lewis written ab
Jul 04, 2008 Cole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gorehounds, perverts, and other cinephiles
i miss the drive-in. i miss the redskin, the vaska, and the 82nd twin (the theater haunts of my childhood). i miss being surprised and i miss being scared. sometimes i feel like movies are the only thing worth a damn. if you love the movies (and going to the movies, two different things entirely) then read this.

A fine companion to Joe Bob's Profoundly Erotic (actually, this one came first). The one bad effect this book had on me is that I'm really dying to see Mom and Dad but probably never will. Oh, well.
Heather Domin
I really, really enjoyed this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I wish it had an afterword to match the introduction.
Jesse Hebert
"...Changed History?" Not by a long shot. Not most of 'em, at any rate. Entertaining enough.
It will take me 100 years to watch all the movies mentioned in this book, but I will give it a try.
excellent "genre" book for movie fans
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