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The Ghastly One: The Sex-gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan

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From 1965 to 1988, Andy Milligan made an astounding 29 exploitation movies, including Gutter Trash, Torture Dungeon, The Ghastly Ones, Seeds, Bloodthirsty Butchers, and Fleshpot on 42nd Street. For most of the shlockmeisters, exploitation was a joke. But for Milligan-a sadist, a misogynist, a maniac-this was his own private reality. The Fassbinder of 42nd Street, Milligan ...more
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D.R. Haney
I was at Skylight Books here in L.A. a few days ago, and I saw, taped to a shelf, a sign that recommended this book. You must know the kind of sign I mean: it was written by an employee. All indie bookstores nowadays seem to have these signs: "Miranda recommends Room!" (I look around. Without a name tag to identify her, I'm sure that girl at the cash register is Miranda.) "Saul recommends Freedom!" (I look around. Without a name tag to identify him, I'm sure that guy grinding coffee is Saul.) So ...more
Mark Desrosiers
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cinerama
Weirdest of many weird facts in this bio: Milligan's obsession with the Golden Girls. Hang my brain upside-down and it makes sense -- a hit sitcom with a secret queer aesthetic and misanthropic angle, what else could comfort this guy as his hospice Boswell wiped his incontinent ass?

Except Milligan -- whose sexual attentions usually focused on ugly, mentally-challenged, messed up dudes -- hated "queers". And if he had a sense of humor, there's no evidence in this bio or in his dire body of work.
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never seen any of Andy Milligan's films, though I've read about them previously. The majority of them were shot for $10,000-15,000 and played largely in Times Square grindhouses (an overused term at these days but appropriate). I understand that the ones that survived (half are believed destroyed) are pretty difficult to watch. I still want to see some of them.

As for the book itself: I must admit I got hooked into it. I wasn't sure at first; I wasn't fond of the author placing himself into
Daddy Bookworm
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really great read. Milligan, and those individuals in his orbit, are such great characters and the reader is taken omn a tour through sleazy NYC/Times Square during this period of time (late '60s/early '70s).
Erich Scholz
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, OK...I know who Andy Milligan is...or do I? I've seen a few of his films. As the great Psychotronic famously mentions, "If you're a Milligan fan, there's no hope for you." Milligan's movies, to put it bluntly, suck. Even his fans admit this. But there's something about McDonough's bio that goes beyond the subject and straight into the heart and soul of an artist and what makes him tick. Yes, Andy Milligan was an artist. There can be no denying it. The first part of the book delves into the r ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film
I read this book after reading the author's other bio on Russ Meyer. I have yet to see an Andy Milligan film, but this book gave me an idea as to what to expect. Probably one of the most sadistic filmmakers of all time, the behind-the-scenes stories on how he got off on putting his crew through hell were jaw dropping. A bigger surprise from this book was the history of 42nd street and what a dangerous and scummy place it was before it got cleaned up. I understand the nostalgia for it, but after ...more
Paul E.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of trash/horror/exploitation movies and have only seen one Mr Milligan film:"The Ghastly Ones", and I genuinely hoped it was the last I ever saw by him.
The problem with it was that it committed the worst crime in movies:it was boring.
Having now read this very well written and researched book, I must say it's made me want to see other films by him.
Or rather, it's made me want to have been able to see his theatre productions, to me it seems that's really where his crazed imagination
Jul 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who care about movies, deviance, and New York.
Illuminating, incredibly absorbing, and weirdly touching. I might find it difficult to appreciate Milligan's insane, unpleasant, confronational films without having read this book--but knowing about his life, the films are fascinating. Each one is like a corrupted, tortured soul. Sort of like Lance Loud (but, I'd say, much less admirable as a person), Milligan was like the Forrest Gump of New York underground/trash culture in the '60s and '70s. Between the two of them, they did everything, knew ...more
Jun 28, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
I'd never heard of Milligan but he was a madman according to this biography. He churned out c-film after c-film for $10,000 and they played in the seedy 42nd St. area theatres before disappearing from the world entirely. Lots of underground NY theatre stuff as well. Milligan was kind of a sadist who loved to torment actors/friends/anyone and some of the crazy stories of his films and film shoots almost seem made up. Not sure I even want to watch some of his sex and horror exploitation films but ...more
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in biography or movie-making
Recommended to CleverGirl by: my friend mike catalano
jimmy mcdonough makes this asshole nobody's ever heard of your slimy, pornography-obsessed, slightly uncle-ish hero. i, personally, have a deep love and appreciation of horror movies and a facsination with exploitation pictures, so that and the incredible writing make this one of my all time favorites. this author is best known as neil young's only authorized biographer, so that give you an ideas of what caliber non-fiction you will get from checkin this out. also a real-feeling portrait of old- ...more
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