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IT CAME FROM THE ’70S by HWA Member Connie C. Wilson

Posted by Dark Whisperer on March 12, 2011

Author: Connie (Corcoran) Wilson

“It Came from the ’70s” is the book movie lovers old and young–especially fans of horror films— have been searching for. The 1970’s represented a fertile decade that saw the rise of the horror film and the hey-day of character-driven vehicles such as “Alien,” “Dirty Harry,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Halloween,” “The Exorcist,” “Chinatown,” “The French Connection,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “The Godfather” (Parts I & II), “Star Wars,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “When A Stranger Calls,” “The Omen,” “Nosferatu,” and many, many more.

Fifty reviews with much information about the making of the film, 75 photos, major cast, and trivia (answers upside down) make this book a slice of film history, painstakingly documented by author and journalist Connie Corcoran Wilson from her days as film critic (which continue today, for Yahoo). The original reviews are like tiny time capsules capturing the zeitgeist of a decade and could not be replicated today.

List of Contents: Preface, “Alien,” “Apocalypse Now,” “The Black Hole,” “Burnt Offerings,” “Carrie,” “The Cassandra Crossing,” “The China Syndrome,” “Chinatown,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Coma,” “The Deep,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Dracula” (1979), “Exorcist II: The Heretic,” “Freaky Friday,” “The Godfather,” “The Godfather II,” “Halloween” (1976), “Infra-Man,” “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” “King Kong” (1976), “Logan’s Run,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” “Magic,” “Manhattan,” “Annie Hall,” “Marathon Man,” “Moonraker,” “Nosferatu,” “Obsession,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Rocky,” “The 7% Solution,” “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “The Sorceror,” “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “star Wars,” “Superman,” “Time After Time,” “Twilight’s Last Gleaming,” “Two Minute Warning,” “When A Stranger Calls,” Best of/Worst of Lists for ’76, ’77, ’78 and ’79.

    “The ’70s were an important turning point for the horror film genre, in particular, and one that Connie Wilson has studiously limned in the pages of ‘It Came from the ’70s,’ (a retrospective look at the decade, during which she reviewed film and books for the Quad City Times). This book is a wonderful and inclusive chronicle of the 1970s.” -Mick Garris, on http://www.ItCamefromtheSeventies.com
    “I love this book! Connie Wilson’s wit and charm are on full display throughout the writing.” -Dan Decker, author, “Anatomy of a Screenplay,” Founder: Chicago Screenwriting School, Las Vegas Shakespeare Company
    “Though there is no single definitive ‘Golden Age of Hollywood,’ the 1970’s was certainly one of the best decades for movies. In the fertile spread of 10 years, many of my favorite films were made. Connie Corcoran Wilson’s collection of movie reviews, written between 1970 and 1979 when she was the “Quad City Times” film critic, and now collected in a single volume, is an excellent companion piece for anyone who loves the movies.” -Mike Romkey, Author: “I, Vampire,” Editor, Dispatch, Moline, IL

Full Title: It Came from the ’70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now
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