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BOOK REVIEW Crazy 4 Cult

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Artists reinterpret cult films in Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art . David Cromarty gives us his verdict...

If you’ve ever wondered what Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory would look like crossed with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre , you need wonder no more, thanks to this gorgeous coffee-table book.

Art inspired by films is the order of the day, with clever movie mash-ups abounding – Jaws is fused with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea , Dracula crosses paths with Ed Wood , and Elliott (of ET fame) goes for a moonlit bike ride with Alien ’s Xenomorph. One picture alone brings together Pete Venkman, Edward Scissorhands, RoboCop, Donatello, Snake Plissken, Silent Bob, Boba Fett and the Iron Giant.

Collecting pieces from four years of Crazy 4 Cult art shows, Cult Movie Art includes work from more than 150 artists. The artwork itself is without exception beautiful, and encompasses a wide range of styles and techniques. Andrew Wilson’s Tron -inspired “Home Of Space Paranoids” is a particular highlight.

Some films are perhaps over exposed – Willy Wonka being the most obvious example – while others are conspicuous by their absence. (There’s a surprising lack of superheroes, for example.) But this is a minor flaw in an otherwise hugely impressive collection of beautiful images.

David Cromarty

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