The Alamo Drafthouse in Texas is the birth place of the recurring film series known as “Weird Wednesday.” The purpose of the series is to showcase the strangest, most depraved and outrages genre films available. The types of films that had previously seemed destined for the scrap pile and deemed unfit for a wide viewing audience. Exploitation, horror and grindhouse find their home here. This series, and the films it showcases, are the subject of Mondo’s new book Warped and Faded: Weird Wednesday and The American Genre Film Archive.
Through vintage posters, vibrant advertisements and original photography, Warped and Faded paints a detailed portrait of the film series’ unlikely birth and lasting presence. Jailbait Babysitter, Demons 2, Blood Beach, Campus Corpse (The Hazing) and Frankenstein Meets The Space Monster are among the films highlighted within the book’s roughly 416 pages. The titles of those films tell you exactly what types of stories you can expect to find in the Weird Wednesday film series. Stories of violence, sex, science fiction and, above all else, the unexpected.
The book acts as a time capsule. Taking readers back to the early days of The Alamo Drafthouse and Weird Wednesday through detailed accounts from the people who were actually there. Just a small group of filmmakers, film buffs and collectors with a passion for cinema. Warped and Faded is a satisfying and engaging read, crafted for the lovers of genre cinema and aspiring filmmakers. Each page contains carefully curated and placed imagery. Posters, advertisements and stills that showcase the films with incredible detail.
Warped and Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of The American Genre Film Archive is a love letter to the genre film. A well put together book that is a must read for any self respecting fan of exploitation and grindhouse cinema! A perfect coffee table book and conversation starter. The pages are thick and durable, and the spine is solid. It’s a tough book that is sure to last just as long as the Alamo Drafthouse itself.
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