Must-Own: Don Coscarelli’s Memoir True Indie: Life and Death in Film Making

Don Coscarelli True Indie Life and Death in Film Making 197x300 - Must-Own: Don Coscarelli's Memoir True Indie: Life and Death in Film MakingLike many of the rest of you out there, I consider writer-director Don Coscarelli to be basically a God of indie-horror filmmaking. From his work on films such as Phantasm, Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep, John Dies at the End and more, Coscarelli is one of the true Masters of Horror.

It is with this in mind that I am going to be snatching up a copy of his upcoming memoir as soon as possible. The book is called, True Indie: Life and Death in Film Making and will be published by St. Martin’s Press Oct. 2.

You can check out the killer cover to the right and below you will find a detailed rundown on the book along with a 20-minute interview with Coscarelli. Then let us know how excited you are to own Don Coscarelli’s “True Indie: Life and Death in Film Making”!

The book will be available Oct. 2.


Rundown via Amazon:

Best known for his horror/sci-fi/fantasy films including Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-tep and John Dies at the End, now he’s taking you on a white-knuckle ride through the wild world of the independent filmmaker.

Join Coscarelli as he sells his first feature film to Universal Pictures and gets his own office on the studio lot while still a teenager. Travel with him as he chaperones three out-of-control child actors as they barnstorm Japan, almost drowns actress Catherine Keener in her first film role and turns a short story about Elvis Presley battling a four-thousand-year-old Egyptian mummy into a beloved cult classic film.

True Indie is loaded with the filmmaker’s behind-the-scenes stories, like setting his face on fire during the making of Phantasm, hearing Bruce Campbell’s most important question before agreeing to star in Bubba Ho-Tep, and crafting a horror thriller into a franchise phenomenon spanning four decades.

Not just memoir, True Indie is also a crash course on the indie film world. Find out how Coscarelli managed to retain creative and financial control of his works in an industry ruled by power-hungry predators, and all without going insane or bankrupt.

True Indie will prove indispensable for film fans, aspiring filmmakers, and anyone who loves an underdog success story.

Written by Mike Sprague

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