Just because you can’t respect a movie doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. The Golden Age of Crap serves up a sampling of junk-food flicks that gained their audiences on videocassette rental shelves during the ’80s and ’90s, a time when one couldn’t visit the video rental store without being tempted by Italian post-apocalyptic adventures, ninja revenge yarns, and zombie-filled “camcorder epics.” The movies covered here run from sleeper hits (Phantasm II) to cult favorites (The Dead Next Door), from unknown stinkers (Plutonium Baby) to undiscovered gems (America’s Deadliest Home Video), all examined with a critical but fun-loving eye.
“Nathan Shumate is a B-movie encyclopedia. I stand in awe of anyone who has seen this many films with the words “Blood Bath,” “Zombie,” or “Bikini” in the title.”—LARRY CORREIA, author of Monster Hunter International
“This book skips the usual cult classics and highlights some real gems lost in the wreckage of ’80s B-movie video stores with funny and insightful reviews. A must read for B-movie fans!”—BILL GALVAN, comic book artist for Archie Comics and Marvel Comics
“Remember that dude’s head exploding in Scanners? Well, that’s what would happen to you if you watched more than seven of the bad B-movies in Nathan Shumate’s The Golden Age of Crap. But Nathan has saved you some messy head explosions by watching the films for you, and his reviews are funnier and more entertaining than all 77 of the films combined.”—WILLIAM C. MARTELL, screenwriter of Hard Evidence and Crash Dive
NATHAN SHUMATE has reviewed genre movies—“sci-fi, horror, and general whoopass”—on his website Cold Fusion Video Reviews for over a decade. He has also professionally written short stories, screenplays, comic scripts, and book reviews. He lives in Utah with his wife, four children, two turtles, a cockatiel, and the neighbor’s damned cat that won’t stay in his own yard.