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  • By CREepy on March 11, 2015

    There's nothing quite as satisfying as a good, unapologetic revenge movie. Unfortunately, this sloppily-assembled, lazily written book doesn't begin to do the topic justice. Author Danny Marianino has jumbled together a lot of random movies, linked more by violence than by the theme of revenge, into a haphazard, unsatisfying compendium. Many classic revenge flicks are ignored, while non-revenge movies are highlighted. "From Russia With Love" is a revenge movie? Even the never-released "Fantastic Four" movie is given a good deal of space. Why? Because Marianino wanted to write about it, I guess. Do I need to read about an unreleased superhero movie in a book about payback films? It's symptomatic of a diffuse, self-indulgent book. In the plus column, there are quite a few rare poster images and stills, but they're blocky-looking scans. The book is awkwardly laid-out, with wide margins and pictures wedged into the middle of chunks of text. It's also the only, and I mean only reference book I've ever seen that doesn't ignore the word "the" in alphabetizing entries. How lazy can you get?

  • By Jacob Gustafson on June 11, 2015

    When you’ve been wronged, it’s hard not to want to dish out some revenge. If someone insults you in front of your friends or wife, you want to get them back big time. We’re hard wired for revenge though in proper society we are rarely afforded the chance. Revenge is often illegal, at least the ways that we want to dish it out and then there’s the whole problem of escalating the problem and starting a war with someone that has no reasonable end. Most of us just swallow the revenge vibe and try to be a bigger person. I think that’s why revenge films often resonate so well. We can understand the characters motivations and love to watch the bad guys get their just deserts. I adore revenge films (Death Wish flicks anyone?) and knew I had to get my hands on The Mega Book of Revenge Films. I’m glad I did.As you might expect, The Mega Book of Revenge Films is a reference guide chock full of cold hard justice. The book is separated by the genre of revenge taken. Whether it’s vigilante justice (my favorite kind!), blaxploitation, samurai/ninja films, westerns, comedies, drama, horror, you name it, it’s here. So if you want to see a revenge flick but also want to see a comedy, the book has you covered. It’s fun being able to cross reference the book to find new gems in the various genres to check out on a Saturday night. The book covers the classics as well as big time B movie picks and outright hilariously bad cheese. The author treats them all evenly, recommending the so bad they’re good films as heartily as the legitmately fantastic. I love that! Often films in reference guides are completely cast aside if they are terrible, which is understandable, but the author understands that some films are a huge bucket of fun because they’re bad. The reviews themselves are short and sweet, essentially what I look for in a reference guide. The intent of the book isn’t to inform the reader of trivia but to inform the reader about fantastic films to dig into. Nor does the book deeply analyze the theme of revenge. But the book was never meant to. It’s a fun reference guide that’s a pleasure to flip through and write down a huge list of films to check out.The book is by no means comprehensive. The author cherry picks some of his favorite films and passes on that knowledge to us. Indeed this is merely the first volume in what will hopefully be a robust series of books about revenge films. Revenge a common theme and there’s plenty of other films out there for the author to mine, watch, and report back to us. I’m looking forward to it! Honestly had the book been comprehensive it might have been a drag. I don’t need to read about a ton of unsuccessful films and dig through a book to find one good review. He trimmed the fat and gave us the goods.The Mega Book of Revenge Films is a fast fun read that I enjoyed reading. I found some new flicks to check out (Leo Fong!), what more can you ask for?

  • By M Frank on January 7, 2015

    This book is a nice starter as a giant list of revenge films. There were definitely things I haven't heard of and now look forward to watching. However, the way it reads is: "Dude I saw this and you gotta check it out! There's this fight and then..." The reviews are more like truncated plot summaries and don't offer much insight to the roots or historical placement of the film. For instance, in the beginning of the book he offers a group of films he thinks the vengeance buff will enjoy. One of these is Blind Fury, but Marianino makes no mention of how it's influenced by Zatoichi (though to his credit he does talk about that film later). Or when writing about Thriller: A Cruel Picture he doesn't say the sex scenes are so intense because they are cuts to hard core pornography. These are just examples, the book is fun, but you won't be finishing it with a greater depth of insight into the genre. You will finish with a great list of movies to seek out.

  • By clint gordon on October 6, 2014

    Danny has done it again!! I LOVED his first book "Don't ever punch a rockstar" and this book definitly did not dissapoint. There are awesome references to some of the most obscure movies known to man that I would have never known about on my own. If your a fan of movies in general you have to check it out. I give it five stars for sure.-Clint-

  • By Angel eyes on December 5, 2014

    I hope fans of "revenge" cinema and exploitation films support books like this. It is great just to browse through and read the authors comments on known and many unknown movies in the various genres. I can't wait for further volumes and wish the author the best from a fellow film fanatic.

  • By Greg on January 16, 2017

    I am reading this book on my day off. One word describes it AWESOME! I found myself reading passages and then going online to look up trailers and scenes on what I just read about. Buy the book. You won't be sorry

  • By Brandon Kinchen on September 25, 2014

    I LOVE revenge films and this is a fun book packed with the most entertaining and absurd revenge movies known to man. There is even a chapter dedicated to the revenge films of Steven Seagal. Danny calls him "The Chameleon" because he changes in role to role. Funny stuff. This book is a must have! If you are awesome, like me, then you probably should get this book too.

  • By Andy King on September 16, 2014

    Comprehensive as hell. All the genres touched on. If this is your type of thing, and you know who you are, go with your instincts and buy it. Danny delivers with his expected humor and extensive backlog of knowledge and analysis. He even has an interview with the bad guy from Karate Kid!!

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