Book Review: ‘Profoundly Disturbing: The Shocking Movies that Changed History’ by Joe Bob Briggs

If you know who Joe Bob Briggs is, it would probably behoove you to read some of his books. His personality comes through and his writing is just as entertaining as he was when he hosted The Movie Channel’s Drive-In Theater and TNT’s MonsterVision. He is a great American, a phenomenal Texan and has a stellar taste in Earth’s greatest art form, the motion picture.

Profoundly Disturbing: Shocking Movies That Changed History is one of those great literary bodies of work that should be in the collection of any book reading film aficionado. The book itself is quite profound.

Briggs discusses films that had a major impact, creating a cultural shift that forever changed filmmaking. In retrospect, most of these movies aren’t shocking now but at the time they were released, they stood out as unique, different and challenged the status quo. The films Briggs covers are The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariMom and DadCreature From the Black Lagoon…And God Created WomanThe Curse of FrankensteinBlood FeastThe Wild BunchShaftDeep ThroatThe ExorcistIlsa, She-Wolf of the SSThe Texas Chain Saw MassacreDrunken Master, Reservoir Dogs and Crash.

Each film discussed is analyzed in great detail, as Briggs talks about what made it controversial and unique and how it influenced the films after it. He gives a lot of facts about each movie and tells the tales behind their genesis. He also gives plenty of examples of other movies that film lovers should check out in addition to the one being discussed in each chapter.

The book is so good, informative and entertaining that I wish he did a follow up of some sorts. Now he does have a similar book titled Profoundly Erotic: Sexy Movies that Changed History. I haven’t read that one yet but it’s on my list. He also has Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In and its sequel Joe Bob Goes Back to the Drive-In. I own those and I plan on reading them fairly soon.

Rating: 9/10

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