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ANNOUNCEMENT: COMING SOON! MY NEW BOOK—DOUBLE VISION: HOLLYWOOD VS. HOLLYWOOD!

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I’m entering the final stages of my new book, Double Vision: Hollywood vs. Hollywood! It should be ready for release by the end of the year. I’ll let you know when it’s published and give you all the links where you can grab a copy (they make great stocking stuffers) ASAP.

For now, here’s the official press release:

TOMBSTONE & WYATT EARP! OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN & WHITE HOUSE DOWN! DEEP IMPACT & ARMAGEDDON!

Why does everything come in twos (and sometimes threes) in Hollywood? Who cares! When the studios compete to get their nearly-identical films into theaters, it’s the audience who wins! Join author Mitch Lovell as he reviews such similarly-themed epics as Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, The Howling and An American Werewolf in London, Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery and 1492: Conquest of Paradise and decides who did it better. There’s even a chapter devoted to The Asylum, the skid row studio that specializes in low budget “mockbusters” that sometimes are even better than the Hollywood movies they’re ripping off! It’s enough to make you start seeing double!

Mitch Lovell is the proprietor of The Video Vacuum, a website that specializes in reviewing every kind of movie known to man. He has also contributed to Exploitation Retrospect and Rupert Pupkin Speaks.

To tide you over, here is a glimpse at the table of contents, which includes a complete list of all the films reviewed in the book:

CHAPTER 1: PRESIDENTS IN PERIL
OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN vs. WHITE HOUSE DOWN, ABSOLUTE POWER* vs. MURDER AT 1600*, INDEPENDENCE DAY* vs. MARS ATTACKS!*

CHAPTER 2: MEN OF LEGEND
THE LEGEND OF HERCULES* vs. HERCULES (2014)*, ROBIN HOOD (1991)* vs. ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES*

CHAPTER 3: MEN OF HISTORY
TOMBSTONE vs. WYATT EARP*, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: THE DISCOVERY* vs. 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE*

CHAPTER 4: SPACE MISSIONS
MISSION TO MARS* vs. RED PLANET*, DEEP IMPACT* vs. ARMAGEDDON*, MESSAGE FROM SPACE vs. STARCRASH

CHAPTER 5: DISASTER
THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (2005)* vs. POSEIDON*, DANTE’S PEAK* vs. VOLCANO*, THE SWARM* vs. THE BEES*

CHAPTER 6: KID’S STUFF
SKY HIGH* vs. ZOOM*, ANTZ* vs. A BUG’S LIFE*

CHAPTER 007: BOND… JAMES BOND
OCTOPUSSY* vs. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN*, CASINO ROYALE (1967)* vs. YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE*

CHAPTER 8: THE MOCKBUSTERS
AMERICAN WARSHIPS* vs. BATTLESHIP, BATTLE LOS ANGELES vs. BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES, THOR vs. ALMIGHTY THOR, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN vs. TRANSMORPHERS: FALL OF MAN, SNAKES ON A PLANE vs. SNAKES ON A TRAIN, H.G. WELLS’ WAR OF THE WORLDS* vs. WAR OF THE WORLDS

CHAPTER 9: THE HORROR!
THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES* vs. DRAGONFLY*, DEEPSTAR SIX* vs. LEVIATHAN* vs. ENDLESS DESCENT*, DAY OF THE DEAD vs. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, GHOULIES vs. MUNCHIES, DREAMSCAPE vs. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, THE HOWLING vs. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON*, ZOLTAN… HOUND OF DRACULA vs. DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL*, BLACULA vs. BLACKENSTEIN, THE FLY vs. THE WASP WOMAN

CHAPTER 10: ROLLER SKATES
XANADU vs. THE APPLE, SKATETOWN U.S.A.* vs. ROLLER BOOGIE, KANSAS CITY BOMBER vs. THE UNHOLY ROLLERS

CHAPTER 11: GIANT MONSTERS
A*P*E** vs. THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN*, QUEEN KONG vs. KING KONG (1976), THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN vs. ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (1958)

CHAPTER 12: TAKING ORGANS AND TALKING ORGANS
REPO! THE GENETIC MUSICAL vs. REPO MEN, ANGEL ABOVE AND THE DEVIL BELOW vs. PUSSY TALK* vs. CHATTERBOX

CHAPTER 13: BODY SWITCHING
18 AGAIN!* vs. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM*, LIKE FATHER LIKE SON* vs. VICE VERSA*

CHAPTER 14: DIRTY DANCING
STAG* vs. VERY BAD THINGS*, THE FORBIDDEN DANCE vs. LAMBADA*

CHAPTER 15: BYRON AND SHELLEY
GOTHIC vs. FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND*, ROWING WITH THE WIND* vs. HAUNTED SUMMER*

CHAPTER 16: TRUE CRIME
LETHAL LOLITA: AMY FISHER: MY STORY* vs. THE AMY FISHER STORY* vs. CASUALTIES OF LOVE: THE LONG ISLAND LOLITA STORY*, DEATH OF A CENTERFOLD: THE DOROTHY STRATTEN STORY* vs. STAR 80, GUYANA: CULT OF THE DAMNED vs. GUYANA TRAGEDY: THE STORY OF JIM JONES

CHAPTER 17: CHICK FLICKS
MIRROR MIRROR* vs. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN*, NO STRINGS ATTACHED* vs. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS*

CHAPTER 18: MAD BOMBERS
SPEED vs. BLOWN AWAY, THE SPECIALIST* vs. DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE*

CHAPTER 19: COSTUME DRAMAS
THE ILLUSIONIST vs. THE PRESTIGE, DANGEROUS LIAISONS* vs. VALMONT*

CHAPTER 20: MEN OF ACTION
REINDEER GAMES vs. 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND, UNDER SIEGE vs. PASSENGER 57, GRUNT! THE WRESTLING MOVIE* vs. BODY SLAM*, THINK FAST, MR. MOTO* vs. MR. WONG, DETECTIVE

CHAPTER 21: HOT WHEELS
STONE COLD vs. BEYOND THE LAW, CANNONBALL!* vs. THE GUMBALL RALLY*

CHAPTER 22: THE (OLD) FUTURE
ESCAPE 2000* vs. AFTER THE FALL OF NEW YORK, STRYKER vs. WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND

(* denotes review exclusive to this publication)

If this book is successful, I plan on doing another volume which would feature both Steve Jobs biopics, the two future competing Jungle Book pictures, and many more “dueling” movies I just didn’t have room for this time around.

And how about that awesome cover art by enormously talented Peter Mueller?

In closing, let me just thank everyone who visits The Video Vacuum. I couldn’t do it without your support and encouragement. If you enjoy my writing, please make sure to check out my first two books, which can be purchased here:

THE BEST (AND WORST) OF THE VIDEO VACUUM (featuring an introduction by Jim Wynorski):
http://www.amazon.com/Best-Worst-Video-Vacuum/dp/1500107298/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449166724&sr=1-2&keywords=video+vacuum

THE VIDEO VACUUM’S UNEXPENDABLE GUIDE TO ACTION MOVIE ICONS: http://www.amazon.com/Video-Vacuums-Unexpendable-Guide-Action/dp/1500978957/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449166786&sr=1-1&keywords=video+vacuum

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