Author(s): Ben Taylor
With sky-high budgets and competing egos, almost any film production has the potential for disaster. But some become full-fledged nightmares. Take "Pulgasari" - a North Korean Godzilla clone dreamed up by Kim Jong II and created by a kidnapped South Korean director, with a budget of millions and a staff of seven hundred fed on truckloads of pheasants, wild geese, and deer. The stories behind the other eight films, from "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" and "The Twilight Zone: The Movie", to "Waterworld and The Crow", are just as astounding and as gripping. This is a book film fans will devour. These bizarre, often hilarious cinematic endeavours confirm that truth is stranger than fiction, reality more volatile than narratives, and fate more improbable than plots.
'Taylor details the excruciating, mind-boggling and downright insane conditions in which [nine] films, both popular and obscure, were made...Pick this bad boy up when it hits shelves.' - Cinebyte.com "Ben Taylor recounts meticulously the step-by-step implosion of several 'blockbusters' and provides a savvy perspective of how and why they unraveled in such colossal ways. A compelling read!" -James Robert Parish Reporter, Variety & Author of Fiasco, A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops
Ben Taylor is a contributing writer for DamnInteresting.com, a weekly online publication with 400,000 visitors a month, and contributed to their volume, Alien Hand Syndrome. Ben has also completed course work in film production and theory at the University of Southern California while also earning a degree in English Literature at Denison University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration. As an avid film fan he has written two feature screenplays and nearly a dozen shorts. He lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.