The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
Set against a background of college kids' urban culture, this omnibus feature by six young directors is trashy and bland low-budget horror.
In it a gang of petty criminals are hired by a mysterious man to break into a derelict house with the purpose of finding and stealing a rare videotape.
When they find a basement store of videotapes, they start playing them back, only to discover a sequence of shocking horror stories, each more wicked and weird than the last.
Though it's creepy and fun enough in the first reel, the ensuing tone and quality is uneven and it's a film which struggles to stitch its stories together.
Undoubtedly the directors are fanatics of the genre and their films revisit contemporary mainstream horror hits - from Blair Witch Project to Paranormal Activity, Hostel to the Exorcist - and zombies and vampires are in the mix too.
V/H/S will be a disturbing and bloody banquet for the horror hounds. But it'll be a torment for some to watch.