A number of apparently 'lost' British exploitation films, originally made between the 1950's and the mid 1980's are to be released in digitally remastered DVD and Blu Ray format from Monday.
The films were made using sets and costumes from bigger budget productions once shooting had been wrapped up on the more upmarket projects, and generally released as 'B' features.
The missing, presumed 'lost' films were found by a Workington man who was cleaning out his deceased grandfather's loft as he prepared the old man's house for sale.
Thomas Swynne-Hunt, an electrician by trade, knew that his grandfather had lived and worked in London, in the film industry, but had no idea that the old man had preserved copies of the films he made for posterity.
One of the films in question, 'The Man Who Fell Hopelessly In Love With A Camel' actually won an award in 1963 in Cannes, although nobody appears to know what for. It is thought that this film was made using costumes and sets left over from David Lean's 1962 masterpiece, 'Lawrence Of Arabia.'
Another film which readers of a certain age may remember is 'Bloodbath On The Buses,' a low budget slasher film made when the popular 'On The Buses!' trilogy of films had been completed.
Now, thanks to Swynne-Hunt, these films will once again see the light of day, and will continue to enchant and excite audiences for years to come.
"These films are classics," Swynne-Hunt enthused. "As soon as I found those reels in Grandpa's attic, I knew I'd struck gold. Most of them aren't really suitable for the kiddies, like, because they're chock full of sex and violence, with titles like 'Fulham Cannibal Feeding Frenzy' and 'Shelley Does Half Of Shoreditch,' but there's something in there for everybody. It's an ideal way to spend a Saturday evening with a few friends round and a big barrel of lager. Probably with mini-Kievs and chicken and chips in a basket if you can get the wife to play along."
The "Lost British Cinema Classics" collection will be available on DVD and Blu Ray from next Monday, and if we can be arsed, we might run a review in the Magazine section.
More as we get it.