Horror Films

Horror Films

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From the slasher icons of Jason, Freddy and Leatherface to the slick horror of Alien, Scream and Ring to the cult classics of Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy, horror has earned its place in the movie-going psyche, with many of the films spawning numerous copycats. This book analyses the definitive works (and the most influential directors) of the genre over the last 50 years - from silent expressionist classics to Hollywood scream queens - as it looks at the themes and impact of the genre on both the movie-making industry and audiences the world over. Using the successful format of previous books in the Virgin Film series, this guide will include categories such as Directors, Cast, Soundtrack, Critical Reception and Marketing, information on the inspiration behind the films, their impact on the industry and the public (despite, or perhaps because of, their often critical reviews) and the tales that often surrounded their production and release.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 24mm | 439.99g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 colour photos
  • 0753509415
  • 9780753509418

About James Marriott

James Marriott is the author of Virgin Books' Tourist Trap, Danger Down Under and Holidaymakers from Hell (all written as Patrick Blackden).show more

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'Always make the audience suffer as much as possible' - Alfred Hitchcock The step-by-step companion to horror films. Whether the spine-chilling eeriness of Ring or big-budget remakes of 70s American shockers are more to your taste, horror just won't stay dead. So why is it so popular? What's really going on when we pay to scared out of our wits? Thsi incisive and authoritative study charts the history of horror through an exhaustive account of twenty key films of the genre. Covering everyting from the silent expressionism of Nosferatu and the Universal horrors of Bride of Frankenstein to the jaw-dropping extreme Cannibal Holocaust and the modern psychos of Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer, Horror Films mixes informative and entertaining production histories with sharp critical analyses of these essential cult classics. With full cast and crew biographies, including close looks at Romero, Cronenberg and other masters of the genre, details of soundtracks, reviews, censorship histories, industry impacts and those cheesy marketing gimmicks that kept the punters coming back for more, Horror Films will have even the most didicated horror fan taking a fresh look at their favourite films.show more

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