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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847325203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847325204
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Marriott has written about horror films in a full-length study for Virgin Books, Horror Films, which was selected by leading UK broadsheet The Times as one of their film books of 2004, a series of essays for Creation Books and articles for magazines and websites including cult periodical Headpress ('Essential reading' - Fortean Times). Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. His fiction includes The Night Mayor, Anno Dracula, Life's Lottery, Back in the USSA (with Eugene Byrne) and The Man From the Diogenes Club under his own name and The Vampire Genevieve and Orgy of the Blood Parasites as Jack Yeovil. His non-fiction books include Nightmare Movies, Ghastly Beyond Belief (with Neil Gaiman), Horror. 100 Best Books (with Stephen Jones), The BFI Companion to Horror, Millennium Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People and Doctor Who.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By B. Kossmehl on 7 Sep 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a fine if rather general reference guide to horror cinema, though it should be pointed out that this is an updated paperback version of Horror: The Definitive Guide to the Cinema of Fear by the same authors. Rather confusingly the books look completely different, but most of the content of the two versions is the same. This paperback re-issue has been brought up to date to make up the "333 films" of the new title. This version is also more compact and lacks colour illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Broad-Ranging Survey of the Genre 24 Jan 2011
By Rodney Meek - Published on
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Picked this one up on the strength of Kim Newman's name. He's got major cred in the genre and is a prolific reviewer with a regular column in at least one magazine, offering up judgments on all manner of rarities, whether they be foreign releases, low-budget straight-to-DVD titles, or obscure old exploitation flicks. In this volume, he and his co-author and several contributors undertake a survey of notable horror films, encompassing the entire span of cinematic history up through 2009 and drawing upon the output of numerous countries, most notably the U.S., England, France, Italy, and Japan.

The book is broken into sections by decade, and each section has a preface that discusses the history of the horror movie field for that time period, tracing major developments in underlying sociopolitical concerns that inform various sub-genres, the career trajectories of notable directors, actors, and writers, and changing audience tastes and new technologies. There are also assorted sidebars that address various types of horror antagonists: vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, animals-run-amok, et cetera.

The core of the book, of course, is the 333 capsule reviews. Unlike most volumes of this type, the authors eschew detailed cast and crew listings, trusting that interested parties will look up such information on the web. Each entry consists of an exceptionally compressed plot synopsis of a paragraph or so, and then three to five paragraphs of commentary on how the movie fits into the oeuvre of the principals involved and how it reflects on contemporary issues or the ongoing evolution of the horror field. Visual styles, notable scenes, and the role of the soundtrack are also often discussed. There is a good selection of black and white photos scattered throughout the chapters, and an index of titles at the end. Overall, the movies are addressed in a short-and-sweet fashion; unlike other books of this type, there aren't any digressions into interviews with notable figures or histories of the behind-the-scenes dramas involved in the productions. The authors are not generally fans of the slasher genre, so there are comparatively few such films listed, whilst Italian titles (including several from the giallo genre) are plentifully represented, as seems typical of critical surveys coming out of the U.K.

I've seen 59 out of the 333 movies included here, which makes me want to brush up a bit and track down some of those '60s and '70s flicks I've been meaning to get around to. At the very least, this book will give me some tips on what to look for.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for gorehounds and film freaks! 2 Mar 2011
By Copper - Published on
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I consider myself a fan of grindhouse films and horror, especially of the Satanic Panic variety, and have to say this book is a phoenomenal resource, rich in detail and information. In fact, I'm using it right now as a sort of to-see list. One thing I especially like about it is the fact that it finds good things to say about even the silliest films mentioned ("Driller Killer" being an example). Only one problem (and I think other reviewers have mentioned this) is the fact that it spoils endings. I don't mind this too much and still can enjoy the films regardless, but some people might find it sort of a let-down. All in all, though, a wonderful addition to any horror fan's collection and will fit well on the shelf next to Zombie Holocaust: How the Living Dead Devoured Pop Culture, which I also highly recommend.
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Scare You to Death? Hah! 31 Jan 2013
By John McQuade - Published on
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While this book chooses a number of hidden gems such as "White of the Ey," so many of the films chosen fall short of being scary. Most of this is due to a bias on the part of the authors towards English cinema. I like Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile. They're fun, but not scary. Taste the Blood of Dracula and Frankenstein Created Woman? Neither of these should be in a book with this title. The worst offense by the authors is trashing 1941 classic The Wolfman. That the authors can't recoginize the genuine scariness of this film when the wolfman is stalking victims across the moors, that they don't recognize that Lon Chaney (a limited actor for sure) gives an excellent performance. Yet Christine is going to scare me to death. Don't think so.
Good reference book for the most part 9 May 2014
By Fine Games for Players & Collectors - Published on
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This was a good reference book, and review of the entirely of horror films thru the 20th & into the 21st century. It covered many movies I'd never heard of, included classic horror, slasher, alien, etc type films, and was a real education about the studios, film budgets, directors & producers behind such films over time. It mentions in passing MANY more films than the 333 it actually covers in depth.

The weaknesses of this book include (1) editing failures, (2) lack of inclusion of movies that would be at the top of my list to include Rec/Rec2, Alien & Aliens, etc (only the first of each is even mentioned in passing), and most of all (3) the book is printed in a font so small that my eyes can't read the text comfortably without finding some reading glasses - it is WAY too small.
Great read for horror fans 14 Oct 2012
By Celia - Published on
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I saw this in Barnes and Noble but waited to buy it online (it was much cheaper here). It came quickly and in great condition. The book is awesome for horror fans. It's like and encyclopedia of movies, but remember it doesn't have ALL horror films, only a select few. I would recommend this to others.
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