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Horror!: Films to Scare You to Death [Paperback]

Kim Newman , James Marriott
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15 Aug 2013
In this book a team of seasoned, top horror experts, lead by uber-critic Kim Newman, carve their way through a century of fear with authority, humour and encyclopaedic knowledge. Packed with photographs of the most terrifying scenes in cinema history, this unique, definitive, comprehensive guide traces the story of horror, decade-by-decade, and provides a witty and informative critique of over 300 films from all over the world. Also included are entries covering writers whose work has had a profound effect on horror cinema, influential literary works, TV series that made an impact on the genre and other themes, figures and ideas. All the key horror themes, from comedy horror to slashers, are covered in feature spreads throughout.

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd; Reprint edition (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780973918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780973913
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An extremely engaging and intelligent guide to horror film... informative, opinionated and downright interesting to read." (London Review of Books)"

About the Author

Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and journalist. His non-fiction books include Nightmare Movies, Ghastly Beyond Belief (with Neil Gaiman) and The BFI Companion to Horror. He has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award and the British Science Fiction Award. James Marriott completed an MA in Film Studies at Exeter University and has wrote Horror Films, which was selected by The Times as one of their film books of 2004. He also wrote a series of essays for Creation Books and articles for magazines and websites including cult periodical Headpress ('Essential reading' Fortean Times). He died in 2012.

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First, a slight word of warning: this book is effectively a 2nd Edition of an earlier book by the same authors, called 'Horror: The Definitive Guide to the Cinema of Fear'. However, even if you already have that book it's worth getting this one. Where the earlier book ended in 2005, this has been brought bang up-to-date to cover the best of the genre's offerings in more recent years (the last films to be looked at in detail are 2013's V/H/S and Mama). Other parts of the book have also been tweaked here and there to bring it up to date.

As for the book itself: I have read pretty much everything there is to read on horror films. I have "tried the lot", as it were. And I can categorically state that this is the BEST book on the subject I have ever read. Whether you are a seasoned horror fan & scholar (like me), or simply looking to broaden your appreciation and viewing of this most versatile and fascinating of film genres, this does the job. You can sit down and read it at length, or equally easily jump in and out of it at random points. The authors' knowledge of the subject - and, crucially, their ability to convey it accessibly yet intelligently - is second-to-none. I have found myself discovering many great horror films as a result of a mention of a film not covered in detail here, but mentioned in passing as a key influence (or descendant). It's also wonderfully global and even-handed, giving an appropriate amount of emphasis to country's key to the genre's evolution (Germany in the days of silent cinema, for example), while being sure to include the key works from country's not renowned for their horror output.

In short, forget any other book on the subject. This is the only one you need. BUY IT!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for horror fans 29 Nov 2013
If you are a fan of horror films you will enjoy this book. It looks back at horror films from the beginning of cinema until the present day. A great present idea!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a horror collector!!! 12 July 2014
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I bought this for my Ex-husband for Father's Day and he loved it. He is a collector of all things horror related and this was the perfect gift to add to his collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift 9 Jan 2014
By Gwendolyn Hale - Published on Amazon.com
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My brother is a huge horror movie buff. I bought him this for Christmas, and he loved it. This is saying something. It is comprehensive and fun.
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