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A Vault of Horror: A Book of 80 Great British Horror Movies from 1956-1974 Paperback – 19 Aug 2004


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (19 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903889588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903889589
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Night of the demon to House of whipcord ... 80 British horror films which collectively made a lasting impression on the psyche of a nation. The author chronicles the films which shaped his childhood, taking a wry and often irreverent look at their triumphs and failings, their cast and crew, their continuity blunders and their impact on the gen

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Zuran VINE VOICE on 19 April 2007
This book gives a brief lowdown on 80 British horror films from the mid 1950's to the mid 1970's. The author's choice is not really justified and in some places appears random - why Frankenstein created Woman but not Frankenstein Must be Destroyed for example. Why Vault of Horror but not Tales from the Crypt (even though the book's cover is illustrated with imagery from Tales from the Crypt)?

Further, those looking for decent reviews/analysie of these films will be disappointed because these are confined to a paragraph. Although each film gets about 5 pages of writing about 50% of this is confined to mini-biographies of people, many of them obscure even to buffs, who appear in the films. These biographies are virtually random in their choice of the subjects film/TV work and are riddled with factual errors - for example Michael Gwynn's filmography omits his role as the monster in The Revenge of Frankenstein (probably his most famous genre part) and then claims he is best known to viewers as the Judge in The Persuaders (?? - Lawrence Naismith played this part). Elsewhere two separate pictures of Christopher Lee as Dracula get the wrong Dracula film. The list of errors is endless and seriously damages what is a genuinely affectionate recollection.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 21 Nov. 2006
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This is the book for people wanting to find out more about British Horror films, because the author has both a great love for the movies he is writing about, and also is incredibly knowledgeable. The period concentrated on in this book 1956-1974 is regarded as the golden age of British Horror films, which encompasses famous film studios such as Hammer and Amicus, and perhaps lesser known ones such as Tigon. There is also a great deal of humour to be found within the pages of this book, but then what do you expect from a man who co wrote the brilliant Discontinuity Guide

So to sum up, an excellent book full of information and a definate 5 out of 5
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