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5.0 out of 5 stars What memories........., 5 April 2009
This review is from: A Pictorial History of Horror Movies (Hardcover)
Having read this book, Oh, about 300 times when I was a kid, it's sort of hard to to be entirely impartial, but here goes. Essentially this is exactly what it says on the cover. Although there is a gratifying amount of text, this is really a picture book. And what pictures! Beautiful B&W studies of Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney (Snr&Jnr), Veidt. Some of them are reproduced on glorious, glossy colour paper (you many find yourself having to buy another copy because you end up clipping out and framing the full-page publicity painting of Claude Rains as The Opera Phantom).

The prose is equally good,with Gifford providing a funny, pithy but loving account of the genre's progress from the trick films of George Melies through to the glory years of the 30s and 40s. This isn't a perfect overview, as the author looks at (and rejects) Hammer films and their ilk in a page or so. Even is 1973 this was a backward looking book. If your favourite Horrors are SAW or THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, then you aren't going to get anything out of this. However, to anyone else I would unhesitatingly recommend this book. A real classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for classic horror fans, 14 Jun 2011
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This review is from: A Pictorial History of Horror Movies (Hardcover)
I came across this book a few weeks ago in a local charity shop, I was so impressed that (knowing my brother is a horror fan addict) I had to get another copy (just in case he saw mine and left with it)

Anyways the book - If you are interested in the classic horror films and in particular "Universal" then I suggested this book as a dead cert. It covers all the famous monsters and their subsequent series ie Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the mummy, wolfman and others, each accompanied with a description about the film alongside various pictures and photos. There is also a lot of information regarding the actors who play them.

I especially liked the King Kong feature (my favourite film as it happens) and it gives Kong's Vital Statistics ... of which this is the first and only (both books and dvd included) that I have seen this in.

There is also mention of the films of the sixties such as the Godzilla series and the Brits - namely Hammer, again with photos both black and white and in glorious technocolour!

All in all a rare find and one which no doubt will ultimately be a bit scuffed at the edges after so "many dipping" in and searching for your faves.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars horror movies, 6 May 2011
This review is from: A Pictorial History of Horror Movies (Hardcover)
i had this book when i was a kid in the seventies, got exited when i spotted it on amazon. Delivered in good time, the pages had a wonderful old smell to them. You could tell it was over 30 years old. Packed with classic pictures, a fantastic book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Child of Horror, 20 Nov 2013
This review is from: A Pictorial History of Horror Movies (Hardcover)
Like other reviewers, I too had this book when I was a boy - and pored over its pages (it's wonderfully illustrated). It mainly covers the period from 1900s to the 1970s - taking in the years of RKO's monsters mastery all the way to Hammer horror. Well and indeed wittily written, it's a great introduction to the scary movies of the day, so often neglected, and picking out their extraordinary visual, scripting, character and technical strengths. It's still readable and enjoyable today.
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