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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done History and Criticism, 6 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Classics of the Horror Film (Paperback)
Having grown up watching classic sci-fi, horror and monster movies on Saturday afternoons, I couldn't wait to read this book. It's a well-researched, enjoyable history of Classic Horror Films, from the 20s through the Exorcist. Everson does a fine job of covering the well known films, as well as pointing out a few classic sleepers (e.g., Murders in the Zoo) If you love these films, this book is a must read. Lots of great photos as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done History and Criticism, 6 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Classics of the Horror Film (Paperback)
Having grown up watching classic sci-fi, horror and monster movies on Saturday afternoons, I couldn't wait to read this book. It's a well-researched, enjoyable history of Classic Horror Films, from the 20s through the Exorcist. Everson does a fine job of covering the well known films, as well as pointing out a few classic sleepers (e.g., Murders in the Zoo) If you love these films, this book is a must read. Lots of great photos as well!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book if a little over critical of 'new' horror, 26 Aug 2010
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This film is aimed mainly at lovers of the Universal horror series and other black and white masterpieces. As for other, more 'modern' horror films, Everson clearly does not regard them as 'classic', the most glaring example being Terence Fisher's superb adaptation of Dracula being written about almost under duress. The films that Everson really concentrates on here are the classic Universal horrors and a few more obscure titles from the silent era through to the 30's and 40's. This is where the book scores heavily in my opinion. It provides a fascinating insight into what constituted a horror film back in the day, and how perceptions and demands have changed over the years.
Where the book fails for me slightly is how Everson is so dismissive of the great Hammer horrors of the 1950's onwards. He barely wastes a paragraph on them, apart from a strange fascination with one of their more obscure vampire films, Kiss Of The Vampire. It seems from reading Everson's thoughts that less is more and that he regards the 'modern' horror film(modern in this case being post 1960) as being overly shocking and physically repellant. The author does come across as rather prudish in this respect as a large selection of horror films that are widely, and quite rightly in my opinion, regarded as classic horrors are either completely ignored or totally dismissed.
However, it's still an excellent book in its own right, and one of the best reference books regarding the classic, black and white horror film. As for Everson's treatment of the more modern horrors, well if his intention was to put people off these films, it didn't work in my case, as I read this book as a child, and was soon to watch many a Hammer film on late night Beeb.
Maybe if William Everson was alive now and was to write a new 'Classics Of The Horror Film' he would be more forgiving of the Hammer films and their ilk as since this original book was published we have had the dawn of the video nasty, the endless slasher cycle and the prominence of 'torture porn'(whatever that consists of). Sadly, we will never know
A fascinating little film reference book all the same. 4 out of 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars j1156@cholian.net, 10 Mar 1999
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