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Sadly, I was rather disappointed
on 22 January 2012
I'm a great fan of horror movies and have a large collection of books on the subject. Jonathan Rigby is a true expert on horror movies and his 3 previous books on the subject (American Gothic, English Gothic and Christopher Lee) are essential reading for horror fans.
But, rather sadly, I must admit to being somewhat disappointed with his latest book. It is sub-titled Landmarks of Horror Cinema and covers 130 films which Rigby considers as landmarks. Clearly, what constitutes a landmark film is a subjective judgement. I have seen many of the films described in this book, though not many of the foreign films discussed.
I was disappointed on two fronts. Firstly, I would have liked a lot more detail aboit the films, especially the more obscure ones. But my main problem concerns the basic premise of the book. As I have already said, it is sub-titled Landmarks of Horror Cinema but Rigby does not really explain just why he considers the films as landmarks. Just as one example, the 1943 b-picture The Mad Ghoul is discussed. Whilst it is a bit unusual and includes a nasty death, just why is a wartime b movie (which formed a double-feature with Son of Dracula) a landmark?