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4.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for Gothic horror fans, 9 May 2014
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Victoria Craven (Wilmington, NC United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: British Gothic Cinema (Palgrave Gothic) (Paperback)
This is about the influence of British filmmakers on horror cinema from the very beginning of film. Hammer gets a (deservedly) large portion of the book, but other companies like Amicus get their time, as well. Forshaw clearly knows his material and history–explaining how the censorship codes (blood on cleavage used to give people the vapours)–were slowly chipped away.

There are interviews with the some of the key players of the time, and honest reviews of performances by the staple players like Peter Cushing, Vincent Price (shipped in from the States to bring in the crowds) and Christopher Lee. No stone is left unturned–it’s an exhaustive work. Forshaw’s love for the subject shows.

This is an excellent companion to the BBC4 documentary A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss . Indeed, Gatiss is mentioned a few times in the end of the book, as are Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. British Gothic Cinema, on the whole, is about horror cinema, and the British influence on it, though the earliest contributions were period Gothic pieces.

Very academic, I would recommend it only for people already interested in Gothic cinema or fans of film history, but for them it’s a must-read. There are some film spoilers for very well-known films, but if you’re a fan of the genre you’ve probably already seen them. (I didn’t find this to be a problem.) The biggest quibble I had were the typos, of which there were more than a few.

Overall, I did enjoy it, am glad I read it and wound up with a long list of films to watch.

[I was given a free copy of this to review, but was under no obligation to give a positive review.]
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4.0 out of 5 stars misleading front cover, 8 April 2014
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Disappointingly for me that is, the beautiful Yutte Stensgaard (the Danish actress from Hammer's Lust for a Vampire) who graces the cover of this book is not mentioned within it, nor is Roman Polanski's Vampire movie, The Fearless Vampire Killers, apart from that the book covers a large number of films and is well written, no dull passages. MPC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Intersting Book, 31 Jan. 2014
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David "AL" (North Wales, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Barry Forshaw clearly knows what he's talking about. His opinions, though they do not intrude too often, are erudite and not compromised by his being a fan of these films. Although the focus is largely on British Gothic Cinema, hence the title, there are occasional and very natural divisions to American cinema in order to properly contextualize the British scene. I will no doubt revisit this book once I've seen even more Hammer entries. There is much to appreciate for anyone interested in this often neglected genre of film. As an aside, I also enjoyed the same writer's Rough Guide to Crime Fiction, and hope he writes more books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb exploration of Brit horror movies (and more), 17 Dec. 2013
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Bought this for my brother for Christmas as we're both huge horror fans. It's a great book, full of fascinating facts and stories about the best (and some of the least known) British gothic films. You'll look at Dracula and Frankenstein with new eyes.
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