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4.0 out of 5 stars Wide range of Euro-Horror reviews for old and new fans, 23 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: 100 European Horror Films (BFI Screen Guides) (Paperback)
Consisting of 100 (assuming you hadn't already guessed it from the title) reviews of Euro Horror movies spanning from the silent period right up to the modern day, from the east side of Europe to the west (north and south too), this (physically smaller than expected) book devotes around 2 - 3 pages to each film and is written by a variety of scholars, professors, etc, rather than well known genre journalists such as Kim Newman and the like. Admittedly after reading the opening pages and seeing the 'credentials' of each reviewer up front I wasn't overly optimistic, but whilst there is the occasional dribbling on about gender issues and other kinds of intellectualisation that sometimes drags entertainment straight out of the 'entertainment' category that it was really intended to be a part of, the material itself is generally quite readable and periodically enlightening.

For the films I've seen that are covered (for the record I consider myself to be a fan of this type of material already) there are some nice write-ups (it was cool to see Herzog's version of Nosferatu so well regarded for example), alongside a handful of movies that I'm not particularly familiar with, or haven't heard of at all prior to picking up this book. There were even a few surprise inclusions given the academic nature of the people selecting subjects for this book - for example I was surprised to see Umberto Lenzi in here, Tombs of the Blind Dead (the first part of a series of movies I love watching), Lamberto Bava's Demons, and even some Jean Rollin and Jess Franco. So while you may not be astounded by the presence of Dario Argento (all of his best films are expectedly included) and Mario Bava, there is certainly a good cross-section of directors and movies analysed ensuring that the book really does present a appropriately wide range of Euro Horror to whet the appetites of old and new fans alike.
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