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100 European Horror Films (Screen Guides) Paperback – 21 May 2007
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From bloodsucking schoolgirls to flesh-eating zombies, and from psychopathic killers to beasts from hell, "100 European Horror Films" provides a lively and illuminating guide to a hundred key horror movies from the 1920s to the present day.' - Tangled Web
From bloodsucking schoolgirls to flesh-eating zombies, and from psychopathic killers to beasts from hell, "100 European Horror Films" provides a lively and illuminating guide to a hundred key horror movies from the 1920s to the present day.' - Tangled WebSee all Product description
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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.
Out of the three i've read in the series (100 american independent films, 100 soundtracks and this) this one is the best and most consistently absorbing.
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The reviewers skew heavily to the academic side and come mostly from the US, Canada, and the UK. About the only name recognizable to the layman is the dangerously omnipresent and multi-talented Kim Newman. Most of the essays (virtually none of which exceed two pages) are written for the average reader, but a few of the authors can't help themselves and slip into jargon more suited for journals on transgressive gender studies about The Other.
The book has a pretty nice index and a good selection of black-and-white photos scattered throughout, and brief CVs for the contributors.
This won't be your thing if you really are keen on the Anglo-American side of horror movies, but it's definitely got a ton of material on the output from Western Europe, and certainly should help you find a few movies you'll want to hunt down and see.
Another plus is the selection of films incorporated here - we're treated to a wealth and variety of films, some expected and others not so much, a good bulk of which the average American horror buff probably never 'Saw', or even knew existed. Almost every European country has an inclusion, opening doors to those who wish to expand their horror horizons, and reinforcing beliefs in those who already have. The films are alphabetized for easy reference, beginning with 'Anatomy' (German -2000- directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky) and concluding with 'Zombie' (Italian -1979- Lucio Fulci), stopping along the way to incorporate older films like 'The Golem' and 'Vampyr'(and a few others), to the first Eurohorror-resurgent films of the 50's, 'I Vampiri' and 'Eyes Without a Face', to the silver age of 60's and 70's titles like 'Don't Torture a Duckling', 'Torso', 'Blood and Black Lace', 'Deep Red', 'Valerie and Her Week of Wonders', 'Tombs of the Blind Dead' - you get the idea. It moves into the 80's with 'Zeder', 'The Vanishing', 'The Fourth Man', 'Demons', 'Possession', 'Schramm', 'Laurin', among others. All decades are represented and a tremendous cross-section of films are plumbed and examined to the point of an 'Autopsy'. There are also a solid selection of B+W photos littered throughout.
Highly recommended on all levels to all aficionados of articulate horror from abroad, and for those tired of books re-selling you on the American classics you've already seen 3 or 4 times.
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