- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Overlook Press; Reprint edition (8 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879516240
- ISBN-13: 978-0879516246
- Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 23.3 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Overlook Horror Film Encyclopedia (Overlook Film Encyclopedia) Paperback – 8 Apr 2004
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My verdict: excellent on old movies, not so good on newer ones but beware of the synopsis........
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This encyclopedia also helped me discover one title from my youth I thought I would never find, "Something Wicked This Way Comes." The book most heavily exhausts Christopher Lee's and Vincent Price's filmographies which delights me greatly. Everyone who cares about horror movies should look for and buy this encyclopedia. And I really wish it would get an updated release spanning horror films up to 2010. Let's get the ball rolling for this, I saw in previous reviews that other owners want the same thing. Trying to fit it all in one book would be too much, it would exceed 2000 pages. How about a Volume 2? Also the encyclopedia contains knowledge of many lost films that seem to have disappeared in recent years in other horror encyclopedias. The writer really did his research. Holding the book for me is holding horror movie history, and for the legion of younger horror fans that is growing rapidly these last few years, they should know about the silent horror film years and not just say "A Nightmare on Elm Street" is the greatest horror movie ever. George Melies "Le Manoir Du Diable" (1896), "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920), and Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" (1931) are arguably the best horror movies ever because they changed the landscape of the entire horror and monster genres. I can't stand encyclopedias that are all in alphabetical order. What if I wanted to know all horror movies made in the year 1955?
However, the authors of this book make the serious mistake of revealing key plot details of most movies, thus ruining the viewing experience of the unwary viewer. This is not how reviews ought to be written. So please do not read the review from this book before viewing the movie, it will ruin it for you!!!
The book was revised and reprinted (with the classy Bride of Frankenstein cover shown above) in the mid-90s and you can see how the quality of horror films went down the toilet in the early 90s. Now, with the internet (and sites like IMDB), the need for this or any other film review book is becoming less and less. However, it makes a wonderful gift, coffee table book, or jumping off point for doing your own online research. I'm still happy to have a copy of this and The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction on my bookshelf, even if I don't consult them nearly as much as I used to.
Overlook also issued comprehensive film encyclopedias for the gangster, noir, and western genres.
Still, it's a great book, and I'm not beiing sarcastic. As a reference guide for the horror fanatic it's second to none. I have certainly never read anything with as much information on each individual film as this, as I mentioned before there is sometimes too much information, ruining twist endings and giving away key plot elements before you have had a chance to discover them for yourself, but you just have to be careful how you read it. I've owned this book for a few years now, and have read it through about twenty times and I am still picking it up often and going over old ground and discovering new information. Any horror fan must own this, no two ways about it.