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Surprisingly, it's not about horror movies...
on 4 September 2010
From what I'd seen of the short preview, I expected the book to focus on the history and culture surrounding horror movies, instead, I got a list of films which the author (& co) deems to be the best-of-the-best.
These are split into categories, of which there are many. Each of the 100 or so films has some simple information attached, such as the release date, cast & crew, plus a VERY short synopsis/recap which takes up 1 or 2 pages. Each vary in style, the text could be talking about what actually happens in the film, how popular it was commerically, the style of direction, or whether it was well recieved by fans.
Seriously, you could find this information anywhere on the net. Basically, what you are paying for is an assembly of common horror favourites, plus some pretty poster pictures and stills.
What annoyed me the most were the constant and unecessary opinions of the author, such as declaring which films you have to see in order to be some sort of a "true" horror fan, or that CGI is inferior to makeup effects etc. As a student of science, I prefer my books to be unbiased and objective, once someone starts to spew their greater-than-thou opinions in your face it becomes pretty tiresome.
So who exactly would want to read this?
The avid horror fan would instantly recognize every single film presented here. I suppose the recaps might be handy for a little refeshing of memories.
On the other hand, the horror novice/intermediate fan would probably appreciate the awareness brought about by a broad gallery of films. However, the scope is ultimately limited, and therefore, the book can only serve as an introduction. I honestly believe that the text+images could have been smaller, and more research done. One page could have easily depicted 2 or 3 movies. The honourable Resident Evil franchise didn't even get so much of a mention.
On a good note, there is a Night of The Living Dead DVD (1968)attached to the back of the book in a plastic wallet.