Horror Films of the 1980s

Horror Films of the 1980s

by John Kenneth Muir
     
 
John Kenneth Muir is back! His Horror Films of the 1970s was named an Outstanding Reference Book by the American Library Association, and likewise a Booklist Editors' Choice. This time, Muir surveys 300 films from the 1980s. From backwards psychos (Just Before Dawn) and yuppie-baiting giant rats (Of Unknown Origin), to horror franchises like Friday the 13th and

Overview

John Kenneth Muir is back! His Horror Films of the 1970s was named an Outstanding Reference Book by the American Library Association, and likewise a Booklist Editors' Choice. This time, Muir surveys 300 films from the 1980s. From backwards psychos (Just Before Dawn) and yuppie-baiting giant rats (Of Unknown Origin), to horror franchises like Friday the 13th and Hellraiser, as well as nearly forgotten obscurities such as The Children and The Boogens, Muir is our informative guide through 10 macabre years of silver screen terrors.
Muir introduces the scope of the decade's horrors, and offers a history drawing parallels between current events and the nightmares unfolding on cinema screens. Each of the 300 films is discussed with detailed credits, a brief synopsis, a critical commentary, and where applicable, notes on the film's legacy beyond the 80s. Also included is the author's ranking of the 15 best horror films of the 80s.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist/RBB
"writing is clear, with a personal but expert tone...useful information and enjoyable commentary...recommended"
Choice
"have no fear. Muir reveals all...readable and entertaining...this tremendous tome of terror is the quintessential concordance to the films of the dead teenager decade...Muir opts for comprehensiveness..."
Library Journal
Arranged alphabetically by year, 300 films from the "Dead Teenager Decade" are summarized, quoted, and reviewed as acclaimed author Muir (Eaten Alive at a Chainsaw Massacre: The Films of Tobe Hooper; Wes Craven: The Art of Horror) directs his gaze toward scary movies of all types. Providing plot synopses, "Critical Reception," cast and crew credits, and his own critical commentary, Muir successfully brings the best and the worst of the '80s back from the dead. Black-and-white movie stills and colorful one-liners punch up entries. From the Halloween-esque slasher flicks to obscure cinematic campfests like 1985's From Beyond, fans of the horror genre are sure to find something to scream about. VERDICT For academic collections supporting a film-studies curriculum.
Booklist
writing is clear, with a personal but expert tone...useful information and enjoyable commentary...recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786472987
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
10/24/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
843
Sales rank:
381,309
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.20(h) x 2.00(d)

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Meet the Author

John Kenneth Muir is the award-winning author of more than seventeen books including The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television (2004, A Library Journal starred review), Horror Films of the 1970s (2002) and Terror Television (2001); both received the Booklist Editors Choice award.

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