Horror Films of the 1980s

Overview

John Kenneth Muir is back! This time, the author of the acclaimed Horror Films of the 1970s turns his attention to 300 films from the 1980s. From horror franchises like Friday the 13th and Hellraiser to obscurities like The Children and The Boogens, Muir is our informative guide. Muir introduces the scope of the decade's horrors, and offers a history that draws parallels between current events and the nightmares unfolding on cinema screens. Each of the 300 films is discussed with detailed credits, a brief ...

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Overview

John Kenneth Muir is back! This time, the author of the acclaimed Horror Films of the 1970s turns his attention to 300 films from the 1980s. From horror franchises like Friday the 13th and Hellraiser to obscurities like The Children and The Boogens, Muir is our informative guide. Muir introduces the scope of the decade's horrors, and offers a history that draws 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.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786472987
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/24/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 843
  • Sales rank: 815,491
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kenneth Muir is the author of more than 20 reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television. He is creator of the Internet sci-fi series The House Between ( www.thehousebetween.com ) and his popular blog can be found at reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com .

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