The Rough Guide to Horror Movies

The Rough Guide to Horror Movies

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by Alan Jones, Rough Guides Staff
     
 

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The Rough Guide to Horror Movies is a comprehensive guide to the world''s most terrifying films. The guide includes all the icons, from Boris Karloff to Wes Craven and Frankenstein to Freddie Kruger, including classics from Argentina, Pakistan, South Africa and the recent chillers from East Asia. The canon of fifty essential horror movies features The Cabinet of Dr

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The Rough Guide to Horror Movies is a comprehensive guide to the world''s most terrifying films. The guide includes all the icons, from Boris Karloff to Wes Craven and Frankenstein to Freddie Kruger, including classics from Argentina, Pakistan, South Africa and the recent chillers from East Asia. The canon of fifty essential horror movies features The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Switchblade Romance, via Psycho and The Exorcist. Everything you need to know is covered from festivals, adaptations, magazines and merchandise. The guide tells the stories behind the movies that have scared us throughout the twentieth century.

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With these four volumes, Rough Guides launches a new film series under the "Rough Guides" umbrella. The similarly formatted titles, each written by an expert in the field, contain relatively brief sections on the history of the genre; 50 classic films (according to the authors' personal and sometimes quirky preferences); the icons (i.e., notable films, directors, and actors); an overview of the genre in international cinema; and "Information," a catch-all term that encompasses bibliographies, specialty periodicals, web sites, video games, festivals, and conventions. Additionally, Horror and Sci-Fi each feature a section on the origins of the genre in literature through the centuries; Gangster has a section called "Tools of the Trade," which discusses archetypes like molls, mobs, and hitmen. Bottom Line Like other titles in the long-running "Rough Guide" series, these entries skim their topics and hit the high points rather than delve deeply into details. Indeed, given the multiplicity of books on all four subjects, at first glance these volumes seem so superficial as to be totally nonessential. But first impressions are deceptive: this quartet yields many guilty pleasures. Among the most interesting tidbits are the numerous sidebars that reveal unexpectedly fascinating data on the given subject. Although most suitable for one's own home library, these books are also recommended for larger public libraries.-Roy Liebman, Los Angeles P.L. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843535218
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Series:
Rough Guide Reference Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Jones is an internationally renowned reporter on the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres in all media and extensively travels all over the world to cover the making of movies in production. He is also the organiser of the annual London Frightfest horror cinema festival.

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The Rough Guide to Horror Movies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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As a buff of movies in general, I found this book to be very interesting and helpful to find some kidden gems of the horror genre. If you like good reference and are a fan of horror, get this, its definitely worth the dough.