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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 ...

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843535218
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction vii
The Origins: horror literature 1
The History: over a hundred years of horror 11
The Canon: 50 horror classics 57
An American Werewolf In London 59
Black Sunday 61
Braindead 63
The Bride Of Frankenstein 66
The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari 69
Cannibal Holocaust 71
Carrie 73
The Cat And The Canary 75
Cat People 77
The Curse Of Frankenstein 79
Dawn Of The Dead 81
Diabolique 83
Dracula (1931) 84
Dracula (1958) 87
The Evil Dead 89
The Exorcist 92
Eyes Without A Face 94
Frankenstein 96
Freaks 98
Halloween 101
The Haunting 102
The Innocents 104
I Walked With A Zombie 106
Jaws 108
Near Dark 112
A Nightmare On Elm Street 113
Night Of The Demon 115
Night Of The Living Dead 117
Nosferatu 119
The Old Dark House 122
Onibaba 123
Peeping Tom 125
The Phantom Of The Opera 128
The Pit And The Pendulum 130
The Plague Of The Zombies 132
Psycho 133
Re-Animator 135
Repulsion 137
Ringu 139
Rosemary's Baby 140
Scream 142
The Shining 144
Shivers 146
The Silence Of The Lambs 148
The Sixth Sense 150
Suspiria 152
Switchblade Romance 155
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 156
The Uninvited 159
Witchfinder General 160
The Icons: the faces of horror 163
The Global Picture: horror movies around the world 217
The Information: where to turn next 249
Picture credits 265
Index 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    Very Interesting.

    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.

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