The Slasher Movie Book

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The slasher movie is the most reviled but successful of horror’s subgenres. Taking its cue from Hitchcock, grind-house movies, and the gory Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s, slasher movies brought a new high in cinematic violence and suspense to mainstream cinema. For six bloody years (1978–1984)—the “golden age” of slashers—cinema screens and video stores were stalked by homicidal maniacs with murder and mayhem on their minds.

 

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Overview

The slasher movie is the most reviled but successful of horror’s subgenres. Taking its cue from Hitchcock, grind-house movies, and the gory Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s, slasher movies brought a new high in cinematic violence and suspense to mainstream cinema. For six bloody years (1978–1984)—the “golden age” of slashers—cinema screens and video stores were stalked by homicidal maniacs with murder and mayhem on their minds.

 

The Slasher Movie Book details the subgenre’s surprising beginnings, revels in its g(l)ory days, and discusses its recent resurgence. Packed with reviews of the best (and worst) slasher movies and illustrated with an extensive collection of distinctive and often graphic color poster artwork from around the world, this book also looks at the political, cultural, and social influences on the slasher movie and its own effect on other film genres.

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What People Are Saying

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"Exhaustive and lively."  —Complex Magazine

“Whether you’re an old-school fright fanatic looking to relive the grindhouse glory or a horror newbie seeking guidance while traversing the genre’s expansive landscape, [this book] is a magnificent read for the entirety of horror’s spectrum of fans.”  —Fangoria

“Kerswell’s weighty paperback tome has managed the almost impossible task of including every conceivable slasher flick of note and, indeed, many more that are not. In terms of completeness, research, and knowledge [this] is the definitive book on the slasher genre. . . .  A must-buy for horror fans.”  —Little White Lies

"An outstanding tome about the very best movies ever made!...Recommended times five!"  —KinderTrauma.com 

"Brilliant read...10/10 butcher knives."  —Smash or Trash Independent Film-Making

"[Author Kerswell is a] fan who is wise enough to realize that not every entry is worthy of undying praise, but who also doesn't let his biases get in the way of painting a complete picture of his topic...a terrific read."  —Badass Digest 

 "A divine celebration of slasher movie art and the glorification of dead teenagers that has captured the hearts of movie goers around the globe."  —MsandHis 

"The ultimate treatise of terror . . . true fans of the genre will treasure it like a garage sale VHS of The House That Screamed."  —Artcetera,  arts and entertainment blog for StarTribune.com 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556520105
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 676,165
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Kerswell fell in love with the slasher movie after watching Halloween II (1981) at an impressionable age. It’s a love he’s been unable to shake through the best and very worst the subgenre has had to offer. Founder of the slasher movie website Hysteria Lives! (www.hysteria-lives.co.uk), which has been reporting on “slasher trash with panache” for over a decade, he knows more about the slasher movie than anyone should.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    Horror Movie Fan

    This book went beyond my expectations! Anyone who loves horror movies must have this book, so informative. The pictures are vivid and page quality cannot be surpressed.

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