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Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics

Written by Michael Mallory

  • September 22, 2015
  • Hardcover
  • Performing Arts - Film - Guides & Reviews
  • Rizzoli
  • 9 x 12
  • $40.00
  • $40.00
  • 978-0-7893-2942-4

About This Book

The definitive book for fans of monster movies, slasher films, and cult classics. Would you dare to come face-to-face with the most terrifying vampires, monsters, zombies, and psychos of all time? They and their movies are all here in this lavishly (and terrifyingly) illustrated volume of the greatest, scariest, and most influential fright films. From such silent masterpieces as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) to such Golden Era classics as Dracula (1931); from such richly colored shockers as House of Wax (1953) to such groundbreaking independent thrillers as Night of the Living Dead (1968); and including modern horrors from Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and the Blair Witch series, Essential Horror Movies chronicles a century’s worth of cinematic terror. 
Behind-the-scenes anecdotes, trivia, and photos complete the story of these essential motion pictures. Anyone who has ever loved to be scared by a truly great masterpiece of terror—or even a film that strives for nothing more than to provide an audience with spooky, corny fun—will find Essential Horror Movies a necessary addition to their personal library.

About the Author

Michael Mallory is an internationally recognized authority on twentieth-century pop culture. He is the author of Universal Studios Monsters and The Science Fiction Universe . . . and Beyond, among other books, and has written more than 700 newspaper, magazine, and online articles about film and animation.

Reviews

  • Essential Horror Movies has 300 color and black and white photos to accompany its excellent rundown of the greatest, scariest and most influential fright films of all time."
    -PARADE MAGAZINE

    "If you love horror films this is the book for you.  So, turn out the lights, steel your nerves and get ready to witness the Essential Horror Movies."
    -BOYCE MCCLAIN COLLECTORS CORNER

    "[Essential Horror Movies] is a handsome coffee-table sized hardcover that highlights many gems from the genre, and would make a fine addition to any afficionado's bookshelf." 
    -HorrorTalk.com

    "The definitive book for fans of monster movies, slasher films, and cult classics. . . Behind-the-scenes anecdotes, trivia, and photos complete the story of these essential motion pictures. Anyone who has ever loved to be scared by a truly great masterpiece of terror --or even a film that strives for nothing more than to provide an audience with spooky, corny fun--will find Essential Horror Movies a necessary addition to their personal library." 
    -ForcesOfGeek.com

    "This terrifyingly illustrated volume of the greatest, scariest, and most influential fright films is sure to become a coffee table classic. . . Mallory's tome is not simply a catalog of horror films; it is a study of where the genre came from, how it has progressed, and what motion pictures have contributed to that evolution, set against a backdrop of cultural history. Anyone who has ever loved to be scared by a truly great masterpiece of terror will find Essential Horror Movies a great addition to their collection!"
    -MOOSTER RECORDS BLOG

    "Essential Horror Movies [is] a nice collection of some of the best horror movies of all time, along with some interesting information about how they were made and how some of the grizzlier special effects were accomplished."  
    -BEKKI'S BOOK BLOG 
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