The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies

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Press: Running Press; 1 edition (October 23, 2012)
Publication Date:2012-10
Author Name:Normanton, Peter


From classic Hollywood masterpieces like M (1931) to the recent “torture porn” craze with flicks like the Saw franchise, this collection gives a master's overview of the genre.


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  •     loved it
  •     Very good
  •     This book does indeed explain the plots of the horror films, etc. However, in the film "Tourist Trap", Mr. Slausen was played by the late actor Chuck Connors, not Chuck Norris.
  •     I love books on horror related subjects & this one had a nice price attached to it. The book covers nothing new on the genre just a-z on slasher movies with info on the movie such as cast, time, etc. The entries are good but most fans will not find anything new. I did find it annoying they took a caption from the summary and put it in the center of it. Other than that, it's a decent book for the price but nothing that'll blow your socks off.
  •     Recently I purchased this book, and it was indeed for a good price.Now...there's a lot of movies featured in the book, and some good info. I appreciate that.But, one thing that does bother me is the fact the book is called "The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies" I thought, "wow, an entire book of just slasher films? That could mean that almost every slasher film ever made will be talked about/mentioned!"'s not just slasher films...films like Martyrs, 30 Days of Night, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead, and such are also mentioned...I was confused as these aren't really 'slasher films'...until inside in tiny letters it says "An of A-Z Slasher AND Splatter Movies".If you're going to do that, then CALL your book "The Mammoth Book of Slasher and Splatter Movies" on the cover... Not mislead folks... Obviously I bought this online, where it clearly says in big letters "The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies"...and it's really not...Now granted...Dawn of the Dead and such are great movies...but it is annoying when other actual slasher films are omitted...What are some of the Slasher films that are left out? Solid, underrated gems like Lighthouse (aka Dead of Night) from 2000, Hell High, and Fade to well as Slaughterhouse, Slaughter High, Student Bodies, Killjoy, Bloody Murder (as bad as it is, still could have been mentioned), Return to Horror High, Urban Legend 2, even the sequels to Scream (Scream 2-4 aren't in it) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (the first is mentioned, but not "I Still Know.." or "I'll Always Know...").Even The Unnamable (a film I love) and Jack Frost (yes I know, killer snowman) are more 'slasher' films than The Dead Next Door or Dawn of the Dead. But hey, what do I's a lot of films to cover. And the films that were covered were nicely done.Another big no-no for me...the first Friday the 13th film is talked about...but NONE of the sequels have their own entries?? And none of the Halloween sequels, nor Elm Street or Psycho sequels? Not even the remakes, let alone the Friday the 13th remake whose picture is on the COVER of the book?'s a Slasher book, titled "The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies"...where you don't have films like Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors, Psycho II, Student Bodies, Fade to Black, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, Silent Night Deadly Night 2 (with the 'great' Eric Freeman), Slaughter High, or the Friday the 13th reboot (which on the Damn cover of your own book)...But yet you have Shaun of the Dead, Battle Royale, Alien, Re-Animator, 30 Days of Night, and Return of the Living Dead...If that's the case, then Re-title your book...don't mislead people and then put in tiny letters on the back (and in the book) "'s slasher AND splatter...thus why I left out dozens of other slashers that should be in there."'s a so-so book and it has some good entries in it.But be forewarned, it's not JUST slasher films as the title and cover seems to dictate...It's a very Misleading title. Even the film on the Cover isn't talked about...and there are still quite a bit of films left out...hopefully there will be a sequel to this book talking about them.
  •     For twenty-three years, I have been a diehard horror fan ever since my grandma let me watch the horror classic John Carpenter's Halloween. It was the censored version that aired on network television, but it was my first introduction to the horror genre. Of course I was excited when I learned that Running Press was releasing a new book about slasher films. Running Press nicely sent me an advanced review copy earlier this month in exchange for this review.Author and Editor Peter Normanton compiled the best slasher movie from 1916 to 2011 into one nifty guide for horror fans, starting with 28 Days Later and ending with Zombie Flesh Eaters. You might be thinking "Why is there zombie movies listed in a slasher book?" as that was the exact question that popped into my mind when I began reading it. The tagline on the front cover does say "An A-Z Guide to More Than 60 Years of Blood and Guts," and the back cover does mention that book contains more than 250 slasher and splatter movies. So that explains the zombie flicks, such as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead and a few others."Blood on the Walls" opens up the mammoth book and gives a history lesson on horror cinema throughout the years, followed by an A-Z listing of each movie containing a synopsis and several facts about the movie.The movies listed are:28 Days Later, 28 Months Later, 30 Days of Night, A Bay of Blood, A Blade in the Dark, A Night to Dismember, A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Tate of Blood, Absurd, Aenigma, After Death, Aftermath, Alien, Alone in the Dark, American Nightmare, American Psycho, Amsterdamned, And There Were None, Angustia, Antropophagus, April Fool's Day, At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, Audition, Basket Case, Battle Royale, The Beyond, The Birds with the Crystal Plumage, Black Christmas, Black Sunday, Blood and Black and Lace, Blood Cult, Blood Feast, Blood Song, Blood Tracks, Bloody Birthday, Bloody Moon, Boarding House, The Boogeyman, Braindead, Burial Ground, The Burning, Cabin Fever, Camp Blood, Candyman, Cannibal Apocalypse, Cannibal Campout, Cannibal Ferox, Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Man, Cannibal Terror, Cat in the Brain, Child's Play, Chopping Mall, Christmas Evil, City of the Dead, Cold Prey, Color Me Blood Red, Communion, Contamination, Creep, The Curse of Frankenstein, Curtains, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Dead and Buried, The Dead Next Door, Dead Snow, Death Line, Death Proof, Death Screams, Deep Red, Delirium, Dellamorte Dellamore, Demons, Der Weg nach Eden, Deranged, The Devil Hunter, The Devil Rejects, Diary of a Serial Killer, Don't Answer the Phone, Don't Go in the House, Don't Go Into the Woods Alone, Don't Go Near the Park, Don't Look in the Basement, Don't Open Till Christmas, The Dorm that Dripped Blood, Dr. Giggles, Dr. Lamb, Dracula, The Driller Killer, Dying Breed, Eaten Alive, The Ebola Syndrome, Edge of the Axe, El Tren de la Bruja, Evil, The Evil Dead, Evilspeaks, Expose, Eyes of a Stranger, Eyes Without a Face, Faces of Death, Fatal Games, Final Exam, The Final Terror, Flesh for Frankenstein, Forest of Fear, Friday the 13th, Frightmare, Frontier(s), Frozen Scream, The Funhouse, The Ghastly Ones, Girls Nite Out, Graduation Day, The Guard From the Underground, Guinea Pig, Halloween, Happy Birthday To Me, Hatchet, Haute Tension, He Knows You're Alone, Hell Night, Hellraiser, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, The Hills Have Eyes, Hospital Massacre, Hostel, The House by the Cemetery, The House on Sorority Row, The House on the Edge of the Park, The House That Screamed, I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Saw the Devil, I Spit on Your Grave, Ichi the Killer, In My Skin, The Incredible Torture Show, Inferno, The Initiation, Inside, Intruder, Island of Death, The Janitor, Jigoku, Juan de los Meurtos, Just Before Dawn, Killer Nun, Killer Party, The Last House on the Left; Lisa, Lisa; The Living Dead at The Manchester Morgue; The Long Island Cannibal Massacre; Lucker the Necrophagous; Madhouse; Madman; The Man From Deep River; Maniac; Maniac Cop; Mardi Gras Massacre; Martyrs; Microwave Massacre; Mortuary; Mother's Day; Murder-Set-Pieces; The Mutilator; My Bloody Valentine; The Nail Gun Massacre; Nattevagten; Nekromantik; New Year's Evil; The New York Ripper; Night Ripper; Night of the Bloody Apes; Night of the Demon; Night of the Living Dead; Night School; Night Train Murders; Night Warning; Nightmare City; Nightmare in a Damaged Brain; Oasis of the Zombies; Opera; Peeping Tom; Philosophy of a Knife; Pieces; Pledge Night; Possession; The Prey; Primitive Desires; Prom Night; Psycho; Rabid Grannies; Re-Animator; Reeker; The Return of the Living Dead; Rooms of Tourists; Santa Sangre; Saw; Scanners; School's Out; Schramm; Into the Mind of a Serial Killer; Scream; Scream Bloody Murder; Sentenced to Hanging; Severance; Shaun of the Dead; Silent Night, Deadly Night; Silent Scream; Slaughter Hotel; The Slayer; Sledgehammer; Sleepaway Camp; The Slumber Party Massacre; Snuff: Sorority House Massacre; Splatter University; Stagefright: Aquarius; Strait-Jacket; Strange Behavior; Suspiria; Tenebrae; Terror Train; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; Thirteen Women; Three On a Meathook; To All a Goodnight; To Let; The Toolbox Murders; Tormented; Tourist Trap; Two Thousand Maniacs!; Un Chien Andalou; Unhinged; The Untold Story; Untraceable; Urban Legend; Valentine; Victims; Video Violence; Violent Shit; Visions of Suffering; Visiting Hours; We Are What We Are; Wedding Slashers: The Werewolf and the Yeti; What Have You Done to Solange?; The Witch Who Come From the Sea; The Wizard of Gore; Wolf Creek; The Woman Eaters; Wrong Turn; Xtro; Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key; Zombie Bloodbath; Zombie Creeping Flesh; & Zombie Flesh Eaters.Being a horror fan I appreciate the release of a book that contains most of my favorite horror movies. I'm somewhat disappointed that there wasn't more about the sequels to Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and a few others. Sure the sequels are named, but that is it. Surprisingly, there were several movies that I had never heard of before, but I'm glad that I know about them now. Overall, I think it is a great companion book to any horror fan.
  •     great book!! A definite need for any horror fan!
  •     This book is a bit mistitled, but that does not keep it from being a fantastic collection of great movies and measures of gore, dates, and summaries.
  •     The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies (512 Pages) does not include every slasher ever made from 1916 to 2011 but it does have a decent selection.
  •     This book disappointed me greatly. Over and over as I fought through its poorly -constructed sentencesand the never-ending misplaced and/or misused mmodifiers, I found myself asking, "Did anyone even proofread this?" and"Is English this suthor's second language?" The author knows his topic well, but his abysmal style greTly hampers his ability tcommunicate his knowlwdge effectively. I finished the book, but certainly wouldn't buy anotherby this writer.
  •     There was nothing mammoth about it, except the rip off price - watch out, it's paperback sized and cheap crap paper, I feel cheated

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