Horror Cinema

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Press:Taschen TASCHEN America Llc; Ill edition (October 1, 2008)
Publication Date:2008.11
Author Name:Duncan, Paul (ED),Penner, Jonathan / Schneider, Steven Jay


The best scary movies of all timeThis exciting new visual history examines the genre in thematic, historical, and aesthetic termsHorror is both the most perennially popular and geographically diverse of all film genres; arguably, every country that makes movies makes horror movies of one kind or another. 
Depicting deep-rooted, even archetypal fears, while at the same time exploiting socially and culturally specific anxieties, cinematic horror is at once timeless and utterly of its time and place.
This exciting new visual history, which includes unique images from the David Del Valle archive, examines the genre in thematic, historical, and aesthetic terms, breaking it down into the following fundamental categories: Slashers & Serial Killers; Cannibals, Freaks & Hillbillys; Revenge of Nature & Environmental Horror; Sci-fi Horror; The Living Dead; Ghosts & Haunted Houses; Possession, Demons & Evil Tricksters; Voodoo, Cults & Satanists; Vampires & Werewolves; and The Monstrous-Feminine.
Among the many films featured are classics such as Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Alien, The Exorcist, Dracula, and The Wicker Man.


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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     Love this book. It's very artistic and deep. It's a must have for all photographs and picture lovers. Awesome!! Totally worth it!
  •     Horror Cinema Pretty good book on horror films. Needless to say a few too many gorystills from modern splatter movies. Over all, not bad book with many many images of the classic creepshows.Recommended to fans of horror cinema.
  •     What a great book, just for horror movies fans, if so you definitively shall get it, I found almost every great horror movie on it until its publication. Excellent size of pages, great content, awesome color in pictures, HORROR FANS MUST HAVE!!!!11
  •     My main reasons for buying this book were my love for horror movies and the classic image of an over-the-hill Joan Crawford wielding a heavy ax on the back cover (the same picture is also conveniently featured inside the book). In fact, the pictures are, in my opinion, the best thing about the book. The text did not dig too far into any one movie or genre and what was written was too much of a film class-like analysis of each type of horror film that was discussed. I guess I wasn't expecting that and so I let the pictures make up for my boredom and disappointment in what I was reading. Pictures from some of my favorite movies (The Witches, Pet Sematary, Misery and House of 1000 Corpses, to name a few) made it into this book and I really enjoyed that. As far other aspects of the book, not so much. Would I recommend the book? Yes, but for the pictures alone. I don't mind a gory snapshot from one of my favorite movies every now and then.
  •     To be honest, I haven't even read this whole book yet because I've been too fixated on the photos, of which there are many great ones. While gore in Technicolor is welcome, I actually love that the book is in black and white, since it just seems to make things feel grittier. The book is divided up into fun categories, including Cannibals, Freaks and Hillbillies, and The Monstrous Feminine (love the photo of Joan Crawford...a battle-ax wielding a battle ax - can't beat that). The text I have read so far has been enjoyable, but I'm only giving this 4 stars because spelling the name of one of the most famous horror villains wrong (it should be Michael Myers) is (tongue-in-cheek) unforgivable.

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