THE MAKING OF HORROR MOVIES
KEY FIGURES WHO ESTABLISHED THE GENRE
By Jennifer Selway, Film & TV critic, former editor of the Observer TV pages and Time Out contributor.
Hardback Book, 224 pages, 32 Black and White Images.
Horror films divide opinion. It wasn’t until 1973 that a horror film, (The Exorcist), was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture. Many critics still regard this type of film with amused condescension. Public opinion is also divided. Some cinema-goers revel in the thought of being made very, very afraid, while some just don’t like horror films because they don’t want to be frightened. This guide, which is for both the fan and the more faint-hearted, steers an illuminating path through a genre that has, since the early days of cinema, split into many sub-division: folk horror, slasher movies, Hammer horror, sci-fi films, psychological thrillers and zombie movies, among others. The book includes eighteen chapters, each of which chapters focuses on an influential figure in the horror film genre. The chapters include: Tod Browning, Bela Lugosi, Val Lewton, Lon Chaney, Lon Chaney Jr, Boris Karloff, FW Murnau, James Whale, Vincent Price, Elsa Lanchester, Ingrid Pitt, Terence Fisher, Nigel Kneale, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, John Carpenter, Roman Polanski and Michael Reeves.
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