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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 masterpi 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.


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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 masterpi 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.

30 review for Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    I am a big horror fan buff and found this wonderfully illustrated 'history' of horror a very good read. Was particularly intrigued by the early origins - Golem, Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu and how American film makers were influenced.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This is a good primer for the casual horror fan, with some terrific images. A little disappointed that there was only a passing mention of Fulci, but again, this is for beginners and gives a solid overview of the genre we all love so much and stories behind some of the most notable films.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    Let's say an alien from another planet has landed. It knows nothing of our culture but it has one peculiar question: Tell it what the essential horror movies of all-time are. That's a tough task for anybody, but Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics from author Michael Mallory attempts the feat with mostly-excellent results. The tome is broken up into sections that seem to start chronologically but then branch out into all eras. Chapters range from Silent to Golden to Color t Let's say an alien from another planet has landed. It knows nothing of our culture but it has one peculiar question: Tell it what the essential horror movies of all-time are. That's a tough task for anybody, but Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics from author Michael Mallory attempts the feat with mostly-excellent results. The tome is broken up into sections that seem to start chronologically but then branch out into all eras. Chapters range from Silent to Golden to Color to Euro to Drive-In to Mainstream to Psycho-Slashers to Creatures/Demons/Spirits, and finally to the Future of Horror. A one-page section is also devoted to other noteworthy movies. There are plenty of high-quality and – as far as I can tell – rare photos, and each movie noted comes with interesting stories and anecdotes. There are also a few Spotlight subsections placed randomly throughout like Brit Horror, Psychological Horror, The Monster-Makers and Torture Porn. You can read R.J.'s full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James Carter

    Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics is not a bad book but is missing lots of horror movies. An inclusion of several horror pictures is in the book, yet I don't agree with them because they are either bad or overrated. There is a good balance between pictures and worth-reading text for each movie. All in all, Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics just needs to include more horror films.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pug

    A fun trip down movie-memory lane. Reading about the movies I hadn't seen (especially the really old ones) got a bit boring. On the other hand, I wanted more info about the ones I liked. All in all, a book worth exploring. Lots of scary pictures! I had to skip "The Shining" and come back to it the next morning. :(

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Interesting enough brief summaries of a range of horror movies from the early 20th century to the early 21st. Pictures are probably the best thing about it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Winnie Marth

    After we started relying everything on Google and Wiki, this book tells us sometime a more traditional way to look for a reference saves us time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jackson

    "Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics" by Michael Mallory is a wonderful coffee table book, with a great range of classic-must-see horror movies, from the start of film making to the modern day. It contains excellent photos, concise descriptions of film plots, and reasons why they deserve to be in the book. Yes I know that some horror buffs will be disappointed that film "x" wasn't included, but it does not claim to be an encyclopaedia of the horror genre (hmm good idea for "Essential Horror Movies: Matinee Monsters to Cult Classics" by Michael Mallory is a wonderful coffee table book, with a great range of classic-must-see horror movies, from the start of film making to the modern day. It contains excellent photos, concise descriptions of film plots, and reasons why they deserve to be in the book. Yes I know that some horror buffs will be disappointed that film "x" wasn't included, but it does not claim to be an encyclopaedia of the horror genre (hmm good idea for a book project there). As a horror movie devotee, I am always interested in books on the subject, and found this one to be both entertaining and informative. (I still find it amazing that after all these years, even still photos of Linda Blaire from The Exorcist - 1973, yeah really 1973 - continue to manage to give me the willies.)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    My one complaint: why is it that EVERY TIME I pick up one of these otherwise awesome retrospectives -- chock full of great pictures and interesting tidbits of information -- I *always* find a dozen+ spelling errors (or incorrect actors listed in the picture captions) in the latter half of the book? Do the editors just get tired and give up halfway through? Inquiring minds want to know.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Silver

    Since I am a huge fan of horror movies, I truly loved this history of horror films starting with silent movies up to today. Fun read with awesome pictures!

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