Thursday, October 24, 2013

Horror Films FAQ -- John Kenneth Muir

I was immediately sold on this book by Chris Carter's introduction in which he says that the horror movie of the '50s that had the most effect on him was The Creature from the Black Lagoon, because that happens to be a personal favorite of mine.  What follows that introduction is 370 or so pages of discussion of 28 different sub-genres of the horror film (zombies, slashers, boogeymen, mad scientists, werewolves, vampires, and so on).  The author, John Kenneth Muir, gives a short intro to the each chapter in which he discusses the subject in general, and then he does into detail about certain films.  This book isn't an exhaustive treatment of all horror movies, but it sure does cover a lot of ground as Muir writes about a huge range of them.  This is a great book for browsing, and it will remind you of a lot of movies you've seen, a lot you haven't, and quite a few you might want to take a look at.  Belongs on every horror movie fan's bookshelf.  Check it out.

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