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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn; 1st U.S. ed edition (September 18, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060550503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060550509
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any self-respecting fan needs this guide.
M. Hanlen
Both are super-cool books and were godsends to horror fans before the internet and IMDB made books like this somewhat obsolete.
Baron Von Cool
And if you want to find some monster movies with real depth this is one place to find them.
A READER

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on June 22, 2010
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The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies is just that; it is the definitive textbook authority on all things Horror, spanning over eight decades of cinema. It is an important reference tool as well as a complete history lesson on the trends and growths that were experienced within the genre, beginning with the earliest silent classics and ending at the height of the Slasher era, when the book was published. The format is laid out chronologically, dividing each section by the decade and listing the films in alphabetical order by the year of their release in their original countries. Films from nearly every developed nation can be found within its pages, including many entries that are dedicated to the German Expressionists and Asian filmmakers, while also introducing many more obscure titles from countries like Austria or Brazil. Phil Hardy interjects with an informed opinion and rounded knowledge on each of the films being discussed. While his opinions on many of the entries will not be shared by all readers (particularly in his general distaste for the Slasher films), his critiques are always justified and rarely biased. Coming in at over 400 pages, with over 450 black and white stills and an astounding 1,300 film reviews, The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies is an absolute must-have for every Horror fan. It is impossible to thumb through its pages without discovering a slew of exciting new films that may have been long forgotten, but it is integral to read the text from start to finish rather than simply using it as a petty reference tool in order to better one's understanding of the genre.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1998
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Phil Hardy's excellent endevour to catalogue the films of, primarely, Hollywood reaches it's peak with the Horror and Science Fiction books. They both reveal a genuine interest in the media and, as an information non-digital database, these two items are the ultimate choice for collectors and horror/SF aficionados. Where Leonard Maltin says goodbye, Phil Hardy says hello. These items can be used either as a coffeetable companion, or as an encyclopedia for the serious movie-fan. There are some european films that deserves mentioning that have been omitted, but in view of the overall care in which way theese books have been presented, the omissions are readily excused. Tony Fischier
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2010
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I was lucky to find a copy of this (in hardback) at a library book sale for two dollars. Since it was published in 1986 I would not term it comprehensive but there is an impressive list of horror movies in here, including foreign horror (Japan, Mexico, Iceland, Australia, India, North America, and Western Europe), almost 1,300 in all.

The encyclopedia takes readers from the beginnings of horror movies through the eighties, and lists the movies chronologically. Each movie has a brief synopsis with a critical commentary of the film which I found insightful and interesting. For example, some movies are compared with others that have a similar plot, e.g. the comparison between Kwaidan (1965) with Ugetsu Monogatari(1953), etc. The book also lists many obscure titles that I've never heard of. There are lots of B&W photographs throughout the book which makes this even more of a great find and the middle of the book contains inserts of full-color photographs of scenes from classic horror, e.g. "Dance of the Vampires" (1967), "Rosemary's Baby" (1968), "Tales from the Crypt" (1972),"Nosferatu" (1978), etc.

The book also contains a list of all-time horror rental champs, critics' top tens, horror oscars, and a select bibliography and index. Though this is not current, my interest lies mainly in classic horror, so it suits me fine. Fans of classic horror will find much to entertain and inform in this collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A READER on October 21, 2009
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This is a marvelous old book. The summaries of the movies are detailed and the criticism very knowledgeable. For example, the scariest movie I remember as a youngster was "Black Sunday." And this book does the Mario Brava movie justice. The photos are terrific--but be warned there is nudity. Many of the movies predate slasher films. And if you want to find some monster movies with real depth this is one place to find them. I have to say if you love horror movies this is a must have for your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TLR on September 15, 2013
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Published in the 1980s, this was just about the best horror film reference before the internet came along. There are plenty of photos, and the silent period is covered well. There are some obscure and foreign titles I'd like to see included, but books are always forced to deal with such limitations. "Night of the Hunter" is missing, and I don't agree with the review of 1963's "The Haunting," but overall this is worthwhile for horror fans.
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I really wanted the Overlook Film Encyclopedia or Horror Films to accompany the Sci-Fi version of the guide on my shelf, but sadly that book costs several hundred dollars and is long out of print. As best as I can tell this is pretty much the same thing- except it only goes up until 1985 (Some editions of the Overlook version cover films up until 1995) oh and it has different cover art. While I prefer the Bride of Frankenstein cover on the other one, I much much prefer the cost of this version. I don't really have much to add that hasn't already been said better by other reviewers- it's a great resource for those looking to make "to-watch" lists of classic movies they may have missed. It has great cross referencing glossaries in the back and the book is laid out chronologically by year. The synopses are brief and better written than many other film encyclopedias, and it takes a very academic approach to a genre that is often treated in a much more flippant manner. The mini-reviews are obviously written by experts on the genre, as they often contain pointed critical analysis and references to other films/directors/etc. that may be necessary to proper appreciation of the film. This is definitely the guide for those fans who take their horror films seriously and want to learn more about films they may have not seen. Any self-respecting fan needs this guide.
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