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Product Details

  • Series: 25 (Book 25)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; 25 Anv edition (March 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836534576
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836534574
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jonathan Penner has written for movies, television, magazines, and blogs, and has worked extensively as an actor, screenwriter, and producer. His film credits include the cult classic The Last Supper, the Hamlet-inspired Let the Devil Wear Black and the short film for which he was Oscar-nominated, Down on the Waterfront.

Steven Jay Schneider received his MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is a Ph.D candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author or editor of numerous books on film.

Paul Duncan has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives, and authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.

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Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy from Harvard University and in Cinema Studies from New York University. He is the author and editor of numerous books on world cinema, most notably in the horror genre. They include Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in Style: Artistic Murder in the Movies, Understanding Film Genres, and Traditions in World Cinema. He is also a consultant for film, television, and home video/DVD production companies, a curator for world horror film programs, and a staff member in development for Paramount Pictures. Among his recent titles are 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors, both available in North America from Barron's. Two additional titles from Barron's are scheduled for publication in Spring 09. They are 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Seebach on December 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I found this volume in a Taschen store just off Rodeo Dr in Beverly Hills. Since it was so modestly priced I snapped it right up. The photos are great and are expertly reproduced. And, with a collection of other books of this type I was happy and surprised to find images I've never seen before.

There's a whimsical shot that was made during the production of 1959's "House on Haunted Hill" where Vincent Price is dancing with that skeleton that is such an integral part of the plot. It must have been a "horsing around" moment.

However, there are errors that crop up in the text. In describing the memorable makeup Lon Chaney used to create the face of Erik, the phantom of the Paris opera, the author refers to "puddy." Could he have meant putty?

And, when introducing Howard Hawks' "The Thing" he says that the 1950 release capitalized on Russia's launch of Sputnik.

The Russian Sputnik was not launched until 1957.

Nevertheless, the serious horror film fan will want to add this volume to his library. The text errors should have been noticed by a publisher like Taschen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Denfeld on May 13, 2013
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This book is informative about the origins, scope, and variations of the Horror genre throughout cinema's history. It features amazing photographs from well-known films, along with chilling quotes from artists and directly from horror films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on June 16, 2012
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This book is vivid in detail for horror movies! It contains chapters on different genres and character types. As-well as important information on the movies that started it all to modern day classics. Vivid pictures and so much more. A must have for horror geeks everywhere!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CG on June 6, 2012
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Saw this book on sale and bought it on a whim. I ended up being more than pleased with the book when it arrived. It's a gorgeous coffee table style book with lots to read but even more to look at. I even showed it to a few (horror movie loving) friends who later purchased it themselves. Great buy!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Mc on May 10, 2013
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Owning several titles in the Taschen film book series, (Films of the 60's, Films of the 70's and films of the 80's) I was expecting something great in this volume. But I was disappointed. It's a beautiful book and I love the oversize size, but it's surprisingly thin and comes no where near the in-depth coverage of films one would expect from this publisher. It's far from comprehensive and most of the films it includes are only briefly touched on. I expected it to be broken down into sections by decades or subject and a selection of best films given a thorough review with lots of photos, as in the other books in the series. It is broken down into subjects but does not go further with sections devoted to individual films, but gives only a brief overview of each sub-genre. The photos it includes are beautiful, many of them full page - there just aren't enough of them. So it's a decent book but I expected much more. Hell, just a collection of the articles on films from their other volumes would have been better. For instance in Films of the 60's (which is at least four times as thick as this book) there are great essays on Polanski's films "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Fearless Vampire Killers" plus several other horror films including Hitchcock's "The Birds." In the films of the 70's there is an excellent article on "The Exorcist." All of these films were better covered in those volumes, which is ironic since they should have been highlighted in the "Horror Cinema" volume. Here the films are barely mentioned, if at all. So for a superficial but attractive book it's great on a coffee table, but if you want substance, stick with the other volumes in the Taschen series. If only they would have followed the format they used in their other books this would have been an excellent book, maybe even the ultimate horror film book. But no.
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