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Horror Cinema Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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About the Author

Paul Duncan has seen lots of films and read lots of comics and books. He wanted to share his enthusiasm for these subjects so he published magazines about comics (Ark) and crime fiction (Crime Time) before launching a series of small film guides (Pocket Essentials). He has edited more than 40 film books for TASCHEN, and wrote Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN America Llc; Ill edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822831522
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822831526
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Cox on January 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My main reasons for buying this book were my love for horror movies and the classic image of an over-the-hill Joan Crawford wielding a heavy ax on the back cover (the same picture is also conveniently featured inside the book). In fact, the pictures are, in my opinion, the best thing about the book. The text did not dig too far into any one movie or genre and what was written was too much of a film class-like analysis of each type of horror film that was discussed. I guess I wasn't expecting that and so I let the pictures make up for my boredom and disappointment in what I was reading. Pictures from some of my favorite movies (The Witches, Pet Sematary, Misery and House of 1000 Corpses, to name a few) made it into this book and I really enjoyed that. As far other aspects of the book, not so much. Would I recommend the book? Yes, but for the pictures alone. I don't mind a gory snapshot from one of my favorite movies every now and then.
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By Lempdoodle on October 29, 2010
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To be honest, I haven't even read this whole book yet because I've been too fixated on the photos, of which there are many great ones. While gore in Technicolor is welcome, I actually love that the book is in black and white, since it just seems to make things feel grittier. The book is divided up into fun categories, including Cannibals, Freaks and Hillbillies, and The Monstrous Feminine (love the photo of Joan Crawford...a battle-ax wielding a battle ax - can't beat that). The text I have read so far has been enjoyable, but I'm only giving this 4 stars because spelling the name of one of the most famous horror villains wrong (it should be Michael Myers) is (tongue-in-cheek) unforgivable.
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What a great book, just for horror movies fans, if so you definitively shall get it, I found almost every great horror movie on it until its publication. Excellent size of pages, great content, awesome color in pictures, HORROR FANS MUST HAVE!!!!11
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By Juan Carlos Gonzalez M. on January 29, 2009
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Love this book. It's very artistic and deep. It's a must have for all photographs and picture lovers. Awesome!! Totally worth it!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ohio Guy on January 10, 2009
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Horror Cinema
Pretty good book on horror films. Needless to say a few too many gory
stills from modern splatter movies. Over all, not bad book with many many images of the classic creepshows.Recommended to fans of horror cinema.
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