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Horror Films of the 1990s

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"Easy-to-use resource on horror films as well as pop culture of the decade." --Booklist/RBB

"Muir is probably the best-known, if not the best authority on contemporary horror films, and this latest edition in his ongoing series will be a welcome addition to the library of any fan of the genre...the body of each entry is devoted to Muir's excellent commentary. Highly recommended." --Choice

"Muir's writing is entertaining as well as informative, and will enable you to revisit each of your favorites with a somewhat different perspective than usual...a high-quality, hard-backed book...will give you hours and hours of enjoyment, as you revisit your memories of this decade, and revisit the films afterwards. Recommended." --The Thunder Child

"An invaluable research book that horror fans NEED on their shelves." --Dread Central

"An entertaining collection and definitely provides insight into a number of films that all but the most dedicated horror fan may have missed." --Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

About the Author

John Kenneth Muir is the author of more than 20 reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television. He is creator of the Internet sci-fi series The House Between and his popular blog can be found at reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 714 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (September 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786440120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786440122
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I adore the work of Mr. Muir. His whole series of the horror films of the 1970's up to the '90's is nothing short of amazing. The 70's represented outlandish freedoms and unbelievable extremes. The 80's grew up with lessons from the past, experiments in filming, and beginning of remakes. The 90's come in with social anxieties and conspiracy. John K. Muir has covered all three decades.
This volume is no different and more inclusive than the others in taking in the social and political movements of its time. While the 90's were not a favorite time of my mine when it came to horror movies, I know a good large number of the films, the actors emerging and those placing cameos, the block busters that never quite made it. The price, as usual, for a Kindle...is hefty, but what you see in it is almost priceless.
You are invited to check out Mr. Muir's work and this is definitely a good volume. For all who love horror films, make his acquaintance.
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"Horror Films of the 1990s", John Kenneth Muir's third effort to analyze by year and decade that most maligned of genres....Horror....follows in the path of his two previous tombs, "Horror Films of the 1970s/Horror Films of the 1980s". As a result, the book is a complete success. Informative and entertaining, the book provides a platform for Mr. Muir to voice his opinions, likes, dislikes and theories on the pieces of celluloid which landed on the movie screens and our television sets and attempted to terrify our dreams during the 1990s. Muir covers over 300 movies (around 312 I believe) in the book and offers us his personal critiques of each one....the good, the bad and the ugly.
The book outline pretty much follows the same format of his previous entries. Muir begins by trying to explain exactly what makes a film a horror film and ultimately, that is determined by the individual, so it is unlikely that you will find complete sympatico.(Indeed, there are a few films contained in the book that I do not consider to be horror films). He then goes on to explore how the events of the 90s helped to shape and define the images we watched. Next comes the movies themselves. Each year is begun with a list of important events which took place that year. Reviewed alphabetically, Muir gives us a cast and crew list, a brief synopsis of the film and then the author's commentary. The film is also given a rating (half a star to four stars) by Muir. He provides equal time to both the good and the bad that the decade had to offer. In his previous books, I found that I agreed with his ratings more often than not. Interestingly, with this offering, I found that I disagreed with him a lot more......at least on the four star movies.(He names "The Blair Witch Project" as the best movie of the decade. My ranking?
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While the 90s were probably one of the worst decades to be a horror fan, with some exceptions (Halloween H20, Sleepy Hollow, etc.), this book does an excellent job of reviewing the films and contextualizing the them and the period of time they were released in.
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I am not joking when I say Muir knows his s..it! Okay, yes he is a bit leftist..most writers are..but dont let that factor undermine the fact that he is a brilliant wordsmith and an excellent purveyor of horror movies. Thousands of miniscule details and spot on analyses later, I have deduced that Muir should not only be crowned the King of completist horror reviewers but also the top of his class in this much maligned art form.
If you have any doubts as to whether you should by this book I challenge you to open just one review of any movie in it and see for yourself. I can promise you, not only will your memory be jogged reliving all of the horror of the last decade but you will find a renewed sense of hope for this genre.
I loved this book so much I immediately purchased the Horror Movies of the 1980s as well..and I have a feeling you will too.
To all horror enthusisasts everywhere, Kenneth Muir is a delight and most importantly a Fan!
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This 2011 filmography covers more than 300 horror films released from 1990 through 1999. The horror genre's trends and cliches are connected to social and cultural phenomena, such as Y2K fears and the Los Angeles riots. Popular films were about serial killers, aliens, conspiracies, and sinister "interlopers," new monsters who shambled their way into havoc. Each of the films is discussed at length with detailed credits and critical commentary. There are six appendices: 1990s cliches and conventions, 1990s hall of fame, memorable ad lines, movie references in Scream, 1990s horrors vs. The X-Files, and the decade's ten best. Fully indexed, 224 photographs.

This is a massive 714-page reference for an overlooked decade of horror movies. Sequels do get covered here (Leprechaun, Amityville Horror and others). That is extremely rare in horror movie books (especially this decade). The book gets a professional outline and comes with a great introduction and editorial explaining each section. Muir discusses the contraction horror experienced in the 1990s as audience's tastes had changed. 1990s horror was full of Scream knock-offs, sequels and horror-comedies. If you love watching horror movies from the 1990s then this is a must-own. There is simply no other horror film book that covers the 1990s with this level of detail.
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