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Horror Films of the 1990s Hardcover – September 26, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0786440122 ISBN-10: 0786440120

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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: 9.8 x 7.1 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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John Kenneth Muir is the award-winning author of over 24 books in the fields of film & television, with an accent on horror & sci-fi. John has been described as one of the horror genre's "most widely read critics" by Rue Morgue Magazine, and as an "accomplished film journalist" by Comic Buyer's Guide. His director books include profiles of John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Christopher Guest, Tobe Hooper, Mira Nair, Sam Raimi, and Kevin Smith. John has twice won a Booklist Editor's Choice citation (for Horror Films of the 1970s and Terror Television). John is also the creator of the award-nominated web series, The House Between, and in 2009 John's blog, Reflections on Film/TV was named one of the "top 100" film study blogs on the Net. In 2010, John appeared in the documentary Nightmares in Red, White and Blue.

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Mr. Muir closes the book with his list of the top ten best films of the decade.
Tucker
His previous books on films of the 1970's and the 1980's are just as great and are must owns for any horror film fan.
A. Gragg
The appendix, that features numerous helpful (and often amusing) information is quite well done as well.
Michael A. Mccullough

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tucker on November 20, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MacheteJason TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chevy Chase on February 10, 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Gragg on October 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
John Kenneth Muir has done it again! One thing I like about his books is that he gives equal attention to popular films as well as more obscure titles. If you are looking for a well written review book of horror films of the 1990's look no further. His previous books on films of the 1970's and the 1980's are just as great and are must owns for any horror film fan. I look forward to Horror films of the 2000's.
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