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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications; Pap/DVD edition (August 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440208247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440208249
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fun and completely enjoyable. You can almost hear the terrible music that filmmakers like me use when we make a horror flick. This is an excellent guide for Horror Freaks and aspiring horror movie makers. If you're already a Freak, Horror Movie Freak will turn you into one, so be careful...and stay scared." --GEORGE ROMERO, director of Night of the Living Dead

About the Author

Don Sumner's first experience with horror was sneaking up in the middle of the night to watch Terror Train on cable TV and he hasn't stopped since. He is the CEO of Horror Freaks Media LLC, has served as the expert on horror movie locales for USA Today, and is committed to countering the unenlightened views of movie critics who do not really "get" horror—the dreaded "horror intelligencia."

More About the Author

Don Sumner's first experience with horror was sneaking up in the middle of the night to watch Terror Train on cable TV and he hasn't stopped since. He is the CEO of Horror Freaks Media LLC, Editor in Chief of Best-Horror-Movies.com, has served as the expert on horror movie locales for USA Today, and is committed to countering the unenlightened views of movie critics who do not really "get" horror--the dreaded "horror intelligentsia."


"Fun and completely enjoyable. You can almost hear the terrible music that filmmakers like me use when we make a horror flick. This is an excellent guide for Horror Freaks and aspiring horror movie makers. If you're not already a freak, 'Horror Movie Freak' will turn you into one, so be careful... and stay scared."

-George A. Romero


'Horror Movie Freak' is the first published book by Don Sumner. Years in the making, 'Horror Movie Freak' explores what it takes to be just that... a horror movie freak. Topics include Rules of Survival in a Horror Movie, What Makes a Horror Movie Great, Ten Movies To Watch Leading Up to Halloween and a Beginner's Shelf to name a few. In addition, horror films essential to becoming a horror movie freak are discussed - from classics like Frankenstein, Psycho and Rosemary's Baby, to the recent Saw series and remakes such as Dawn of the Dead and Friday the 13th.

Why 'Horror Movie Freak', you ask?

Sumner wanted to write the book for the same reason he started the website in 2006 - to give true horror fans what you really want. As a horror movie freak himself, Sumner was always disheartened by what he calls the 'horror intelligentsia' - mainstream reviewers and film academics that pick on horror. Rather than regurgitate their point of view on the genre, he wanted to create a content-driven website where horror enthusiasts could read about what other horror enthusiasts thought, and eventually interact with each other via blogs, forums and chat rooms. Thanks to the incredible site visitors this has been achieved that at Best-Horror-Movies.com!

Now it was time for a book.

And as luck would have it, a publisher contacted Sumner for this very purpose. He immediately went to the thriving online community at Best-Horror-Movies.com and asked what films they cared about most. From there he realized the importance of including every subgenre of horror; for example one chapter's dedicated to remakes and re-imagings. Other sub-genres include classics, Asian horror, zombies, homicidal slashers, vampires, monsters, ghost stories and more. In short, he wanted to give new horror fans a sort of road map, letting them know which films our BHM community considers an essential part of the journey in becoming a horror movie freak.

With this valuable input we believe we've compiled one of the best horror reference guides in history. With over 250 color illustrations, 'Horror Movie Freak' also includes a DVD of George A. Romero's 1968 original zombie movie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead with a special filmed introduction by author Don Sumner... it even fades to black and white!

We hope you will enjoy Horror Movie Freak!

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Liked reading about the movies I have even seen and own.
Jaimee
Don and his staff have done a bang up job with this book and after reading my copy in one afternoon, I cannot wait to see the next volume!
Dinner Party Patti
If you are a horror movie novice or a horror movie freak, this is the book for you.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Crypticpsych on September 15, 2010
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In my opinion, Don has written this book the most appropriate way possible: by not being too scholarly and by talking to the reader as one horror freak to another horror freak or horror freak-in-training. For the last few years, I've proudly written for his site and it was an honor to help create the master film list for this book. I've always believed the most important thing in reviewing horror is to not be afraid to admit that you love it or that you love certain films, and Don captures that idea beautifully, preaching the gospel and virtues of being an unabashed, unashamed Horror Freak. It is one thing to make a "simple" list of "The 100 best films". It is quite another, and far better in some ways, to make a list of movies that are important to a well-rounded, foundational knowledge of the genre....a primer, if you will. Everyone needs a place to start in the genre...or a way for seasoned vets to remember movies they haven't revisted in a long time. Horror Movie Freak fills that void.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lempdoodle on September 8, 2010
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Besides watching horror movies, I love reading about them and have bought my fair share of books over the years. Horror Movie Freak is one of the best. It's a book written by a major horror fan (Freak) for other Horror Freaks and the pure joy of the genre shines through. The book has zippy writing, a fun design and lots of super color photos of movie stills and posters. I was also happy to see some B movies get a mention, like "Silent Night, Deadly Night" and "Motel Hell," and there is also a section on all the different kind of remakes, as well as a shout out (scream out?) to some notable scream queens. And you sure can't beat an endorsement from George Romero himself, or the free DVD of his zombie masterpiece, "Night of the Living Dead," that's included, with a funny introduction by the author. This is a nifty little package perfect for other Horror Freaks and genre novices alike.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2010
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As the title suggests, Don Sumner's HORROR MOVIE FREAK is fun and entertaining book for fans of horror films that runs the gamut from Universal's classic horror films of the 1930's right up to modern day Asian horror films and everything in between. What it is, is an engaging look at horror films in a variety of different sub-genres. What it isn't is comprehensive. HORROR MOVIE FREAK is geared towards horror fans, not horror aficionados, but that's ok. Sumner doesn't present the book as an authoritative look at horror films but rather overview of the genre and even something of a primer for newer fans.

Sumner is the editor at best-horror-movies.com and his team of experts includes several contributors to the website. The book segments the films into almost 20 different categories including Aberrations of Nature, Aliens and Outer Space, Beginner's Shelf, Classics, Evil from Hell, Ghost Stories, Homicidal Slashers, Monsters, Vampires, and Zombie Invasion. There are also sub-sections that deal with modern remakes, Scream Queens, and the groups ten picks for films to watch for Halloween.

These categories allow for Sumner and his team to more accurately define a film's subject matter rather than paint them too broadly and it also adds to the book's enjoyment in a campy way. Over 130 films are included in the book. The entries include the film's release date, director, writer, and cast credits. A plot summary of each is followed by a short analysis of the film and some personal anecdotes. Each entry includes one or more screen-shots and often includes a picture of the original theatrical poster.

One of the book's interesting categories is the Beginner's Shelf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 15, 2011
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In Horror Movie Freak (2010), author Don Sumner provides a nice overview of the horror genre, from Nosferatu (1929), to the monster films from Universal Studios, to Hammer horror, and all the way up to films released in 2010. The book is divided into categories based on historical classification, characteristics, or subject matter. Examples of categories include Vampires, Ghost Stories, Monsters, Asian Horror, Classics, Homicidal Slashers, and Zombie Invasion. Each category has a brief summary, and is then is typically followed by three to seven films in the subgenre. Some may quibble about the inclusion of a particular film in a category, but for the most part, Sumner seems on target. He also devotes a special section to Scream Queens Jamie Lee Curtis, Debbie Rochon, Dee Wallace, and Adrienne Barbeau.

It is when you examine the coverage of individual films, that the limitations of the book become evident, as most times Sumner offers a brief summary of the film, and something to put the film in some kind of historical context. While this is somewhat satisfying, there generally isn't anything that really grabs you and makes you want to see the film. If you are already familiar with a particular film, and are seeking some fascinating tidbit of information, or hoping for a cool obscure bit of trivia, you probably won't find it here.

No matter how historically significant or outstanding a particular movie may be, no film is given more than two pages of coverage in the book. Many times, much of the space is taken up by photos. The photos very often do add a lot, but unfortunately it is often at the expense of coverage of the film.
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