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Legendary Horror Films Hardcover – September, 1995

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Presenting the history of a film genre as complex as horror is a formidable task. In Legendary Horror Films, Peter Guttmacher gives us a coffee-table treatment of the subject that does the job quite creditably in just 120-odd pages. Like any coffee-table book, this one boasts abundant illustrations, including many unusual, often stunning posters, lobby cards, stills, and portraits, beautifully reproduced. Guttmacher also sprinkles his text liberally with sidebars (e.g., makeup techniques used by Lon Chaney and Jack Pierce) and some amusing quizzes.

The point of this book is the artwork, not the uneven text. Yet, the text has its strong points: an interesting account of the earliest days of film horror, including Chaney's groundbreaking work; background information on the making of many classic films; and the author's enthusiasm. Unfortunately, Guttmacher goes somewhat overboard in his attempts to be both breezy and literate, frequently producing comma-spattered, rambling sentences stuffed with parenthetical phrases, as well as the occasional malapropism or mangled metaphor. ("A bedraggled Bette Davis tackled one of the trickiest roles a fading star ever grabbed to rise and shine with.")

More distressing than Guttmacher's stylistic lapses, however, are the errors of fact. Incorrect movie titles, credits, and spellings abound; even the well-known rhyme about Lizzie Borden is misquoted. But for the neophyte or casual horror fan, Legendary Horror Films provides an entertaining overview of the genre. --M.V. Burke

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: MetroBooks (NY) (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567991718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567991710
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,871,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was shocked to find this booked riddled with simple errors and basically a lack of knowledge about the horror genre. There are plenty of comments and remarks made by the author which really shows that he doesn't know squat about the horror genre. So if you want book that gives you lots of wrong info, here you go.
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I read many books similar to this in my childhood as I scoured the vaults of my local library searching for my fix on the history of horror cinema. Many of the books I discovered were filled with facts I later learned to be inaccuracies (which were printed presumably because the errors were passed down from previous library resources) and this book is no exception. I recall library books which stated such nonsense as a Japanese version of King Kong Vs Godzilla in which Godzilla defeats Kong and suggesting actor Max Schreck was indeed the vampire he portrayed in Nosferatu. Inaccuracies such as these were understandable considering that those books were written a decade or two before accessing the internet was a plausible resource. Peter Guttmacher has no such excuse. The following are the top five errors which irritated me the most in Legendary Horror Films:

5) Crediting Freddy Krueger as Robert Englund's "creation" on pg 113.

4) Listing "Saucy Jack", "Springheeled Jack" and "Jack the Ripper" all as one in the same on pg 92.

3) Stating that in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre "the film's heroine, played by Marilyn Burns, gets to witness all the atrocities (she is hung on a meat hook while her boyfriend is filleted, for example)". In actuality it is actress Teri McMinn who is hung on a meat hook, while Burns doesn't "witness all the atrocities", only the death of her invalid brother. This falsity was printed on pg 102.

2) Listing the budget for Blood Feast as a "mere $70, 000". That budget would have been quite large for a film intended for drive-ins in 1963. Blood Feast was in fact produced by theatre-chain owner Stanford Kohlberg who wrote a check to director Lewis and producer Friedman for $24, 500 after their pitch. This error is located on pg 97.
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Format: Hardcover
This colorful volume investigates the horror movie genre, including its history and the early pioneers like Lou Chaney and Peter Lorre. It covers all aspects of interest, including themes like the evil genius, the mad scientist, aliens and beasts, animals gone wild, insect attacks, killer plants, cults, etc.
Lavishly illustrated with color and black & white photographs, the amusing and informative text contains a feast of fascinating facts, trivia, revealing quotes and quizzes plus a look at special effects.
The chapter titled Old Masters Of Mayhem looks at inter alia the movies Der Golem, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu and the Phantom Of The Opera, whilst the Frankenstein and Dracula movies are discussed in the chapter Universal's Golden Age, which also contains a Dracula family tree listing the original movie and all its offshoots.
King Kong, Godzilla, The Fly, Altered States, the Thing, The Man Who Fell to Earth and Aliens are amongst many film discussed under the title Science Has Its Pitfalls, while in Unnatural Nature movies like The Birds, The Swarm, The Stepford Wives, Demon Seed and others are investigated.
The other chapters are Human Monsters (Halloween, Night Of The Hunter, Psycho, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, etc.) and Dark Roads Are Better Left Untraveled (The Shining, Poltergeist, Exorcist, Omen, Rosemary's Baby, etc.)
This witty and entertaining look at horror films as a popular cinematic form concludes with a bibliography and an index. The book is a great read and an indispensable reference guide to casual fans of this genre.
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The book was excellent. It explained to me everything about tons of horror films of the past. It was extremely informational and I loved reading the book. I have watched almost all the horror films mentioned in the book and everything in the book matched the movies. Anyone who insults the book is wrong because it was an amazing book. I loved every page.
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