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The breadth of opinionated knowledge within these covers is massive...For an overview of modern horror movies you can not improve on this. Unless Newman returns in another couple of decades (JT Lindroos;

About the Author

Kim Newman is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. His fiction includes the Anno Dracula novels, Life's Lottery and Mysteries of the Diogenes Club, and The Vampire Genevieve as Jack Yeovil. His other non-fiction books include Ghastly Beyond Belief (with Neil Gaiman), Horror: 100 Best Books (with Stephen Jones), Wild West Movies, Millennium Movies and BFI Classics studies of Cat People and Doctor Who. He is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines, has written plays for BBC radio, and directed and written a tiny film Missing Girl. His official web-site, 'Dr Shade's Laboratory' can be found at

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  • Paperback: 633 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 2 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408805030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408805039
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Newman is a London-based author and movie critic. With over 25 years of experience, he writes regularly for Empire Magazine and contributes to The Guardian, The Times, Sight & Sound and others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV and has popular lines in horror. He has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy Award.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William Amazzini on June 17, 2011
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When I first bought the first edition of Kim Newman's 'NIGHTMARE MOVIES' way back in 1988, I was discovering many different types of Horror films in mom and pop video stores and I only had 3 major books on the genre that I would turn to: Carlos Clarens 'AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE HORROR FILM', David Piries's 'A HERITAGE OF HORROR' and Phil Hardy's 'ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HORROR FILM'. I thought Kim's book blew them all away by its honesty, incredible perception and above all, his love for the genre. Now , Mr. Newman has updated his book with a section called 'NEW NIGHTMARES' and he's done the unthinkable, he has written the greatest book on the Horror film genre ever. Since his book was first published , I have followed his writings in many periodicals and magazines including Tim Luca's 'VIDEO WATCHDOG' but I never expected this wonderful upgrade of the modern Horror film. Kim was the first to discard the excessive chapters on origins such as the silent film Horrors, Universal Horrors, and the films of the forties and fifties up to Hammer Films of England and decided to start the book with a film which really transformed the face of celluloid Horror forever, George Romero's 'NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD'. Each chapter covers the realms of Horror such as films of Vampires and Werewolves. Mummies,Zombies, Serial Killers, Devils, you name it , its in here and now this new edition expands to the 'HOSTEL' 'SAW' franchises and 'THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE' . He writes in a way that you wish the chapters would not end and makes you go back to re-read each sentence with relish and you'll find yourself chuckling to yourself at his wit and style, something I have not done in years when I read books on film. You don't need to be a film scholar or a stranger to the Horror film to enjoy this new edition.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cathytg on December 5, 2011
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I've had the original edition of Nightmare Movies since I stumbled across it in a used bookstore in the early '90s. I have read that thing to pieces (literally -- chunks of pages have fallen out) -- Newman wrote a classic of film criticism, which makes a great guidebook and a great leisure read alike.

The updated edition takes us up to, pretty much, right this second -- he covers everything right up to movies that were released in 2010 and 2011. To do it, he took the original book and the left the text intact but added footnotes when he had changed an opinion or had something new to say. To this is added essentially a second entire book covering everything released since the first Nightmare Movies went to print. This makes the new Nightmare Movies a big ol' volume indeed, and formatted very differently from the original -- notably the full-page photos are gone, and the movie stills are much smaller and fewer, crammed into two inserts. The proofreading, sadly, sucks -- it's full of inconsistently spelled names, typos, and howlers like "serial" for "cereal." I don't blame Newman for this -- I blame Bloomsbury. For shame!

There's lots of good and interesting stuff here, including Newman's reflections on the "torture porn" genre, the vampire romance phenomenon, and J-horror. The new content is, however, a little less sparkling than the old. Part of it is that he's not starting from scratch to consider, say, vampire films, because he already did that in the original, so some sections feel more like a laundry list of new movies than a fresh appraisal -- and part of it might be that just like the rest of us, Newman's older and more jaded than he was 20-some years ago. However, his appraisals of movies he especially liked or found interesting are as sharp and intelligent as ever.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tucker on September 12, 2011
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Mr. Newman has written an exhaustive study on the horror genre, providing some very interesting information throughout. The first half of the book is pretty much the original material from the first publication with added current footnotes by the author clarifying information he wrote earlier. The second half of the book is the updated portion, consisting of all new material where the author picks up the narrative on directors and films that have been released since the first publication of the book. It's clear that Mr. Newman has put in many many hours of research putting this book together and I found it an enjoyable read for the most part. I did, however, find some parts of the book to be overly analytical and somewhat boring. Ironically, most of these sections seemed to be in the updated second half of the book. In fairness, I will say that most of the areas I thought dragged and lost my interest were sections that covered topics I was not particularly interested in. I skipped most of the chapter on vampires as that was never my subgenre of choice. The portion on Asian ghost stories was a bit of a struggle to get through as I've only seen one or two of these types of films that I actually liked, but hey, we all have different tastes and the parts where I lost interest may be completely fascinating to another reader. In any case, Mr. Newman has put forth a strong, well informed, knowledgeable critique of an often maligned genre.
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