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How to Survive a Horror Movie Paperback – May 1, 2007
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“If you have snakes on your plane, did something last summer or suspect you’ve been dead since the beginning of the movie, then this is the book for you.”—McClatchy-Tribune
“How to Survive a Horror Movie is essential reading for horror movie buffs of all ages.”—Think Geek
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Illustrator Nathan Fox lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughter. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Wired, Print, Spin, and countless other national publications.
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There are several laugh-out-loud passages, that I won't spoil here, and the book is filled with decidedly creepy pictures evoking the mood of the old EC comic books. Where the book falters is in the later chapters as the witty, self-aware horror movie depictions give way to simple how-to lists that offer no humor (the worst of which is the snakes on a plane bit that just falls flat).
"How to Survive a Horror Movie" does end with perhaps the funniest tip of the whole book with a "sure fire" way to defeat the devil (do yourself a favor and don't read it until the very end). While not a five star homerun, due to the last third of the book that starts to drag, this is an entertaining and light read that will please any horror fan and even the simple movie buff.
Seth takes you through how to realize if you are in a horror movie and helps to guide you into your continuing existance of fleshy-ness. There are guidelines on where to avoid (cemetaries, cornfields, cabins), rules for babysitting, what to do with your child-infested cornfield, and the sure fire way to defeat Satan himself.
I began reading this text in public, but had to retreat to private due to people staring at me with odd looks as I laughed my way through the book. It fits well into the humor-based survival guides out on the market and you will easily identify loads of horror movies without the author actually mentioning them (copyright loophole). It loses a star for the whole snakes on a plane garbage and really the exorcism chapter pretty much just outlines the movie events. Otherwise, this is a great book and has a pretty good horror-movie-must-see list at the end, I would add "Wrong Turn" and maybe "Turistas" to the list.
In addition to not liking anything, I also don't typically buy anything on a whim. But while waiting in an abnormally long line at Barnes & Noble, I picked up "How to Survive a Horror Movie" for no other reason than I couldn't bring myself to look at "Lord of the Rings" bookmarks any longer.
In addition to not liking anything and not buying anything on a whim, I also almost never laugh out loud at things (books, movies) intended to make me laugh. But to my great surprise, this book is funny... I mean really, really funny. I found myself chuckling at the "How To Know You're In a Horror Movie" bit, and by the time I reached the cash register I actually let slip a single, solitary guffaw.
I spent a good hour that night reading passages aloud to my wife, who shared in the silly joy of the thing. I'm in publishing and my wife's in casting, and we like to think of ourselves as pretty up on the whole comedy scene. Thus, we kept asking ourselves: "Who the hell is this guy?" Grahame-Smith, unless he's using a pseudonym, seems to have come out of nowhere. Barring a catastrophic head wound or some such, I think he's here to stay.
Take it from the guy who only likes two things in the world: This book is worth having.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I check this out at the library first and found it so funny I had to own a copy of my own. Found it on Amazon for a great price!Published 1 month ago by mjbaz
The Good: The book starts off with a delightful prologue from Wes Craven, which is definitely worth the read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Sicurella
Great. Was so good and funny. Touched almost every rule we know and some ones we don't know.Published 8 months ago by ADAMr
this book is pretty funny. good tips and tricks in case you ever end up in a horror movie. after reading this, I think I will be dead in the middle of the movie. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Julie T. Neiser
A good read for the bathroom or before going to sleep. Dig it out as Halloween draws close.Published 14 months ago by Barry Harter
I came across this book in audio form while i was deployed to Afghanistan. It was the only one of its kind buried at the bottom of a box of other crappy books on audio. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jason
Really liked his knowledge of all the horror tropes. Laugh while you shiver! I recommend this book to all scary movie fans!Published 16 months ago by frequentcustomer
The book sucked me in from the beginning. It starts off with an introduction by Wes Craven, ultimate horror movie guy. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jamie W.
I was recommended this book by a friend and let me tell you I was not disappointed. This book makes so many references to my favorite horror movies and pop culture. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer