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Top 100 Horror Movies Paperback – November 9, 2010
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But it is Gerani's friendly intelligent and articulate style which makes this book fun to read from cover to cover. I especially enjoyed his "also rans;" the titles that did not quite make the top 100 which still have merit and value. Like some of my pals, I don't always agree with the rankings, but I can't really attack Gerani's choices and ultimately his reasons for choosing these films. They are his choices after all. For those who think differently maybe you can get your faves between two covers in a future edition, but in the meantime you will have a swell time reading and absorbing the 100 as written by this insightful and personable writer. Superb cover art painted by movie poster illustrator: STEVE CHORNEY.
By the way, Gerani participates in the commentaries assembled for THRILLER: The Complete Series on DVD, as well as THE TWILIGHT ZONE on Blu Ray. His trademark friendly style makes watching those old series into a new and not at all guilty...pleasure!
Author/screenwriter Gerani covers the films in reverse order. Number 100 is 1970's HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS, #1 being...well, read the book and find out! Each film usually receives a two-page spread with production specs, plot summary and a concluding 'Why It's Important' section. TOP 100 HORROR MOVIES is chock-full of photographs, each film being illustrated with four-eight b&w and/or color photographs including movies posters. Visually Gerani's book is a very pleasing package; eye candy for horror buffs.
In terms of the actual films covered, most of the usual suspects are included - PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, ROSEMARY'S BABY, SAW, SUSPIRIA, EVIL DEAD, CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE SHINING, HELLRAISER, RE-ANIMATOR, ISLAND OF LOST SOULS, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, HOUSE OF WAX, CARRIE, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FREAKS, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF, HOUSE OF USHER, HALLOWEEN, THE EXORCIST, THE WOLF MAN, etc. Several of the inclusions - HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME KING KONG, etc. - are questionable in my mind. Likewise, there's a couple flicks missing but, what the heck, it's Gerani's book and he's entitled to his opinion.
Though I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool horror buff, I've enjoyed many of the films found in TOP 100 HORROR MOVIES. Within its 196 pages, Gerani and Fantastic Press have produced an informative, nicely-illustrated and appealing tribute to some true cinematic classics. Recommended.
An even better if slightly older - 2007 - book is Aaron Christensen's HORROR 101.
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I got this from the Sci-Fi Book club last year. While I don't agree with every single movie that's in there deserves to be in the top 100, I will agree that many of them are... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brian E
Great photos, wonderful lay out, and delightful text. The only thing that could be nit-picked is the exact order of his ranking. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kurt Kuersteiner
A Fresh look at these movies, witty, insightful writing, a great book for the horror movie fan, nice guide for the devoted and casual fan alike. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eldon L. Mckelvie
Gary Gerani’s three companion books (Top 100 Fantasy Movies, Top 100 Science Fiction Movies and Top 100 Horror Movies) impressed me so much that last year I started watching all of... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Nils Helstrom
I was just excited that it rated Horror of Dracula as #1 because I love that movie but The Exorcist has always been my favorite horror film. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Kevin C. Clark
The book covers some GREAT classic films, mostly older films with a smattering of Newer films. However, there are only 75 films properly covered
as there is a print error in... Read more
The pages fall out in your hand. It's ridiculous! I wound up reading a bunch of loose pages. Fun though.Published on March 23, 2012 by Mark Prindle
This book, along with Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies, are great genre references. This one follows the same format with stunning photos, reproductions of each movie's theater poster,... Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer