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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600107079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600107078
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book to horror movie fans and film buffs everywhere!
Casey Bond
The author makes his case(s) well, and while fans may quibble here and there, I think most will generally agree with these picks.
Jerry O.
It's the kind of book that is best enjoyed after the wife and/or kids are in bed for the night.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PHOTON GUY 2 on February 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you're a long-time horror film fan (like me) you're going to love Gary Gerani's new book, TOP 100 HORROR MOVIES. Who among us has not constructed our own top 10, top 50 or top 100 favorite horror film list over the years? The immediate temptation upon holding this book in your hands is to thumb through it immediately like any other profusely illustrated new book. STOP! DON'T DO IT! You'll instantly be mired in moving from title to title, agreeing here and perhaps even hating a choice there. To properly savor this wonderful fun read, set it aside for a time when you have bracketed at least an hour to start it. It's the kind of book that is best enjoyed after the wife and/or kids are in bed for the night. Turn off the TV; resist the further temptation of having a DVD film on in the background, even one you're overly familiar with. Make sure you have your favorite beverage and (non-greasy) snack at hand. Then you're ready to begin. Approach it like you would a good novel from page one onward. Each turn of the page will bring you to an old friend, or perhaps a film you've heard of but have never seen or a choice you simply can't believe has been included where it is (or even in the book itself!). But that's the real pleasure isn't it? Gerani is a long-time film historian, a man who grew up in the Fifties and saw many of these films as they were released, before their individual uniqueness was compromised by remakes and copycats and by the end of the book you'll realize that you've spent your time in the presence of a real genre film fan. He expectedly presents the important particulars about each movie before moving on to discuss why he's chosen it for inclusion.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By batroc586 on January 5, 2011
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A tremendously entertaining "List" of horror classics that not only offers fun and insightful commentary for each of the "must-watch" 100, but also serves as a handy guide for any horror buff on their next trip to the DVD store. Gerani has enough controversial opinions to spark debate (HORROR OF DRACULA is that high on the list?! DAWN OF THE DEAD didn't make the cut?! CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF beats THE WOLFMAN?!) but his reasoning is always interesting and thorough and his breezy writing style keeps the pages turning, the book itself generating almost as much suspense -- what's next on the List? -- as the films themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Steve on December 16, 2010
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Ever since THE BOOK OF LISTS was published back in the 1970's America seems to be in love with lists: shopping lists, laundry lists, and of course, "Best of" lists. They are the grist for the water cooler discussions, coffee house confabs, debates with friends...or enemies for that matter, but they always stimulate and create discourse on whatever topic is at hand. Well GARY GERANI has created a book which Horror fans can have a ball with in his TOP 100 HORROR FILMS. For starters, it has a fun graphic style loaded with great and sometimes rare photos along with poster art from each film, which is just plain cool!

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Parry on January 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has EVERYTHING you want to know about horror films, down to the running time of each film and aspect ratio (which is a BIG deal to serious film fanatics). It's like a textbook on the subject of scary movies, I was very surprised to find that such a detailed book was done by one single author/film scholar, how one man could have such detailed expertise on such a vast subject is utterly unfound! Mr. Gerani should take his show on the road and teach a master class on the subject of horror films, I would seriously pay to hear him lecture on this subject!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irene Stape on January 9, 2011
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You never know what to expect with this type of volume, i was pleasantly surprised by this book, writing is concise and to the point, fun behind the story facts are included along with rare photos. So many great glossy photos, all the info you want the who, when, where and why of how each film was made. All horror fans buy this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emanuel maris on December 24, 2010
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Hey, I'm a horror flick fan - and I got tons o' books - lots of them are Top or Best ofs. But this is the first one to ever break through the oldster mentality that doesn't allow for classics to be made any later than the late '60s or early '70s. This gives equal consideration to momentous breakthroughs from genre-busting horror films from the silents right up to the present day. From the orihginal Frankenstein to Horror OF Dracula to Saw, it's all here. You may not agree with this top 100 list - nobody's list will ever superimpose exactly - but Gerani makes his case for each inclusion SO WELL, that you can't put this book down! I couldn't until I went from the first page to the last page! And then I went and made my future DVD list to include many of the films I read about here. Never has a writer made me change my mind to that degree! Did I mention that this book is a visual wonder treat as well? Get it NOW!
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