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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for Every Fan of Horror Cinema, August 30, 2011
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This review is from: Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Inven ted Modern Horror (Hardcover)
This is a fantastic account of the best decade in Horror cinema. This riveting tale lays the foundation with incredibly interesting stories of how Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" inspired new filmmakers to not only pay homage, but also to rail against this classic film's explanatory ending. It then moves forward with fascinating accounts of how "Rosemary's Baby", "Night of the Living Dead", "The Exorcist", "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Carrie", "Halloween", "Alien", and many other classics of horror were made. It details the beginnings of some of the genre's biggest names, such as Roman Polanski, George A. Romero, John Carpenter, Dan O'Bannon, William Friedkin, Brian De Palma, Tobe Hooper, and others. There are great stories within the overall narrative about William Castle wanting to direct "Rosemary's Baby", William Peter Blatty disagreeing with the ending of "The Exorcist", how a married man's crush and the mob were involved with "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", the falling out between John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon after making "Dark Star" together and their separate rises to fame, Brian De Palma's fascination with voyeurism, and many many more. The only possible complaint I could have about this book is that it is far too short! Once I finished it, I instantly wanted more. This is a great read for any fan of Horror cinema, and it's certainly one of my favorite books that has come out this year.
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