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Now, if you'll indulge me...
The book purports to offer chapter-by-chapter reviews of of a DVD collection called "Horror Classics", a 50-movie vintage horror collection (which I happen to own). Some of the films in the collection are among the true classics of the horror genre indeed: "Phantom of the Opera", "Nosferatu", "Night of the Living Dead", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", and others. Some are campy guilty pleasures: "The Bat", "Little Shop of Horrors", etc. And, well, some are just old, bad movies.
What they all have in common, though--and they reason that they are part of this collection--is that all the films are in the public domain, so the DVD publisher and marketer can bundle them up and sell them dirt-cheap. Unfortunately, this book's author doesn't seem to know this. As a result, in chapter after chapter, the poor reader is bombarded with uninformed speculation of how this bad movie or that bad performance could possibly be considered a "classic". How can "Black Dragons", the author muses, possibly be considered a "horror classic"...what was the publisher thinking? "Nightmare Castle" a classic? Those Italians couldn't even get the dubbing right! How could that be a classic?!??!
Personally, when I read a review of something--anything--my fundamental expectation is that the author knows what he's writing about and hasn't just looked through IMDB to repeat basic facts. Perhaps I'm setting the bar too high...
And that's the second problem with this book (or at least with the first 10%-15% of it). A "review" is not, in fact, just a point-by-point plot synopsis, littered with recitations of the main players' filmographies, and punctuated by purfunctory, sophomoric and superficial observations and judgements. Actually, I take that back. I used to write film reviews like that myself. I was 17.
I could go on, but at this point I'm starting to feel cruel.
So, my fellow Amazonians, I leave you with a very simple piece of advice: save you $2.00. No matter how low you set your expectations, this book will NOT clear the bar.
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