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Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories Hardcover – July 28, 2012
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--June Pulliam (ed.), Dead Reckonings: A Review of Horror Literature, no. 13 (2013): 102-102
"[Graphic Horror] is an entertaining coffee table book made up of loads of colorful classic horror movie posters, stills from films, and brief tidbits or reactions to each film by well-known. . . . writers, anthologists, scholars, and editors including Mort Castle, Brian Stableford, Katherine Ramsland, Ramsey Campbell, Nancy Kilpatrick, and Tony Timpone."
--Ellen Datlow (ed.), The Best Horror of the Year, Volume Five
"I've always enjoyed horror movie posters . . . and John Edgar Browning's Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories uses this unique art form to trace the history of monster movies from the early 20th century to today. . . . present[ing] a fascinating and attractive timeline featuring over 400 posters (including some cool foreign ones) and movie stills spread out over almost 200 pages. . . . Whether you're a horror fan or newcomer to the genre, though, you should be able to find something of value in Graphic Horror."
--Mark H. Harris, Horror & Suspense Guide for About.com
"People pay big money each year to be frightened out of their wits at movies. Horror films have been around since the early part of the last century and are loved by millions. In John Edgar Browning's new book, Graphic Horror: Movie Monster Memories, readers are given a guided tour through the decades via photos of some of the most terrifying movies ever created. . . . [Graphic Horror] make[s] a fascinating journey through the bloody halls of cinematic horror. Do yourself and favor and don't read this book alone at night." --Boyce McClain's Collector's Corner (bamcc-bam.blogspot.com)
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Browning tracks the development of the horror film chronologically with chapters on the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, etc. After a brief summary of the decade, Browning presents hundreds of b&w and color movie posters, lobby posters, movie stills and publicity shots depicting various horror flicks. Some are in English, many are in foreign languages. About 60% of the movies depicted have accompanying commentaries by various horror writers, editors and scholars such as Ramsey Campbell, Donald Glut, F. Paul Wilson, etc. While the comments are interesting, they're often quite brief. I would have liked more verbage.
In any case, MOVIE MONSTER MEMORIES is a visual delight, some 190-odd pages of mostly full-color eye-appealing images of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, King Kong, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dr. Phibes, Jason, Freddy, et al. Horror fans will undoubtedly enjoy this colorful, comprehensive tribute. Recommended.
Some of the noted commenters include Ramsey Campbell, David Drake, Don Glut, Marvin Kaye, Kim Paffenroth, David J. Skal, Brian Stableford, Tony Timpone, and F. Paul Wilson, to name just a handful. In all there are nine chapters covering the decades of the 1920s to the 2000’s, along with a foreword by David J. Skaal and an afterword by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
Each chapter features still pics or original movie poster of the film in question along with the commenter’s memories of that particular film. These also feature some views of rare overseas versions of posters or lobby cards. But these are not just vaporous comments about how they saw it as a kid, blah, blah, blah, but generally more of a discourse on why the film is so important along with liberal doses of interesting anecdotes such as Leslie Klinger’s comments on the Spanish language version of Dracula from 1931 and why he feels it is vastly superior to the Tod Browning/Bela Lugosi version.
For me the book works not only as a scrapbook of horror movie memories, but also a tome collecting images of hundreds of original film posters.Read more ›
It's fun to leaf through the book and think about the way the horror film has evolved, with different strands weaving in and out and taking different forms - vampires, ghosts, zombies, possession... Forms would change and key films would send out offshoots. Before 1968, zombies were produced by voodoo, but "Night of the Living Dead" was a dominant mutation which produced a overwhelming proliferation of clones and variations. A basic idea would take a variety of different forms - vampires could be hideously bestial as in "Nosferatu" (1922), sinisterly seductive as in "Dracula" (1931), romantic and sexy as in "Interview with the Vampire" (1994) or comical as in "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" (1995). Some films would chill your marrow with what they left mysterious - "Cat People" (1942) or "The Haunting" (1963) - others would churn your stomach with explicit depictions of cruelty and gore - e.g. "Hostel" (2005). In the forties a sequel meant "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" (1943), in the eighties a sequel meant "Friday the Thirteenth, Part VII - The New Blood" (1988). While it is easy to be cynical, each decade has produced its share of films to treasure.
The choice of films covered is certainly open to question.Read more ›
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Great book. Lots of great movie posters inside. They include international posters as well.Published 18 months ago by Samantha Hart