- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Distributed by Bookthrift; Revised edition (1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671069365
- ISBN-13: 978-0671069360
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.1 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,018,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Pictorial History of Horror Movies Hardcover – 1984
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Review: "A Pictorial History of Horror Movies"
In 1973 Denis Gifford, a British author who wrote several books on the culture and genre of horror and SciFi, published "The Pictorial History of Horror Movies"(© 1973/74 - Denis Gifford). I received this book as a gift as a kid less than 10 years old, and for years I carried this around, like a sacred tome, studying every word and picture.
From the original dust jacket picture one might get the mistaken impression that this was a book primarily featuring Universal's Monsters, but further inspection proves it to be far more. Most of those dust covers don't exist any more, like mine, they disintegrated. The copy I recovered from my parents house (over 20 years later), show the incredible wear and tear I put this thing through back then.
While most of the photographs in the book are black and white on cheap paper that easily yellowed, there are a few nice full page color glossies, one, most notably a full page picture from a rare and difficult to find film starring Boris Karloff called "The Sorcerers" (Tigon 1967).
The black and whites are easily every bit as fascinating, offering a good blend of images from many classic films as well as a host of rare and seldom seen images, such as pictures from Georges Melies silent films done at the edge of the 19th century, featuring amazingly well crafted demons, devils, skeletons, and assorted fantastical creatures and events, (including one of the first cinematographic ventures to to the Moon). Also striking were pictures from Terror in the Sun (Ungar 1961), and some of the Asian titles very few outside of Japan were seeing i.e.Read more ›
Fast forward several decades, and all I remembered was the cover of this book and lo and behold, as I was browsing Amazon last week I saw this cover pop up on my page, and here we are. The book is every bit as delightful as I remember it, featuring B&W film stills aplenty and some color ones, including a particularly memorable full page color still of Ingrid Pitt about to claim a victim in the film "The Vampire Lovers" (RIP Ms. Pitt). The film stills alone are worth the purchase price, and boy what memories they resurrected. Recommended for the ardent classic horror buff.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Took me back to pouring over it as a kid. So many good pics! Horror eternal!Published 1 month ago by M. Vaughn
Great old horror movie book with a fantastically illustrated dustjacket. Loaded with great pictures and info about famous and lesser known horror movies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wm F Powell
I got this for Christmas in 1974, I was 10 years old and still have this wonderful book today. If you like horror movies you can't go wronf with this excellent book.Published 3 months ago by Terry Alexander
Bought for BF who had this book given to him as a child and the book was falling apart
This one was in perfect shape ! No rips tears or bent edges. Read more
This is the kind of book you do not loan to a friend or a relative; you will never get it back.Published 14 months ago by Cherryl Walker
Nice copy with only one flaw. Someone tore the last page out of the book. But nothing was printed on so it's no big loss. I buy to read, not collect.Published 16 months ago by William Hess