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A Pictorial History of Horror Movies Hardcover – 1984

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Product Details

  • 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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My Monster Madness and The Book that Started it All!
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.
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I used to have this book when I was a kid (about 200 years ago), and after all these years, I finally found it again. Fantastic trip down memory lane, I'm 10 years old reading this book over and over again in my closet. Great book for fans of vintage horror movies.
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As a child I saw a first edition of this book in a department store. I saved up my allowance until I could afford it. I brought it and I actually still have the well worn and cover lacking tome. When I saw this newer reprint in great condition I had to have it.
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When I read this book for the first time, I was amazed. it is the most detailed book on classic horror I have ever read.
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I had this book when I was a kid, and after much searching I have found it. not only do I credit this book for my love of horror movies, it also is responsible for my love of reading
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How wonderful it is that we are able to look up some of these classic books here on Amazon and purchase them at affordable prices? I remember seeing this in a used bookstore when I was a child in the early 80s and while my mother was browsing in the true crime section, I, the young horror fan, was busy flipping the pages of this book, just taking it all in. By then, I was already a horror movie fan, having watched "Dracula" (with Christopher Lee), the films of Peter Cushing, and more. Imagine my delight to see them in this book, but alas, money was scarce back then, and I could not afford the book, even at a used book price.

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.
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This old but very valuable work on classic horror movies will delight any fan of the genre. Plenty of film history, lots of clips, and some humor make this a fun read. Slightly weighted toward British films, this book nevertheless provides plenty of information for those interested in American and Continental horror movies.
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This book changed my life.I had no interest in Horror movies until I picked this book up many full moons ago.Gifford's fun approach to the subject coupled with his genuine affection for the genre makes for an enjoyable read.Good choice of stills as well.Highly Recommended.
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