- Hardcover: 541 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (July 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786433817
- ISBN-13: 978-0786433810
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.3 x 10 inches
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Sixties Shockers: A Critical Filmography of Horror Cinema, 1960-1969
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We get the great Poe films from Roger Corman starring the incomparable Vincent Price, my favorite Hitchcock films: "The Birds" and "Psycho" and the horror films of the master showman himself William Castle, "Mr Sardonicus" and "Homicidal." We get the Dracula and Frankenstein films, as well as the other classic films, from Hammer Pictures starring the wonderful Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The living legend Ray Harryhausen is touched on with "Jason and the Argonauts" and "Mysterious Island." (Yes, I know that many of the films mentioned seem more sci. fi or fantasy than horror, but I love these films so who cares?) We get cult films like "Dementia 13" and "The Day of the Triffids," little-remembered gems like "Dark Intruder" and "Chamber of Horrors," and even Irwin Allen's 1960 "The Lost World." After the major reviews, there are shorter one or two paragraph reviews on some other favorites like Irwin Allen's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," George Pal's wonderful "The Time Machine" and even the Vincent Price starrer Jules Verne's "Master of the World." There are so many of my favorites mentioned, I almost overdosed on the book.
The writers can be quite critical at times really bashing in an amusing manner many of the little-remembered grade Z horror films. Yet they can give highly positive reviews to other low budget films like "The Day Mars Invaded Earth", "The Curse of the Fly" or "Caltiki, the Immortal Monster." As stated their highly negative reviews can be quite amusing and in the course of the reviews we get various blurbs from individuals who starred or helped make these films. In many of the reviews, we even learn what the second feature was that played with these films.
This book is published by McFarland and, like many of their books, is a little pricey. However it is well-worth the money if you love and remember so many of these films like I do. This is the perfect summer book to relax with while sitting on your porch or out in your backyard. I highly recommend it.
On the plus side the authors give high marks to Kill, Baby, Kill, by Bava, Horrible Dr. Hichcock, and Horror Castle (Virgin of Nuremberg), as well as fascinating details of production -- some gleaned from other, acknowledged sources. Another minor quibble in re Bava -- it would have been nice to note, as Tim Lucas does in his biography, that other Italian directors loved to come watch Bava films, including Fellini, Antonioni, and others: that's just how well he was regarded by them. The index is very good, though it could have been improved by bold numbers indicating the exact review of a film (e.g. Planet Of The Apes, covered under the "More Movies" section, but referred to elsewhere), and includes some alternate title cross-referencing (Virgin of Nuremberg as alternate title, as well as L'orribile segreto del dottor Hichcock, but not Operazione Paura for Kill, Baby, Kill), and hence is an accessible and useful work. It is also well illustrated with photographs.
All in all a useful, and interesting, overview of a decade, albeit with uneven reviews.
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