Howard Maxford The A-Z of Horror Films

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The A-Z of Horror Films

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The complete inside guide to the horror movie, from its beginnings in the early years of cinema to the to shock and spatter movies of today. It's all here. Universal, RKO, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hammer, Roger Corman, George Romero, Dario Argento, Wes Craven and beyond. And there's more. Howard Maxford has assembled a treasure trove of detailed and previously unpublished information on horror film-makers from Britain, America, Spain, Germany, Japan, South America, South-East Asia - every part of the world where the genre has flourished. The A-Z includes entries on actors, directors, screenwriters and studios, plus information on the great movie monsters and the novels and stories that have shaped the genre. There are entries on all the classic films, as well as countless trashy titles no one in their right mind would dream of renting from the video store. Twenty-five featured colour spreads are interspersed through the text, providing further information on key topics from Amicus to Zombies.

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Academic publishers are under duress, it seems. Where Indiana University Press once promoted rarefied monographs concerning film theory and European auteurs, they are now targeting a mainstream readership with these two genre film references. Julius, a reviewer for What's On in London, here reviews 250 key action films and offers concise biographies of such testosterone-pumped icons as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Dolph Lundgren. Quotations, trivia lists, and quizzes supplement the vivacious commentary. While Julius's reviews are admittedly fun to skim, they lack any semblance of depth. The coverage is likewise superficial, with just 250 films representing a smattering of action cinema. Even so, aficionados of psychotic cops, maximum ammo, and car chases might well appreciate the treatment. Maxford's (Hammer: House of Horror, Overlook, 1996) volume is simultaneously more comprehensive in scope and less lively. Succinct reviews cover the spectrum of horror cinema, from contemporary slasher pix and European independent productions to classic Hollywood movies. While Maxford's comments lack Julius's panache, they are bolstered by impressive credit lists. Here, too, salient biographies accompany the film reviews. The volume is liberally illustrated and amounts to a solid reference work, akin to a specialized Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide. It is bound to please both schlock connoisseurs and reference librarians in all types of institutions.?Neal Baker, Dickinson Coll. Lib., Carlisle, Pa.
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