The Book of Horror

The Anatomy of Fear in Film

Matt Glasby, illustrated by Barney Bodoano
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The Book of Horror introduces the reader to the scariest movies ever made and examines the factors that make them so frightening.

The Book of Horror introduces you to the scariest movies ever made and examines the factors that make them so frightening. Horror movies have never been more critically or commercially successful, but there's only one metric that matters: are they scary? Back in the silent era, viewers thrilled at Frankenstein and Dracula. Today, the monsters may have changed, but the instinct remains the same: to seek out the unspeakable, ride the adrenaline rush and play out our fears in the safety of the cinema.

The Book of Horror focuses on the most frightening films of the post-war era - from Psycho (1960) to It: Chapter Two (2019) - examining exactly how they scare us across a series of key categories. Each chapter explores a seminal horror film in depth, charting its scariest moments with infographics and identifying the related works you need to see. Including references to more than 100 classic and contemporary horror films from around the globe, and striking illustrations from Barney Bodoano, this is a rich and compelling guide to the scariest films ever made.

The films: Psycho (1960), The Innocents (1961), The Haunting (1963), The Exorcist (1973), Don't Look Now (1973), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Who Can Kill A Child? (1976), Suspiria (1977), Halloween (1978), The Shining (1980), The Entity (1980), Angst (1983), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), Ringu (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Others (2001), Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), The Eye (2002), Shutter (2004), The Descent (2005), Wolf Creek (2005), The Orphanage (2007), REC (2007), Lake Mungo (2008), Martyrs (2008), The Strangers (2008), The Innkeepers (2011), Oculus (2013), Banshee Chapter (2013), The Babadook (2014), It Follows (2015), Terrified (2017), Hereditary (2018), It: Chapter Two (2019)

Author bio:

Matt Glasby is an international film journalist, author and member of the London Critics Circle. His work appears in GQ, Total Film and SFX among other publications, and he the associate editor of Vera magazine. He has written two books: Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England (Intellect, 2019) and A-Z Great Film Directors (Cassell, 2015).

Category: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780711251786
Table Of Contents: • Psycho (1960)
• The Innocents (1961)
• The Haunting (1963)
• Don't Look Now (1973)
• The Exorcist (1973)
• The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
• Who Can Kill A Child? (1976)
• Suspiria (1977)
• Halloween (1978)
• The Shining (1980)
• The Entity (1980)
• Angst (1983)
• Henry Portait Of A Serial Killer (1990)
• Ringu (1998)
• The Blair Witch Project (1999)
• The Others (2001)
• Ju-On (2002)
• The Eye (2002)
• Shutter (2004)
• The Descent (2005)
• Wolf Creek (2005)
• The Orphanage (2007)
• REC (2007)
• Lake Mungo (2008)
• Martyrs (2008)
• The Strangers (2008)
• The Innkeepers (2011)
• Oculus (2013)
• Banshee Chapter (2013)
• The Babadook (2014)
• It Follows (2015)
• Terrified (2017)
• Hereditary (2018)
• IT Chapter 2 (2019)
Publisher: Quarto UK
Imprint: White Lion Publishing
Pub Date: September 2020
Page Extent: 176
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Film: styles & genres