The British horror film is almost as old as cinema itself. From its 19th-century beginnings to the present day, this expanded and updated history of the rise and fall of the genre encompasses the lost films of the silent era, the Karloff and Lugosi chillers of the 1930s, the lurid Hammer classics, and the explicit shockers of the 1970s. Jonathan ...
The British horror film is almost as old as cinema itself. From its 19th-century beginnings to the present day, this expanded and updated history of the rise and fall of the genre encompasses the lost films of the silent era, the Karloff and Lugosi chillers of the 1930s, the lurid Hammer classics, and the explicit shockers of the 1970s. Jonathan Rigby applies his incisive scrutiny to a selection of 100 crucial movies from the genre's boom period--1954 to 1975--before considering more recent titles such as "Shaun of the Dead." Filled with film posters, stills, and behind-the-scenes shots, this entertaining and revealing study sheds new light on British cinema's most successful--and most misunderstood--export.
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-02-19 Though British horror films enjoyed a golden age from the mid-'50s to the mid-'70s, film critics were long reluctant to give Britain its due, according to film historian Jonathan Rigby. He buries any lingering doubts about his country's unique and considerable contributions to the genre in English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema, taking readers on a deliciously chilling ride from the silent era through 1975. Particularly riveting are the more than 150 film stills and other black-and-white photos that capture characters cowering in fear, being stalked by mummies and turning into werewolves; fortunately, these overshadow the small type, packed too tightly into its pages. ( Feb. 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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