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Since time began, mankind has attempted to explain away the terrors of the night and the unknown by creating a whole dark universe of demons, monsters, vampires and strange phenomena from outer space. And, in so doing, the human psyche has revealed its innermost secrets, its fears and conflicts leaping out into the glare of conscious understanding. Yet there is enjoyment in Since time began, mankind has attempted to explain away the terrors of the night and the unknown by creating a whole dark universe of demons, monsters, vampires and strange phenomena from outer space. And, in so doing, the human psyche has revealed its innermost secrets, its fears and conflicts leaping out into the glare of conscious understanding. Yet there is enjoyment in this self-inflicted horror, for who has not felt that spine-chilling tingle when face to face on the cinema screen with the bloodlusting vampire figure of Dracula, the lumbering monster created by Frankenstein, or the terrifying shark that looms out of the depths in Jaws? Those we profess to loathe we nonetheless love to witness in the movies, and actors whose names are immediately recognizable for their petrifying roles in films of horror - Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee among the many - number among our favourite stars. Tom Hutchinson and Roy Pickard are film writers who have compiled this history of horrors to bring us news of movie ghoulies and beasties that, over the years, have expressed in dramatic terms our inner terrors and conflicts. There is in this account, dramatically illustrated with over 240 movie stills, a third of them in full colour, a real understanding of why we enjoy being terrified and an appreciation that what we fear most we live with all the time. For when we look into the unknown, we come face to face with the monster who has created all the others: we come face to face with ourselves!


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Since time began, mankind has attempted to explain away the terrors of the night and the unknown by creating a whole dark universe of demons, monsters, vampires and strange phenomena from outer space. And, in so doing, the human psyche has revealed its innermost secrets, its fears and conflicts leaping out into the glare of conscious understanding. Yet there is enjoyment in Since time began, mankind has attempted to explain away the terrors of the night and the unknown by creating a whole dark universe of demons, monsters, vampires and strange phenomena from outer space. And, in so doing, the human psyche has revealed its innermost secrets, its fears and conflicts leaping out into the glare of conscious understanding. Yet there is enjoyment in this self-inflicted horror, for who has not felt that spine-chilling tingle when face to face on the cinema screen with the bloodlusting vampire figure of Dracula, the lumbering monster created by Frankenstein, or the terrifying shark that looms out of the depths in Jaws? Those we profess to loathe we nonetheless love to witness in the movies, and actors whose names are immediately recognizable for their petrifying roles in films of horror - Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee among the many - number among our favourite stars. Tom Hutchinson and Roy Pickard are film writers who have compiled this history of horrors to bring us news of movie ghoulies and beasties that, over the years, have expressed in dramatic terms our inner terrors and conflicts. There is in this account, dramatically illustrated with over 240 movie stills, a third of them in full colour, a real understanding of why we enjoy being terrified and an appreciation that what we fear most we live with all the time. For when we look into the unknown, we come face to face with the monster who has created all the others: we come face to face with ourselves!

33 review for Horrors: A History Of Horror Movies

  1. 5 out of 5

    TrumanCoyote

    A nice, fun style throughout. Sure, it does get a bit cloying at times--but that's the risk you run with this sort of thing. And I even managed to forgive them their shabby treatment of Corman, and Godzilla (not to mention their squeamishness regarding Hitchcock & Co). More irksome was their more than occasional descent into psychological pretension. They generally managed though to overcome the turgidity of that approach with another flippant remark (or a disarming pun or two). I also liked the A nice, fun style throughout. Sure, it does get a bit cloying at times--but that's the risk you run with this sort of thing. And I even managed to forgive them their shabby treatment of Corman, and Godzilla (not to mention their squeamishness regarding Hitchcock & Co). More irksome was their more than occasional descent into psychological pretension. They generally managed though to overcome the turgidity of that approach with another flippant remark (or a disarming pun or two). I also liked the following excerpt, contrasting the two King Kongs (which definitely made me think of the original Dark Shadows, and the many attempts at remakes): "What gave the original version its value, elevating it to the status of a folk-myth, was its primal energy, its tapping of a seam latent within human beings; this may have been an unconscious manipulation, but it worked. An imagination that was too aware, as was this new version, spoiled the idea because it drew attention to its own cleverness."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary Mourning

    Full of photos of classic Horror movies from Universal and Hammer mostly.

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