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English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
This useful overview of British horror films condenses 100 years of celluloid fright into 100 key works and 180 photos…This book will likely prove popular with a wide readership…British film historian Rigby’s fine prose is lively and assured. His evaluative comments are worthwhile, and his recounting of historical developments is both accessible and informative. Fans will ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Reynolds & Hearn (first published March 1999)
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Gothicromantic
Jun 26, 2014 Gothicromantic rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of English horror
Interesting and infuriating book. It gives due credit to glorious photography, sets and atmosphere of early Hammer films, and it is indeed exhaustive, but sadly writer is, well, Rigby. He´s motto seems to be "Don´t trust in anyone over 30!" and thus takes awfully seriously great silly fun like Taste the blood of Dracula and Granny-made-me-do-it-tosh like Sorcerers (because violent young scum are really forced to do crimes by grannies?), while sympathizing sex murderer of Vampire Circus just ...more
Jason Coffman
May 23, 2011 Jason Coffman rated it it was amazing
An exhaustive, breathless and highly entertaining run through the complete history of British horror cinema. Rigby covers somewhere in the area of 500 films and sets aside a little over 100 as especially noteworthy, and chances are the horror completist will want to add every one to the "watch" pile. Interestingly, the book ends just before British horror made a huge resurgence with "28 Days Later"-- maybe an updated edition or a sequel is in the works? I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Christian Hardy
May 08, 2016 Christian Hardy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book on the subject of the Gothic in English film that I have ever read, and am likely to ever read. An excellent survey of the genre, and a must-have for all lovers of British horror cinema.
Matt
Feb 01, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
A loving and sardonic history of British horror movies. Not my strongest genre, to be sure, but this one pointed my towards some movies to put in my queue, and not just the lesbian vampire movies.
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Capsule reviews of just about every British Horror film from the 1940s to the 1980s. Great reference material.
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