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Hollywood Horror: From Gothic To Cosmic

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The horror film, which Mark A. Vieira calls the escape valve of the American psyche, is imprinted on popular culture. Hollywood Horror captures all the mystery, power, dark humour and chilling beauty of the genre from its roots in the silent film era to 1968, which, according to Vieira, marks the end of the classic scary movie. aspect of cinematic horror, from seminal icon ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jim Dooley
Jun 04, 2015 Jim Dooley rated it it was amazing
This book is a perfect example of why I enjoy reading so much. The style of writing was inviting and easily understandable, I learned things that I hadn’t known before, and it captured a sense of people and place that allowed me to feel that I was a part of the events. Most of all, I eagerly looked forward to each reading session and it was a bittersweet moment when I reached the end.

I cannot think of a book that has better captured the experience of the classic horror and science fiction era. T
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Jan 17, 2016 Erika rated it it was amazing
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Very entertaining and informative, some of the stories I had read elsewhere but there was a lot in this book that was new to me. You can tell the author both has a deep understanding of the topic as well as a love for it.
The photographs in this book are great and really help bring the movies the author talks about more to life, it can be very hard to read about a visual medium when you have no visual frame of reference so I always appreciate as many photographs as possible.

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Belinda
Apr 22, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing
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A really fantastic book. Full of amazing coffee table artwork but also just busting with knowledge. I learned so much from the book and it's a subject I am extremely well versed in anyway but this book did such a great job--starting with silents and giving a chapter to each type of horror film and the many reasons behind them, socially and culturally. This book would be worth it for the photos alone but the writing is also so well done. Highly recommend.
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Feb 19, 2014 Brenna rated it it was amazing
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Have read several times.
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excellent, ton's of great pictures.
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