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Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  178 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Now over twenty years old, the original edition of Nightmare Movies has retained its place as a true classic of cult film criticism. In this new edition, Kim Newman brings his seminal work completely up-to-date, both reassessing his earlier evaluations and adding a second part that assess the last two decades of horror films with all the wit, intelligence and insight for w ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA (first published April 18th 2011)
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Paul Bryant

This is sort of the next instalment of the quest which began with reviews and debates about American Psycho, then Spare Key, and recently Topping from Below. The missing part of this sequence is 2666 which I abandoned and didn't review. Its famous Part Four is a key part of this landscape.

So now here I am with Kim Newman's great insanely-detailed survey of horror movies and also a truly fantastic 3-dvd-long documentary I got recently called "Video Nasti
Nandakishore Varma
Whew! It took me a month but I finished it. I must confess that there were moments when I despaired of ever seeing the end - but my love of horror films and plain, bulldog determination allowed me to pull it off.

I was a horror movie fan in my teens and early twenties - then slowly moved away from the genre as the terror got more graphic. I am a fan of the the creeping variety (like the The Omen), but grand guignol disgusts me. Then, I did not have access to a VCR for quite some time between the
I've had the original edition of Nightmare Movies since I stumbled across it in a used bookstore in the early '90s. I have read that thing to pieces -- Newman wrote a classic of film criticism, which makes a great guidebook and a great leisure read alike.

The updated edition takes us up to, pretty much, right this second -- he covers everything right up to movies that were released in 2010 and 2011. To do it, he took the original book and the left the text intact but added footnotes when he had
Murray Ewing
If there is a Necronomicon, this is surely it.
Jul 10, 2015 Roland rated it 4 of 5 stars
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An exhaustive overview of horror genres and trends since the 1960s. While nearly every film he describes gets spoiled, it's still fascinating to learn how every decade added something unique to the mix. For example, I completely forgot about the reemergence of Gothic horror in the 90s after the success of Dracula, and how the slasher mutated into the serial killer film after The Silence of the Lambs came out. Also, I had no idea that Hopkins modeled Hannibal on Lugosi's Dracula, which ties the t ...more
Jacob Combs
Mr. Newman has written an exhaustive study on the horror genre, providing some very interesting information throughout. The first half of the book is pretty much the original material from the first publication with added current footnotes by the author clarifying information he wrote earlier. The second half of the book is the updated portion, consisting of all new material where the author picks up the narrative on directors and films that have been released since the first publication of the ...more
Suzanne (winterscribbler) Cole
Probably only one for die hard fans of the genre, but something every horror fan should clear shelf space for. Written with clearness and evident passion, it serves as guided tour through the history and development of horror movies from all cultures, delving into some previously unknown places, and taking some surprising detours along the way. A little subjective at times, but presented with a fondness and familiarity of voice.
An encyclopedia for the depraved!!!!!
Updated edition, picking up from the late 1980's to current day (2010). Still remains an invaluable guide to horror films.
Kyle Burley
An enjoyable and almost too comprehensive overview of modern horror cinema. Too many digressions into non-horror material in my opinion, but author Kim Newman's infectious, enthusiastic style makes sure it's always fun to read.
Darren Gore
Nightmare Movies is an exhaustive, fun and thought-provoking look at horror movies since the 1960s. You may not agree with everything that Kim Newman says - I was genuinely astounded by his praise for that '80s Aussie schlocker Razorback - and at times his prose clunks, but most of the time Nightmare Movies will bring back fond memories, make you reconsider faves and hates in different lights, and get yourself thinking about hosting another movie night.
Karl Burnett
4.5 out of 5. A fascinating romp through the world of horror cinema of the last few decades. Read with a notebook to jot down films to find later...
MacDara Conroy
A bloody excellent survey of the dark side of cinema over the past 40-odd years. Horror films are just one aspect: Newman's broad scope takes in films and filmmakers from all genres that play with our fears, whether for entertaining or harrowing effect. Newman really knows his stuff, too, and even if I disagree with him about many things, his opinions are genuinely held.
An epic work split into two parts - part one is the original 1988 book with new footnotes, whilst the second part takes us up to 2011 - covering every genre of horror in addition to films outwith the traditional horror genres, this will have you filling up pages with titles to track down and watch.
Simon Hutchinson
This is a fantastic read. From Night of the living dead through to torture porn Kim Newman kept me enthralled with his horror anthology. I haven't seen many of the films that he discusses but this took nothing away - I just noted down endless titles to watch in the future. Highly recommend this.
Liam Underwood
Kim Newman is undoubtedly the authority on horror cinema, and here is the evidence. Quite possibly the most comprehensive reference book on horror cinema you could wish for - and the additional footnotes ensure that even passages written decades ago remain relevant.
Descends into list writing. No real memorable views or commentary. Enthusiastic writing but little else
Wonderful history book!
It helps that Kim Newman is a gifted and witty writer.
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Note: This author also writes under the pseudonym of Jack Yeovil.
An expert on horror and sci-fi cinema (his books of film criticism include Nightmare Movies and Millennium Movies), Kim Newman's novels draw promiscuously on the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy. He is complexly and irreverently referential; the Dracula sequence--Anno Dracula, The Bloody Red Baron and Dracula,Cha Cha Cha--not onl
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