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A New Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema, Revised and Updated Edition

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David Pirie’s acclaimed 'A Heritage of Horror' was the first book on the British horror movie, and the first to detect and analyse the roots of British horror, identifying it as 'the only staple cinematic myth which Britain can properly claim as its own.' It has long been regarded as a trail-blazing classic, “having the force of a revelation”, according to one recent study ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by I. B. Tauris (first published March 4th 2007)
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mark monday
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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indispensable review of a classic period within horror. terence fisher and hammer horror are of course the most extensively discussed, but the author doesn't stint on many other fascinating works and directors. even better, the reach of this is wide, discussing everything from gender roles to production history, with everything in between. the author's perspective is a generous but critical one and his style is scholarly but by no means dry.

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Anne Billson
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's missing one star because the publishers failed to proof-read it properly, but this is a ground-breaking study of British horror cinema and a must-read for anyone interested in horror movies.
G. Salter
Several reviewers have already noted that this revised version isn't hugely different from the previous version except for grammar changes to some of the original text, a few new pages of insights about the material covered in the older version, and several added chapters covering new English horror films.
Advertising aside, this is still a definitive look at English horror movies, well-worth buying in any format and very readable for a scholarly text.
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This is definitely a must-have for any horror buff.
Abs007
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Detailed, in depth and entertaining look at the behind the scenes shenanigans of British horror in the early days. Hammer studio's constant battles with the censor are particularly eye opening.
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David Pirie was a journalist and film critic before he became a screenwriter. Just a few of his numerous credits are the BAFTA nominated adaptation for the BBC of The Woman in White and his collaboration with Lars Von Trier on the script of the Oscar nominated film Breaking the Waves. David Pirie lives in Somerset.