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Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  25 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
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: movies
Kim Newman must have seen about 10,000 movies in his life so far. He must leap out of bed and take in Head Cheerleader Dead Cheerleader (2000) over breakfast before checking the post to see if his contact in Baton Rouge has finally sent the promised copies of Sergio Martino's hard to get Your Vice is a Locked Door and only I Have the Key (1972) and Joel Reed's Bloodsucking Freaks (1978).



Speaking of sucking, Kim's book sucks up almost every stupid and every reasonable horror movie from 1960 to n
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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
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Cathy
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, horror
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
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James Adams
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you want a book of film criticism focused on horror, this is the definitive choice, especially in this newer edition. You will not agree with the author on everything, of course, and it glosses over a couple of things, but it is easily the most in-depth and knowledgeable film study of horror in the era (1960-2010). And it's fun.
Let me start with what it is and isn't. It is not a book of film theory, like Men, Women and Chainsaws, nor is it a study of horror across media, a la Danse Macabre. I
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Murray Ewing
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film
If there is a Necronomicon, this is surely it.
Ian White
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best and most comprehensive account of the modern horror film (i.e. post-1968, from Night of the Living Dead onwards) I've ever read and could ever hope for, covering in detail all the major trends and movements from around the world in the last 50 years (up to 2011).

This volume consists of the original book from 1988, extensively annotated to provide updates or revised opinions where he has changed his mind in the interim (but leaving the original intact), followed by another 300 pages or s
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Nick
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
My understanding is that Kim Newman is widely regarded as an authority on the subject of horror films. Unfortunately, I found his tone throughout to be rather snide--he use a footnote at one point to denigrate by name a critic whose opinion he disagrees with. He also has a way of presenting his opinions as though they were objective fact, which becomes an unintentional source of amusement: I was reading the updated version of the book, which presents the original 1988 text with updated footnotes ...more
Nick Spacek
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, movies
for every masterful stroke -- the comparison between the portrayal of hannibal lecter in manhunter and silence of the lambs is perhaps the book's highlight -- there's another 50 pages of dense lists or derogatory comments about actors, subgenres, and even musicians. newman manages to work in a potshot at michael jackson's music in a discussion of john landis' work (two, if you count the footnotes), and like most of the author's negative opinions, it seems more nasty than critical.

essentially, yo
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Jonathan
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is bizarrely disappointing. It has good information. But with the amount of references that makes to movies without necessarily giving enough focus a trend setting series or a couple seminal works from the different decades between the 1960s and the present, the book is largely directionless. There are areas where you can see the potential of the book and its project, namely the two sections on auteurs and their works as well as the sections of chapters that slow down with the referenc ...more
William
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well researched and sourced. Thorough, and Newman's knowledge is unrivaled. My only issue is he doesn't seem to like much of anything. He's unduly hard on (or just plain wrong) on films like ALIEN, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE RE-ANIMATOR, all acknowledged classics. His pithy asides are annoying. That being said I'd rather he be opinionated than sycophantic. Recognizing Tim Burton as an "auteur" is a pleasing move, and the section on David Lynch is wonderful as well. A good read for se ...more
Debra Manskey
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most thorough books on the subject. Well set out and a "must have" for any student of film or fan of the genre
Jacob Combs
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Roland
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
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
Darren Gore
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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!!!!!
MacDara Conroy
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Simon Hutchinson
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
paul
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kyle Burley
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robert
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Updated edition, picking up from the late 1980's to current day (2010). Still remains an invaluable guide to horror films.
K. Burnett
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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...
Richard
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Descends into list writing. No real memorable views or commentary. Enthusiastic writing but little else
Juliet Farmer
Jan 22, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017, quit
DNF dnf DNF dnf holy shit DNF it's endless
Donnie
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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