Do you Own any Horror Reference/Review Books

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  1. Spacevis

    Spacevis There's some Dettol in the jeep!

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    Nice post Moscow :)

    I like Michael J. Weldon's no-nonsense style in his Psychotronic Video Guide ... boy, has he done his homework! It still is and always will be my number 1 reference book.
     
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    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

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    Horror Movies by Daniel Cohen
    Horror Poster Art by Tony Nourmand and Graham Marsh
    Horror Cinema by Jonathan Penner, Steven Hay Schneider, and Paul Duncan
    Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents by Stephen Thrower
    The Art of the Nasty by Nigel Wingrove and Marc Morris
    Zombie Movies: The Ultimate Guide by Glenn Kay
    They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema by Caelum Vatnsdal
    Cinema Sewer, Vol. 1 by Robin Bougie
    Cinema Sewer, Vol. 2 by Robin Bougie
    Eaten Alive! Italian Zombie and Cannibal Movies by Jay Slater
    Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film by Tim Lucas


    And the following aren't directly related to the genre, but contain insight and reviews into certain horror titles/genres.

    Showgirls, Teen Wolves, and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made by Michael Adams
    Destroy All Movies!!! by Zach Carlson and Bryan Connoly
    Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema by Daniel Ekeroth
    Grindhouse: The Sleaze-Filled Saga of an Exploitation Double-Feature by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino
    A History of Italian Cinema by Peter Bondanella
     
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  3. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    I've never seen that one,cool find ! I do have one from the mid seventies,it's in storage right now.The cover is a shot of Peter Cushing about to cut into the skull of yet another ''experiment".Anybody recall this books title ?
     
  4. fattyjoe37

    fattyjoe37 Well-Known Member

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    I own:

    Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th by Peter Bracke
    Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir
    Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir
    Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir
    Television Fright Films of the 1970s by David Deal
    The Bigfoot Filmography by David Coleman
    King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson by Ray Morton
    The Complete History of The Return of the Living Dead by Christian Sellers & Gary Smart
    Videohound's Horror Show by Mike Mayo
    The Night Stalker Companion (A 25th Anniversary Tribute) by Mark Dawidziak
    Just When You Thought It Was Safe: A Jaws Companion by Patrick Jankiewicz
    Shock Value by Jason Zinoman
    It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium by Axelle Carolyn
    The Fearmakers by John McCarty
    The Evil Dead Companion by Bill Warren
    The Beast of Boggy Creek by Lyle Blackburn
    Minds of Fear: A Dialog with 30 Modern Masters of Horror by Calum Waddell
    If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell
    The Jaws Log (30th Anniversary Edition) by Carl Gottlieb
    Monsters in the Movies by John Landis
    Rue Morgue Magazine's 200 Alternative Horror Films You Need to See
    Fangoria's 101 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen
    John Carpenter: Prince of Darkness by Gilles Boulenger
    The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi by John Kenneth Muir
    Wes Craven: The Man and His Nightmares by John Wooley
    John Landis by Giulia D'Agnolo Vallan
     
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  5. Kim Bruun

    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    I own:

    Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th by Peter Bracke
    Horror Films of the 1970s by John Kenneth Muir
    Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir
    Teenage Wasteland by J.A. Kerswell

    And I enjoy all four. I consider the John Kenneth Muir books indispensable. I like the fact that they are both humourous and analytical, as well as the fact that they cover all the classics as well as many obscurities.
     
  6. russweiss

    russweiss Well-Known Member

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    Is this by chance the book you are referring to? I've been collecting horror/sci-fi merchandise since the 1970's. Currently I have over 300 books on the subject. This book came out in 1977.
     

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  7. msw7

    msw7 Re-animated member

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    I've got a few:
    Asian Cult Cinema 15th Anniversary Edition
    Swedish Sensation Films
    If Chins Could Kill
    The Evil Dead Companion
    Hollywood East
    Sex and Zen and a Bullet in the Head
    Mondo Macabro
    Immoral Tales
    Cannibal Movie Chronicle (in German)
    Portrat: Laura Gemser (in German)
    Book of the Dead: A Complete History of Zombie Cinema
    French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction
    House of Psychotic Women
     
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  8. allmessedup

    allmessedup It's beer time.

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    I have quite a few already mentioned, also UNIVERSAL HORRORS by Tom Weaver, which is a must for anyone interested in classic horror.
     
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    They Came From Within (for the Prom Night pages)
    The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies - edited by Phil Hardy. I first found this book when I was at University in softcover and devoured it. Tracked down the hardcover when I got on the internets and I think it was my very first internet purchase! Hardcover, cheap, but I think the surface mail postage got caught up in the wharfies strike of the mid 90s, and it must have taken about three or four months to get to me. I was sweating buckets the entire time! Since it was printed in 1986 the 80s are a dozen pages or so, but aside from a few glaring errors (Cannibal Girls has two different reviews in two years) and some wordy reviews (not my favourite!) it is an excellent resource (with reviews of films going back to the 1800s!). It was reprinted and updated some years later (1996 I think), but I haven't picked up a copy.
    Dark Side magazines, and some other bits and pieces, but not much all totalled.

    If anyone has suggestions on a similarly encyclopaedic look at horror, I'd appreciate it.
     
  10. allmessedup

    allmessedup It's beer time.

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    I just picked up the updated NIGHTMARE MOVIES by Kim Newman and really enjoy it...it covers horror films up to 2010, and I think is one of the first books to cover recent films.
     
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    Anthropophagus Well-Known Member

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    Just reading The Complete History of The Return of the Living Dead and it's a wonderful retrospective of an awesome series, well the first three parts at least.
     
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    chancetx Active Member

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    Interesting post, Moscow. I really enjoyed Muir's book on 80s horror films but I noticed the exact problem you mention in his 90s horror volume, this time focusing on political issues of the Clinton years. It's like you said - in some cases this is warranted but too many times he makes connections that really aren't there. I'll have to reread the 80s volume to see if I notice what you point out.
     
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    russweiss Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up The Hammer Vault and Hazel Court Horror Queen.
     
  14. Ash28M

    Ash28M Active Member

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    Updated my list, so i thought I might as well bump this thread.
     
  15. msw7

    msw7 Re-animated member

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    just updated my list as well, since the thread was already bumped :)
     
  16. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    This is one thing that I really don't own too many of. I do own these though:

    Horror Films of the 1970s (2 volume set)

    Horror Films of the 1980s (2 volume set)

    Horror!: 333 Films to Scare You to Death

    Assault of the Killer B's: Interviews with 20 Cult Film Actresses

    Clive Barker's A-Z Horror

    Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th

    The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy

    I own some other books, but I'm not sure I'd technically call them reference or review books... like Actor specific Biographies.
     
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  17. fattyjoe37

    fattyjoe37 Well-Known Member

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    Updated mine as well.
     
  18. booper71

    booper71 Lord of the Thighs.

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    I always liked the Creature Features guides, and the Video Hound Retriever just for how they indexed the horror in the back by obscure subgenres.
     
  19. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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  20. allmessedup

    allmessedup It's beer time.

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    Got SIXTIES SHOCKERS last year, it's another one worth checking out.
     

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