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In 1968, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby brought a new slant to the horror film, bringing zombies and witchcraft into a contemporary setting, and much closer to home than the cardboard Transylvanias of earlier films. This work is a critical overview of the horror movie genre from the late 1960s with a discussion of over 2000 fi In 1968, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby brought a new slant to the horror film, bringing zombies and witchcraft into a contemporary setting, and much closer to home than the cardboard Transylvanias of earlier films. This work is a critical overview of the horror movie genre from the late 1960s with a discussion of over 2000 films - masterpiece and monstrosity alike.


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In 1968, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby brought a new slant to the horror film, bringing zombies and witchcraft into a contemporary setting, and much closer to home than the cardboard Transylvanias of earlier films. This work is a critical overview of the horror movie genre from the late 1960s with a discussion of over 2000 fi In 1968, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby brought a new slant to the horror film, bringing zombies and witchcraft into a contemporary setting, and much closer to home than the cardboard Transylvanias of earlier films. This work is a critical overview of the horror movie genre from the late 1960s with a discussion of over 2000 films - masterpiece and monstrosity alike.

30 review for Nightmare Movies: A Critical Guide to Contemporary Horror Films

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    Quite simply - One of THE best books ever written on horror movies (along with Phil Hardy's The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Horror) - Newman's approach, finding thematic nodes around which to cluster films, and opening them up to interpretive readings - quite simply revitalized my life-long love of horror films that had been flagging by the end of the 80s (well, Newman's book and the critical writings of Tim Lucas in the column and then magazine Video Watchdog - the early days of which are avail Quite simply - One of THE best books ever written on horror movies (along with Phil Hardy's The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Horror) - Newman's approach, finding thematic nodes around which to cluster films, and opening them up to interpretive readings - quite simply revitalized my life-long love of horror films that had been flagging by the end of the 80s (well, Newman's book and the critical writings of Tim Lucas in the column and then magazine Video Watchdog - the early days of which are available in The Video Watchdog Book). This book guided my thoughts on horror films (and film, really) throughout the 90s and beyond. It is indispensible.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David

    Flipping comprehensive (and opinionated) catalogue of broadly-defined "genre" films, arranged quite helpfully into themes rather than chronologically. Most recent edition includes a second volume bringing the reader up to speed with films released since the mid 1980s. Rather lovely write ups of a few "auteurs" which have piqued my interest in Larry Cohen and Dario Argento. Now I have to find the time to watch these films! Flipping comprehensive (and opinionated) catalogue of broadly-defined "genre" films, arranged quite helpfully into themes rather than chronologically. Most recent edition includes a second volume bringing the reader up to speed with films released since the mid 1980s. Rather lovely write ups of a few "auteurs" which have piqued my interest in Larry Cohen and Dario Argento. Now I have to find the time to watch these films!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Willy Boy

    Not an encyclopedia, Newman instead organises movies by theme, constructing in clusters of titles a patchwork narrative of post-'68 horror cinema much as Dr Frankenstein fashioned the Monster. The paradigm shift is represented by Night Of The Living Dead, and, by implication, the delayed reaction to the steak knife Psycho plunged into the heart of traditional horror cinema in 1960. Of course, that corpse continued to walk for several years, weakening as the ferocious, uncouth youngster grew in h Not an encyclopedia, Newman instead organises movies by theme, constructing in clusters of titles a patchwork narrative of post-'68 horror cinema much as Dr Frankenstein fashioned the Monster. The paradigm shift is represented by Night Of The Living Dead, and, by implication, the delayed reaction to the steak knife Psycho plunged into the heart of traditional horror cinema in 1960. Of course, that corpse continued to walk for several years, weakening as the ferocious, uncouth youngster grew in horrible strength. Newman also provides chapters profiling a number of 'auteurs' operating in the horror genre. This book has been released in various editions. All are recommended - the earliest are illustrated and nicely designed, in a large format. The most recent edition is fully annotated and updated, with a 'New Nightmares' section that brings the story up to the present (equal in length to the original - effectively two books inside one jacket). Any horror film addict worth her/his salt will be well versed in the Romeros, Cronenbergs and Argentos, Newman gives you the bigger picture, context and succinct, insightful and witty critical faculty. The man has seen every Megashark flick, so you don't have to. Essential reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrius Jarmala

    Autorius kaip kertinį siaubo filmo žanro akmenį laiko 1968 metų filmą Night of the living dead, ir savo studiją pradeda būtent nuo jo. Knygos skyriai skirti kurio nors siaubo kinematografijos subžanro analizei, informacijos begalė, net ir man buvo daugybė negirdėtų filmų. Kartais norėdavosi kiek plačiau, nes daugumai filmų skirta po kelis sakinius ar ir mažiau. Tiems, kas domisi siaubiakais, perskaityti privaloma.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frederic Van Laere

    This is THE definite encyclopedia for you horror movie buffs out there. And marvellously written! If all non fiction books were such a reading pleasure I would read a lot more of them.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    According to the author, "Night of the Living Dead" is the best horror film ever, all Italian horror is a rip-off of successful American productions, "Alien" is worse than an Ed Wood film, and Steven Spielberg is the Antichrist. As a matter of fact, all movie released after about 1983 are horrible. This book was a quick read and gives some interesting info on films you probably already know about. I did find a few that I want to move to the top of my Netflix queue, but if you're looking for a cre According to the author, "Night of the Living Dead" is the best horror film ever, all Italian horror is a rip-off of successful American productions, "Alien" is worse than an Ed Wood film, and Steven Spielberg is the Antichrist. As a matter of fact, all movie released after about 1983 are horrible. This book was a quick read and gives some interesting info on films you probably already know about. I did find a few that I want to move to the top of my Netflix queue, but if you're looking for a credible, critical guide, this is not it. The book ends with the statement that true horror is dead, lamenting the horror/comedy flicks and that every film now seems to be about teens in trouble. I guess he wasn't paying attention to classics like "The Blob" and "The Giant Gila Monster." But he did have good things to say about "Evil Dead" so he can't be all bad.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    Very thorough examination of the horror genre that's refreshingly not a review book. Very thorough examination of the horror genre that's refreshingly not a review book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Bragg

    Great survey of horror and related movies from 1968 through 2010, with a lot of entertaining analysis and humor mixed in.

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