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« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2011, 07:52:43 am »
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How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

Just finished this engaging telling of whatís described as New Horror (vs. the original horror with Dracula, Frankenstein, etc). The book solidly intertwines the stories of the major players Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, Brian DePalma, John Carpenter, Roman Polanski, Dan OíBannon... and goes into great detail of the back stories of how their iconic movies come to develop and be made. I had no idea Alien was originally envisioned as a B-movie. The story on its evolution is very revealing.

The author also gets into the psychology of the attraction to horror movies which I found fascinating. Itís not as dark as thought. I mean I thought people who actually bought movies like Last House On The Left or I Spit On Your Grave and watch it over and over. Different kind of horror fan and not the sicko I was thinking. Anyway, a great book on the authorís perspective, and his research from these directors.

The end does hint at where will horror take us next.

Definitely recommend this well written, structured book

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