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Horror Films FAQ explores a century of ghoulish and grand horror cinema, gazing at the different characters, situations, settings, and themes featured in the horror film, from final girls, monstrous bogeymen, giant monsters and vampires to the recent torture porn and found footage formats. The book remembers the J-Horror remake trend of the 2000s, and examines the oft-repe Horror Films FAQ explores a century of ghoulish and grand horror cinema, gazing at the different characters, situations, settings, and themes featured in the horror film, from final girls, monstrous bogeymen, giant monsters and vampires to the recent torture porn and found footage formats. The book remembers the J-Horror remake trend of the 2000s, and examines the oft-repeated slasher format popularized by John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980). After an introduction positioning the horror film as an important and moral voice in the national dialogue, the book explores the history of horror decade by decade, remembering the women's liberation horrors of the 1970s, the rubber reality films of the late 1980s, the serial killers of the 1990s, and the xenophobic terrors of the 9/11 age. Horror Films FAQ also asks what it means when animals attack in such films as The Birds (1963) or Jaws (1975), and considers the moral underpinnings of rape-and-revenge movies, such as I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and Irreversible (2002). The book features numerous photographs from the author's extensive personal archive, and also catalogs the genre's most prominent directors.


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Horror Films FAQ explores a century of ghoulish and grand horror cinema, gazing at the different characters, situations, settings, and themes featured in the horror film, from final girls, monstrous bogeymen, giant monsters and vampires to the recent torture porn and found footage formats. The book remembers the J-Horror remake trend of the 2000s, and examines the oft-repe Horror Films FAQ explores a century of ghoulish and grand horror cinema, gazing at the different characters, situations, settings, and themes featured in the horror film, from final girls, monstrous bogeymen, giant monsters and vampires to the recent torture porn and found footage formats. The book remembers the J-Horror remake trend of the 2000s, and examines the oft-repeated slasher format popularized by John Carpenter's Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980). After an introduction positioning the horror film as an important and moral voice in the national dialogue, the book explores the history of horror decade by decade, remembering the women's liberation horrors of the 1970s, the rubber reality films of the late 1980s, the serial killers of the 1990s, and the xenophobic terrors of the 9/11 age. Horror Films FAQ also asks what it means when animals attack in such films as The Birds (1963) or Jaws (1975), and considers the moral underpinnings of rape-and-revenge movies, such as I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and Irreversible (2002). The book features numerous photographs from the author's extensive personal archive, and also catalogs the genre's most prominent directors.

30 review for Horror Films FAQ: All That's Left to Know about Slashers Vampires Zombies Aliens and More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Glynis Neely

    This book was insightful and a refreshing way to look at Horror Films. I enjoyed the author's opinions on many of the films he discussed, even the ones I didn't agree with. Excellent book, would recommend. This book was insightful and a refreshing way to look at Horror Films. I enjoyed the author's opinions on many of the films he discussed, even the ones I didn't agree with. Excellent book, would recommend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    Author John Kenneth Muir has previously written books on individual directors (The Films of John Carpenter and The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi) and on particular time periods of the industry in a series of decade specific collections (Horror Films of the 1970s). Now, he attempts to educate readers with an overview of the entire genre with Horror Films FAQ, a collection of thoughtfully-written essays on just about every aspect of horror cinema. While this book is part of the Applause Pub Author John Kenneth Muir has previously written books on individual directors (The Films of John Carpenter and The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi) and on particular time periods of the industry in a series of decade specific collections (Horror Films of the 1970s). Now, he attempts to educate readers with an overview of the entire genre with Horror Films FAQ, a collection of thoughtfully-written essays on just about every aspect of horror cinema. While this book is part of the Applause Publishing FAQ collection, it is not written in a question-and-answer format. Muir poses a few rhetorical inquiries, but if there is anything wrong with this release, it's the title. I mention this at the head of this review since the misrepresentation may deter some readers from picking up this fine book, which is a shame considering the thoroughness of the work within. You can read ZigZag's full review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Hagins

    As a newbie to horror films I found this novel a great guide to my embarking into said films. This book introduces important subgenres and said subgenres effect on the medium of films. Every major film talked about here is discussed at length presenting information on things from plot to social commentary imbedded in the films. The analysis of We Need to Talk about Kevin in particular was really well done, and caught my interest being one of the only films mentioned I had seen before reading thi As a newbie to horror films I found this novel a great guide to my embarking into said films. This book introduces important subgenres and said subgenres effect on the medium of films. Every major film talked about here is discussed at length presenting information on things from plot to social commentary imbedded in the films. The analysis of We Need to Talk about Kevin in particular was really well done, and caught my interest being one of the only films mentioned I had seen before reading this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really enjoyed this. Gave me a lot of good suggestions to watch, and I enjoyed the explanations and insights into the various genres. Noticed a few misspellings and minor errors but nothing that heavily disrupted the read. Would definitely recommend for horror film buffs.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    While there are assertions and analyses that I feel miss the mark, this is still a very respectable overview over filmic side of a massively influential genre.

  6. 5 out of 5

    whit

    This author writes some very detailed and thought-provoking reviews of many different Horror films. He's really good but I don't care for the way the book is organized. The topics covered in each chapter seem haphazardly chosen and most of the films mentioned are pretty well known. I guess it's an FAQ so if the material covered were obscure it would have to be an "IAQ" (Infrequently Asked Questions). This author writes some very detailed and thought-provoking reviews of many different Horror films. He's really good but I don't care for the way the book is organized. The topics covered in each chapter seem haphazardly chosen and most of the films mentioned are pretty well known. I guess it's an FAQ so if the material covered were obscure it would have to be an "IAQ" (Infrequently Asked Questions).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Houser

    thought it would be more fact and less opinions

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kim Heimbuch

    Review is written and will be posted soon.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anton

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    Troy Martin

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    Matthew Pridham

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  14. 4 out of 5

    JM Cozzoli

  15. 5 out of 5

    D'kotah

  16. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josh Huitt

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Curson

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    Becky

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    Adam Sweeney

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    Robert Evans

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    Court

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matt Eldridge

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    Jayne Lamb

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    Betty Loven

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamey DuVall

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    Evelyn Polovich

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Cornelius

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Heger

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