From the earliest days of cinema, audiences have loved being scared. The appeal of the macabre and the bizarre never goes out of fashion, and the great horror films are often amongst people’s most vivid movie going memories.
In Hollywood in the 1930s, characters such as Dracula and Frankenstein’s monsters made stars of actors such as Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff then, in 1950s’ Britain, the mantle was taken up by Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
The 1970s took films into ever-darker territory, with William Friedkin’s The Exorcist often cited as the greatest horror film of all time, while others preferred the breathless excitement of the stalk-and-slash in John Carpenters Halloween.
Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street became the cinema’s most popular bogeyman in the 1980s, and more recently hordes of zombies have returned for the bloodthirsty rampage through several big-budget blockbusters. More than 100 years after the first horror film, the parade of screen terrors shows no sign of stopping.
In this new hardback book you will find 50 acknowledged classic horrors, from FW Murnau’s cobwebby vampire story Nosferatu via the Universal movies, the Hammer Horrors and the Night of the Living Dead, to The Wicker Man and The Omen, up to more recent box-office hits such as Get Out and A Quiet Place I & II.