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5 More Essential Books About Horror Movies

Movies shouldn’t be the only essential media in your horror collection. There are many books on the horror industry that you will need to keep your horror game at an expert level. Yesterday we listed eight fantastic books about the horror industry that are crucial for your collection. Here are six more must-reads!

THE MONSTER SHOW

By David J. Skal

This is a required read for all horror fans. It is the most comprehensive look at horror movie history I have found. And though it is ultimately a history book, Skal is able to convey the details of our beloved genre through fascinating tales of filmmaking and trends from each decade, making for a highly captivating read.

 

THE DREAD OF DIFFERENCE: GENDER AND THE HORROR FILM

Edited by Barry Keith Grant

Whether on-screen or behind the camera, gender politics are a current hot button issue in horror and Hollywood in general. This compilation book teases out the gender issues of horror films over the decades. It can get a bit “academic,” but the theories and approaches to gender are well worth the complexity and density.

 

GHOULS, GIMMICKS, AND GOLD: THE AMERICAN MOVIE BUSINESS FROM 1953-1968

By Kevin Heffernan

This is a detailed and enthralling crash course in genre films from the 50s and 60s, a very exciting time when the independents climbed to the top and horror marketing became everything. Expect atomic bombs, aliens, communists, and more!

 

SLEAZOID EXPRESS: A MIND-TWISTING TOUR THROUGH THE GRINDHOUSE CINEMA OF TIMES SQUARE

By Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford

SLEAZOID EXPRESS is a captivating look at the marketing gimmicks used to sell exploitation movies to exhibitors and lure people into the theaters during the 70s and 80s. The book also weaves in the torrid history of New York City and the Times Square area, capturing the decline of the city and the grittiness and crime that infiltrated during this period.

 

SLASH OF THE TITANS: THE ROAD TO FREDDY VS. JASON

By Dustin McNeill

Ever wonder why we can’t get more versus films like Ash vs Pinhead or maybe a few more Freddy vs Jason meet-ups? Read this book! It is the exhaustive history of trying to get FREDDY VS JASON made, and after reading about all the failed attempts, multiple versions, and nightmarish production problems, you will suddenly be thrilled to have a FREDDY VS JASON movie at all. This is a wonderfully detailed and accurate look at just what goes into making a studio horror film.

 

NIGHTMARE USA

By Stephen Thrower

This book will cost you a bit, but it is so worth it. Right now on Amazon copies are going for around $40 each, but honestly this is an invaluable source of horror research and covers the history of many film titles that you won’t find in other texts. The book focuses on the exploitation and horror cinema from the early 70s to mid 80s, specifically looking at the surge of underground filmmakers that pushed the boundaries of decency and art.

 

 

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