Hollywood Horror: From Gothic To Cosmic

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Harry N. Abrams, Nov 1, 2003 - Performing Arts - 264 pages
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Populated with vampires, monsters, mummies, zombies, werewolves, sinister scientists, aliens, and psychopaths, horror films are permanently imprinted on our culture. 'Hollywood Horror' celebrates this ever-popular and enduring cinematic genre, providing an entertaining narrative and pictorial history of the classic American horror film from the silent era to 1968. The book captures all the mystery, power, dark humor, and chilling beauty of horror films, which author Mark A. Vieira calls 'the escape valve of the American psyche.' Using the voices of directors, writers, special-effects artists, and actors, this history covers every aspect of cinematic horror; seminal icons such as James Whale's Frankenstein, the steamy pre-Code jungle sorcery of The Island of Lost Souls, big-budget thrillers like The Uninvited, the cold-war science fiction of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, sublimely ridiculous 'creature features' such as The Blob, and studies in terror like Hitchcock's Psycho.

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Very entertaining and informative, some of the stories I had read elsewhere but there was a lot in this book that was new to me. You can tell the author both has a deep understanding of the topic as ... Read full review

Hollywood horror: from gothic to cosmic

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The popularity of horror films has spanned eight decades, so it is not surprising that many books have been written on the genre, each offering a different approach. This is the first to focus ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer, filmmaker, and Hollywood historian. His previous books include "Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits" and "Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy.

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