Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, ConqueredHollywood, and Invented Modern Horror (Google eBook)
Much has been written about the storied New Hollywood of the 1970s, but at the same time that Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorcese were producing their first classic movies, a parallel universe of directors gave birth to the modern horror film. Shock Value tells the unlikely story of how directors like Wes Craven, Roman Polanski, and John Carpenter revolutionized the genre in the 1970s, plumbing their deepest anxieties to bring a gritty realism and political edge to their craft. From Rosemary’s Baby to Halloween, the films they unleashed on the world created a template for horror that has been relentlessly imitated but rarely matched. Based on unprecedented access to the genre’s major players, this is an enormously entertaining account of a hugely influential golden age in American film.
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Review: Shock ValueUser Review - Carrie0277 - Goodreads
Didn't really care for the writing style (or the author's love of Polanski). Some interesting ideas about how horror developed but mostly it just made me want to watch a bunch of horror films. Definitely more academic in style & content. Read full review
Review: Shock ValueUser Review - Dkolacinski - Goodreads
A strong overview of the birth of the modern horror movie, beginning in the 70's. From the grind houses to the big screen, it's a history of the directors, the new visions and the times. Read full review