The Horror of It All

The Horror of It All

One Moviegoer's Love Affair With Masked Maniacs, Frightened Virgins, and the Living Dead

Book - 2015
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Horror films have simultaneously captivated and terrified audiences for generations, racking up millions of dollars at the box office and infusing our nightmares with chainsaws, goblins, and blood-spattered machetes. Today's hottest television shows feature classic horror elements, from marauding zombies and sexy vampires to myriad incarnations of the devil himself. Yet the horror genre and its controversial offshoots continue to occupy a nebulous space in our critical dialogue. The Horror of It All is a memoir from the front lines of the horror industry that dissects the massively popular phenomenon of scary movies.
Author Adam Rockoff traces the highs and lows of the genre through the lens of his own obsessive fandom, which began in the horror aisles of his childhood video store and continued with a steady diet of cable trash. From the convergence of horror and heavy metal, to Siskel and Ebert's crusade against the slasher flick, to the legacy of the Scream franchise, and the behind-the-scenes work of horror directors and make-up artists, Rockoff mines the rich history of the genre, braiding critical analysis with his own firsthand experiences as a horror writer and producer. Filled with mordant wit and sharp insight, The Horror of It All explains why horror films not only endure, but continue to prosper. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2015
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476761879
9781476761831
Characteristics: xvi, 252 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Kristen MERKE
Feb 05, 2017

Rockoff has a way of making you feel right at home with his casual style. He presents new and interesting information but is personal in his delivery. He doesn't shy away from sex, which academics often do when discussing horror. He's fun and loud, and while at times I don't agree with him (Paranormal Activity is horrendously BORING in my opinion), he has valuable insights to the genre, industry and community.

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Feb 05, 2017

Kristen MERKE thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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