Hollywood Horror

Hollywood Horror

From Gothic to Cosmic

Book - 2003
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The horror film, which Mark A. Vieira calls the escape valve of the American psyche, is imprinted on popular culture. Hollywood Horror captures all the mystery, power, dark humour and chilling beauty of the genre from its roots in the silent film era to 1968, which, according to Vieira, marks the end of the classic scary movie. aspect of cinematic horror, from seminal icons such as James Whale's Frankenstein and Tod Browning's Dracula to the steamy pre-Code jungle sorcery of The Island of the Lost Souls.
Publisher: New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2003
ISBN: 9780810945357
0810945355
Characteristics: 264 p. : ill. ; 31 cm

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Derringer
Mar 05, 2017

If you are a fan of American monster movies (including Sci-Fi and Fantasy films, as well) from the early years (silent-era to 1970), then this book is certainly worth a look.

Compiled by Mark Vieira - This glossy volume contains lots of really great stills, plus plenty of informative background on the genre of horror in American cinema.

I really like this book's cover photo of the easily recognizable Frankenstein monster who was portrayed by, none other than, Boris Karloff.

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ManMachine
Jan 03, 2017

From the Gothic to the Cosmic - Hollywood Horror is a well-researched book that meticulously covers the crucial timeline of American Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy films, starting from the silent era to the year 1968.

Impressively illustrated with 260 glossy stills - In the pages of Hollywood Horror author/film historian, Mark Vieira intelligently discusses all aspects (the mystery, the power, the dark humour, and the chilling beauty) of 160 genre-specific films that, to this very day, still continue to leave a lasting impression on many viewers.

From Dracula, to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, to The Uninvited, to The Blob, to Psycho, and beyond - Hollywood Horror covers it all for your reading pleasure..... And - Yes - Happy Hollywood Nightmares to You!

(*Watch "Top 10 Monsters" video-clip*)

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lukasevansherman
Dec 11, 2015

A lavish, thorough, well researched, lovingly written history of the American horror movie from its early days to its heyday (Frankenstein, Dracula) to its decline. Author Mark Vieira covers all of the important films and many lesser know ones, as well as notable directors (Whale, Tourner), stars (Lugosi, Karloff), and producers (Lewton, Castle). For any interested in the genre, this is an absorbing, affectionate book, full of terrific black and white photographs.

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