A. S. Mott
Ghost House, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
. S. Mott admits that he's been '
fascinated by scary movies since early childhood
' and has devoted himself to watching as many of them as he can find.
the culmination of his years spent in dark basements studying both the great and not-so-great
' horror movies.
ott focuses on half a dozen horror sub-genres from Hitchcock's psychological horror to the rise of '
slash and hack
' horror movies like
Friday the 13th
. He examines the innovative
An American Werewolf in London
and questions the popularity of
and his evil ilk. He describes Jeff Goldblum's grotesque transformation into
as envisioned by director David Cronenberg. And in the final chapter, Mott discusses horror sequels and the remake craze that's still going strong today.
n addition to covering classics like
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Dawn of the Dead
, Mott offers his personal list of additional
horror movies. He balances those out with
lists that cover frightening flicks that you maybe shouldn't spend good money to see. The author also includes plenty of behind-the-scenes information and anecdotes that cover the how's and why's behind each movie's creation. If you're a fan of
, then this book is for you.
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