Horror Unmasked

A History of Terror from Nosferatu to Nope

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Pub Date 05 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 25 Jul 2023

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From the silent-film era to the blockbusters of today, Horror Unmasked is a fun-filled, highly illustrated dive into the past influences and present popularity of the horror film genre.

The horror film’s pop-culture importance is undeniable, from its early influences to today’s most significant and exciting developments in the genre. Since 1990, the production of horror films has risen exponentially worldwide, and in 2021, horror films earned an estimated $580 million in ticket sales, not to mention how the genre has expanded into books, fashion, music, and other media throughout the world.

Horror has long been the most popular film genre, and more horror movies have been made than any other kind. We need them. We need to be scared, to test ourselves, laugh inappropriately, scream, and flinch. We need to get through them and come out, blinking, still in one piece. This comprehensive guide features:

  • A thorough discussion on monster movies and B-movies (The Thing; It Came from Outer Space; The Blob)
  • The destruction of the American censorship system (Blood Feast; The Night of the Living Dead; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
  • International horror, zombies, horror comedies, and horror in the new millennium (MatangoSuspiria; Ghostbusters)
  • A dissection of the critical reception of modern horror (Neon Demon; Pan’s Labyrinth; Funny Games)
  • Stunning movie posters and film stills, plus fan-made tributes to some of the most lauded horror franchises in the world (Aliens; the Evil Dead; The Hills Have Eyes; Scream)

A perfect reference and informational book for horror fans and those interested in its cultural influence worldwide, Horror Unmasked provides a general introduction to the genre, serves as a guidebook to its film highlights, and celebrates its practitioners, trends, and stories.

From the silent-film era to the blockbusters of today, Horror Unmasked is a fun-filled, highly illustrated dive into the past influences and present popularity of the horror film genre.

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I’m a lover of horror! In my house we watch it all from old school silent films to pivotal movies like The Thing and Psycho to the classic films we grew up with like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Scream.

This book literally gives reference to it all from directors of horror from the very beginning in the late 1800s to today along with amazing actors that are so well known in the horror genre including the classic “Scream Queens.” This also gives insight to how the horror genre has influenced us over the decades and why we love it so much.

I loved the illustrations along side the references. Overall, this was a quick but great read of all things horror! Definitely would recommend to true horror lovers who are interested in some horror history.

Thank you to Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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I absolutely loved this it showed me from how horror started with what actors and actresses it’s shows how they made the horror and the horror people and love all the colour pictures it’s amazing how it all started and how’s it’s all changed and progressed to now

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I absolutely loved reading this book. I was completely drawn into the topic and could not stop reading it.

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