The Slasher Movie Book (Paperback)

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    The slasher movie is the most reviled but successful of horror’s subgenres. Taking its cue from Hitchcock, grind-house movies, and the gory Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s, slasher movies brought a...

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    J. A. Kerswell fell in love with the slasher movie after watching Halloween II (1981) at an impressionable age. It’s a love he’s been unable to shake through the best and very worst the subgenre has had to offer. Founder of the slasher movie website Hysteria Lives! (www.hysteria-lives.co.uk), which has been reporting on “slasher trash with panache” for over a decade, he knows more about the slasher movie than anyone should.

    The slasher movie is the most reviled but successful of horror’s subgenres. Taking its cue from Hitchcock, grind-house movies, and the gory Italian giallo thrillers of the 1970s, slasher movies brought a new high in cinematic violence and suspense to mainstream cinema. For six bloody years (1978–1984)—the “golden age” of slashers—cinema screens and video stores were stalked by homicidal maniacs with murder and mayhem on their minds.

    The Slasher Movie Book details the subgenre’s surprising beginnings, revels in its g(l)ory days, and discusses its recent resurgence. Packed with reviews of the best (and worst) slasher movies and illustrated with an extensive collection of distinctive and often graphic color poster artwork from around the world, this book also looks at the political, cultural, and social influences on the slasher movie and its own effect on other film genres.

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    ISBN 9781556520105
    Genre PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Guides & Reviews
    Format Paperback
    Pages 208
    Publisher Date 2012-06-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Chicago Review Pr
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 8.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.8 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kerswell, J. A.

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