Turning from the genre they so trenchantly explored in Film Noir Reader
and Film Noir Reader 2
, Alain Silver and James Ursini now delve into the weird and terrifying terrain of the horror film. Its lineage extends from the silent screen to Scream 3
and, like most movie vampires, it remains defiantly and frighteningly alive.
As do the earlier Silver-Ursini collections, Horror Film Reader begins with seminal essays, several dating back to the 1950s, that uncover the roots of the genre and explain its wide-ranging, indestructible appeal.
The second part of this book focuses on such specific films as Tod Browning's Freaks and The Devil Doll, and The Haunting, in both its 1963 and 1999 incarnations, and on such sequel-driven characters as Frankenstein's Monster, Freddy Kreuger, the Wolfman, and the Candyman.
The scope of this collection is thus surprisingly broad, considering as it does the horror film genre from different times, different perspectives and different premises.
This book begins with seminal essays, several dating back to the 1950s, that uncover the roots of the genre and explain its wide-radning, indestructible appeal. The second part of the book, "New Perspectives", focuses on such specific films as Freaks, The Devil Doll, The Haunting, The Devil and Daniel Webster, and Hitchcock, the Wolf Man and the Candy Man.