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A History of Horror In Brief
This is not an encyclopedia. Zinoman doesn’t throw out thousands of pages for you to read, but instead selects the grandfathers of horror, then cycles through them with stories, anecdotes, and personal information about each director, producer and more. It’s a fascinating look behind the curtain, or the lens in this case, and it really shows you how a bunch of outsiders created a genre that people never really liked, nor cared about. You go from the beginnings of horror, to the mid-zone, and then finally the modern era. The modern era being the punishing, and nearly pornographic horror movies, and then back to the pg-13 era. Perhaps the most fascinating story is that of the Masters of Horror event, where professionals in the horror movie making arena get together. It’s there that you hear about Eli Roth’s contrast in bravado versus the veterans of horror, and how quiet they are compared to Roth and his contemporaries. A true light of difference between them is found in that story.
More Like A Textbook At Times
The big draw towards “Shock Value” for me is my love of horror movies. I have reviewed roughly 850 of them on my horror movie blog “scaryfilm.blogspot.com”, which I don’t update nearly as much as I used to, which would be daily and sometimes twice a day. This book reads a lot like a textbook at times, with dates, figures, and insider information about screenplays, cinema focus, and more. It’s very detailed at times, and then at others there are throwaway lines and Zinoman doesn’t get into the grit of stories. He leaves you hanging in some chapters, which was unfortunate.
Star Rating For Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
Here we go, a star rating for this book. As a horror fan I’m going to give this a 4 out of 5. However, if you’re a casual fan of horror, and you’re not at all a diehard, then you are not going to like this book. IT’s too much about a genre that most people don’t really care that much about. If you’re not a horror fan, than I would give this book a 2 out of 5. But again, I’m a horror fan, so it’s a higher rating for me personally.