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The Book of Horror

AUTHOR: Matt Glasby

The Book of Horror introduces you to the scariest movies ever made and examines the factors that make them so frightening. Horror movies have never been more critically or commercially successful, but there's only one metric that matters: are they scary? Back in the silent era, viewers thrilled at Frankenstein and Dracula. Today, the monsters may have changed, but the instinct remains the same: to seek out the unspeakable, ride the adrenaline rush and play out our fears in the safety of the cinema.

The Book of Horror focuses on the most frightening films of the post-war era - from Psycho (1960) to It: Chapter Two (2019) - examining exactly how they scare us across a series of key categories. Each chapter explores a seminal horror film in depth, charting its scariest moments with infographics and identifying the related works you need to see. Including references to more than 100 classic and contemporary horror films from around the globe, and striking illustrations from Barney Bodoano, this is a rich and compelling guide to the scariest films ever made.

The films: Psycho (1960), The Innocents (1961), The Haunting (1963), The Exorcist (1973), Don't Look Now (1973), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Who Can Kill A Child? (1976), Suspiria (1977), Halloween (1978), The Shining (1980), The Entity (1980), Angst (1983), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), Ringu (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Others (2001), Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), The Eye (2002), Shutter (2004), The Descent (2005), Wolf Creek (2005), The Orphanage (2007), REC (2007), Lake Mungo (2008), Martyrs (2008), The Strangers (2008), The Innkeepers (2011), Oculus (2013), Banshee Chapter (2013), The Babadook (2014), It Follows (2015), Terrified (2017), Hereditary (2018), It: Chapter Two (2019).

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