Reel Terror by David Konow
The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films

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From the author of the definitive heavy metal history, Bang Your Head, a behind-the-scenes look a century of horror films

 

Reel Terror is a love letter to the wildly popular yet still misunderstood genre that churns out blockbusters and cult classics year after year. From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari to Paranormal Activity, Konow explores its all-time highs and lows, why the genre has been overlooked, and how horror films just might help us overcome fear. His on-set stories and insights delve into each movie and its effect on American culture.

For novices to all out film buffs, this is the perfection companion to this Halloween’s movie marathons.


 

About David Konow

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DAVID KONOW is the author of Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal, and has written for numerous publications and websites including Deadline.com, L.A. Weekly, The Wrap, Turner Classic Movies, Rue Morgue, TGDaily.com, Guitar World, MovieMaker, Fangoria, and more. He lives in Southern California.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 606 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Horror films are about as old as the medium itself, and Konow (Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal, 2002) begins with Universal Studio’s horror triumvirate of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney and continues to well-known modern-day horror films like The Ring and the Saw franc...

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TCPalm / AP

As David Konow explains in "Reel Terror," the movie's primary contribution to the genre was boosting the careers of Wes Craven (later the director of "A Nightmare on Elm Street") and Sean Cunningham (later the director of "Friday the 13th").

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Lehigh Valley Live

The frights of the atomic age (”Godzilla”) and the space age (”The Thing From Another World,” “The Blob”) and the youth-oriented horror movies of the 1950s (”I Was a Teenage Werewolf”) are passed over in favor of more recent films.

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Badass Digest

It's a bit weird that something like Salem's Lot gets half a chapter when Paranormal Activity, which has rejuvenated both supernatural horror AND the "found footage" gimmick, is only given a few lines, especially in a book that's covering the history of the genre - which of those two films do you...

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