ROUGH GUIDE TO HORROR MOVIES
more info than you can brandish a cleaver
at into 277 pocket-sized pages, Jones opens
with a breakneck charge through the genre's
literary origins before scorching across
100 years of movies - decade by decade,
innovation by innovation. Then we get to
the real meat - The Canon: 50 Horror Classics.
Authoritative reviews packed with historical
context and illuminating quotes from the
featured talent (many barked directly into
Jones' dictophone during 30 years of set
visits and interviews, they bleed with passion,
twitch and insight. If it's a smart, spirited
and pretty damn sexy user's manual you're
after, this hits the spot"
affectionate as it is knowledgeable
with a nice tribute to Alan Jones from DOG
SOLDIERS/THE DESCENT director Neil Marshall,
including an amusing anecdote that only
confirms Jones' clout as a leading authority,
the book's structure is faultless. Firstly
addressing horror's roots in literature,
before presenting a succinct chronicle of
its last 100 movie years, and, finally,
celebrating icons of the genre - from characters
to filmmakers - the wealth of information
is truly staggering".
Book: Rough Guide to Horror Movies
I consider that I know my biz when it comes
to horror movies and the genre in general.
that spat out, as I was reading this book;
this thought arose: "There's always
somebody out there who knows more than you".
In this case, Alan Jones, the man behind
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO HORROR MOVIES; knows
a whole damn more than me. This little book
that could did the impossible; it covered
our beloved genre from its "Step 1"
inception within literature (c.2000 BC)
right up to horror onscreen today in 2005.
And all that in 288 thought out and filled
to the brim with info pages.
on the menu waiter? Well today for your
reading pleasure, Chef Jones will dissect
The History of Horror, The 50 Essential
Horror Films in History according to the
author (Horror of Dracula, Freaks, The Exorcist,
Halloween, Eye Without a Face etc...all
picks that I agreed with...), Horror Icons
(Argento, Bava, Carpenter, Chaney, Craven,
Cronenberg, Cushin etc.), Horror from Around
the World (name a country that does horror,
it's in here) and the top genre festivals/conventions/books/mags
and websites (Yes! AITH made it in the book...yeehaw!).
syrup on this mammoth ball of thick ice
cream was that along the way, the book addressed
many topics that came with our beloved genre
over the years; like Seasonal Horror (Black
Christmas, Silent Night Deadly night), the
Horror Gimmicks (William Castle baby), the
Hammer Company, Video Nasties (The f*cking
80's, gotta love em), the Troma phenomenon,
the Asian Boom, Fantastic Factory, the best
Film Soundtracks and much, much, mucho freaking
to all that tap dancing a foreword by director
Neil Marshal (Dog Soldiers-The Descent),
an Intro by Mr. Jones as to his individual
love affair with horror, countless photographs
(black and white) and an engaging, insightful
and free flowing writing style that made
it all effortless and you get a meaty offering
that aimed to cover all that is horror and
pretty much succeeded in its quest while
being a breeze to read at that!
drawbacks? Other than being cockblocked
by my friend last night at the Pub; not
really (Yes, I just wanted to use the term
cockblocked in this review...I just learned
it). Sure when I read the book, a couple
of titles sprung to mind that I wished had
made it in there; but to be honest; I don't
even remember what those titles were as
I write this; I guess they weren't that
the whole; you want to feed your brain with
some potent horror juice while exploring
the genre's every nook and cranny? Let The
Jones Man lead you into his own grey matter
and learn a thing or two about a thing or
tree. The dude knows his shite!