~FREE ♡ Nightmare Movies ♵ Now Over Twenty Years Old, The Original Edition Of Nightmare Movies Has Retained Its Place As A True Classic Of Cult Film Criticism In This New Edition, Kim Newman Brings His Seminal Work Completely Up To Date, Both Reassessing His Earlier Evaluations And Adding A Second Part That Assess The Last Two Decades Of Horror Films With All The Wit, Intelligence And Insight For Which He Is Known Since The Publication Of The First Edition, Horror Has Been On A Gradual Upswing, And Taken A New And Stronger Hold Over The Film IndustryNewman Negotiates His Way Through A Vast Back Catalogue Of Horror, Charting The On Screen Progress Of Our Collective Fears And Bogeymen From The Low Budget Slasher Movies Of The S, Through To The Slick Releases Of The S, In A Critical Appraisal That Doubles Up As A Genealogical Study Of Contemporary Horror And Its Forebears Newman Invokes The Figures That Fuel The Ongoing Demand For Horror The Serial Killer The Vampire The Werewolf The Zombie And Draws On His Remarkable Knowledge Of The Genre To Give Us A Comprehensive Overview Of The Modern Myths That Have Shaped The Imagination Of Multiple Generations Of Cinema Goers Nightmare Movies Is An Invaluable Companion That Not Only Provides A Newly Updated History Of The Darker Side Of Film But A Truly Entertaining Guide With Which To Discover The Less Well Trodden Paths Of Horror, And Re Discover The Classics With A Newly Instructed Eye
If there is a Necronomicon, this is surely it. I ve had the original edition of Nightmare Movies since I stumbled across it in a used bookstore in the early 90s I have read that thing to pieces Newman wrote a classic of film criticism, which makes a great guidebook and a great leisure read alike The updated edition takes us up to, pretty much, right this second he covers everything right up to movies that were released in 2010 and 2011 To do it, he took the original book and the left the text intact but added footnotes when he had changed an opinion or had something new to say To this is added essentially a second entire book covering everything released since the first Nightmare Movies went to print This makes the new Nightmare Movies a big ol volume indeed, and formatted very differently from the original notably the full page photos are gone, and the movie stills are much smaller and fewer, crammed into two inserts The proofreading, sadly, sucks it s full of inconsistently spelled names, typos, and howlers like serial for cereal I don t blame Newman for this I blame Bloomsbury For shame There s lots of good and interesting stuff here, including Newman s reflections on the torture porn genre, the vampire romance phenomenon, and J horror The new content is, however, a little less sparkling than the old Part of it is that he s not starting from scratch to consider, say, vampire films, because he already did that in the original, so some sections feellike a laundry list of movies than a fresh appraisal and part of it might be that just like the rest of us, Newman s older andjaded than he was 20 some years ago However, his appraisals of movies he especially liked or found interesting are as sharp and intelligent as ever Newman is an intelligent and thoughtful watcher and he assumes his audience is as well he s refreshingly unwilling to embrace a consensus opinion, and to take trashy movies seriously And he can be very funny.In my opinion, this is THE single indispensable book for anyone even mildly interested in horror cinema. If you want a book of film criticism focused on horror, this is the definitive choice, especially in this newer edition You will not agree with the author on everything, of course, and it glosses over a couple of things, but it is easily the most in depth and knowledgeable film study of horror in the era 1960 2010 And it s fun.Let me start with what it is and isn t It is not a book of film theory, like Men, Women and Chainsaws, nor is it a study of horror across media, a la Danse Macabre It is not a rating index It is simply an overview of horror films of the era, covering almost all of the important works and quite a few minor ones, especially those by major genre directors It is divided into categories, including sections on auteurs It does make allusions to film theory, of course, but is relatively accessible It makes no effort to avoid spoilers, however, so tread lightly if that is an issue.This is a fairly academic book, and assumes a fair level of knowledge in the field, so a newcomer could feel swamped rather quickly Also, the tone is a little dry at times, though not often You will also get no personal information on the author, like King s inserts in Danse Macabre It is insightful, and often witty, and will offer a further insight into the field as a whole for most.Basically, it is a reference book, and an enormously useful one There are splashier,entertaining books about genre films, but this is probably the widest ranging, and possibly the most informative You won t get in depth dissections of special effects or studio gossip, and the earlier sections are lacking for most non English language works the author backfills a bit in the later sections , butspecialized works are available for those things Overall, an experienced student of horror films cannot go wrong with this book. My understanding is that Kim Newman is widely regarded as an authority on the subject of horror films Unfortunately, I found his tone throughout to be rather snide he use a footnote at one point to denigrate by name a critic whose opinion he disagrees with He also has a way of presenting his opinions as though they were objective fact, which becomes an unintentional source of amusement I was reading the updated version of the book, which presents the original 1988 text with updated footnotes and a new chapter covering horror 1988 2009 This means that, when 1988 Newman says something like how Alien is too schlocky, or how The Exorcist probably won t hold up over time, the reader gets to enjoy seeing Newman eat crow Well, I guess I was wrong about this one, This happens at least once per chapter, and it became something I awaited eagerly.Additionally, frequent stretches of the text are simply lists of films, which I don t find particularly useful or informative There were enough factual errors that even a casual fan could catch them a few I noticed Independence Day was not released in 1999 Shaun does not say we re coming to get you, Barbara, in Shaun of the Dead the 1983 disco film with John Travolta is Staying Alive, not Tony Manero And Newman for some reason feels compelled to include soft core porn flicks, which is his prerogative, but I doubt it s what the typical horror fan is looking for. The best and most comprehensive account of the modern horror film i.e post 1968, from Night of the Living Dead onwards I ve ever read and could ever hope for, covering in detail all the major trends and movements from around the world in the last 50 years up to 2011.This volume consists of the original book from 1988, extensively annotated to provide updates or revised opinions where he has changed his mind in the interim but leaving the original intact , followed by another 300 pages or so covering everything from 1988 onwards There is a very neat structure whereby the original book starts with Romero s Night of The Living Dead in 68 and ends with his Day of the Dead in 85, and the new half starts with the Night remake in 1990 and ends with Romero s second Dead trilogy Land of, Diary of and Survival of the Dead from 2005 2009.Individual chapters cover in enormous detail such topics as Italian horror the giallo, the zombie cycle and the cannibal film Argento gets a section to himself in the Auteurs chapter , the Indian Summer of the British Horror Film late period Hammer, Amicus, Michael Reeves, Pete Walker etc , Classical Gothic, devil films, slasher films, ghost stories etc The new section coversrecent trends such as the post Scream postmodern 90s horror film, the Ring inspired J horror boom and the unfortunate development of torture porn Films and directors are assessed and contextualised and vast amounts of detail are given and yet it still all reads very easily and entertainingly, never descending into just listing films All in all this book provides a brilliant survey of an enormously varied genre with incredibly impressive knowledge and authority, and works equally well to dip in and out of or read cover to cover His novels are great too. for every masterful stroke the comparison between the portrayal of hannibal lecter in manhunter and silence of the lambs is perhaps the book s highlight there s another 50 pages of dense lists or derogatory comments about actors, subgenres, and even musicians newman manages to work in a potshot at michael jackson s music in a discussion of john landis work two, if you count the footnotes , and like most of the author s negative opinions, it seemsnasty than critical.essentially, you ll come away from nightmare movies with a strong list of films you ve likely never heard of, and the author s international scope means that he s drawing in influences and repeatedly discussing cinematic trends in other countries most other books gloss over, at best if you can get past the fact that newman essentially vaunts or disdains, and doesn t really comment but briefly on everything in the vast in between, this is a great resource, but you will definitely find yourself yelling at it on a regular basis. This book is bizarrely disappointing It has good information But with the amount of references that makes to movies without necessarily giving enough focus a trend setting series or a couple seminal works from the different decades between the 1960s and the present, the book is largely directionless There are areas where you can see the potential of the book and its project, namely the two sections on auteurs and their works as well as the sections of chapters that slow down with the references and do a deeper dive on a couple of films or a series rather than trying to reference anything that remotely references a horror trope or entity. Whew It took me a month but I finished it I must confess that there were moments when I despaired of ever seeing the end but my love of horror films and plain, bulldog determination allowed me to pull it off.I was a horror movie fan in my teens and early twenties then slowly moved away from the genre as the terror gotgraphic I am a fan of the the creeping variety like the The Omen , but grand guignol disgusts me Then, I did not have access to a VCR for quite some time between the middle eighties to the middle nineties, and horror rarely comes uncensored to India so most of the really frightening movies never made it to Indian theatres I picked up the horror habit again in the middle of the last decade, and left it again a year ago when torture porn began dominating torture is really difficult for me to watch It s like an addiction which I can t quite get rid off.This book allowed me to recall my yesterdays with a sweet nostalgic pain, as I curled up with a coffee in front of the TV on a rainy Friday afternoon with a stack of horror videotapes to get me through the weekend In 700 packed pages, Kim Newman has done a stupendous job of compilation he lists down horror stories from the sixies up to the present I don t think there re many that he has missed He touches upon all the subgenres vampires, ghosts, zombies, torture etc , as well as the few auteurs Newman does not restrict himself to conventional horror, but analyses those films which fall outside the conventional horror flick e.g David Lynch also hence the title, Nightmare Movies.But all said and done, the book is information overload In his intention to explore all facets of horror, the author has forsaken any in depth analyis Agreed, it may not be possible to any level in a such an ambitious project without proving unmanageable yet, it limits the usefulness of the book You will not get any insight into the reason why we frighten ourselves to death by reading this book At best, it is a geography and history of horror The ardent fan will find many a familiar face on the journey but if you are not that into horror, it would be advisable to leave this book alone.Recommended for horror junkies. Very well researched and sourced Thorough, and Newman s knowledge is unrivaled My only issue is he doesn t seem to like much of anything He s unduly hard on or just plain wrong on films like ALIEN, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and THE RE ANIMATOR, all acknowledged classics His pithy asides are annoying That being said I d rather he be opinionated than sycophantic Recognizing Tim Burton as an auteur is a pleasing move, and the section on David Lynch is wonderful as well A good read for serious horror film fans.