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TitleHistorical Dictionary of Horror Cinema
PublisherThe Scarecrow Press, Inc.
ISBN 139780810855854
CategoryArts - Film
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LanguageEnglish
File Size10.4 MB
Total Pages415
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PETER HUTCHINGS

Horror cinema
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Cover photo from 1941 movie The Wolf Man
(Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers pictured).

ISBN-13: 978-0-8108-5585-4
ISBN-10: 0-8108-5585-2

Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts, No. 25

Horror is one of the most enduring and controversial of all cinematic genres.

Horror films range from subtle and poetic to graphic and gory, but what links

them together is their ability to frighten, disturb, shock, provoke, delight, irri-

tate, and amuse audiences. Horror’s capacity to take the form of our evolving

fears and anxieties has ensured not only its notoriety but also its long-term

survival and international popularity. Above all, the audiences’ continuing

desire to experience new frights and ever more horrifying sights makes films

like The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Night of the Living

Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, Ringu, and The Shining so cap-

tivating.

This Historical Dictionary of Horror Cinema traces the development of the

genre from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This is done

through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of

cross-referenced dictionary entries. The entries cover all major movie villains,

including Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, the vampire, the werewolf, the

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