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Scary Movies
by A. S. Mott
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Ghost House, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

A. S. Mott admits that he's been 'fascinated by scary movies since early childhood' and has devoted himself to watching as many of them as he can find. Scary Movies represents 'the culmination of his years spent in dark basements studying both the great and not-so-great' horror movies.

Mott focuses on half a dozen horror sub-genres from Hitchcock's psychological horror to the rise of 'slash and hack' horror movies like Halloween and Friday the 13th. He examines the innovative An American Werewolf in London and questions the popularity of Freddie Kruger and his evil ilk. He describes Jeff Goldblum's grotesque transformation into The Fly as envisioned by director David Cronenberg. And in the final chapter, Mott discusses horror sequels and the remake craze that's still going strong today.

In addition to covering classics like Psycho, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Dawn of the Dead, Mott offers his personal list of additional must see horror movies. He balances those out with Not-So-Good lists that cover frightening flicks that you maybe shouldn't spend good money to see. The author also includes plenty of behind-the-scenes information and anecdotes that cover the how's and why's behind each movie's creation. If you're a fan of Scary Movies, then this book is for you.

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