Coming in June from Chicago Review Press is The Slasher Movie Book.
From the press release:
In The Slasher Movie Book, author J.A. Kerswell gives an affectionate yet critical overview of the stalk 'n' slash film genre-from its roots in Hitchcock movies, grindhouse and violent French theatre to the Golden Age of the Slasher (1978-1984) launched by John Carpenter's Halloween.
Sidney Prescott, the Final Girl in Scream, may have put it best when she described slasher movies as "some stupid killer stalking some big-breasted girl who can't act, who is always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door." Yet it's just that mix of cheesiness and cheap thrill-the unstoppable maniac, the cat-and-mouse action, the undeniable sense of schadenfreude-that makes the slasher one of the most timeless and successful of horror's subgenres. Packed with information about the best — and worst — of the genre that brought a new high in violence and suspense to mainstream cinema, The Slasher Movie Book provides an unmatched exploration of the early foreign influences of the slasher, to its 21st century descendants and everything in between. This guide to grisly includes not only slasher classics like cult hits Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street, but several more obscure flicks such as Savage Water and Blood Beat.
Combining Kerswell's critical essays with distinctive and often graphic retro poster art, The Slasher Movie Book is a fun and fascinating overview of a film genre that, like its villains, just won't die.
Let's face it, films like Friday the 13th and Halloween have been over-analyzed to death (no pun intended), so it's nice that the book looks to be digging a little deeper. The Slasher Movie Book has 208 pages with an MSRP of $24.95.
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