The British Horror Film

From the Silents to the Multiplex

Ian Fryer

This is the story of the British horror film, with biographies of the stars, directors, and film studios, incisive reviews of key films, and a complete history of the genre. For everyone from beginners to film buffs, from silent movies to the present day via classic Hammer Horrors, the new violence of the '70s, and the zombie craze of recent years.
Date Published :
December 2017
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Illustration :
Color and B&W photographs
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781556412
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.15 inches
Stock Status : In stock


When Hammer Films broke box office records in 1957 with The Curse of Frankenstein, the company not only resurrected the gothic horror film, but also created a particularly British-flavored form of horror that swept the world.

The British Horror Film from the Silents to the Multiplex is your guide to the films, actors, and filmmakers who have thrilled and terrified generations of movie fans. In just one book, you will find the literary and cinematic roots of the genre to the British films made by film legends such as Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, Hammer’s accomplishments starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and the post-Hammer horrors such as Peter Walker’s Frightmare and huge British-made successes such as Alien and the zombie craze of the twenty-first century.

Featuring the history, the films, the stars, the directors, and the studios in one fascinating, fun, and fact-filled volume, whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned gore-hound, this volume covers everything you ever wanted to know about the British horror movie, but were too bone-chillingly afraid to ask.

About The Author

A lifelong fan of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s work, Ian Fryer is a writer, movie critic, and film/TV historian as well as editor of ‘FAB’, Gerry Anderson’s official fan club magazine. For ‘FAB’ he has met and interviewed many key figures involved in the making of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions. Ian has taken his love and encyclopaedic knowledge of film and television history to radio and the printed page and has also conducted stage interviews with film personalities for England’s National Media Museum and at many film events.

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