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From atomic bombs to zealous zombies, this cinefile’s guidebook reviews 1,000 of the wickedest, weirdest, and wackiest scary movies from every age of horror. With reviews on many overlooked, underappreciated gems such as Alice Sweet Alice, Daughters of Darkness, and Zombie, as well as the numerous Stephen King adaptations and modern updates such as Night of the Living Dead From atomic bombs to zealous zombies, this cinefile’s guidebook reviews 1,000 of the wickedest, weirdest, and wackiest scary movies from every age of horror. With reviews on many overlooked, underappreciated gems such as Alice Sweet Alice, Daughters of Darkness, and Zombie, as well as the numerous Stephen King adaptations and modern updates such as Night of the Living Dead 3D and The Wolfman, new devotees as well as the discriminating darkcinema enthusiast will love this big, beautiful, endall, beall guide to an always popular film genre. Established directors, including Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Tim Burton, David Cronenberg, and Guillermo del Toro are given their due, as are the new generation, represented by Larry Fessenden, James Wan, Alexandre Aja, and others. In addition to the hundreds of horror film reviews, this guide includes fascinating and fun top10 lists and sidebars that are designed to lead fans to similar titles they might not have known about.


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From atomic bombs to zealous zombies, this cinefile’s guidebook reviews 1,000 of the wickedest, weirdest, and wackiest scary movies from every age of horror. With reviews on many overlooked, underappreciated gems such as Alice Sweet Alice, Daughters of Darkness, and Zombie, as well as the numerous Stephen King adaptations and modern updates such as Night of the Living Dead From atomic bombs to zealous zombies, this cinefile’s guidebook reviews 1,000 of the wickedest, weirdest, and wackiest scary movies from every age of horror. With reviews on many overlooked, underappreciated gems such as Alice Sweet Alice, Daughters of Darkness, and Zombie, as well as the numerous Stephen King adaptations and modern updates such as Night of the Living Dead 3D and The Wolfman, new devotees as well as the discriminating darkcinema enthusiast will love this big, beautiful, endall, beall guide to an always popular film genre. Established directors, including Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Tim Burton, David Cronenberg, and Guillermo del Toro are given their due, as are the new generation, represented by Larry Fessenden, James Wan, Alexandre Aja, and others. In addition to the hundreds of horror film reviews, this guide includes fascinating and fun top10 lists and sidebars that are designed to lead fans to similar titles they might not have known about.

47 review for The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I had the pleasure of having Mike Mayo on the podcast I co-host. We had an engaging discussion about animal attack / nature run amok movies, one of our favorite genres: http://reallyawfulmovies.blubrry.com/... People on Amazon complained that this was not "the ultimate," guide; however by their very nature, these books can only provide a summary of the genre and they'll never be exhaustive. Regardless, I found I could pick it up anywhere, and glean insights about a horror film I might have never I had the pleasure of having Mike Mayo on the podcast I co-host. We had an engaging discussion about animal attack / nature run amok movies, one of our favorite genres: http://reallyawfulmovies.blubrry.com/... People on Amazon complained that this was not "the ultimate," guide; however by their very nature, these books can only provide a summary of the genre and they'll never be exhaustive. Regardless, I found I could pick it up anywhere, and glean insights about a horror film I might have never considered. Plus, there was some I'd never heard of. All and all, a solid effort.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Horror DNA

    In 1997, author Mike Mayo penned the VideoHound's Horror Show: 999 Hair-Raising, Hellish and Humorous Movies, a go-to source for genre fans in search of some quality entertainment. 15 years later he felt an update was in order and The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies was born. He explains in the introduction why he felt the need to revisit his massive tome of recommendations. In short, there have been leaps in technology and an endless glut of titles made available over the p In 1997, author Mike Mayo penned the VideoHound's Horror Show: 999 Hair-Raising, Hellish and Humorous Movies, a go-to source for genre fans in search of some quality entertainment. 15 years later he felt an update was in order and The Horror Show Guide: The Ultimate Frightfest of Movies was born. He explains in the introduction why he felt the need to revisit his massive tome of recommendations. In short, there have been leaps in technology and an endless glut of titles made available over the past sixteen years since he released his book. The earlier collection was created before the DVD format came into existence and over the following decade there have been numerous digital restorations and with an endless glut of new titles, it is indeed time to revisit the material. You can read ZigZag's entire review at Horror DNA by clicking here.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    Fun book. Of course some movies are missing, but this is Mike Mayo's list, so he calls the shots. I was very happy to see my favorite, The Changeling, getting a nod.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    I’m sorry, but you don’t write an “Ultimate” guide and include so many films you consider unworthy of the viewers time. Why waste paper on things we all agree are lousy films? I mostly agree with the positively reviewed films, but maybe he should’ve saved the films he didn’t like for the last ten pages. If they must have a mention at all in an ultimate frightfest guide. This book would be an okay primer for entrants into the horror world, as it successfully highlights mainstream and cult flicks in I’m sorry, but you don’t write an “Ultimate” guide and include so many films you consider unworthy of the viewers time. Why waste paper on things we all agree are lousy films? I mostly agree with the positively reviewed films, but maybe he should’ve saved the films he didn’t like for the last ten pages. If they must have a mention at all in an ultimate frightfest guide. This book would be an okay primer for entrants into the horror world, as it successfully highlights mainstream and cult flicks in the same breath, it’s just a slog to get through all the aforementioned chuff.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emilio Amaro

    Oddly enough this book lacks the few horror movies with a large black cast. When I saw the author reference such obscure movies as Andy Warhol's Frankenstein and Dracula I was certain he would talk about Blackenstein and Blacula, nope. Even crazier, no mention of Tales From The Hood.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chuck White

    This was a decent effort at an A to Z horror film guide. Obviously, these days, no one book is going to have all the horror movies ever made listed, or even all the major ones. But this book does a respectable job of highlighting well-know (and lesser-known) works from the sub-genres of horror. There were definitely a few films I hadn't heard about and will now track down. With the internet around, these books seem less and less necessary, especially when internet lists can be much more easily up This was a decent effort at an A to Z horror film guide. Obviously, these days, no one book is going to have all the horror movies ever made listed, or even all the major ones. But this book does a respectable job of highlighting well-know (and lesser-known) works from the sub-genres of horror. There were definitely a few films I hadn't heard about and will now track down. With the internet around, these books seem less and less necessary, especially when internet lists can be much more easily updated. But this was still a fun read. Recommended to horror film fans.

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