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Insightful interviews of horror legends George Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Brian Yuzna, and more, by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue Dave Alexander, about the scariest horror movies never made! Take a behind-the-scenes look into development hell to find the most frightening horror movies that never were, from unmade Re-Animator sequels to alternate takes on legenda Insightful interviews of horror legends George Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Brian Yuzna, and more, by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue Dave Alexander, about the scariest horror movies never made! Take a behind-the-scenes look into development hell to find the most frightening horror movies that never were, from unmade Re-Animator sequels to alternate takes on legendary franchises like Frankenstein and Dracula! Features art, scripts, and other production material from unmade films that still might make you scream, with insights from dozens of directors, screenwriters, and producers with decades of experience. Features interviews with: George A. Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Vincenzo Natali, Brian Yuzna, Richard Stanley, William Lustig, William Malone, Buddy Giovinazzo, Tim Sullivan, Richard Raahorst, Ruggero Deodato, Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, and David J. Skal.


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Insightful interviews of horror legends George Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Brian Yuzna, and more, by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue Dave Alexander, about the scariest horror movies never made! Take a behind-the-scenes look into development hell to find the most frightening horror movies that never were, from unmade Re-Animator sequels to alternate takes on legenda Insightful interviews of horror legends George Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Brian Yuzna, and more, by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue Dave Alexander, about the scariest horror movies never made! Take a behind-the-scenes look into development hell to find the most frightening horror movies that never were, from unmade Re-Animator sequels to alternate takes on legendary franchises like Frankenstein and Dracula! Features art, scripts, and other production material from unmade films that still might make you scream, with insights from dozens of directors, screenwriters, and producers with decades of experience. Features interviews with: George A. Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Vincenzo Natali, Brian Yuzna, Richard Stanley, William Lustig, William Malone, Buddy Giovinazzo, Tim Sullivan, Richard Raahorst, Ruggero Deodato, Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, and David J. Skal.

30 review for Untold Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    A lovely collection of interviews with filmmakers about the horror movies they could not get made, for a delightful spread of different reasons. The book is fully and beautifully illustrated, from script pages to photos and design drawings (and is this the first non-comic book Dark Horse has published?). The directors and producers included are quite varied (most of them US based, but not all). If you love your horror cinema and your what-could've-beens, this book is for you. Two dislocated thumbs A lovely collection of interviews with filmmakers about the horror movies they could not get made, for a delightful spread of different reasons. The book is fully and beautifully illustrated, from script pages to photos and design drawings (and is this the first non-comic book Dark Horse has published?). The directors and producers included are quite varied (most of them US based, but not all). If you love your horror cinema and your what-could've-beens, this book is for you. Two dislocated thumbs up. (Thanks to Dark Horse Books for providing me with a review copy through Edelweiss)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Carter

    Reading these stories of horror "development hell" made me continuously wonder, "How does ANY move ever get made?" And "How so many CRAPPY movies get made instead of the more interesting stuff?" Each chapter follows another film-to-be or writer/director and the various rocky and ultimately dead end paths their project(s) took. It's a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of Hollywood and how even big names have problems getting edgier, odder projects made. The graphics are amazing, most al Reading these stories of horror "development hell" made me continuously wonder, "How does ANY move ever get made?" And "How so many CRAPPY movies get made instead of the more interesting stuff?" Each chapter follows another film-to-be or writer/director and the various rocky and ultimately dead end paths their project(s) took. It's a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of Hollywood and how even big names have problems getting edgier, odder projects made. The graphics are amazing, most all from the private collections of the creatives. Amazing concept drawings, creature sketches, marketing one sheets, et cetera. I'll have to get the physical copy of this so I can see all these images bigger! Highly recommended for any horror lover, any film lover, any writer/director/producer with a passion project.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex Gruenenfelder

    I saw this book at a bookstore and knew I wanted it just from the cover. When I got it for Christmas, I was so excited and absolutely continue to recommend it to any horror fans. This book came out of a TV show effort that has itself not been brought to the screen, but I hope someday it does. I know, similarly, that not all of the films described will remain in development hell: some are just too good. John Landis opens the book with a foreword saying how every filmmaker has films "that got away" I saw this book at a bookstore and knew I wanted it just from the cover. When I got it for Christmas, I was so excited and absolutely continue to recommend it to any horror fans. This book came out of a TV show effort that has itself not been brought to the screen, but I hope someday it does. I know, similarly, that not all of the films described will remain in development hell: some are just too good. John Landis opens the book with a foreword saying how every filmmaker has films "that got away". Some of the scripts were essentially rough drafts that evolved into fabulous final films, but most are of the former variety and many of the filmmakers haven't given up on their creations. Some of the film ideas are mainstream and others cult, some hilarious and others downright scary. But it is the stories of the real-life filmmakers who wanted to make these never-realized films drive this book, whether it be the eccentric manner of Tobe Hooper's speech or the gay culture that surrounded a coming-of-age Tim Sullivan. The chapters in this book vary greatly in length and there's little rhyme or reason as to why certain ones are longer or shorter, but there's amusement and filmmaking lessons in every one. You can jump around to the stories that interest you most, complete with the great art backing them up, or read it cover-to-cover like I did. If you're a horror movie buff looking for your next read, I cannot recommend this one more highly. And hopefully someday we'll be sitting in the same theater watching as some of these picks are brought to the big screen.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe Beullens

    A fine book, detailing some really cool projects that never made it to the finish line. It starts real strong and drops off after the Reanimator section. That said, worth picking up for any horror/genre film fan. I hope there’s more to come as I am sure this was just a small swatch of what they have up their sleeves with the research and interviews they have done.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Riendeau

    What if... Stories we will never see but we can still discover them with this book. If your not a fan of horror movies, it's readable but not that enjoyable. Some parts are like interviews and others very descriptive. A reference book with very bad characters and crazy movie makers. What if... Stories we will never see but we can still discover them with this book. If your not a fan of horror movies, it's readable but not that enjoyable. Some parts are like interviews and others very descriptive. A reference book with very bad characters and crazy movie makers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peter Melancon

    What a book, so insightful and the book has tons of pictures and storyboards on the various films not made. I loves books like this and I don't want to go into any great detail but if you'd like to know how films die and never get made this books gives you an idea. What a book, so insightful and the book has tons of pictures and storyboards on the various films not made. I loves books like this and I don't want to go into any great detail but if you'd like to know how films die and never get made this books gives you an idea.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yvis Cannavale

    I love anything to do with films that could have been and this one is great.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Allyssa

    I would say a 3 1/2 stars really. Had some interesting facts, but I suppose I didn't really care about some of the movies discussed. I would say a 3 1/2 stars really. Had some interesting facts, but I suppose I didn't really care about some of the movies discussed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan Burt

    4.75 stars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Fun, gorgeous book about horror movies that almost but never quite got made—loved it, but surely there are some women horror writers who might have been included

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    3.5 stars. This had some interesting behind the scene stories. It also had some great artwork

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Some joy and some dross. Some movies no one would have cared about and some I’d love to see. Borrowing it would be better than buying

  13. 5 out of 5

    RJ

    Amazing insights into the development process. Nice to see what might have/could have been.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erik Smith

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kewpie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nick Colen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chocky

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy Walker

  20. 5 out of 5

    Seth

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Anderson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Marvin Arevalo

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pauletergeist

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matthew DuPee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Rainey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lowell Greenblatt

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tom Hammell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Pettry

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

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