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The Horror of It All : One Moviegoer's Love Affair With Masked Maniacs, Frightened Virgins, and the Living Dead
by Adam Rockoff


Overview - Pop culture history meets blood-soaked memoir as a horror film aficionado and screenwriter recalls a life spent watching blockbuster slasher films, cult classics, and everything in between.

Horror films have simultaneously captivated and terrified audiences for generations, racking up billions of dollars at the box office and infusing our nightmares with unrelenting zombies, chainsaw-wielding madmen, and myriad incarnations of ghosts, ghouls, and the devil himself.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Pop culture history meets blood-soaked memoir as a horror film aficionado and screenwriter recalls a life spent watching blockbuster slasher films, cult classics, and everything in between.

Horror films have simultaneously captivated and terrified audiences for generations, racking up billions of dollars at the box office and infusing our nightmares with unrelenting zombies, chainsaw-wielding madmen, and myriad incarnations of ghosts, ghouls, and the devil himself. Despite evolving modes of storytelling and the fluctuating popularity of other genres, horror endures. The Horror of It All is a memoir from the front lines of the industry that dissects (and occasionally defends) the hugely popular phenomenon of scary movies.

Author Adam Rockoff traces the highs and lows of the horror genre through the lens of his own obsessive fandom, born in the aisles of his local video store and nurtured with a steady diet of cable trash. From Siskel and Ebert's crusade against slasher films to horror's Renaissance in the wake of Scream, Rockoff mines the rich history of the genre, braiding critical analysis with his own firsthand experiences. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781476761831
  • ISBN-10: 1476761833
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 252
  • Dimensions: 1 x 5.75 x 8.75 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Seasoned horror film critic and filmmaker Rockoff (Going to Pieces) attempts to analyze the genre’s high and low points in this series of personal essays that, taken as a whole, is not entirely effective. His book hops back and forth between the author’s autobiography and his perspective on horror films (along with heavy metal and other related art forms). These chapters often have little relation with one another, but they can nevertheless be entertaining, as seen in Rockoff’s point-by-point breakdown of the 1980s PMRC congressional hearings over “explicit content” in various media. Rockoff’s stated purpose is to provide criticism by way of the “collective unconscious,” as though his own experiences are representative of the vast majority of horror buffs. However, given that most of his opinions on various films are contrary to prevailing sentiment—as made abundantly clear in his objections to the “Horror Commandments”—it seems that Rockoff doesn’t represent most horror fans, and his knowledge is too deep and his references are too obscure to appeal to the average moviegoer. Without a satisfactory thesis, Rockoff’s prose, though amusing, feels directionless. (May)

 
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