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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-flavoured form of horror that swept the world. `The British Horror Film from the Silent 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.
Ian Fryer is an author, movie critic, and film/television historian, as well as co-editor of `FAB', Gerry Anderson's official club magazine. A lifelong fan of cult and genre cinema from Britain, America, and Europe, Ian has taken his love and encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema and TV to radio and the printed page, including `Doctor Who Magazine' and his book `The Worlds of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson'. He also appears in front of live audiences, conducting interviews with filmmakers and actors and introducing film screenings at various film events, including at England's National Media Museum.