Author(s): Steven Jay Schneider
Whether it be internal demons, real-life vampires, anonymous serial killers, crazed spouses, vengeful ghosts or Satan himself, horror films have gripped audiences and filmmakers alike since the very beginnings of cinema. Prepare to be terrified, fascinated and enthralled as you take this whirlwind tour of the 101 horror films you must see before you die. 101 Horror Films You Must See Before You Die gives you a thorough appreciation of the genre, because it approaches the subject chronologically. You'll move through gothic classics like James Whale's The Old Dark House (1932) and Terence Fisher's Dracula (1958), to zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead (1978) and 28 Days Later (2002). All the sub-genres are covered too, from Eyes Without a Face (mad scientist) and The Howling (werewolf) to Nightmare on Elm Street (slasher) and The Silence of the Lambs (serial killer). And you'll learn that it's not just American teenagers who are horror-film fodder. There are classic horror films from Japan (Onibaba), Russia (Vij), Italy (Suspiria), France (Les Diaboliques), Belgium (Man Bites Dog), Germany (M), and the Netherlands (The Vanishing). Immerse yourself in the most compelling of movie genres. Prepare to be possessed-and whatever you do, don't answer the phone...
Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and producer with MA degrees in Philosophy and Cinema Studies from Harvard University and New York University, respectively. An expert in horror films, he is the general editor of the best-selling 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. He has written and and edited a number of books on the horror , including Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across the Globe (Fab Press), New Hollywood Violence (Manchester UP), 100 European Horror Films (British Film Institute), Horror Film and Psychoanalysis: Freud's Worst Nightmares (Cambridge UP), Traditions in World Cinema (Edinburgh UP), and The Horror Film (Taschen). His all-time favorite horror films are The Haunting (1964), The Shining and Rosemary's Baby. He has recently moved to Hollywood to produce horror movies of his own, including one with Wes Craven and the sequel to White Noise.