Book Review: Cinema Macabre by Mark Morris

Book Review: Cinema Macabre by Mark MorrisCinema Macabre is 233 pages long and is the brainchild of best-selling author Mark Morris. Basically it is a collection of essays, written by writers and editors etc from within the horror, sci-fi and fantasy genres, and about their favourite horror movies.

Some of the contributors to the book include: Ramsey Campbell, Simon Clark, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Laws, Christopher Fowler and, of course, Mark Morris—who also edited the book. That names just six out of 50 contributors.

I must admit that I found Cinema Macabre a little boring in places; so there were parts of the book that I just skimmed through rather than read properly. The book contains a wealth of interesting information though, and I learnt a quite a bit from it.

As I read Cinema Macabre I was surprised at how many of the movies mentioned were unfamiliar to me and I now have quite a list of movies that I want to see at some point. I also discovered a lot of new things about the movies that I was already familiar with. This is a useful book and I am sure that many fans of the horror genre could benefit from having a copy of it on their bookshelves. Some people may, just like me, find the book a little boring if they try to read it from cover to cover, but if they refer to it as a reference book it should prove very usefiul indeed.

The movies discussed are:

  • Nosferatu (1922)
  • The Unknown (1927)
  • The Old Dark House (1932)
  • King Kong (1933)
  • The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  • I walked With A Zombie (1943)
  • Orphee (1949)
  • Les Diaboliques (1955)
  • Carousel (1956)
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Night of the Demon (1957)
  • Psycho (1960)
  • The Haunting (1963)
  • Repulsion (1965)
  • The Plague of the Zombies (1966)
  • The Reptile (1966)
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • Pretty Poison (1968)
  • Witchfinder General (1968)
  • Daughters of Darkness (1971)
  • Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
  • The Omega Man (1971)
  • Don’t Look Now (1973)
  • From Beyond the Grave (1973)
  • The Wicker Man (1973)
  • The Omen (1976)
  • The Tenant (1976)
  • Eraserhead (1977)
  • The Last Wave (1977)
  • Suspiria (1977)
  • Dawn of the Dead (1978)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Alien (1979)
  • The Changeling (1980)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • The Thing (1982)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
  • Videodrome (1983)
  • Razorback (1984)
  • Demons (1985)
  • The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  • Braindead (1992)
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
  • Lost Highway (1997)
  • Ringu (1998)
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  • The Sixth Sense (1999)
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