The Horror of It All

  • by Adam Rockoff
  • Narrated by R. C. Bray
  • 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

"Rockoff is a passionate defender of the creative rights of filmmakers." (Kirkus)

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Great book, if you were a teen in the 80's

I did really enjoy this book. As someone who was a tween during slasher golden age, I could really relate to the stories in this book. I have seen most of the films, or will now see them. I enjoyed reliving that part of my life and enjoyed listening to someone else talk about horror.

On the downside, he does sometimes go off subject. For instance, there is a whole chapter about the PMRC and the congress hearing regarding music censorship. And sometimes he can be a little pretentious.

Overall, if you love horror movies, especially ones made in the 80's, you will enjoy this book.
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- S. Winchester "Wife, Mother, Photographer. Obsessed with Great White Sharks, urban legends, Sweet Valley High and horror movies."

a great love letter to horror

i have had similar experiences in Chicago in my youth loving horror. this book was great. i had misgivings as it started but they swiftly disappeared.
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- eric

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio