The British Horror Film: From the Silent to the Multiplex

Author(s): Ian Fryer 

ISBN: 9781781556412
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The stars, the films, and the chills that have terrified generations of filmgoers – all in one book.
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  • 2017 is the 60th anniversary of the release of Hammer’s first Gothic horror film and the birth of the British horror genre: The Curse of Frankenstein

  • A complete guide to a perennially and hugely popular British movie genre

  • An ideal read for anyone from the interested newcomer to the experienced film buff

  • Features popular British stars such as Boris Karloff, Sir Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Simon Pegg

When Hammer broke box office records in 1957 with The Curse of Frankenstein, the company not only resurrected the Gothic horror film, but 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 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 to Hammer’s triumphs starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and the post-Hammer horrors such as Peter Walker’s Frightmare and huge British-made successes, including Alien and the zombie craze of the 21st century.

The history, films, stars, directors and studios, all in one fascinating, fun and fact-filled volume. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned gorehound, you will find everything you ever wanted to know about the British horror movie, but were too bone-chillingly afraid to ask.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556412
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 240 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 November 2017
ILLUSTRATIONS 41 colour illustrations



A lifelong fan of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s work, Ian Fryer is a writer, movie critic and film/television historian as well as editor of FAB, Gerry Anderson’s official fan club magazine. For FAB, he has met and interviewed many key figures involved in the making of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions. Fryer has taken his love and encyclopaedic knowledge of film and television history to radio and the printed page, and has also conducted stage interviews with film personalities for England’s National Media Museum and at many film events.