Telos Publishing Ltd
Date: October 2004
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Rachel A Hyde
A Vault of Horror
By Keith Topping
you love that classic The Wicker Man, or hide behind the
sofa when Christopher Lee got his teeth into the part of Dracula?
This is for everybody who has ever sat riveted (for whatever reason)
through a British horror film of the classic 1956 to 1974 era. There
can be few people who haven’t, and so here is a book all about
them and how they have made an impact not only on the genre but
also on the history of cinema and the dreams on more than one generation.
As befits Telos, this guide is well researched and actually pretty
exhaustive, with each film pithily but thoughtfully described in
some detail in their usual highly readable way. There are notes
about the stars and directors together with a list of what else
they did, “outrageous methods of despatch” and of course
mentions of the mandatory naughty bits. Another recurring point
is a mention of the mystifying scenes that don’t add up “logic,
let me introduce you to this window”, and of course the obligatory
stills. If you want a glossy coffee table book this probably isn’t
it (wrong format) but there are some colored pictures along with
the black and white ones – don’t forget that most of
these films weren’t in color!
What impressed me most were the overall
reviews, as they are obviously written by somebody who loves this
type of thing and has an eye for what is good, what is just plain
old bad and above all what is entertaining and why. This book really
made me think about what seems to be on the surface just a bit of
fun, but which is bursting with social comment, psychological insight
and its own special take on the history of this period. Maybe it
does belong on that coffee table after all…
To buy this book you can order it from Telos
Publishing Ltd, 61 Elgar Avenue, Tolworth, Surrey KT5 9JP England.
Visit the website http://www.telos.co.uk
for more details.