Horror scholar David J. Skal has a new book coming out this fall, just in time for Halloween, entitled Fright Favorites: 31 Movies to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond. Presented by Turner Classic Movies, Skal takes on 31 films ranging from the silent era, hitting a few titles from each decade through the ’80s, and a few beyond that. Most of these everyone will agree are classics, with a few comedies listed in the later day titles. The description in Amazon says they are “family-friendly” but not sure The Exorcist (1973) and The Thing (1982) are ones I would be screening for 8-year old Timmy!
Each titles comes with reviews, behind-the-scenes stories, and tons of images. At 224 pages, it does seem like there is plenty to be covered here and not just quick synopsis, which sounds promising. Granted, for the more experienced horror fan, that have more than likely seen all of these titles, multiple times, hopefully there is a little more we can learn. But I do think this would be a great gateway to maybe the younger fans that are just dipping their toes into the horror pond, because it does cover a wide range of different sub-genres. And priced at only $23.49, it’s not a bad investment for your library. I know I’ll be adding it to mine, but I’m a sucker for any book on horror films!
Here are the titles covered in the book: Nosferatu (1922), Phantom of the Opera (1925), Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931), The Mummy (1933), Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933), The Wolf Man (1941), Cat People (1942), Them (1953), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Birds (1963), Black Sunday (1960), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Haunting (1963), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Exorcist (1972), Young Frankenstein (1976), Halloween (1978), The Shining (1980), The Thing (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Beetlejuice (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), Scream (1996), and Get Out (2017)