Book Review: The Most Important Horror Films of 1970

The Most Important Horror Films of 1970
Self Published, 2019. 312 pages.

By Laura Cremonini

Let me first start out with that I sort of knew what I was getting into with this book, but am standing proud as I take one for the team, to make sure no one out there reading this every spends a penny on this book. On the book’s back cover, as well as in the Amazon listing, the author is completely upfront about the text:

“This book is the assembly of various texts that are freely available on the web, especially from Wikipedia. The next obvious question is: why buy this book? The answer: because it means you avoid having to carry out long and tedious internet searches.”

And that is exactly what this book is. The author has taken film reviews from Wikipedia and copied them in this volume. After each movie discussed, there is the link to the Wikipedia site. Even the introduction is taken from the website. Except in this intro, there is one part that seemed to get some extra works in there that the no-where-to-be-seen editor, didn’t pick up on this:

“The Dark Crystal 1982 Frank Oz and The Poltergiest Trilogy Heather O’Rourke The 1970s was an era dominated by American horror films.”

No, Poltergeist is actually spelled that way and in Wikipedia it starts with “The 1970s was…”, so not sure where that extra stuff came from about the two films. When you get to an actual movie review, that’s where one of the funniest part is because they literally just copied the text and pasted into their book format, without going through and  removing the hyperlinks, or making all the formatting of the movie titles consistent. For example, I have formatted this below exactly the same way it is in the book. Those underlined words are actually links in the Wikipedia page.

The Ancines Woods (Spanish: El Bosque del Lobo, lit. ‘The Forest of the Wolf’ also known as The Wolf’s Wood, A Forest Wolf, and The Wolf’s Forest) is a 1970 Spanish drama/horror film co-written, produced, and directed by Pedro Olea. It is based on the novel by Carlos Martinez-Barbeito, and is partial based on the life of Manuel Blanco Romasanta and his alleged lycanthropy.”

How they came up with the titles covered in here and why they are stating they are the “Most Important Horror Films of 1970 is never explained. It seems they grabbed a bunch of titles from the internet, cut and pasted, and boom… you have a book.

I would highly recommend that if you want to learn about these movies, save yourself the money and just do what the author did and look them up on Wikipedia. Or maybe buy a real book, written by someone that put some thought and research into the work, had it professionally edited, and laid out, rather than something like this. I’m not going to review the actual text in the book because it from Wikipedia and can be read there for free. As I said, I gladly paid the $15 knowing what I was getting into and I have no regrets. I just hope that my wasted time and money will help others avoid doing the same.

5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Most Important Horror Films of 1970

  1. Isn’t that copyright infringement? Wow. Just wow. I can only assume we have another fifty volumes of this on the way. I think you’ll be okay to skip reviewing those ones, Jon.

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    • The first few pages on the book has all this supposed legal stuff in there saying how it is legal. I still don’t buy it. I did buy two of her books and the 2nd one is not copied from the internet… at least I don’t think so. But even though it is written by her, not much better. I’ll have a review posted in the next day or two.


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