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Our film and TV guide books celebrate the best movies and shows in the business. They're perfect editions to any film buff or telly addict's bookshelf.

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    I am Sure I Speak for Many Others...

    Colin Shindler

    Product Code: SISF
    Hardback
    (1)
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    The BBC is a national institution that draws praise and criticism in equal measure. This entertaining collection of letters stretches over 40 years of programming and captures just how much joy, fury and hilarity the broadcaster has brought to the nation.

    These never-before-seen letters and telegrams to the BBC provide a fascinating alternative history and cover momentous events ranging from the broadcast of the Coronation in 1953 through to the groundbreaking drama of Grange Hill ('just say no, Zammo!').

    The letters have been categorised into different themes including political bias and the Royal Family and this is the perfect read for anyone who loves reading all about the moral outrage of the nation.
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  • Harry Potter: Collectible Quidditch Set

    Running Press

    Product Code: ARLJB
    Other
    Here is the first officially licensed "Harry Potter Collectible Quidditch Set" that includes: 1 Quaffle, 2 Bludgers, 1 non-removable Snitch, and 1 16x24" collectible poster all showcased in a decorative Quidditch trunk. Includes lock and key for trunk.
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  • Scotland Film Locations

    Phoebe Taplin

    Product Code: BWLYB
    Paperback
    This beautifully illustrated guide reveals the cities, towns and windswept landscapes that have formed the backdrop to some of Scotland's most famous films. Colour photographs and detailed descriptions of each location allow you to follow in the footsteps of some of cinemas most famous characters. Among the films covered in the book are Gregory's Girl, the Harry Potter films, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, One Day, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Rob Roy, Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and The Wicker Man. TV series include Taggart, Outlander and Game of Thrones. Scotland Film Locations takes in some of the most popular and beautiful sites in Scotland, from the streets of Edinburgh and the famous train journey over Glenfinnan Viaduct that inspired Harry Potter to Doune Castle, which featured in Game of Thrones, and the Isle of Skye, which formed a backdrop to The BFG and Macbeth. With this indispensable guide you will be able to step into some of your favourite films and discover the locations that created movie magic.
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  • Turner Classic Movies: Christmas in the Movies

    Jeremy Arnold

    Product Code: BSATF
    Hardback
    Nothing brings the spirit of the season into our hearts quite like a great holiday movie. "Christmas films" come in many shapes and sizes and exist across nearly every genre. But all have one element in common: they use themes evoked by the holiday period -- be it goodwill, joy, family bonding and dysfunction, nostalgia, loneliness, commercialism, sentiment, or cynicism -- as a force in their storytelling. Turner Classic Movies: Christmas in the Movies showcases the very best among this uniquely spirited strain of cinema. Some, like It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story, are perennials, while others, such as Die Hard, have become Christmastime favorites only gradually over the years. Each film is profiled on what makes it a "Christmas movie," along with behind-the-scenes stories of its production, reception, and legacy. Complemented by a trove of color and black-and-white photos, Turner Classic Movies: Christmas in the Movies is a glorious salute to a collection of the most treasured films of all time. Among the 30 films included: Little Women, The Shop Around the Corner, Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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  • 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

    Steven Jay Schneider

    Product Code: CAWHN
    Paperback
    'Both a fun stroll through some all-time favourites, and a guilty reminder of just how many great movies I haven't seen yet . . .' Aubrey Day, Total Film 'As edited by Steven Jay Schneider, it makes for addictive browsing, and likewise features top quality stills.' Film Review With more than 1.75 million copies sold worldwide in thirty languages, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die celebrates the great and groundbreaking, classic and cult, must-see movies of all time, offering a treasure trove of incisive, witty and revealing insights. Spanning more than a century of extraordinary cinema, this comprehensive volume brings together some of the most significant movies from every country and all genres, from action to Western, through animation, comedy, documentary, musical, thriller, noir, short, romance and sci-fi. Newly revised and updated, this definitive edition features 500 original movie posters and hundreds of stunning movie stills, including recent Oscar-winning and nominated films such as BlacKkKlansman, The Greatest Showman, The Favourite, Roma and A Star is Born. Quotes from movie directors and critics, together with little-known facts, complement the incisive reviews and vital statistics of each movie to make this the most fact-filled edition ever. So, whether your passion is rom-com or art house, The Blue Angel or Blue Velvet, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is bound to become the only film book to which you will ever turn.
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  • The Secret Life of the Movies

    Simon Brew

    Product Code: BYYGW
    Paperback
    Get ready to spot hundreds of things you've never seen before across a wide range of films, in this brand new book from the creator of Den Of Geek. From the small references and inspirations, through to clues, hidden meanings and moments in frame that you may have simply missed, this indispensable guide is both a love letter to cinema, and a jam-packed treasure trove that no film fan will want to miss!
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  • Star Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to Know Updated and Expanded

    Cole Horton

    Product Code: BUXGZ
    Hardback
    (2)
    Why does Kylo Ren talk to a helmet? What type of trooper guards a tropical beach? With brand new content, including a sneak peek of The Last Jedi, discover fun facts about Star Wars characters like Rey, BB-8, Jyn Erso, Admiral Thrawn, and Snoke, and feast your eyes on interesting trivia on locations such as Jedha, Maz Kanata's castle and Starkiller Base. DK's best-selling title Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know has now been updated and expanded with all-new weird and wonderful data, strange-but-true facts and cool "Did you know?" Q&As, featuring material from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Get a sneak peek of characters, costumes and creatures from the upcoming and much-talked about new movie, Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. From movie-making trivia to quirky data you never knew you never knew, this book will excite new and old fans alike of that galaxy far, far away. (c) & TM 2017 LUCASFILM LTD.
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  • Star Wars: Geektionary

    Egmont Publishing UK

    Product Code: BSAYM
    Hardback
    From Alderaan to Zuckuss, the Geektionary is the definitive guide to Star Wars. A must-have gift for any fan. Satisfy your inner geek with this Star Wars A-Z. Explore the rich history of the Star Wars universe, with entries on the Jedi Order, Sith Order, the rise of the Galactic Empire and the struggle of the Resistance. This comprehensive dictionary details the epic battles of Scarrif, Endor, Yavin and Naboo. Travel across the galaxy with entries on the jungle world of Dagobah, the desert planets of Jakku and Tattooine, and the urban sprawl of Coruscant. Dive into biopics of some of the best-known characters in the Star Wars canon, as well as some of the lesser known players including Yoda, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Wicket the Ewok, and Zuckuss the bounty hunter. Learn about the various types and classes of starfighters, cruisers and star destroyers. Study a range of alien species including Wookiees, Teedos and the fearsome rathtar! And brush up on your droid knowledge with articles on C-3PO, R2-D2, K-2SO, and of course BB8. With its stunning silver foil cover, portable size and over 400 pages of illustrated entries, the Geektionary is the perfect gift for old and new Star Wars fans. Look out for these incredible Star Wars books: Star Wars: Alien Archive 9781405288477 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas 9781405284790 Star Wars: Where's the Wookiee Collection: 9781405291989
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  • Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary

    Adam Bray

    Product Code: BRAMI
    Hardback
    Join Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and the Guardians of the Galaxy on a stunning journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe! DK is bringing its expertise in creating beautiful illustrated non-fiction to this modern pop culture phenomenon; Marvel Studios: The Visual Dictionary shows the world of the Avengers as it has never been seen before. Iron Man's armour, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarriers, the soaring towers of Asgard, Hawkeye's bow, Thor's hammer, mighty Thanos and the Infinity Stones, Star-Lord's quad blasters - each subject is shown using beautiful movie stills and stunning prop photography, accompanied by engaging text explaining their key features and role in the Marvel saga. A unique and captivating showcase of the first ten years of Marvel Studios, this is the book that every Marvel movie fan has been waiting for! (c) 2018 MARVEL
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  • Ultimate Star Wars New Edition

    Adam Bray

    Product Code: CAXSF
    Hardback
    This fully updated, comprehensive, and detailed encyclopedia explores the characters, creatures, locations, vehicles, and technology found throughout the entire Star Wars galaxy. Ultimate Star Wars New Edition is an in-depth visual guide packed full of exhaustive information about Star Wars, including The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: Resistance. All the characters are covered, from Darth Vader to Yoda, along with all the popular vehicles, such as the Millennium Falcon, and all the important events that provide the foundations for the exciting Star Wars story. Ultimate Star Wars New Edition is the ideal go-to resource for fans who wish to brush up on their Star Wars knowledge, and for a new generation of fans eager to start their journey into a galaxy far, far away.... (c) & TM 2019 LUCASFILM LTD.
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  • The New York Times Book of Movies

    W. Schroeder

    Product Code: CAVGM
    Hardback
    Written by acclaimed critics of the New York Times, the film reviews featured in this indispensable volume cover black-and-white classics, Technicolor musicals, wide-screen extravaganzas, genre favorites, art films, and foreign masterpieces with honest and thought-provoking assessments from the first moments in which the films were released. While critiques of beloved Hollywood milestones from Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Orson Welles are all included, this book is notably a resource for the modern cinema buff and student. Nowhere else can one find this curated collection of reviews with such special features as lists of best films by category and year, as well as unique recommendations and sidebars for the modern viewer including what to watch and how: from DVD and Blu-Ray to streaming platforms. In an era when most students and fans of film simply rely on the Internet for information, this category killer will prove its worth as a relevant and indispensable gift and reference.
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  • The Ultimate Superhero Movie Guide

    Helen O'Hara

    Product Code: BZNAC
    Hardback
    The Ultimate Superhero Movie Guide is a thrilling journey through the history of the world's favorite movie genre. From the early glories of Superman and Tim Burton's Batman, to the modern dominance of Marvel and DC's cinematic universes, this book celebrates the stars, stunts and special effects that have brought dozens of legendary comic book heroes to the big screen. Featuring a blend of reviews, lists and features covering everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cult classics like Constantine and Hellboy, this is a celebration of superhero movies unlike anything else in the market.
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  • Close-Up

    Murray Pomerance

    Product Code: BZIIN
    Paperback
    This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force. This second volume focuses on international cinema, and includes case studies of key performances from actors like Ingrid Bergman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Nikolai Cherkassov, Alec Guinness, Setsuko Hara, Isabelle Huppert, Peter Lorre, Madhubala, Anna Magnani, Toshir Mifune, and Choi Min Sik, amongst many others. Contributors: Ulka Anjaria (Brandeis University), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), Hye Seung Chung (Colorado State University), Corey K. Creekmur (University of Iowa), Adrian Danks (RMIT University, Melbourne), Nick Davis (Northwestern University), David Desser (University of Illinois), David Scott Diffrient (Colorado State University), Victoria Duckett (Deakin University, Melbourne), Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland), Alexia Kannas (RMIT University, Melbourne), Marcia Landy (University of Pittsburgh), Gina Marchetti (Independent Scholar), Douglas McFarland (Flagler College, Saint Augustine), Adrienne L. McLean (University of Texas at Dallas), Jerry Mosher (California State University, Long Beach), Karla Oeler (Stanford University), R. Barton Palmer (Clemson University), Homer B. Pettey (University of Arizona), Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), Sergio Rigoletto (University of Oregon), Kyle Stevens (Appalachian State University), Aaron Taylor (University of Lethbridge), Alison Taylor (Bond University, Queensland), Dolores Tierney (University of Sussex), Noah Tsika (Queens College, City University of New York), Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo)
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  • Close-Up

    Murray Pomerance

    Product Code: BZIIJ
    Paperback
    This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force. This volume focuses on American cinema, including case studies of key performances from actors like Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Whoopi Goldberg, Cary Grant, Oscar Isaac, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sellers, Kristen Stewart, and Ethel Waters, amongst many others. Contributors: Brenda Austin-Smith (University of Manitoba), Rebecca Bell-Metereau (Texas State University), Charles Ram rez Berg (University of Texas at Austin), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), John Bruns (College of Charleston), Alex Clayton (University of Bristol), Shonni Enelow (Fordham University), Anna Everett (University of California, Santa Barbara), Lucy Fischer (University of Pittsburgh), Lester D. Friedman (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Frances Gateward (California State University Northridge), David Greven (University of South Carolina), Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland), Elliott Logan (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Douglas McFarland (Flagler College, Saint Augustine), Adrienne L. McLean (University of Texas at Dallas), R. Barton Palmer (Clemson University), Homer B. Pettey (University of Arizona), Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), William Rothman (University of Miami), Steven Rybin (Minnesota State University, Mankato), Kyle Stevens (Appalachian State University), George Toles (University of Manitoba), Daniel Varndell (University of Winchester), Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo), Rick Warner (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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  • Celluloid Singapore

    Edna Lim

    Product Code: BZGCG
    Paperback
    Celluloid Singapore is a ground-breaking study of the three major periods in Singapore's fragmented cinema history, namely the golden age of the 1950s and 60s, the post-studio 1970s, and the revival from the 1990s onwards. Set against the context of Singapore's own trajectory of development, the book poses two central questions: how can the films of each period be considered 'Singapore' films, and how is this cinema specifically national? The book argues that the films of these three periods collectively constitute a national cinema through different performances of Singapore, offering a critical framework for understanding this cinema and its history in relation to the development of the country and the national.
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  • Men in Black Films: The Official Visual Companion to the Films

    Sharon Gosling

    Product Code: BXZYA
    Hardback
    Men in Black: The Official Visual Companion to the Films is the first book to cover all four films, including Men in Black International. Men in Black: The Official Visual Companion to the Films is the ultimate retrospective to the universally beloved film franchise. Unveiling the secrets behind the suits, this book contains concept art, sketches, storyboards, costume designs, makeup tests and more. With exclusive commentary from key members of the cast and crew, this extraordinary collection of art will take readers on a journey out of this world. This book tells the whole story for each film, from sketch to screen, and delves into the design and creation of the aliens, vehicles, weaponry and the agents defending the universe as only the Men in Black can do. This must-have book details the script development and production process of all four films, as well as the impact and influence of those films in popular culture, as well as the makeup, costuming, animatronics, music, and much more. Men in Black: The Official Visual Companion to the Films is the only book you'll ever need or want on the subject.
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  • Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen

    Leonard Maltin

    Product Code: BWTQA
    Paperback
    Popular film critic and esteemed cinema historian Leonard Maltin offers a fresh look at underappreciated screen gems in Leonard Maltin's 151 Best Movies You've Never Seen. From the over 17,000 entries in his definitive yearly collection Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, Maltin has selected great movies that will appeal to serious film buffs, but that may have fallen through the cracks. A must-have reference source for the bookshelf of movie connoisseurs everywhere.
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  • Star Wars The Last Jedi (TM) The Visual Dictionary

    Pablo Hidalgo

    Product Code: BUXHO
    Hardback
    Star Wars: The Last Jedi (TM) The Visual Dictionary is the definitive guide to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, revealing the characters, creatures, droids, locations, and technology from the new film. Packed with 100+ images and information as penned by Star Wars (TM) scribe Pablo Hidalgo, it's a must-have for all fans who want to go beyond the movie experience. (c) & TM 2017 LUCASFILM LTD
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  • Feel Free

    Zadie Smith

    Product Code: BUOBB
    Paperback
    The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays WITH NEW MATERIAL ADDED - an extra essay for paperback edition 'Should you read this brilliant book? Absolutely' Independent 'Generous, curious, insistent on the possibility of imaginative connection' Evening Standard No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for Zadie Smith's insatiable curiosity. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has endless enthusiasmand the boundless wit, insight and wisdom to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion. This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation. 'Lively, intelligent and frequently hilarious, [it] proves that she's one of the brightest minds in English literature today' NPR 'Smart, spirited and distinctive' Wall Street Journal 'She is the book nerd, the culture geek, reading, hearing and seeing, and dying to talk to somebody about it' Guardian
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  • Digital Cinema

    Stephen Prince

    Product Code: BTWVH
    Paperback
    Digital Cinema considers how new technologies have revolutionized the medium, while investigating the continuities that might remain from filmmaking's analog era. In the process, it raises provocative questions about the status of realism in a pixel-generated digital medium whose scenes often defy the laws of physics. It also considers what these changes might bode for the future of cinema. How will digital works be preserved and shared? And will the emergence of virtual reality finally consign cinema to obsolescence? Stephen Prince offers a clear, concise account of how digital cinema both extends longstanding traditions of filmmaking and challenges some fundamental assumptions about film. It is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how movies are shot, produced, distributed, and consumed in the twenty-first century.
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  • The Art and Making of Aquaman

    Mike Avila

    Product Code: BTMPM
    Hardback
    Immerse yourself in the art and making of Aquaman, the movie chronicling Arthur Curry's path to a future reign as King of the Seven Seas. The Art and Making of Aquaman takes readers behind the scenes of the 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures film based on the popular DC character. Featuring previously unseen photographs and breathtaking concept art, this book is a must-have for any fan. Witness the epic journey of Aquaman, a Super Hero who struggles to accept his heritage as undersea royalty, in his first solo film. Follow along with the production team as these skilled artists create a unique undersea world for the big screen. Exclusive interviews highlight a comprehensive narrative that flows through this stunning collection of concept sketches, storyboards, set and costume photography, and effects imagery, giving readers an unparalleled look at the making of the film. Directed by James Wan, Aquaman features an all-star cast, with Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Ludi Lin, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison and Nicole Kidman.
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  • The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Dermot Power

    Product Code: BSZGV
    Hardback
    Step inside the world of the talented art departments who, led by Academy Award (R)-winning production designer Stuart Craig, were responsible for the creation of the unforgettable characters, locations and beasts from the eagerly anticipated next chapter in the wizarding world. The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, curated by concept artist Dermot Power, and filled with unique insights from Stuart Craig and the artists themselves about the filmmaking adventure, takes you on a thrilling journey through a design process every bit as wonderful as that encountered by Newt, Tina, Queenie & Jacob in the Wizarding World. Beautifully designed, and bursting with hundreds of dazzling paintings and concept sketches, intricate card models of the sets, storyboards, and matte paintings, sumptuously printed and enhanced with a unique glow in the dark removable, this finely crafted book - officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products - presents a visual feast for readers, and a truly immersive experience for fans of Fantastic Beasts.
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  • Ralph Breaks the Internet The Official Guide

    DK

    Product Code: BSMUJ
    Hardback 7 years +
    Join Wreck-It Ralph as he leaves his aracade and goes on a wild internet adventure! Say hello to old friends, such as Vanellope von Schweetz, and meet tons of new characters. Explore the amazing world of the internet, learn about cool vehicles and relive the movie's most unforgettable moments. Discover everything you need to know about the awesome new Disney movie, Ralph Breaks the Internet, in this fun-packed, fact-filled book. Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet: The Official Guide is the ideal companion to Disney's Wreck-It Ralph movie sequel. (c) 2018 Disney
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  • Horror: Films to Scare you to Death

    James Marriott

    Product Code: BSBBQ
    Paperback
    Packed with photographs of the most terrifying scenes in cinema history, Horror is the definitive guide tracing the story of horror, decade-by-decade. Providing a witty and informative critique of over 300 films and several TV series and the literature that accompanies them, this offers a superb introduction for beginners as well as something new for the die-hard horror fan. Horror is one of the most popular and influential genres in cinema, a perennial favourite that just won't stay dead. Initial banned or shunned creations are now regarded as movie milestones with cult appeal. This book covers the hidden gems, big-budget duds and foreign contributions of the Horror scene. Whether you're a seasoned, horror expert or a tentative horror explorer, this is the ultimate guide through a century of fear.
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