Alfred Hitchcock & the making of Psycho
Author: Stephen Rebello
Why Read: From page to screen via a bloody shower scene, Rebello superbly dissects all aspects of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous work.
Inside the Wicker Man: How Not to Make a Cult Classic
Author: Allan Brown
Why Read: ‘Inside The Wicker Man’ is a treat for all cinemagoers, exhaustively researched and achieving a near-perfect balance between history, trivia and serious analysis. Was the whole film, made on the budget less than a standard Carry On, one big accident?
DEVIL’S ADVOCATES SERIES: Halloween
Author: Murray Leeder
Why Read: Layered, influential and made on a proverbial shoestring, John Carpenter’s seminal masterpiece is ripe for studying and Leeder provides an entertaining and insightful analysis, examining both the film, its influence and its place in the festival of Halloween itself.
DEVIL’S ADVOCATES SERIES: The Shining
Author: Laura Mee
Why Read: Laura Mee provides a definitive view of Kubrick’s widely examined film with skill, precision and balance. You’ve read and seen much about The Shining and this looks at many of the old debates (and some new ones) all the while feeling fresh.
DEVIL’S ADVOCATES SERIES: Scream
Author: Steven West
Why Read: As big an influence on horror as it was influenced by horror, Wes Craven’s Scream became a cult classic. Steven West goes in really deep into its influences (that go way beyond Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers), dissects the rules that made Randy a cult hero and provides a smart, critical examination of the post-modern slasher.