Film Specific Reading List

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 a budget less than a standard Carry On, one big accident?”



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.”



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.”



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 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.”


Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room: On Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’

Author: Geoff Dyer

Why read: “In this spellbinding book, the man described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘possibly the best living writer in Britain’ takes on his biggest challenge yet: unlocking the film that has obsessed him all his adult life. Like the film Stalker itself, it confronts the most mysterious and enduring questions of life and how to live.”

Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room: On Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’: Dyer, Geoff: 8601416907055: Books

Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards

Author: Bong Joon Ho

Why read: “As part of his unique creative process, Director Bong Joon Ho storyboarded each shot of PARASITE prior to the filming of every scene. Accompanied by the film’s dialogue, the storyboards he drew capture the story in its entirety and inspired the composition of the film’s every frame and scene. Director Bong has also written a foreword and provided early concept drawings and photos from the set, which take the reader even deeper into the vision that gave rise to this stunning cinematic achievement.”

Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards: Joon Ho, Bong: 9781538753255: Books

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