In this book the author takes a fresh look at horror film series as series and presents an understanding of how the genre thrived in this format for a large portion of its history. It sheds light on older films such as the Universal and the Hammer series films on Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy as well as putting more recent series into perspective, such as The Nightmare on Elm Street films. A well rounded review of these films and investigation into their success as a format, this useful volume, originally published in 1991, offers an attempt to understand the marriage of horror and the series film, with its pluses as well as minuses.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction 1. The Tod Browning-Lon Chaney Films 2. The Warner Oland Fu Manchu Films 3. The Universal Dracula Films 4. The Universal Frankenstein Films 5. The Universal Mummy Films 6. The Lionel Atwill Films 7. The Invisible Man Films 8. The Karloff-Lugosi Films 9. The Tod Slaughter Barnstorming Films 10. The Columbia-Karloff "Mad Doctor" Films 11. The Bob Hope Comic-Horror Films 12. The Bela Lugosi Monogram Films 13. The Val Lewton Films 14. The George Zucco PRC Films 15. The "Inner Sanctum" Films 16. The Wally Brown-Alan Carney Films 17. The Hammer Frankenstein Films 18. The Hammer Dracula Films 19. The Hammer Mummy Films 20. The Roger Corman-Poe Films 21. The "Psycho" Series 22. The George A. Romero "Dead" Films 23. The Dr. Phibes Films 24. The Exorcist Films 25. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Films 26. The Omen Films 27. The Halloween Films 28. The Friday the 13th Films 29. The Nightmare on Elm Street Films 30. The Stuart Gordon-Lovecraft Films. Index