English Gothic by Jonathan Rigby – Book Review

The Horror Hothouse

Untitled(1)Jonathan Rigby’s English Gothic was described by SFX as “Essential” they went onto say “Don’t even try to discuss British horror films until you’ve read it” when it was first published back in 2000. I’d have to agree with them and as the owner of a much battered old paperback edition I was delighted to get my hands on the new hardback 2015 edition, complete with a rather stunning shot of the late Sir Christopher Lee from Hammer’s Dracula (1958) on the dust jacket.

Rigby’s book is quite remarkable because it traces the development of the British horror movies on virtually a film by film basis from the silents of the 1890s right up to the present day, without ever being dusty or boring which such a tome could easily have become. On top of that it is beautifully illustrated with production stills and film posters. There’s even a chapter…

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