From Night of the Demon to House of Whipcord … 80 British horror films that collectively made a lasting impression on the psyche of a nation.
Author Keith Topping chronicles the films that shaped his childhood, taking a wry and often irreverent look at their triumphs and failings, their cast and crew, their continuity blunders and their impact on the genre as a whole.
Illustrated with many rare photographs, this is one film guide guaranteed to raise a smile as we take you back to the terrors of yesteryear.
Includes entries on the following films:
Night of the Demon, The Curse of Frankenstein, The Trollenberg Terror, Dracula, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mummy, The City of the Dead, Peeping Tom, Village of the Damned, The Curse of the Werewolf, Night of the Eagle, The Kiss of the Vampire, The Haunting, The Masque of the Red Death, The Black Torment, Dr Terror’s House of Horrors, Rasputin – The Mad Monk, Dracula Prince of Darkness, The Plague of the Zombies, The Witches, Invasion, Frankenstein Created Woman, The Sorcerers, Night of the Big Heat, Quatermass and the Pit, The Blood Beast Terror, The Devil Rides Out, Matthew Hopkins Witchfinder General, Curse of the Crimson Altar, Twisted Nerve, The Haunted House of Horror, Dracula Has Risen From Grave, The Oblong Box, The Corpse, Fragment of Fear, Incense For The Damned, I Start Counting, Scream and Scream Again, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Vampire Lovers, Virgin Witch, The Blood on Satan’s Claw, The Beast in the Cellar, The Horror of Frankenstein, The House That Dripped Blood, Lust for a Vampire, And Soon the Darkness, Assault, Hands of the Ripper, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Twins of Evil, Doomwatch, Crucible of Terror, Vampire Circus, Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, Demons of the Mind, Revenge, Tower of Evil, Dracula AD 1972, Frenzy, Dr Phibes Rises Again, The Creeping Flesh, Psychomania, Nothing But The Night, Tales That Witness Madness, Death Line, Theatre of Blood, ~ ~ And Now the Screaming Starts!, Asylum, The Wicker Man, The Legend of Hell House, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Madhouse, From Beyond the Grave, The Beast Must Die, The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, The Vault of Horror, Vampyres, House of Whipcord.
‘Anyone with an interest in horror or British films in general will be fascinated by the plethora of facts given for each movie.’ Ty Power, Sci-Fi Online
‘If you have just a fleeting interest in Hammer movies, or you’re a rabid fan, then I urge you to buy this book.’ Christopher Teague, Infinityplus
‘ Topping has done an excellent job putting this volume together and is a must for every library. Highly recommended.’ Kitleyscrypt
‘This book really made me think about what seems to be on the surface just a bit of fun, but which is bursting with social comment, psychological insight and its own special take on the history of this period.’ Rachel A Hyde, Myshelf.com
First Published 19 August 2004
This edition Published September 2020
397 pp 6×9 paperback
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rockin’ Keith Topping is an extremely freelance journalist and author whose previous work includes co-editing two editions of The Guinness Book of Classic British TV. He’s also written numerous guides to television series as diverse as The X-Files, The Sweeney, Doctor Who and Roswell for Virgin Books. He’s responsible for four novels, (including the award-winning The Hollow Men), and a novella (Telos’s own Ghost Ship), the Stargate SG-1 guide Beyond the Gate, and the best-selling volumes Slayer, Hollywood Vampire and Inside Bartlet’s White House. He has contributed to numerous genre magazines, including TV Zone and Shivers, and is a former Contributing Editor of DreamWatch specialising in coverage of US television. Keith was born on Tyneside on the same day in 1963 that his beloved Newcastle United lost 3-2 at home to Northampton Town. Things haven’t improved much since. He regularly appears on local radio and also contributed to the BBC television series I Love the ’70s. His hobbies include socialising with friends, foreign travel, loud guitar-based pop music, trashy British horror movies of the ’60s and ’70s, football, comedy, murder and lots of other stuff.