February 26, 2024

Horror Unmasked: A History of Terror from Nosferatu to Nope

From the silent-film era to the blockbusters of today, Horror Unmasked is a fun-filled, highly illustrated dive into the past influences and present popularity of the horror film genre.

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The horror film’s pop-culture importance is undeniable, from its early influences to today’s most significant and exciting developments in the genre. Since 1990, the production of horror films has risen exponentially worldwide, and in 2021, horror films earned an estimated $580 million in ticket sales, not to mention how the genre has expanded into books, fashion, music, and other media throughout the world.

Horror has long been the most popular film genre, and more horror movies have been made than any other kind. We need them. We need to be scared, to test ourselves, laugh inappropriately, scream, and flinch. We need to get through the and come out, blinking, still in one piece.

Horror Unmasked – This comprehensive guide features:

  • A thorough discussion on monster movies and B-movies (The Thing; It Came from Outer Space; The Blob)
  • The destruction of the American censorship system (Blood Feast; The Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
  • International horror, zombies, horror comedies, and horror in the new millennium (Mantango; Suspiria; Ghostbusters)
  • A dissection of the critical reception of modern horror (Neon Demons; Pan’s Labyrinth; Funny Games)
  • Stunning movie posters and film stills, plus fan-made tributes to some of the most lauded horror franchises in the world (Aliens; the Evil Dead; The Hills Have Eyes; Scream)

A perfect reference and informational book for horror fans and those interested in its cultural influence worldwide, Horror Unmasked provides a general introduction to the genre, serves as a guidebook to its film highlights, and celebrates its practitioners, trends and stories.

About Brad Weismann

Brad Weismann is an award-winning writer and editor who returned to the place he grew up, in the shadow of the Colorado Rockies, after 15 years of performing standup, improvisational, and sketch comedy on stage, radio, and television. He has worked as a journalist, feature writer, and contributor to publications and websites worldwide such as Senses of Cinema, Film International, Backstage, Muso, Parterre, Movie Habit, 5280, EnCompass, Colorado Daily, and Boulder Magazine. He focuses on the arts and popular culture, covering topics from grand opera to midget wrestling; a cross-section of his work can be found at bradweismann.com

Horror Unmasked: A History of Terror from Nosferatu to Nope, published September 5th, 2023 by Epic Ink
Hardcover, 232 pages, 100+ images – ISBN: 9780760376799 – Available on Amazon


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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