Book Review: Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s.



In Making and Remaking Horror in the 1970s and 2000s author David Roche takes an academic look at four of the genre’s arguably most famous movies and their subsequent remakes; The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Dawn of the Dead, and Halloween. Roche seeks to answer the question of not the originals are better than the remakes, but why do both fans and critics consistently believe this to be true.


Roche looks at not just the technical aspects of the films themselves, but the cultural context in which the originals and remakes were created. Instead of examining each film in a void, he looks at how cultural shifts in race, ethnicity, gender issues, the nuclear family, and other influences shape our perception of films in both the time period they were first released and the nostalgic quality of rewatching them decades later.


Though at times dry and heavy with academic jargon, horror aficionados will find things to love (and argue over) in the book. The black and white illustrations alone make this a great coffee table book or gift for the horror or movie buff in your life.


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