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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:37 am    Post subject: The Horror Film Handbook Reply with quote

Thanks - all publicity gratefully received.

Alan Frank

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He took that rather well. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2004 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oz wrote:
He took that rather well. Razz


I guess bad publicity is better than no publicity at all...but his book still stunk.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate I'm coming to this six years late but I am compelled to respond!

Alan Frank's books turned me into a movie fan. It's that simple. I am aware of their faults, of course, but you have not identified any.

Briefly:

Typos are annoying but hardly the fault of the author. I challenge you to come up with another half dozen: easy enough if, as you preposterously claim, they "populate every page".

"Frank also does not hide his hatred of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello."
I take your point here. He really should have hidden that. Shame on him.

The films that are given feet- or reel-length running times are silent films. This is the technically correct and only accurate way of so doing. Silent films did not have prescribed projection speeds and so do not have a fixed running time in hours and minutes.

On so-called 'spoilers': You have to remember that when the book was written, only very little children would have been upset by such things. Grown adults would have felt vaguely patronised by books that coyly withheld details of film scenarios. I can remember when I first saw the phrase 'Spoiler Warning', appropriately enough in Empire magazine, and wondered what it could possibly mean, and being disgusted when I found out, and, much later, when I first saw Sight and Sound do it, noting both as milestones in the dumbing down of British culture. Spoilers! The very word! Jesus!
Interestingly, the review of Don't Look Now in Halliwell's originally ended the synopsis with "... it proves to be a maniac dwarf that stabs him to death." It was only when the book was gutted and rewritten for kids after Halliwell's death that it was changed to "... and then he approaches it..." or something equally crass. I couldn't believe it when I read it. I read the original as a child and it made me want to see the film, I read the rewrite as an adult and I wanted to vomit.
Ah well. I digress.

But yes. Alan Frank. My gateway to horror movies, to movies, to the great passion of my life.

I disagree with your assessment.
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