A New Heritage of Horror: The English Gothic Cinema

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The first and most quoted book on the British horror movie, David Pirie s acclaimed 'A Heritage of Horror' has long been regarded as a trail-blazing classic, having the force of a revelation , according to one recent study of the subject, inspirational in another. It was the first book to detect and analyse the roots of British horror, identifying it as the only staple cinematic myth which Britain can properly claim as its own and was consequnetly heralded by film-makers like Michael Powell and Martin Scorsese. But though it inspired a revaluation of the form, 'Heritage' has been unavailable for so long that copies have changed hands at very high prices. Now at last, David Pirie updates and revises his original work in 'A New Heritage of Horror', bringing the story right into the new century, examining all that has happened since (including the latest horror boom inaugurated by films like 'The Others') and uncovering fresh documentation from the original files to add more revelations about the history of UK horror and Hammer Films, not least the largely untold story of their desperate battles against censorship. 'A New Heritage of Horror' promises to be one of the key film books of 2008.

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'A New Heritage of Horror is the best study of British horror movies and an important contribution to the study of British cinema as a whole.' --Martin Scorsese

David Pirie has at last updated his landmark volume...For horror fans, this will be manna from Heaven, for along with Jonathan Rigby s English Gothic, this remains a cornerstone work, packed with revealing opinion and brow-raising data excavated from the vaults...This highly welcome update will be greeted with open arms by horror devotees who will at last be able to see for themselves what all the fuss has been about Howard Maxford --Film Review

Long been regarded as a trailblazing classic...with A New Heritage of Horror, David Pirie has revised his original work, bringing the story up to date. --Sight & Sound

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A former Film Editor of 'Time Out', David Pirie turned to screenwriting with a string of successful productions of a gothic or noir flavour from 'Rainy Day Women' via Lars Von Trier's 'Breaking the Waves' to 'The Woman In White' and 'Murder Rooms'. Critic Tise Vahimagi recently noted that while Pirie's film noir-influenced works may be among the most satisfying of that style on TV, it is with his Gothic screenplays that he excels as a genre writer.

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