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  • 101 Action Movies You Must See Before You Die
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0764163507 (0-7641-6350-7)
    Softcover, Barron's Educational Series

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    Action movies can be called the purest form of cinema because they tell their stories visually, rather than through dialogue. Summarized in this entertaining book are 101 of the most famous action films of all time, from the early swashbucklers starring Douglas Fairbanks, to sci-fi panoramas like Star Wars and the Terminator series that was made famous by Arnold Schwarzenneger. With insights from critics, film historians, and academics, 101 Action Films You Must See Before You Die discusses the movies that made actors like Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Sean Connery into household names. This intensely readable book chronicles the history of action films by dividing them into separate chapters for each decade, starting in 1900 and concluding with films like The Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, and other major releases of the present decade. Each movie is profiled with a plot summary, a listing of cast and credits, and interesting notes about the production. Approximately 200 illustrations include reproductions of movie posters and stills from the films.

  • 101 Gangster Movies (101 Movies)
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 1844036626 (1-84403-662-6)
    Softcover, Octopus Publishing Group

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    From the drug-fueled excesses to the punch-ups and knife fights, these films depict society's underbelly in action. Whether it's holding up the local liquor store or wheeling and dealing among the far-reaching tentacles of organized crime, the truth is never far from the fictional world on the big screen. The gangster genre kicked off with actors such as James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. Their tough-guy looks set the trend to follow, and led to the devious, crazy, and charismatic crooks played by the likes of Al Pacino and Robert de Niro. But often these hard men are almost sympathetic characters: Marlon Brando's godfather turned bad to feed his family, after all - capisce? The one-line quips, the sharp suits, the sense of camaraderie, and the grisly killings have created some of the movies' most memorable moments. So get ready to take a walk on the wild side. With insight from critics, film historians, and academics, "101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die" brings knowledge, insight, and passion to a wealth of dirty rats, horses' heads, colorful misters, dons, molls, triads, kingpins, hoods, yakuza, low-life scum, informers, shoot-outs, hold-ups, heists, gangs, shakedowns, drug deals, getaway cars, murders, kidnappings, and car chases. By the end, you'll be wondering just whose side you're on: the cops' or the robbers'?

  • 101 Horror Movies: You Must See Before You Die
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 1844036731 (1-84403-673-1)
    Softcover, Cassell Illustrated

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    As any horror fan knows, the genre isn't limited to ghouls, blood, and gore, but is as broad as cinema itself. Discover the haunting pull of "the other side" in movies like The Sixth Sense, Cat People, Poltergeist and Don't Look Now. Brave the perils of nature in Jaws, The Birds, and Alien. Learn that people aren't always as they seem, as in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Peeping Tom, Psycho, and The Shining. Confront evil in human form--The Last House on the Left, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Friday the 13th--and in its purer distillation in Rosemary's Baby, The Omen and The Exorcist.101 Horror Films You Must See Before You Die gives you a thorough appreciation of the genre, because it approaches the subject chronologically. You'll move through gothic classics like James Whale's The Old Dark House (1932) and Terence Fisher's Dracula (1958), to zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead (1978) and 28 Days Later (2002). All the sub-genres are covered too, from Eyes Without a Face (mad scientist), The Howling (werewolf), Nightmare on Elm Street (slasher), to The Silence of the Lambs (serial killer). And you'll learn that it's not just American teenagers who are horror-film fodder. There are classic horror films from Japan (Onibaba), Russia(Vij), Italy (Suspiria), France (Les Diaboliques), Belgium (Man Bites Dog), Germany (M), and the Netherlands (The Vanishing). Immerse yourself in the most compelling of movie genres. Prepare to be possessed--and whatever you do, don't answer the phone...

  • Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror
    by Daniel Shaw, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0810847922 (0-8108-4792-2)
    Hardcover, Scarecrow Press

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    Is horror a fundamentally nihilistic genre? Why are those of us who enjoy horror films so attracted to watching things on screen that in real life we would almost certainly find repellent? Do monster movies have a deleterious moral effect on their vi

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  • Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across the Globe
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 1903254159 (1-903254-15-9)
    Softcover, Fab Press

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    Included in The Guardian's list of the top ten film books of 2003! (Guardian Guide, December 20-26, 2003) Horror movies have always found receptive audiences in their home countries. Finally, the genre's most colourful and least familiar directors and stars are given their due in editor Steven Schneider's wide-ranging collection of articles and interviews from a fine assembly of renowned world horror experts. Discover such hidden treasures of world cinematic horror as Singapore's pontianak cycle, 1930s Mexican vampire movies, Austrian serial killer flicks, Germany's Edgar Wallace krimis, Bollywood ghost stories, Indonesia's penanggalan tales, the Chinese take on Phantom of the Opera, and the Turkish versions of Dracula and The Exorcist. 24 pulse-pounding chapters with selected filmographies and scores of images from the movies under discussion, including a stunning 16-page full-colour section! Learn about the amazing horror films of: Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, The Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Turkey Meet fascinating and exotic horror filmmakers and monsters from every corner of the globe, including: Hideo Nakata, Paul Naschy, Anthony Wong, Wolfgang Preiss, Maria Menado, Sion Sono, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nonzee Nimibutr, Jean Rollin, Maxu Weibang, Gallaga & Reyes, The Ramsay Brothers, Pupi Avati, Walerian Borowczyk, José ""Coffin Joe"" Mojica Marins, Jorge Molina, Kim Ki-Young, Takashi Miike and more! Fear Without Frontiers - Contents PART I: ARTISTS, ACTORS, AUTEURS * Madmen, visionaries and freaks: the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky * Coffin Joe and José Mojica Marins: strange men for strange times * Return of the phantom: Maxu Weibang's Midnight Song * Enfant terrible: the terrorful, wonderful world of Anthony Wong * The rain beneath the earth: an interview with Nonzee Nimibutr * Cinema of the doomed: the tragic horror of Paul Naschy * Sex and death, Cuban style: the dark vision of Jorge Molina PART II: FILMS, SERIES, CYCLES * Fantasmas del cine Mexicano: the 1930s horror film cycle of Mexico * The cosmic mill of Wolfgang Preiss: Giorgio Ferroni's Mill of the Stone Women * The ""lost"" horror film series: the Edgar Wallace krimis * The exotic pontianaks * Playing with genre: defining the Italian giallo * The Italian zombie film: from derivation to invention * Austrian psycho killers & home invaders: the horror-thrillers Angst & Funny Games PART III: GENRE HISTORIES AND STUDIES * Coming of age: the South Korean horror film * Between appropriation and innovation: Turkish horror cinema * Witches, spells and politics: the horror films of Indonesia * The unreliable narrator: subversive storytelling in Polish horror cinema * The Beast from Bollywood: a history of the Indian horror film * In a climate of terror: the Filipino monster movie * French revolution: the secret history of Gallic horror movies PART IV: CASE STUDY - JAPANESE HORROR CINEMA * Pain threshhold: the cinema of Takashi Miike * The Japanese horror film series: Ring and Eko Eko Azarak * The urban techno-alienation of Sion Sono's Suicide Club

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  • Horror Cinema
    by Jonathan Penner, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 3822831522 (3-8228-3152-2)
    Hardcover, Taschen

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    The best scary movies of all time

    This exciting new visual history examines the genre in thematic, historical, and aesthetic terms

    Horror is both the most perennially popular and geographically diverse of all film genres; arguably, every country that makes movies makes horror movies of one kind or another. Depicting deep-rooted, even archetypal fears, while at the same time exploiting socially and culturally specific anxieties, cinematic horror is at once timeless and utterly of its time and place. This exciting new visual history, which includes unique images from the David Del Valle archive, examines the genre in thematic, historical, and aesthetic terms, breaking it down into the following fundamental categories: Slashers & Serial Killers; Cannibals, Freaks & Hillbillys; Revenge of Nature & Environmental Horror; Sci-fi Horror; The Living Dead; Ghosts & Haunted Houses; Possession, Demons & Evil Tricksters; Voodoo, Cults & Satanists; Vampires & Werewolves; and The Monstrous-Feminine. Among the many films featured are classics such as Psycho, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Alien, The Exorcist, Dracula, and The Wicker Man.

  • Horror Cinema (25)
    by Steven Jay Schneider , Jonathan Penner
    ISBN 3836534576 (3-8365-3457-6)
    Hardcover, Taschen

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    Film frights: The best scary movies of all time   Horror is both the most perennially popular and geographically diverse of all film genres; arguably, every country that makes movies makes horror movies of one kind or another. Depicting deep-rooted, even archetypal fears, while at the same time exploiting socially and culturally specific anxieties, cinematic horror is at once timeless and utterly of its time and place. This exciting visual history, which includes unique images from the David Del Valle archive, examines the genre in thematic, historical, and aesthetic terms.

  • Pathways: With Starry Nights Pro CD 3.1 and Aris: An Introduction to Astronomy
    by Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0071108475 (0-07-110847-5)
    Hardcover, McGraw-Hill Europe

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    The great writing style and art program of Tom Arny's book is now available in a Brief version focusing on the very basic essentials of astronomy. This new version of Arny continues to offer the most complete technology/new media support package available. That technology/new media package includes: 6 new interactives, PowerWeb, Online Learning Center, and a CD-ROM that offers new and different text material/animations/links to even further enhance student comprehension.

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  • Traditions in World Cinema
    by Ms. Linda R Badley, R. Barton Palmer, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0813538734 (0-8135-3873-4)
    Hardcover, Rutgers University Press

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  • Tom Pendergast: Understanding Film Genres
    Understanding Film Genres
    by Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast, Steven Jay Schneider
    ISBN 0072563699 (0-07-256369-9)
    Softcover, Mcgraw-Hill College

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