By Bruce G. Hallenbeck
Enjoyable and fright have lengthy been companions within the cinema, relationship again to the silent movie period and progressing to the Scary Movie franchise and different fresh releases. This consultant takes a finished examine the comedy-horror motion picture style, from the earliest stabs at melding horror and hilarity in the course of the nascent days of silent movie, to its full-fledged improvement with The Bat in 1926, to the Abbott and Costello motion pictures pitting the comedy duo opposed to Frankenstein’s Monster, the mum and different common Studio monsters, carrying on with to such contemporary cult hits as Shaun of the Dead and Black Sheep. chosen brief motion pictures reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie also are coated. photographs and promotional posters, interviews with actors and a filmography are incorporated.
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Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914-2008 by Bruce G. Hallenbeck