“An extraordinary book: Wise, evocative, with astonishing visual selections.”
Roger Ebert, film critic
 
 

Reviews

"Lively, insighful...looks below the surface to find what this genre's
all about."  --John Carpenter, director of Halloween

"Splendid... This is the essential "how" of horror films." --Mort Castle, horror fiction writer, editor of The Horror Writers Association's writing handbooks

"Remarkable...a book any filmmaker and any film buff will learn from - and shiver with." --Norman N, Ph.D., author of Literature and the Brain, Marston-Milbauer Eminent Scholar Emeritus, University of Florida

"David Aldrich establishes his own critical paradigm, refreshingly avoiding the academic echo chamber.  Thoughtful and accessible, Framing the Dark is a back-to-basics pleasure to read."  --David J. Skal, film historian, author of
The Monster Show and Hollywood Gothic.

"A solid work."
--Drew Casper, Ph.D., Hitchcock and horror genre
historian, Hitchcock endowed chair for the Study of American Film,
USC School of Cinematic Arts

"Beautifully produced."
--William Hughes, Ph. D., Professor of Gothic Studies, Bath Spa University, UK, joint chair of the International Gothic Association

"Although the primary focus is horror, it is an overall detailed
historical film critique. Expertly captures the mood and functional
apparatus of film creation through the targeted lens of horror. The book is terrific."
--Steven Arvanites, horror film writer, screenwriting teacher, Hollins University, founder of NYCscreenwriter.org

"A scholarly endeavor combining film theory, psychology, and communication techniques to uncover the real fear factor.  I'd definitely make this a recommendation to aspiring horror auteurs." --K. Harris, Amazon Top Ten Hall of Fame reviewer

"He is able, in a series of essays, to pin down convincingly just how a good chiller works.  Those of us in the audience will enjoy seeing the movie as he sees them, and those who make such movies could do it better using this volume as a guide." --R. Hardy, Amazon Top 100 Hall of Fame Reviewer