First Scream to The Last by Adrian Roe


First Scream to the LastFirst Scream to the Last is billed as the definitive guide to 1980s horror movies. This is definitely the horror movie era that is dearest to me so this book was right up my alley. Just as I never get tired of watching 80s horror, I never get tired of reading about it either.

The book is split into chapters with each one covering a different year. In each chapter, we get the author’s selection of the pivotal horror films of that year. You’ll read a synopsis and some background information, budget, box office takings, critical reaction, etc. Of course, the films that courted controversy or fell victim to being banned have the juiciest stories.  A few images from the films are included. The entries I like the most are the ones that include interviews the author did with actors, such as Dee Wallace, Adrienne Barbeau, and Felissa Rose. He also spoke to directors including Wes Craven, Tom Holland and Brian Yuzna.

The movies covered include the big names you would expect, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead, and Sleepaway Camp. There are also some titles that are a bit more obscure which many might not have seen yet, such as Deadly Eyes, Xtro and Bad Dreams. I was pleased to see plenty of Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento entries. There are tons and tons of movies covered, so lots of delights await the reader.

It’s a nice whirlwind tour around some classics from the genre. It’s not incredibly deep on each film, but there is enough to pique the reader’s interest if they haven’t seen a film and the interviews really add some color. I’m really glad I picked it up as it’s a great reference and an interesting read for fans.


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Book Cover Blurb:

Like ’80s horror?
Your search can end here.
With exclusive contributions and interviews from Wes Craven, Tom Holland, Dee Wallace, Adrienne Barbeau, Brian Yuzna, Felissa Rose, Vitor Miller and many more – First Scream to the Last is a rare offering. One of only a few books that has managed to bring together many of the major names of this fantastic era, within its pages.First Scream to the Last offers an intriguing insight into the horror movies of the Eighties. Extremely comprehensive without being bloated, this essential companion is supported with various interviews from filmmakers and writers of the time, amongst others. An often misunderstood and under appreciated genre, the ’80s was arguably its golden era. With the creation of iconic characters and visual images never seen before on film, it remains a special time for anyone involved and the avid horror enthusiast alike. From giallo to slasher, First Scream covers the highest (and not so high) moments of this genre, leaving no question unanswered. Objective, Unbiased, Independent, Informative.