Shock Value

Author(s): Jason Zinoman

film studies | horror & cult cinema

1970s Hollywood often brings to mind directors such as Scorsese, Spielberg and Coppola. But the decade was also horror's 'golden age', producing classics like Rosemary's Baby, Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween by directors who would achieve massive success. Since then, horror has been a prominent part of popular culture. Shock Value describes how horror was re-created, ridding itself of supernatural cliches and instead portraying serial killers, baseless violence, and fear found in everyday suburbia. Jason Zinoman explores how an often overlooked, but highly influential, golden age in American film began.


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Jason Zinoman is a critic and reporter covering theatre for The New York Times. He was previously the chief theatre critic for TimeOut New York. He has also written about movies, television, books and sport for publications including Vanity Fair, the Guardian, The Economist and Slate. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and now lives in Brooklyn.

General Fields

  • : 9780715645857
  • : Duckworth
  • : Duckworth
  • : July 2013
  • : December 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jason Zinoman
  • : Paperback
  • : 288