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The New Flesh: 21st Century Horror Films A-Z by Stuart Willis - A Book Review

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2015

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On first sight, it might seem weird to release a tad odd to release an encyclopedia in book form in times when internet has long taken over that function by and large, and especially if this encyclopedia is about horror movies since 2000, especially since the horror community is especially strong in the internet - which goes so far as the author of The New Flesh is actually a frequent contributor to www.sexgoremutants.co.uk.

 

All that though is not to say that The New Flesh hasn't been worth all the effort that went into writing it and will be worth every Penny you'll (hopefully) be spending on it. Point is, author Stuart Willis has a deep understanding of the horror genre, as will already be witnessed in the historical introduction, that goes far deeper than just knowing a few very obscure slashers from the 1980's and watching a few too many Quentin Tarantino movies but really gives one the idea of the key influences on the genre today, and why it exploded with roughly the advent of the new millenium.

 

What further distinguishes this book is that it's not a snobbish piece of work that takes sides and only covers certain aspects of the genre, like choosing obscure indie horror over studio-produced blockbusters, or putting an emphasis on foreign horror and ignoring US entries - The New Flesh sees everything under one roof, not even shying away from hardcore porn, should it be horror-themed. So yes, the man has really done his job researching and compiling his horror encyclopedia, it's really extensive ... but is it complete I hear you say? That unfortunately it is not, but as pointed out in the introduction, the horror genre has grown at an exponential rate thanks to cheap moviemaking technology and the internet as a great source for distribution that it has become virtually impossible to keep track with every new release (and I should know, facing the same issues with this website here), plus in regards to foreign releases it's often a question of mere availability. Anyways, it's probably easy to find maybe even some of your favourite titles not included, especially if you're into that incredibly vast field of indie horror, and Willis hasn't even covered all the remakes that have cropped up in recent years (but I can't blame him for not wanting to watch all his favourite horrors destroyed), but one can't help but marvel about all the films he actually has tracked down, many of them unknown to me (and that's a feat), and at the end of the day I'm only a bit disappointed that he hasn't included a review of Twilight, a movie he often alludes to in other reviews, so it would have been fun to read his take on that one.

   

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As for the writing, Stuart Willis really knows film and film history beyond mere horror and beyond what's the dish of the day, which many references to the likes of Michael Haneke, Ingmar Bergman and Richard Kern prove, and he goes far beyond judging movies by their gore score and nastiness, and he manages to keep his writing light, making this a pageturner for at least the interested genre afficionado.

So even in this day and age, money well-spent, really!

 

By the way, the book includes two forewords, one by filmmaker Jason Figgis, the other by Alan Simpson, owner of SexGoreMutants.

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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