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Horror Film Resources

Research Guide to Horror Film Scholarship

This site is intended for members of the academic community who are interested in horror films and require resources for further research. The sidebar to the left divides sources by type. Each source mentioned contains a full citation, brief annoation, and location directions when necessary. As this guide is dedicated to specifically horror film scholarship, users may find the broader focus of the Film Studies Resources (IUB) to be useful. Additionally, offers chronological history of horror films with links to descriptions of specific films as well as a selection of the greatest horror films.

Search and Evaluation of Sources

Sources were chosen through searches on IUCAT and were narrowed down by their relevance to horror films, level of scholarship and organization, and date of publication. When more than one source covered similar topics, the more comprehensive and more recent source was chosen. Biographies on specific individuals were excluded for the sake of specificity.

Categorization of Sources

General sources are categorized by source type: ?Dictionaries and Encyclopedias,? ?Bibliographies and Indexes,? ?Critical Sources,? and ?Biographies.? Sources which dealt with specific sub-genres of horror are categorized under ?Sub-Genre Sources.?

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The sources here are general reference aids for horror scholarship. They are ordered alphabetically and include dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Lentz, Harris M. Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Film and Television Credits. Vols. 1-2. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2001.
PN1995.9.S26 L46 2001 (Reference Services Department)

The first volume of this source focuses on film credits with the aim to credit those who helped make horror films and TV programs which were released in the U.S. The second volume provides an alphabetical filmography of horror films from the late 1800s to 1999. Users may locate this source in the Wells Library Reference Department.

Maxford, Howard. The A-Z of Horror Films. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1997.
PN1995.9.H6 M63 (Lilly stacks)

Self-proclaimed film guide ?cum-Who?s Who of films and film-makers,? this source is good for browsing films, stars, directors, and other contributors. For film entries, it includes technical information (running time, year, etc.) plot synopses, criticism, and relevant credits/cast lists, and it utilizes a star rating. As this source is located at the Lilly, users must use the Lilly reading room in order to view the source. (see also Maxford?s Hammer, house of horror: behind the screams under ?Sub-Genre Sources?British?).

Milne, Tom. The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Horror. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1994.
PN1995.9. H6 M5 1994 (Reference Services Department)

This source gives users a chronological listing of horror films from the late 1800s to the 1990s with synopsis, criticism, credits, and technical information of the films. Additionally, it provides users with a list of all-time ?horror rental champs? and most-filmed horror writers. Users may locate this source in the Wells Library Reference Department.

Bibliographies and Indexes

The sources here are general reference aids for horror scholarship. They are ordered alphabetically and include bibliographies and indexes.

Senn, Bryan. Fantastic Cinema Subject Guide: A Topical Index to 2500 Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1992.
PN1995.9.F36 S46 1992 (Reference Services Department)

This source provides a listing of films on 81 horror/science fiction/fantasy subjects. Includes a brief introduction defining the particular subject, and for each film listed it provides basic data, alternate titles, credits, cast, synopsis, and quotes. This source is ordered alphabetically and deals with films from the silent era through the 1990s. Users may locate this source in the Wells Library Reference Services Department.

Wolf, Leonard. Horror: A Connoisseur?s Guide to Literature and Film. New York: Facts on File, 1989.
PN3435 .W6 1989 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source has a dual focus of horror literature and films, which proves useful for the scholar analyzing horror films in a literary context or vice versa. Ordered alphabetically, a user could easily research a film alongside its literary predecessor.

Critical Sources

Sources here are ordered alphabetically and include critical sources on horror film scholarship.

Berenstein, Rhona J. Attack of the Leading Ladies: Gender, Sexuality, and Spectatorship in Classic Horror Cinema. New York: Columbia UP, 1995.
PN1995.9.H6 B48 1995 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source focuses on classic horror?s (1931-1936) actresses and interrogates popular assumptions about horror?s representations of gender. It is divided into sections on spectatorship as drag, marketing and reception of horror, the power of the gaze, and interpretation of screams.

Clover, Carol. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1993.
PN1995.9.H6 C53 1993 (Wells Library - Undergraduate Services - Core Collection)

Theoretical analysis of gender in the modern horror film. Includes films cited, works cited, and index. Users can locate this piece in the Undergraduate Services section of the Wells Library.

Creed, Barbara. The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge, 1993.
PN 1995.9 .H6 C74 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source is divided into two parts, one focusing on the feminine and the other on psychoanalytic in films. Includes bibliography, filmography, and index.

Humphries, Reynold. The American Horror Film: An Introduction. Edinburgh : Edinburgh UP, 2002.
PN1995.9.H6 H86 2002 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Divided into two sections, classic and modern horror, this source?s main focus is on politics and psychoanalysis and how these concepts take form in horror from the 1930s to the present.

Keith, Barry, Ed. The Dread of Difference: Gender and the Horror Film. Austin: U of Texas P, 1996.
PN 1995.9 .H6 D74 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Contains a collection of essays on the topic of gender and the horror film. Includes bibliography and index.

Powell, Anna. Deleuze and Horror Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2005.
PN1995.9.H6 P64 2005 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source is divided into sections offering Deleuzian analyses of horror films, such as from ?Psychoanalysis to Schizoanalysis? and ?Body-Without-Organs.? In addition to its filmography, bibliography, and index, it contains a brief but useful glossary of key terms.

Schneider, Steven Jay, ed. Dark Thoughts: Philosophic Reflections on Cinematic Horror. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2003
PN1995.9.H6 D27 2003 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source offers a compilation of writings on horror films with a bent toward the role of the audience as receiving pleasure from horror films.

Schneider, Steven Jay, ed. Horror Film and Psychoanalysis: Freud?s Worst Nightmare. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.
PN 1995.9 .H6 S33 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Focusing on the psychoanalysis of horror films, this source is divided by pieces of Freudian theory such as the uncanny and horror pleasure. Includes bibliography and index.

Waller, Gregory A., Ed. American Horrors. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1987.
PN 1995.9 .H6 A39 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Compilation of twelve essays analyzing American horror films. Includes filmography, annotated bibliography, and index.

Sub-Genre Sources

The sources here are reference aids for specific sub-genres of horror films. They are ordered alphabetically.


Chibnall, Steve, and Julian Petley, Eds. British Horror Cinema. New York: Routledge, 2002.
PN 1995.9 .H6 B65 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Collection of essays on the cultural-historical analysis of British horror.

Hutchings, Peter. Hammer and Beyond: The British Horror Film. New York : Manchester UP, 1993.
PN1995.9.H6 H835 1993 (Wells Library Research Collection)

With a cultural-historical focus on the changing nature of British horror from the mid-1940s to 1993. Contextualizing the Hammer production company?s dominance during this era, this source includes analyses on British horror producers as well as critical and popular responses to the films upon their release.

Johnson, Tom. Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997.
PN 1995.9 .H6 J65 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Provides an in-depth historical-cultural analysis of censorship of horror films during 1930s Britain.

Maxford, Howard. Hammer, House of Horror: Behind the Screams. New York: Overlook Press, 1996.
PN 1999 .H3 M38 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source provides a historical approach to this subject in its first section, and in section two it provides a chronology, similar to a ?Who?s Who? filmography. (see also Maxford?s The A-Z of horror films under ?Dictionaries and Encyclopedias?).


Everman, Welch. Cult Horror Films: From Attack of the 50 Foot Woman to Zombies of Mora Tau. New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1993.
PN 1995.9 .H6 E88

This source offers an analysis of cult horror films in alphabetical order. Includes technical information of films such as running time, year, and country of origin.



Ruffles, Tom. Ghost Images: Cinema of the Afterlife. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004.
PN1995.9.S8 R84 2004 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Providing a thematic approach to cinematic ghosts, this work offers a chronological view of ghosts in films, with a final chapter dedicated to six case studies of particular films with ghosts. Includes filmography, chapter notes, bibliography and index.

Wright, Bruce Lanier. Nightwalkers: Gothic Horror Movies: The Modern Era. Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1995.
PN1995.9.H6 W73 1995 (Wells Library Research Collection)

A good source for researchers interested in gothic film studies, this source provides both historical and subject divisions such as the Gothic Renaissance of 1957, Frankenstein, and Dracula.



Palmerini, Luca M. Spaghetti Nightmares: Italian Fantasy-Horrors as Seen through the Eyes of Their Protagonists. Key West, FL: Fantasma Books, 1996.
PN1995.9.H6 P32 1996 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source aims to cover Italy?s film industry from the 1960s-1990s through interviews with the major players of the films such as publicists, producers, screenwriters, directors, and actors.

Paul, Louis. Italian Horror Film Directors. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005.
PN1995.9.H6 P34 2005 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source contains an introduction on Italian horror films, in-depth profiles of 10 important Italian directors with a discussion on all of their films, and a brief look at 39 other Italian directors (who seldom worked in this genre or directed few films) and their works.



Molinari, Matteo. The Horror Movie Survival Guide. New York: Berkley Boulevard Books, 2001.
PN1995.9.H6 M535 2001 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source is useful either for its simple entertainment value or for academics interested in the study of monsters in horror movies. It is divided into two sections: Monsters (aliens, beasts, creations, psychopaths, the supernatural) and Appendices (monster taxonomy, recommended study, and body count ranking).

Weaver, Tom. Science Fiction Confidential: Interviews with 23 Monster Stars and Filmmakers. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2002.
PN1995.9.S26 W4585 2002 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Offers interviews with 23 monster stars and filmmakers.



Armstrong, Kent Byron. Slasher Films: An International Filmography, 1960 through 2001. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003.
PN1995.9.S554 A76 2003 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source provides an alphabetical list of films with technical information and somewhat extensive summaries (generally over two pages). Includes appendices on slasher directors, actors and actresses, writers, and composers.



Stine, Scott Aaron. The Gorehound's Guide to Splatter Films of the 1980s. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2003.
PN1995.9.H6 S77 2003 (Wells Library Research Collection)

This source provides an alphabetical filmography of splatter films of the 1980s worldwide, or films containing ?gratuitous violence to a nauseating extreme,? which includes the author?s admittedly biased review of the film in addition to technical information. For more sensitive moviegoers, this source provides a symbol if a film contains any animal cruelty or if a surgery/autopsy is present.



Dendle, Peter. The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2001.
PN1995.9.Z63 D46 2001 (Wells Library Research Collection)

Written by a self-proclaimed ?zombie ethologist,? this source provides an alphabetical order of films with technical information along with the writer?s analysis. Includes filmography and appendix on foreign movies ordered by country.


These two sources contain biographical information for noted figures in the horror genre.

Beck, Calvin Thomas. Heroes of the Horrors. New York: Collier, 1975.
PN 1998 .A2 B38 (ALF)

This source provides a chronological listing of the biographies of six horror actors from the 1800s-1970s. As this source is located at IU?s Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF), it must be specially requested through IUCAT or in person.

Beck, Calvin Thomas. Scream Queens: Heroines of the Horrors. New York: Macmillan, 1978.
PN1998.A2 B383 (Wells Library Research Collection)

The feminine accompaniment of Heroes of the Horrors, this source provides a chronological listing of the biographies of horror actresses from the 1800s-1970s with the aim to focus on women?s contribution to this genre.


?2005, Laura McAvoy

last updated: 5/14/2010