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Book Review of How to Survive a Horror Movie, by Seth Grahame Smith

Genre: Horror

Publisher: Quick Books

Published: 2007

Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths



How to Survive a Horror Movie, by Seth Grahame Smith is a comic, but practical, overview of how a person could survive if they found themselves trapped within the various sub-genres of horror. Seth gives tips to the potential victim which range from useful to humorous, to outright odd. If some of these things did happen to you, this book would help, although most of us will not find ourselves being chased by supernatural serial killers any time soon…we hope.


After a general introduction, Smith breaks the horror genre into the following sub-sections: Slasher Survival School, Inanimate Evil, Crypt-ography, Fangs of Fury, and The Satanic “Versus.” Each of these chapters outlines how to persevere through these types of deadly threats. Again, comedy is mixed with advice which would aid an individual dealing with such horrid situations.


The read is fun and smooth. This would be a good vacation book. I read the whole thing on a red-eye flight and I think it was a good call. Enjoyable, but not overly taxing. I think all lovers of horror movies would find something they would like here. The author obviously had done his research and put in his time getting ready for this guide. He finds the humor in the movie stereotypes and topples them on their ear, while also poking fun at some of them. He also reviews what you do not see in these movies and how that information could also help you escape the various evils. Things like escaping from the serial killer by using full frontal male nudity (Because there is never such a display in those movies) would bust you out of the film.


Downsides could include, the book only focuses on film and ignores other expressions of horror. He also makes a few snap judgments or defensive choices with make it seem like anyone who has not thought of such things already is ignorant, including the writers or viewer of movies.


As a huge horror movie fan (I own hundreds of films) I found this how to book very enjoyable. I believe other horror movies fans would as well. If you are not a big fan of horror, you might look elsewhere for your vacation reading.




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