Don’t Go Upstairs!

A Room-by-Room Tour of the House in Horror Movies

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About the Book

Throughout cinematic history, the buildings characters inhabit—whether stately rural mansions or inner-city apartment blocks—have taken on extra dimensions, often featuring as well developed characters themselves. Nowhere is this truer than in the horror film, where familiar spaces—from chaotic kitchens to forgotten attics to overgrown greenhouses—become settings for diabolical acts or supernatural visitations.
Showing readers through a selection of prime movie real estate, this book explores how homes come to life in horror with an analysis of more than sixty films, including interviews and insights from filmmakers and scholars, along with many rare stills. From the gruesome murder in the hallway of The House by the Cemetery (1981) to the malevolent haunting in the nursery of Eel Marsh House in The Woman in Black (2012), no door is left unopened.

About the Author(s)

Cleaver Patterson is an author, journalist, and film critic based in South West London. He has written for numerous periodicals including The Sunday Times Magazine, Rue Morgue, Scream, Starburst and Video Watchdog.

Bibliographic Details

Cleaver Patterson

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 71 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7297-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3804-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword by David McGillivray 1
Introduction 3
1. The Hallway and Landing 9
2. The Living Room 24
3. The Library and Study 39
4. The Dining Room 56
5. The Kitchen 71
6. The Cellar 87
7. The Bedroom 102
8. The Nursery and Schoolroom 118
9. The Bathroom 131
10. The Attic 145
11. The Conservatory and Greenhouse 159
12. The Grounds 174
13. The Spare Room 189
Appendix: Abner Pastoll on the Importance of the House as a Film Character 203
Chapter Notes 215
Bibliography 219
Index 223

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Unique…much appreciated”—Flick Attack