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 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 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 the 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)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 70 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7297-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3804-1
Imprint: McFarland