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Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror Audiobook (Unabridged)

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Much has been written about the storied New Hollywood of the 1970s, but while Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola were making their first classic movies, a parallel universe of directors gave birth to the modern horror film - aggressive, raw, and utterly original. Based on unprecedented access to the genre's major players, New York Times critic Jason Zinoman's Shock Value delivers the first definitive account of horror's golden age.

By the late 1960s, horror was stuck in the past, confined mostly to drive-in theaters and exploitation houses and shunned by critics. Shock Value tells the unlikely story of how the much-disparaged horror film became an ambitious art form while also conquering the multiplex. Directors such as Wes Craven, Roman Polanski, John Carpenter, and Brian De Palma - counterculture types operating largely outside Hollywood - revolutionized the genre, exploding taboos and bringing a gritty aesthetic, confrontational style, and political edge to horror.

Zinoman recounts how these directors produced such classics as Rosemary's Baby, Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween, creating a template for horror that has been imitated relentlessly but whose originality has rarely been matched. This new kind of film dispensed with the old vampires and werewolves and instead assaulted audiences with portraits of serial killers, the dark side of suburbia, and a brand of nihilistic violence that had never been seen before.

Shock Value tells the improbable stories behind the making of these movies, which were often directed by obsessive and insecure young men working on shoestring budgets, were funded by sketchy investors, and featured porn stars. But once The Exorcist became the highest grossing film in America, Hollywood took notice, and the classic horror films of the 1970s have now spawned a billion-dollar industry.

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About the Author

Jason Zinoman is a critic and reporter covering theater for the New York Times. He has also regularly written about movies, television, books, and sports for publications such as Vanity Fair, the Guardian, The Economist, and Slate. He was the chief theater critic for Time Out New York before leaving to write the “On Stage and Off” column in the Weekend section of the New York Times.

About the Narrator

Peter Larkin has narrated for over a dozen audiobook titles. He has recorded multiple works of authors Michael Savage, Vernor Vinge, and Robert Ludlum. He is best recognized for his expert ability to speak in multiple accents. In its review of Savage’s A Time for War, AudioFile magazine praises Larkin’s ability to “effortlessly switch between the full slate of supporting characters, differentiating each with various accents and nuanced tones.”