|An enthralling behind-the-scenes account of horror's golden age, Shock Value draws on unprecedented access to the genre's major players to paint the definitive portrait of a cinematic revolution. By the late 1960s, horror was stuck in the past, confined mostly to drive-in theaters and exploitation houses. Shock Value tells the unlikely story of how an ambitious art form emerged when directors like Wes Craven, Roman Polanski, and John Carpenter plumbed their deepest anxieties to bring a gritty realism to their craft. Drawing on hundreds of interviews, Shock Value chronicles an era when groundbreaking masterpieces both conquered the Cineplex and redefined what it was to be afraid.
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