A smart, lavishly illustrated overview of horror films of the 2000s from a true insider - who happens to be a beautiful former model married now to film director, Neil Marshall. Not your stereotypical nerdy horror buff. I was reminded of how many quite good films have been released amongst all the soulless remake dross and pretty-teens-in-peril schlock over the past 8 or 9 years, most of them from the UK, Spain, and the Far East (The Descent, Severance, The Orphanage, (Rec), The Eye and Dark Water to name but a few), as well as some great stateside stuff like The Signal and May. This book has already prompted me to add many titles I'd never heard of to my Netflix queue. Carolyn also does a nice job of contextualizing the themes and trends in horror filmmaking and makes her case that these movies are not just created in a cultural vacuum and perform specific functions in the mass consciousness. Any horror movie fan will want to check this out.