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Monsters in the Movies [Kindle Edition]

John Landis
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Book Description

From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen!

Landis provides his own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of moviemaking, while conducting in-depth "conversations" with leading monster makers, including David Cronenberg, Christopher Lee, John Carpenter, and Sam Raimi- to discuss some of the most petrifying monsters ever seen. He also surveys the historical origins of the archetypal monsters, such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves, and takes you behind the scenes to discover the secrets of those special-effects wizards who created such legendary frighteners as King Kong, Dracula, and Halloween's Michael Myers. With more than 1000 stunning movie stills and posters, this book is sure to keep even the most intense fright-seekers at the edge of their seats for hours!

Editorial Reviews


"A delicious romp through the film world, this book provides a nostalgic pull for anyone who grew up a fan of the great horror flicks." – Booklist

About the Author

Filmmaker John Landis has written and/or directed some of the most popular movies of all time including National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980) and Coming to America (1988) among many others. He wrote and directed the classic An American Werewolf In London (1981) and the groundbreaking Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983).

Product Details

  • File Size: 5480 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Look at Cinema Monsters! September 22, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book. It represents a fast and pleasurable romp through the history of movie monsters from the silent era to today. John Landis, as almost everyone knows, directed some of the most well known and culturally influential movies, including An American Werewolf in London and The Blues Brothers. Landis's love for Dark Fantasy films really shines here and hooks the reader. The pictures are very attractive and the interviews with well known personalities involved with monster movies were educational. Landis is a very opinionated writer which I find to be refreshing. In his interviews, he is able to draw out blunt observations from those he talked with.

The monster movies are grouped into broad categories throughout the book. They are: Vampires, Werewolves, Mad Scientists, Zombies, Ghosts, Mummies, Myths/Legends/Fairy Tales, Dragons/Dinosaurs, Monstrous Apes, Nature's Revenge, Atomic Mutations, The Devil's Work, Space Monsters, Monstrous Machines, Human Monsters, and The Monster Makers. At the beginning of each section, Landis would provide a two page overview about the subject or topic. His writings are clear, succinct, and knowledgeable, with the right touch of humor.

This is a book that any fans of Dark Fantasy movies will want to obtain and read (and re-read) during any "dark and gloomy nights."
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come for the pictures, stay for the text! September 19, 2011
An incredibly lavish collection of hundreds of amazing pictures of all your favorite movie monsters ... many I have never seen before. You will spend some serious time looking at this. But, don't just look. Read. The interviews with Joe Dante, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter, Ray Harryhausen, Guillermo Del Toro, Rick Baker and David Cronenberg (and the captions of the photos) by the highly-opinionated and highly-entertaining and well-informed Landis are just great.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful shout to the horrible. October 3, 2011
It's like thumbing through the best issue of FAMOUS MONSTERS you ever held in your hand -- and then you get to go back and *read it*! I only saw one egregious error my first time thru: on page 81, they mistakenly credit a shot from the original 1958 THE FLY [that movie was in color, as many traumatized kids can attest] to RETURN OF THE FLY, the cheapo b&w sequel that featured the HUGE fly-head. Oops. But since they printed the shot from the color movie in b&w [why?], maybe nerddom can forgive. Landis is so well connected that your bonus, besides the usual brilliant D-K page designs, is a series of ruminations from the best directors in the genre. Even the cover is scary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to Put Down Once You've Opened it! April 23, 2012
This is a wonderful coffee table book! No one has yet resisted the temptation to open my copy, and once they start paging through it, they can't stop! I'll quote John Landis from his Foreward: "There are many books about the movies, and like the movies, most of them are not that good. So I feel the need to clarify that this has been a labor of love and not a class assignment. This book is meant to be fun. It is not some heavy tome on the meaning of violence in the cinema, or a ponderous examination of film theory. This is a book with a lot of photographs of monsters in the movies."

Landis fulfilled his promise - this is a FUN book. He also goes on to say, "As for any monsters that are omitted, my only excuse is the finite number of photos my publisher would allow."

That may be true, but every "monster" I thought of, from a favorite movie, is in here! And lest you think this is a book only for hard-core horror film lovers, which I'm not, I'll list some of my favorites: "Edward Scissorhands" - yes, under "Mad Scientists"!. "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" - yes! "The Ghost Breakers" with Bob Hope - yes! "I Am Legend" with Will Smith and Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" - YES! YES!

And it also has the films that aren't my style, such as "Basket Case", "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (in the chapter "Human Monsters") and "Child's Play". This book was published in 2011, and it includes movies up to 2010.

Most of the book is taken up with the fabulous photos, each accompanied by Landis' brief caption.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I expected it to be better. November 2, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I grew up with the classic Universal Monsters, graduated to Hammer and am disappointed with many of today's films. I feel that John Landis is an up and down director. Some of his stuff (Animal House) is great and some so-so (American Werewolf in London. I really still feel it's disjointed and both The Howling and Dog Soldiers are better werewolf films). This book is a bit too self serving. Why is Masters of Horror (which was actually mostly bad) in this? Why does he feel he has to damn The Lord of the Rings (and get Christopher Lee's character wrong, several times). The information within isn't new. It feels like he mined his collection of Famous Monsters for much of the text This book really needed some editing on the narrative,to make it more informative and far less smarmy, Sad that so many great pictures accompanied such a mundane narrative. This is worth a look, but it didn't stay on my shelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for those curious about monster movies.
Published 11 days ago by Gary C. Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Pornography
This book contains a great deal of soft core pornography. I bought this for my 12 year old son who loves horror movies. We watch them as a family. Luckily I opened it with him. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Dr. Dan Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Such a great book. It holds years of horror history through pictures and interviews with some well respected horror icons. You shouldn't pass this up.
Published 2 months ago by James Michael Gateley
2.0 out of 5 stars get the print version!
Review is for the kindle version, and is more of a warning than a review. The art and photography is possibly the biggest selling point for this book, and the product description... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RJMacReady
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's Keep This Brief
This a beautiful book with tons of glorious pictures of classic and contemporary horror films. The book i divided into chapters like, ghosts, werewolves, vampires,etc. Read more
Published 2 months ago by seamus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great item shipped quickly
Published 2 months ago by Linda F Groff
5.0 out of 5 stars Son loves the book...
I purchased this book for my son for Christmas. He loves the book! Very good quality and loads of information for anyone interested in the subject material.
Published 2 months ago by Jerri Sjostrom
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Over all Monster Guide
A Great review and perspective of Hollywood Monsters from John Landis.
A great read and brings back childhood memories of watching many of these movies.
Published 2 months ago by J. Ruiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by toes10
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great coffee table book for horror fans
This is a great coffee table book for horror fans, written by a great director. This is a good book for fans of horror but specifically for fans of John Landis. Read more
Published 3 months ago by justin barnett
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