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Monsters in the Movies Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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"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
John Landis is a household name and the award-winning director of horror hits such as American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson's Thriller video, and Innocent Blood. He has also directed a host of classic films not in the horror genre, including The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Trading Places, Three Amigos! and Coming To America.
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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."
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. I've attached one that caught my eye, from "Pirahna 3D" (2010). Great image!Read more ›
Vampires - includes a special section on Dracula (pics of Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman and many others), a special section on vampire staking, an interview with Sir Christopher Lee (who played Dracula many times) and many photos from movies of the 1920s (Nosferatu) to today (Underworld series, Daybreakers)
Werewolves - includes photos from the 1930s (Werewolf of London) to today (Twilight series, Underworld series, The Wolfman remake), a special section on Lon Chaney Jr. (w/ pics of his Wolf Man performance and other horror roles including Frankenstein and the Mummy and Dracula) and an interview with Joe Dante (the director of The Howling)
Mad Scientists - includes photos from the 1920s (Metropolis), 30s (The Bride of Frankenstein) and up till today (Spider-man films and 2009's Splice), special mini sections on Dr. Moreua, Fu Manchu, Invisible Men, Vincent Price Mad Doctors and The Fly films plus a special section on Dr. Frankenstein and His Monsters with many photos of the various incarnations, there is also a special section on Dr. Jekyll & Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product... great seller, hope to do nussines in the future... thanks :)Published 2 months ago by Daniel
Pretty good book about monsters from films. Has some good photos. My only issue is the rather startling cover. Recommended for fans of the genre.Published 2 months ago by Celia Trimboli
Excellent collection and written history of the monsters of the screen that many of us grew up with. Beautifully designed picture layouts with many full color photographs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert E. Behers
Wow how I love monsters! This book is great love the photos, it even came to me in great condition!Published 9 months ago by William
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 morePublished 11 months ago by Dr. Dan Meyers
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 12 months ago by James Michael Gateley
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 morePublished 12 months ago by Jacob Dyer