“Alan Eisenstock’s Raiders! is a fantastic, magical book…I can’t recommend this book any higher, it’s amazing and deserves to be read by anyone even remotely interested in film or fandom. Read it!”
“Before the age of Final Cut Pro and laptop editing, these resourceful kids created all their own costumes and effects, performed their own stunts (including the boulder scene), wrangled the actors, and eventually grew into young men.”
"Raiders! is much more than just the story of some kids making a fan film. It’s about the best and worst of childhood and growing up and sharing a geeky obsession through the whole journey. It’s intense and enjoyable and heartbreaking and powerful."
—Wired magazine's GeekDad Blog
"The legend of two young superfans' seven-year odyssey remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark lives in Alan Eisenstock's colossally cool Raiders!"
"A super-charged (parents: read with caution!) mini-epic that replaces Hollywood dazzle with something far more compelling: the agony and ecstasy of raw adolescent delirium"
—Daniel Clowes (Ghost World)
“The ingenuity that went into the production [of the film] was astounding…. But the book really shines in its emotional wallop.”
—The Hollywood Reporter
“Here’s a making-of book about the production of the coolest movie you might never see. Back in the early 1980s, when Raiders of the Lost Ark was still in theaters, a couple of kids (Eric Zala, 12, and Chris Strompolos, 11, decided to remake the movie, using a borrowed camera, a cast of friends, and as much realism and accuracy as they could muster. They figured they could do it during their summer vacation; it took seven summer vacations. This is a magnificent book. Eisenstock gives it a real let’s-put-on-a-show feel; fans of the recent movie Super 8 will note a definite similarity in tone, pacing, and sheer gosh-wow excitement. These guys weren’t just making a half-assed tribute to their favorite movie; this was supposed to be a shot-for-shot remake, using the actual script (obtained by sneaking into the movie and recording it on the sly), with music, sound effects, and visual effects (Eric set himself on fire to replicate the burningbar scene). And think about some of the scenes they were trying to replicate: the escape from the snakeinfested Well of Souls, the truck chase, a villain’s exploding head, melting faces, and the famous boulder sequence. Sure, there were compromises—a scene near the beginning replaced a biplane with a dinghy with an outboard motor (because who would give a couple of kids an actual biplane?)—but the thing is, they got the movie made. At a nearly catastrophic cost, to be sure—the account also chronicles the postproduction meltdown of Eric and Chris’ friendship—but they did it. An amazing, one-of-a-kind book about a triumphant, one-of-a-kind film production.”
“Swift, compelling reading”
“An excellent read and is just a fun book…Perfect for the entire family and a must own for anyone that is a fan of the Raiders franchise. I cannot recommend this book more highly!”
—Fort Bend Southwest Star Newspaper
“One of the best books I’ve read all year.”
—Susan Spann of the Debutante Ball blog
This book recounts a rather amazing story of two boys and their friends who spent years producing an adaptation of "Raiders of the Lost Ark. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Carole Barkley
This is an odd book. It's supposedly the true story of the guys who created Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. Read morePublished 13 months ago by litemakr
For a couple of years I knew the basic story of 2 kids, who started to reshoot Raiders of the lost ark shot by shot back in the eighties. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jürgen Mathy
First the reader should watch the original "Raiders", then the version the kids made, then read the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Indian Burned
This book reminds me of "Stand By Me". I found myself remembering my childhood all over while reading about these crazy kids remaking on of my... Read more
It is totally amazing what these kids were able to do without much help other than the freedom to do it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Corinne Drew
After watching the film this book is based on I knew I had to read their story! Durring the 80's a group of high school friends spent 7 years making a shot for shot remake of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cameron N Harrison
Imagine this. A few kids in Louisiana decided to re-shoot the movie 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'! Not a remake, but a faithful shot by shot homage to their favorite action film. Read morePublished 24 months ago by stanley olszyna
A fantastic read! Inspirational! Remember when you were a kid and anything was possible? SO good to read the story behind the amazing film. 5 STARS!Published on March 30, 2013 by KPREUSSER