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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (July 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786445165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786445165
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"one of the leading scholars in the horror field" --New York Times

"the king of the monster hunters" --USA Today

"one of our foremost fantasy film historians" --Sight & Sound

About the Author

Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him "the best interviewer we have today." He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines including Starlog, Fangoria, Monsters from the Vault and Video Watchdog, and he has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture, including Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Fims, 1931-1946.

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Featured in this Tom Weaver collection of 23 interviews are John D.F. (Somewhere in Time) Black...Eve (Tarzan's Fight for Life) Brent...Anthony (The Beast of Yucca Flats) Cardoza...Audrey (Mr. Sardonicus) Dalton...Phoebe (Wild, Wild West) Dorin ... Russ (The Blob) Doughton...Elaine DuPont...Robert Ellenstein....Alex (The She Creature) Gordon...Richard (Mother Riley Meets the Vampire) Gordon...Tod (Captain Neptune) Griffin...David (The Fly) Hedison...Kathleen Hughes...Suzanne (The Devil Bat) Kaaren...Denny (Tarzan the Ape Man) Miller...Dan (Failsafe, Robocop) O'Herlihy...Kate Phillips...Kasey Rogers...Jacqueline Scott...Warren (Forbidden Planet) Stevens...Lyn (Spacemaster X-7) Thomas...and Darlene (Beyond the Time Barrier) Tompkins.

Another great collection of insightful interviews by Weaver on the movemakers and the behind-the-scenes activities of low-budget Hollywood.

Warren Stevens talks about filming Forbidden Planet with an invisible monster, who only became visible in post-production after which he got to see what attacked the spaceship in the theaters along with everyone else.

Russ Doughton tells about how his religious filmmaking group put together The Blob, developing the creature itself, bringing in Steve McQueen, and turning out what became a minor 50's scifi classic.

Richard Gordon tells how Bela Lugosi signed to make Mother Riley Meets the Vampire after he got stranded in England by the producers of an underfunded stage production of Dracula.

Denny Miller tells how Tarzan' The Ape Man used extensively stock footage for a movie shot on the MGM lot which even calls perhaps the worst Tarzan movie of all time.

Phoebe Dorin discusses her friend, Michael Dunn and how their nightclub singing act led them to co-starring as Dr.
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By Tully on October 2, 2013
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Tom Weaver has made an art form of these books. His interviews with the stars, writers, and directors of the Hollywood B-movies, both horror and sci-fi, are always characterized by his great love of the films and the people in them. They are also filled with Weaver's great knowledge of these movies so that his questions elicit more interesting responses -- humor, for instance, is a constant element in the interviews.

Weaver comes up with his questions, knows what he wants to get at, and then sits back and lets his subject tell us what it was like to fight cardboard space ships and rubber monsters, all of it, it would seem, for very little money.

Like his previous books, SCIENCE FICTION CONFIDENTIAL is a funny and fascinating look at making movies on a shoestring budget for a public that wasn't quite as spoiled or as fussy as we are now.
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I found this in a library, and have only read the first chapter, but I'm hooked. It's a fascinating collection of information on our favorite sci-fi movies and the people around them. Anyone who's into old movies should have this book. Interviews with the personalities, wonderful nuggets of information about the movies, full flimographies - a perfect reference book.
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