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I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews With 23 Veterans of Horror and Sci-Fi Films and Television Hardcover – October 27, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0786441181 ISBN-10: 0786441186

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786441186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786441181
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,451,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tom Weaver is the king of film historians." -- Starlog "Starlog"

About the Author

Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times has 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 calls 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 one of his recent articles was featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is also 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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There's a great deal of beauty--physical and artistic--in Tom Weaver's latest book of filmmaker interviews, I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews with 23 Veterans of Horror and Sci-Fi Films and Television.

Among the actors Weaver interviewed: Lee Merriwether (Batman, 4D Man), Tandra Quinn (Mesa of Lost Women, The Neanderthal Man), Betta St. John (Tarzan and the Lost Safari, Corridors of Blood), Olive Sturgess (The Comedy of Terrors/The Raven, Thriller), Robert Conrad (The Wild Wild West: The Complete Series), James Darren (The Time Tunnel), Ron Harper (Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series), William Reynolds (Cult of the Cobra, The Land Unknown, The Thing That Couldn't Die, The Twilight Zone, The FBI), and Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, and Jan Merlin (all stars of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet).

Weaver also talked to Pat Fielder, one of the first female auteurs and screenwriter of the brilliant film The Return of Dracula (The Return of Dracula/The Vampire), a horrific melding of Alfred Hitchcock's film Shadow of a Doubt with Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. No one who saw Return of Dracula at a young age can forget it, especially the scene where the heroine's best friend, lying in her coffin, has a stake driven through her breast.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Grossman on November 22, 2008
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No doubt this is Tom Weaver's best book and since they are all great, that's saying something. How refeshing to read something new.

Have you ever heard of Robert Colbert, Richard Alden, Maury Dexter, Charles Herbert, Tandra Quinn, Jay Sayer and Hans Gudegast? Fortunately Mr. Weaver has and their stories make fascinating reading.

I knew Laurie Mitchell 50 years ago and here she is. And who has ever heard of Pat Fielder? Tom has and her interview is worth the price of the book alone. And there are many others: Hans Salter, Betta St. John, Olive Sturgess. There are 23 in all.

McFarland books are greatly overpriced but this one is not. It's well over 300 pages and has many great photos. What a great gift for anyone who likes this type of product.

Please, Tom. Try to find Patricia Breslin and anyone else connected with Homicidal. Neither Director William Castle nor writer Robb White thought much of the film but it is one of the greatest yet weirdest, strangest and most unique films of the 60s. There must be a dozen wild stories connected with its making. How was it ever made? Hope to read about it in your next book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2008
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A collection of previously published interviews with the stars of some of the worst fantasy films of the 50's and 60's--sounds like a bust. Actually due to the skill of author/interviewer Tom Weaver, the humanity and depth of each interviewee comes out beautifully. I especially enjoyed Weaver's conversation with Tandra Quinn--star of the god-awful Mesa of Lost Women, whose reminiscences of 50's Hollywood are both poignant and hilarious. Also great fun is the chapter with the prickly, yet amusing star of Colossus: The Forbin Project, Eric Braeden.

"Zombie" also includes interviews with child actors Ann Carter featured in the Val Lewton classic, "Curse of the Cat People" and Charles Herbert who appeared in "The Fly" among other favorites. Carter and Herbert offer contrasting views on Hollywood's treatment of child actors and their experiences in Tinseltown.

I had read each of the interviews in previous incarnations, but enjoyed them all even more in this unexpurgated collection. I Talked with a Zombie is Weaver's best interview collection so far and a must for "old time" horror/Sci-Fi movie fans.
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By Kendal E Blose on December 14, 2013
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All of Toms interview books are great and this is no exception. I hope more go digital! Now I have to go and watch all the folks I read about.
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