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Confessions of a Scream Queen Paperback – June 9, 2010
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Ok, so first off, let me give you the list of the 15 Scream Queens interviewed in the book. They are as follows:
P. J. Soles
Now, I'll be the first to admit, even with such a huge horror fan that I am, I did not recognize all the names on this list. I knew most of them, but some I honestly had never heard of. It was still interesting to read about them though, as I had seen many of the movies they had been in.
I was a little disappointed that my favorite Scream Queen of all time wasn't included, which is the amazing Linnea Quigley. Other than that, I think Mr. Beckoff was able to put together an amazing lineup. My favorite one to read about was probably Marilyn Burns, who played Sally in the greatest horror film of all time, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. I had heard about the uncomfortable shooting conditions before, but it was eye opening to hear it told from the actresses personal witness of it. Marilyn describes many times in the filming where things that should have been faked were actually real, mainly to save on cost. She described one instance in which she actually got cut with what she thought was a fake knife. Years later she found out it was in fact a real knife they filmmakers used, and they planned on using it and actually cutting her all along! Many instances like this were described, which will make me see TCM a lot differently next time I watch it.
This is a great book that I would recommend for all horror fans!
All through this book are beautiful photos of the actresses and on the front a beautifully illustrated cover of actress Kathleen Hughes from,"It Came From Outer Space". Again this is one of those books that once you start reading it you don't want to stop, you want to read it straight through! If you are a fan of horror films and if you are a fan of these actresses then this is the book for you! Matt Beckoff has done a wonderful job interviewing and putting together this interesting interview book! Beckoff is a highly talented celebrity interviewer! After reading this book I would have to say that Matt is another one of the BEST interviewers out there today! I am also very glad that Matt got a great interview with actress Ingrid Pitt! I met Ingrid years ago and the lovely actress showed me nothing but kindness, she was a wonderful, beautiful woman. I am very sadden when she recently left us! I will never forget when I first saw her on the big screen in "House That Dripped That Blood"! Matt's interview was very enjoyable and Ingrid's great stories and wonderful sense of humor shine through! Another wonderful kind actress I met that is interviewed in his book is Betsy Palmer. Betsy is another talented beautiful actress who worked with the likes of Henry Fonda, Tyrone Power, Joan Crawford, James Dean. Her stories are very interesting and her humor comes through too, she tells us what happened when her car broke down on the highway and she needed buy a new one for 10,000. When she seen that the role as Jason's Voorhees's mother paid, 1,000 dollars a day for ten days she took the role! I remember seeing movies like, "The Leech Woman", 'Night Of Living Dead", "Texas Chainsaw Massacre'", "The Fog, "Escape From New York" when they first came out and now through this book I have acquired much better insight into those movies and their characters in the films. I also always enjoyed the very beautiful Adrienne Barbeau in her movies and on television and I also enjoyed her wonderful interview! In fact, I enjoyed all the actresses's interviews in this book! I did not know that much about actress Lupita Tovar, who was in Universal's Spanish version of "Dracula" but after reading this book I now know much more. Another very interesting interview, I did not know that her director in the Spanish language version of "Dracula" was George Melford who before this directed silent-super star, Rudolph Valentino in the 1921 "The Sheik"! I did not know that Melford directed the Spanish version of "Dracula". And while "Dracula" was being shot with Bela Lugosi during the day and when at the end of the day's shooting stopped, the Spanish group would come in and start shooting the Spanish version on the same sets through the night.
Also interesting to read about Carla Laemmle who was in the American version of "Dracula". Also interesting are her stories about her uncle Carl Laemmle who founded Universal Studios! And stories about working on "Phantom Of The Opera",and much more. Well, I could go on about more of the great actresses's interviews in this book but I may run out of space! Also before ending my review I like to mention the enjoyable foreward at the beginning of the book by famous horror/sci-fi film historian/movie prop collector/monster-maker, Bob Burns! Another wonderful kind person. My hat is off to writer Matt Beckoff for getting this enjoyable imformative book out to the fans! Again this book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!