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Creature Features: The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Movie Guide Paperback – August 1, 2000
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The older entries still hold up, but he's no Michael Weldon. He even gets in some tacky plugs for ordering previous editions of the guide direct from him. If you have a previous edition, there is absolutely no reason to buy this one. A poor update all around.
Packed with more bad jokes than a week-long Carrot Top marathon, more spelling mistakes than you can shake a spellchecker at, and enough factual errors to make George Bush seem on the ball, Stanley's 'Creature Features' becomes a very irritating read rather quickly. Having a sense of humor about the genre is required, but you'll be tired of the lame, endless puns by the time you hit Page 10. If there's a plant involved in the film, expect a million 'stump' and 'limb' jokes. If animals are involved, expect the obivious 'all bark no bite' or 'udder nonsense' quips to come fast and furious. The author comes off as a guy who thinks he's much funnier than he really is.
As far as the meat of his capsule reviews goes, he's seems to have no idea how to rate films properly. Using the common 0-5 stars rating system, he often gives a particular film three stars and follows with a review that tells you he's thinking one star. In turn, he'll praise a film while giving it a 1.5 or 2-star rating. It renders his ratings rather useless, since the amount of stars seems to mean very little in terms of film quality.
There are too many spelling and factual errors to list. There were several instances where he generically claimed a monster was a "tentacled beast" when it wasn't the case, as well as gender gaffes, wrong plot lines, and other technical errors.Read more ›
What we have here is a work that has been hastily produced, on a low budget, by a writer light on talent, but heavy on respect: ironically enough, that actually sums up most of the films inside. Stanley rarely has any special insight into the films he reviews; entries are often very poorly written; he often misspells words, or actually uses words incorrectly; and his cutesy sense of humor becomes grating very quickly. He obviously knows a lot about the subject of genre films, but knowledge simply doesn't equate with discernment. (His petulant review of "Mystery Science Theater" (though I agree that the show is much overrated) is a classic example of a horror-geek's intolerance.
Worst of all is the total lack of indices. These should be included as a matter of course, but Stanley, or his publisher, couldn't be bothered to do the work.
If what you want is a mildly entertaining bathroom book, then by all means buy "Creature Features." Otherwise, look elsewhere.
Stanley has surely seen a lot of movies, it seems. He has the basic formula for capsule-review-writing down to a science; witticism, synopsis, criticism, witticism (rinse and repeat). However, there are far too many glaring inconsistencies and factual errors for this to be a truly "useful" guide. Either his fact checker was on an extended vacation, or he just writes these things from memory (or perhaps both). Example: in his listing for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", Stanley calls it "winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture". In 1991. When it ran against "The Silence of the Lambs" (his review for which makes no mention of the multiple Oscars it won that year, including best picture). Hmmmm...let's do our basic fact checking, shall we? This may sound like nitpicking, but really...the point of books like this is to have a reference work that covers a lot of ground, and is accurate. It's a fun read, and some of his reviews are dead on. However, as a reference work, it's severly lacking.
Verdict, fun but flawed.
Use as a vague overview, but don't expect to win any trivia contests with the information in this tome.
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Product arrived in good condition as promised by the seller. After looking through this book I can see many old Science fiction and Horror movies that I had actually forgotten... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Jimmy C.
This book is the ultimate guide to all movies horror and sci-fi, with everything in between. It serves as a constant guide to all the classic movies that are often overlooked by... Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Brian Weimer
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I love the 50's Sci-Fi movies and when I want to totally unwind, you can't beat the trashy, cheesy horror and sci-fi z-movies in this volume. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by lavyper
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not really a 'novel' that you read from cover-to-cover, but a reference guide. I would recommend this to any horror movie buff.Published on December 26, 2012 by John
I found this book very useful. I wouldn't go by the authors rating of the movies since eveyone has different taste in what they might find a great movie to be. Read morePublished on August 17, 2008 by Anastasia Boldin
HOW CAN YOU AGREE WITH THIS GUYS REVIEWS WHEN HE GIVES 4 AND 5 STARS TO CHIDREN OF THE CORN SEQUALS?Published on June 30, 2008 by Leroy T. Altman IV
'Creature Features' is fairly comprehensive as far as having most horror/sci-fi titles present, although by no means does it have EVERY title you could hope (or hope not) to find... Read morePublished on January 24, 2008 by Matt
This is a great movie guide - put together with lots of thought and humor.Published on August 5, 2007 by M. Snyder