- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (May 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786443413
- ISBN-13: 978-0786443413
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,835,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television
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Reporter Fraser A. Sherman has contributed articles to such publications as Cinefantastique, Newsweek, and Movie Marketplace. He lives in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. --Arba
"The only work of its kind and includes a good index" --Choice
"Offers information of value...a good addition to a comprehensive film collection" --Communication Booknotes Quarterly
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In the three decades since the first SF film produced for television--1968's Shadow on the Land--nearly 600 films initially released to television have had science fiction, fantasy, or horror themes. Featuring superheroes, monsters, time travel, and magic, these films range from the phenomenal to the forgettable, from low-budget to blockbuster. Information on all such American releases from 1968 through 1998 is collected here. Each entry includes cast and credits, a plot synopsis, qualitative commentary, and notes of interest on aspects of the film. Appendices provide a list of other films that include some science fiction, horror, or fantasy elements; a film chronology; and a guide to alternate titles.
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Do you need to know how many versions of Dicken's Christmas Carol have been produced? Or, maybe you are looking for the name of the writer who adapted Bradbury's Martian Chronicles? Or, maybe you just want to read the entry for Jack Palance's Dracula? These are just a few of the tidbits that can be gleaned from these packed pages. The cast and credits for all movies as well as synopses and commentary are easily accessed. The book iss indexed and complete including highlighting unknown actors who later became famous in hit series or movies. From cover to cover, it is packed with a wealth of information. (Did you know The Omen IV was a
made for TV movie that tried to continue the franchise on the small screen?)
Sherman's book fills a void for every serious TV and movie buff. An encyclopedia like this has never been offered before that covers this time period and subject and is done as well. The last similar book was published in the mid-seventies and consequently leaves many wonderful movies like the Babylon 5 specials out. Sherman is a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and it shows in his attention to the details that every fan wants to know. I used it just today to look up something about Trilogy of Terror! Sherman's book is well worth the money.
Another substandard aspect is the "reviews" themselves: Voluminous plot descriptions, followed by very brief, uninspired critical comments.
The only positive thing I can say about this book is that the layout is very attractive and uncluttered. Good job there.
I reiterate: for anyone considering this book, the title says all; cyborgs and such things is about all you're going to get.
I ordered this book sight unseen (often a big mistake) with great anticipation, since there simply are no other review books covering TV films, but my copy of CYBORGS, SANTA CLAUS, AND SATAN is going straight to the local used book store; forthwith. It can sit there gathering dust rather than on my bookshelf.