- Series: McFarland Classics
- Paperback: 728 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (February 19, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786413662
- ISBN-13: 978-0786413669
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 8.8 inches
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Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews (McFarland Classics)
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"Tom Weaver is the king of film historians" -- Starlog
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About the Author
Writer Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. He is a frequent contributer to numerous film magazines, and one of his recent articles was featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing 2001. He is also the author of Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks (1998), Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes (1999 McFarland Classic [1988/1991]), Poverty Row HORRORS! (1999 McFarland Classic ), John Carradine: The Films (1999), I Was a Monster Movie Maker (2001) and Science Fiction Confidential (2002).
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Actors Anne Francis and George (Commando Cody) Wallace both talk about how, on the set of Forbidden Planet, the stuntman inside Robbie the Robot got a little tipsy during a three-martini lunch and fell over on set in his robot get-up, which was much more valuable than he was. He was fired.
Lloyd Bridges explains how Rocketship XM was made, rushed into production to cash in on the publicity for the ground-breaking Destination Moon, and about the making of Sea Hunt, his weekly underwater adventure series shot in Florida.
Ken Tobey confirms that Howard Hawks directed The Thing although Christian Nyby got the credit as his first solo effort and discusses how the actors worked on the overlapping dialogue technique that was a Hawks signature move.
Vincent Price urges people to see his movie Green Hell (1940 which he dscribes as hysterically bad. One of the ten worst movies ever made, Vinnie said. He also talks about House of Wax co-star Charles Buchinski, later Charles Bronson and his own favorite Roger Corman/Edgar Alan Poe movie.
Although derided for his schlock movies, Cameron Mitchell describes how he may have missed the boat for stardom in his field, but he did get to try many things that he wouldn't have experienced with an A movie career.
John Agar (Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula) tells about his unsuccessful efforts to break away from his science fiction hero image.
Turhan Bey (The Mummy's Tomb, Babylon 5) is enthusastic about how much he likes horror films, even though he did so few.
Herman Cohen talks about producing I Was a Teenage Werewolf and star Michael Landon and the binoculars with the spikes in the eyepieces memorably used to dispatch a victim in Horrors of the Back Museum.
And there's plenty more. Many of these actors have regrettably passed away since publicaiton and it's great to have these peeks into film history preserved by Weaver. Certainly it's an interesting topic. Just think, this is probably the only field of film genre that has its own magazines directed strictly at fans. That's an indication of what they did to our imagination. There may be a lot of better mainstream movies, but the science fiction and horror movies are the ones that people remember by their dozens.
Another great Weaver collection.
This is actually a combination of two shorter books; 1994's "Attack of the Monster Movie Makers" and 1995's "They Fought in the Creature Features" Both books featured interviews with writers, producers, directors and actors who helped create horror, sci-fi, and action B-movies from the '30's on through the 80's. There are 43 interviews all told and if you're a fan you'll want to read each one. The stories are fascinating and the more you read the more you'll want to read.
Interviewees' range from little known (today) acting workhorses to some pretty big stars. For example:
****Billy Benedict talks about life as a Bowery Boy and East Side Kid (and explains the difference between them) as well as being a featured player in serials like "Captain Marvel" and "The Perils of Nyoka", roles in movies like "Bringing Up Baby" and "The OxBow Incident" and what happened when Jitters the monkey got out-of-hand.
****Richard Anderson tells stories about acting in "The Forbidden Planet", "The Six-Million Dollar Man" and the "Curse of the Faceless Man", drive-in fodder about an ancient Etruscan slaver who is turned to living stone when Vesuvius erupts and is reanimated in the modern world.
****Jeanne Bates explains what it was like to work on Return of the Vampire, The Phantom serial, Eraserhead and Silent Night, Deadly Night 4.
****Robert Cornthwaite, who played the scientist who wanted to make friends with the Thing in "The Thing " talks behind the scenes about that movie and several others he made with Howard Hawks.
****Ann Francis talks about the time Robby the Robot got drunk on the set of "The Forbidden Planet" as well as making "Bad Day at Black Rock" and "The Satan Bug", and about working with a 30 lb. ocelot on her TV show, "Honey West".
**** Mark Goddard talks about Lost in Space, Dr. Smith, Paul Newman, Irwin Allen and acting with Liza on Broadway.
****Herman Cohen, writer-producer, speaks at great length on working with the likes of Freddie Francis, Joan Crawford, Michael Landon, Jack Palance and Michael Gough on such movies as Black Zoo, I was a Teen-age Werewolf, Horrors of the Black Museum, Berserk and Konga.
****Kenneth Tobey talks about "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", "Single White Female", "It came from Beneath the Sea"," Gremlins", "and The Howling" and how William Faulkner helped write "The Thing".
**** Vincent Price dishes on pretty much the entire history of the "talkie". He recommends his 1940 film "Green Hell" because it's so terrible it's "hilarious".
There's a great diversity of talent here but one thing they all have in common is that they all enjoyed what they did for a living. They all come across as movie fans too, maybe loving movies as much as you do. And because of that, in addition to reading some great insider stories you may decide that through a love of films, particularly b-movies, you feel the tiniest bit of kinship with these welcome and familiar faces.
The stories in this book were recorded before DVD's became really big, so you probably won't hear any of them on any DVD Commentary track or anywhere else for that matter. It's an excellent addition to any genuine movie fan's library.