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Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios Hardcover – Illustrated, September 26, 2006

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345486854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345486851
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have been a fan of Universal Horror films for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are of a local channel here in the Detroit area that used to show a different Universal horror film every afternoon in the week leading up to Halloween. And then there was local horror host Sir Graves Ghastly who played the old classics every Saturday afternoon from the late 60's and into the early 80's. The past 10 years have seen a big renewed interest in these classic horror films with so many being released on DVD and with toys, sculptures, and great new books such as this one from Ballantine/Del Rey books.

Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios is a fantastic new hardcover book celebrating Universal's classic horror films. The book doesn't cover all of the Universal Horrors but does spotlight the major ones such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the silent version of The Phantom of the Opera. The book features essays on each of these films by either noted actors or directors as well as the family members of the horror film stars.

Sara Karloff and Bela Lugosi Jr., each take their turn writing about their famous fathers and the roles which made them stars. Ron Chaney discusses his great-grandfather Lon Chaney, Director John Landis provides an essay on the Wolfman, and actress Gloria Stuart talks about the Invisible Man, a film she co-starred in over 70 years ago! In addition, makeup master Rick Baker looks at the Universal Monster movie makeup and the legendary Jack Pierce, who designed the look of the Frankenstein Monster, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and many more terrors.
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Universal Pictures has long been famous for making the greatest horror classics of all time,and this beautiful book shows why.The people who made these beloved films knew how to do it best,and here we see them at their peak.The makers of today's so-called "horror films" would do well to look at this book and see how to do it right.Universal's people,from

talented directors like James Whale and Tod Browning to others like art director Charles D.Hall and legendary makeup guru Jack Pierce,all knew that restraint is key in a horror film(You don't have to show somebody being brutally murdered every five seconds).Often,it's not what you see in these films,but what you DON"T see that really scares you.Granted,they didn't have the technology available today.But they knew how to do more with less.That's not the case today,which is why all those gorefests that

call themselves "horror films" are so bad.

Back to the book.The photographs,many never seen before,are excellent.

There are wonderful tributes from such notable fans as Rick Baker and

John Landis.I loved Gloria Stuart's article on "The Invisible Man".

There are wonderful tributes to Boris,Bela,and both Lons from their children.All the boys and girls are here in their glory.What a delight!

Enjoy!
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As the previous reader's posts have mentioned, this book is packed with excellent pictures from the universal archives. The articles are very interesting and insightful. HOWEVER, there are clearly SEVERAL mistakes in the book that any avid monster fan can spot. For instance, a picture's caption of Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein in "Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man" states that it is Lon Chaney! A second caption on a picture reads " Gwen Conliffe and her Fiance "Glenn Talbot". Glenn Talbot? Not even a character in the film! Gwen's fiance was named Frank Andrews! Many other mistakes plague the book as well, such as when they quote Maria Ouspenskaya's Chilling epitath of the Doomed Larry Talbot, they state it as saying".....evil enters the sea"! What!! It's correct transcript should be "..as the rain enters the soil, the RIVER enters the sea"! This is an unexcusable mistake on a VERY famous quote! Another has a Mummy sequel as having music from "Son of Frankenstein" when it was music taken from "Frankenstein meets the wolf man" and/or "The Wolf Man! (the musical ques are very evident).and , Finally a mistake on page 123, the film "Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man, states it as having ALL three monsters in it ( Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man). The film did NOT have Dracula in it. So the text itself has several mistakes that slightly tarnish an otherwise amazing book. I still reccomend it to all those who love the classic Universal monsters as i do, and at $19.99 it's a bargain!
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I will echo the feelings of other customer reviewers who point out that the photos are worth the price of admission...or at least are the primary reason for wanting this book. I, too, have been a Universal monster-film devotee since I was a kid and the Universal "Shock Theater" package was sold to local TV stations...in my case WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, where John Zacherle paraded as "Roland" every Friday and Saturday night, introducing these gems that are the subject of the current book.

The problem I have with the book, hence only two stars, is that the text is woefully inadequate -- and wrong in at least one instance. (Dracula was not in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN.) This is a very cursory introduction to the films, apparently aimed at those with only a casual or passing interest in the films. But then, why would such people spend this kind of money on a subject they don't hold near and dear to their hearts? The chapters by the likes of Sara Karloff (who has made a career out of remembering her father), Bela Lugosi, Jr., Lon Chaney's great-grandson, and so forth, are interesting. Some (like Jennifer Beals) seem somewhat self-promoting.

But the photos! These are wonderful. Many are the standard publicity photos that Forrest Ackerman used to publish in his Famous Monsters of Filmland. But there are dozens of others that I'd never seen before in the 50 years since I first fell in love with the Universal monsters.

In all, this is a worthwhile addition to my library, but I sure wish it had been done better, and not just as a "coffee table" book.
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