- 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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Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios Hardcover – Illustrated, September 26, 2006
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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.Read more ›
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!
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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Rating a book is always subjective. It is based on what your expectations were, and if they were met. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sunny California
I purchased this book to write a research paper for my English class. It was perfect. I was able to get all the info needed to write my paper and receive an A.Published on October 27, 2011 by Alan Davis
Extraordinarily well-written book. The interview with the Creature from the Black Lagoon by Richard Valley is a highlight.Published on September 19, 2009 by Thomas Amorosi
This was a great book. It has wonderful photos and some insightful facts about the films covered within. The perfect coffee table book for the ultimate fan.Published on November 25, 2008 by Chad Harry
If you are looking into this book, then you are already a fan of the famous Universal Monsters.
Although there are several essays on each monster (and the artistic... Read more
This is a really great pictorial of Universal Studios "monsters" through the years, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Wolfman, and many more. Read morePublished on December 30, 2007 by Jennifer Wardrip
Being from the franchise of Classic Monster Films I actually expected more from this title. I thought the coverage could have been more In depth. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by Kevon Huntley
What can I say about this amazing book that hasn't been said before ?.....Are there some errors re: the text ? Yes.... Read morePublished on November 8, 2007 by Daddyo