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Monsters in the Movies Hardcover – September 19, 2011
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"A delicious romp through the film world, this book provides a nostalgic pull for anyone who grew up a fan of the great horror flicks." – Booklist
About the Author
John Landis is a household name and the award-winning director of horror hits such as American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson's Thriller video, and Innocent Blood. He has also directed a host of classic films not in the horror genre, including The Blues Brothers, Animal House, Trading Places, Three Amigos! and Coming To America.
Top Customer Reviews
The monster movies are grouped into broad categories throughout the book. They are: Vampires, Werewolves, Mad Scientists, Zombies, Ghosts, Mummies, Myths/Legends/Fairy Tales, Dragons/Dinosaurs, Monstrous Apes, Nature's Revenge, Atomic Mutations, The Devil's Work, Space Monsters, Monstrous Machines, Human Monsters, and The Monster Makers. At the beginning of each section, Landis would provide a two page overview about the subject or topic. His writings are clear, succinct, and knowledgeable, with the right touch of humor.
This is a book that any fans of Dark Fantasy movies will want to obtain and read (and re-read) during any "dark and gloomy nights."
Landis fulfilled his promise - this is a FUN book. He also goes on to say, "As for any monsters that are omitted, my only excuse is the finite number of photos my publisher would allow."
That may be true, but every "monster" I thought of, from a favorite movie, is in here! And lest you think this is a book only for hard-core horror film lovers, which I'm not, I'll list some of my favorites: "Edward Scissorhands" - yes, under "Mad Scientists"!. "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" - yes! "The Ghost Breakers" with Bob Hope - yes! "I Am Legend" with Will Smith and Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" - YES! YES!
And it also has the films that aren't my style, such as "Basket Case", "Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (in the chapter "Human Monsters") and "Child's Play". This book was published in 2011, and it includes movies up to 2010.
Most of the book is taken up with the fabulous photos, each accompanied by Landis' brief caption. I've attached one that caught my eye, from "Pirahna 3D" (2010). Great image!Read more ›
This is basically a large picture book of movie monsters dating from the 20's through modern times. The book is by John Landis and is his version of monster history. (both good and bad)
There are some short interviews (insights) with some of his Hollywood friends, makeup artists, and directors that could have been a little longer.
A great book for those of us who love horror movies and the creatures they spawn.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Met all expectations. Lovely hardback book. So much fun to look through.Published 3 months ago by Mary Solinger
Great product... great seller, hope to do nussines in the future... thanks :)Published 8 months ago by Daniel
Pretty good book about monsters from films. Has some good photos. My only issue is the rather startling cover. Recommended for fans of the genre.Published 9 months ago by Celia Trimboli
Excellent collection and written history of the monsters of the screen that many of us grew up with. Beautifully designed picture layouts with many full color photographs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert E. Behers
Wow how I love monsters! This book is great love the photos, it even came to me in great condition!Published 15 months ago by William