Monsters in the Movies

Front Cover
Dorling Kindersley Limited, Dec 13, 2011 - Performing Arts - 319 pages
20 Reviews
From cinema's earliest days, being scared out of your wits has always been one of the best reasons for going to the movies. From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by horror film maestro John Landis celebrates the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk or rampage across the Silver Screen. Landis also surveys the historical origins of archetypal monsters, such as vampires, zombies and werewolves, and takes you behind the scenes to discover the secrets of the special-effects wizards who created such legendary frighteners as King Kong, Dracula, the Alien and Freddy Krueger. Monsters in the Movies by John Landis is filled with the author's own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of movie-making, and includes memorable contributions from leading directors, actors and monster-makers. The book is also stunningly illustrated with 1000 movie stills and posters drawn from the unrivalled archives of the Kobal Collection.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Monsters in the Movies

User Review  - Sue - Goodreads

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! John Landis interviews some of his favorite writers/producers/directors, who were involved in the classic horror movies that span decades. Great pictures, too. There ... Read full review

Review: Monsters in the Movies

User Review  - Traci - Goodreads

FUN!!! Great book, lots of movies listed, very interesting interviews with some very famous guys in the industry. Coffeetable size, almost, so not exactly reading in bed material. Still worth checking out. Read full review

About the author (2011)

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.

Bibliographic information