Monsters in the Movies

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Penguin, Dec 13, 2011 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
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From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen!
Landis provides his own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of moviemaking, while conducting in-depth "conversations" with leading monster makers, including David Cronenberg, Christopher Lee, John Carpenter, and Sam Raimi- to discuss some of the most petrifying monsters ever seen. He also surveys the historical origins of the archetypal monsters, such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves, and takes you behind the scenes to discover the secrets of those special-effects wizards who created such legendary frighteners as King Kong, Dracula, and Halloween's Michael Myers. With more than 1000 stunning movie stills and posters, this book is sure to keep even the most intense fright-seekers at the edge of their seats for hours!

 

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User Review  - lesindy - LibraryThing

Beautiful photographs of monsters in film. There are some interesting tidbits. I can't believe the Space Monsters didn't have Communion or Fire in the Sky. Hell, Fire in the Sky I saw in the theater and I still have nightmares of those aliens. ILM really outdid themselves. Read full review

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User Review  - silversurfer - LibraryThing

From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or ... Read full review

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Contents

HOW TO USE THIS EBOOK
FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
VAMPIRES
Christopher Lee
WEREWOLVES
AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON
Joe Dante
DRAGONS DINOSAURS
MONSTROUS APES
Rick Baker
NATURES REVENGE
ATOMIC MUTATIONS
THE DEVILS WORK
John Carpenter
SPACE MONSTERS

MAD SCIENTISTS
David Cronenberg
ZOMBIES
Sam Raimi
GHOSTS
MUMMIES
Guillermo Del Toro
MYTHS LEGENDS FAIRY TALES
Ray Harryhausen
MONSTROUS MACHINES
HUMAN MONSTERS
MONSTER MAKERS
MONSTER DIRECTORS
MAKEUP ARTISTS
MONSTER DESIGNERS
STOPMOTION ANIMATION
MATTE PAINTING
MINIATURES

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About the author (2011)

John Landis has directed some of the most popular movies of all time including The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, National Lampoon's Animal House, Three Amigos!, Spies Like Us, Coming to America and 2011 Ealing black comedy Burke & Hare. He wrote and directed the classic An American Werewolf in London and the groundbreaking Michael Jackson's Thriller. Landis has directed documentaries including the Emmy winning Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project, and has done extensive work in television. Landis is married to costume designer and noted costume scholar Deborah Nadoolman and has two children.

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