Monsters in the Movies

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Penguin, Sep 19, 2011 - Performing Arts - 320 pages
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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 unrivaled archives of the Kobal Collection. Contents Introduction by John Landis... Explore a timeless world of fears and nightmares as John Landis investigates what makes a legendary movie monster • Monsters, chapter by chapter... Feast your eyes upon a petrifying parade of voracious Vampires, flesh-eating Zombies, slavering Werewolves, gigantic Apes and Supernatural Terrors • Spectacular double-page features... Thrill to the strangest, scariest, weirdest, and craziest movie monsters ever seen • The ingenious tricks of movie-making... Marvel as the special-effects wizards reveal how they create movie magic • A monster-movie timeline... Discover John Landis's personal selection of landmark horror films
 

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Excellent gift for movie lover

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This is a gorgeous book....especially for such a good price! It is coffeetable sized but my boyfriend has been carrying it around with him from room to room! Full of pictures interviews and interesting quotes this is a great gift for the movie lover in your life. Read full review

Monsters in the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares

User Review  - Mike Rogers - Book Verdict

As director of An American Werewolf in London and Innocent Blood, Landis is no stranger to horror films. Here, he offers a whirlwind tour of just about everything related to the genre, from the ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword 6
7
Introduction 8
11
Vampires 20
20
Dracula 40
40
A Stake Through the Heart 42
42
Christopher Lee 44
44
Werewolves 46
46
Lon Chaney Jr 60
60
King Kong 180
180
Rick Baker 182
182
Natures Revenge 184
184
Atomic Mutations 200
200
The Devils Work 212
213
The Devil 230
230
Hell 232
233
Wicked Witches 234
234

Joe Dante 62
62
Mad Scientists 64
64
Dr Frankenstein and the Monster 84
84
Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde 86
86
David Cronenberg 88
88
Zombies 90
90
The Monster Carry 106
106
Sam Raimi 108
108
Ghosts 110
110
Mummies 122
123
Guillermo Del Toro 130
130
Myths Legends Fairy Tales 132
132
Ray Harryhausen 148
148
Dragons Dinosaurs 150
150
Monstrous Apes 164
164
Planet of the Apes 176
176
Killer Dolls 236
236
Scary Children 238
238
John Carpenter 240
240
Space Monsters 242
243
Dystopias 262
262
Monstrous Machines 264
265
Human Monsters 276
277
Nazi Monsters 296
296
Scary Older Women 298
298
Burke Hare 300
300
The Monster Makers 302
303
Picture Credits 310
310
Index 312
312
Acknowledgments 320
320
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