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The Essential Monster Movie Guide [Paperback]

Stephen Jones
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29 Oct 1999
An A-Z guide to all the great movie monsters, among them: vampires, werewolves, zombies, Frankenstein's Monster and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Each of the 2000 reviews includes important cast and credit information, together with hundreds of mini-biographies of key actors and technicians.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (29 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852869356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852869359
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,154,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference, but flawed 29 Aug 2000
This is an excellent read, with plenty of very obscure references to monsters in films & TV. However, the lack of mention of some obvious big screen monsters like the Alien, the Predator, the Thing, etc, makes this book inexplicably incomplete. It's not as if (as I first suspected) Jones had opted to concentrate more on older monster films & shows - there are references right up to the late 1990s, so it's hard to understand his reasoning. On the other hand, I was able to use the book to find out the title of an obscure 1977 US TV movie that I remembered from my youth (Curse of the Black Widow), so it's certainly pretty comprehensive in other ways. It's an interesting read in itself, and ideal if you discover an unusual monster film or TV episode and you want to know more about it - Jones' thumbnails of each film/show are very detailed. A very good book, but not perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed BUT Essential Nevertheless. 2 Feb 2000
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For a book dedicated to "MONSTER" movies no mention is made of RAY HARRYHAUSEN and, whilst many modern films are listed, no JOHN CARPENTER'S THING. Much mention is made of lost silent films (which no one is probably ever going to see or find).
Also a rating system which includes half-marks is just weird.
The introduction does mention not using CITIZEN KANE as a benchmark but films could be rated between the BEST and WORST "MONSTER" movies. Inclusion of arbitary episodes of some TV series is too selective to be of genuine interest.
Nevertheless an ESSENTIAL purchase ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A monster. 31 Jan 2000
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Jones has done it again. Another fine book on the Horror genre. If you already have his "Illustrated Guides"-series (werewolfs/vampires/Frankenstein/dinosaurs) I guess you really don't need this one, as much of it is the same, but I know if you're a fantasy fan you'll probably want it anyway. So here it is; the bible on Monster movies, filled with great reviews and nice pictures. -One thing is irritating, though; he has a tendency to include garbage soft- and hardcore sex movies/videos, as if anybody in their right mind would seriously want to seek them out.
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