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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2011
John Landis has crafted a spectacular collection of images from just about every monster movie you could care to name. The text in the book is light and casual, there is no attempt to create a comprehensive encyclopedia or academic work. It is, quite literally, a movie fan's scrap book! There are some fascinating interviews with the likes of Rick Baker and Christopher Lee (as well as many others) but overall this is a beautiful volume to just dip into randomly and enjoy the marvelous collection on show. More like a light hearted stroll through a monster fan gallery than any type of study - thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining, and even a bit nostalgic! Oh, and Landis isn't shy of offering his honest opinions on the less-good movies!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2011
This is a well presented book with lots of great monster photos with explanations and comments by John Landis. In his introduction, John Landis, tells that the book is meant to be enjoyed and may not be entirely accurate. He is correct on this score, I really enjoyed the book but there are some obvious mistakes.
John Landis' humour and his own experience come through well in the book and he does tell you which films he likes and which ones he does not!
There are some short interviews with cinema greats, Christopher Lee, Joe dante, Rick Baker etc. More of these would be nice.
Nicely printed and good photos of great and not so great movies!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2012
John Landis might seem an odd `guide' for a book about horror films (he's not known particularly as a horror director, though his "American Werewolf In London" is a classic), but reading his exuberant captions and essays, it's clear the right choice was made. Breaking the genre down by type - ghosts, monsters (man-made and otherwise), the devil, etc - he heads each section off with a short essay highlighting key films and a potted history and then fills the rest of the space with wonderfully reproduced film stills and posters. A true delight for the horror fan, this is a fantastic book and one that I'd highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2012
John Landis has crafted a superb book about the history of monsters in the movies. This thick hardback features interviews with horror icons including John Carpenter, Christopher Lee, Joe Dante and many others. Discussions about what makes a great horror film and what everyones favourite creatures are, is talked of in great length. There are also selections and recommendations, as well as lists of films to avoid. The poster art sections are also worthy of a mention. I would recommend this book to any creature feature fan, as it will give many years enjoyment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2012
Despite there being one or two good large-format books fetauring the classic Universal Studios monsters, there's little of this type of book available to fans of the horror genre but thankfully the wonderful John Landis has put this right. Effectively a huge photo library of just about every type of monster that's featured in a horror movie (and the more popular fantasy/science ficion films). Witty accompanying text with a short introdcution to each particular type of monster & interspersed with informal interviews with just about the biggest players in the horror genre alive today.

This is a worthy addition to mine (and anyone else's) vast collection of "behind the scenes" coffee table books.

Boo (Did I scare you ?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is pure and simple a photographic love of creaky creature features and sci-fi schlockers. Landis offers up some small comments on each glorious picture, but this really is about taking in the wonderful craft and design of film makers who could transport us viewers into another realm.

Essential for anyone who sat in awe of King Kong and Frankenstein when they were younger, and who then were equally enthralled as Harryhausen and those he inspired moved the art of creature construction through the ages with skill and passion. Spanning all the decades of cinema history, this is a bible for anyone with a kink for the topic to hand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2013
This is essentially a picture book. It is not packed with facts or brilliant analysis. The author expresses some personal opinions and divides the monsters into interesting categories, but the wealth of information and excitement comes from the stills and posters used by the publishers. I expanded my list of films to stream to my computer greatly and may end up using the book as a basis for artwork, which prooves its worth as source material.
Great to flick through and rather surprising to see what has 'horrified' us over the past 100 years at the cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2012
Wow! What a book. If you love monster/horror movies, I would highly recommend this. I'm not a fan of this kind of film but was instantly drawn to the book by its cover and the contents were amazingly thorough. My husband and brother were delighted with it, cross referencing it to their horror movie collections. Lots of pictures covering just about everything imaginable in the monster world with short, interesting descriptions. Probably the best Christmas present ever from teenage to old age fans. John Landis has done a great job here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Basically this is a picture book for horror/monster movie fans. On that level it succeeds admirably containing a wide range of stills and movie posters -the latter often being better than the movies they are advertising. The short text accompanying each picture manages to be informative, sometimes critical, sometimes funny which is pretty good going when the entry is less than 50 words long.

For relative newcomers to the genre, this is a good, albeit far from definitive, guide providing a more than ample selection of movies you'll want to watch. For the long-time monster fan like me, it's a great piece of nostalgia with a complete list of all movies mentioned (and a list of names -mainly actors and directors) which is great because when I have a bit more time, I'm going to go through that list, count how many I've actually seen, and try and check out the ones which seem interesting from the remainder.

Landis loses a point for not including a section on monster plants like one of my favourites 'Matango, Fungus of Terror', though he does mention 'Day of the Triffids'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2011
Bought this book as a Christmas present for my grandson, I couldn't resist having a look through it myself though. Found it very entertaining and I'm sure that he will enjoy it very much. It was much cheaper than the high st prices and delivery was very quick and it arrived in pristine condition. I would recommend this book as it has some very informative reading within its pages and I believe that it has good entertainment value. It will not disappoint.
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