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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive? Oh Yes!
When looking for any book that gives a well rounded, concise and informative summation of it's subject, then normally you end up with a short selection, that tend to cater for perhaps only a specific part and sadly don't manage to cover the whole spectrum, you'll then reach for the one that best fits the bill when you need to reference anything,

So how...
Published on 2 Sep 2008 by Peter Devaney

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but expensive
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Loads of quality information about the classic Universal Monsters and I was very pleased to also see coverage of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films. Downside being for an electronic book a bit pricy at pushing 14!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive? Oh Yes!, 2 Sep 2008
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Peter Devaney "FifeFlyer" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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When looking for any book that gives a well rounded, concise and informative summation of it's subject, then normally you end up with a short selection, that tend to cater for perhaps only a specific part and sadly don't manage to cover the whole spectrum, you'll then reach for the one that best fits the bill when you need to reference anything,

So how refreshing is it to find a book that simply covers the lot, if you're in any way interested in the Horror movies produced by Universal then you must have this book,

Naturally there are quite a few books on the subject of the Universal Horror output but for the very reasons that opened this review they simply aren't comprehensive enough and you'll find yourself looking for others to fit the bill, that is never going to be required here, every movie of note is covered in depth by authors who truly "know their stuff" I noted myself as a fair hand when it came to these movies but I was stunned at the amount of unknown information that these gents have managed to unearth, an additional bonus that though this book is certainly scholarly within it's genre, it's isn't a stuffy read but is accessable to any level and genuinely intertaining as well as being informative,

As with many of this series and as normal for this Publisher, this isn't the cheapest book around and may perhaps be out of reach of some budgets, however, if you are a fan of these classics and are watching the pennies I would put a little aside for a time and then buy it, you won't be disappointed if you do,

I can't recommend it enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but flawed study, 18 Oct 2011
This review is from: Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946 (Hardcover)
The authors, especially Tom Weaver, are good writers with an excellent knowledge of film. Personally I abhor their openly acknowledged Browning bashing and, occasional, Lugosi lashings, but the deepest flaw with the book[ignoring the ridiculous cover price, of course]is that they include a whole host of films that are simply not Horror Films: all 12 of the Universal Sherlock Holmes series are included! This wastes the majority of the book's 580 odd pages of text on the films-far more of that text could have been devoted to the real Universal Horrors-good and bad.

I would thoroughly recommmend a libray rental.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love all of Weavers stuff, 11 July 2014
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I love all of Weavers stuff, he is one arguably the best writer working in the horror genre today, both in terms of his style and his in depth knowledge of the subject. With Universal Horrors, however, he is tackling a well trodden path and though he doesn't make the same mistake recent writers do with Hammer of going for increasing obscure ares,there isn't so much here that is new. It is very well written, well structured and informative- up to a point.

I'd recommend it for anyone with an interest in the subject and I'd also recommend the author's DVD commentaries. If you are already a student of the period and want something that pulls it all together it's a good buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but expensive, 17 Jan 2014
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Firstly. Actual content ***** Cost ***
Loads of quality information about the classic Universal Monsters and I was very pleased to also see coverage of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films. Downside being for an electronic book a bit pricy at pushing 14!
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