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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 1st ed edition (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405366974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405366977
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 2.6 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A delicious romp through the film world, this book provides a nostalgic pull for anyone who grew up a fan of the great horror flicks." Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Filmmaker John Landis has written and/or directed some of the most popular movies of all time including National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980) and Coming to America (1988) among many others. He wrote and directed the classic An American Werewolf In London (1981) and the groundbreaking Michael Jackson's Thriller (1983).


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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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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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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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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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Monsters in the Movies by John Landis is a monster book in every sense. I bought the hardback edition ( heavily discounted in a remainders store) and it's a delight to browse through. It is a huge book; measures 12" by 10" and weighs a ton. Not literally, but it's heavy. From opening the cover, every page is packed. Both the front and rear boards have colour posters for films from Metroplolis, Little Shop of Horrors, Robot Monster, Boris Karloff films, etc. I spent quite a while looking at those.

John Landis writes the foreword and the introduction explains a little about the various genres. Chapters are then broken down into Vampires, Werewolves, Mad Scientists, Zombies, Ghosts, Mummies, Myths Legends and Fairy Tales, Dragons and Dinosaurs, Monstrous Apes, Natures Revenge, Space, Human and Machine Monsters...it goes on. In addition to hundreds and hundreds of images, there's a lot of informed text. The paper quality, as expected from a D&K publication, is excellent.

Anyone with even a passing interest in films will love this. Anyone who isn't interested in films will find this difficult to put down. So many great references over a 100 years, it's also a social commentary on changing tastes and attitudes. There is a kindle edition, but in all honesty, this isn't a book that is best appreciated electronically. It's one to keep and enjoy for years to come.
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This was just the book I was looking for. Packed full of photos, in colour & black & white (depending on the topic), from so many horror & monster films. It's a great "coffee table" book which will provide hours of entertaining research & have you spending more money on all those movies you've either never seen or forgotten about.
Some of the photos are quite graphic so, beware! Don't leave this book where sensitive souls may roam!
If I have to find something negative to say about the book it's that John Landis does tend to reference his own films quite often throughout but, there's a clutch of interviews with some of his fellow director friends that more than make up for the bit of self-praise. That & the fact that the title of the book is a little misleading as there is much more than just monsters within.
A book for both the casual & serious horror movie fan.
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