Monsters in the Movies Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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'.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really great book for anyone who loves horror movies. Lots of photos and snippets of info. Dont expect lots of information this is more of a coffee table book.Published 2 months ago by Katkins
Fantastic photos, outstanding printing and excellent layout. A pleasure to look at, this book has been put together with a high level of care and attention.Published 5 months ago by Paul Freestone
Tremendous horror movie book that combines fantastic stills with fun facts from Mr Landis. He manages to admire and poke fun these movies without being overly critical.Published 10 months ago by Mr A Wetherall
Came next day, great bday present for our gothic-intrigued movie buff friend.Published 12 months ago by kelly parsons
Very cool book and collection of horror movie monsters with loads of cool photosPublished 13 months ago by ThE Wolfman