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Monsters in the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares Hardcover – 19 Sep 2011
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As director of An American Werewolf in London and Innocent Blood, Landis is no stranger to horror films. Here, he offers a whirlwind tour of just about everything related to the genre, from the silents to today's computer-generated imagery. Typical of DK, the book includes thousands of captioned photos featuring Landis's commentary on the films. Chapters cover vampires, werewolves, mad scientists, zombies, giant apes, atomic mutations, space monsters, and much more. Subsections spotlight actors like Lon Chaney Jr.--this book is extremely thorough. Landis also provides brief interviews with actor Christopher Lee, directors David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, and Sam Raimi, makeup master Rick Baker, and legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen, a wonderful bonus. Verdict: With tons of cool pics and beautifully reproduced film posters, Landis's volume knocks it out of the park as a superbrowsable overview of the beasties, ghosties, and ghoulies that have terrified us on the big screen all in the name of fun. Horror fans will love it. Library Journal Witty captions and a concise text make this a souvenir to die for. -- Mail on Sunday Mail on Sunday From Kong to The Kraken, gremlins to gill-men, John Landis knows his monsters. -- Guardian.co.uk Guardian.co.uk Landis examines the monsters of the fantasy, science fiction and horror cinema in a unique and highly personal way. -- Big Issue Big Issue --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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). --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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!
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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First of all it is a DK book, which speaks for itself; and secondly, it is put together by the great Jon Landis
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