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Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror Hardcover – 8 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing; 01 edition (8 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789318962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789318961
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.6 x 31.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In "Universal Studios Monsters", Michael Mallory has used his encyclopedic knowledge - and dear love - for old-school Universal horror to craft an engaging and informative read. Whether you're an expert or a newcomer to the classic horror scene, there will be something for you here." FamousMonstersofFilmland.com

.".. a loving overview of the work of the one studio responsible for turning so many monsters into cinematic brand names...Universal Studio Monsters is a frightfully good time." SciFiWire.com

"It appears to have covered all the bases, editorial-wise, it's the wealth of illustrated elements that puts any coffee-table tome over the top. In that regard, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS will not disappoint. " Bookgasm.com

"In "Universal Studios Monsters," Michael Mallory has used his encyclopedic knowledge - and dear love - for old-school Universal horror to craft an engaging and informative read. Whether you're an expert or a newcomer to the classic horror scene, there will be something for you here." FamousMonstersofFilmland.com
..". a loving overview of the work of the one studio responsible for turning so many monsters into cinematic brand names...Universal Studio Monsters is a frightfully good time." SciFiWire.com
"It appears to have covered all the bases, editorial-wise, it's the wealth of illustrated elements that puts any coffee-table tome over the top. In that regard, UNIVERSAL STUDIOS MONSTERS will not disappoint. " Bookgasm.com

About the Author

Michael Mallory is an internationally recognized authority on twentieth-century popular culture and the author of "Hanna-Barbera Cartoons," "Marvel: The Characters and Their Universe," and "X-Men: The Characters and Their Universe." He has written some 400 articles for newspapers and magazines, including several on the monster films of Universal Pictures, for publications such as the "Los Angeles Times," "Scarlet Street," and "Millimeter."
Stephen Sommers is the director of "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns."


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By the time I was old enough to appreciate a good horror movie (I must have been, what, eight?) the cinemas were no longer showing these films and video recorders were yet to become popular. Fortunately, the BBC would occasionally oblige with a late-night showing, long after sensible people were in bed.

What memories this brings back! Dracula! Frankenstein! The Wolf Man! Everything from The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the early twenties to The Creature from the Black Lagoon in the mid-fifties. In fact, the Creature from the Black-and-White Lagoon. Part of the charm of all these films was that they were not in colour (maybe one of the reasons that Mel Brooks's musical version of Young Frankenstein on stage didn't win over all fans of the film is that you have to have colour on stage?). Hammer came along later and did it all over again in colour - with that unfeasibly crimson-coloured blood - but Universal had got there first.

This book is a treasure-trove of photographs and information. Happy, happy memories!
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This beautiful hardback book is absolutely "the dogs..." I bought this because of my love for the fantastic Universal Horrors. There all in this great looking hardback: Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney Snr & Jnr - The list is endless. Another reason for me buying this book is that it took me back to when I was a kid and I was reading Alan G Frank's & Dennis Gifford books on the same subject. This book contains wonderful photos - a lot you may of seen already, but there are some nice unseen genuine gems as well. If your a Universal fan, you will love this book. Is it worth the asking price...? - I would have to say YES - Its Magnificent.
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Essential book for lovers of the classic Universal horror film.
Contains lots of photographs of very good quality, as many and varied information about each actor or universal monster movies. A great edition and very well priced.
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i recommend this volume about the universal horror films with regards to background information on the films and also for the wealth of photographs and the pictures of the advertising posters.
the standard of english used by the author is terrible however, which is a shame because he constantly abbreviates certain words on many pages and also his style of building and phrasing sentences leaves a lot to be desired.
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Delivery was on the Friday, as I expected,The Universal Horror films are a favourite of mine ,& I am most pleased with the book.Only having books on Universal many years old. Thanks.
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Although I already have a few books on the subject, I still found Universal Monsters a `sumptuous' tome, to digest and enjoy. There are many parts of interest covering a variety of aspects of everything in and around the Universal studios at the time of the making of their horror cycle of films. There is a great wealth of posters and photos also, making this a great book to own and delve in to for enjoyment.
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This is pretty good with a fair amount of original research and some photos I had never seen before. My only complaint would be that a lot of space is given to retelling the plots of the films. I emphasize that this is only an issue for me as I know them so well. Other readers may well find these synopses helpful.
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I am a fan of the Universal Studios Horror Universe, so had high expectations of this book - I was not disappointed. The book provides a fascinating insight into the era in which these films were made. The book gives plenty of background to the individual films themselves and, in addition, provides biographies on the biggest stars of this genre from this era. I can say without doubt that if you're a fan of these films - even a casual one - you will not be disappointed with this book.
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