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on 7 October 2011
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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on 13 June 2017
John Landis cracks me up. I just love the interview (well, chat really) he gives on the special features section of 'AAWIL'. He's also highly amusing on the Forrest Ackerman DVD - and in this book - which reassures me that Ray Harryhausen was possibly slightly grumpy with everyone and not just with me when I asked him a daft (innocent) question just before a showing (in the wrong ratio) of 'Jason'. I particularly like the interview with Joe Dante when they exchange views on the ignorance of the modern movie-watcher - reminds me of our neighbour's kid who flounced out of the room because 'The Wizard Of Oz' 'is in black n'white'!!' (Friends of JLs daughter refused to view Cukor's 'The Women' for the same reason). It's packed with great illustrations and interviews with Dante, Harryhausen, Christopher Lee, John Carpenter and others. Must Have!
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on 2 October 2011
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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on 5 July 2017
Fantastic book
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on 6 July 2015
Very cool book and collection of horror movie monsters with loads of cool photos
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on 14 September 2014
BEAUTIFUL BOOK. Features all the True Classic Horror movies. They don't make them like they used to.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 March 2016
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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on 9 May 2012
John Landis might seem an odd `guide' for a book about horror films (he's not known particularly as a horror director, though his "American Werewolf In London" is a classic), but reading his exuberant captions and essays, it's clear the right choice was made. Breaking the genre down by type - ghosts, monsters (man-made and otherwise), the devil, etc - he heads each section off with a short essay highlighting key films and a potted history and then fills the rest of the space with wonderfully reproduced film stills and posters. A true delight for the horror fan, this is a fantastic book and one that I'd highly recommend.
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on 9 January 2012
John Landis has crafted a superb book about the history of monsters in the movies. This thick hardback features interviews with horror icons including John Carpenter, Christopher Lee, Joe Dante and many others. Discussions about what makes a great horror film and what everyones favourite creatures are, is talked of in great length. There are also selections and recommendations, as well as lists of films to avoid. The poster art sections are also worthy of a mention. I would recommend this book to any creature feature fan, as it will give many years enjoyment.
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on 4 February 2012
Despite there being one or two good large-format books fetauring the classic Universal Studios monsters, there's little of this type of book available to fans of the horror genre but thankfully the wonderful John Landis has put this right. Effectively a huge photo library of just about every type of monster that's featured in a horror movie (and the more popular fantasy/science ficion films). Witty accompanying text with a short introdcution to each particular type of monster & interspersed with informal interviews with just about the biggest players in the horror genre alive today.

This is a worthy addition to mine (and anyone else's) vast collection of "behind the scenes" coffee table books.

Boo (Did I scare you ?)
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