Monsters in the Movies

Monsters in the Movies

by John Landis

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Overview

Which 1932 film is considered the first feature-length zombie movie?

Learn everything there is to know about special effects in films and what it goes into designing iconic monsters that still show up in nightmares in Monsters in the Movies, newly released in paperback. From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage through theaters!

Landis provides his own unique and entertaining insights into the world of moviemaking, and hosts in-depth conversations with leading monster makers, including David Cronenberg, Christopher Lee, John Carpenter, and Sam Raimi, to discuss the art of monster making. He also surveys the historical origins of the archetypal monsters, such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves.

Go behind the scenes to discover the secrets of the special-effects wizards who created legendary frighteners like King Kong, Dracula, and Halloween's Michael Myers.

With more than 1,000 stunning movie stills and posters, Monsters in the Movies is sure to keep even the most intense fright-seekers at the edge of their seats for hours!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465451446
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 261,480
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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), Trading Places (1983), Spies Like Us (1985), Three Amigos! (1987), Coming to America (1988), and Innocent Blood (1992). His latest film is Burke and Hare, an Ealing Comedy (2010). He wrote and directed the classic An American Werewolf in London (1981) and the groundbreaking Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983).

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Monsters in the Movies 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has an amazing collection of stills and movie posters. The interviews are very enjoyable but the pics of the creatures are what makes this book stand out. It features practically every one of my childhood nightmares. I own the hardback edition and soon will buy the e-book, just so i can have it with me when i travel. Its a cool tool to use when trying to get ideas for what creature feature you want to enjoy on a late Saturday evening. This book was put together very well. If you love movie monsters, this book is for you. I have mine on display in my theater room.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I opened the book, I had a smile all day. It will totally take you back. The Q and A with Sir Christopher Lee was amazing. I also gained a better appreciation for what these folks did to make these great and fun films. It will take you back to Saturday nights, sitting in the dark, jumping at those noises. Thanks John Landis, it was a fun ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CLAUDIA RAY HAS GREY SKIN RED EYES AND WEARS A RED AND BLACK STRIPED SWEATER SHE HAS THE ABILLITY TO KILL SOMEONE IN THEIR DREAMS SO IT KILLS THEM IN THE REAL WORLD TYLER HAS THE ABILLITY TO DRAG SOMEONE IN THE DREAM BUT IS KILLED BY CLAUDIA HE TRANSFERS THE POWER TO HIS FRIEND DIPPER PINES WHO GAINS THE ABILLITES AND TRAITS OF HIS DEAD FRIENDS
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niahflame More than 1 year ago
Beautiful photographs of monsters in film. There are some interesting tidbits. I can't believe the Space Monsters didn't have Communion or Fire in the Sky. Hell, Fire in the Sky I saw in the theater and I still have nightmares of those aliens. ILM really outdid themselves. 
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I LOVE HORROR FILMS AND CREEPYPASTAS THEY BOTH GIVE ME NIGHTMARES AND THEY ARE SO SCARY I CAN'T SLEEP FOR MONTHS!!!