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Monsters in the Movies 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares by John Landis

Monsters in the Movies 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares

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Monsters in the Movies 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares by John Landis

Be afraid, be very afraid...a century of cinema nightmare with John LandisFrom B-movie bogeymen and outer space-oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by horror film maestro John Landis celebrates the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk or rampage across the Silver Screen. Feast your eyes on a petrifying parade of voracious vampires, flesh-eating zombies and slavering werewolves as Landis explores the historical origins of archetypal monsters. Filled with the author's own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of movie-making along with contributions from some of the world's leading directors, actors and special-effects wizards, the book is stunningly illustrated with over 1,000 movie stills and posters from the unrivalled archives of the Kobal Collection to keep you entertained right until the curtain comes down. Get ready to sit on the edge of your seat - Monsters in the Movies is a gripping read.


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. -- * * Landis examines the monsters of the fantasy, science fiction and horror cinema in a unique and highly personal way. -- Big Issue * Big Issue *

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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Publication date

1st October 2011


John Landis

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DK an imprint of Dorling Kindersley Ltd


320 pages


Films, cinema



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