Monsters in the Movies

Monsters in the Movies From B movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big budget terrors Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep fly slither stalk or r

  • Title: Monsters in the Movies
  • Author: John Landis
  • ISBN: 9780756683702
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From B movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen Landis provides his own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of moviemaking, while conducting in depth conversations with leaFrom B movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen Landis provides his own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of moviemaking, while conducting in depth conversations with leading monster makers, including David Cronenberg, Christopher Lee, John Carpenter, and Sam Raimi to discuss some of the most petrifying monsters ever seen He also surveys the historical origins of the archetypal monsters, such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves, and takes you behind the scenes to discover the secrets of those special effects wizards who created such legendary frighteners as King Kong, Dracula, and Halloween s Michael Myers With than 1000 stunning movie stills and posters, this book is sure to keep even the most intense fright seekers at the edge of their seats for hours

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    1. How could I resist a behemoth, colorful coffee table book about cinematic monsters put together by the legendary John Landis? I couldn't of course, it would have been impossible, which is why I'm writing this review. I have a bit of fangirl squee going on for Mr. Landis, who wrote and directed one of my favorite movies of all time -- An American Werewolf in London. He's also famous for Animal House and The Blues Brothers (and a plethora of cheesy stinkers that I won't mention here). Landis hasn' [...]

    2. This is a decent book for what it is. I bought it for myself with birthday money several years ago, before I was into reading novels. I have never actually read it from cover to cover as it is more like a giant scrap book of all the most famous horror movie monsters. It's got Jaws and Alien and King Kong etc so it knows what it's talking about. (To be honest I am just trying to build my 'books read' count on ).

    3. I had no idea who John Landis was before I read this book. He was a director who directed "American Werewolf in London" and "Blues Brothers". He was also involved with Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Black or White."I first read about this book in the Globe and Mail and knew I had to see it. I have a love of old school monster movies, the macabre and special effects. "Monsters in the Movies" is a huge coffee table book broken into sections like "Vampires", "werewolves", "giant creatures", "wit [...]

    4. Awesome. Full of great old pics and old horror film posters. I want a copy for the coffee table I'll get around to buying someday. Oversized and full of awesome images.

    5. In the opening paragraph Landis says this isn't supposed to be a comprehensive encyclopedia of movie monsters or an in-depth discussion. It's basically a big coffee table book filled with cool pictures of movie monsters over the years.And if you go in with that in mind, you'll be fine. It also features some short discussions between Landis and several other film makers who have dabbled in horror. My only complaint is that the discussions with the other film makers were too short, aside from that [...]

    6. This is an amazing book for any horror film enthusiast. The pictures featured in it are beautiful and it's a great read, featuring interviews with some of the best in the horror business.

    7. This is a 2011 publication featuring images from the Kobal Collection of movie monsters along with a few conversations between movie director John Landis with some of his friends in the industry.As a Michael Jackson fan (although I am also a fan of some of the classic monster movies) I went straight to the index - and there I found references to Michael listed for pages 7, 49, 101 and 307.In each case the entries are merely captions to a photograph - three from Thriller and one from Ghosts, in w [...]

    8. This book is unique (at least to me) because rather than compiling a list of top 100s or one genre, Landis pulls together a massive list of monsters from critically acclaimed films, B-movies, and film disasters. This is good for the reader to get a lot of exposure at once, and also helps create a sense of context for films in their larger [sub]genres.The book is organized in several sections: vampires, werewolves, mad scientists, zombies, ghosts, mummies, myths/legends/fairy tales, dragons and d [...]

    9. What is says on the tin: a retrospective of movie monsters of all kinds written by the legendary John Landis. It's beautifully organized and designed (a chapter for every monster type imaginable: zombies, ghosts, radioactive, etc.) and Landis is a knowledgeable and witty guide but he's capable of being far more insightful than he is here-horror movies themselves may not always be particularly smart but what they say about the culture that produces them can be profound. What's presented here are [...]

    10. Monsters, mutants, savage beasts, natural disasters, and deranged humans galore! Landis takes us, the readers, through some of cinema's horror, science fiction, and fantasy films featuring these destructive forces/beings that cause conflict in their films. Many characters are memorable, while some are forgettable. Landis also interviewed some directors and special-effects artists on their interpretation of the monster meaning. Some only see it as a physical presence, and others see it as anythin [...]

    11. Ever since I saw this book sitting on a display in Barnes & Noble I knew I had to read it. Come on, John Landis (An American Werewolf In London for one) writing a book about movie monsters? Sounded like a recipe for a fun and informative book to me, and I wasn't wrong. Now I've read it many years later and I'm glad I waited a while, because now I've seen the majority of the discussed films here. It was interesting to hear Landis's take (and others in interviews) on various horror movies. For [...]

    12. This book is kick ass! John Landis is one of my favorite directors and his commentary is just like him, geeky, goofy, and funny. I have a huge new list of horror films and books that I need to watch/read based on his recommendations. I loved seeing favorites like Edward Scissorhands (including the original Burton drawing that inspired my own Edward tattoo), Medusa from Clash of the Titans, Fright Night, The Descent, and a whole host of others beautifully laid out in this massive pages. The only [...]

    13. I've always adored ghoul and monster films so I really loved this book. It is a sort of compendium of cinema stills with small paragraphs describing the film, or the monster shown, which showcases all kinds ghoulies from throughout the ages. At the start of a chapter there are a couple of pages that describe a category of monster, as well as explore the cultural impact it has had over time. Also, after each chapter is an interview with a big wig that belongs to the industry! Very neat, I say. La [...]

    14. An entertaining rundown of the genre's most important films (big budget, low budget, mainstream and obscure), all delivered with Landis's trademark humor. As for organization, each chapter addresses a particular creature type/sub-genre (werewolves, mummies, Monsters from Space, Nature's Revenge, etc.). The numerous photos and mini-reviews are great, but JL's interviews with other major horror directors (Carpenter, Cronenberg, Joe Dante, et al) were the selling point for me. There ARE a few factu [...]

    15. 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 won [...]

    16. Director John Landis ("Animal House";"An American Werewolf in London," which is one of my all-time favorite movies in any genre) put together this nifty (borrowing the adjective Landis employs here to describe "C.H.U.D.") compendium of horror films. Done up in the inimitable DK style, this book is divided into clever categories such as Nature's Revenge, Scary Children, and Space Monsters, and stuffed with pictures captioned by Landis, who often candidly critiques the movies depicted. I borrowed [...]

    17. Landis provides a visual aid to the horror genre and the different types of monsters from the movies. There's a general overview for each type of monster (vampires, ghosts, etc.) and then shots from the film are given with a small description. At the end of each section, there is an interview with an important contributor. Visually, this book is brilliant and I greatly enjoyed flipping through it. However, there isn't much of a discussion about the films or about the monsters. This book can serv [...]

    18. "the word 'monster' comes from the Latin monstrum. 'Monstrous' means a perversion of the natural order, usually biological.ciated with something that is wrong or sinister" This is my favorite coffee table book of the year, a joy to read and for a horror fan provides more of a yearbook of memories for the moments in film that impacted my perception and nightmares. Also, there is a list of films I am still yet to experienceWith lists, interviews, original movie poster artwork, and horrific moments [...]

    19. Monsters in the Movies showcases various monsters, villains, beasts and ghosts that have played major roles in movies throughout the years. John Landis provides descriptions, quotes, pictures and numerous movies as reference. Monsters in the Movies does not hold back on anyone either. Amongst the monsters are killer dolls, mad scientists, demonic possessions, zombies, and even scary old women and children. Reading Monsters in the Movies was incredibly entertaining and set me on a horror movie ma [...]

    20. An enormous, glossy, glorious book. As Landis states in his foreword, "This is a book with a lot of photographs of monsters in the movies." Nuff said. There are also brief interviews with horror icons like Sam Raimi, David Cronenberg, and others, but lavish photos from the Kobal Collection make up the majority of this 320-page tome. Witty photo captions from Landis add additional context. It's like a peek directly into his horror-nerd brain. The dude's got an obvious jones for naked lesbian vamp [...]

    21. There are a couple of small goofs in here -- some of the captions talk about characters not actually in the photos referenced, etc. -- but overall a very fun and interesting book charting the many categories of movie creatures. Everything from zombies to serial killers, vampires to ghosts; and Landis does a good job of covering both the quality (The Exorcist, Slither, I Walked With A Zombie) and the ridiculous (Megashark vs. Giant Octopus, The Mole People). A fun coffee table book for any horror [...]

    22. It's a beautiful book and I enjoyed looking at the pictures. There are more movie monsters than I can name and they're all in this book. This book has it covered from A-Z with everything that has ever appeared in a movie in the last 100 years, including my favorite Freddy Kruger. There's some nudity that I wasn't expecting, so I'd be careful about letting young kids thumb through it. But, I leave it out on my table so that anyone who's over can page through it.

    23. Cool that an actual director would agree to do a project like this, and even cooler that he would obviously enjoy it so much. Thank God that he didn't get all stuffy and high-handed on us but resolutely remained a fellow fan throughout. Also I must say that I found myself agreeing with a lot of his opinions (very rare for me in a movie book!). Perhaps the most fun item in the whole thing was the "Monster Carry" page. :)

    24. The sort of book that's right up my alley. Reminds me of all the Starlog and Fangoria magazines I used to read as a kid, and Landis' comments are fairly enjoyable. Something to enjoy on almost every page, the majority of the pictures are well chosen and the interviews are a nice break between segments. Although I couldn't handle the chapter on killer bugs and insects, the book is a nice reminder that I really need to take some time and get familiar with the Hammer horror films.

    25. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! John Landis interviews some of his favorite writers/producers/directors, who were involved in the classic horror movies that span decades. Great pictures, too. There are a lot of similar books out there, but Landis knows his stuff. "Twilight Zone: The Movie" is his, among a long list of other movie classics he's been involved with. He also grew up a horror movie buff (like yours truly) so his fondness for the genre comes through in the book.

    26. In this book, you'll find loads of pictures of film posters and iconic scenes featuring the creatures of horror movies, from classics to those lesser-known. The themed categories can assist you in determining where your horror movie interests lie. ("Ghosts", "Scary Children" and "True Crime" were among my top ones.) You may discover some new movies while revisiting favorites and recalling some of the really awful ones that exist out there. A must-read for horror movie fans.

    27. And you can tell that this was a labour of love. This is from a fan of horror films to other fans of horror films. Not even horror films in the traditional sense - he talks of monsters, human and otherwise, and that covers a surprisingly wide range of film. Aside from a wrong captions it is a great book for any horror hound to have.

    28. Director John Landis has put together a beautiful coffee table book paying tribute to the monsters of filmdom. While there are a few factual errors in the text and captions, its the collection of stills and posters which make the book, and they are a feast for the eyes. Landis' comments are thoughtful and sometimes witty and book is sure to fan the flames of fright film fanaticism.

    29. Love horror movies and film production? Get this book. Not only is it a vivid collection of some of the most awesome special effects throughout film history, it's written by John Freaking Landis. It has several interviews with effects creators and directors that are a film lover's dream. I highly recommend it.

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