Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios

Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios

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by Universal Studios
     
 

“When the bats fly low and night’s in the sky, Universal Studios are at their best.” That’s how a critic in the 1930s described the magic of Universal monster movie. This was a genre that the studio essentially invented - enabling it to survive and thrive–and that led to cinematic classics that continue to influence entertainment…  See more details below

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“When the bats fly low and night’s in the sky, Universal Studios are at their best.” That’s how a critic in the 1930s described the magic of Universal monster movie. This was a genre that the studio essentially invented - enabling it to survive and thrive–and that led to cinematic classics that continue to influence entertainment of all kinds.

Now, from Universal itself, comes a lavishly illustrated book that provides the words and images behind these legendary films–plus heartfelt tributes from some of Hollywood’s most famous fans. Here are beautiful on-screen and behind-the-scenes photos from the studio’s vaults; the background stories of Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, and the other classic characters that scared audiences and scared up profits; the makeup secrets; the censorship battles; and words of praise from friends, family, and fans.

With today’s fantasy and horror films ruling the box-office–and special edition DVDs available of Universal’s masterpieces–Monsters is an invaluable guide for a new generation. It shows where the “creature feature” began, from the twenties silent classic The Phantom of the Opera to fifties favorite Creature from the Black Lagoon. Frightening and fun, this splendid volume is perfect for monster fans of any age.

For more than ninety years, Universal Studios has been bringing unique entertainment experiences to millions of people around the world. Through their motion pictures, home videos, theme parks, television networks and programming, they are in the business of thrills and chills as well as tears and laughter. And with their extensive library of legendary films they have set the standard for inspiring wonder and ultimately transforming moments into lasting memories.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This valentine to the horror films of Universal Studios showcases both the directors and the writers who brought the dramas to life, as well as the actors behind the makeup and prosthetics. Universal's distinguished lineage of monsters e.g., Dracula, Frankenstein gets separate sections detailing the production of each film in the character's series. Although fans no doubt already know all the trivia included in the breezy text, what makes this volume unique are brief essays by the original stars' kin (e.g., Ron Chaney, grandson of Lon Chaney Jr., who played the Wolf Man; Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff, who played Frankenstein), original costars (e.g., The Invisible Man's Gloria Stuart), and current film celebrities (Jennifer Beals, Stephen Sommers, and John Landis, plus a tribute to monster makeup god Jack Pierce by present-day master Rick Baker). An ample portion of the book is dedicated to photos, both screen grabs and publicity stills, which are well reproduced, including some in sepia and green tone. This is a tribute rather than a critical study; its personal essays, matched with the pictures and the reasonable price, make it a worthy addition to film and horror fans' collections. Recommended. Mike Rogers, Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345486851
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/26/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.14(h) x 0.67(d)

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