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Of Gods and Monsters: A Critical Guide to Universal Studios' Science Fiction, Horror and Mystery Films, 1929-1939
     

Of Gods and Monsters: A Critical Guide to Universal Studios' Science Fiction, Horror and Mystery Films, 1929-1939

by John T. Soister
 

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While Universal’s Dracula and Frankenstein (both 1931) have received the most coverage of any of the studio’s genre releases, it is the lesser known films that have long fascinated fans and historians alike. Starting with The Last Warning, a 1929 movie released as both a silent and a talkie, Universal provided a decade of films that

Overview

While Universal’s Dracula and Frankenstein (both 1931) have received the most coverage of any of the studio’s genre releases, it is the lesser known films that have long fascinated fans and historians alike. Starting with The Last Warning, a 1929 movie released as both a silent and a talkie, Universal provided a decade of films that entertained audiences and sometimes frustrated critics.
Each of Universal’s horror, science fiction and “twisted mystery” films receives an in-depth essay for each film. The focus is first on the background to the making of the movie and its place in the Universal catalog. A detailed plot synopsis with critical commentary follows. Filmographic data for the film conclude the entry. Universal’s The Shadow short film series is covered in an appendix. Many rare illustrations and movie posters are also included.

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“concise, definitive essays...in-depth analyses of each film...libraries will definitely want a copy of this intense work”—ARBA; “a fine read”—Midnight Marquee; “thoroughly-detailed...recommended”—Interzone; “43 Universal sci fi, horror and mystery films...are covered in detail...many of these obscure mysteries haven’t been written about at all. Soister has done research [and] discovered new info”—Psychotronic; “the book is lavish with its illustrations”—Video Watchdog; “seldom written-about films.... One of the best books of 1999”—Little Shoppe of Horrors; “covers more than 40 films.... The period is significant”—AB Bookman’s Weekly; “in-depth...a must”—VideoScope; “entertaining”—Film Review; “full credits are provided”—Classic Images; “enough new material...to make Soister’s book a welcome addition to any film buff’s library”—Cult Movies; “exhaustive”—Haddon Life; “Soister wisely decides to include critiques of borderline forgotten horrors, mysteries, Crime Club dramas and movies that were included in the Shock Theater television package...commentary is superlative and thought-provoking...infinitely readable...many rare photographs and posters”—Midnight Marquee; “exhaustive guide”—Northeast News Gleaner.
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Looks in depth and in humor at a decade of Universal Studio's horror, science fiction, and "twisted mystery" films. Each film receives an essay focusing on the making of the movie, its place in the Universal catalog, a detailed plot synopsis, and critical commentary. Each entry contains complete filmographic data. A short film series and a radio show are covered in appendices. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
ARBA
concise, definitive essays...in-depth analyses of each film...libraries will definitely want a copy of this intense work
Midnight Marquee
a fine read
Interzone
thoroughly-detailed...recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786421534
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/12/2005
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
405
Sales rank:
1,308,974
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

John T. Soister is a teacher of modern and classical languages, and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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