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Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker: A Biography of the B Movie Makeup and Special Effects Artist
     

Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker: A Biography of the B Movie Makeup and Special Effects Artist

by Randy Palmer, Fred Olen Ray, Bob Burns
 

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Paul Blaisdell was the man behind the monsters in such movies as The She Creature, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Not of This Earth, It! Terror from Beyond Space and many others. Working in primarily low-budget films, Blaisdell was forced to rely on greasepaint, guts and, most importantly, an unbounded imagination for his creations. From his inauspicious beginning

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Paul Blaisdell was the man behind the monsters in such movies as The She Creature, Invasion of the Saucer Men, Not of This Earth, It! Terror from Beyond Space and many others. Working in primarily low-budget films, Blaisdell was forced to rely on greasepaint, guts and, most importantly, an unbounded imagination for his creations. From his inauspicious beginning through The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow (1959), the construction of Blaisdell's monsters and the making of the movies in which they appeared are fully detailed here. Blaisdell's work in the early monster magazines of the 1960s is also covered.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
an enjoyable read
San Francisco Examiner Magazine
[Blaisdell's monsters are] capable of making us laugh and scream at the same time...interesting
Filmfax
affectionate and informative...technical information is wonderful...crisply reproduced photos, drawings and half-tones

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786440993
Publisher:
McFarland Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
935,744
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

The late Randy Palmer has written for Fangoria, Cinefantastique and other genre magazines and was also the author of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Godfather of Gore (2000, "impressive"—Video Watchdog; "detailed, well-referenced biography"—Booklist/RBB). He lived in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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