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

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Booknews
A biography of the B-movie monster maker concentrating on the methods Blaisdell used to create unforgettable hits such as "The She Creature", "Invasion of the Saucer Men", and "Terror from Beyond Space". Much like the movie "Ed Wood" inspires awe by its sheer kookiness, the biography deifies the make-up man who constructed his creepy creatures from spit and greasepaint in the garage, paving the way for more sophisticated aliens like those who appear in "Star Wars". Includes photographs, a filmography, and an appendix of selected writings by Blaisdell. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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:
9781476607290
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,276,897
File size:
13 MB
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