Science Fiction Confidential: Interviews with 23 Monster Stars and Filmmakers

Science Fiction Confidential: Interviews with 23 Monster Stars and Filmmakers

by Tom Weaver
     
 

David Hedison, who plays a tiny human-headed insect menaced by a spider at the climax of The Fly (1958), says the moviemakers spoiled the scene by giving him a squeaky voice. "Imagine if, as the camera moved in closer, you actually heard me screeeeaming for my life. That is horror. That is horror."

In Tom Weaver's eighth interview book, Hedison—and 22 other

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David Hedison, who plays a tiny human-headed insect menaced by a spider at the climax of The Fly (1958), says the moviemakers spoiled the scene by giving him a squeaky voice. "Imagine if, as the camera moved in closer, you actually heard me screeeeaming for my life. That is horror. That is horror."

In Tom Weaver's eighth interview book, Hedison—and 22 other moviemakers—talk about their horror and science fiction movie experiences as part of such films and TV series as The Blob, It Came from Outer Space, Tarzan the Ape Man, Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Somewhere in Time, The Devil Bat and Forbidden Planet. Among those interviewed are Dan O'Herlihy, Kate Phillips, John Alvin, Anthony Cardoza, Tod Griffin, Alex and Richard Gordon, Suzanne Kaaren, and Warren Stevens. Full credits are provided for the actors, actresses, and producers.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
one of the leading scholars in the horror field
USA Today
the king of the monster hunters
Sight & Sound
one of our foremost fantasy film historians
Library Journal - BookSmack!
The title pretty much spills it. Weaver, who has written numerous interview books with B stars of yesteryear, focuses on the actors and directors behind some of the worst stinkers ever on celluloid. We're talking The She Creature, The Blob, It Came from Outer Space, The Devil Bat, and other turds. Many of them also starred in A films, but Weaver is more concerned with their low-budget horror experiences. Great fun for movie trivia buffs and horror film fans. Mike Rogers, "Classic Returns," Booksmack! 10/7/10

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786445165
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Series:
Performing Arts/Film
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him "the best interviewer we have today." He is a frequent contributor to numerous lm magazines and has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture.

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