The Dreamweavers: Interviews with Fantasy Filmmakers of the 1980s

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1995 Hard cover Illustrated. New. No dust jacket as issued. Library binding. Paper over boards. 303 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.

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Anyone who has even a nodding acquaintance with film magazines will observe a recurring note in the articles contained within-whatever film the interviewee is currently working on is the best work he or she has ever done, with the finest script and the most ingenious director. Such statements are given a nod, then quickly forgotten-hyperbole is, after all, the unofficial currency of the film industry. The hyperbole is resurrected in The Dreamweavers, compiled by four journalists who held many such interviews in the 1980s. The films covered represent all areas of the fantasy spectrum, from time travel (Back to the Future) to vampirism (The Lost Boys) to horror (A Nightmare on Elm Street). Several people were interviewed for each film, giving a variety of perspectives, and the conversations, coupled with the author's comments and the readers' own knowledge of the films, make for an enjoyable and informative read. Recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Cynthia Ward Cooper, Carrollton P.L., Tex.
Buckaroo Banzai, Back to the Future, Goonies, Howard the Duck, James Bond, and Nightmare on Elm Street are among the films and characters discussed in the 16 essays put together from interviews with various people associated with them, which appeared in Starlog about the time the movies appeared. Includes black and white stills. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786400850
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Pages: 317

Table of Contents

Foreword: Moving Pictures 1
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (1984) 5
Back to the Future (1985) 22
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) 40
Conan the Destroyer (1984) 47
The Dead Zone (1983) / Videodrome (1983) 58
Ghostbusters (1984) 75
The Golden Child (1986) 106
The Goonies (1985) 115
Gremlins (1984) 121
Highlander (1986) 143
Howard the Duck (1986) 150
The James Bond Films (1980-1989) 164
Ladyhawke (1985) 192
The Lost Boys (1987) 213
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 224
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) 241
Index 279
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