Universal Studios Monsters : A Legacy of Horror Hardback
From the 1920s through the 1950s, Universal Studios was Hollywood's number one studio for horror pictures, haunting movie theaters worldwide with Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, among others.
Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror explores all of these enduring characters, chronicling both the mythology behind the films and offering behind-the-scenes insights into how the films were created.
Universal Studios Monsters is the most complete record of the horror films of this legendary studio, with biographies of major personalities who were responsible for the most notable monster melodramas in film history.
The stories of these films and their creators are told through interviews with surviving actors and studio employees.
A lavish photographic record, including many behind-the-scenes shots, completes the story of how these classics were made.
This is a volume no fan of imaginative cinema will want to be without.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 252 pages, 300
- Publisher: Universe Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/09/2009
- Category: Films, cinema
- ISBN: 9780789318961
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Review by Michael.Rimmer
A must for any fan of the Universal Monster movies. Beautifully illustrated with film stills, promotional photos, posters, lobby cards and behind-the-scenes photos (my favourite being Boris Karloff in full Frankenstein's Monster make-up genteely sipping his four o'clock tea from a china cup and saucer).<br/><br/>There's a short history of the studio and an overview of the macabre silent movies that were the precursors of the later Monster horrors. Each of the classic films Monster are described in brief, with some production details and information about the actors, directors, writers and some of the crew. Then there are spotlight sections on individuals who were important to the series.<br/><br/>This isn't an encyclopedic, in-depth history of the studio and films: it's not for scholars. It <i>is</i> a fun overview or introduction; delightful and entertaining and has sent me back, with a renewed interest and appreciation, for the films I used to stay up late as a kid to watch on the TV, lights out, tucked under a blanket om the coach and worrying about whether I, though pure of heart, might turn into a wolf when the wolfbane bloomed when the autumn moon was bright!