Product: Monsters in The Movies
Subject: Classic Horror Movie Monsters
Author: John Landis
Publisher: DK ADULT
Length: 320 pages
Price: $26.99 ( Retail )
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Our Rating: 9 out of 10
I don’t know about you but whenever I hear the name John Landis I immediately think about a werewolf chasing a hapless English businessman around the London Underground.
That’s right folks – the director of An American Werewolf in London has released his very own book on monsters from horror movies!
Usually I’m not so keen on these types of books due to them appearing to be nothing more than a money-spinning gimmick most of the time. But this book seemed to be different – it seemed to have more substance and worth to it.
So we purchased Monsters in The Movies about a fortnight ago for the purpose of writing this review…
In this book review we will discuss what subjects it covers, some minor drawbacks with it, and where to get the best deal when you buy it online. By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether this book is right for you.
Monsters in the Movies – Product Overview
Right from the ‘off’ this book attempts to showcase the classic horror movie monsters from horror movies of ALL budget levels.
Landis doesn’t just stick to Hollywood – he includes monsters from horror movies that are deemed ‘B-Movies’ at best.
The author ( Landis ) is not afraid to include his own personal entertaining insights into the world of filmmaking and even includes the views of a few famous ‘friends’. The book contains conversations with the following horror idols:
But it’s not all just ‘name dropping’ and the ‘who’s who’ of the horror industry – Landis has done his research into the historical origins of the archetypal monsters.
He constantly gives special mention to the special effects gurus that have given birth to these classic horror movie monsters. The book provides great insights into how these masters of gore manage to pull off these monstrous creations.
The Good & The Bad
- Contains more than 1000 stunning movie stills and posters
- Has behind the scenes views from the special effects maestros responsible for King Kong, Dracula, and Halloween’s Michael Myers
- A nostalgic look at some of the timeless horror pieces
- Book is separated into neat and easy to reference monster categories
- Covers the history of monsters from horror movies from the silent era to today
- Contains interviews with well known personalities involved with classic horror features
- Some readers feel that John Landis’s writing style is a little to smarmy overall
- In places the narrative can seem a little self-serving to Landis’s Hollywood friends
Who is Monsters in The Movies For?
If, like me, you are a bit of a horror geek then I’m sure you will enjoy the journey John Landis’s book takes you on.
It is a detailed encyclopedia on classic horror movie monsters that will satisfy even the most dedicated and knowledgeable of horror nerds!
Our Final Opinion on Monsters in The Movies
This is an awesome coffee table book for horror fans which is written by a great director. Fans of every horror sub-genre will take to this book as well as fans of Landis Himself.
The book is very well put together with superb full-color photographs surrounded by easy to follow text.
The only real letdown I took from the book was the decision to overlook the awesome Tony Todd as Candyman – surely there was a page spare for this horror icon?
I highly recommend this big book to all the “monster lovers” as it brings back all those great memories and more…..
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