Celebrate 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares!
From the very first silent films to today’s blockbusters, the movies have continued to populate our nightmares with fantastic creatures of every shape and size. And no one understands nightmares better than legendary filmmaker John Landis. From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by John Landis celebrates the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen.
Monsters in the Movies is a visual celebration of film history filled with an astonishing variety of illustrations, including a selection of images from the renowned Kobal Collection as well as movie posters, film stills and many never-before-published images. Each and every monster’s photograph is accompanied with fascinating and entertaining insights into its meaning and creation from Landis and a host of his friends and associates including Christopher Lee, Joe Dante, David Cronenberg, Sam Raimi, Guillermo Del Toro, Ray Harryhausen, Rick Baker and John Carpenter.
More than a photo history, Monsters in the Movies also surveys the historical origins of archetypal monsters and takes readers behind the scenes to discover the secrets of the special-effects wizards who created many classic cinematic creatures. Special photo essays cover popular genres such as Monsters Carrying Women and Staking Vampires, while contributions from John Landis’ friends and associates ensure that Monsters in the Movies is an extraordinary look at the greatest monsters to ever appear on film from Hollywood’s most accomplished and influential monster-makers themselves.
About the Author
John Landis wrote and directed the classic An American Werewolf in London and the groundbreaking Michael Jackson’s Thriller as well as directing some of the most popular movies of all time including The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Animal House and the 2011 black comedy Burke & Hare.
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