While scanning Amazon for new and interesting reads I came across a fantastic book for the movie buffs here – Monsters in the Movies by John Landis. As the director of the vampire film Innocent Blood, An American Werewolf in London, and MANY more he definitely knows all about movie monsters.
“From B-movie bogeymen and outer space oddities to big-budget terrors, Monsters in the Movies by legendary filmmaker John Landis showcases the greatest monsters ever to creep, fly, slither, stalk, or rampage across the Silver Screen!
Landis provides his own fascinating and entertaining insights into the world of moviemaking, while conducting in-depth “conversations” with leading monster makers, including David Cronenberg, Christopher Lee, John Carpenter, and Sam Raimi— to discuss some of the most petrifying monsters ever seen. He also surveys the historical origins of the archetypal monsters, such as vampires, zombies, and werewolves, and takes you behind the scenes to discover the secrets of those special-effects wizards who created such legendary frighteners as King Kong, Dracula, and Halloween’s Michael Myers. With more than 1000 stunning movie stills and posters, this book is sure to keep even the most intense fright-seekers at the edge of their seats for hours!”
The book just came out a few weeks ago and it already has loads of fantastic reviews. According to Library Journal, “With tons of cool pics and beautifully reproduced film posters, Landis’s volume knocks it out of the park as a superbrowsable overview of the beasties, ghosties, and ghoulies that have terrified us on the big screen all in the name of fun. Horror fans will love it.”
Sounds like the perfect book for horror fans to read this wonderful Halloween season. I’m going to have to check this one out, after all, it has an entire section on vampires. I can’t pass that up!