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In these books we journey back to the very start, when the silver screen was silent and the horrors were presented in flickering black and white.
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From somnambulist kidnappers stalking the streets of an expressionist nightmare to an ambulatory alien vegetable terrorising the crew of a futuristic spaceship, fantasy and horror film has explored every facet of human (and not so human) nature. From the earliest days of cinema, visions of blood-thirsty vampires, musty mummies, fanged wolf men, invisible men, insane phantoms and bolt-necked patchwork monstrosities have stalked, stomped, crept and lurched their way across popular consciousness. In these books we journey back to the very start, when the silver screen was silent and the horrors were presented in flickering black and white. We explore the development of eighty key films, with detailed analysis and biographies of all those involved in their creation from the writers and directors through the composers, cast and technical crew. Revisit the days when the names of Lugosi, Karloff, Lorreand Chaneyruled the cinemas, and when the myths and legends of iconic monsters were created and developed. Come with us back to the time of the Silver Scream... Contents - Vol. 1: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, The Phantom of the Opera, Faust, The Cat and the Canary, Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Freaks, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Vampyr, Doctor X, White Zombie, The Old Dark House, The Mummy, Island of Lost Souls, The Vampire Bat, Mystery of the Wax Museum, Murders in the Zoo, The Ghoul, The Invisible Man, The Black Cat, Mark of the Vampire, Bride of Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, Mad Love, The Black Room, The Raven, The Invisible Ray, The Walking Dead, Dracula's Daughter, The Devil-Doll, Son of Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Invisible Man Returns, Dr Cyclops, Black Friday, The Mummy's Hand, The Devil Batand The Monster and the Girl.
The definitive book for fans of monster movies, slasher films, and cult classics. Would you dare to come face-to-face with the most terrifying vampires, monsters, zombies, and psychos of all time?
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The definitive book for fans of monster movies, slasher films, and cult classics. Would you dare to come face-to-face with the most terrifying vampires, monsters, zombies, and psychos of all time? They and their movies are all here in this lavishly (and terrifyingly) illustrated volume of the greatest, scariest, and most influential fright films. From such silent masterpieces as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) to such Golden Era classics as Dracula (1931); from such richly colored shockers as House of Wax (1953) to such groundbreaking independent thrillers as Night of the Living Dead (1968); and including modern horrors from Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, and the Blair Witch series, Essential Horror Movies chronicles a century's worth of cinematic terror. Behind-the-scenes anecdotes, trivia, and photos complete the story of these essential motion pictures. Anyone who has ever loved to be scared by a truly great masterpiece of terror--or even a film that strives for nothing more than to provide an audience with spooky, corny fun--will find Essential Horror Movies a necessary addition to their personal library.
Pays homage to golden-era horror films, including features on famous characters, behind-the-scenes photographs, and coverage of the sequels to classics such as "Dracula" and "Creature from the Black Lagoon."
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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.