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Universal Studios ushered in the golden age of movies by introducing audiences to monsters on the silver screen. Featuring a collection of images from the studios' own vaults, this book looks at the 'creature features' which continue to influence filmmakers today. Universal Studios ushered in the golden age of movies by introducing audiences to monsters on the silver screen. Featuring a collection of images from the studios' own vaults, this book looks at the 'creature features' which continue to influence filmmakers today.


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Universal Studios ushered in the golden age of movies by introducing audiences to monsters on the silver screen. Featuring a collection of images from the studios' own vaults, this book looks at the 'creature features' which continue to influence filmmakers today. Universal Studios ushered in the golden age of movies by introducing audiences to monsters on the silver screen. Featuring a collection of images from the studios' own vaults, this book looks at the 'creature features' which continue to influence filmmakers today.

30 review for Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I desperately needed a FUN read and got it here, Sooooo......"Fasten your safety belts as we verbally venture back to the dark decades when monsters walked among us. Or roamed. Or crawled. Or prowled. Or howled. Or crept. Or slithered."Anyway......MONSTERS is a Big picture book of just that....creepy monster types from old classic movies produced by Universal Studios....with wonderful spooktacular illustrations giving on and off screen photos with background stories of the actors and how the mov I desperately needed a FUN read and got it here, Sooooo......"Fasten your safety belts as we verbally venture back to the dark decades when monsters walked among us. Or roamed. Or crawled. Or prowled. Or howled. Or crept. Or slithered."Anyway......MONSTERS is a Big picture book of just that....creepy monster types from old classic movies produced by Universal Studios....with wonderful spooktacular illustrations giving on and off screen photos with background stories of the actors and how the movies came to be part of their lives. "When bats fly low and night's in the sky, Universal Studios are at their best." That's how a critic from the 1930's described the magic of the Universal monster movie." Of course, my interest in picking this up....besides the cool photos and stories....was more for the classic horror books associated with the movies. Many here I've read are my favorites like....Dracula, Frankenstein, (nothing like the movie by the way) Phantom of the Opera, Arsenic and Old Lace and The Invisible Man....but some I hope to read this year and featured here are....... Creature from the Black Lagoon....The Mummy....The Wolf Man....The Cat and the Canary....The Body Snatcher....and Isle of the Dead. And gosh darn....what a resemblance between Gill-Man in Creature from the Black Lagoon who just wants to be left alone and "craved attention" says Marilyn Monroe to Gill-God from The Shape of Water who desires same....very interesting! And, there's some great stuff about Boris Karloff (who played Frankenstein 3 times and The Mummy once) from daughter Sara....."Q: What was it like at your house on Halloween? A: Probably a lot duller than most homes. People were afraid to knock on the door!" Oh boy, wouldn't it have been fun to trick or treat there....I'd be a witch for sure! "Just think of how similar Frankenstein's monster is to Lenny in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men; you feel almost as bad for him as for his victims." MONSTERS really is a great look back at horror movie classics. "Frightening and fun, this splendid volume is perfect for monster fans of any age."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    One of my favorite things ever. My favorite is the Invisible Man.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Dracula with Bela Lugosi Frankenstein's Monster with Boris Karloff The Bride of Frankenstein with Elsa Lancaster and Boris Karloff The Mummy with Boris Karloff The Invisible Man with Claude Rains The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney, Jr The Creature of the Black Lagoon with Browning and Chapman The so-called black-and-white classical monster movies from Universal Studios. Each 'chapter' covers the the movie, the actors that played the monster in the classic as well as th The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Dracula with Bela Lugosi Frankenstein's Monster with Boris Karloff The Bride of Frankenstein with Elsa Lancaster and Boris Karloff The Mummy with Boris Karloff The Invisible Man with Claude Rains The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney, Jr The Creature of the Black Lagoon with Browning and Chapman The so-called black-and-white classical monster movies from Universal Studios. Each 'chapter' covers the the movie, the actors that played the monster in the classic as well as the sequels followed by photos - some publicity stills, some candid shots - and ending with personal insights and tributes from an assortment of people connected with the actor - Bela Lugosi's son and Lon Chaney's great-grandson - and to the horror film industry - John Landis (director); Stephen Somers (writer and director); Gloria Stuart and Jennifer Beals (actors) among others. The book ends with a short salute to the series of movies "Abbott and Costello Meets ((insert your monster here))". For some it is amusing, for others it is a sad attempt at revitalizing of the monster movie genre. 2019-156

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I picked this book because it had some more information on the film The Creature From the Black Lagoon which I read about in The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O’Meara which was really interesting. This is a pretty short book about some of the first monsters in film history but it has some great photographs from the films plus some interesting facts about the actors and the monster films they were in.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Duffy Laudick

    This is a nice overview of the big monster movies made by universal. Each movie is given a brief overview and then moves on to the next. Each movie could have a whole book or more written about it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    Fascinating look at the original monster movies.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Mulligan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Library book

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    A fine collection of beautiful black and white photographs and various essays from actors, writers and others associated with the pantheon of Universal monsters. The black and white photographs stunningly convey the menace and mystery of these horror movie superstars. The accompanying essays all make for pleasurable reads for the aficionado as all of the writers are obviously fanatics of these creations. Especially noteworthy I found were those by Bela Lugosi Jr. (who pens a very moving tribute A fine collection of beautiful black and white photographs and various essays from actors, writers and others associated with the pantheon of Universal monsters. The black and white photographs stunningly convey the menace and mystery of these horror movie superstars. The accompanying essays all make for pleasurable reads for the aficionado as all of the writers are obviously fanatics of these creations. Especially noteworthy I found were those by Bela Lugosi Jr. (who pens a very moving tribute to his father) and Jennifer Beals of the underrated The Bride (writing of her interest in the Bride of Frankenstein). The informational text is concise and offered some surprise factoids for me, but I question all of them after reading in one chapter that Dracula, the Wolfman and the Frankenstein monster all featured in Frankenstein meets the Wolfman. For a book of so few words to begin with, to feature such a glaring error I find inexcusable frankly.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David

    A quick read but a fun one for anyone like myself who remembers and loves the classic Universal Movie Monsters. A lot of beautiful still photos and some short essays from actors/directors about their favorites, as well brief pieces on the history of each Monster and the films they appeared in. The individual pieces on the films present little information that I either didn't know or couldn't get from more in depth sources but this book is done with such affection toward these films and the Monst A quick read but a fun one for anyone like myself who remembers and loves the classic Universal Movie Monsters. A lot of beautiful still photos and some short essays from actors/directors about their favorites, as well brief pieces on the history of each Monster and the films they appeared in. The individual pieces on the films present little information that I either didn't know or couldn't get from more in depth sources but this book is done with such affection toward these films and the Monsters who populated them that I'm willing to give the author a pass. As coffee table type books go, this is a good one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim Dooley

    This one isn't selected for the reading. It is selected for the beautiful photography from the sets of the classic Universal horror movies. Looking through it is like attending the ultimate Double Chiller Theater on a Friday night. For those who want narrative, there are the standard stories that fans have known for years, mixed in with glowing words of appreciation. The photography is beautifully produced. This is virtually a coffee table book for those of us who still celebrate with Monster M This one isn't selected for the reading. It is selected for the beautiful photography from the sets of the classic Universal horror movies. Looking through it is like attending the ultimate Double Chiller Theater on a Friday night. For those who want narrative, there are the standard stories that fans have known for years, mixed in with glowing words of appreciation. The photography is beautifully produced. This is virtually a coffee table book for those of us who still celebrate with Monster Movie Nights at home.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    This is a really great pictorial of Universal Studios "monsters" through the years, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Wolfman, and many more. Although there are some editorials, I would have enjoyed the book even more if there were more descriptions and commentary throughout. But it still works great as either a coffee table book or for just fun, informative reading (looking!). This is a really great pictorial of Universal Studios "monsters" through the years, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Wolfman, and many more. Although there are some editorials, I would have enjoyed the book even more if there were more descriptions and commentary throughout. But it still works great as either a coffee table book or for just fun, informative reading (looking!).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Glossy photographs enliven what is essentially a coffee-table book. However, fascinating (and very compassionate and human) interviews with the children of both Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff made it entirely worthwhile. Those two emerged as complex, fiction-worthy individuals with believable, understandable relationships with their famous fathers.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chi Dubinski

    Wonderful black and white photos from the classic monster films, with essays by descendants of the famous actors, such as Ron Chaney, Bela G. Lugosi, and Sara Karloff. There are additional essays by actor Jennifer Beals, director John Landis, and makeup artist Rick Baker. But the full page, stunning photos are the highlight of the book. A movie fan must!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Arthur O'dell

    A great collection of photographs and memories; worthwhile for any fan of Universal's iconic monster movies. A great collection of photographs and memories; worthwhile for any fan of Universal's iconic monster movies.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This book has a lot of great pictures, behind-the-scenes stories, and memorable anecdotes about the actors that brought these monsters to life. A fun read for fans of classic horror.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barry Harding

    Good summary of Classic Monsters from Universal from the Golden Age.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Cook

    Nice photos, but little valuable info. Not much of a read. Worthy of a quick examination over a cup of coffee at the bookstore.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jimi

  19. 4 out of 5

    M.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Clint

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Chadwick

  22. 4 out of 5

    William

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aidan Fortner

  25. 5 out of 5

    Emi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ken

  27. 4 out of 5

    Greg Jones

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pinky

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evan

  30. 5 out of 5

    jaydro

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