Frightfest Guide to Monster Movies by Michael GingoldFrightfest Guide to Monster Movies by Michael Gingold

Frightfest Guide to Monster Movies

byMichael Gingold

Paperback | October 15, 2017

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Monsters have been a part of human culture since we first gained the ability to tell stories. They represent everything from our deepest fears to our feelings of alienation and estrangement. From its beginnings, the cinema has provided a venue to visualize monsters in all their fearsome and sometimes strangely sympathetic glory. They have become some of the movies' most unforgettable, enduring and popular characters. And now the entire spectrum of screen creatures is gathered in one volume.In The Frightfest Guide to Monster Movies, celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold starts in the silent era and traces the history of the genre all the way through to the present day. From Universal Studios legends such as Frankenstein's Monster and the Mummy, to the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorized the '50s, to the kaiju of Japan and the ecological nightmares of the '70s and '80s, to the CG creatures and updated favourites of recent years - they're all here.200 of the greatest creature features from across the globe are reviewed, with fascinating facts and critical analysis, all illustrated with a ghoulish gallery of remarkable monstrous imagery. Cult-favourite filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, creator of some of the screen's most idiosyncratic and bizarre beings, contributes a foreword, A whole world and grisly galaxy of creatures great and small, spawned from space, the supernatural and strange science, the beginning of time, beneath the sea and beyond imagination, await in this book. Dare you confront the beasts within?
Title:Frightfest Guide to Monster MoviesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 10.5 × 7.5 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:10.5 × 7.5 × 0.75 inPublished:October 15, 2017Publisher:Fab PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1903254957

ISBN - 13:9781903254950


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I've always believed that the best way to approach film in general is to appreciate the very best, wallow in the very worst and ignore the mediocrities in the middle. Same with monster movies. And fortunately, there are so many good ones to love, so many great ones to cherish, that most readers needn't descend into my private hell.I'm old enough to have experienced the first wave of creature features that hit TV with the "Shock" package of Universal favorites, and classic horror hosts like the great Zacherley. Fortunately, my father loved horror movies and let me stay up late and watch them with him. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man... my God, these didn't behave like any films I'd seen so far. So surreal, so crazy, so... exciting. And my dad helped me decode them. "See the Wolf Man there? That's Lon Chaney Jr. He's the same guy who was the Mummy last week." Really?! Wow! And after the exhausting thrill of watching King Kong on NY's great WOR Channel 9, he sat up for another half hour and told me the plot of Son of Kong before I went to sleep.It was also the era of those first issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine (and Monster Parade, Horror Monsters, World Famous Creatures, Mad Monsters, and so on). I wanted to see every single film on those pages. So my dad started taking me to the movies. I grew up in Lynbrook, Long Island, and our little town was blessed with two - count 'em, two! - neighborhood movie theaters. There was always something playing there to watch. One of the first he took me to was The Fly. I was so terrified that I wanted to run out - but if I did, I knew he wouldn't take me to any more. So I had to pretend it was No Big Deal despite my heart still pounding hours later.Oh, the joy of watching William Castle's House on Haunted Hill with a hundred bloodthirsty kids throwing everything they had at the stupid balloon skeleton jerked across the theater above us. And the sheer terror I felt watching The Tingler (Castle again), which I didn't understand was tongue-in-cheek. When people started jumping 'cause their seats were wired with little buzzers, I was paralyzed. Even though I didn't experience the sudden effect of "Percepto," if the person behind me had kicked my seat, I would have dropped dead.

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