The Monster Movies Of Universal Studios by James L. NeibaurThe Monster Movies Of Universal Studios by James L. Neibaur

The Monster Movies Of Universal Studios

byJames L. Neibaur

Hardcover | June 16, 2017

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In 1931 Universal Studios released Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. This box office success was followed by a string of films featuring macabre characters and chilling atmospherics, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man. With each new film, Universal established its place in the Hollywood firmament as the leading producer of horror films, a status it enjoyed for more than twenty years.In The Monster Movies of Universal Studios, James L. Neibaur examines the key films produced by the studio from the early 1930s through the mid-1950s. In each entry, the author recounts the movie's production, provides critical commentary, considers the film's commercial reception, and offers an overall assessment of the movie's significance. Neibaur also examines the impact these films had on popular culture, an influence that resonates in the cinema of fear today.From the world premiere of Dracula to the 1956 release of The Creature Walks among Us, Universal excelled at scaring viewers of all ages-and even elicited a few chuckles along the way by pitting their iconic creatures against the comedic pair of Abbott and Costello. The Monster Movies of Universal Studios captures the thrills of these films, making this book a treat for fans of the golden age of horror cinema.
James L. Neibaur is a film historian and educator who has written hundreds of articles, including more than forty essays in the Encyclopedia Britannica. He is the author of several books on film, including The Fall of Buster Keaton (2010), Chaplin at Keystone (2012), The Silent Films of Harry Langdon (2012), and The Charley Chase Talki...
Title:The Monster Movies Of Universal StudiosFormat:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 9.38 × 6.19 × 0.84 inPublished:June 16, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442278161

ISBN - 13:9781442278165

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Editorial Reviews

While the images of Bela Lugosi's Dracula, Boris Karloff's Frankenstein monster, and Elsa Lanchester's Bride of Frankenstein dominate magazine covers, notebooks, posters, mugs and other collectibles, the series of movies that introduced these characters seems to get very little respect from film historians. A step in the right direction to correct this is the excellent new book The Monster Movies of Universal Studios by James L. Neibaur, published by Rowman and Littlefield. In this fascinating new study, the author puts Universal's horror series into proper historical context. Unlike other books on the subject, Neibaur has limited his focus to films that feature one or more of Universal's line-up of monsters.. The book is an impressive work of film scholarship and shines a spotlight on classic Hollywood moviemaking by looking at one of the longest film series at a major studio..Each chapter is full of behind the scenes information and welcome analysis into the filmmaking process. It's clear that Neibaur has studied the screenplays for these films.. The Monster Movies of Universal Studios is a great book on the history of one of Hollywood's oldest franchises.. The book is an excellent look at studio and genre filmmaking in a bygone era. It is the perfect Halloween read.