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Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios

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âWhen the bats fly low and nightâs in the sky, Universal Studios are at their best.â Thatâs how a critic in the 1930s described the magic of Universal monster movie. This was a genre that the studio essentially invented - enabling it to survive and thriveâand that led to cinematic classics that continue to influence entertainment of all kinds.

Now, from Universal itself, co
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Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by Del Rey
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Brenna
Feb 19, 2014 Brenna rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite things ever. My favorite is the Invisible Man.
Nicholas
Jan 17, 2016 Nicholas rated it liked it
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 ...more
David
Apr 08, 2012 David rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jim Dooley
Jun 08, 2013 Jim Dooley rated it really liked it
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 Mov
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Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 17, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
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!).
Chi Dubinski
Jan 21, 2015 Chi Dubinski rated it it was amazing
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!
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.
Christina
Sep 04, 2007 Christina rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
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.
Garrett Cook
Jul 02, 2008 Garrett Cook rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Vintage horror fans
Nice photos, but little valuable info. Not much of a read. Worthy of a quick examination over a cup of coffee at the bookstore.
Arthur O'dell
Jun 17, 2013 Arthur O'dell rated it really liked it
A great collection of photographs and memories; worthwhile for any fan of Universal's iconic monster movies.
Barry Harding
Apr 01, 2010 Barry Harding rated it really liked it
Good summary of Classic Monsters from Universal from the Golden Age.
MiChAeLPaUl
Feb 23, 2013 MiChAeLPaUl marked it as fini
Shelves: non-fiction, books
Origins of the movie monster concept and character.
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