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by Roy Milano,Jennifer Osborne,Forrest J. Ackerman

Free eBook Monsters: A Celebration of the Classics from Universal Studios download ISBN: 0345486854
Author: Roy Milano,Jennifer Osborne,Forrest J. Ackerman
Publisher: Del Rey (September 26, 2006)
Language: English
Pages: 176
Category: Humour and Entertainment
Subcategory: Movies
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I grew up watching the Universal Studios monsters and have a fan's knowledge of who played which characters, some of the . If you are looking into this book, then you are already a fan of the famous Universal Monsters.

I grew up watching the Universal Studios monsters and have a fan's knowledge of who played which characters, some of the challenges they faced, and how playing the monsters impacted their lives. I was disappointed, and had I seen this book in the bookstore I would never have bought it. What I liked about the book: 1. It uses high quality paper and the layout is clear.

This book features just the Universal Horror movies from The Phantom of the Opera to The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

book by Jennifer Osborne. When the bats fly low and night’s in the sky, Universal Studios are at their best. This book features just the Universal Horror movies from The Phantom of the Opera to The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Roy Milano, Jennifer Osborne. 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. Aug 07, 2018 Carol rated it it was amazing.

Now, from Universal itself, comes a lavishly illustrated book that provides the words and images behind these .

Now, from Universal itself, comes a lavishly illustrated book that provides the words and images behind these legendary films–plus heartfelt tributes from some of Hollywood’s most famous fans. Here are beautiful on-screen and behind-the-scenes photos from the studio’s vaults; the background stories of Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, and the other classic characters that scared audiences and scared up profits; the makeup secrets; the censorship battles; and words of praise from friends, family, and fans.

Foreword by Forrest J. Ackerman. Featuring the Classic Universal Monsters: The Pantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. 166 pages, PC/PB&W.

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The book is split into sections covering each of Universal's Classic Monsters, starting with the Phantom of the Opera and ending with the Creature from the Black Lagoon. As you'd expect it includes Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy & The Wolf Man and focuses on the great actors who played these iconic characters, Chaney (Snr & Jnr), Lugosi & Karloff.

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“When the bats fly low and night’s in the sky, Universal Studios are at their best.” That’s 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 thrive–and that led to cinematic classics that continue to influence entertainment of all kinds.Now, from Universal itself, comes a lavishly illustrated book that provides the words and images behind these legendary films–plus heartfelt tributes from some of Hollywood’s most famous fans. Here are beautiful on-screen and behind-the-scenes photos from the studio’s vaults; the background stories of Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, and the other classic characters that scared audiences and scared up profits; the makeup secrets; the censorship battles; and words of praise from friends, family, and fans.With today’s fantasy and horror films ruling the box-office–and special edition DVDs available of Universal’s masterpieces–Monsters is an invaluable guide for a new generation. It shows where the “creature feature” began, from the twenties silent classic The Phantom of the Opera to fifties favorite Creature from the Black Lagoon. Frightening and fun, this splendid volume is perfect for monster fans of any age.For more than ninety years, Universal Studios has been bringing unique entertainment experiences to millions of people around the world. Through their motion pictures, home videos, theme parks, television networks and programming, they are in the business of thrills and chills as well as tears and laughter. And with their extensive library of legendary films they have set the standard for inspiring wonder and ultimately transforming moments into lasting memories.
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Silver Globol
I will echo the feelings of other customer reviewers who point out that the photos are worth the price of admission...or at least are the primary reason for wanting this book. I, too, have been a Universal monster-film devotee since I was a kid and the Universal "Shock Theater" package was sold to local TV stations...in my case WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, where John Zacherle paraded as "Roland" every Friday and Saturday night, introducing these gems that are the subject of the current book.

The problem I have with the book, hence only two stars, is that the text is woefully inadequate -- and wrong in at least one instance. (Dracula was not in FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN.) This is a very cursory introduction to the films, apparently aimed at those with only a casual or passing interest in the films. But then, why would such people spend this kind of money on a subject they don't hold near and dear to their hearts? The chapters by the likes of Sara Karloff (who has made a career out of remembering her father), Bela Lugosi, Jr., Lon Chaney's great-grandson, and so forth, are interesting. Some (like Jennifer Beals) seem somewhat self-promoting.

But the photos! These are wonderful. Many are the standard publicity photos that Forrest Ackerman used to publish in his Famous Monsters of Filmland. But there are dozens of others that I'd never seen before in the 50 years since I first fell in love with the Universal monsters.

In all, this is a worthwhile addition to my library, but I sure wish it had been done better, and not just as a "coffee table" book.
TheFresh
As the previous reader's posts have mentioned, this book is packed with excellent pictures from the universal archives. The articles are very interesting and insightful. HOWEVER, there are clearly SEVERAL mistakes in the book that any avid monster fan can spot. For instance, a picture's caption of Bela Lugosi as Frankenstein in "Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man" states that it is Lon Chaney! A second caption on a picture reads " Gwen Conliffe and her Fiance "Glenn Talbot". Glenn Talbot? Not even a character in the film! Gwen's fiance was named Frank Andrews! Many other mistakes plague the book as well, such as when they quote Maria Ouspenskaya's Chilling epitath of the Doomed Larry Talbot, they state it as saying".....evil enters the sea"! What!! It's correct transcript should be "..as the rain enters the soil, the RIVER enters the sea"! This is an unexcusable mistake on a VERY famous quote! Another has a Mummy sequel as having music from "Son of Frankenstein" when it was music taken from "Frankenstein meets the wolf man" and/or "The Wolf Man! (the musical ques are very evident).and , Finally a mistake on page 123, the film "Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man, states it as having ALL three monsters in it ( Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man). The film did NOT have Dracula in it. So the text itself has several mistakes that slightly tarnish an otherwise amazing book. I still reccomend it to all those who love the classic Universal monsters as i do, and at $19.99 it's a bargain!
Ytli
Rating a book is always subjective. It is based on what your expectations were, and if they were met. I grew up watching the Universal Studios monsters and have a fan's knowledge of who played which characters, some of the challenges they faced, and how playing the monsters impacted their lives. I have read and bought other books on the topic, and I bought this one due to the high ratings. I was disappointed, and had I seen this book in the bookstore I would never have bought it.

What I liked about the book:
1. It uses high quality paper and the layout is clear.
2. There are eight monster sections: Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

What I bought the book for, and did not like:
1. The photos in many cases appear to be copies of copies of copies. The photo of Frankenstein on pg 59 is very fuzzy. The Mummy on pg 105 is so fuzzy that it looks like it came from an old newspaper story. In the Wolfman section on pg 130 there is a photo of a victim's hand that again is fuzzy and dark. The quality of the photography throughout is mediocre to poor.
2. This darkness is another problem with the photos. There has been no attempt to "clean up" the photos to make them crisper or lighter. The book was written in 2006 and there was technology that could have been used to do so. Also, while some photos (like the pentagram on the victim's hand on pg 130) are interesting and fresh, many photos already appear online for free.
3. The last straw were the essays in the book.

The essay on the Phantom of the Opera was written by Lon Chaney's great grandson however, because he never met his great-grandfather, he basically restates what you can read anywhere else. The closest he comes to family insight is when he uses the phrase, "I've heard it said…" (pg 15) but he doesn't say if this was family lore, or if it came from the research he had to do to write this article.

Another disappointment was the article written by Bela Lugosi's son. He certainly does a better job introducing us to the man, not the actor, but it has been widely reported that toward the end of his life, Bela Lugosi had some serious mental issues, and none of this is addressed. The most he says is that he was "buried most fittingly in one of his Dracula capes" (pg 41). I appreciate loyalty, but there is a bigger-and more interesting-story to tell… how did Lugosi's psychosis affect his family? No, this shouldn't be a Jerry Springer-type expose, but it reads more like the cover-ups about stars that the studio system was famous for at the time these movies were originally made.

The last, and worst, essay (in my opinion) was written by Jessica Beals regarding her turn as "The Bride" because this has nothing to do with the subject of the book - the classic Universal Studios monsters. I found what she wrote to be interesting, however it is misplaced in this book.

This review may seem very harsh, and as I've stated throughout, I understand it is my opinion only. In writing this review I wanted to give a more complete picture to those people considering buying this book. For a used book it is not cheap, and I hope some of the concerns I've raised will help fans considering buying this book better understand what they will be getting for their money.
Wizer
If you are looking into this book, then you are already a fan of the famous Universal Monsters.

Although there are several essays on each monster (and the artistic geniuses that played them like Lugosi, Karloff, Chaney, etc.), this book is MOSTLY a picture book with some great movie and candid shots of the Phantom, Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The short essays are filled with histories and interesting tidbits.

If you are looking for a quick fix on the genre of Universal Monsters, then you may look no further.
Bludsong
Wonderful book. Great photos and text by many connected to this great time in movie history.