Universal 40s Monsters hardback

An 800 page look at Universal's horror films.

Author: John T Soister


ISBN: 1629336939


Page: 798

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"I have here collection of the world's most astounding horrors" boasted Professor Lampini in House of Frankenstein, but really all he had to offer was Dracula's bones. We can do far better than the hapless professor. These pages offer Frankenstein's monster, the Wolf Man, a mummy in search of his lost love, invisible intruders, ape women, a spine-breaking serial killer, and twisted mysteries, including ones that it takes Sherlock Holmes to solve. And if that's not enough, there's Lon Chaney sporting a dapper mustache and a business suit rather than mummy wrappings. In addition to that, there is a collection of crooks and spies that made the Shock Theater TV package without being shocking in the least. All these came from Universal, the greatest monster factory of all time. Audiences weary of and dismayed by the real horrors of World War 2 could escape into a universe where evil was encountered and inevitably defeated in a neat 75 minutes. For the most part, the films lacked the gravitas - and the budgets - of the 1930s horror classics, but they filled the (double) bill and are regarded today with great affection by lovers of vintage movies.

Universal Terrors 1951 1955

... paperback 2014) Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews (2003) ... Forties (1993; paperback 1999) Michael By Brunas Tom Weaver and John with Brunas Universal Horrors: The Studio's ...

Author: Tom Weaver

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476627762

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 440

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 Universal Studios created the first cinematic universe of monsters—Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and others became household names during the 1930s and 1940s. During the 1950s, more modern monsters were created for the Atomic Age, including one-eyed globs from outer space, mutants from the planet Metaluna, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the 100-foot high horror known as Tarantula. This over-the-top history is the definitive retrospective on Universal’s horror and science fiction movies of 1951–1955. Standing as a sequel to Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas’s Universal Horrors (Second Edition, 2007), it covers eight films: The Strange Door, The Black Castle, It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon, This Island Earth, Revenge of the Creature, Cult of the Cobra and Tarantula. Each receives a richly detailed critical analysis, day-by-day production history, interviews with filmmakers, release information, an essay on the score, and many photographs, including rare behind-the-scenes shots.

Universal Horrors

Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster Merger of Two More Volumes of Classic Interviews (paperback 2003; ... Monogram, PRC and Republic Horror Films of the Forties (¡993; paperback ¡999). ... Universal Pictures Corporation.

Author: Tom Weaver,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786491506

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 616

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Revised and updated since its first publication in 1990, this acclaimed critical survey covers the classic chillers produced by Universal Studios during the golden age of hollywood horror, 1931 through 1946. Trekking boldly through haunts and horrors from The Frankenstein Monster, The Wolf Man, Count Dracula, and The Invisible Man, to The Mummy, Paula the Ape Woman, The Creeper, and The Inner Sanctum, the authors offer a definitive study of the 86 films produced during this era and present a general overview of the period. Coverage of the films includes complete cast lists, credits, storyline, behind-the-scenes information, production history, critical analysis, and commentary from the cast and crew (much of it drawn from interviews by Tom Weaver, whom USA Today calls “the king of the monster hunters”). Unique to this edition are a new selection of photographs and poster reproductions and an appendix listing additional films of interest.

American Culture in the 1940s

Bigger, then, is a monster created by a murderous society, initially marked not by an “unnatural” origin so much as by ... Despite these setbacks, Wright's novel is a canonical work that sold well immediately (more than 250,000 hardback ...

Author: Jacqueline Foertsch

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748630349

Category: History

Page: 312

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This book explores the major cultural forms of 1940s America - fiction and non-fiction; music and radio; film and theatre; serious and popular visual arts - and key texts, trends and figures, from Native Son to Citizen Kane, from Hiroshima to HUAC, and from Dr Seuss to Bob Hope. After discussing the dominant ideas that inform the 1940s the book culminates with a chapter on the 'culture of war'. Rather than splitting the decade at 1945, Jacqueline Foertsch argues persuasively that the 1940s should be taken as a whole, seeking out links between wartime and postwar American culture.

Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywood

It destroys, distorts, creates monsters, commits murder. Yes, even you without knowing can commit murder. In the opening scene in most ... Each of the films in the Universal Inner Sanctum series starts with the following acknowledgment: ...

Author: Ron Backer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786457007

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 330

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Many of the 20th century’s most celebrated fictional sleuths appeared in Hollywood movie mystery series of the forties. This volume focuses on 19 series (146 films): The Saint, The Lone Wolf, Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, Nick Carter, Michael Shayne, Ellery Queen, Boston Blackie, The Falcon, Mr. District Attorney, Wally Benton, Crime Doctor, The Whistler, Inner Sanctum, Dick Tracy, Philip Marlowe, Jack Packard and Doc Long, Steve Wilson and Lorelei Kilbourne and John J. Malone. For each series, there is an overview of the source material, the individual films, and the performers who acted in them. An overall review of each film is included, with a critique of the film’s quality and the cohesiveness of its plot. For movies based on written works, a comparison between the film and its literary original is offered.

The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters

Other monsters have closer ties to contemporary films. The D&D vampire and werewolf echo Universal Studio's 1930s and 1940s Dracula and The Wolf Man films, as well as Hammer Studios' Horror of Dracula (Terrance Fisher, 1958) and other ...

Author: Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317044253

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 640

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From vampires and demons to ghosts and zombies, interest in monsters in literature, film, and popular culture has never been stronger. This concise Encyclopedia provides scholars and students with a comprehensive and authoritative A-Z of monsters throughout the ages. It is the first major reference book on monsters for the scholarly market. Over 200 entries written by experts in the field are accompanied by an overview introduction by the editor. Generic entries such as 'ghost' and 'vampire' are cross-listed with important specific manifestations of that monster. In addition to monsters appearing in English-language literature and film, the Encyclopedia also includes significant monsters in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African and Middle Eastern traditions. Alphabetically organized, the entries each feature suggestions for further reading. The Ashgate Encyclopedia of Literary and Cinematic Monsters is an invaluable resource for all students and scholars and an essential addition to library reference shelves.

Consuming Ancient Egypt

Modern paperback books have continued the trends of the pulps with anthologies of mummy stories collecting both older ... monster toys and models began to appear, either based directly on the Universal monsters or some thinly disguised ...

Author: Sally MacDonald

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315431727

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Consuming Ancient Egypt examines the influence of Ancient Egypt on the everyday lives of contemporary people, of all ages, throughout the world. It looks at the Egypt tourist sees, Egypt in film and Egypt as the inspiration for opera. It asks why so many books are published each year on Egyptological subjects at all levels, from the austerely academic to the riotous celebrations of Egypt as a land of mystery, enchantment and fantasy. It then considers the ways in which Ancient Egypt interacts with the living world, in architecture, museum going, the acquisition of souvenirs and reproductions, design, and the perpetual appeal of the mummy. The significance of Egypt as an adjunct to (and frequently the subject of) marketing in the consumer society is examined. It reveals much about Egypt's immemorial appeal and the psychology of those who succumb to its magic.

From Television to the Internet

... with the psychological effects of horror as more terrifying than anything the old Universal monster films had contrived . During the paperback publishing explosion in the late ' 40s , another visually intense kind of fiction came on ...

Author: Wiley Lee Umphlett

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 083864080X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 476

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This book complements and expands on the commentary andconclusions of the author's initial inquiry into the modern era ofmedia-made culture in The Visual Focus of American Media Culture inthe Twentieth Century (FDUP, 2004). From the 1890s on to the 1920sand the Depression and World War II years, society's pervasivelycommunal focus demanded idealized images and romanticizedinterpretations of life. But the communal imperative, as it was impactedon by evolving social change, harbored the seeds of its owndisintegration.

Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers

... Directors, Producers and Writers of the 1940s through 1960s (¡99¡; paperback 2006) Earth vs. the Sci-Fi Filmmakers: 20 ... Producers and Directors from the Golden Age (¡998; paperback 2004) Double Feature Creature Attack: A Monster ...

Author: Tom Weaver

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786428588

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 426

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For fans of SF and horror films, will there ever be a decade to compare with the 1950s? Actors, directors, producers, and crews prevailed over microbudgets and four-day shooting schedules to create enduring films. This book turns a long-overdue spotlight on many who made memorable contributions to that crowded, exhilarating filmmaking scene. John Agar, Beverly Garland, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Gene Corman, and two dozen more reminisce about the most popular genre titles of the era. Lengthy, in-depth interviews feature canny questions, pointed observations, rare photos, and good fun.