Science Fiction Confidential: Interviews With Monster Stars & Filmmakers

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David Hedison, who plays a tiny human-headed insect menaced by a spider at the climax of The Fly (1958), says the moviemakers spoiled the scene by giving him a squeaky voice. "Imagine if, as the camera moved in closer, you actually heard me screeeeaming for my life. That is horror. That is horror." In Tom Weaver's eighth interview book, Hedison--and 22 other moviemakers--talk about their horror and science fiction movie experiences as part of such films and TV series as The Blob, It Came from Outer Space, Tarzan the Ape Man, Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Somewhere in Time, The Devil Bat and Forbidden Planet. Among those interviewed are Dan O'Herlihy, Kate Phillips, John Alvin, Anthony Cardoza, Tod Griffin, Alex and Richard Gordon, Suzanne Kaaren, and Warren Stevens. Full credits are provided for the actors, actresses, and producers.

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Tom Weaver, who lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, has been interviewing actors and directors since the early 1980s and has contributed to numerous magazines, including Fangoria, Starlog, Cult Movies and Video Watchdog. He is the author of a number of McFarland books, including Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks (1998), Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes (1999 McFarland Classic [1988/1991]), Poverty Row HORRORS! (1999 McFarland Classic [1993]), John Carradine (1999), and I Was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers (2001).

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For I Was a Monster Movie Maker (2001), Weaver conversed with producer-director types. In its companion, he talks to the stars. So slip into the warm bath of the sci-fi (a term viable only in movieland) and monster-movie world of his 23 subjects as they seriously, though not solemnly, discuss crafting escapist entertainment during the 1950s, when audiences eagerly discarded their disbelief to be scared by the likes of The Blob and The She-Creature. Meet Kasey Rogers (Larry Tate's long-suffering wife Louise on TV's Bewitched), included here mainly for her role in Two Lost Worlds. Marvel at the painstaking make-up and costuming regimen David Hedison endured while making The Fly. Swing with star Denny Miller through the sets of Tarzan the Ape Man (1959), a movie experts have deemed a "BOMB" and dubbed "Tarzan the Worst." Cheerfully upbeat, generously illustrated in glorious black-and-white, this is fine fodder for B-movie fans. Mike Tribby
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