Poverty row horror films were usually inexpensively (some would say cheaply) produced with writing that ranged from bad to atrocious. Yet these movies with their all-star horror casts (Carradine, Lugosi, Karloff, et al.) and their ape men, mad monsters, devil bats and white zombies still have a loyal audience 50 years after their release. Essays contain full filmographic data on the 31 horror chillers made by the three studios from 1940 through 1946 and are arranged by year of release. Each entry includes the date of release, length, production credits, cast credits, interview quotes, and a plot synopsis with critical commentary. Filmographies for prominent horror actors and actresses, from John Abbott to George Zucco, are provided in the appendices.
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Tom Weaver lives in Tarrytown, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him "the best interviewer we have today." He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines including Starlog, Fangoria, Monsters from the Vault and Video Watchdog, and he has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture, including Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films, 1931-1946.Review:
"Fascinating stuff.... Tom Weaver is the king of film historians" -- Starlog
"Informed, entertaining style...extremely readable...considerable reference value" -- ARBA
"Valuable...recommend[ed]...delectable...funny...wonderful...fabulous fun...a winner"-- Classic Images
"One of the leading scholars in the horror field." --New York Times
"The king of the monster hunters" --USA Today
"One of our foremost fantasy film historians." --Sight & Sound
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Book Description Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110899507565
Book Description Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0899507565