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The essential monster movie guide : a century of creature features on film, tv and video
Jones, Stephen, 1953-
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New York : Billboard Books, [2000]

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448 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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This guide alphabetically lists 4000 plus horror movies and television shows, some very obscure, that featured monsters. Each entry provides a plot synopsis, identifies the cast and director, and rates the film on a five star scale. No index. Originally published by Billboard Books. c. Book News Inc.

Author Notes

Stephen Jones is one of Britain's most acclaimed anthologists of dark fantasy and horror. He lives in London, England.

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Booklist Review

Lists hundreds of "creature features" from film classics such as 1931's Frankenstein and its many spin-offs (Frankenstein General Hospital, Frankenstein's Cat, Frankenstein's College Years, etc. ) to The Simpsons Halloween specials. Each entry includes cast and credit information, an evaluative synopsis, remake and sequel listings, and rating of one to five stars.

Choice Review

Besides the titular "essential," cover copy calls this book "indispensable" and "the most complete book available on moviedom's best, and worst, creature features." It falls short on all counts. Jones, well-known in British horror/fantasy fandom, offers yet another compilation of monster movies that includes production information, creator biographies, black-and-white photos, and brief commentaries with one- to five-star ratings. He does not impart criteria for inclusion, hence one wonders why the lead horrors in Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street, Invisible Man, and Godzilla are not included, but Disney's The Shaggy Dog is. Even Ackerman's introductory reminiscences (rife with his signature puns and wordplay, perhaps cute, perhaps annoying) mention several films that Jones does not. Consistent or not, any film/television appearance of a monster warrants mention, including animation (over two pages of "Scooby-Do" entries), pornography, and amateur films few are likely to see. Many readers enjoy devotee publications like this, if only to disagree with them, but John Stanley's Creature Features guides (1st ed., 1981; 5th "updated" ed., 2000) are notable alternatives. A. Ellis; Northern Kentucky University

Table of Contents

Forrest J AckermanStephen Jones
Monster Mosaicp. 6
Of Forry and Filmonstersp. 22
Monster Movie Guide A-Zp. 26
Top Twenty Monster Moviesp. 431
Twenty Classic Monster Movie Booksp. 431
Primary Titlesp. 431
Personality Profile Indexp. 432
Alternate Title Indexp. 434
Bibliography and Further Readingp. 445
About the Authorp. 447