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It came from Bob's basement : exploring the science fiction and monster movie archive of Bob Burns
Burns, Bob, 1935-
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2000]

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143 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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PN1995.9.S26 B87 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Known to give up precious living space to display a full-size creature from the Black Lagoon or a pair of Frankenstein's clod-hoppers, Bob Burns is the patron saint of special effects for B movies. His storied basement houses the largest private collection of props, models, sketches, storyboards, and other bits of nostalgic debris from a century's worth of films. It Came from Bob's Basement is a colorful journey through the vivid and campy world of fantastic cinema and a true tribute to a man who has dedicated his life to the preservation of incredible movie artifactsfrom the original King Kong's metallic skeleton to the life-size Alien Queen. Including insider stories from the sets of favorites like The She Creature, It Conquered the World, and Plan Nine from Outer Space, Bob Burns brings fellow fantasy buffs up close with props and artwork from the greatest (and most outrageous) sci-fi films of all time. A story told with genuinely irresistible enthusiasm, Bob's Basement honors the beloved cult classics that have shaped movie history.

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Library Journal Review

For hardcore sf/horror movie fans, there's nothing cooler than owning a prop or costume that's been used onscreen, and Burns is possibly the coolest guy on earth. Among those ranks, Burns needs no introduction; for others, Burns is the god of sf/horror film collectors, and his basement is the place where prop geeks hope to go when they die. Collecting since his youth, Burns has amassed a Smithsonian-quality array of rarities, including the original animation puppet of King Kong, the silver-headed cane used to dispatch Lon Chaney, Jr. in The Wolf Man, the mean green Alien beastie, George Pal's time machine, plus hundreds of costumes, masks, prosthetic heads and limbs, helmets, robots, and space ship modelsDhe's got everything! Not only a collector, Burns was a make-up man, prop builder, and actor who played Kogar and other gorillas in numerous TV shows. The text offers a breezy autobiography with tributes to long-forgotten B-movie insiders, but the main course is the 200+ color and black-and-white pix of Burns's unique collection. This book will have sf and horror film fans drooling like Homer Simpson over a box of Krispy Kremes and is essential reading for all those who don't need Halloween to wear joke-shop fangs and home-made lightsabers. Highly recommended.DMichael Rogers, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.